The Town

13 10 2010

I’m going to get my bias out of the way now and say that I’m no Ben Affleck fan.  He is, after all, the man who starred in two movies from our own beloved Michael Bay, both of which I consider to be the worst of all-time (they’re tied).  They’re Pearl Harbor and Armageddon, and why you can find the latter in the Criterion Collection I don’t know.  But despite Affleck’s past blunders, I’m willing to give him another shot, and he’s off to a solid start with his new movie The Town, which he directs, stars in, and helped write.

Other than an ending that takes itself a little too seriously, this is a really entertaining and well-made heist film with better-than-usual performances.  The whole cast is good, even Affleck, but Pete Postlethwaite steals every scene he’s in.  If only his character had a bit more screentime I’d peg him as an awards contender.  Someone out there needs to hurry up and cast him in a big leading role.  The other standout is the action.  All the heist scenes are fun, clever, and thrilling.  I never would have guessed that Affleck could be such a talented director.

I recommend this only if you’re a fan of the genre.  It’s a poor man’s Departed, and that’s a compliment.  If you’re like me and aren’t a fan of Ben Affleck, don’t let that stop you from seeing this.

7/10





Some new trailers

11 07 2010

The Social Network, directed by David Fincher.  I think this looks great, much better than I thought it would, and I really love the use of “Creep” in this trailer:

This one looks like a lot of fun:

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut.  Doesn’t look too special to me but Hoffman’s always great to watch and I’m curious to see how he fares as a director:

The new Woody Allen:

I’d say this looks like a good crime thriller (and it’s getting lots of good buzz) but Affleck’s presence is really off-putting.  He really brings it down for me:

And finally, the new Inarritu (Babel, Amores Perros) film, which I think looks amazing.  It sparked a lot of controversy at Cannes this year, and that’s always a good thing if you ask me.  Definitely give this one a look: