The Ides of March


Viewed – 22 November 2012 Online rental

When a movie has a good cast, it can make it one to see regardless of subject matter.  However a good time isn’t guaranteed as I realised watching Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy.  Thankfully this isn’t the case here.  George Clooney plays a politician in running for President and with one more state to win over it is up to his campaign team to make him look good.  However when a potential scandal emerges, it’s up to his best team member (Ryan Gosling) to make it go away.

Co-starring such talents as Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti and Marisa Tomei … this is gritty and stylish, peppered with sharp dialogue and cool, classy direction from George Clooney who plays a perfectly believable clean-cut Politician sporting plenty of arrogance.  Gosling, as with the earlier Drive is again great, naive but also ruthless in his goals.  I also totally love Seymour Hoffman in anything, and he doesn’t disappoint here.

A big plot development towards the end left me a little confused, but that is all I can really say against this, as for a movie about a subject I know very little about – this proved surprisingly absorbing and comes highly recommended.

Verdict: 4 /5

The Wrestler


Viewed – 13 April 2011  Blu-ray

Director Darren Aronofsky certainly grabbed my attention earlier in the year with the stunning Black Swan, even if I feel he was robbed at Awards time.  Never the less, I was immediately intrigued as to what he had done previously, and naturally this much acclaimed sports drama caught my eye.  An ageing professional wrestler Randy ‘the ram’ Johnson (Mickey Rourke) lives for the celebrity status and the persona granted to him in the ring, but when a near-death experience forces him into well-overdue retirement, he begins to re-evaluate what’s important in his life … starting with his estranged daughter (Evan Rachel Wood).

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