Two of the movies I’m anticipating the most for the remainder of this year are George Clooney’s The Ides Of March and Gavin O’Connor’s Warrior. The subject matters are radically different, but each presents its own special appeal.
Warrior, a story about brothers who enter a mixed martial arts tournament for their own reasons born out of desperation, stars Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy and Nick Nolte. I’m not a big MMA guy, but I love boxing and martial arts movies, and the early buzz on Warrior has been overwhelmingly positive. If watching guys beat the crap out of each other isn’t your bag, don’t turn away just yet. The performances look phenomenal, plus, well, you know — Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton. Here’s a clip, showing Hardy being brutally tough and absolutely brilliant.
As for The Ides Of March, well, you had me at Clooney, but throwing in Ryan Gosling as the political aide trying to help get his man (Clooney) elected president and then getting caught up in scandal rings my bell too. It also stars Evan Rachel Wood, a lovely and underused actress who sometimes gets short shrift due to her… peculiar dating history. Here’s a rather charming clip of Gosling and Wood as they meet and Gosling gloriously and adorably drops the ball.
(h/t to Ropes Of Silicon)