Kristopher Tapley's Top 10 Films of 2012
From 'A(mour)' to 'Z(ero Dark Thirty)'
8. "Argo" (Ben Affleck)
Someone recently used the word "effortless" to describe Ben Affleck's third feature, and it's applicable. The old adage about a good story told well is also applicable, but really, this is just as solid as it gets and the workmanship of the thing shouldn't be held as pejorative. There's been a steady progression in Affleck's work as a filmmaker and while some might find this one flat on big ideas, I think it's entirely relevant as we figure out our relationship with Iran and, indeed, with the world: the film is finally about cooperation. And it's done in a thrilling, assured fashion.