Argo

The Great Escape – ★★★★★

Argo is Ben Affleck’s third directorial effort after the under-appreciated Gone Baby Gone and the Boston crime drama The Town. Both those films had their problems but it was clear to all that Affleck really had a knack for this directing game and should be placed on a nice fat retainer by Warner Brothers to reward his solid “American” movies.

The plot for Argo is downright daft and every reviewer under the sun has mentioned how we’d be ripping it apart for plausibility if it weren’t based on true events from 1979. They are all correct.

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TIFF 2012 – A look ahead

Read all our TIFF 2012 coverage here.

| o | – It’s TIFF 2012 time!

 

I finished up at my job at the tail end of July and we all (@dunnez, @oheag2 and previously @parallellevision) moved out of our lovely old house on Toronto’s Davenport Road. Since then I have spent time faffing about with my family, camping in Canada’s wondrous Algonquin Park and travelling around the eastern side of the US. Usually you do all those things and then go back to your homeland, but since Christmas when I formulated this plan I knew I had to base my exit strategy from Toronto around one thing – TIFF.

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The Artist

Cinemagic (badum-tish) - ★★★★★

In many ways 2011 was all about the the past. Our top 25 films article featured Midnight in Paris (#25), Hugo (#4) and this little gem, The Artist (#9). All three traded heavily in nostalgia, sentiment and a certain penchant for French culture in the early part of the 20th century. Some saw this new fascination with old Hollywood as some sort “up yours” to the establishment who’ve been so quick to push the latest innovations in film-making such as 3D, CGI and motion capture. I just see it as a return to telling great stories, whatever the medium.

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Red State

Stating his case - ★★★½

It’s been five years since Kevin Smith’s last good film (Clerks II). So has it been worth the wait? Kinda.

I’ve been a follower of Smith’s recent foray into podcasts so I heard about Red State a long time ago and have been eagerly anticipating its release ever since I paid money to see the atrociously bad Cop Out. Everyone knows how bad Cop Out was, even Smith and when the best thing about a film is a cameo from Stifler you know you’re in trouble. Red State was funded privately without any big studio backing and taken out on a tour across America before being optioned and released into theatres. So horrible must his experience of big studios and even bigger actors been that he’s done a complete 360 returning to his Clerks roots of a small budget, solid actors and a great yarn. Read More