Tag Archives: Drama

Argo (2012)

Argo is the third film by Ben Affleck, the actor now deep into a parallel career as a director and proving not only be a virtual natural at the job, but clearly that he takes it seriously compared to some other peers of his who have attempted the same thing in recent years. Affleck is heading towards George Clooney and Sean Penn territory; David Schwimmer and Helen Hunt are not for example. One of the reasons his potential seems to be being realised has a lot to do with his screenplay choices, and Argo is no exception; a true story based around the rescue of six US Diplomats from Tehran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis by CIA operative, Tony Mendez. Not exactly “lite” material, but one with the mixed potential to be either an intelligent adult thriller or ham-fisted flag waving cliché. So where does Affleck take it? Under the guidance of producers Clooney and Grant Heslov, thankfully – and not surprisingly – it is the former. The plot; extending to the fact that Mendez’s plan for the attempted rescue is to impersonate a Hollywood producer looking to film a B-grade sci-fi turkey in Iran, also gives the director plenty of flexibility to add humour and satire into the mix and ultimately that element allows it to become the crowd pleaser Affleck clearly saw the potential of it being.

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Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

By this, his seventh feature length film, director Wes Anderson’s unique style and reputation precede itself. It would be fair to say that the majority of movie goers who take on his latest journey have some idea of what to expect, and indeed, want more of the same.  This doesn’t mean the man can’t surprise, grow and develop new ideas into his work however, as Anderson is as creative a filmmaker as one can be, and with Moonrise Kingdom, he has given us something that’s possibly even more unique than it was already going to be.

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Magic Mike (2012) – A guest review by Miss NJ!

If you’re going to see this movie, chances are you want to see attractive dudes naked and dancing. And if that’s your primary focus, then you’ll be basically satisfied. If you want a little story and depth behind gyrating naked bodies… Well, that’s a little more complicated.

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Blue Valentine (2010)

Note: This was my number one film of 2010, and this review was written at the end of that year.

Set in an unknown, unimportant time and place, Blue Valentine is the story of a couple, Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams). As well as their young daughter, Frankie (Faith Wladyka). The story, in the direct sense is about their first meeting, their falling in love, marriage and eventual divorce. However, the film never plays it that straight. And it doesn’t always limit itself to questioning only their relationship. It goes beyond one couple’s existence, inevitably analysing the notion of what love can mean between any two people.

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