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Old 10-04-2012, 04:40 PM
Argo



Directed by Ben Affleck

Written by Chris Terrio

Plot: As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.

Starring: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman

Rated R for language and some violent images

Runtime: 120 minutes


Looks pretty good. Affleck can only grow as a filmmaker.
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Old 10-04-2012, 04:48 PM
One of my most anticipated of the remainder of the year. I'm a big fan of Affleck's previous two directorial efforts and by the sounds of it, this is his best yet.
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Old 10-04-2012, 06:53 PM
I've waited four years for this movie. I posted a story about the actual events four years ago, hoping that it would be made into a movie one day. I can only hope it ends up as good as I envisioned it in my head.

Fun fact: My girlfriend works with a woman who used to work at the CIA (legal department; not a spy), and it turns out that her boss at the time was none other than Tony Mendez, the main character in the movie.
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:35 PM
I'm a bit conflicted on this one. On the one hand, Affleck has shown himself to be quite skilled behind the camera, and it has a decent cast. On the other hand, fuck the CIA.
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:38 PM
Solid cast, solid story, great up-and-coming director. Sign me up.
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:49 AM
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Solid cast, solid story, great up-and-coming director. Sign me up.
Agree. Looks very good, and I think it could end up a major awards player.
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:49 AM
Definitely one of my most anticipated movies of the year. Looks fantastic. Can't wait.
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Old 10-12-2012, 04:39 PM
"Argo' (true events) a political hostage crisis thriller (in 1979 Iranian crisis) is a rare intelligent blend of drama and humor, where a fake movie production is used to rescue 6 Americans

A praiseworthy, fascinating and precise made film. It works on all levels. Ben Affleck has arrived as a complete director. And he's not too bad directing himself in the lead part.


The fake movie plot is so increditable bizarre how is it conceivable. It held my interest from the opening reel until the credits. And hang around for the credits.


4 1/2 **** (A)


Jack





Spoiler: "Argo" is the name of the fake film and it took 18 years before Prez Clinton declassified the CIA operations
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Old 10-12-2012, 04:50 PM
Doesn't this kind of have a similar plot as The Last Shot? That movie starred Alec Baldwin as an FBI agent who uses the making of a movie to take down the mob. Only that movie was an all out comedy and Baldwin's character gets so wrapped up on making the movie that he seems to forget what the real purpose of this was. Matthew Broderick and Toni Collette also star in the movie. It wasn't great, but it was amusing.

I always thought these two movies sounded kind of similar. I mean, obviously there are some big differences, but both movies use the making of a movie as a means for something else.
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Old 10-12-2012, 05:06 PM
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Doesn't this kind of have a similar plot as The Last Shot? That movie starred Alec Baldwin as an FBI agent who uses the making of a movie to take down the mob. Only that movie was an all out comedy and Baldwin's character gets so wrapped up on making the movie that he seems to forget what the real purpose of this was. Matthew Broderick and Toni Collette also star in the movie. It wasn't great, but it was amusing.

I always thought these two movies sounded kind of similar. I mean, obviously there are some big differences, but both movies use the making of a movie as a means for something else.
Sure, but the events in Argo actually happened. Even though the events in the film are massively adjusted to make things more suspenseful, but the crux of the story really happened.

As far as The Last Shot, the original script for Argo (the film being released today, not the alien-script that fooled the Iranians) was a straight comedy apparently. I'm glad Affleck saw the wisdom in changing that up.
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Old 10-12-2012, 06:48 PM
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the original script for Argo (the film being released today, not the alien-script that fooled the Iranians) was a straight comedy apparently. I'm glad Affleck saw the wisdom in changing that up.
Was it really?! Ya, thank god someone saw the light of day on that one. The tension in the final 20-30 minutes of the movie is the best I have ever seen, and literally had me on the edge of my seat.
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Old 10-13-2012, 12:20 AM
Okay...so bare with me...

I just came back from the film so it's fresh in my mind, and perhaps I set the bar and my expectations too high. Now, don't let me saying that fool you to think I thought this was a bad film, quite the opposite.

I think Affleck directed the shit out of the film, it moves at a brilliant pace, the story telling is phenomenal and you are never bored. I also think it'll be nominated and probably win best screenplay.

Alan Arkin was so good, he has a fairly small role but when he is on screen it's brilliant perhaps a best supporting nod.

Now, where this starts to slide for me is the tension. Everyone has been talking about it and how "edge of your seat it was" and I agree it was tense, I was twirling and pulling on my beard as I was watching the film. But I expected it to be even more tense and over the top and palm sweat inducing then it was. I feel like it's my fault because like I said I expected it to blow my mind, and it didn't - it was just a good movie.

What a sin, for me to be complaining about a good movie when there is such shit out there, but I hope people understand where I'm coming from, especially those who have seen the film and read this.

Rating: B
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