An unnamed major film critic recently asked a journalist friend about “that Kevin Costner baseball movie.” Baseball movie? “Yeah,” the critic said. “It’s Costner doing the usual jowly working-class schlub thing…what, it’s not a baseball movie?” No, he was told. My friend then said to the critic, “You know, if someone like you — a film critic who ostensibly keeps up — isn’t getting what this movie is about, the marketing for Swing State is doing something wrong.” I’m sorry — Swing Vote!

Wilshire Blvd. near Gayley, heading east — 7.22.08, 10:55 pm.

Santa Monica’s Montana Avenue near 16th Street — 7.22.08, 8:45 pm.