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Posted: October 25th, 2015 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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When Ben Affleck first signed on to play Batman in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," there was a rumor that Affleck agreed to join the film only because he wants to direct a "Batman" reboot, starring himself.

Then came word that Warner Bros was in fact developing a "Batman" reboot and would be interested in Affleck taking the helm. And now comes word that Affleck does in fact want to direct the movie.

"Look, if I could make it work, yeah, obviously it would be like a dream," he said. "The trick is, as to any movie, if you're going to direct it that you can make it good. You've got to have the right idea and the right take on it. Broadly speaking, it's something I'd be open to, for sure. It's a very exciting idea."

Producer Charles Roven also commented on this, stating: "[Affleck has] got a busy schedule, he's about to start a movie now. And he's also got obligations to be in the 'Justice League' movie. The calendar is a little bit tricky. Of course, the script obviously has to be worthy of him wanting to direct it, and once that happens, it's still got to fit into the calendar. We're hoping we can make it happen."

Source: TotalFilm


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ᴉʞsʍoʞuᴉɯ writes:
on September 11th, 2015 at 3:31:26 AM

Meh.
Prime writes:
on October 22nd, 2015 at 10:56:36 PM

No thanks, no good. Pass.
ᴉʞsʍoʞuᴉɯ writes:
on October 22nd, 2015 at 11:05:23 PM

Boring.
ᴉʞsʍoʞuᴉɯ writes:
on October 25th, 2015 at 2:36:21 AM

My dream would be for Affleck to die, but hey, we don't all get what we want.
Минковский writes:
on October 25th, 2015 at 2:41:12 AM

In other words, Affleck is a famous, wealthy liberal (notice I didn't say talented), and we should all give a sh*t about what he wants, what he needs, and his aspirations, because it's like, you, know, important, and stuff.

Hillary 2016, ya'll!
Mnkowsk Begns writes:
on October 25th, 2015 at 2:55:39 AM

"The trick is, as to any movie, if you're going to direct it that you can make it good. You've got to have the right idea and the right take on it. Broadly speaking, it's something I'd be open to, for sure. It's a very exciting idea."




In other words, he's open to the idea of him not sucking as director of the new Batman movie.

How did a guy this dumb get to be this goddamned famous and wealthy? Affirmative action for leftwing f*ckheads?
Shellshocck writes:
on October 25th, 2015 at 4:22:41 AM

plz make the batman reboot R-rated
Shellshocck writes:
on October 25th, 2015 at 4:23:46 AM

is that boring to know that in all news mink has a comment "meh" already?
to predict the future is the most boring thing in the world
Tanman32123 writes:
on October 25th, 2015 at 11:48:34 AM

Welcome back lol you've missed soooooo much..
jafinbham writes:
on October 25th, 2015 at 12:44:24 PM

This motherf*cker is a joke. Go f*ck your nanny some more you dipsh*t.
Rambo_redux writes:
on October 25th, 2015 at 1:10:41 PM

We're talking about that lousy actor from Armageddon and Gigli,right ?

and that sh*tty director who hasn't directed even 1 action movie in his life,right ?

yeah,let's skip this option.
Bandolero997 writes:
on October 25th, 2015 at 3:56:44 PM

The town was laughable a Bostonian wannabe heat ^
Deaft0ne writes:
on October 25th, 2015 at 4:25:24 PM

Critical reception to Gone Baby Gone

The film garnered a positive reception from critics and audiences. The movie won an assortment of awards, including Best First Film for Ben Affleck from the Austin Film Critics Association. As of April 25, 2014, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported 94% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 173 reviews, with an average rating of 7.7/10. The critical consensus states that "Ben Affleck proves his directing credentials in this gripping dramatic thriller, drawing strong performances from the excellent cast and bringing working-class Boston to the screen." [4] The review aggregator Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 72 out of 100, based on 34 reviews.[5]

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone raved "The brothers Affleck both emerge triumphant in this mesmerizing thriller,"[6] while the New York Post called it "a twisty, morally ambiguous and satisfying neo-noir."[7] Patrick Radden Keefe criticized the film for overstating the case in an otherwise laudable attempt to "capture Boston in all its sordid glory," writing that "The result is not so much what Mean Streets did for New York as what Deliverance did for Appalachia."[8]

In the U.K., Gone Baby Gone received extremely positive reviews, including a five-star rating from Chris Tookey of the Daily Mail.[9]

Ryan's performance in particular was singled out for acclaim, resulting in wins for the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress and National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress, as well as nominations for the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award.

