Leave Ben Affleck alone!
Oct 03 2010 21:45
Congratulations Ben Affleck. Unless some monumental, life-changing piece of cinema comes out between now and the end of the year, you just won yourself a Best Directing Oscar. Ben Affleck’s “The Town” is the best thing I’ve seen all year. It is so good that while watching it, I kept thinking to myself “Goddamn. Ben Affleck is going to win an Oscar for this."
Last year I picked Kathryn Bigelow’s "Hurt Locker" as the film to beat. I was right. My pick this year to win a few Oscar statuettes is “The Town”. This movie is what “The Departed” should have been without all the over-the-top use of the F-word and all the main characters ending up dead. The critic at the NY Times said that "The Town" is a minor entry into the annals of Boston crime drama. Minor? You hack. There's nothing minor about this film. What in the blue hell were you watching?!
I know that people have been attacking Ben Affleck’s acting chops due to a few stinkers like "Daredevil" and "Gigli". I never saw "Gigli" but I can honestly say that "Daredevil" suffered from a poor script. Bottomline. Ben can act. Just put "Hollywoodland" in your DVD player and find out. He carried that film in my opinion since Adrien Brody was a dishrag of a leading man. I also respect any man that can pick himself up from a trainwreck relationship with J-Lo and get his career back on track.
He and the rest of the cast of "The Town" are superb and Affleck’s direction is flawless. Jeremy Renner, also of "Hurt Locker"-fame, is a shoe in for an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Oh and I forgot to mention that the climax of the film involves Fenway Park getting robbed! In my wildest dreams...
Go Ben. Get your Oscar.