Look away if you’re taping the Oscars and watching them tonight, but Booktopia is proud to announce that…..
ARGO has won the Best Picture for 2013.
The amazing thing about Argo is it plays out as a great action film, littered with suspense and edge-of-your-seat stuff. But the defining quality is the human story. From the CIA operatives trying to save lives while juggling their own, to the American Embassy Staff desperately trying to retain hope in the face of a terrifying situation.
Ben Affleck’s acting is as good as his beard, and his beard is excellent.
The rest of the cast is exceptional as well. Alan Arkin as the grizzled Hollywood producer hits all the right marks, John Goodman hasn’t put in a bad performance on screen since Rosanne, and Bryan Cranston, once known as ‘the Dad off Malcolm In The Middle’, is now well and truly known as ‘that awesome actor Bryan Cranston’.
Argo comes out on DVD in just a few days, so pre-order your copy today with Booktopia and avoid the rush.
In 1979, the American embassy in Iran was invaded by Iranian revolutionaries and several Americans are taken hostage. However, six manage to escape to the official residence of the Canadian Ambassador and the CIA is eventually ordered to get them out of the country.
With few options, exfiltration expert Tony Mendez devises a daring plan: to create a phony Canadian film project looking to shoot in Iran and smuggle the Americans out as its production crew. With the help of some trusted Hollywood contacts, Mendez creates the ruse and proceeds to Iran as its associate producer.
However, time is running out with the Iranian security forces closing in on the truth while both his charges and the White House have grave doubts about the operation themselves.
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Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.
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