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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
“Live By Night” mostly fired blanks when it debuted in theaters last December, and its failure has resulted in a lot of financial carnage.
The expensive gangster picture was a passion project for Ben Affleck, who directed, wrote, produced, and starred in the story of a Florida rum runner. But critics ripped the picture, calling it dramatically inert and a muddle. That’s left Warner Bros., the studio behind the film flop, looking at a $75 million loss, according to insiders with knowledge of its financing and rival studio executives.
“Live By Night” has made $16.5 million globally, and is not expected to have international appeal despite Affleck’s star power. Talky period pictures don’t tend to play well overseas, particularly when they don’t come loaded with Oscars (“Live By Night” was shut out »
- Brent Lang
Over the past decade or so, actor/writer/director Ben Affleck has done a great job at turning himself into Hollywood’s golden boy. Gone Baby Gone was a terrific directorial debut, and in The Town, he really upped his game with the hard-hitting crime aspects. Argo saw him reach a completely new level when the movie won Best Picture, cementing Affleck as a hot talent in Hollywood.
As such, when he joined the DC Extended Universe as Batman, not only did it give a lot of credibility to the project, but it seemed to imply that Warner Bros. was looking to have Affleck direct a standalone Batman film in the near future. Of course, we now know that to be absolutely true, as Affleck is on board to direct the next Batman film, and with that knowledge going into the filming of last year’s Batman v Superman, we »
- Joseph Medina
I’m sure everyone thought Live By Night was going to be a big deal— Ben Affleck directing his first film since Argo won Best Picture, and this time a crime story based on a novel by the same guy who wrote Mystic River. It feels like a sure thing; America loves prestige mafia stories— just ask Scorsese, Coppola, or Chase. Unfortunately, Live by Night isn’t quite like any of those, or rather, it’s too much like those and other movies that came before that. It never quite feels like an original story, and it collapses under the pressure to be something amazing so it never settles for being just good. It could have been a great good movie.
There’s so much going on in Live By Night, it’s an endless cavalcade of story and plot points, but I’m not sure it ever gets around »
- Arthur Tebbel
Live by Night, 2016.
Written and Directed by Ben Affleck.
Starring Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Zoe Saldana, Sienna Miller, Chis Messina, Robert Glenister, Remo Girone, Chris Cooper, Anthony Michael Hall, Clark Gregg, Max Casella, Miguel J. Pimentel, Titus Welliver, Matthew Maher, and Brendan Gleeson.
A group of Boston-bred gangsters set up shop in balmy Florida during the Prohibition era, facing off against the competition and the Klu Klux Klan.
Writer, director, star Ben Affleck’s (The Town, Argo) Live by Night suffers from an identity crisis. It doesn’t know if it wants to be a tale of Robin Hood style Prohibition-era mobsters, a classic revenge story, a war between gangsters and the Ku Klux Klan, a battle over turf between Irish and Italian mobs, the startup of a casino, or whatever the other subplots are that I’m forgetting. The point is that Live by Night is a mess structurally and narratively, »
- Robert Kojder
Chicago – Movies released in the first weeks of January are invariably either awards hopefuls trying to gain momentum or studio dreck being buried in the dead of winter, and quickly forgotten by Valentine’s Day. “Live By Night” aspires to be the former, but ends up being the latter.
Ben Affleck stars as a Boston stickup man Joe Coughlin, the son of a Boston police officer, who reluctantly becomes part of a gang to get revenge on a rival mob boss. If you think back to the time before “Argo,” “The Town,” and “Gone Baby Gone,” this is the kind of movie you’d think of as a movie directed by Ben Affleck, before that became an improbable sign of quality filmmaking.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
It has been widely accepted that Hollywood star and actor Ben Affleck is surprisingly a really good director. So much so that we'd say he's even better behind the camera than in front of it, though he does tend to take roles in the films that he helms.
This week, Affleck directs and stars in a new film called Live By Night. Adapted from the Dennis Lehane novel (the author also wrote the books behind Shutter Island and another Affleck project, Gone Baby Gone), Live By Night is a crime story that takes place during the Prohibition Era.
