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And this time it's not set in Boston, and has a well-known cast.

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I'm in. I thought his first two directorial movies, Gone Baby Gone and The Town, were excellent.

BA has a good chance to be his generations Clint Eastwood. Like Eastwood, Affleck's acting is getting better with age; it may never be great, but good, nonetheless. Thinking of Eastwood, I saw a couple of shots in that clip that looked like a younger Eastwood but it was Bryan Cranston. I could see Cranston playing Eastwood.

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Looks good

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I’m in. I thought his first two directorial movies, Gone Baby Gone and The Town, were excellent.

Absolutely agree.
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Based on a "declassified true story". This should be interesting.

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Ill give this a go.

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I liked his other films. Ill give this a try

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Looks good. Rated R to boot. He didn't cave.

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Way too much political ramifications, not interested.. I'm out!
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Way too much political ramifications

Ancient history....30 some years ago.

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I have the BDs of both Gone Baby Gone and The Town, which I guess makes clear how big a fan of Ben Affleck's directorial talents I am. Unless a problem arises that I don't currently foresee, I plan to see Argo tomorrow. If things go according to plan, i'll report my impressions of the film tomorrow or Saturday.
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Saw Argo today and loved it. It is tautly written with sparkling dialog. It is filled both with sphincter tightening excitement and raucous humor. For example, when someone at the CIA asked a guy with connections to the administration how the White House was reacting to the Iran hostage crisis, the guy said, "Carter has been s**ting so many bricks, you could build a building with them.smile.gif On the excitement front, the scene at the Tehran airport when the 6 embassy employees who had been hiding out in the Canadian ambassador's residence were trying to leave the country was extraordinarily tense and effective.

The telling of the political backstory leading to the Iran hostage crisis was mostly factual. There was modification or combining of people into a single character in the case of several of the principals but nothing I saw in that detracted from this having been a mostly factual account of a true story. As we all know, that's something we don't often see in Hollywood films.

Argo is the best film I have seen this year. 10 Stars out of 10. I have signed up at Amazon to be notified when the BD is available. This is one I want to watch again, this time with subtitles so that I can more easily follow the rapid fire dialog.
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Is Ben Affleck our generation's Orson Wells?



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Is Ben Affleck our generation's Orson Wells?

I think Affleck is less of an auteur than Wells was, which seems to me to be a good thing. Affleck is a blue collar director. He avoids super artistic photographic flourishes and specializes in clear storytelling. I compare his work so far more to Clint Eastwood's than anyone else. If Argo is any indication of the development of Affleck's talent, I think he may have many more wonderful pictures in him.
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I compare his work so far more to Clint Eastwood's than anyone else.
Very perceptive and accurate.wink.gif

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Who woulda thunk it back in the day? I guess he and Damon showed lots of early promise with the Good Will Hunting script, but I'd never have guessed he have turned out to be a really good director. His acting these days isn't at all bad either. Look at something like "He's Just Not That Into You", where I think he does quite a good job.

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Saw Argo today and loved it. It is tautly written with sparkling dialog. It is filled both with sphincter tightening excitement and raucous humor. For example, when someone at the CIA asked a guy with connections to the administration how the White House was reacting to the Iran hostage crisis, the guy said, "Carter has been s**ting so many bricks, you could build a building with them.smile.gif On the excitement front, the scene at the Tehran airport when the 6 embassy employees who had been hiding out in the Canadian ambassador's residence were trying to leave the country was extraordinarily tense and effective.
The telling of the political backstory leading to the Iran hostage crisis was mostly factual. There was modification or combining of people into a single character in the case of several of the principals but nothing I saw in that detracted from this having been a mostly factual account of a true story. As we all know, that's something we don't often see in Hollywood films.
Argo is the best film I have seen this year. 10 Stars out of 10. I have signed up at Amazon to be notified when the BD is available. This is one I want to watch again, this time with subtitles so that I can more easily follow the rapid fire dialog.

