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The Ides of March / Les Marches du pouvoir (Bilingual)

Ryan Gosling , George Clooney , George Clooney    R (Restricted)   DVD
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Director-star George Clooney's The Ides of March is the perfect film to mirror our time, when the approval rating of the United States Congress is at an all-time low and the divisions between the two major parties and their constituents are wider than ever. Everyone'll have some kind of nit to pick with this rather self-serious film. Right-wingers won't like the fact that the central politician (Clooney's Governor Mike Morris of Pennsylvania, who's running for president) is a liberal Democrat who advocates raising taxes on the rich, supports a woman's right to choose, and may be an atheist ("My religion is the Constitution."). But the Left won't be thrilled by the notion that even among the most seemingly high-minded, the desire for victory and the behind-the-scenes maneuverings and compromises made to achieve it easily trump quaint notions like loyalty and integrity, and secrets are like bullets to be fired at close range, where they can do the most damage. The backdrop is the Ohio Democratic primary, a tight race between Morris and a senator from Arkansas. Both candidates have smart, able folks working for them, with Morris's world-weary campaign manager, Paul Zara (Philip Seymour Hoffman), and idealistic press secretary, Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling), countered by the opponent's shrewd campaign leader, Tom Duffy (Paul Giamatti). But smart people make mistakes too, and when Stephen meets semi-publicly with Duffy, who tries to lure the young man over to his side, he opens a can of worms with a stink that leads to some very dark places; nor does his dalliance with a young campaign volunteer (Evan Rachel Wood) turn out to be a great idea, to say the least. With Marisa Tomei (as a reporter) and Jeffrey Wright (as an Ohio senator whose endorsement may decide the race) also along for the ride, this is one of the best-cast movies in recent memory, and they're all excellent--especially the ever-reliable Giamatti and Hoffman, whose old political vets have some wonderfully juicy scenes. The dialogue is literate and sharp; the story's twists and turns are, for the most part, surprising enough to keep you in your seat. Best of all, it's another chance to shake our fists at the hubris and cynicism of the people who're supposed to be representing our best interests. --Sam Graham

Special Features

  • Feature Audio Commentary with George Clooney and Grant Heslov (with optional English Commentary Subtitles)
  • Believe: George Clooney (Featurette)
  • What Does a Political Consultant Do?
  • On The Campaign: The Cast of The Ides of March

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4.0 out of 5 stars It's not personal. It's politics Dec 21 2011
By L. Power HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
Mao Tse Tung said: Politics is war without bloodshed. War is politics with bloodshed. Ides of March proves the truth of this.

In George Clooney's more recent movies, he has become an acting chameleon moving with the deftness and surefootedness of a mountain goat, winning five Academy Award nominations and one Oscar for Syriana.

I particularly loved his collaborations with the Coen Brothers, the onscreen chemistry with Catherine Zeta Jones in Intolerable Cruelty, and the epic reimagining "O Brother Where Art Thou Ryan Gosling, I consider to be perhaps the greatest actor on the planet. Nearly every movie performance he has given has been nominated for some acting award, even though many of the movies were not mainstream. Have you heard of Half Nelson, for which he got Oscar nominated? He starred in Crazy Stupid Love / Un Amour Fou WS (BILINGUAL) also starring Marisa Tomei, earlier this year, and did an amazing job.

Ides of March may be described as a political thriller, and if you're like me it will certainly grip you and have you on the edge of your seat at times, with its twists and turns.

Ryan Gosling plays a campaign assistant manager, who works for Paul played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, and both work for Governor Morris, played by George Clooney, a man with eyes on the presidency. Paul Giamatti plays a veteran campaign manager for a rival politician. Evan Rachel Wood plays a young intern who gets sucked into the intrigues, and Marisa Tomei plays a hard scrabbling reporter always looking for dirt to dish. In fairness, though her methods may be dubious, she is seeking the truth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Political and Personal Complexities Sept. 10 2014
By Stella Carrier TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I purchased the Ides of March on Wednesday September 3, 2014 after seeing it on a list of recommended movies (for a career that I am gathering more research/details on). Less than seven days later, I was fortunate in receiving an invite and being able to attend an event in George Washington that indirectly tied into certain themes prevalent in the Ides of March movie. Ryan Gosling plays the role of a popular and talented campaign manager named Stephen Myers. Stephen Myers is spearheading an election campaign for Mike Morris (played by George Clooney), a Democratic candidate for the presidency. The character of Stephen Myers in the film is doing the job equivalent of what campaign managers Stephanie Cutter and Matt Rhoades did for the 2012 presidential elections (Cutter was connected with President Obama’s 2012 re-election bid and Rhoades was with Romney). Stephen Morris’s character is shown being proud and strongly believing in Mike Morris’s chances for election success. What adds further elements of surprise to the film is that the character of Myers receives temptation to join the other campaign. He is also tempted again when a gorgeous intern by the name of Molly Stearns (played by Evan Rachel Wood) comes on to him in a strong manner. I want to share more about the film. However, I’m intuitively guided to avoid sharing further details for those who still want to see the film. However, I must admit that I wish that the ending of the film would have went into further detail on what became of the candidates. Yes, I know that the Ides of March is a more serious movie, but doing what became of the candidates down the road even if the outcomes were fictional (such as in the more light-hearted Legally Blonde) would have added a more personal and humanistic touch. Read more ›
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George Clooney has done an entertaining service not so much for presenting a film in which he serves the role of author, and Woody Allen like assembles a talented group around him working for less then they would normally offer professional services for and be under his direction. It is his movie..he ad mits in the commentary that he has family in the Tv news/journalism area? I'm not quite sure..and he returns here not to a large city..like new york or L.A. or Chicago..or any large metropolis in any city..but to Cincinatti..a city and baseball team pete rose made famous..not a very large city..but with dedicated and loyal fans..so different from large large cities..a return to a home area..or area he is familiar with? The environment..much time is spent on the commentary discussing the cold..cold..cold..exteriors..various venues..just things and people that invade our comfort zone..howver the small town is always an examination of nations..and here he lets go..and begins with religion..a didactic type opening from a narrator type persona..saying he espouses no religion..not even agnosticism..just nothing..but the constitution and from there we are in the midst of City of GOd like from the pages of Augustine is not so much a religious discussion but morals and how they lead to decline..and its like a court case and investigation..and we have much intimate dialogue..an interest and focus of this director and brings some vibrancy to the drama..of morals..and invading others intimacy..or persons..where we sense decline and detective like and we have a few culprits..but its really a social piece and shows given the journalistic interests political savoir faire of the auteur is something which is close to his heart..otherwise why present such a piece? Read more ›
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