Ides of March = Best of October

Usually by Wednesday I’m getting a little antsy for the weekend and it’s probable that you could twist my (rubber) arm to celebrate hump day the right way and have a mid-week drink or two. But, on the preceding not-so-adventurous day the (almost) only way you’ll get me out of the house is to go see a movie.

Not to mention the cheap ticket, which allows for an over-indulgent popcorn buy. Key to my heart? You guessed it.

So naturally, I’m two for two the past two Tuesdays (say THAT 10
times fast) and I must say, that last week’s feature was one of the best movies
I’ve seen in a while. Ides of March is based on a play by Beau Willimon and stars Ryan Gosling as a young, idealistic press secretary supporting totally believable, new presidential candidate, George Clooney. Sound a bit dry? It isn’t.

Not long into the film is the actual presidential platform set aside for political corruption, betrayal, dishonesty, a steamy romance and a huge scandal.

The cast is also five-star with the above mentioned Hollywood hotties accompanied by Philip Seymour Hoffman, as Clooney’s campaign manager, Paul Giamatti, as the rival’s campaign manager, Marisa Tomei, as an investigative journalist and Evan Rachel Wood as, you guessed it, the intern.

Upon exiting the theatre I said to my companion that it could be possible that I loved the movie seeing as I’m a journalist interested in politics and have a slight weakness for men in suits. But, in truth I think this is a film that can appeal to the masses. I’ve already recommended it to practically everyone I see, including my parents, who are generally not the movie-going type.

In comparing it with Drive, which Kate and I saw two Tuesday’s ago, I must say this was a much more enjoyable flick – for this girl anyway. Maybe only because I didn’t watch the second half of the film through my fingers, but regardless Gosling is on fire.

After seeing back to back Ry-Gos movies, I’ll admit I have developed a bit of crush. He is definitely quickly climbing the ranks on my top celeb list.
Best part of the movie: getting to see this heart-throb in an array of
loose-tie-at-the-neck ensembles. Drool.

(Also the reason why this post is riddled with yummy screen shots.)

So, in a nutshell, any one wanna go on a date tonight? :) Happy Tuesday.

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About Catherine Kitts

Catherine (@catkitts) has been known to put her party dress on at the drop of a hat and will rarely say no to a new adventure. After completing her Bachelor of Journalism at Carleton University, she worked at the editor of a local newspaper for three years before trading hard news for the world of communications, marketing and advertising. Constantly juggling hectic work and social schedules, she always makes time for some of her biggest passions: news, sports, pop culture, cuisine, literature and many others. You can expect her to cover a wide variety of topics, keeping her finger on the pulse of Ottawa, her hometown - a city she's grown to love. *Bad Habit: never wanting to miss out *Favourite Food: pickles *Favourite Restaurant: El Camino *Wine of Choice: whatever Kate is drinking *Favourite Band: (solo artist?) Justin Timberlake *Favourite Song: Dancing in the Dark - Springsteen *Fashion Icon: Lauren Conrad *Political Affiliation: none *Favourite Movie: Back to the Future, Kindergarden Cop, Jurassic Park, Drive. *TV Series: Seinfeld *Sport: Hockey / Football *Team: Ottawa Senators / Seattle Seahawks *Favorite Book: Great Expectations - Charles Dickens, Freedom - Jonathan Franzen. ** To contact Catherine write her at :

One thought on “Ides of March = Best of October

  1. This is entertaining even if suspense barely builds and pay-off revelations come with little surprise. Clooney, as a director, is also able to draw-out amazing performances from this whole ensemble cast. Solid review.

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