Ben Affleck brings the true story of Tony Mendez to the big screen.
Mendez was a CIA operative, who specialized in ex-filtration.
During the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, Mendez was brought in to form a plan to get six American Embersy workers who has managed to escape before being captured, out of Iran.
With most plans unfeasible Mendez comes up with a plan for a bogus movie to be filmed in Iran. He then contacts his contacts in Hollywood, and together they find a script and storyboard together for the fake film and put advertisements in Vanity Fair.
This makes the film look legit. With the backing of Oscar-winning makeup artist John Chambers (played by John Goodman). Mendez plan is ready to go.
Mendez heads to Iran undercover as the Canadian film producer to scout film locations for the fake film. But like all best laid out plans thing to start to go wrong.
The film movies along nicely and Affleck does a great job behind the camera as well as in front. He really captures the look of the era, though there are a few minor mistakes like the Hollywood sign being in disrepair. (When these events took place the Hollywood sign had already been fixed for four years.)
You also get a feeling that Mendez is in danger from the locals. This is done very well when he is in a market place taking photos to keep with his cover.
With the exception of Mendez and the guys in Hollywood helping him, the other character seem very two dimensional and not very fleshed out.
In some area the Iranians are portrayed a raving mob, but this has been done to add to the tension.
One of the highlight of the film comes at the end, the post-credits sequence shows real-world photos of Tehran at the time, matched with stills from the film: they’re impressively similar.
Argo is worth a watch. It is an interesting story and shows some of America’s foreign policy for the time. I don’t think I would sit down to watch this one again.
Argo also shows that Affleck has the potential to go and join some of the great directors.
I give Argo 3 out of 5.
Lester Siegel: You’re worried about the Ayatollah? Try the WGA.
Riddick is an upcoming science fiction action film, the third installment in the The Chronicles of Riddick film series. Produced by and starring Vin Diesel as the title character, Riddick is written and directed by David Twohy, who previously wrote and directed the first two installments, Pitch Black (2000) and The Chronicles of Riddick (2004).
Betrayed by his own kind and left for dead on a desolate planet, Riddick fights for survival against alien predators and becomes more powerful and dangerous than ever before. Soon bounty hunters from throughout the galaxy descend on Riddick only to find themselves pawns in his greater scheme for revenge. With his enemies right where he wants them, Riddick unleashes a vicious attack of vengeance before returning to his home planet of Furya to save it from destruction.
This has to be the longest I have worked on a painting.
But then I have not worked on it constantly.
I am really happy with the way this one turned out.
I will next be work on a portrait from Star Trek.
Here is the Workbee with the Arm Pods textured.
I have gone for a dirtier look for this. Reason being it that it would get cover in crap for the work it does.
The Wrokbee would also get cover in crap but it would be cleaned up, while the arms would not be cleaned as often.
I am now looking for some good references of the cargo containers used in Trek. Though I most likely go with my own design.
IF you are fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you most likely already know about this.
Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D is a new TV show that will start in the fall of this year.
The pilot was written and directed by Joss Whedon.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was developed by Joss Whedon, in collaboration with Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, based on the Marvel Comics organization S.H.I.E.L.D. It will be produced by Marvel Television, and will be set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, sharing continuity with the films in that franchise. The series will revolve around the character of Phil Coulson, with Clark Gregg reprising the role
R.I.P.D stars Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, Jeff Bridges and Mary-Louise Parker
After a young cop is shot dead in the line of duty, he joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest In Peace Department and tries to find the man who killed him.
Here she is with the hair and eyebrows done.
I not 100% happy with this, but then I suck at doing hair. I think I need to use a smaller size brush to get the look right.
If anyone knows of a good way to do hair please let me know.
Next eyelases and then I can call this one done.