Screen Junkies » The Town http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 05 Sep 2014 20:32:16 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Ben Affleck May Direct Political Drama That – “Surprise” – Clooney’s Attached To http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-affleck-may-direct-political-drama-that-surprise-clooneys-attached-to/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-affleck-may-direct-political-drama-that-surprise-clooneys-attached-to/#comments Fri, 04 Feb 2011 06:43:05 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=24764 'Argo' is a movie that wants Ben Affleck to direct it. Ben Affleck says, "take a number, movie."

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Now that Ben Affleck made the town, he’s the talk on the town. Director Town, that is. Population: Ben Affleck.

So Affleck’s got his pick of Hollywood’s finest projects, including one called Argo. Set in 1979 Iran, it’s based on the real life story of a group of US diplomats who were disguised by the CIA as a sci-fi movie crew, in order to escape the Iranian occupation on the American embassy. That sounds pretty cool. Sort of like State and Main meets Ishtar, only not like that at all.

The following news may shock and amaze you, but George Clooney is attached to produce this political drama, because it ain’t a political drama unless it’s a Clooney-brand political drama. Writer Chris Terrio (Heights) based the film on an article in Wired magazine. That’s why the end credits sequence will show you how to hack a Nintendo DS to play iPhone fart apps for no particular reason. (Collider)

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Ben Affleck Has His Pick Of Black List Bullsh*t http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-affleck-has-his-pick-of-black-list-bullsht/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-affleck-has-his-pick-of-black-list-bullsht/#comments Wed, 19 Jan 2011 13:34:35 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=18781 Thanks to The Town, Ben Affleck has put his history of terrible films in his rearview.

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Thanks to The Town, Ben Affleck has put his history of terrible films in his rearview. He’s already passed on directing Superman: Man Of Steel and Tales From The Gangster Squad and has The Trade in the scripting phase. Now, Sony has handed him the Black List approved script American Bullshit. Which I just found out is not the title of a Kid Rock album.

Affleck is said to be seriously considering helming the true story of Abscam, a workout video that promised but failed to give 1993 Americans rock hard abs in just seven minutes. Oops. No. Abscam was actually the FBI’s 1980 undercover operation to root out corruption in Congress. It was devised by the world’s best con man (natch), and led to eleven convictions. And we all know what happens to Congress guys in prison now, don’t we? That’s right. They take away their C-SPAN privileges.

If there’s one thing Affleck has learned is that he needs to be more choosey when picking projects, so this is far from a lock. With Oscar buzz growing, it is likely he’s biding his time. In related news, J.Lo continues to suck. (Deadline)

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Review: ‘The Town’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/review-the-town/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/review-the-town/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 The Town is filled with juicy actor soliloquies and detailed action sequences, but they are heinously pieced together in a by-the-numbers dramatic plot laden with one mushy romance. From the action-packed prologue we think that we will be in for a ride through the criminal and FBI robbery division world of the Charlestown neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. Yet after the opener, the movie rolls downhill into a story about Charlestown townie bank robber Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck emoting with smirks, scowls, and sad watery eyes), who should really get the hell out of Boston before he ends up dead or in prison. MacRay shares this fate with his fellow bank robbing partner Jim Coughlin (Jeremy Renner in another intense performance) while finding love with a recent bank teller hostage Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall) and being pursued by the frumpy FBI robbery agent Fawley (Jon Hamm showing that he is far more comfortable playing Don Draper than this sexless, boring-ass of a crusader here). More after the jump...

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The Town is filled with juicy actor soliloquies and detailed action sequences, but they are heinously pieced together in a by-the-numbers dramatic plot laden with one mushy romance.

From the action-packed prologue we think that we will be in for a ride through the criminal and FBI robbery division world of the Charlestown neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. Yet after the opener, the movie rolls downhill into a story about Charlestown townie bank robber Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck emoting with smirks, scowls, and sad watery eyes), who should really get the hell out of Boston before he ends up dead or in prison. MacRay shares this fate with his fellow bank robbing partner Jim Coughlin (Jeremy Renner in another intense performance) while finding love with a recent bank teller hostage Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall) and being pursued by the frumpy FBI robbery agent Fawley (Jon Hamm showing that he is far more comfortable playing Don Draper than this sexless, boring-ass of a crusader here).

More after the jump…

The neighborhood of Charlestown like other current Boston-centric movies The Departed, The Boondock Saints and Mystic River are filled with your tough blue-collar characters. Here they only seem to be in passing. We do meet a wheezy old florist named Fergus ‘Fergie’ Colm (the legendary warbling English actor Peter Poslethwaite), who runs the Boston black market and a young barfly mom (Blake Lively), who will one day become the Amy Ryan character of Gone Baby Gone. They show up with brute words and moments, but only to push the story forward.

