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By Brian Prisco | Industry | January 6, 2011 |

By Brian Prisco | Industry | January 6, 2011 |

I don’t wanna like Ben Affleck, but I can’t help it. He’s got the kind of a face you want to punch, with that stupid dimpled chin and poufy mane, like some sort of low-rent superhero or rejected New Kid on the Block. He seems to ooze smug. And yet, he got his start in the days when Kevin Smith mattered, staying loyal to his boy through when he got big and Smith got wide. Is he a bad actor? No, he’s good, afflable, amusing, fun.

Then he goes and writes a fucking screenplay, and you’re like, really? Who’s this fucking guy think he is? And I laughed just as hard as everyone else when I found out Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers wrote that fucking play “Matt + Ben” about two stoner partyboys who literally have fame fall into their laps. And I fucking loved Good Will Hunting. Yeah, now, we look back on it with disdain as a Robin Williams Beard Film and the hard AH accents Damon and Affleck would affect until the Sox won the series. But at the time, I adored it, and to some extent I still do.

Affleck goes on to marry the “Alias” chick and preggo her right out of a career. Then he wants to be a director. Of what, of course, a fucking movie set in Boston. This motherfucker can’t seem to aim a camera without Faneuil Hall being in the fucking background. Bad enough, he has to try to make baby bro into some kind of serious actor. And goddamn it, he does, on both counts. Turns out Affleck can write, can act, can direct, and he seems like a genuinely nice fucking guy who’d do shit for his friends and still has a sense of humor and humility. SON OF A BITCH!

Now he thinks he’s a fucking blogger. The Daily Beast had Affleck write up his top eleven heist films, supposedly what had the biggest influence on The Town. And the fucking list is goddamn good. He gets into more detail at the Daily Beast and it’s worth a gander to see how breaks down his choices.

11. Point Break
10. Snatch
9. Reservoir Dogs
8. The Killing
7. The Usual Suspects
6. The Bank Job
5. Ocean’s Eleven
4. Inception
3. Heat
2. Rififi
1. The Friends of Eddie Coyle

That’s a nice list. He knows what he’s talking about. It’s esoteric and original. I was afraid when he did it, he’d leave off some classics, but he likes that shit for the same reason we all do. Your film career, if you write or direct, is basically broken up into two spheres: before you saw Rififi and after. Classics, modern, popular: it shames me and fills me with woe. Particularly, I adore the fact that Point Break had as much influence on his flick as Eddie Coyle. And when you watch The Town, you can see all of what he’s saying there.

Great. Is there nothing Affleck can’t do?

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