The Curt Critic featured in the Wisconsin State Journal

The Curt Critic in the news: This recent Wisconsin State Journal article is validation that Liz Zélandais' quest to see all 53 Oscar-nominated films for 2013 is a fascinating enterprise worthy of public interest, rather than merely nuts.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Argo - 2013 Oscar Nominee for Best 1) Picture, 2) Supporting Actor, 3) Adapted Screenplay, 4) Sound Effects, 5) Sound Editing, 6) Original Score, and 7) Film Editing

Argo makes me want to slap Ben Affleck and yell, "Why the hell did you waste such talent on crap like Gigli and JLo?"

"Based on" a true story always offers more hope for a film than the 98% crap fabrication of "inspired by". Argo is based on the rescue of six American diplomatsin hiding after they evaded capture in the November 1979 seizure of the US embassy in Tehran by Islamist militants

Known as the "Canadian Caper", this joint covert operation between the Canadian Government and US CIA involved two CIA agents joining the six diplomats to pose as a fake film crew scouting to shoot a scene for a sci-fi film. (Yes, totally crazy idea
—but the second best involved the six diplomats traversing mountainous terrain on a 300-mile bicycle trip to Turkey.) The charade and escape succeeded as they boarded a Swissair flight to Zurich in January 1980.

The screenplay, the entire cast, and Ben Affleck as director and actor offer the truth of documentary and the drama of an action thriller. Even though you may know the true story—you will be in physical suspension with white knuckles and the inability to exhale as you wait for the outcome to unfold.

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