Monday, March 5, 2012

the ides of march-a timely movie

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my answering machine yesterday (a sunday) recorded 16 political robocalls, and perhaps a dozen this morning. i've received approximately 75 primary mailings. i've already voted.
as far as i'm concerned, our politicians are as ruthless and obscene as our culture, if you can call it that.
last month, i enjoyed a new release dvd about, strangely, a democratic primary in ohio.
The Ides of March takes place during the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio democratic presidential primary, when an up-and-coming campaign press secretary (Ryan Gosling) finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate's shot at the presidency.
the corrupton in this movie is so rampant, you don't need 3d glasses to smell it.  this movie doesn't tell us anything we don't already know; it merely sharpens the focus.
george clooney adapted the screenplay from the play farragut north.   it stars                          
the junior press secretary for a democratic presidential candidate for morris, the governor of pennsylvania, is campaigning against an arkansas senator.  along the way are an abortion, doublerosses, individuals selling their souls at any cost to meet their goals and deadlines.
the movie is unsettling and spellbinding.  the acting--superb.
this film doesn't take political sides.  it shows the endemic corruption, ruthlessness and intrigue in high stakes politics in this country at this time.
i have disdain for all things political; as apparently mr. clooney does.
rather than hinging on every word our current class of clowns utters,  pick up or stream the timely dvd,  the ides of march.

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