With Affleck directing, we have good expectations for Live By Night, and it has got us thinking about his past directorial work. While we patiently wait for Affleck to direct the next Batman film, a »
- Adriana Floridia
Boss Man: Interview with the director and star of Live by Night, Ben AffleckBoss Man: Interview with the director and star of Live by Night, Ben AffleckBob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine1/12/2017 10:01:00 Am
Things have changed a lot in Hollywood since the old contract-player days. However, if there’s any talent who’s identified with a particular studio at the moment, it’s Ben Affleck.
The square-jawed, 44-year-old Bostonian produced, directed and starred in Warner Bros.’ last Best Picture Oscar winner, Argo. He’s also made The Town and The Accountant for the company in the past few years. And Affleck not only plays the most important character, Batman/Bruce Wayne, in Warner’s latest round of DC Comics-based movies, »
- Bob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine
Read our Live By Night review below.
Live By Night is Ben Affleck‘s fourth film as director after cutting his teeth with his debut feature, the impressive Gone Baby Gone, followed by the slightly superior The Town ,and then the Oscar-winning Argo. One might say that he’s on a cinematic roll, at least behind the camera, so it’s no surprise that he has aimed high for his latest, the period gangster epic Live By Night.
The film opens in 1920s Boston where Affleck’s character, local hoodlum Joe Coughlin is introduced as the son of the local chief of police (and Wwi veteran) Thomas Coughlin, played by Brendan Gleeson. Joe is carrying out petty crimes to finance his lifestyle, gradually moving up the crime food chain. »
- Paul Heath
MaryAnn’s quick take… Commits the cardinal sin of cinema: it’s boring. Feels like two hours of highlights from a 20-episode miniseries that only hint at a rich story tapestry. I’m “biast” (pro): have enjoyed Ben Affleck’s previous directorial efforts
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
With his fourth film as director, Ben Affleck has finally produced a stinker. Live by Night fails because it commits the cardinal sin of cinema: it’s boring. Which isn’t a thing that should ever be true about a movie with speakeasies and flappers and tommy guns and gangsters in panama hats.
They live by night? Everything happens here in broad daylight.
Joe Coughlin (Affleck [The Accountant, Suicide Squad], also starring) is making a pretty good living in 1920s Boston as a bank robber, with no desire »
- MaryAnn Johanson
For “Fences,” says composer Marcelo Zarvos, the starting point was August Wilson’s play, “this almost sacred material.” Director Denzel Washington even told him that Wilson’s words were the score, and that “we are employing every available technique, notably the music, to enhance those words and enrich them when needed.”
Surprisingly, given the 1950s Pittsburgh setting, Washington did not want “a bluesy or jazzy score. He really gravitated toward the piano,” says Zarvos, who plays some of the piano heard in the film. “It’s so direct, for scenes that are so delicate, and the music has to navigate these masterful performances. The piano tends to have a gentle but emotionally powerful way of enhancing the movie. »
- Jon Burlingame
Author: Josh Wilding
For a long time now, Ben Affleck has been going back and fore on what is happening with The Batman. He’s supposed to be writing the movie alongside comic book scribe Geoff Johns before directing and starring in it, and while both he and various other cast members have indicated that the movie will start shooting this spring, that may not be the case after all.
With Live by Night under-performing at the box office and receiving scathing reviews (making it Affleck’s first disappointment as a director following the success of Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and the Oscar-winning Argo), it seems like the Justice League star is having second thoughts about it being his next project. “That’s the idea. But it’s not a set thing and there’s no script. If it doesn’t come together in a way I think is really great, »
- Josh Wilding
*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
Gone Baby Gone and The Town were both well received by critics, while Argo won an Academy Award. However, with Live by Night not doing particularly well either commercially or in terms of reviews, Ben Affleck has delivered what many are calling his first flop as a filmmaker. As a result, it appears as if he's more cautious than ever before about working on The Batman, especially without a strong script. Asked by The Guadian whether or not it's his next movie, he replied: "That's the idea. But it’s not a set thing and there’s no script. If it doesn’t come together in a way I think is really great, I’m not going to do it." So, while he remains open to bringing the Dark Knight back to the big screen in a solo film, he simply will not do it if they can't get the story right. »
While reception to Batman V Superman, and the current Dceu in general has been divisive - at best - the one thing that (most) people seem to agree on is that Ben Affleck made an awesome (if badly-written) Batman. And besides being a great Batman, Affleck is also known as a great director with Gone, Baby, Gone, The Town, the Best Picture Academy Award-winning Argo, and the upcoming Gangster... Read More »
- Damion Damaske
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