Miss Sloane

Miss Sloane

Blu-ray Disc - 2017
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In the world of political power brokers, Washington lobbyist Elizabeth Sloane takes on the most powerful opponent of her career and will do whatever is required to win.

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Surprisingly strong film from the director of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE. Sort of an intellectual exercise in how a bill becomes a law in the cesspit that is Washington D.C. Jessica Chastain carries this movie on her back. Mark Strong is good as always. MISS SLOAN is not a perfect picture though. It requires a heaping suspension of disbelief (for instance, what is Miss Sloan's motivation?). We all know post-Sandy Hook Elementary that even the most modest gun control legislation is a no-go in the nation's capital. But the script, cinematography and performances are all so good you find yourself willingly going along for the ride. And the ending is a treat.

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Aileen
Sep 19, 2017

Superb! I was glued to my screen from the very first scene to the very last part! Jessica Chastain was incredible! A must see movie!

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ROBERTFREDALLEN
Sep 12, 2017

Found this a very good movie if not short of excellent. Well acted by all.

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hsteiner85
Aug 25, 2017

EXCELLENT movie!! Great ending, didn't see that one coming. A bit slow in the beginning but hang in there, it makes up for it.

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mikeedm
Jul 31, 2017

Well written, well acted kept me interested for the entire two hours. In the US special interest groups have incredible power. Highly recommend.

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fdb045
Jul 31, 2017

Excellent movie.

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Xny555
Jul 30, 2017

Really interesting movie. Recommend.

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matcat44
Jul 25, 2017

Couldn't hear the dialogue over the annoying soundtrack. Gave up.

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travioli68
Jul 20, 2017

Fantastic film. Jessica Chastain is phenomenal. This film gives an insiders view into what goes on behind the scenes with lobbyists. Definitely keeps you involved and interested throughout the movie. Great actors. Excellent director.

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DHahn
Jul 12, 2017

Excellent script and direction with fine actors. Miss Sloane is the REAL wonder woman, taking out the amoral parasitic NRA...if only this were real! How is it the English understand our political issues better than we do? Fabulous trump card at the end.

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jimg2000
May 03, 2017

***Spoiler Alert, early into the film***
Women. Our polling data is telling us that we're not connecting with the female voter, so... we want to change the narrative... from mothers losing their kids to guns... to mothers protecting their kids with guns...
from a battered wife threatened by a bullet... to fending off her violent husband with a .38. Guns as tools of female empowerment.. What's the saying? God created humans. Samuel Colt made 'em equal. Now Liz, imagine a new organization pitched at women... who are deterred by the strong rhetoric of the Second amendment groups... and by our association with the political right.
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Come on, George, any headcase, felon or terrorist... can buy an assault rifle from a gun show, the Internet or his buddy at the Bowl-O-Rama... without so much as an ID.

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jimg2000
May 03, 2017

***Adult lesson***
A priest is giving a young nun a lift home from church one day... and as he's shifting gears, he rests his hand on the nun's knee... The young nun looks up at the priest and says: "Father, remember Luke 14:10."
-The priest withdraws his hand, embarrassed. Next time they stop at a light, he places his hand a little higher up on her thigh. The nun says: "Remember Luke 14:10, Father." The priest apologizes: "The flesh is weak", he says... So he drops her off and when he gets home, he reaches for his Bible and he flips to Luke 14:10. Anyone know what it says?
-Hm? What does it say, Pat?
"Friend, come up higher, then shalt thou have glory." Know your subject, people! Failure to do so may result in the loss of a golden opportunity. When I see you this afternoon, you better be ready to recite that Tax Code in Esperanto.

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jimg2000
May 03, 2017

When this town guts you like a trout and chokes you with your own entrails... don't come sniveling to me.
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Sometimes we act not for ourselves... but because we believe, plainly and simply, it is the right thing to do.
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Career suicide's not so bad when you consider the alternative is suicide by career.
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A muffin? Let's see: eggs, milk, flour, sugar, cocoa powder, chocolate. That sounds exactly like a cake!
But of course, no civilized person would ever eat a chocolate cake for breakfast.
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They're a boutique, bipartisan and government affairs agency.
-Boutique is a euphemism for little fish. Bipartisan denotes a bunch of hippies in suits.
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They want you behind bars. You make one statement, you correct one nefarious allegation... that's it! You waive your right to defend and you're compelled to answer everything. They're taking you to the woodshed in front of the national press... They're going to rile you so bad, they'd make Gandhi want to cut their tongues out.

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jimg2000
May 03, 2017

Is Sloane the personification of an ice cube?
-She pees standing up and, like I don't even do that.
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She's not predictable. She aims to surprise. She'll share things with her team but she won't share everything. She'll have a plan for certain people but they won't know until they're dropped right into the middle of it. There's always something going on with her.
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Polling data puts a majority of Americans in favor of Heaton-Harris.
-And that's exactly why you keep losing..
Well, this is actually our first crack at guns but I take your point.
-What point?
Public opinion is overrated.
-Return re-election for senators was 82%. ... The (voter) turnout was 36% I'll bet most of them were paid up members of the gun lobby. ... Our opposition has created a base of voters vast and fanatical... who go out and vote exclusively on the issue of guns. How do we compete with that?

