Films Watched: November 2011

Here is what I watched in November. Continue reading “Films Watched: November 2011”

Five Things About The Town

You only need to care about one of these characters

I watched The Town last night. It was the first time I watched this Ben Affleck-directed crime film since I saw it in theaters last October and my thoughts are essentially the same. Here is an excerpt of what I wrote at the time:

What The Town demonstrates is Affleck’s exceptional ability as a director to tackle large-scale productions such as this. Affleck could not have executed the brilliantly crafted chase sequence set in Boston’s congested North End more perfectly.  But one good chase sequence that has you jumping in your seat explosion after explosion cannot and does make a movie.

I don’t know or how but I also apparently enjoyed Blake Lively’s performance back then. Go figure. (To be fair, my hatred against Lively has only grown in the last year.)

So I was less enthralled by The Town this time around. Here are five things I realized about The Town thanks to a second viewing. Continue reading “Five Things About The Town

Review: The Town (2010)

Ben Affleck’s second directorial effort, The Town, is a part of an emerging subgenre of Boston-set crime films that include Mystic River (2003), The Departed (2006), and Affleck’s debut feature, Gone Baby Gone (2007). In The Town, Affleck expands the scope of his lens with this film about Charlestown bank robbers.

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Preview: The Town

Well, I am officially creeped out and sold on seeing The Town, which hits theaters September 17.

The Town is Ben Affleck’s second directorial effort. It stars Affleck as the leader of a group of Charlestown, MA bank robbers. As the gang is pursued by the FBI and one particular agent (Mad Men’s Jon Hamm), Affleck’s character falls for a bank manager (Rebecca Hall). The Hurt Locker‘s Jeremy Renner and Gossip Girl‘s Blake Lively also star in The Town.

I’m excited to Jon Hamm and Blake Lively in roles beyond their television personas. I have faith I can accept Hamm as a character beyond Don Draper but I am less convinced that Blake Lively can move from her Gossip Girl career to a legitimate film career.

I am particularly excited because some scenes for the movie were filmed in the area where I live.

You can watch an exclusive clip from The Town here. The trailer is embedded below (which if you saw Inception, and there is a 99.9 percent chance that you did, you have already seen.)