Best Picture (Golden Globe - Drama)


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Argo 2012,  R)
Argo
"So you want to come to Hollywood, act like a big shot without actually doing anything?" says John Goodman's character to Ben Affleck's character in Affleck's latest film named Argo. We might have thought that Affleck was one of those people in Hollywood that pretended to be a big shot, with such forgettable movies as "Pearl Harbor", "Armageddon" and "Gigli". If you had asked me ten years ago if Affleck would ever become a successful director, I would have laughed. But since his amazingly acclaimed directorial debut "Gone Baby Gone" his next two films have only become better and better, with Argo clearly at the top, and is currently one of the best Oscar contender next year. Do we see a new Clint Eastwood or Warren Beatty?

Argo is based on real events that occurred in 1980, one year after the Iranian Revolution when the Shah's dictatorship was overthrown. The Shah escaped to the US where he was granted asylum, which causes the revolutionary guards to attack the american embassy in Tehran and take all the personnel as hostages until the US send back the Shah to Iran so that he can be prosecuted for his crime against the people. Every one in the embassy is taken hostage, except six who manage to escape and seek shelter in the Canadian ambassador's house. The FBI knows that they have no chance to free the hostages at the embassy, but they ad least want to find a plan to get the other six people out. But hatching out a plan is difficult. Agent Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) comes up with the best idea at that moment. To make the six american pose as a Canadian film crew on location scouting in Iran for a science fiction film titled "Argo".

Argo is one of the greatest film of the year, and director Ben Affleck does a marvelous job in directing this thrilling hostage drama, where the two quiet different institutions mates together. FBI and Hollywood, and how much similarities there actually is between those two, the same schemingness, which is beautiful and hilariously portrayed in John Goodman's character the Oscar winning makeup artist John Chambers, and specially the witty and wisecracking producer Lester Siegel played hilariously by the comedy veteran Alan Arkin. "If it's gonna be a fake movie, is gonna be a fake hit".

This is absolutely one of the greatest thrillers in recent years, with a great plot, with a lot of risk, with all thinkable obstacles around every corner. There's never a dull moment. There's been a lot of critics who have called Argo a seventies movie, and I have to agree. It truly feels like a quality film from that era. The old Warner Bros. logo even appears at the start. No matter what it might look like, Affleck still manage to make this a believable film, no matter how absurd the operation might sound like. I also loved the editing and the cinematography with the use of real footage. Argo is one of the greatest films of 2012, a great thrilling escape movie, with a strong cast supported by two comedy veterans for comic relief. It wouldn't surprise me if Ben Affleck won an Oscar for best director, something that was impossible to think of ten years ago. Thumbs up.
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The Descendants 2011,  R)
The Descendants
Alexander Payne's lasted drama-comedy The Descendants is another deep film, with an extremely well chosen cast that hit the right notes. Although I don't think it overcomes none of his earlier films as Sideways and About Schmidt it's still a pretty solid peace, and a superb performance by George Clooney on his prime.

The Descendants is set in Honolulu, Hawaii where the lawyer Matt King (George Clooney) is trying to prepare family and friends for the horrible news that his wife, Elizabeth who have been in a coma for weeks, and the doctors have told him that she never will recover, that she's in a comatose state, and that it's better to pull the plug. Matt all ready has enough trouble with his two daughters, Scottie and Alexandra whom he don't seems to understand. Alexandra who' is in her late teens, suddenly tells her father that her mom had an affair with another man. And the rest of the movie we follow Matt trying to find the man she was sleeping with so he can inform that's his wife is dying.

This is a pretty good concept that Payne picked up. The idea of Hawaii as any other ordinary place in the States, with the same problems and crisis. Just because there's sunny beaches doesn't mean it's a permanent vacation. It's like a Terms of Endearment only set in Hawaii. George Clooney performance isn't over done, he plays a perfectly realistic father like Dustin Hoffman did in Kramer vs. Kramer. And there's also Shailene Woodley who does a perfect movie debut as Matt's teenage daughter. Thumbs up.
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The Social Network 2010,  PG-13)
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