Day 230 & Day 231 – The Endless & Argo

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Movie Title: The Endless

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 51 min.

Rated: Not Rated

Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

The Endless is the story of two brothers that escaped from a UFO death cult. One was a young man while the other was little more than a child. They have been undergoing therapeutic treatment and have jobs in a city relatively nearby. Aaron (Aaron Moorehead) is the younger brother and he simply can not find peace in his new life. Justin (Justin Benson) is relatively settled in their new life despite its hardships. They are poor. They work menial jobs. They have no friends or girlfriends. They are socially awkward. In order to put Aaron’s mind at ease, and to convince him they made the right decision to leave they revisit the camp.

Aaron is not immediately turned off by the camp. Justin is nervous because of his past experience and his notions about the group. He claims they are all castrated and that they all intend to commit group suicide one day. The people in the group are reasonably intelligent people. They have a phalanx system where everyone fills a particular role. They are all in great health. They brew beer and make money. They have traditions and community. This appeals to Aaron and scares Justin.

Slowly, signs appear that the cult may not have entirely the wrong idea about what is lying out in the desert. Something is clearly there and all is not as it seems. The latter half of the movie gets a little hokey, but it is almost like a vision quest of sorts.

Verdict:

The Endless is an intriguing movie that will hold your interest. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Argo (2012)

 

Movie Title: Argo

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 2 hr.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Argo is an intriguing combination of genres with an excellent supporting cast. Argo has a strong historical background. The Iran hostage crisis took place in 1979 and left the United States government impotent. The Carter administration would not yield to the terrorists’ demands and the Iranian government refused to release the hostages unless Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was returned for execution. This was out of the question considering the number of dictators the United States might lose favor with over the return of the Shah. The movie did a great job telling the story of U.S. intervention in Iran in a straight forward manner and recreated the storming of the U.S. embassy beautifully. The storming of the embassy resulted in mass chaos and confusion during which six embassy employees escaped.

The drama of rescuing the hostages is only one part of the movie. The other part is a genre spoof of Hollywood that is amusing. The cast includes Ben Affleck as the leading operative, Alan Arkin as fictional film producer Lester Siegel, John Goodman as a bombastic Hollywood props man, Bryan Cranston as a higher up in the CIA, and an assortment of familiar names and faces in minor roles. I particularly enjoyed Philip Baker Hall as the CIA director.

Verdict:

Argo becomes predictable down the stretch and has several relatively flat performances, but the setup is great and it maintains a sense of suspense. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: The Artist (2011)

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