Friday, March 29, 2013

MOVIE NOT MOVIE WEEKEND: ARGO & RUST AND BONE

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

Today I present two movies for your consideration. Both are available on DVD. The first is Argo, the recent winner of the Best Picture Academy Award (2012, Rated R).


In 1979, revolutionaries took over the U.S. embassy in Iran, captured the personnel inside, and held them hostage. However, six people escaped unnoticed to the Canadian ambassador's residence, where they were taken in until the effort to get them out of the country came to fruition.

In reality, much of the work for this operation was performed by Canadians, but Argo focuses on  CIA operative Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck, who also directed), who shepherded the Americans out of Iran.

Although I knew what was going to happen, this movie had me on the edge of my seat. I really felt the tension. Technically, it's a good film, and the actors are all fine. I particularly liked the work of Alan Arkin, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award.

Although this movie is not for children, I recommend watching it with your teens so they can learn about a very difficult time in America's history. Or if you're too young to remember the hostage crisis, then you should definitely watch the movie, but keep in mind that not everything happened exactly as it's portrayed.

When Favorite Young Man was born in 1980, his baby book had a section for important news events taking place at the time. I remember very clearly that the first thing I wrote was "American hostages are being held in Iran." Walter Cronkite, who was long known as the most trusted man in America, concluded his newscast on CBS each night with the number of days the hostages had been held in Iran. It was all just so horrible and frightening, but oh! how grateful we Americans were to the Canadians when we learned they had sheltered six Americans, who came home unharmed.

And Canada, I thank you again.

Argo has The Janie Junebug Seal of Approval.

The second movie I present today is in French, so if you don't do subtitles and don't speak French, forget about it right now. It's Rust And Bone (2012, Rated R).


Ali and his young son, Sam, live with his sister and her husband. Ali works as a bouncer at a nightclub, where he first meets Stephanie (Marion Cotillard). Stephanie works at a Marineland-type attraction, where she trains whales and puts on shows with them. But then because of a horrible accident with a whale, her legs are amputated above the knee.

Stephanie calls on Ali, and as he helps her recover, they embark on a sexual relationship. Ali also starts fighting for money, but not professionally. It seems to be some sort of informal "fight club" in which the winner takes home the money from betting.

I'm usually a fan of French movies, but not this one. Although I like Marion Cotillard very much and her performance is quite good, Rust And Bone didn't grab my attention until the last 15 minutes. I found the rest of it boring, and I was eager for it to end.

Ali's character is not a sympathetic one, although he improves throughout the course of the film. But at first, he hits his son when he's not ignoring him, and after he becomes involved with Stephanie, when they go on an outing, he leaves with another woman.

I didn't like the violence in the movie, nor did I care for the graphic sexuality. This movie is most definitely not for children, and I wouldn't allow teens to watch it. If you're a big Marion Cotillard fan and don't want to miss this performance, then go for it, but be prepared for a lot of violence and anger.

I cannot give Rust And Bone my seal of approval.

However, I wish you a beautiful weekend, filled with joy and perhaps some Argo.

Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug

25 comments:

  1. We did enjoy Argo very much, and based on your review, I think we will pass on Rust and Bone, although I do like Marion Cotillard. Great weekend to you, too~

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  2. Argo is a wonderful movie, one that i can't recommend highly enough.

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    1. I was pleased when it won Best Picture so that Ben Affleck received an Academy Award as one of the producers, and was acknowledged for his directorial skill.

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  3. Thanks so much Janie for giving credit where credit was due. I remember that time quite well and the big part that was played by fellow Canadians there in Iran. I will watch this movie when I want to sit on the edge for a while!
    Thanks for the heads-up on the French film too.
    Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by today.
    Jim

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    1. God bless Canada! We are fortunate to have such a great neighbor.

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  4. Well, I give the Swiderski seal of approval to YOU, for taking the time to review so many movies for your minions. I do appreciate it.

    Happy Easter, kiddo!

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    1. I love movies, so reviewing them is really an act of selfishness on my part. Happy Easter to you, too!

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  5. Thank you for this, I have plans to see Argo for sure.

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  6. Ben was such a cutie at the Oscars.

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    1. Is Ben ever NOT a cutie? I loved the way he thanked his wife (Jennifer Garner) when the film won Best Picture. I bet he thanks God everyday that he didn't marry Jennifer Lopez.

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  7. I would like to see Argo. I've heard it's good.

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  8. A friend of ours who is a shrink helped in the debriefing of those hostages when they were released, so I will DEFINITELY be seeing "Argo"!!

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    1. That sounds fascinating. I almost met Tony Mendez once, but didn't quite make it. I might write a post about it next week.

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  9. I know I should see it but for whatever reason Agro just doesn't interest me. Not to say that we likely won't rent it... Tony would LOVE it I'm sure, but it just doesn't do it for me. Good to know though that it is worth watching if it happens upon our TV. :)

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    1. After it gets started, maybe it will grab your interest.

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  10. I can't wait to watch "Argo." :)

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    1. If you have any questions about the historical events of that period, I'm here for you. After I told you about the movie and Tony Mendez, I realized you weren't even born yet when the Americans were taken hostage. Sometimes I think of you as being older than you are because you're so mature.

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  11. Dear Janie, I saw "Argo" when it first arrived at the theaters back in October and was truly on the edge of my seat many times. I didn't know the story. I don't know if I ever knew it or just forgot. We can be so grateful for our Canadian neighbors and their generosity toward us. Peace.

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    1. Although I didn't know about Tony Mendez and the fake film story, I remember the news of the Americans arrival very well. Newsweek then published an article about how they and some other news organizations knew that some Americans were not among the hostages. They approached The White House with this information and were asked to keep it quiet. And they did. But a lot of people think journalists can never keep anything to themselves.

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  12. Since you liked Argo, I might have to rent it. I'm glad you warned me about Rust and Bone. I just deleted it from my queue. I love your movie reviews! Thanks for doing them. :)

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    1. I think you'd love Argo. Although Rust And Bone has a fairly happy ending, most of it is such a downer. You don't need that in your life.

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  13. I have heard of Argo but not the other movie haven't seen it though but nothing new there

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