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My Thoughts on the Oscars — The Good, The Bad, and the Hair!

posted by Nell Minow

Did you watch the Oscars?  I did, and here’s what I thought.   1. Best Picture: “Argo.” 2. Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln.” 3. Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook.”4. Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained.” 5. Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, […]

The Real “Argo” Story

posted by Nell Minow

To promote the Blu-Ray/DVD release next week of the Oscar nominated “Argo,” there is a new feature called “Argo: Declassified – A special in-depth look at the real events that inspired the film directed by Ben Affleck. Own Argo on […]

Critic’s Choice Nominations 2012

posted by Nell Minow

I am, as ever, honored to be a part of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, which selects the Critics Choice Awards (be sure to watch the award ceremony live on the CW January 10 — I’ll be there!!)  Here are […]

Behind the Scenes of “Argo”

posted by Nell Minow

Making a Guest Appearance in “Argo” — My Local Dry Cleaner

posted by Nell Minow

I live near the CIA, so I got a special kick out of seeing our local dry cleaner featured in a brief scene in “Argo.”  The building and sign haven’t changed since the 70’s, so it was a perfect touch […]

Interview: Bryan Cranston and John Goodman of “Argo”

posted by Nell Minow

In Argo, Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) plays the CIA chief who supervises Tony Mendez, the character played by director Ben Affleck.  And John Goodman plays real-life Oscar winner John Chambers, the genius in make-up and prosthetics who secretly worked with […]

Interview: Ben Affleck, Director and Star of “Argo” (Part 2)

posted by Nell Minow

More from Ben Affleck about Argo: What were some of the tougher scenes to film? The scenes with the actors were the easiest scenes. We have all these good actors, they know what they’re doing, it was really fun. I […]

Interview: Ben Affleck, Director and Star of “Argo” (Part 1)

posted by Nell Minow

Ben Affleck directed “Argo,” the incredible story of a real-life 1980 CIA rescue mission, and he plays Tony Mendez, the “exfiltration” expert who came up with the idea to create a fake Hollywood film production company and get the six […]

More on the Real Story of “Argo”

posted by Nell Minow

Tony Mendez, played by Ben Affleck in Argo, tells Errol Morris what happened: You can see the entire interview in Errol Morris’ First Person – The Complete Series, available on Netflix and Amazon.

Argo

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language and some violent images
Movie Release Date:October 12, 2012
DVD Release Date:February 18, 2013
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language and some violent images
Movie Release Date: October 12, 2012
DVD Release Date: February 18, 2013

The movie within the movie, an outlandish space fantasy possibly named “Argo” for Jason’s vessel in the ancient Greek myth, may be more believable than the true and recently declassified story that surrounds it.  In 1979, when American State Department […]

Argo: The Real Story of the Crazy CIA Caper to Rescue Six Americans in Iran

posted by Nell Minow

The employees of the US embassy in Iran were taken hostage in 1979, but six escaped and were hidden by the Canadian ambassador and his wife.  A CIA “exfiltration” expert worked with the Canadian government and some Hollywood talent to […]

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The People and Movies That Inspired "Hail, Caesar!"
The Coen brothers love old movies, and we see evidence of that in many of their films, including "Barton Fink," about a hapless playwright who come to Hollywood to write movies in the 1940's, and with their remakes of the heist films "The ...

posted 3:57:20pm Feb. 07, 2016 | read full post »

Interview: Francis Gary Powers, Jr. on his Father, the Cold War, and "Bridge of Spies"
Bridge of Spies, out on DVD/Blu-Ray this week, tells the story of the tense negotiations for the exchange of a Soviet spy for an American U2 ...

posted 8:00:23am Feb. 07, 2016 | read full post »

Joseph Gordon Levitt Wants to Know Your Thoughts on Technology and Democracy
[iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/vZcaQ2Aeff8" frameborder="0"] Joseph Gordon-Levitt's HitRECord project has a new initiative. He's asking everyone to answer these questions: 1. Is today’s technology ...

posted 2:53:43pm Feb. 06, 2016 | read full post »

Interview: Nicholas Sparks on "The Choice"
Nicholas Sparks is one of the must successful and best-loved authors in the world. All of his books have been New York Times ...

posted 8:00:53am Feb. 06, 2016 | read full post »

Black History Month 2016
Be sure to take time during Black History month to watch movies the Civil Rights movement, ("Eyes on the Prize," "Selma," "Boycott"), and movies that are themselves a part of black history and film history (add to that list: "Killer of Sheep," ...

posted 3:55:11pm Feb. 05, 2016 | read full post »

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