In an issue of Vrij Nederland, Dutch critic and writer Arnon Grunberg called the book good, but the movie better, saying "Gone Baby Gone might not be a perfect film, but it's definitely an important one, if only to raise the question: 'What is home?'"[10]

Top 10 lists Edit
The film appeared on 65 critics' top ten lists of the best films of 2007.[11][12]

2nd – Christy Lemire, Associated Press[13]
4th – Ben Lyons, The Daily 10
6th – Richard Roeper, At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper
6th – Michael Medved, The Best and Worst of 2007
7th – James Berardinelli, ReelViews
8th – Noel Murray, The A.V. Club
9th – Keith Phipps, The A.V. Club
Deaft0ne writes:
on October 25th, 2015 at 4:27:44 PM

Critical response to The Town

The Town received largely positive reviews, with many critics praising Renner's performance. Metacritic gives the film a score of 74 out of 100, based on 42 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[19] Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a rating of 93%, based on 214 reviews, with an average rating of 7.7/10. The site's consensus reads, "Tense, smartly written, and wonderfully cast, The Town proves that Ben Affleck has rediscovered his muse -- and that he's a director to be reckoned with."[20]

Roger Ebert gave the film 3 out of 4 stars, praising Jeremy Renner's performance and Ben Affleck's direction.[21] Several reviewers praised the film's action sequences. In his review for The New York Times, A. O. Scott commented on the opening heist, "That sequence, like most of the other action set pieces in the film, is lean, brutal and efficient, and evidence of Mr. Affleck’s skill and self-confidence as a director."[22] Xan Brooks, in The Guardian, wrote that the action sequences were "sharply orchestrated" but added "it's a bogus, bull-headed enterprise all the same; a film that leaves no cliche untrampled."[23] Justin Chang wrote in Variety that the action scenes strike "an ideal balance between kineticism and clarity" aided by cinematographer Robert Elswit and film editor Dylan Tichenor.[24] Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun Times gave the film an A+, noting that he found the film incredibly similar to Michael Mann's Heat, which he described as "one of [his] favorite movies of all time."[25] The reviewers at Spill.com also praised one of the shootout scenes, saying "It is surely the best shootout scene we have seen in decades."[26] Writing in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Laremy Lengel titled his review "The Town Works Best if You Avoid the Heat," also referencing Mann's film.[27]

As a Boston-based crime drama, the film forms part of a "crime-movie subgenre" typically marked by "flavorsome accents, pungent atmosphere and fatalistic undertow", according to Chang. Within that subgenre, which includes The Boondock Saints, The Departed, Mystic River and Affleck's Gone Baby Gone, The Town is more of a straightforward crime-procedural and has a more optimistic outlook.[24]
Deaft0ne writes:
on October 25th, 2015 at 4:32:55 PM

Critical response to Argo

Argo was acclaimed by American critics, praising Ben Affleck's direction, the cast (especially Alan Arkin and John Goodman) and the editing. Rotten Tomatoes reported that 96% of critics gave the film positive reviews based on 300 reviews, with an average score of 8.4 out of 10. Its consensus reads: "Tense, exciting and often darkly comic, Argo recreates a historical event with vivid attention to detail and finely wrought characters."[16] At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film has received an average score of 86, considered to be "universal acclaim," based on 45 reviews.[17] CinemaScore reported that audiences gave the film a rare "A+" grade.[18]

Naming Argo one of the best 11 films of 2012, critic Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote: "Ben Affleck's seamless direction catapults him to the forefront of Hollywood filmmakers turning out thoughtful entertainment."[19] The Washington Times said it felt "like a movie from an earlier era — less frenetic, less showy, more focused on narrative than sensation," but that the script included "too many characters that he doesn’t quite develop."[20]

Writing in the Chicago Sun-Times, Roger Ebert said,

The craft in this film is rare. It is so easy to manufacture a thriller from chases and gunfire, and so very hard to fine-tune it out of exquisite timing and a plot that's so clear to us we wonder why it isn't obvious to the Iranians. After all, who in their right mind would believe a space opera was being filmed in Iran during the hostage crisis?[21]

Ebert gave the film 4/4 stars, calling it "spellbinding" and "surprisingly funny," and chose it as the best film of the year, the last film he would choose for this honor before his death in 2013.[21]

Literary critic Stanley Fish says that the film is a standard caper film in which "some improbable task has to be pulled off by a combination of ingenuity, training, deception and luck." He goes on to describe the film's structure: "(1) the presentation of the scheme to reluctant and unimaginative superiors, (2) the transformation of a ragtag bunch of ne'er-do-wells and wackos into a coherent, coordinated unit and (3) the carrying out of the task."[22]

Although he thinks the film is good at building and sustaining suspense, he concludes,

