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Top 5 Ben Affleck Films: So Many to Choose From…

Posted on August 24, 2013 at 8:52 am by Justin Cavender

Thursday night the Internet was set on fire when Warner Bros announced Ben Affleck was cast to play Batman in Zack Synder’s follow up to Man of Steel. I admit, this casting choice caught me by surprise, and unlike millions of people on Twitter, I’m choosing to be optimistic. It wasn’t too long ago when the Bat-community flipped out over Christopher Nolan casting Heath Ledger as Joker, or even Tim Burton going with Michael Keaton as Batman. Both men did amazing jobs and quickly silenced the naysayers.

Ben Affleck

Following the announcement we took to Geek Legacy’s Comic Corner podcast to talk about Mr. Affleck, and the overwhelming negative response from comic fans around the world. Then I decided I wanted to make a list of the top 5 Ben Affleck films. It’s quite possible this list will need to be updated in 2015 after the release of Batman vs. Superman.

Honorable Mention – Boiler Room (2000)

This film doesn’t star Ben Affleck; in fact, he’s only in a couple scenes. The man knows how to deliver his lines, though, and his three scenes steal the show. He plays Jim Young, a millionaire executive at an investment firm. In his first scene, Ben is telling new employees what it means to be successful and that money is key to happiness. I was sold before their meeting ended and you better believe I was ready to be a broker. Just look at the smile on his f***ing face.

#5 Dogma (1999)

Ben Affleck plays a renegade angel named Bartleby, who discovered a loophole in Catholic dogma that will allow him to return to heaven. In doing so, Bartleby will unmake the universe, yikes! Obviously, the plot is much more involved than that, but I’ll spare you the deets.

Bartleby is an extremely likable character in this movie, even serving as the voice of reason at times. Dogma is one of my favorite Kevin Smith films, filled with loads of laughs, and Ben makes for a delightful angel. He does kill several people outside of a church, though. Nobody’s perfect!

#4 The Sum of All Fears (2002)

CIA Analyst Jack Ryan (Affleck) tries to prevent a nuclear terrorist attack against the US. Once the bomb detonates in Baltimore, it’s up to Jack to stop the US and Russia from annihilating each other. I’ll admit I enjoy The Hunt for Red October and Clear and Present Danger more than The Sum of All Fears. I don’t want to sell this film short, though. The other two are simply better films. Patriot Games was a bucket of boring to say the least. Either way, I totally buy into Affleck as Jack Ryan, and would recommend this film to anyone.

#3 Armageddon (1998)

An asteroid the size of Texas is headed for Earth and it’s up to a group of rag-tag off-shore drillers to save the planet. Armageddon plays out like a 2 ½ hour beer commercial. The world is about to end, but for whatever reason, we’re still having a good time. I’m totally cool with this, and kudos to Michael Bay for giving me that jolly feeling.

During the film, A,J. Frost (Affleck) is trying desperately to win over his boss, mentor, and future father in-law, Harry Stamp (Bruce Willis). I know it’s ridiculous, but I lose it when Affleck and Willis say goodbye to each other. There’s just something about this movie that really hits me hard, and by the end of the film, I’m usually in tears.

Also, it’s my dream to live out the rest of my life without ever hearing Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” again.

#2 The Town (2010)

Doug MacRay (Affleck) is a thief who has fallen for a bank teller (Rebecca Hall) from one of his previous heists. Jeremy Renner plays James Coughlin, MacRay’s partner in crime, and is a total loose cannon ready to go off at any moment. Hot on their trail is Special Agent Frawley (Jon Hamm), who’s convinced the bank teller was in on the heists. The entire cast gives an amazing performance and Ben Affleck proves once again that he is a remarkable director.

The Town is an intense film that made me pretty nervous from start to finish. The first time I watched this movie, I had to keep pausing it to take a break from all the excitement. So much pee left my body that night. True story.

#1 Argo (2012)

Coming in hot at #1 is Argo, which won the Oscar for Best Picture in 2012. Ben Affleck plays CIA agent Tony Mendez, posing as a Hollywood producer scouting locations for a sci-fi film as cover for rescuing six Americans during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran. I knew this movie had a happy ending, but I was on pins and needles the entire time. Funny how that works, isn’t it? Everything about this movie was excellent, including Ben Affleck’s performance. Ben is the man. I daresay he is Batman!

