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Ben Affleck’s 10 Best Movies

Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck has had a number of phases to his career in the 25 years plus he’s been in Hollywood.  Starting out, Affleck and a number of young actors first gained notoriety in a number of Kevin Smith’s films (Mallrats, Chasing Amy, etc.) back when Kevin Smith actually made movies.  Then he and his best friend Matt Damon had their Hollywood dream come true when their indie film, Good Will Hunting, in which they both wrote and starred, became one of the most critically acclaimed pictures of 1997 and the duo’s Oscar acceptance is one of the best of all-time.  From there, Affleck entered a blockbuster phase that didn’t take.  The scripts kept getting worse until he hit rock-bottom with Gigli, one of the most mocked films in recent memory.

Affleck, though, didn’t burn out.  He started out as a writer, and he started picking quality scripts again.  He also began directing, and he showed tremendous talent with Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and Argo.  Currently, his career is intertwined with being the current Batman (at least for the moment), and while I may not be a huge fan of any of the films he’s been Batman in (funnily enough he played Superman first in 2006’s Hollywoodland), I like his take on the character, but I’m not certain where the DCEU goes with a Batman in his mid-to-late 40s.  Whatever’s next, I think Affleck should get back behind the camera, pick projects that highlight his strengths as an actor (he’s not the strongest, but his overall knowledge of the process gives him an edge), and make the movies he wants to make.  Getting sucked into commercial Hollywood blockbusters is what broke his career the first time; I’d hate to see it happen again.

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Best Pictures of the Last 25 Years: KT Pick vs. Oscars

Oscars

The Oscars are three weeks from tomorrow, and a new Best Picture (likely The Revenant) will be crowned.  Each year, during Oscar Week, we reveal the KT Community choice (which you  can currently vote for on the homepage) and I do The Renaissance Film Awards, which is how I stay sane (ish) during Oscar ceremonies that manage to incense me more than most Presidential debates.  The Revenant was a great film, no doubt, but this year was so good that it’s not even in my top 10 anymore.  Thus, the Academy and I will be disagreeing on Best Picture again, a historical trend that I am bored enough today to document in detail.

Here are the Best Picture winners from the last 25 years vs. my pick for that year’s best film.  Beside the Academy’s pick I have where I would have ranked it that year (there is a massive spreadsheet behind this fixation) and beside mine how it fared at the Oscars.  Even with the expansion of the Best Picture to a max of 10 nominations, I’ve only agreed with the Academy twice in the last 25 years (though they picked my runner-up thrice), and the trend seems to have us moving further apart, whereas there was a good decade stretch where my pick was at least among those nominated.  Take a look and see which you’d pick. Continue reading Best Pictures of the Last 25 Years: KT Pick vs. Oscars

My Favorite Scene: Argo (2012) – “The Best Bad Option”

Last year something weird happened at the Oscars….one of the best films of the year actually won the Best Picture award.  Hardly ever happens.  Probably won’t happen this year.  Now, granted, the Academy made up for the logic they showed in the Best Picture category by not even nominating the director of the movie they gave Best Picture to, but that’s still more logic than you can squeeze out of a typical Oscar ceremony.  We begin Oscar Week with my favorite scene from last year’s best picture: Argo. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Argo (2012) – “The Best Bad Option”

Argo Extended Edition Coming to Blu Ray December 3rd

Argo, Argo Extended Cut, Ben Affleck

You cannot swing a dead badger without smacking into Ben Affleck these days.  Try it.  Prove me wrong.  Affleck’s Best Picture-winning film Argo will be getting an extended edition with a very pretty box.  This extended edition only lengthens the film by nine minutes and I don’t think that you could improve on Argo’s pacing.  The directing Oscar Affleck should have won, would have been for putting together one of the tightest, smartest, at times funniest true-life thriller since perhaps All the President’s Men.  Now if you haven’t bought Argo already, the box is a sexy sexy box.  That’s some shelf magic there, so feel free.  Is it worth a double-dip given the extensive special features on the first blu ray? No.  I mean they got fricking Jimmy Carter to do a commentary about the movie from his experience with the operation.  That’s an impressive special feature.  Do you know why it’s so impressive?  Because (growly voice) he’s Batman.  Press release below:

On December 3, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) will release Argo Extended Edition on Blu-ray, featuring an additional nine minutes of footage that delves deeper into CIA specialist Tony Mendez’s personal relationships with his wife and son. Based on the true story of the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans during the Iran hostage crisis, the film also focuses on the little-known role that the CIA and Hollywood played. Ben Affleck (The Town) directed.

Available in Blu-ray (at $49.99 SRP) with UltraViolet digital copy, Argo Extended Edition includes three brand new special features: Ben Affleck’s Balancing Act and Argo Declassified featurettes; plus a mash-up entitled Argo F*ck! Yourself. In addition, there are collectible premiums of a one-sheet poster, map of Tehran, reproduction of Tony Mendez’s CIA ID card, and a 40-page book with behind-the-scenes photos, production notes, cast bios and more.

Jeff Baker, WBHE’s Executive Vice President and General Manager, Theatrical Catalog, commented, “We are very pleased to be collaborating with Ben and his team for a second time. This new edition of Argo is even more enriched by the never-before-seen bonus footage and fascinating collectible memorabilia.”

Argo was one of the most honored and best reviewed movies of 2012. In addition to the Oscar® presented to producers Grant Heslov, Affleck and George Clooney for Best PictureArgo won the Golden Globe®, BAFTA and Critics’ Choice Awards for Best Picture. The film earned two additional Oscars® – for Best Achievement in Film Editing and for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay – and was nominated for an additional four (Best Supporting Actor for Alan Arkin; Best Original Score, Best Achievement in Sound Editing; Best Achievement in Sound Mixing)
Argo, Ben Affleck

Affleck also stars in the film, leading an ensemble cast, which won the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast Performance. Arkin was recognized with Oscar®, Golden Globe®, BAFTA Award, Critics’ Choice and SAG Award® nominations for his performance. Argo also stars Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Scoot McNairy, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler and Chris Messina.

Screenwriter Chris Terrio won Oscar® and Writers Guild of America awards for his screenplay, based on a selection from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired Magazine article “The Great Escape” by Joshuah Bearman

Top 5: Ben Affleck Movies

Top 5

 

With Ben Affleck appointed as the new Batman, it’s appropriate to take a look back at his career as an actor and highlight his top 5 films.  What you’ve got here is the Kevin Smith films and Good Will Hunting, then ten years of Affleck as a celebrity punchline and now Affleck the actor/director.  It’s been a twisty road for him, but he has turned in some great performances.  In addition to Batman/Superman, he’s also set to star in Gone Girl, the adaptation of Gillian Flynn‘s novel directed by David Fincher.  Good Affleck on the horizon.  Here are my five favorite performances by Bfleck (I’m putting that out there as a new nickname).

1. Argo
Argo

2. Hollywoodland (where he plays, ironically, Superman…first to play both?)
Hollywoodland, George Reeves, Ben Affleck  3. Good Will Hunting (remember HIS performance, not the movie itself)
Good Will Hunting, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Minnie Driver

4. The Town
The Town, Ben Affleck, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall, Blake Lively

5. The Company Man (check this out on Netflix instant stream)
Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Costner