Every year, when awards season rolls around, I follow the nominations and prizes the way other people obsess over March Madness brackets or Presidential primaries. And every year, I find myself asking one question over and over again:
Are you all sniffing glue? Continue reading
During Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential bid, political strategist James Carville narrowed the campaign's message to one simple, effective sentence: "It's the economy, stupid." That statement—and its intentionally reductive phrasing—has become something of a meme in American politics. It's the _______, stupid has been used to pinpoint the single most important issue in any campaign, the one soft spot where damage can be done, where points can be scored, where a seemingly unstoppable opponent is glaringly vulnerable.
For movies, I would like to propose a version of that phrase that is almost always appropriate, and never more so than for George Clooney's competent but underwhelming new film, The Ides of March:
"It's the writing, stupid." Continue reading