Now Streaming: Netflix Instant Alternatives To Seven Psychopaths, Argo & Paranormal Activity 4

By Kristy Puchko 2012-10-16 09:09:04discussion comments
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Argo
Ben Affleck directs and stars in this exhilarating docudrama that unfolds the incredible true story that played out behind the scenes of the Iran Hostage Crisis. Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and Alan Arkin co-star. With an incredible ensemble cast, a crowd-pleasing story and a stranger than fiction tale of American ingenuity and heroics, Argo is already scoring plenty of buzz for the fast approaching award season. So, to get you in the mood for talk of Oscar gold, we've plucked three dramas based on real events that scored Oscar notice.

Primary Colors (1998) Argo's journey begins in the backrooms of Washington, D.C., so our first pick is Mike Nichols's political drama that is loosely inspired by Bill Clinton's campaign to secure the 1992 Democratic nomination for president. John Travolta and Emma Thompson star as "the Stantons," a power couple who is not afraid to play dirty if it means winning. Screenwriter Elaine May scored a nomination for her sharp adapted script, while Kathy Bates earned a nomination for her supporting role as a professional spin-doctor. Adrian Lester and Billy Bob Thorton co-star.

Chaplin (1992) To pay tribute to Argo's Hollywood-set section, we suggest Richard Attenborough's heralded biopic about the life of one of early cinema's most enduring screen legends. Along with Oscar nods for Best Art Direction and Best Original Score, Robert Downey Jr. earned a nomination for Best Actor for his portrayal of the silent screen legend that dazzled audiences and worried the US government. The massive cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Marisa Tomei, Kevin Kline, and the icon's daughter Geraldine Chaplin.

The Thin Red Line (1998) Finally, in honor of Argo's final act that has Americans stuck in hostile foreign territory, we recommend Terrence Malick's poetic exploration of war and the bonds it creates between those trapped within its bounds. Based on James Jones' autobiographical novel, this 7-time Oscar-nominated World War II drama centers on the pivotal battle of Guadalcanal. The expansive cast includes Oscar winners and nominees Woody Harrelson, George Clooney, John C. Reilly, Adrien Brody, Sean Penn, and Nick Nolte.
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