Two movies in, and — on a per movie basis — Ben Affleck is one of the best directors around these days, a director that not only has a lot of skill behind the camera, but one that has chosen smart, provocative, character-driven films. He works with modest budgets with talented character actors, and he reaps modest gains, which means Affleck can pick and choose his projects based on subject material and not profit-motive. It’s the Clooney method, and Affleck is killing it so far, with his first two movies The Town and Gone Baby Gone.
Argo moves away from Affleck’s third character, Boston, and into true events. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at a CIA “exfiltration” expert who goes undercover with a camera crew, posing as a director of a Canadian sci-fi movie, in order to rescue six Americans during the Iranian hostage crisis. It looks fascinating, and the talent is top notch: Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Zeljko Ivanek, Richard Kind, Scoot McNairy, Chris Messina, Michael Parks, Kerry Bishe, Kyle Chandler, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, and Victor Garber.
Sign me up.
(Via The Film Stage)