The Academy just shat in Ben Affleck’s bed

<> on October 19, 2009 in Santa Clarita, California.If you need a reminder at just how far Ben Affleck fell down the Hollywood ladder, look no further than his exclusion from the Best Director category at the Oscars. Sure, he’s on the Best Picture list as a producer, alongside George Clooney, but his solo effort was ignored in favor of a first-time director (Benh Zeitlin) whose movie I liked a great deal less than Argo. It’s gotta sting, Ben, but don’t worry. Your day will come. Just not yet. You’re not done paying for Bennifer or Reindeer Games yet (and you still owe me $10 for sitting through that shit pile). Continue reading “The Academy just shat in Ben Affleck’s bed”

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Argo is Ben Affleck’s best film yet

Ben Affleck’s career rejuvenation over the last five years, since he made his feature film debut as a director with Gone Baby Gone, is nothing short of remarkable. He went from a punchline, the should-be A-lister who blew all his good will on a cheesy too-public relationship with Jennifer Lopez and a string of shitty movies (although Reindeer Games did yield one of the best lines in The Avengers), to one of the most reliable and entertaining American filmmakers. Case in point: I HATED Affleck even just a couple years ago (I wasn’t convinced Baby wasn’t a fluke) and picked on him constantly. But now I can’t wait to see his movies and freely admit he’s totally won me over against my will. Now there’s a “how did he DO that” for you. Continue reading “Argo is Ben Affleck’s best film yet”