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Figured it was time for a thread about Argo. This one is noteworthy for being the dramatization of a rather curious incident...
During the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, the governments of the United States and Canada partnered to rescue six U.S. foreign service members who had evaded the hostage-taking at the takeover of the American embassy in Iran by staying in the home of the Canadian Ambassador. The governments were able to convince Iran that the six hostages were members of a film crew who were scouting the area for a movie titled Argo. The CIA's fake production company used real designs by comics legend Jack Kirby and Barry Ira Geller's screenplay for the upcoming film Lord of Light. Using John Chambers' idea for the caper, Mendez admitted stealing designs and screenplay from Geller's film production. Armed with professional designs and screenplay, the hostages were successfully able to escape the country under their fake identities.Here's a trailer. I want to believe I'm not the only person whose primary interest in this movie is seeing Jack Kirby portrayed on film.
Rascal KingYou're not.
The last hurrah? Nah, I'd do it again.
This sounds really awesome. It's kind of funny that Ben Afleck is in this, seeing as he played Daredevil, who was partially designed and sometimes drawn drawn by Kirby. Jack Kirby's pretty much my primary interest in the film as well, but after seeing the trailer, it looks pretty cool for several other reasons as well.
edited 26th Sep '12 1:44:49 PM by cfive
Pure cutenessDammit, I thought this would be an epic about Iason and the Argonauts.
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JUST WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK I AM?!?!?This looks pretty good. I'd see it.
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I want to see it because Bryan Cranston is in it.
Gunpla is amazing!Saw it with my family. John Goodmen deserves best supporting actor.
edited 17th Oct '12 5:33:36 PM by Thorn14
BurnSaw it and was underwhelmed. While the hollywood guys were great, the rest of the cast often felt rather lifeless, especially the escaped Americans. Still, John Goodman is worth it.
Sharknado WarningMovie's a bit controversial here coz they conveniently removed most of the contributiona of Canada about the whole thing. Last I heard they had changed the postscript because of the bad reaction at the Toronto Film Festival preview.
Gunpla is amazing!They added parts that showed how important Canada was, and it was made pretty obvious how much the Canadian guy was risking his skin over this.
Raven WilderI found it pretty meh. I think it would have worked better if they'd gone for a full-on Ocean's Eleven sort of vibe and been a mostly comedic movie about people pulling this elaborate con. There was some of that, but the parts where the movie takes itself seriously were just kind of bland. Maybe the attempts at suspense would have worked better if they'd developed the characters more, but that's a problem a lot of Based on a True Story films have.
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While the hollywood guys were great, the rest of the cast often felt rather lifeless, especially the escaped Americans.I can't decide if it's serious, or a pun that's been missed.
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Mr. Dr.Watching this film was like watching a Disney Animated Adaptation. Well developed characters, interesting, engaging and emotional plotline, and just about as historically accurate as one.
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Kill all FilthAs an Iranian I found this movie extremely offensive and unreal, but that's what America does best.
I can't decide if it's serious, or a pun that's been missed.No, I'm serious. The American Embassy escapees all were very blandly written and acted.
There was an article on Slate by one of the escapees. The plan was actually pulled off very smoothly, none of those last minutes drama you see in the movie ever happened.
Pure cutenessRule of Drama.
Knowing is growing.
I am serious. This is my serious face.I just got back from seeing it. I really liked it. Great acting, the occasional bit of genuinely funny humor, and very suspenseful. Though the historical inaccuracies did bug me quite a bit (especially in that opening scene), there weren't that many of them outside of that opening (relatively speaking of course), and for the most part I understand why they were there: the movie needed to have some kind of climax. From a film making perspective at least, adding that completely made up chase sequence was a good move.
edited 28th Oct '12 1:35:53 AM by CPFMfan
Ding-ding! Going down...I'm very excited for this, wanna see whether Affleck can make this three for three strong directional efforts.
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This is my power!Number 1 movie this weekend is Argo.
edited 28th Oct '12 1:56:25 PM by phoenixdaughterAM
Sneering ImperialistI really enjoyed this film, one of 2012's cinematic highlights in a year of good releases. "Argo fuck yourself!"
Typhoid and swans - it all comes from the same place.
I am serious. This is my serious face.I think that "WE'RE A FUCKING INTELLIGENCE AGENCY!" was the funniest moment in the film.
The Globe and Mail on Argo's unfairness to Iranians.
You can't even write racist abuse in excrement on somebody's car without the politically correct brigade jumping down your throat!
Many FacesI seem to recall an Iranian who refused to give up the six runaways to the extremists.
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