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jimg2000
May 03, 2017

The Bill expand the scope of gun regulation..
- And it's yet another affront to Americans' constitutional rights..
No. The Bill closes an absurd loophole... which allows people on Terrorist Watchlists to buy guns without
any check whatsoever..
-It's an incursion into individual liberty by an all-powerful government...
What, like Drivers licenses?
-Drivers licenses?
It's illegal to operate a car... without going through rigorous theoretical and practical assessments. That's a clear constraint on the... Individuals to drive cars or pilots to fly planes. You know, in Japan, chefs train for 7 years... before they're allowed to serve a poisonous blow-fish call Fugu.
-What does any of this have to do with background checks?
That is a fair question! Does anyone in this room think that the government should abolish drivers licenses?
-That's absurd.

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jimg2000
May 03, 2017

Why? They are a government incursion into individual liberty. We accept them because they make sense.
The more dangerous the machinery, the more rigorous the test should be. I think we can extend our
definition of dangerous machinery... to semi-automatic firearms.
-Except the Second Amendment to the Constitution doesn't guarantee the right to drive cars... or operate machinery or serve blow-fish, for that matter. It guarantees the right to keep and bear arms. Perhaps you haven't read it lately. The bill infringes the rights of the people to keep and bear arms.!
The Second Amendment was signed in a time when the average life expectancy was 38... and it was common practice for our Founding Fathers to... resolve their differences at dawn, in a gunfight. What may have been perfectly sensible in those alien times, is wholly inadequate to solve the problems of the present...

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jimg2000
May 03, 2017

The United States Constitution has stood the test of time. It's authored to confer unimpeachable rights...
which don't change depending on which way the wind's blowing. It's so authored with the specific intent...
of keeping at bay the Elizabeth Sloanes of this world... who want to wipe their asses with the Constitution and replace it... because she knows better than the Founding Fathers of this great nation.
-Nothing is unimpeachable, not even the Constitution. It's ironic that the very statement of rights you're so quick to invoke... is, in fact, an Amendment!
I may not like it either, Elizabeth, but it is the Second Amendment. It comes right after freedom of speech,
religion and press and... and somewhere before freedom from search and having to testify against yourself. They're all kind of bunched together. It's called the Bill of Rights! How do you get around that?

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jimg2000
May 03, 2017

-We don't need to. The Supreme Court already made it clear that the right to own a gun is... subject to lawful restrictions. One of those is background checks!
Universal background checks are an infringement.
What part of "shall not be infringed" don't you get?
-I get that that's the weakest, most mind-numbing retort in your impoverished arsenal. Sort of a last refuge for those with no argument at all.
-You're talking about the United States Constitution!
If they could produce a rational winning argument, I'd gladly migrate to their side... but because it says so in the Constitution, the Bible or my horoscope...
-What?
It's not a winning argument. It's a ripcord. An intellectual equivalent of a yellow, pant-pissing wimp cowering behind Mommy's skirts. .... No, no, no! Let's not! Why don't we ask all the mothers out there who lost their children to an armed sociopath... if they believe in his unimpeachable, constitutional right to bear arms... Why not ask a terrified girl ...

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jimg2000
May 03, 2017

A conviction Lobbyist can only believe in her ability to win
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I don't just want her on the defensive! I don't just want her off the campaign! I want her to be the reason
people think twice... before takin' on the guardians of the Second Amendment. I want her career..
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Dildos are illegal in Texas, but Joe Public can walk into a sports store and walk out with a shotgun.
-That would explain the low rate of dildo-related murders in Texas.
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Women are the gun lobby's blind spot..A massive power base who they don't speak to... and they can't control.
-And?
Those strange excursions on my itinerary? Womens' representative bodies, feminist groups, female CEO's... I talked to as many as I could into browbeating their membership... to donate to my PAC.
Note: May 14, 2000, 2:34 PM CBS Poll: The Gender Gap On Guns http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cbs-poll-the-gender-gap-on-guns/

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jimg2000
May 03, 2017

You dragged me in here, wedged an endoscope up my posterior... and all this time, the only incriminating item... you have in your possession is a filing sample?
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Dump it in the recycling. They'll make pencils out of it. Maybe one will find it's way into the hands of a reporter with some integrity.
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I'd give my left nut to drag her rep through the dirt... but your not going to get it. She's a CYA (Cover-Your-Ass) specialist. I've never met anyone so pedantic...
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I betrayed your confidence. I sent you down this path.
-Don't worry, Liz, it's not your fault. Is That what you want to hear?
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Forde, human interaction is an exchange, my money for your...
-Dick.
I was gonna say skill-set. But that's only exchange I'm willing to make.
-You sound like a banker.

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