Just say NObama.
The New York Times documents Mittmentum as Obama is still trying to get out his base vote while Romney heads to Pennsylvania and the crucial swing voters:
“First there was quiet. Then came the “super PACs.” Now the candidate is on his way.
In a striking last-minute shift, the Romney campaign has decided to invest its most precious resource — the candidate’s time — in a serious play to win Pennsylvania.
Mr. Romney’s appearance here on Sunday could be a crafty political move to seriously undercut President Obama, or it could be a sign of desperation. Either way, his visit represents the biggest jolt yet in a state that was until recently largely ignored in the race for the White House.
Over the last several days, with polls showing Mr. Obama’s edge in the state narrowing, Republicans have sprung into action and forced the Democrats to spend resources here that could have gone toward more competitive battleground states. [snip]
The super PACs helped create an opening that paved the way for the Romney campaign to start making its move. The campaign has already invested $1 million in television advertising across the state, and on Thursday it bolstered that effort even further with a new round of commercials that will ensure a heavy and continuous presence through Election Day.
Tuesday's voting day. By early Wednesday morning, the long election season should be over.
Now for this week's film: "Looker."
Who doesn't know Susan Dey? C'mon get happy! Laurie from "The Partidge Family," Grace from "L.A. Law." "Looker" is a 1981 film that she stars in with Albert Finney, James Coburn and Leigh Taylor-Young. Albert Finney is a high priced plastic surgeon in California (probably Beverly Hills). Lately, he's been doing a few models. They come in with minute flaws needing to be fixed. A half inch here on the nose, things like that.
But two models die. The first falls off her balcony after getting wrapped up in her own drapes. We know this is foul play because we see it happen. There's someone at her front door. She opens the door. A flash goes off. She's kind of otu of it, then she comes to and no one's in the hall so she goes back in her apartment but for some stupid reason doesn't close her front door. Her dogs barking. She picks him up and walks around. We see a man hiding behind the drapes but he doesn't leap out. She gets tangled and falls over her balcony to her death.
Then there's another model who dies so the police come see the plastic surgeon. This is Dorian Harewood who you may remember from the Terminator TV show on Fox a few seasons ago or from "I'll Fly Away." He doesn't really have a role. He asks questions and basically looms.
Albert Finney isn't just a plastic surgeon, he's also a detective! They give him the work Harewood probably should be doing.
So there are two deaths and the police come to see him. Finney says they can see his files but they're gone which makes them suspicious. The model that got tangled in the drapes? The killer left a pen there and a coat button.
Dorian hands Finney the pen and says he just dropped it. Finney looks at it and says thank you. And Dorian notes that the sleeve of Finney's coat is missing a button and that the other buttons look like the one left on the model's bed.
Finney's assistant can't find any of the files for the two other girls. But she's trying to call them. She does have Cindy's file since she was just there. Cindy is Susan Dey.
One of the two girls shows up to talk to Finney. She's worried about a man with a mustache and saying people are trying to kill her. At one point, a call comes in for her. She tells Finney no one knows she's there. She runs out, leaving behind her purse.
Albert grabs her purse, phones the police to tell Dorian to meet him at the woman's apartment and he goes there.
When he arrives in the parking lot, he sees a bright flash from the model's apartment. Then she's screaming and going over the balconey (without drapes) and landing on top of a car.
Now an old couple -- leaving the apartment building see him looking shocked. So he should be cleared. But I guess the old couple didn't want to be witnesses because Dorian's convinced that Finney is the killer.
Finney saw the killer. After the model crashed, Finney looked up. There was the mustache man wearing sunglasses.
Finney asks Grace to go with him to a party. She agreeds. It's for John Reston (James Coburn). While he and Jenny (Leigh Taylor-Young) talk to him, they tell Finney he was on the news. About the models. Is he a suspect?
He says no but something called Digital Matrix is.
That's Jenny's company.
Susan Dey and Finney go sleuthing which puts them both in trouble.
It turns out that the flash? It comes from a gun. It sends an electronic flash. After that, the person is invisible (unless in smoke or steam). They're controlling people -- the Looker computer program -- by electronic pulses.
Before the film ends, three characters will be dead.
I won't say who.
There were a lot of holes in the plot.
Why do they need to kill the models other than it gets the film started?
What is the plan to control everyone?
People have to first be exposed to some things so they're going to induct everyone in the country one by one?
I have no idea.
Susan Dey and Albert Finney had good chemistry. The film's at its best when Dey's on because she looks so much smarter and quicker than the character of Cindy that's been written.
The biggest draw back to the film is the soundtrack -- they actually do a theme song with "looker" in the chorus. It's sung by a woman who sounds like Sheena Easton with hiccups.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"