If you're reading this blog the chances are you are, like me, interested in the media and communications or politics, probably both. With that in mind I wanted to recommend a film for this weekend that should satisfy any budding political geek/spin-doctor/campaigner.
The Ides of March is essentially a film about a US presidential campaign but the interest is regarding the story developing within that campaign. It is a good looking film - despite being set in America's industrial heartlands - helped along by a good looking cast. Any film directed by George Clooney was always going to be critical of politics and politicians but the way events change characters from idealists into pragmatists is still enjoyable to watch.
This is very much a film about personalities and relationships rather than policy or presentation, but that means even someone not heavily into their politics will enjoy it. Ultimately the question raised is every politician must have a certain amount of Machiavelli in them, the question is how much?
Have a look at the film trailer to see if it tickles your fancy: