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review: ides of march

Ides of March movie poster

Over the weekend I went and saw the Ides of March, primarily because Ryan Gosling was in it. The story intrigued me too of course, otherwise I wouldn’t have spent the outrageous amount of cash that movie theaters ask for. The move is highly cerebral and not very reliant on anything superfluous (like Gosling’s abs, or a big explosion, or Clooney’s abs, or a high speed car chase or Gosling’s abs), there isn’t even much of a soundtrack. So if you go to the movies for silliness, ass-kicking, sex (there is some but not a lot), abs, a great soundtrack or a chance to relax your mind from any thinking (which is NEVER a bad thing, I often go to the movies for that myself), I’d wait for Breaking Dawn (Part 1). This is not a recap so don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you exactly what happened or how the story ended. There are no spoiler alerts in this post.

In Ides of March, Ryan Gosling plays Stephen Myers, an apparently brilliant assistant to the campaign manager (or co-campaign manager…I’m not sure), Paul played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who naively believes in the integrity of the candidate he supports. The movie script does everything it can to make a mockery of his naivete and idealism, eventually breaking him down. He takes a meeting for a job offer that comes back to haunt him. He begins sleeping with the intern, which comes back to bite him in the ass. And his solemn and unbending belief in the candidate gets shattered, until it becomes more about the job than the candidate himself. This movie is about creating lines in the sand, only to cross them two seconds later.

The actors are powerhouses, all of them holding your attention expertly, but they can’t fully make up for the problems. The major one for me is that there are only one and a half sympathetic characters. The rest, though played interestingly by their respected and talented actors, move the plot forward and agitate those we can sympathize with, but don’t make me feel much for them. It also feels at times as though George Clooney is trying to preach to moviegoers about what they should believe in and what kind of candidate they should be voting for. When I left the theater I kind of felt like George Clooney was running for president, though I wasn’t sure I’d vote for him…good looks only get you so far. It’s almost a disappointment that the movie had well chosen actors whom amounted to an incredible cast, but a story and a direction that couldn’t keep up. Or maybe it all went over my head, except for the part about Ryan Gosling being awesome, that I definitely didn’t miss.

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tvdm box office picks: opening sept. 16th

Will’s Pick: Drive

Since Ryan Gosling is seemingly in a new movie every month it was only a matter of time before I picked a movie in which he was starring, in this case the movie is Drive. Carey Mulligan (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy) also have starring roles in the fast-paced action flick.

Driver (Ryan Gosling) is a professional stuntman by day and a “professional” getaway driver by night – I assume that explains the moniker. He doesn’t care what his employers are using his services to getaway from he only focuses on his expertise. I assume everything doesn’t run according to his plans because this movie would be more tutorial than potential blockbuster.

With the box office being held captive by the anti-human Contagion at the moment I don’t see an action film that isn’t starring “Autobots” or superheroes from the ranks of “Marvel” or “DC” taking over the reins immediately but it still looks like a solid action movie to start the Fall.

Nicole’s Pick: Straw Dogs

Straw Dogs is a remake of the 1971 film of the same name, which can mean either a colossal win or loss. The film stars James Marsden (X-Men, Sex Drive, Gossip, etc.), Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns, Rules of Attraction, The Horse Whisperer, etc.) and Alexander Skarsgård (Eric Northman from True Blood). This movie isn’t intended to be sexy, but what they have on their hands is a cast that provides eye candy for everyone. Thank you, sincerely.

Moving on to the plot, David (Marsden) and Amy Summer (Bosworth) are a married couple who move back to Amy’s hometown. Once there, Amy’s high school sweetheart, Charlie (Northman Skarsgård), tries to win her back and this is where the “thriller” portion of the movie kicks in. As David attempts to keep Charlie far, far away from his wife, the tension builds between the couple and the locals of their Mississippi home. Early reviews note that the violence of the original is still intact. And any Truebie knows that Skarsgård does violence very, very well. Straw Dogs isn’t going against any huge new openings this week and if you’re in the mood for guaranteed violence, this could be your best bet.

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