#6: Argo
As someone who paid close attention in history class I knew how the events in Ben Affleck’s Argo would be resolved in the end, but that didn’t prevent me from digging my fingernails into the armrest as I prayed that the embassy employees would safely make it through and escape the deadly Iranian territory.

While since the movie’s been released it’s been revealed that the story takes a few liberties with actual events for the sake of drama, that doesn’t change the fact that the world Affleck created in the film is intensely real and the director convinces you of its factuality, and as a political thriller it still knows exactly when it needs to break the tension and let the audience laugh a bit (John Goodman and Alan Arkin are phenomenal as the Hollywood-types who help the CIA get away with their mission). For a rather straightforward story, the movie is wonderfully paced and keeps the audience fully invested with every twist and turn of the story. Argo is only Affleck’s third directorial effort, but it firmly proves that he is very much the real deal – and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.

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