Wednesday, October 8, 2008

"Crawford" Big News for Hulu

Hulu must have jumped at the opportunity to be the venue for the exclusive release of a movie, even if that movie is a relatively small, low-budge documentary that clocks in at a barely-theatrical 75 minutes.

Who cares if it's shorter than any given episode of "The Biggest Loser?" It's a movie, doggone it, and I have to say that it's actually pretty good.

The documentary explores the tiny Texas town of Crawford, which became home to George W. Bush just before he ran for president (when he got almost as many votes as Gore and thereby earned (?) the presidency...yup, still bitter).

The movie (which is not a Bush-bashing vehicle, by the way) is a very well done documentary. I do wish it was a little longer, but I love how it takes what seems to be a simple concept and turns it into a very complex microcosm of American life. I'm very big on documentaries, and I've seen some attempts at political films that turn out to be real stinkers. I'm happy to report that this one is a prize.

If this was a fictional movie, it would be about a president moving to a small town and being profoundly impacted by the "real people" he meets there. This being a documentary, it's about a president moving to a small town and the whole damn town is irrevocably changed.

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