July 20, 2012, - 8:19 pm

Something Positive Out of “The Dark Knight Rises”: The “Argo” Preview

By Debbie Schlussel

Amidst all the sadness, I found something positive from “The Dark Knight Rises.” I think. Before this morning’s shooting at the Aurora Batman movie screening, the movie was shown with a couple of trailers for other upcoming Warner Brothers movies. One was for “Gangster Squad,” a movie about mobsters in the ’40s and ’50s who try to take over Los Angeles from their East Coast perch and the LAPD’s efforts to stop them. That trailer has since been removed, in light of the violence in Aurora, Colorado at late night screenings (which is odd because “The Dark Knight Rises,” itself, is far more violent than the trailer for “Gangster Squad,” but everybody’s gotta look like they are responding in some solemn way to the James Holmes massacre). But the other trailer remains, and even though it’s by far-left actor/director Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt a/k/a Ben Affleck, whom I loathe, I actually think I’m gonna like that movie–”Argo.” And it comes at an important time, given that it marks the beginning of the brutality and America-hatred of those running Iran (and running Hezbollah from Iran), today.

“Argo” is based on the true story of a CIA operative’s efforts to get Americans out of Iran during Ayatollah Khomeini’s Shi’ite revolution. Six Americans escaped the U.S. Embassy, where everyone else was kidnapped and held hostage for 444 days by Shi’ite Muslims, the ones still in power and madly running the place today. The six escaped to the Canadian Ambassador’s house, where they hid. “Argo” is about that and how the CIA rescue team pretended to be a film crew shooting a bizarre science fiction movie, in order to try to extract the Americans from possible death at the hands of Shi’ite Muslims. Affleck plays Antonio “Tony” Mendez, the real-life CIA agent and head of disguises, who plotted and led the mission. The trailer looks good, like it’s my kinda movie. And maybe Ben Affleck did the right thing here. You know the thing about a broken clock. Twice a day. But I’ve learned that I usually come to regret promoting movies after the actual product vastly betrays the trailer. Still, it will be hard to make this politically correct (though I wouldn’t put anything past him–he is a student and fan of the late America-hater Howard Zinn). The trailer makes clear what happened in Iran and that these mobs were Muslims. And it’s about a time that too many Americans have forgotten or never lived through–the hostage crisis in Iran. Thus, by bringing this time to the forefront, Affleck performs a service. We shall see in mid-October, when the movie debuts in theaters, if it lives up to the trailer, posted below. For now I’m looking forward to this. What do you think?



The Real Tony Mendez, Retired CIA Chief of Disguises & Fake Documents, Today @ Age 70

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23 Responses

Hey Deb-
…while I recall that you found the Avengers and their prequels to be underwhelming, and you sorta liked this latest Batman offering, I really hope that upon reflection you might consider that popular film making like this:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2176765/Robert-Downey-Jr-rescues-chain-people-flies-high-wires-Iron-Man-3-set.html

..may have a slightly more positive influence on our culture than the darkly sociopathic anarchy that all this ‘Dark Knight’ marketing shinola…

Nick Fury on July 21, 2012 at 12:50 am

P.S. Deb -

I think the perps name is ‘Jack Holmes’…. the name you used is more appropriate to what Obama is doing to the USA…

Nick Fury on July 21, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Right back @ Sgt Fury…

    Well, 31 yrs ago there was a massacre to which the late John Holmes was connected.

    4 people died in what was called one of the most horrific murders since Charlie Manson led the Spahn Ranch commune – what we would now call “liberals” – on a cultural cleansing ritual.

    How messed-up was it? Check out “Wonderland”. Warning: contains Val Kilmer.

    The Reverend Jacques on July 21, 2012 at 2:05 am

The bizarre science fiction movie that the CIA used as a cover was based on the book ‘Lord of Light’ by Roger Zelazny – about a group of humans who travel to another planet on a spaceship to colonize it – incidentally using technology to become like the Hindu gods and have power conflicts amongst one another in the process. Most of it is set in dry and desert-like areas, which would be very easy to shoot in Iran.

