Just got back from Mike Leigh‘s Happy Go Lucky, a movie about a quirky, plucky lady (Sally Hawkins) given to laying spirited, feel-good emotional fascism upon others, including the audience. If this sort of thing lights you up, you may do cartwheels. (As Patrick Goldstein did.) If you find it oppressive, as I did, you’ll be in hell. And yet this is a very assured, self-aware film. Respect must be paid to Leigh, who knows his characters and their world and precisely how to make it all unfold in just the right way.

I didn’t have time to post Ted Kennedy‘s devastating Denver speech earlier this evening. I haven’t at this moment seen Michelle Obama‘s speech, but here’s almost all of it.