Gigli: The First of Affleck’s Embarrassments

GIGLI

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DIRECTED BY: Martin Brest

STARRING: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bartha

GENRE: Romantic Comedy

YEAR: 2003

COUNTRY: United States

A lowly thug, Gigli, is assigned to kidnap the psychologically challenged younger brother of a powerful federal prosecutor to save his mobster boss from incarceration. Staked-out in his one-bedroom apartment with his kidnap victim, Brian, Gigli soon realizes that what he thought would be a routine assignment soon becomes a tumultuous task. Ricki, a gorgeous, free-spirited female gangster is sent to assist Gigli with the kidnapping because his boss does not think that Gigli is up to the job. But when his feelings for the decidedly unavailable Ricki begin to grow, and he actually becomes concerned for Brian, tough guy Gigli begins to transform into an actual human being…which considering his profession could be a very dangerous occupation.Screen Shot 2013-02-20 at 4.50.27 PM

I approached the most mocked movie of the year ignoring the months of anti-hype, scattered behind-the-scenes turmoil, and the media blitzkrieg that set out to destroy the creation known as “Bennifer,” the conjoining of stars Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez. Gigli is not the Thanksgiving turkey that the minions of star-haters would have you believe. Rather, it is a highly curious film that is not so much poor as it is the victim of its own unfortunate media backlash.

From his opening lines, it becomes clear that Affleck’s performance is utterly terrible. Clad in a series of bowling shirts, leather jackets, and wifebeaters, and with his hair slicked back, Affleck’s Gigli is like a hyperchauvinistic parody of Travolta’s Chili Palmer inGet Shorty, and speaks—nay, yells—all his lines in an absurd Jersey accent.

Tgigli-945he sexual politics of Gigli are so last century. Gigli views Ricki as a lesbian who can be turned straight by his relentless machismo, while Ricki’s version of flirting with Gigli consists of undercutting it (usually by calling him “gay,” or asking if he’s gay). Unlike another Affleck vehicle, Chasing Amy, this film presents the male fantasy of scaring a lesbian straight via their masculinity in such outrageously dumb fashion that it’s offensive. And, when Gigli and Ricki eventually get down and dirty, Lopez kicks off the proceedings by spreading her legs, and unleashing this head-scratcher of an oral sex invite: “It’s turkey time … Gobble gobble.”

PROS:

  • A curious film plagued by bad press.

CONS:

  • “Turkey Time”.
  • Poor main cast performance.
  • Sexual politics.
  • Failed accents.

SCORE: 3.5 / 10

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Argo: Let’s Make a Film…but a Fake One

Hello everybody! Sorry for the wait, as we have been very busy behind the scenes optimizing your experience! This time around we have the film featuring a CIA funded film known as Argo.

ARGO

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DIRECTED: Ben Affleck

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

GENRE: Political Thriller

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: United States 

argo-trailer-ben-affleckIn 1979, the American embassy in Iran was invaded by Iranian revolutionaries and several Americans were taken hostage. However, six managed to escape to the official residence of the Canadian Ambassador and the CIA was ordered to get them out of the country. With few options, exfiltration expert Tony Mendez devised a daring plan: create a phony Canadian film project looking to shoot in Iran and smuggle the Americans out as its production crew. With the help of some trusted Hollywood contacts, Mendez created the ruse and proceeded to Iran as its associate producer. However, time was running out with the Iranian security forces closing in on the truth while both his charges and the White House had grave doubts about the operation themselves.

Damn Ben Affleck, you just keep moving up on my favorite actor/filmmakers list. Argo is a fantastic film, I just wish I had seen it sooner. I want to give a shout out to both the main and supporting cast, as they breathed life into characters that could have been rather two-dimensional and merely textbook. The story is in fact fascinating as well, since I didn’t know much about CIA cover missions yet they absolutely enthralled me. Damn it Affleck, why can’t you make a bad film? Oh wait. Gigli. Nevermind…forget I said anything.

rory_scott_argo_film_still_a_lI don’t have many gripes with Argo, as overall it is a pretty decent film. I just have to say, the film suffers from what I like to call “first act-itis”. The film does a fantastic job setting up the overly interesting characters and setting, but it hinders the time flow throughout the film. Argo is incredibly slow, as it feels like it takes forever to get up and get going. The actual operation, which is based off of the real life CIA operation, known as the Canadian Caper, doesn’t even start until almost the hour mark. Regardless, Argo is a fantastic film that any thriller fan will enjoy.

PROS:

  • Solid main cast performances.
  • Fantastic supporting performances.
  • CIA cover missions.
  • Interesting plot.

CONS:

  • “First Act-itis”.
  • Pacing.

SCORE: 8.0/10

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Gone Girl: Did Ben Affleck Kill His Wife?

Hello everybody! For today’s New Movie Show we have Ben Affleck’s thriller Gone Girl.

GONE GIRL

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STARRING: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

DIRECTOR: David Fincher

GENRE: Thriller

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

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Gone Girl has to be one of my favorite films of 2014, at least story wise.The film was just so damn intriguing that I was actually interested in the film the entire time. I wanted to stand up and applaud at the end, even though I didn’t. Ben Affleck played himself very well as well as Rosamund Pike playing himself. They were so in sync that they could actually be married. I have to say though, they stand out performance in my opinion was Tyler Perry. In a slightly different role then I am used to him playing, he essentially is the wife killing defender/lawyer. He fit the role so well that he was scary good. I don’t want to spoil too much of the story for y’all, but prepare to be confused and love it.

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While I loved Gone Girl, I am not afraid to admit that it has problems. There is a point in the film that turns the characters against each other in a media battle. While this is interesting, it definitely lasts way too long and cut have easily be cut down. My biggest pet peeve though is the ending. The film kind of ends on a mute note, you will understand once you see it.

PROS:

  •  Main cast performances.
  • Story.
  • Character/cast chemistry.

CONS:

  •  Lengthy media battle.
  • Ending

SCORE:

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