The Campaign

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Sep 092012
 
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When long-term congressman Cam Brady commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. Their man: naive Marty Huggins, director of the local Tourism Center. At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice but, with the help of his new benefactors’ support, a cutthroat campaign manager and his family’s political connections, he soon becomes a contender who gives the charismatic Cam plenty to worry about. As Election Day closes in, the two are locked in a dead heat, with insults quickly escalating to injury until all they care about is burying each other. Because even when you think campaign ethics have hit rock bottom, there’s room to dig a lot deeper.

In Theaters: August 10, 2012; MPAA Rating: R (for crude sexual content, language and brief nudity); Genres: Comedy; Run Time: 1 hour 37 minutes

Director: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Katherine LaNasa, Sarah Baker, Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, Brian Cox, Kate Lang Johnson, John Lithgow, Thomas Middleditch, Dan Aykroyd

Actors: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Katherine LaNasa, Sarah Baker, Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, Brian Cox, Kate Lang Johnson, John Lithgow, Thomas Middleditch, Dan Aykroyd

Writers: Chris Henchy, Shawn Harwell

Lay and me went to see this film last night at Westshore. I was a little surprised he wanted to see it, but he generally likes movies with Zach Galifianakis, as do I. Fun fact, Galifianakis was born in North Carolina. The story is based in a North Carolina Congressional district, supposedly in the eastern part of the state.

Will Ferrel plays Cam Brady, the incumbent congressman, who has never lost a race because he’s never had to run against someone. That changes when two CEO’s (played by John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd clearly spoofing the Kock brothers) hatch a scheme that involves buying the election for Marty Huggins, the Galifianakis character. Continue reading »

Zodiac

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Aug 022007
 

ZodiacA serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. We follow the investigators and reporters in this lightly fictionalized account of the true 1970’s case as they search for the murderer, becoming obsessed with the case. Based on Robert Graysmith’s book, the movie’s focus is the lives and careers of the detectives and newspaper people.

Director
David Fincher

Genre
Crime / Drama / Thriller

Cast
Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards, Robert Downey Jr., Brian Cox, John Carroll Lynch, Richmond Arquette, Bob Stephenson, John Lacy, Chloë Sevigny, Ed Setrakian, John Getz, John Terry, Candy Clark, Elias Koteas

Usually when a film gets made about a media grabbing unsolved crime, the resulting movie tends to be overtly sensational and at only remotely connected to what really happened. But the director has given us a well argued thesis on the possible identity of the Zodiac. While there are some very intense scenes, Fincher takes a somewhat unexpected approach on the subject. All of the killings take place pretty early on in the movie, with the bulk of the story centering on the actual investigation into the killer by both the cops and a cartoonist who becomes obsessed with the case. In fact, the depictions of the murders are done in a manner that is fairly reverent towards the victims while still conveying the cruelty of them.

Some people may find themselves disappointed by this two and a half hour epic if they go in expecting the usual serial killer fare. But it’s a must see for anybody who likes a good detective story.

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