157. Argo (B+)
158. 3:10 to Yuma  (A-)
159. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (A)
: My memory is a little hazy, since I saw this in the form of a screener months
ago, but I remember liking it. It's hardly a masterpiece, though. I thought the escapees from the embassy were too thinly drawn for me to become fully invested in their fate. It doesn't help that they spend a lot of time arguing, no doubt one of the script's many embellishments from history to heighten the drama. It's a well-made movie, though (easily Affleck's best), and certainly worth seeing. If it takes the Academy Award for Best Picture, though, I think it will be one of those winners that doesn't have a lot of staying power in the popular memory, although I couldn't point to a more deserving film to come out this year off the top of my head.
3:10 to Yuma
: I was pleasantly surprised by this movie, which struck me as superior to the remake (which is a perfectly fine Western in its own right) in every way. Glenn Ford was particularly good as the villain, oozing charm and stealing the screen whenever he was on it. The photography, too, was excellent, with an almost noirish quality which puts heavy shadows and foreground obstructions to good effect. The only fault I can locate is the ending, which is clumsily staged in parts and doesn't quite
earn its final note. Still, it's a minor defect to an otherwise great movie. I was happy to see it in the cinema, too.
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
: Perhaps it's just as well that nobody saw this film when it was released, because it dismantles the musical biopic film so completely that I think it would be hard for a viewer to sit through another one without laughing all the way through.
Home Video: 98+2