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224. The Ides of March

Published April 7, 2012

Fast Facts

Title: The Ides of March Director: George Clooney Year: 2011 Run time: 1hr 41

Background Info

I was aware before we started watching this that I wasn’t going to understand very much of it, but it’s hard to ignore a film that has both George Clooney and Ryan Gosling in it. And they are in suits. A lot! So, yea. Also it might be educational? No, mostly just the suits.

Live Blog

2:39 - “Whatever you do, don’t vote for me.” 3:28 - Clooney did it better than Gosling. 5:31 - Political debates make me uncomfortable. Why am I watching this again? 7:29 - Eke is a good word. 7:44 - “Certain, no. Confident, yes.” 9:48 - Where does the Kool-Aid thing come from? Is Kool-Aid addictive? 13:05 - Interesting idea, if it is true - win. If it’s not, they waste time denying it - win. 19:03 - Ryan and George at the same table, already this film is worth watching. 20:58 - “You have something… charm is not the right word.” 27:24 - Making moves in a bar, just like in the other film. 32:03 - I thought she said she was 20. 41:11 - Being a Governor’s partner can’t be too much fun. 43:49 - Their campaign bus is like a pop star tour boss. 49:47 - She has managed to be with them both! She’s not even that attractive. 59:50 - There’s not enough George in this film, really. 1:02:43 - He just admitted making a mistake, and a few minutes ago he said: “If you make a mistake, you don’t get to play.” 1:04:18 - “In politics, loyalty is the only currency that matters.” 1:11:26 - The film is not making me feel any better towards politics, I must say. 1:13:21 - It’s turning out to be a pretty bad day for him. 1:17:59 - Who knew the vibration of a mobile could be so meaningful? 1:23:24 - Surely it just takes those six words like in Doctor Who, no need for the note at all. 1:29:37 - Uh oh, a new intern.

Conclusions

Mostly, the film was exactly what I expected. I didn’t understand very much of it, and as politics is about my least favourite subject in the world, I didn’t particularly enjoy much of the story. They was some pretty great acting, though, and I did like the direction. It was a very pretty film in all senses, and well directed by Mr Clooney.

**Rating: **25

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