Going by this review will definitely be looking out for it on blu ray. Thanks gwsat.

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Throw my 2 cents into the pile. I agree with pretty much everything positive said about this movie. Stunning piece of work and I suspect it will earn a lot of Gold this awards season and may be the
easiest prediction for Best Director and Best Movie nominations in a few years. it may not win the most awards due to lack of major female parts, but it still may need a wheelbarrow to carry them all home
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It was an interesting film but a little too Hollywood for me. IOW, I could have waited for the BD to show up for rental but that will take a while given the studio is Warner Brothers.
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It was an interesting film but a little too Hollywood for me. IOW, I could have waited for the BD to show up for rental but that will take a while given the studio is Warner Brothers.
Thanx for the review.
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I was pleased to see that Ben Affleck won the Best Director Golden Globe for Argo. That was particularly gratifying in light of the Academy's scandalous failure to even nominate Affleck for the Best Director Oscar. Three cheers for the Golden Globe voters!smile.gif
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I'm such a loser for not watching this movie. frown.gif
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looking forward in watching this on blu ray.

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looking forward in watching this on blu ray.

Yeah, me too. I ordered the Argo BD from Amazon and its scheduled to ship on 22 February. I loved the film when I saw it in the theater, so am really looking forward to seeing it on BD.
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Me too! I'm kinda excited to see it on blu ray though.

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Now this is is a "MOVIE"...top notch stuff. I had no interest in watching this at all as I'm not crazy about political films like this Munich,etc. But for some reason perhaps because it won Oscar for BP I had to give it a whirl and glad I did.

It was very well executed ii every dept IMO: acting, direction, script, wild locations,..everything had to click which was not easy at all to do for this subject matter and it could have been very boring. I was prob most astounded that the movie was not at all overly complicated or convoluted like for a political drama but it moved very quick and I was really on the edge of my seat with suspense the last hour. For once in a a blue moon I agree with the Academy...best picture indeed. And anyone can watch this, not just boring intelligent historians or adults either.
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My nerves are still shot from the plane crash in Flight. Then I get the escape in Argo - I’m wiped.

I agree with the positive comments. Argo was a very impressive movie on all fronts.

I was impressed at how closely the actors (in character) resembled their counterparts. Great job.

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Funny you should mention that; I watched Airplane! last night.tongue.gif

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It was an interesting film but a little too Hollywood for me. IOW, I could have waited for the BD to show up for rental but that will take a while given the studio is Warner Brothers.

Concur. I did wait for the rental and finally saw it last week. Don't get me wrong, it is a good film, just in my view not a great film. I think I was going in expecting too much because Gone Baby Gone is a masterpiece and historical drama is right up my alley. I did appreciate the care taken in realistically depicting the era as much as possible.

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Now this is is a "MOVIE"...top notch stuff. I had no interest in watching this at all as I'm not crazy about political films like this Munich,etc. But for some reason perhaps because it won Oscar for BP I had to give it a whirl and glad I did.

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My nerves are still shot from the plane crash in Flight. Then I get the escape in Argo - I’m wiped.

I agree with the positive comments. Argo was a very impressive movie on all fronts.

I was impressed at how closely the actors (in character) resembled their counterparts. Great job.

Next up for Saturday night – Zero Dark Thirty.

Glad you guys enjoyed Argo too. As noted in earlier posts I loved it 10 Stars out of 10.

Last year gave us an embarrassing surfeit of movie riches. Although I loved that the Academy gave Argo the Best Picture Oscar, my sentimental favorite was Zero Dark Thirty. It had no realistic chance of winning because of the level of (misplaced) hatred it drew from both the left and the right. What a crock all of that was! Zero Dark Thirty is perhaps the finest character study of the emotional, and sometimes physical, price patriotic Americans pay for willingly doing the brutal, distasteful, and sometimes dangerous, jobs that keep the rest of us safe. Pay particular attention to the final scene of Maya as the only passenger on a huge transport plane. Jesus!
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