Argo: Fake It Til You Make It

by Ethan Alter October 12, 2012 6:01 am
<i>Argo</i>: Fake It Til You Make It

Your average, conventional thriller probably wouldn't build its big climactic set-piece around a bunch of people waiting in line at the airport trying to catch a plane, but then Argo most certainly isn't your average, conventional thriller. Instead, Ben Affleck's third feature film as a director is a loving throwback to the political procedurals of the '70s -- think films like All the President's Men and Three Days of the Condor -- where the "action," such as it is, chiefly involves government (or government-adjacent) guys in suits talking, scheming and plotting instead of running around firing off their guns. In fact, the film's central hero, CIA agent Tony Mendez (Affleck, handing himself the starring role as he did in The Town two years ago) never wields a firearm once during the course of the movie, even when he's in the most desperate of circumstances. He's on a mission where stealth matters more than a show of action movie strength.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, December 3, 2013

by Ethan Alter December 3, 2013 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, December 3, 2013

"Hey, bub -- whaddya mean I was a little pitchy in Les Miz?"

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

by Ethan Alter February 19, 2013 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Ben Affleck strains to think up new "Argo [bleep] yourself" jokes.

Oscars 2013: Our Gut Reaction to the Nominations

by Ethan Alter January 10, 2013 10:26 am
Oscars 2013: Our Gut Reaction to the Nominations

We reflect on the just-announced 2013 Oscar nominations. Sorry DC Nation... Marvel Studios has kicked your butt one more time.

The Top Ten Movies of 2012

by Ethan Alter December 27, 2012 9:56 am
The Top Ten Movies of 2012

The Moviefile puts a bow on 2012 with our official Top Ten list, plus a bunch of honorable mentions.

Golden Globes 2013: Our Gut Reactions to the Movie Nominations

by Ethan Alter December 13, 2012 10:56 am
Golden Globes 2013: Our Gut Reactions to the Movie Nominations

Looks like it's Argo versus Zero Dark Thirty at the Golden Globes this year.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, August 30, 2011

by Ethan Alter August 30, 2011 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Oh my god you guys! Disney totally asked me to go to prom!!!

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