July 20, 2012, - 8:19 pm
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
Read this very interesting article about Tony Mendez’s story and watch the trailer . . .
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