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Poll: What movie do you want me to review for tomorrow?

posted at 11:02 am on February 23, 2013 by

I’ll start off by noting that I’ve already seen Side Effects, and I have one review ready for tomorrow.  With my wife out of town, though, I’m extremely … bored.  I have plenty of time today to squeeze in a matinee in the absence of a Honey-Do list, so I’m in the mood for another film and another review for tomorrow.  What would readers like me to review?  I’ll probably go mid-afternoon, so I’ll abide by the poll results by, say, 2 pm ET or so.

By the way, I liked Side Effects, and I’ll explain why tomorrow.

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Sorry, can’t vote for Argo…I Hate Ben Affleck. Voted for Dark Skies.

BeachBum on February 23, 2013 at 11:15 AM

I’m voting for Argo. Any movie stiffed by the folks in Hollyweird should be worth seeing.

Cindy Munford on February 23, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Voting for Argo.

BigGator5 on February 23, 2013 at 11:30 AM

A vote for Identity Thief is cruel & unusual punishment, and I like Ed too much to do that.
Not an Affleck fan, but would like to hear Ed’s perspective on Argo.

And I won’t see any of these until they’re on DVD, if then.

conservative pilgrim on February 23, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Argo is only okay. I don’t get why it is getting all this praise. It’s just an okay film made about an interesting event.

I think I wasn’t that impressed or moved by the film simply because Ben Affleck keeps insisting on starring in his own movies and he’s such a limited actor that his acting completely took me out of the actual movie (the other actors were pretty decent in it). All I could think is “Look, it’s Ben Affleck!!! Now with Beard!!!!”

mjk on February 23, 2013 at 11:36 AM

mjk on February 23, 2013 at 11:36 AM

I think it’s his Harvard degree that garners him praise. He’s such a bad actor. What do you think of his directing tho?

conservative pilgrim on February 23, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Since none of the picks really stand out to me personally, I vote for Argo since it’s up for some Academy Awards.

I’m open to being convinced that I should add it to the Redbox list.

22044 on February 23, 2013 at 11:45 AM

I saw Snitch last night. Good flick. Surprisingly stong performances from the supporting cast.

Kataklysmic on February 23, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Ed. I have been reading your work for many years…since Captains Quarters…and I have always liked how fair-minded you are.

I hope you will review Argo. I know you probably do not want to read other reviews before you see it so as not to be influenced by other opinions. However, I think it would be very useful at some point before posting your review to read this article from the Toronto Sun to appreciate how disgraceful a distortion of history the movie is, and how insulting it is to the real heroes in the rescue.

Blaise on February 23, 2013 at 11:47 AM

I can’t wait until March 8th! Oz comes out!

ButterflyDragon on February 23, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Blaise on February 23, 2013 at 11:47 AM

I’ll check that out after I see the movie. Thanks for the heads-up.

Ed Morrissey on February 23, 2013 at 12:54 PM

i voted for argo as well. lots of noise around that flick. could i also suggest something out on DVD? ‘Of Gods and Men’ by Beauvois. I know you have a ‘must be in the cinema’ rule. but i’d say that one is worth checking out.

Steven McGregor on February 23, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Ed. After you read up you will know why I have always said that the old saying that “History is written by the victors.” Is wrong. History is, in fact, written by those with the biggest movie industry.

Blaise on February 23, 2013 at 1:02 PM

I know you have a ‘must be in the cinema’ rule. but i’d say that one is worth checking out.

Steven McGregor on February 23, 2013 at 12:58 PM

I’m considering having an alternative for “new DVD/PPV release” when nothing interesting comes into the theaters.

Ed Morrissey on February 23, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Ed Morrissey on February 23, 2013 at 1:03 PM

great idea–feel bad sometimes the list of titles you have to choose from!

Steven McGregor on February 23, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Safe Haven (9 votes)

Sounds right up Ed’s alley. LOL

KS Rex on February 23, 2013 at 1:39 PM

I think it’s his Harvard degree that garners him praise. He’s such a bad actor. What do you think of his directing tho?

conservative pilgrim on February 23, 2013 at 11:44 AM

His directing was good. Like I said, I think the movie is getting a LOT of undeserved praise, but Affleck has a gift for decent directing….

mjk on February 23, 2013 at 1:44 PM

At 2:31, Argo has 68 out of 134 votes. Decision time?

22044 on February 23, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Argo is only okay. I don’t get why it is getting all this praise. It’s just an okay film made about an interesting event.

mjk on February 23, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Because Hollywood is the hero. That makes it the ultimate high for those navel-gazers.

GWB on February 23, 2013 at 2:33 PM

The Third Man.

Bmore on February 23, 2013 at 4:48 PM

For the first time, I find myself deeply disturbed by a post/article by EM. Let me explain.

With my wife out of town, though, I’m extremely … bored. I have plenty of time today to squeeze in a matinee in the absence of a Honey-Do list,

I find this statement completely implausible. Firstly, Honey-Do lists are not voided in the absence of the SO (Significant Other). Secondly, rarely, if ever, do they expire. Third, it requires an extra special dispensation to defer such a list in the absence of said SO (which has not ocurred within my lifetime to the best of my knowledge).

They only way to eliminate the listed items are to complete the listed items, which brings me to the fourth and final option: that you have actually completed all said items on the list. And Ed, us guys just know that has never ever happened since the dawn of time.

Color me disturbed.

parke on February 23, 2013 at 5:34 PM

parke on February 23, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Sssssh! Someone might tip off my wife!

Ed Morrissey on February 23, 2013 at 5:59 PM

parke on February 23, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Can’t argue with that… :D

22044 on February 23, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Doesn’t it feel odd to you to be taking a poll on how to spend your Saturday night?

ss396 on February 23, 2013 at 6:28 PM

If it was left up to my dad you’d be watching ‘European Vacation’….

So count yourself lucky you’re stuck with that dude from Good Will Hunting .

EnglishRogue on February 23, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Doesn’t it feel odd to you to be taking a poll on how to spend your Saturday night?

ss396 on February 23, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Ed gave up Twitter for Lent. He needs to fill the void. ;)

conservative pilgrim on February 23, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Color me disturbed.

parke on February 23, 2013 at 5:34 PM

haha. The key is making the list short. Then everyone has a sense of accomplishment. Win-win!

conservative pilgrim on February 23, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Because Hollywood is the hero. That makes it the ultimate high for those navel-gazers.

GWB on February 23, 2013 at 2:33 PM

And that’s the problem with this movie. I am from Canada and I really wish the movie would have focused a little less on the Hollywood participation aspect and more on the stuff that Canada did in this event.

mjk on February 23, 2013 at 7:54 PM

What about “The Gatekeepers”?

The Gatekeepers is a 2012 documentary film by director Dror Moreh that tells the story of the Israeli Shin Bet from the perspective of six former heads of Israel’s secretive internal security service. Wikipedia

danielreyes on February 23, 2013 at 9:04 PM

The Third Man.

Bmore on February 23, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Gay porn?

*ducks*

Laura in Maryland on February 23, 2013 at 10:32 PM

I saw “Argo” when it came out, so my vote would be towards that. Affleck really knows how to mix tension and comedy in this film — the absurdity of the plan vs. how it was pulled off was probably what attracted him to the story.

Besides, the Canadians already made a “Canadian Caper” film from their perspective, albeit without the details of how it was pulled off (the info was still classified at the time), in 1981.

ScoopPC11 on February 24, 2013 at 6:55 AM