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Dec 19, 2012 9:56AM
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I was impressed by and enjoyed The Town, so I was planning on seeing Argo as soon as I could. It absolutely delivered. Dramatic tension, interesting story, great performances, and based on a real event that is so improbable but true. I am more and more impressed with Affleck over time ... no longer reliant on his handsome face, he's a very good director. Definitely worth seeing.
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" the true story of a CIA operative who rescued six American diplomats from Tehran during the Iran hostage crisis in 1979"

 

Uhhhh - sorry but if it hadn't been for Canadian Ambassador to Iran, Ken Taylor, and the Canadian Embassy, these Americans would probably still be rotting in an Iranian prison.  

Jan 8, 2013 12:31PM
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Great film. Academy worthy. Affleck is like a fine wine, improves with age. Yes there are guns in this flick....really, what did anyone expect wi  Get a lifeth a title, "Argo?" The event depicted also had guns...a true tale. Bang, Bang! to the dumb dumb who complained. Get a life.
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Top 10 movies of 2012

6. "Argo"

Skepticism was high when Ben Affleck directed his first feature in 2007. "Gone Baby Gone" turned out to be pretty good. His next film, 2010's "The Town," was even better. This year, Affleck released his first masterpiece. Third time's the charm.

"Argo" is loosely based on the true story of a CIA operative who rescued six American diplomats from Tehran during the Iran hostage crisis in 1979. Affleck's previous films were crime dramas enriched by their atmospheric Boston settings. "Argo" is more of a classic thriller, but it's equally served by the director's eye for detail and sense of place.

The movie achieves the rarest of feats: It turns a widely known historical event into an impossibly tense mystery. The suspense during the final third of "Argo" is higher than any horror movie released this year.

"Argo" is also sprinkled with dark comedic moments about the inanity of making movies. Alan Arkin and John Goodman give inspired performances as old Hollywood types who whip together a sci-fi flick cover story for the mission.

If anyone understands the rough side of Hollywood, it's Affleck. Since winning an Oscar 15 years ago for co-writing "Good Will Hunting," Affleck has floundered in Tinseltown. His acting résumé is full of regrettable flops and widely hated blockbusters.

With "Argo," Affleck has finally found his niche. He directs intelligent crime thrillers. And, oh yeah, he's also great in front of the camera. Remind anyone of a certain octogenarian? -- Frank Paiva

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