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Old 25-02-2013, 10:48
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Thats a matter of opinion, not fact. For myself, it was my favourite film of last year.

And all the awards that Affleck and Argo won at the start of awards season and shortly after the oscar noms came out were voted on before the oscar noms were announced, so your theory does not stand up to scrutiny.
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Old 25-02-2013, 10:51
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Thats a matter of opinion, not fact. For myself, it was my favourite film of last year.

And all the awards that Affleck and Argo won at the start of awards season and shortly after the oscar noms came out were voted on before the oscar noms were announced, so your theory does not stand up to scrutiny. Argo was also actually the front runner to win from it's release through to december, when Lincoln took over for a couple of months. It's hardly as though it was an outsider that all of a sudden came from nowhere to win...
Front runner or not - in my opinion it's a very weak best picture and is destined to be the next Driving Miss Daisy
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Old 25-02-2013, 10:54
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Front runner or not - in my opinion it's a very weak best picture and is destined to be the next Driving Miss Daisy
So it's gone from being a good film to very weak in the space of a few posts. Interesting.

And since Driving Miss Daisy is a generally affectionately remembered film I find it hard to see why you think it would be bad thing if it were remembered that way.....
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Old 25-02-2013, 10:56
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So it's gone from being a good film to very weak in the space of a few posts. Interesting.

And since Driving Miss Daisy is a generally affectionately remembered film I find it hard to see why you think it would be bad thing if it were remembered that way.....
I said it's a good film but a weak best picture - there's a difference. There are many good films that don't deserve best picture.

Driving Miss Daisy is fondly remembered you're right but it's also the butt of jokes about the Oscars getting it wrong when there were more deserving films in te best picture category in the same year.
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Old 25-02-2013, 11:01
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Driving Miss Daisy is fondly remembered you're right but it's also the butt of jokes about the Oscars getting it wrong when there were more deserving films in te best picture category in the same year.
I don't see any evidence of why Argo would be viewed that way whatsoever. And my view would be, having seen all the nominees, it's hard to see why any of the films would at any point in the future suddenly be seen as vastly superior to Argo. Life of Pi was technically magnificent and was duly rewarded for it.
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Old 25-02-2013, 12:38
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It was a poor year , I wouldn't have given it to any of that bunch
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Old 25-02-2013, 12:46
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I actually thought it was one of the better years, when best picture nominations were read out i thought they were all great films and deserved the award!
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Old 25-02-2013, 12:48
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I actually thought it was one of the better years, when best picture nominations were read out i thought they were all great films and deserved the award!
I tend to agree. It's the strongest group in my view since they extended the size of the shortlist from 5.
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Old 25-02-2013, 19:26
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Pleased Argo won....It was my favourite film of last year.
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Old 26-02-2013, 13:00
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Although I think Argo was technically a very good film I would have preferred Amour to win the award, a film with more heart and was more thought provoking
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Old 26-02-2013, 13:07
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I thought it was a brilliant film, but I was expecting Zero Dark Thirty or Lincoln to win.

Fair play to Ben Afleck though, he seemed genuinely moved in his speech.
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Old 26-02-2013, 15:43
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Competently made film, but nothing more than that. Baffled as to why it won the Oscar for best film. Probably will be an obscure question in Trivial Pursuit in a few years.
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Old 28-02-2013, 13:52
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Saw it last night and loved it. I missed it when it was on general release as Skyfall got in the way and I was glad my local picturehouse put another run on around Oscar time.

The atmosphere in the cinema was electric. The only thing that would have made it better for me would have been if they'd finally taken off, just for the camera to pan out and show Denzil Washington as the pilot!

I think Argo is definitely up there with my favourite films of 2012 so happy for the win.

And the catchphrase is still making me laugh today!
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Old 28-02-2013, 21:24
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Superb film. Dumbfounded people don't like it. Very glad it won the Oscar.

I watched this by chance when it came out, just heard it got good reviews, but didn't know anything about it. At first I thought it was just going to be one of those dull but worthy hostage thrillers and then, but as it unravels you can't believe this actually happened in real life. A story where truth is indeed stranger than fiction! This and Moonrise Kingdom were the best two movies of last year for me.

I don't wish to be too rude to those that don't like it but letís say that wonderful line back to you all: "Argo f**k yourself!"
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Old 10-03-2013, 21:36
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Brought Argo on blu ray and watched it over the weekend. I really enjoyed it, it was tense and surprisingly funny...

