Argo is a 2012 Academy-Award winning movie based on the real-life story of 6 Americans, who are forced into hiding, after Iranians attack an American embassy, due to their hellish leader taking asylum in America, and taking everyone else as hostage. Ben Affleck plays the guile hero, Tony Mendez, who is in charge of getting them out of the country. His plan, is to have him and them, pretend to be a film crew, who are on a location scout, for an unproduced science-fiction movie called “Argo”, with help from Oscar-winning make-up artist, John Chambers (John Goodman); Hollywood producer, Lester Siegel (Alan Arkin); and their CIA informant, Jack ‘O Donnell (Bryan “Walter White” Cranston). This is, according to John Chambers, “This is the best bad plan we have, sir.”
Lester Siegel: If I’m going to make a fake movie, it’s going to be a fake hit!
Ben Affleck performs some top-notch acting as Tony Mendez, who is one of the greatest American heroes of all-time, but never once has to use a gun, or his fists; he is also very stoic, as his expression (almost) never changes. He is estranged from his wife, and lives in a garret, filled with chinese food; which is one of the liberties this movie takes, since, in real-life, Tony Mendez lived a happy life with his wife and son, as an artist (he started at the CIA as a document forger), on a converted farm in Virginia…. oh, and he had three children; two sons, and one daughter (the son they portrayed in the film, Ian, had died of of colon cancer in 2010; Tony specifically asked that he be the one portrayed in the film). Bryan Cranston is great as Jack ‘O Donnell, as is John Goodman as Chambers, who is probably (along with Siegel) where most of the movie’s dark comedy comes from.
The movie whiplashes between spy thriller to dark comedy pretty violently, especially during a scene where they are doing a script read of Argo, which is intercut with Iranian radicals performing a mock execution on some hostages. I love the humor in this movie; it perfectly balances the life-or-death horror of the whole situation. You’ll often find yourself laughing aloud, which is a rare feat for a drama.
The actual Argo script (which was actually called Lord of Light, based on the novel by Roger Zelazny, and was renamed Argo after the fact) is a cheesy straight-up rip-off of the Sci-Fi craze of the early ’80s, and is the lowest of the low kind of shit; it also parallels the Iranian Revolution, in ways. Still, I would someday like to see the actual script adapted into a real movie, for historical purposes.
This movie won Best Picture for a reason, as it is the best movie of 2012, and, as Bradley Cooper said, “Ben Affleck was robbed” when he wasn’t nominated in the category of Best Director. It is the best movie “based on a true story” I have ever seen, as well as one of the most thrilling action movies I’ve ever seen, and Tony didn’t even have to pull a gun!
This “Fuck Yeah” moment for America is based on one of the greatest examples of international teamwork (between the U.S. and Canada, not Iran, obviously) and one of the greatest moments in history. Argo receives my “rigbybot127 Seal of Masterful Quality”, and a perfect score.
(Note: this movie has been banned in Iran, for obvious reasons, but bootleg copies sell very well there. Iran actually plans on making a movie based on the events, from their perspective.)
My tastes in games breach all genres, though my fortes are platformers and first-person shooters. My favorite game series is probably Super Mario, specifically the 3D games. I also love Rayman, Hitman, Bioshock, Half-Life/Portal, Uncharted, and Grand Theft Auto. As for my favorite game, it's hard to say: I love Portal 2, Shadow of the Colossus, Half-Life 2, Bioshock, Resident Evil 4, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Rayman Legends, Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, Grand Theft Auto IV, L.A. Noire, Fallout 3, Journey, and Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence all so damn much.
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