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Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)
From “School Ties” to “Live By Night” and this weekend’s “The Great Wall,” Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have each — for better and worse — left a considerable and ever-increasing footprint in the cultural landscape. But while the world is wide enough for both of them, our hearts are not. And so, we forced our panel of critics to choose: Ben Affleck or Matt Damon?
There can be only one.
Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse), Freelance with Rolling Stone, Vulture, Vox
- David Ehrlich
It was news that concerned fans of the faltering Dceu when it was confirmed that Ben Affleck will no longer direct The Batman, which is still supposed to be released next year. This bad news about The Batman follows rumours that Justice League is a mess, as is Wonder Woman, and The Flash is getting a page-one re-write following the departure of its second director.
“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck said in a statement. “Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. »
- Luke Owen
A frequent topic within Lrm lately, which you've likely heard spill over onto the Los Fanboys Podcast (assuming you listen to it...which you should!!!!), is Ben Affleck's current career trajectory. We're all fans of his and I- in particular- have been very happy to see him return to the top of the mountain in the last seven years. I've been rooting for the guy since 1997 when Good Will Hunting came out and made him and Matt Damon household names. So no one was happier when he bounced back from being the butt of many a joke to suddenly being an artist that demands respect.
Remember, he started hot in 1997 and then, while Damon went for smaller, more intimate, character-driven movies, Affleck went big. He leapt from the indie darlings that brought him to prominence towards big-budget popcorn flicks like Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, Paycheck, and Daredevil. And when he »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
NBC has ordered its second drama pilot this season, giving a green light to For God And Country, a military drama from writer Dean Georgaris (Paycheck, ABC pilot Clementine), Keshet Studios and Universal TV. Written by Dean Georgaris, For God And Country is described as a heart pounding look into the complex world of our bravest military heroes who make personal sacrifices while executing the most challenging and dangerous missions behind enemy lines. The project fits… »
*Update: I've added some additional perspective at the end of this post, since some folks are having trouble reading between the lines of Affleck's latest remarks*
I've been saying it for months and months, and I'll say it again:
On the Los Fanboys Podcast, we've pointed out all of the bizarre back-and-forth news items we've heard regarding The Batman since its inception.
First it was a given that Ben Affleck was directing itThen he suddenly "agreed" to direct it long after the project had been green-litThen the film had a release window for when it would arrive in theaters: Fall of 2018That was then countered by Affleck by saying he wasn't paying attention to any kind of release date, and would not make the film until it was readyAffleck also then confirmed, and later denied, what the movie would »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
5 items from 2017
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