With Affleck serving as the director and co-writer, the same problems occur as with his last Boston project, Gone Baby Gone.  He seems very equipped to direct the action sequences with a very detail eye that infuses the story with energy while giving his fellow screen actors “great look at me” moments (the best being from Renner, Lively, Postlethwaite and Chris Cooper as his imprisoned father), but as a writer, he can’t construct a screenplay that can piece these exceptional moments together without gluing them with your typical crime drama plot. Affleck knows the words just not the music.

The movie keeps going with more shootouts and tying up loose ends that seem tact on only to give Affleck and Hall’s boring love story more screen time. The ending montage seems like an odd melodramatic piece from the Shawshank Redemption than from the rest of the movie’s hardboiled story.

The Town has some great stand-alone performances and moments to show off but they’re not given a solid cops and robbers movie to strap themselves into.

Grade: C-

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Blake Lively In Chains PICS PICS PICS!!! http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/blake-lively-in-chains-pics-pics-pics/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/blake-lively-in-chains-pics-pics-pics/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 In this month's issue of Interview Magazine, Ben Affleck tosses questions at Blake Lively, who stars in his latest directorial effort, The Town. She gave answers and stuff, but more importantly, there are hot pics of her locked in a holding cell! In a publication where the visuals usually come second to the copy, I'm surprised they printed a spread that makes you totally forget what reading is. Check out the pics of Blake after the jump...

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In this month’s issue of Interview Magazine, Ben Affleck tosses questions at Blake Lively, who stars in his latest directorial effort, The Town. She gave answers and stuff, but more importantly, there are hot pics of her locked in a holding cell! In a publication where the visuals usually come second to the copy, I’m surprised they printed a spread that makes you totally forget what reading is.

Check out the pics of Blake after the jump…

 

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‘The Town’ Poster: Those Are Some Mean Nuns http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-town-poster-those-are-some-mean-nuns/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-town-poster-those-are-some-mean-nuns/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000   Hey, here's the poster for Ben Affleck's Bank Rob Town - Population: Bankrobbers. Did you know that there are 300 bank robberies a year in Boston? It's true. OR, SO THE TRAILER FOR THE TOWN WOULD LIKE YOU TO BELIEVE. I've actually checked the FBI crime stats for the past 10 years. On the low end it's 140 per year, and on the high it's 300 bank jobs per year (225 average)... for the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Affleck cooked the numbers. If he had said "Greater Boston area" I'd let it go. Now I can't. Enjoy your nun dress, jerk. 

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Hey, here’s the poster for Ben Affleck‘s Bank Rob Town – Population: Bankrobbers. Did you know that there are 300 bank robberies a year in Boston? It’s true. OR, SO THE TRAILER FOR THE TOWN WOULD LIKE YOU TO BELIEVE.

I’ve actually checked the FBI crime stats for the past 10 years. On the low end it’s 140 per year, and on the high it’s 300 bank jobs per year (225 average)… for the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Affleck cooked the numbers. If he had said "Greater Boston area" I’d let it go. Now I can’t.

Enjoy your nun dress, jerk. 

 

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First Trailer For Ben Affleck’s Heist Movie ‘The Town’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/first-trailer-for-ben-afflecks-heist-movie-the-town/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/first-trailer-for-ben-afflecks-heist-movie-the-town/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Miss New England 2008 Attractive women in New England are few and far between, so when you meet one you had better jump on it. It doesn't matter where you meet. The bar, the Market Basket, and the bank that you are currently robbing are all perfectly acceptable places to pick up a comely, young lass. And that's exactly what Ben Affleck does in the trailer for his second directorial effort The Town. In this daring sequel, Jeremy Renner plays Will Hunting and Affleck reprises his role as Chuckie, who are now bank robbers inexplicably (note to self: fact check this later). Chuckie meets Rebecca Hall during a robbery and develops an attraction to her, even though he's got Blake Lively at home in denim cut-offs. Then Don Draper shows up and is all Mr. FBI Guy and there are a few shoot-outs and Slipknot masks. All in all, it looks really good! I'll see it. WATCH A MOODY MEDITATION ON WHAT DRIVES ONE TO STEAL, AND ALSO BLAKE LIVELY IN DENIM CUT-OFFS AFTER THE JUMP...

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Miss New England 2008

Attractive women in New England are few and far between, so when you meet one you had better jump on it. It doesn’t matter where you meet. The bar, the Market Basket, and the bank that you are currently robbing are all perfectly acceptable places to pick up a comely, young lass. And that’s exactly what Ben Affleck does in the trailer for his second directorial effort The Town.

In this daring sequel, Jeremy Renner plays Will Hunting and Affleck reprises his role as Chuckie, who are now bank robbers inexplicably (note to self: fact check this later). Chuckie meets Rebecca Hall during a robbery and develops an attraction to her, even though he’s got Blake Lively at home in denim cut-offs. Then Don Draper shows up and is all Mr. FBI Guy and there are a few shoot-outs and Slipknot masks. All in all, it looks really good! I’ll see it.

WATCH A MOODY MEDITATION ON WHAT DRIVES ONE TO STEAL, AND ALSO BLAKE LIVELY IN DENIM CUT-OFFS AFTER THE JUMP…


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