Seabiscuit (2003)

Seabiscuit (2003)

My wife refers to me as Seabiscuit. We were counted out at many points. People thought we would not make it, but we kept going slow and steady.
— Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who won the Democratic nomination for Florida governor

Holy crap I thought Spielberg directed Seabiscuit??? Didn't that dude direct something about a horse? Reality.... slipping.... away.... Seabiscuit is directed by the same guy who made Pleasantville .... Which is one of those movies I always forget influenced me way too much as a kid.... And it's the movie he made right after it, and starring the same guy (Tobey Maguire...) But still... Spielberg... Horse... And it came out in 2003! Holy bananas! Why'd I think 2010? What is — Wait wait wait... ::Gets a Googlin':: Ahhhh, Spielberg made War Horse. Two Hollywood Horse movies I paid little-to-no attention to.

The only reason I decided to watch this movie tonight is because Andrew Gillum won the primary for the Democratic governor of Florida. This is such a huge deal for so many reasons... He would be the first black governor of Florida ever, which is interesting by itself... But man, there's so much more to this guy: He's likely to be our first Democratic governor in like two decades. Enough with this Republican bullshit in Florida, bro. We got so much work to do: High-speed rails connecting Miami to Orlando, sea-level rise, hurricane shit, healthcare, rising cost of housing, etc etc — fuck these boomers!

His political platform is also incredibly inspiring: even if he accomplishes a quarter of his agenda (which is our agenda — the people's agenda), as a state everybody will be better off. 

The other surprising thing about his win was how surprising it was to the status-quo. Gillum was running against 4 other highly ambitious, significantly wealthier opponents. One of them, Gwen Graham, was considered the guaranteed winner days & weeks before the election. Her father was a previous governor of Florida, and she was perceived as the overall more experienced establishment candidate. Well, she lost. Why?

Because there was an unprecedented turnout to the Florida governor's primary election by minorities & young people. I voted for Gillum while never having voted in such a primary before. The entire state was like that... And so, as election night started counting the results, all of the expected establishment votes trickled in... And Graham did, indeed, appear to be the winner for a hot minute. But then... Ohhhhh, then... Point by point, Gillum went up in the polls. I took this screen capture at the moment it looked like he was going to win. 

Gillum did eventually surpass Graham by just a few percentage points... Enough to make a clear & uncontested statement: Things are different from now on. Back to Seabiscuit.

For me, it’s been 18 months on the campaign trail. The story on Wednesday will be that the Seabiscuit of Florida politics came from behind to win.
— Andrew Gillum

On the real, this is a 2003 flick: So, in my ongoing attempt to catalogue the unintentionally psychedelic cinema of the W. Bush years (what I've been calling #weirdbush), here's a wonderfully cinematic WeirdBush scene I really enjoyed during my viewing —

Everything is an Ad for Stupid Junk

Everything is an Ad for Stupid Junk

Some Arthur Penn Title Cards

Some Arthur Penn Title Cards