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I would never come outright and say I’m vindicated in the fact that I don’t keep up to date on all details of current events or even past historical events when a film comes out that’s “Based on true events.” I will say though that it affords me the capability to be truly captivated by said movie when I get a chance to see the dramatized versions of the event. Ben Affleck’s ARGO captures a time period that I not only knew nothing about, but kicked me to the edge of my seat from the get go and left me there for the duration.
Set during the Iranian hostage situation in the late 70′s early 80′s Affleck’s film sets a perfectly fleshed out time period and characters that feel real. Affleck stars as a CIA operative tasked with coming up with the idea that will hopefully get 6 US Embassy members out of the hostile situation alive. Affleck’s performance, while subdued, is still pretty good while the individual performances from each of the escaped Embassy members are good, no one stands out in particular aside from maybe the welcome and hilarious cutaways to John Goodman and Alan Arkin’s Hollywood characters and whenever Bryan Cranston is on screen.
The bare minimum character set up is employed to develop these individuals, which is just enough to care about rather or not they make it (should you not already know the outcome). What really sells ARGO though is the meticulous attention to detail for the setting and tense set pieces. The audience (or at least me) felt much like one of the hostages with a bag over my head knowing someone is aiming a gun at me and the unbearable anticipation of that person pulling the trigger. Another apt comparison would replace the aimed firearm as a noose that tightens ever so slightly the longer the film goes while we as an audience keep waiting for the chair to be kicked out from under us.
Affleck’s previous film THE TOWN, which I loved, compares similarly to ARGO in that Affleck handles the material with such poise with so many different stellar storylines or plot mechanics that at times it would be nice if one stood out more than another. That being said, while there isn’t a standout performance in ARGO, I still think the film is superior to THE TOWN as a tighter even more engaging and affecting experience.
I’m not naive enough to end this without saying that in the harrowing last half hour of film the dramatization of events feels embellished and manipulative- but I didn’t care. I’m not one to lift my nose at depicting real life events in the Hollywood system and proclaim them to be absurd and transparent in their attempts to illicit tension. The fact of the matter is that real or not, the last half hour of ARGO is a fantastic display of tension that culminates in an emotional way that I quite frankly wasn’t expecting.
It is remarkable to me that I can be so head over heels for a film that doesn’t have a performance to nail the film down. ARGO is a marvel of tension and drama that’s slow in its setup to a series of set pieces that had my heart nearly beating out of my chest. Aflleck handles the film with such skill and subtlety that can make the last half hour seem a bit out of character to the rest of the film. Regardless, ARGO is easily one of the better movies of this year and one that I cannot wait to experience over and over again.
Written By: Luke (@CrummyLuke on Twitter)
We have a couple of new posters to show you tonight in order to give you a break from the relentless superhero news. Take a deep breath, have a quick read, and then hit the jump to check them out:
2012 Sundance darling, Beasts of the Southern Wild is, as our own Matt Goldberg calls it: "a must-see movie...unlike anything you've seen in years." You can check out his review here.
The Giant Mechanical Man stars Jenna Fischer and Chris Messina in "an offbeat romantic comedy about a silver-painted street performer and the soft spoken zoo worker who falls for him." Watch the quirky trailer here.
Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses.
First up is Beasts of the Southern Wild:
In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.
Here's The Giant Mechanical Man, now in theaters (via IMPAwards):
THE GIANT MECHANICAL MAN is an offbeat romantic comedy about two outsiders — a misunderstood street performer (Chris Messina) and the soft spoken zoo worker who falls for ...
The first trailer is now online for Lee Kirk's quirky romantic comedy The Giant Mechanical Man. It tells of the oft under-represented love story of a zoo worker and a street performer who are both seeking meaning in this crazy world of ours. The Giant Mechanical Man stars Jenna Fischer, Chris Messina, Malin Akerman, Lucy Punch and a hilariously douchey Topher Grace. You can see what Fischer had to say about the movie, which was directed by her husband, in this interview here. Hit the jump to check out the synopsis and the trailer.
Check out the synopsis below, followed by the trailer:
THE GIANT MECHANICAL MAN is an offbeat romantic comedy about two outsiders — a misunderstood street performer (Chris Messina) and the soft spoken zoo worker who falls for him. Akerman will play Fischer’s well-meaning sister who pushes her towards dating a pompous motivational speaker, played by Topher Grace.
Emma Roberts, Chris Messina, and Ari Graynor have joined the cast of the indie dramedy Celeste and Jesse Forever. Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg star as "a young divorcing couple who try to maintain their long-standing friendship while living together and pursuing other relationships." According to Variety, Roberts plays a young starlet who hires Celeste to revamp her image when her career struggles. Messina is a financial analyst who helps Celeste get over Jesse. Graynor will play Celeste's best friend who has trouble supporting her relationship with Jesse.
Lee Toland Krieger (The Vicious Kind ) will direct from a script Jones co-wrote with fellow actor Will McCormack. After a prolonged development, the casting of Samberg in March advanced the process. Filming should begin before Samberg shoots I Hate You Dad later this summer. More after the break:
Jones elaborated on the story in the initial report:
“Our movie is about two people who love each other a ton but they don’t know what to do with that love, and how do you let that person go. It’s very different from: ‘I like having sex with this person because I’m so modern but then, ooh, maybe I like them.’ I’m less interested in that story. It’s the version of When Harry Met Sally 20 years later, or Blue Valentine. It’s really about how you break up with someone.”
As a co-writer, Jones explained the motivation behind her ...