This is one of those movies that depend on your not thinking much about it; for as soon as you reflect on what's happening rather than being swept up in the narrative flow, there doesn't seem much to it aside from the skill with which suspense is maintained despite the fact that you know in advance how it's going to turn out. ... Once the deed is successfully done, there's really nothing much to say, and anything that is said seems contrived. That is the virtue of an entertainment like this; it doesn't linger in the memory and provoke afterthoughts.[22]

Reaction by Iranians Edit
Abolhassan Banisadr, foreign minister and then president during the incident, argued that the movie does not take into account the fact that most of the cabinet members advocated freeing all the American personnel quickly.[23] Jian Ghomeshi, a Canadian writer and radio figure of Iranian descent, thought the film had a "deeply troubling portrayal of the Iranian people." Ghomeshi asserted "among all the rave reviews, virtually no one in the mainstream media has called out [the] unbalanced depiction of an entire ethnic national group, and the broader implications of the portrait." He also suggested that the timing of the film was poor, as American and Iranian political relations were at a low point.[24] University of Michigan history professor Juan Cole had a similar assessment, writing that the film's narrative fails to provide adequate historical context for the events it portrays, and such errors of omission lead all of the Iranian characters in the film to be depicted as ethnic stereotypes.[25] A November 3, 2012 article in the Los Angeles Times claimed that the film had received very little attention in Tehran, though Masoumeh Ebtekar, who was the spokesperson of the students who took the hostages and called only "Tehran Mary" in the film's credits, said that the film did not show "the real reasons behind the event."[26]

Bootleg DVDs have become popular and are estimated at "several hundreds of thousands" of copies. Interpretations of the film's popularity in Iran have varied, ranging from the fact that the movie portrays the excesses of the revolution and the hostage crisis, which had been long glorified in Iran, to regular Iranians viewing it as a somber reminder of what caused the poor relations with America and the ensuing cost to Iran, decades after the embassy takeover.[27] The high DVD sales are suggested as a form of silent protest against the government's ongoing hostility to relations with America.[27][28]

Top ten lists Edit
Professional reviewers ranked the film with other releases for 2012, as follows:

Rank Reviewer Publication
1st Christy Lemire Associated Press
Joe Neumaier and Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News
Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
2nd Lisa Kennedy Denver Post
Lou Lumenick New York Post
Richard Roeper Richardroeper.com
4th Betsy Sharkey Los Angeles Times
Kyle Smith New York Post
5th Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly
Peter Travers Rolling Stone
Stephen Holden The New York Times
6th Mary Pols Time
Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle
7th Ann Hornaday Washington Post
Anne Thompson Indiewire
Ty Burr Boston Globe
8th Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
9th Peter Bradshaw The Guardian
Top 10
(ranked alphabetically) Bob Mondello NPR
Calvin Wilson St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Claudia Puig USA Today
David Denby The New Yorker
Joe Morgenstern The Wall Street Journal
Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times
Box office Edit
The film earned $136,024,128 in North America, and $96,300,000 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $232,324,128.[2]

Home media Edit
The film was released in North America on February 19, 2013 on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and with an UltraViolet digital copy.[29]

Accolades Edit
Main article: List of accolades received by Argo (2012 film)
The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won three, for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing. Affleck was not nominated for Best Director, and following the announcement of the nominations, Bradley Cooper, who was nominated for his leading performance in Silver Linings Playbook, declared: "Ben Affleck got robbed."[30] This opinion was shared by the ceremony's host Seth MacFarlane[31] and Quentin Tarantino, whose film Django Unchained was nominated in several categories.[32]

Entertainment Weekly wrote about this controversy:

Standing in the Golden Globe pressroom with his directing trophy, Affleck acknowledged that it was frustrating not to get an Oscar nod when many felt he deserved one. But he's keeping a sense of humor. "I mean, I also didn't get the acting nomination," he pointed out. "And no one's saying I got snubbed there!"[33]
Deaft0ne writes:
on October 25th, 2015 at 4:34:17 PM

I think Ben Affleck can handle directing a Batman film just fine.
Kurskij writes:
on October 25th, 2015 at 4:57:44 PM

Loved Gone Baby Gone.

Enjoyed 'The Town' quite a bit.

Thought 'Argo' was over-rated. Quite, quite over-rated. Quite.



But, eh, technically he is competent.

He can bring in Robert Elswitt (checks imdb: holy sh*t, he got Robert Richardson for 'Live by Night').

Not the worst choice.
elrei writes:
on October 25th, 2015 at 8:15:44 PM

The Town was AWESOME just because Jeremy Renner's character gets gun down at the end :)
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on October 27th, 2015 at 7:30:15 PM

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