Just a bit of trivia about one of my favorite authors.

luagha on July 21, 2012 at 3:20 am

How appropriate the trailer showed Penn doing what he’d really like to do. Machine gun innocent people. Also another movie he’s connected to by way of his ex wife, “Hound Dog”, was presented to the movie going public as an acceptable movie to view. Dakota Fanning, a young child, was served up to the pedophiles of the world. It’s still on shelfs to this day. NObody got in trouble for it. Polanski types gave it a big thumbs up. Nice Hollywood.

samurai on July 21, 2012 at 10:06 am

won’t watch anything with afleck. It makes me puke!

a on July 21, 2012 at 10:19 am

Oh, my favorite genre. Action, the CIA, the real villains as villains, international, and an agreeable ending. No Eric Von Stoheim shots it seems but that’s ok. Look forward to it.

jake49 on July 21, 2012 at 11:19 am

The GANGSTER SQUAD trailer wasn’t removed simply because it was violent. It was removed because at the end of it, it showed a movie audience being gunned down.

stan on July 21, 2012 at 11:50 am

The only good thing out of this is our awakening to the effects of terrorism on our culture. We should ship all this trash back. It is silly ans tupid to ignore it.

Debbie send me you fax number I would like to fax to youThe Islamic manifesto for America. It is about 35 pages. I want you to see it to relize why they planted Huma Abdine with Hillary Clinton and why Huma married ANTONY WEINER.

G. R. Scharoubim on July 21, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I’m skeptical just because of the timing. Mid-October. Right before the election. It’s sure to have something or other in it supporting the liberals. Have a good trailer so it will draw independents, not only the liberals, and then try subtly to win some of them over to the Democrats.

Little Al on July 21, 2012 at 12:06 pm

-Bracie, troch? nie na temat nie jeste?? Co to ma wspólnego z cen? herbaty w Chinach? Ciekawe, mimo wszystko.-

Speaking of off topic, I would seriously like to hear from Debbie on the GOP criticizing Michele Bachmann on the Huma Abedin/Clinton/Muslim Brotherhood affair. I’m hoping she’s working on getting all her facts together till she puts the hammer down. It would be more interesting than rising sugar prices and movie pre/reviews.

theShadow on July 21, 2012 at 10:45 pm

I don’t think the problem is Michelle Bachmann, the problem is the GOP, working overtime to make the economy the only issue (not Muslim terrorist aggression, not health care, etc.)

Each Republican leadership is more pathetic than the last one.

Little Al on July 22, 2012 at 3:10 am

And remember that the liberals use culture to strengthen political correctness, and undermine our country’s traditions. These subjects cannot be ignored. They and the associated communists and socialists have had this strategy since the 20s.

Little Al on July 22, 2012 at 11:09 am

theShadow, you find Chrobry’s spam interesting, do you?

Chrobry, any idea why Debbie’s site was temporarily down Friday?

Skzion on July 22, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    interesting in that it was more coherent than his previous posts but still way off topic.
    One thing I’ve learned: Google translator and Debbie’s site don’t mix too well. I’m sure Chrobry the Chorrible is still scratching his head thinking WTF?

    theShadow on July 28, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      Go chase your farts!

      Kmicic on July 31, 2012 at 11:25 pm

Bachmann is certainly right, as was McCarthy (except in a few specifics now and then). Our RINO friends McLame, Miss Lindsay Graham, and Boner are, as usual, undermining or security and the national interest.

Skzion on July 22, 2012 at 4:22 pm

James Holmes the Colorado murderer went to jewish summer camps every year growing up. Why hasn’t debbie brought that up about the jewish terrorist?

Shlomo on July 22, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Dimes to donuts that Afflec blames the CIA for the Shah.

pat on July 22, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Schlomo – perhaps because he was a Presbyterian.

KerryB29 on July 23, 2012 at 11:05 am

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