Friday, October 5, 2012

At the Movies – September 2012 – Part 3: Most Anticipated Films

Must-See of the Month:

Argo (Ben Affleck) – Political Drama/Thriller – Oct 12
Summary: When the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point leading to attacks on the American embassy, a number of American embassy employees go into hiding, fearing for their lives. A CIA exfiltration specialist Tony Mendez comes up with a risky (and somewhat hair-brain) plain to get them out safely (based on a true story). Filmmakers: Ben Affleck’s directing career is going really well. He is one of the most respected in the field right now with his first two features Gone Baby Gone and The Town both being very well received (The Town being both a critical and commercial hit). Thus, fans and critics alike have been hyped for Argo. Affleck is working with great people in composer Alexandre Desplat (providing music for every good movie in the last three years – joking aside, this guy works a ton and delivers excellent scores), cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (Brokeback Mountain) and production designer Sharon Seymour (did Affleck’s first two films as well). Cast: He also has a fantastic group of actors (including himself in the lead): Bryan Cranston, Taylor Schilling, John Goodman, Philip Baker Hall, Tate Donovan, Chris Messina, Kyle Chandler, Clea DuVall, Alan Arkin, Zeljko Ivanek, Titus Welliver, Victor Garber, Rory Cochrane, Scoot McNairy, Michael Parks, Kerry Bishe, Richard Kind, Tom Lenk, and Keith Szarabajka. Expectations: The great cast and Affleck’s track record as a director are enough to make this the must-see of this month (which, honestly, is a weak month overall). Critics liked the film, heralding it with positive reviews after it played the Toronto Film Festival (where it also was 2nd place for the People’s Choice Award). Argo looks like a great period political thriller that also has deft humor. It is definitely worth checking out. Trailer: HereReview: Here.

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