17 January 2009

Barack Obama: Passionate Maverick

Screenwriters Risa Williams and Ezra Werb identified twelve personality types based upon people's ten favorite films in their Cinescopes project.  In addition to a website designed to help you determine your own cinescope, there is a book that offers in-depth analysis of each type.  (Full disclosure: the book is a bit disappointing because it does not elaborate on their process for determining why each film appeals to a particular 'scope.)  Anyway, I recently became a supporter of Barack Obama on Facebook, and noticed that he lists five favorite films.  This is only half the number used to "accurately" identify a person's cinescope, but it's the only available information.

The President-elect's self-identified five favorite films are:
  1. Casablanca
  2. The Godfather
  3. The Godfather, Part II
  4. Lawrence of Arabia
  5. One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
Based on this information, Mr. Obama is a Passionate Maverick.  Ironic, considering that his opposition in the presidential election was the self-identified maverick Senator John McCain, is it not?  Here's what Williams and Werb say about Passionate Mavericks:
Passionate Mavericks are like fish swimming against the current.  The masses may be telling them what to do, who to love, or how to behave, but these rebels choose not to listen.  They're dissatisfied with the status quo, and, on behalf of the meek and the voiceless, they want to change the world for the better.  Mavericks don't follow trends--they set them.  They're cool without even trying.  They have hordes of people who fear and admire them, but they're loners by nature and often keep their distance.  In the end, Mavericks must realize that accepting help from others only makes their mission stronger.  In the words of Passionate Maverick William Wallace in Braveheart, "They may take our lives, but they'll never take our freedom!"

Things about Passionate Mavericks
Among the film quotes cited as a "quintessential statement" for a Passionate Maverick is Michael Corleone's, "It's not personal, Sonny.  It's strictly business."  Air Force One is listed as a typical mode of transportation, and cigarettes as a culinary favorite.  (Not sure what to make of quintessential behavior including "running for public office as a joke," though.)

What We Can Expect from a Passionate Maverick in Office
Williams and Werb offer words of encouragement for a troubled nation looking to its next president:
Mavericks' behavior at work will vary depending on the circumstance.  When they believe in the values of the company they're working for and feel useful to the world at large, they are the hardest workers in the world.  They demand that their job contributes to bettering other peoples' lives in some way.
Memo to Mr. Obama
Having read these reassurances, it is fitting to end this with a message to Mr. Obama.  I, too, am a Passionate Maverick and I know there to be truth in the authors' words of advice:
Sometimes, being uncool can be fun.  Channel your inner dork once in awhile: Play board games, read a comic book, or embarrass yourself on the dance floor.  Unwind and enjoy life more.  And don't worry; everyone will think you're the coolest person in the room anyway.

2 comments:

  1. Hey, I'm Ezra, one of the writers of CINESCOPES!

    We found your blog, and we're both so thrilled that you connected Obama's favorites to our book!

    Our book was released during Primary season, and as we promoted it, we kept saying that we've got the candidates figured out based on their favorite movies (most of them publicly listed their number ones).

    I love that Obama had the guts to list the Godfathers considering they have criminals as heroes. Definitely a Mav.

    Anyway, just had to tell you thanks. Keep up the good blogging!

    -Ezra

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  2. Hey, I'm Ezra, one of the writers of CINESCOPES!

    We found your blog, and we're both so thrilled that you connected Obama's favorites to our book!

    Our book was released during Primary season, and as we promoted it, we kept saying that we've got the candidates figured out based on their favorite movies (most of them publicly listed their number ones).

    I love that Obama had the guts to list the Godfathers considering they have criminals as heroes. Definitely a Mav.

    Anyway, just had to tell you thanks. Keep up the good blogging!

    -Ezra

    ReplyDelete