But it was clear that certain facts had been sidestepped/misrepresented in order to make the Americans look better... (I know, it's hollywood I should expect pro-US propaganda, but they could at least be nice to the allies)
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Old 10-03-2013, 22:03
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Good film, what spoilt it slightly tho was just knowing that they were all going to make it, otherwise there wouldnt be a film...strangely I found Zero dark thirty much more gripping even tho i knew the outcome of that one too
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Old 10-03-2013, 22:15
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Good film, what spoilt it slightly tho was just knowing that they were all going to make it, otherwise there wouldnt be a film
I had no idea whether they were going to succeed or not as I hadn't read anything about The 'Canadian Caper' before seeing the movie.

Was it going to be a happy or sad ending certainly kept me on tenterhooks.
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Old 11-03-2013, 09:17
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Superb film. Dumbfounded people don't like it. Very glad it won the Oscar.

I watched this by chance when it came out, just heard it got good reviews, but didn't know anything about it. At first I thought it was just going to be one of those dull but worthy hostage thrillers and then, but as it unravels you can't believe this actually happened in real life. A story where truth is indeed stranger than fiction! This and Moonrise Kingdom were the best two movies of last year for me.

I don't wish to be too rude to those that don't like it but letís say that wonderful line back to you all: "Argo f**k yourself!"
Rewatched it yesterday on Sky pay-per-view. Having been quite uncomfortable with the film's portrayal of Iranian people when I watched it in the cinema, I was surprised to find it less offensive this time round, but also less gripping.

The clever use of the 70s Warner Bros logo and colour-correction to make the film look old were also much less effective on a 32" TV. If anything the film seemed more sentimental and less tense compared with the full-on experience of seeing it on a huge screen at ear-splitting volume.

I can only conclude that it's one of those films that makes a much stronger impression when seen on the big screen. It's still entertaining on the small screen but somehow the rawness is lost in translation.
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Old 11-03-2013, 13:12
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The Fuzzy household thought it was a superb film. 5 out of 5.

The look, the historical facts and the 'so crazy it has to work' plot just added up to a great movie.

Affleck was decent in front of the lense too (but no Casey), and always a joy to see Scoot McNairy in a film after his turn in 'Monsters'.
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Old 11-03-2013, 13:55
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I can only conclude that it's one of those films that makes a much stronger impression when seen on the big screen. It's still entertaining on the small screen but somehow the rawness is lost in translation.
That can be applied to most films, though? Films like Argo almost always end up looking like TV films when on TV or PC screen, don't they?

A few years ago, two friends had a heated debate about Atonement. One said it seemed like a "crappy BBC TV film". That was when I realised, bearing in mind they have an identical taste in films. One watched it at cinema and loved it, and the other watched it on his laptop and found it 'meh'.

I told another friend about it, which prompted him to do an experiment. He invited A to join him to watch City of God at cinema and lent B his DVD of the same film. He then invited B to join him to watch Badlands at cinema and lent A his DVD of the same film. A found City of God (cinema) "****ing brilliant" and B thought it (DVD) was "pretty good". B thought Badlands (cinema) was "awesome" and A thought it (DVD) was "okay". He then invited B to watch City of God and A to watch Badlands, both at cinema. Their opinions of the films improved quite drastically.

Interesting experiment, isn't it? Of course, that can only work when two people share a similar taste in films.
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Old 11-03-2013, 16:31
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Competently made film, but nothing more than that. Baffled as to why it won the Oscar for best film. Probably will be an obscure question in Trivial Pursuit in a few years.
I feel the same. It's a good film but it doesn't strike me as being particularly special.

There were a few gripping moments such as when they're walking through the bazaar and boarding the plane but the rest was quite pedestrian. I wasn't engaged for the whole thing.
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Old 11-03-2013, 19:42
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Competently made film, but nothing more than that. Baffled as to why it won the Oscar for best film. Probably will be an obscure question in Trivial Pursuit in a few years.
Yes I thought it was good and built genuine tension for the end, but I would not have been surprised if it had been a made for tv film as opposed to winning the biggest accolade there is.
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Old 13-03-2013, 08:44
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Iranian government has briefed a lawyer to sue Hollywood producers and directors over the way the country is portrayed:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013...storting-image
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Old 13-03-2013, 10:16
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Thought it was very good....Period detail spot on.
Except, the British did not refuse to help. More rewriting of history to show the Yanks as heroic and everyone else as nasty b'stards.
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Old 13-03-2013, 20:39
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Except, the British did not refuse to help. More rewriting of history to show the Yanks as heroic and everyone else as nasty b'stards.
That might be true.....but my 'Period detail' was the 'Look' of Argo.

But I'm guessing there was something wrong in that too.
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