Friday, August 01, 2008

Wag the Dog

Just watched this movie again this afternoon. David Mamet wrote it. It's short, punchy and funny (as you'd expect). It has Robert de Niro and Dustin Hoffman in. If it's 5% true it's scary.

A spin doctor and a movie producer have to deflect media attention from a president's sexual misdemeanour for long enough (eleven days) to get him re-elected. So they invent a war.

The dialogue crackles along (so worth a second viewing to get the bits you missed). And whilst I am wary of using movies to back up my personal prejudices I enjoyed this quote to support my continuing war against excellence:

'Today's good plan is much better than tomorrow's perfect plan.' It so is.

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