Director: Ben Affleck
Writer: Chris Terrio
Starring: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin
Description: Starred and directed by Ben Affleck, the three time Oscar winner “Argo” is a movie about true events. The year is 1980 and conflicts in Iran has led to an attack and hostage situation on the U.S embassy in Tehran. Six Americans managed to escape and go into hiding. One CIA agent comes up with a crazy idea to extract them out of the country. The plan is to create a fake upcoming movie, go to Tehran for film location purposes and then leave with the six Americans posing as their film crew. This is some of Ben Afflecks best work, it is thrilling, suspenseful and hard to believe it was all true.
Rating: 8.0 / 10
Other notable cast: Victor Garber, Titus Welliver, Zeljko Ivanek, Rory Cochrane, Scott McNairy, Clea DuVall, Tate Donovan, Kyle Chandler
Favorite quote: “This is the best bad idea we have, sir. By far.”
Recommended audience: 16+
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: Nicholas Pileggi
Starring: Robert DeNiro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci
Description: The Oscar winning bio/crime/drama that follows mob member Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) and his associates (Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci) from the time period 1955-1980. This is some of the best work from Martin Scorsese, and without a doubt the best mafia film since The Godfather. Misguided loyalty, greed, murder and it’s all based on a true story.
Rating: 9.5 / 10
Other notable cast: Paul Sorvino, Frank Vincent, Mike Starr
Favorite quote: “Paulie may have moved slow, but it was only because Paulie didn’t have to move for anybody.”
Recommended audience: 18+
Director: Petter Næss
Writer: Ole Meldgaard, Dave Mango
Starring: Florian Lukas, Stig Hoff, David Kross, Lachlan Nieboer, Rupert Grint
Description: Bio/drama/history about a group of German and British aircraft pilots who shot eachother down during WW2. Both sides surviving their crash, they are stuck taking shelter in the same cabin during a cold Norwegian winter. The movie is based on a real event, and it provides insight to how things were during WW2. Realistic, tense, interesting and mind-opening.
Rating: 7.1 / 10
Other notable cast: N/A
Favorite quote: “Food rule number one: If it’s full of vitamins, it tastes like shit.”
Recommended audience: 13+
Director: Adam Mckay
Writer: Charles Randolph, Adam Mckay
Starring: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt
Description: Oscar winning bio/drama/comedy about the housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s. This movie managed to make economy fun and understandable. Brilliant cast, funny, unique and educational.
Rating: 7.7 / 10
Other notable cast: Tracy Letts
Favorite quote: “Truth is like poetry, and most people fucking hate poetry.”
Recommended audience: 20+