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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The Fall: Chasing the Spector

Hello everyone! For this week’s tv series show we have the Netflix/BBC collaboration The Fall.

THE FALL

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DIRECTED/CREATED BY: Allan Cubitt, Jakob Verbruggen

STARRING: Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, John Lynch, Archie Panjabi

NO. OF EPISODES: 11

GENRE: Crime Drama, Thriller

YEAR: 2013-

COUNTRY: United Kingdom

the_fallMetropolitan Police Superintendent Stella Gibson, a senior investigating officer tasked with the reviewing of investigations, is seconded to the Police Service of Northern Ireland in order to assess the progress of a murder investigation that has remained active for longer than 28 days. When it becomes apparent a serial killer is on the loose, local detectives must work with Stella to find and capture Paul Spector, who is attacking young professional women in the city of Belfast.

Surprise! We have yet another Netflix original (or exclusive, not exactly sure anymore) for you! Another one of BBC’s fantastic crime short series made viewable to us via the great Netflix gods, The Fall is entertaining yet difficult to watch. The main cast performances, particularly Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan, are incredibly on point and easily personify each of their respective characters. Their cat and mouse chase is obviously the main focus of the series and it is incredibly enjoyable to watch while hoping Specter gets away.

The-FallI do have to warn you now, the series is incredibly slow moving. Lengthily spread over 11 episodes and two mini series (more like seasons), it could have easily been cut down to one series spanning six episodes. It took me an incredibly long time to watch it, easily growing bored after a mere two episodes. While the series as a whole is one of the better BBC dramas I have seen on Netflix, it lacks due to poor pacing.

PROS:

  • Main cast performances.
  • British drama.
  • Cat and Mouse game.

CONS:

  • Length
  • Pacing

SCORE: 7.5 / 10

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Project Almanac: Shaky Cam Meets Time Travel

On this Monday morning with have yet another teenage time travel flick, Project Almanac.

PROJECT ALMANAC

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DIRECTOR: Dean Israelite

STARRING: Jonny Weston, Sofia Black D’Elia, Sam Lerner, Allen Evangelista, Virginia Gardner, Amy Landecker

GENRE: Found footage, Thriller, Science Fiction

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States

As a group of friends discover plans for a time machine, they build it and use it to fix their problems and personal gain. But as the future falls apart with disasters, and each of them disappear little by little, they must travel back to the past to make sure they never invent the machine or face the destruction of humanity.

project-almanacSo, I was really excited to see Project Almanac, I even actually watched it in the theatre. As these teens irresponsibly mess up the space-time continuum ever more seriously—leading to injury and heartbreak and even death—some realize that time travel is a lot more complex than they thought it was. They try to correct their mistakes and save people by doing more time-hopping, and that’s nice. [Spoiler Warning] What’s better, though, is David eventually coming to understand that it was a mistake to turn the thing on in the first place. He makes the hard but right decision to time travel one more time so he can destroy it. So David ends and begins things with noble motives. Because the whole things started with him wanting to talk with his father again—and, if he can, save him from the car accident that claimed his life.project-almanac-sam-lerner-jonny-weston-ginny-gardner-allen-evangelista

You can pinpoint the moment Project Almanac loses its way, and I have to start spoiling from here on out, so stop reading if you plan to attend despite my two-star rating. The movie’s fork-in-the-road moment is the live concert featured heavily in the trailers – a sequence that feels like it runs for 30 minutes, and a blatant rough patch in what was a swiftly-moving, glossy but passable exercise. It’s during this rowdy excursion that David fails to capitalize on his one moment to consummate a relationship with Jessie (Sofia Black-D’Elia), the hottest member of their Scooby Gang. Saturated in regret, David breaks his own rules to travel back to that moment and live the concert again. His new actions lead to romance, but as anyone who has watched a time-travel movie knows, he alters the timeline.

PROS:

  • Acknowledges complexity of time travel.
  • Uses found footage efficiently.

CONS:

  • Main/supporting cast performances.
  • Uninteresting story.
  • Disguised as typical teen film.

SCORE: 4.5 / 10

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