Benlands. Terrence Malick's To The Wonder, With A Silent Affleck,…

1. You can make all the jokes you want about Terrence Malick's movies, particularly these last two later-era ones, whose interest in normal movie things like "plots" and "stories" and "coherent narratives" is minimal at best, but they knock my socks off. I know that both The Tree of Life and now To The Wonder (which… » 4/10/13 6:20pm 4/10/13 6:20pm

Ben Affleck's Only Weakness As A Director: Casting Ben Affleck. Argo,…

1. Argo is such a terrific, jaw-dropping true-life tale, with such a natural, seamless movie storyline, that anyone who knows the story would beg the filmmakers not to screw it up. So it's a relief that they absolutely do not do that. There are so many tones to juggle here; this is a film that veers from political… » 10/09/12 6:08pm 10/09/12 6:08pm

Bennifer No More: Ben Affleck's Amazing Comeback

The Academy Awards aren't until February, but as far as Roger Ebert is concerned, we already know who's going to take home the big prize. "The winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture will be Ben Affleck's tense new thriller Argo," he wrote on September 10, not because he thinks it's the best movie of the year… » 10/05/12 6:19pm 10/05/12 6:19pm