Screen Junkies » reindeer games http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:15:55 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Ben Affleck OWNS The ‘Bearded 70′s Guy’ Look In ‘Argo’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-affleck-owns-the-bearded-70s-guy-look-in-argo/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-affleck-owns-the-bearded-70s-guy-look-in-argo/#comments Tue, 27 Dec 2011 16:06:30 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=240741 Only now do I feel that Affleck really EARNED the title of "Sexiest Man Alive."

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He sort of looks like a real-life Family Circus character here, which I’m positive is not what the producers or director (also Ben Affleck) were going for.

In Argo, Affleck plays Tony Mendez, a CIA “exfiltration” specialist tasked with a ballsy plan to pull six American hostages from Iran. The film is based on a true story, which means that they probably did some research to make Affleck look like this hairy lion of a man, and didn’t just pick this look to make him appear like an ass.

If you’re digging this look (you’ve got two eyes and a heart, don’t you?), then get excited for future looks at characters played by Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston, and Kyle Chandler. The fake beard guy that’s assigned to this film will be earning his money through blood, sweat, tears.

I hope the beards get rescued safely.

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8 Christmas Films With No Christmas Cheer http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/8-christmas-films-with-no-christmas-cheer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/8-christmas-films-with-no-christmas-cheer/#comments Thu, 22 Dec 2011 19:54:56 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=240617 All these explosions are ruining Christmas.

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Things always seem to work out in the movies. That’s especially true when you’re dealing with movies set during Christmas. For this reason, it’s often nice, or at least surprising, when Christmas films run against expectations and exhibit less sappy or more macabre traits.

If you’re going to have one of your characters execute another, why not have him do it in a Santa hat? Irony! Beyond that, Christmas always makes for aesthetically pleasing (to me) and evocative set design, which can’t make a film better, but often makes them more enjoyable.

But mostly it’s the guys with guns in Santa hats. That shit’s gold.

Here are a handful of films that play against Christmas, rather than with it, to varying degrees of success.

Die Hard

What’s great about Die Hard is that it’s such an “un-Christmas” movie that just happens to be set during Christmastime. It’s remarkable that there’s only one really bad Christmas joke in the film (see the pic), but even the joke relies more on Alan Rickman‘s reading than the line itself.

The film actually opens with a strong Christmas theme (the limo ride for John), but that gives way to some of the best action cinema ever made, thankfully.

Batman Returns

Sure, the lush setting of a Gotham Christmas lured Tim Burton to set the Batman follow-up during the holidays, but the actual fact that it’s Christmas seems to be the elephant in the room. There are lots of Christmas settings, but the characters in Gotham seem almost forbidden to talk about it, which actually helps to draw Gotham as a very distinct world.

I was hoping this film would get people to start associating penguins with Christmas, but it hasn’t happened. Yet?

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