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Sunday, January 27 2013

The Best Films of 2012

From popcorn perfection to animation experimentation, foreign finesse and good old Hollywood hokum, 2012 delivered the shiny cinematic goods and then some. Here are our choices for the titles that took on the challenge, and won.


Tuesday, September 4 2012

The 2012 PopMatters Fall Film Preview - Part 2: October

We get closer to the true cream of the cinematic crop, with some mandated seasonal horror thrown in for 31st consideration. Highlights include the Wachowskis/Tykwer epic Cloud Atlas and Ben Affleck's Argo.


Sunday, January 8 2012

The Best DVDs of 2011

With the continuing rise of Blu-ray, this year sees a lot of repeat entries. Just because they're here again, however, doesn't mean they're any less special.


Monday, January 31 2011

Missed Movies of 2010, Part 2: Life During Wartime to Wild Grass

In our second half of 2010's overlooked offerings, we champion West Virginia 'white' trash, a mafia musical, the goriest (and goofiest) spring break ever, a trip to a town called Panic, and one unfairly dismissed, should have been an Oscar nominee mainstream hit from Ben Affleck.


Tuesday, January 11 2011

The Best Films of 2010

Among this year's winners include a fake documentary, a comedy about Jihad, a vampire story NOT dealing with tacky tween romance, a haunting hillbilly noir, and an elegant tale about clones. Not necessarily the usual cinematic suspects.


Reviews

Sunday, February 17 2013

What Makes 'Argo' Really Worth Watching?

No one knew exactly how this operation was set up, who managed it, and what was needed to execute it. Making up the film's middle 40 minutes or so, this aspect of Argo is intriguing and sporadically humorous.


Friday, October 12 2012

'Argo': Acting to Survive

When Tony (Ben Affleck) lands in Tehran and trains the frightened Americans to play their parts as a Canadian film crew, Argo compares the ruses run by governments and movie studios.


Tuesday, February 15 2011

'The Town' Is Ben Affleck's Best Work as Director, Writer and Actor

While not the Oscar bait it was being positioned as, The Town still remains an iron-clad testament to the surprising versatility of writer-director-star Ben Affleck.


Thursday, September 16 2010

Ben Affleck's 'The Town' Presents Dilemmas

A single, lingering, low-angle close-up of Pete Postlethwaite's face goes a long way toward making any movie at least a little compelling.


Thursday, October 18 2007

Gone Baby Gone

Part noir, part moralizing, and part urban-malaisey, the movie offers an assembly of seedy sorts who make Patrick's quest look increasingly hopeless but also ineffably gallant.


Project Greenlight [13.Jul.03]
Push, Nevada [22.Sep.02]

Blogs

Sunday, February 24 2013

Five Pop Culture Notes on 'Argo'

I'll jot down five details for pop culture connosseurs that occurred to me while watching the new DVD.


Monday, February 4 2013

'Argo' F-Yourself, Oscar!

In what many pundits believe is an indictment of the Academy's recent snub of Argo helmer Ben Affleck, the Director's Guild of America has honored the film, and its maker, with its 2013 recognition as the year's best.


Monday, January 21 2013

Did Ben Affleck's Academy Snub Boost 'Argo's' Best Picture Potential?

After his surprise exclusion from the Academy’s directing short list, Ben Affleck and his film Argo have been receiving some serious love from other groups—but are they just make-up wins, or do these honors give Argo a serious shot at Best Picture?


Friday, October 12 2012

The Best Worst Option: 'Argo'

Argo is a godsend. It's a fully realized commercial film that tells an engaging, based on true life tale in a terrific, spellbinding fashion.


News

Friday, October 19 2007

Ben Affleck directs new movie rather than stars in it

When Ben Affleck took the recommendation of several friends and read Dennis Lehane's novel "Gone Baby Gone," he immediately started thinking about adapting it into


Thursday, October 18 2007

The up-and-coming Affleck: younger brother Casey, in 2 new films

TORONTO -- Don't underestimate Casey Affleck, the reedy-voiced, baby-faced actor, who is younger brother to Ben. Like the character he plays in "Gone Baby Gone"


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