One of the more respected commercial films screened at this week's Toronto Film Festival is Ben Affleck's "The Town." While most admit it's not as artistically ambitious as Affleck's previous effort, "Gone Baby Gone," but it features an impressive ensemble cast who get to showcase many of their charismatic talents. Joining Affleck in the film are Rebecca Hall, Jeremy Renner, an almost unrecognizable Blake Lively and none other than Don Draper himself, Jon Hamm.
Now, it's almost sacrilegious to say so on HitFix, but I've probably only watched one or two episodes of "Mad Men" so far. Unfortunately, the life of a movie journalist often limits what you can find the time to catch on the small screen and I purposely didn't even get a DVR until less than a year ago. Excuses aside, I had hoped to ask Hamm something about "Men" for our readers, but as soon as I was introduced (before the cameras began to tape), Hamm asked, "HitFix? That's Alan Sepinwall's site. I read that." And, after a quiet "Yes!" went through my heart, well, that's when the camera started rolling…
As for the big screen, Hamm has a great presence in "The Town" and you hope he'll find more time for bigger roles during his downtime from playing America's favorite advertising executive. In fact, we'd bet on it.
"The Town" opens nationwide on Friday.
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
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