I've got a slightly bad feeling about George Clooney's latest directorial feat, but not an overpoweringly bad one. I guess opening up the Venice Film Festival does leave very much to be desired, especially considering what premiered last year. It's a factor of crowd appeal and reliability, and at first sight The Ides of March looks like that. I'll admit to not entirely having an idea what the change of title was about, but this trailer makes that pretty clear. It's uncertain if this will be Gosling's major awards play, but it is certain that he's in leading actor territory once again. I'm interested, but cautious, which is usually not a good thing.