Does Ben Affleck deserve all the negative press that has been pointed in his direction over the last five years or so? Are is films actually great? Only one way to find out…
School TiesWe covered this when we talked about Matt Damon. A strong, underseen drama. Brendan Fraser was in it too.
Dazed And ConfusedRichard Linklater’s second film. It’s good, not great. Worth a watch, though.
Chasing AmyThe best Kevin Smith film. He’s in it with, er, Matt Damon. Again.Good Will Hunting More Matt Damon, and the film that won Affleck an Oscar too is still very good stuff. Even if Ben got the crap part in it.
ArmageddonAs guilty a pleasure as you’re likely to see, Armageddon is an absolute blast. Affleck humps Liv Tyler in it, but only in a PG-13 way.Shakespeare In Love Horribly overrated crap Oscar winning rubbish. Didn’t really like this one, in retrospect. Ahem.200 Cigarettes Not a bad little ensemble film. Little of note about it, though.Forces Of Nature Crap rom-com with Sandra Bullock and some crap weather.
DogmaKevin Smith’s worst, yet conversely most ambitious, film.
Boiler RoomSurprisingly good Wall Street-wannabe, starring Vin Diesel when he used to act.Reindeer Games Crap. Even the director’s cut is crap.
BounceCrap. Depressing. Crap.Pearl Harbor Not without some merit, not without lots of problems.Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back Not much of a film, but very funny at its highpointsChanging Lanes Nice idea, and with some quality moments, but the cake falls a little flat, sadly.The Sum Of All Fears Not a bad stab at an action leading role. Matt Damon chose Bourne at the same time though. D’oh.Daredevil Fun superhero rubbish, where he wears a red gimp suit and fights crime. There’s genius in there somewhere.
PaycheckDiluted Phillip K Dick story. Diluted John Woo direction. Forgettable, wasted film.
Jersey GirlHarmless enough. But nothing worth pressing a button on your remote control for.
Clerks IIReally enjoyed this. Very rude, though.
For contrast, you can find the Matt Damon ready reckoner here
Not seen:Glory Daze, Going All The Way, Phantoms, Surviving Christmas, Man About Town, Hollywoodland, Smokin’ Aces. Shame on us.
My next contribution to the Ready Reckoner chair: it’s motherfuckin’ Samuel L Jackson….