There you have it folks. Sure, Ben Affleck has made some crappy movies, but what A-list actor hasn’t? I know plenty of you are incredibly upset about your new Batman, but I have a really good feeling about it. Just like Billy Zane, Ben is a cool dude. You’ve got nothing to worry about. I leave you with one of my favorite scenes from The Town. Enjoy.

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    • Nick Schultz

      what? no Good Will Hunting? it’s another one that’s light on affleck scenes, but his “best part of my day” monologue has to be my favorite scene of his ever.

    • Mark Spada

      Please do not to make comparisons to Heath Ledger being cast as the Joker in “The Dark Knight”. Heath Ledger was a tremendously talented actor who was just beginning to realize his potential. Along with “Brokeback Mountain”, “The Dark Knight” was a high caliber showcase for Ledger’s talent. Ben Affleck has shown us his potential. He’s been hitting his head on the ceiling of his potential for a long time now. He simply doesn’t possess the chops to disappear into a character the way Ledger could. The way Daniel Day Lewis or even Michael Fassbender can. All of these actors are also extremely magnetic, intense, and passionate. Affleck displays all the intensity of lawn furniture. I’m not judging him here, just being honest about who he is: a one-note mannequin just like his little buddy Matt Damon. Affleck simply plays Affleck, over and over, in every role. And that’s what he’s going to do when he portrays Bruce Wayne. He’ll be wooden and stiff and he’ll display all the ticks and mannerisms we’ve seen since “Dazed and Confused”; same guy, different costume. But that’s the point: this movie is going to be another three hours of two guys in costumes destroying high end real estate. What does it matter who they cast? Half of the thing will be CGI anyway. So, really no need to get apoplectic. Save the hysteria for the casting of the inevitable reboot/relaunch/reimagining of the Batman franchise.

      • Snackbar

        Yikes! You might be overselling Ledger a bit. I would say his career was on the EXACT same trajectory as Affleck’s. Only he tragically died before the over exposure and poor choices that plagued Affleck. Remember that Ledger also did a couple horrible films as well in his “short” film career. Remember he did The Brothers Grimm, Casanova, and The Order along with forgettable films like Lords of Dogtown and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (of course that might be my bias against Gilliam).If Affleck had passed away at approximately the same time as Ledger he would have almost the same amount of good, bad, and forgettable films. Seems like Affleck is being punished for not dying… and for Gigli. 🙂

        • NERD FIGHT!

        • Mark Spada

          I couldn’t disagree more. Equating the trajectory of Ledger’s career with that of Affleck’s is more than a bit presumptuous. My point, that you seemed to have missed, was about their choices in roles. Ledger was making choices that were challenging to him. Affleck was making….um….Paycheck? Jersey Girl? And do I REALLY need to mention his participation in the atrocity that was Daredevil? Affleck has been making bad choices from the get go. Poor Ben Affleck! Forced to dry hump the Pentagon for Michael Bay in Armageddon and Pear Harbor! Enslaved to the whims of that overrated hack Kevin Smith! Please….And you also missed my point in closing: Affleck will do the job required. He’ll fill in the suit. The movie may be light years ahead of Man of Steel( which I enjoyed despite its flaws ), but that won’t change the fact that Affleck will remain….a taller version of Matt Damon. But I won’t be holding my breath. The movie, in all likelihood, will be more of the same checklisted mess that the first one was. Whatever. Wake me up when a studio has the balls to hire movie producers who are less concerned with filling a balance sheet and more concerned with treating the source material with at least some measure of respect.

          • Don’t you piss on Jersey Girl dammit!

            • Mark Spada

              No need to panic, dude. I’ve already sent a letter of apology to Kevin Smith….along with several buckets of KFC.

          • Snackbar

            I got your point, and mine was to point out that you can’t predict what might have happened. With today’s big budget film landscape, the second TDK hit it huge he would have been in the same spot as Affleck. Good looking likable guy who had moderate success, and then took off with a huge hit or two. Maybe he would have stuck with his guns, and maybe he would have accepted the dump truck full of cash to make more commercial hits. In my opinion he would have went down the same path as Affleck. Both are/were incredible talents.

            • Mark Spada

              Wow….you just used the words “incredible” and “talent” in reference to Affleck…..just….I just….you see….wow…..

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