Topic archives: Ben Affleck

Exhaustion in Escapism. Or, The Day Hollywood Broke Me

Exhaustion in Escapism. Or, The Day Hollywood Broke Me

November 20, 2012 4

Dispirited by a bunch of "historical" Hollywood movies that rampantly fudge the facts, I set out to spend an entire day at the cinema wallowing in 100% escapism. This is the story of how my best laid plans went horribly wrong.

Argo movie review: enjoy, but don’t go for the (Oscar) bait

Argo movie review: enjoy, but don’t go for the (Oscar) bait

October 31, 2012 6

Early buzz suggests Argo, director/star Ben Affleck's entertaining "historical" thriller, has a good shot at the top prizes come awards season next year. Here's why Hollywood should not reward it with an Oscar.

The Company Men movie review: more than does the job

The Company Men movie review: more than does the job

March 10, 2011 1

Comparisons between Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air (2009) and writer/director John Wells’ The Company Men are inevitable. Both revolve around the dark side of corporate life, where desperate people lose their jobs and their livelihood, but take starkly different approaches: the former a droll dramedy following a man who fires people for a living […]

The Town movie review: lots of Ben Affleck, not much gravity

The Town movie review: lots of Ben Affleck, not much gravity

October 18, 2010 1

Sometime during the embryonic stages of Ben Affleck’s career, the actor-cum-co-writer-cum-director pulled off – whether he meant to do it or not – one masterful impersonation of a lost puppy. Perhaps this was performed during an animal themed acting class improv exercise; perhaps the hot water had ran out at his place; perhaps Affleck had […]

State of Play film review: Russell Crowe meets deadline in ho-hum journalistic jaunt

State of Play film review: Russell Crowe meets deadline in ho-hum journalistic jaunt

May 22, 2009 14

State of Play is an investigatory drama about reporters doing the sorts of things cinematic journalism inevitably entails – unravelling high profile sex scandals, busting shady politicians, banging together apocalyptic headlines, following leads into dark underground car parks etcetera etcetera – and it’s set in those oxygen-draining, paper-producing days at the beginning of the end […]