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Written Word > Articles & Commentaries > October 2011 > "The Ides of March" and the Danger of Idolatry
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Pope John Paul II said it best when he got off that plane back in the 80's and was greeted by none other than Ronald Regan..Former Mr. President said "Welcome to the United States, home of the free"..JPII's response still echoes today "..freedom for what?"
1/13/2012 9:39:31 AM
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This is a movie to see! There is a startling turning point when the subtle, insiduous, evil, becomes a beacon of light, as free will portrayed by several characters, is layed on the table. Have you any doubts about where Obama's mandate could lead humanity? Watch this! God Speed!
2/2/2012 2:49:31 PM
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Yes, to all of this. It's a film trying to tell you that poiitlcs is corrupt yet we're supposed to buy that Gosling is so idealistic and innocent despite already being so calculating as a campaign higher-up. And then we're supposed to feel jaded even though the movie doesn't even begin to dig into the depths of political intrigue behind primaries. The film is never on the wavelength it wants to be on. It's also kind of hilarious that a film supposedly about the backroom, cynical machinations of campaign machines doesn't even get into the money. Instead it goes for predictable scandal and completely moves away from the point the film wants to make. I can't find any mention of that scandal in what I've read about the original play, so I'm wondering if Clooney added that angle.Clooney's a solidly classical director, even if that almost hurts him here (it's too pretty to evoke a dark mood), and he's magnanimous with his actors, but he's denied himself a hero with this movie even though he cannot seem to function without one. Instead of then committing to the dark side, he just softens the bleakness.
4/20/2012 6:40:32 PM
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