Argo

Argo

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As a Canadian I am boycotting this film

This is such a typical American view on this event. The character played by Afleck, Tony Mendez, was only in Iran for a day or two. The true hero was the Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor. Even president Carter during an interview about the film says that the operation was 90% Canadian, and 10% CIA. This is just another stupid America ra-ra film..
Andrew Moore
02-23-2013 12:11 PM

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Brendan Sullivan

Brendan Sullivan

as an American. I don't give a shit.

Nov 3 - 04:22 PM

Jeremy Schep

Jeremy Schep

Also, go Senators.

Sep 26 - 09:43 AM

Jeremy Schep

Jeremy Schep

I'm proud to say I am a Canadian-American and I enjoyed this film as just a fantastic work of cinema. It was an interesting story told from the CIA perspective (as it turns out the only person willing to adapt the story happened to be American). That being said, just because it is told from an American perspective does not mean in any world that it was promoting American nationalism, especially considering that the crisis affected the US in a way that threatened many American's lives. Would a version told from the perspective of the Canadian ambassador be interesting? Absolutely, yes. But I will tell you that this film, while maybe not entirely accurate, portrays the Canadians as outstanding diplomats and caretakers to the Americans whose lives were threatened. As somebody who identifies with both countries, I often get sick of the immature, rude taunts tossed around by between them (it's either "HAHA, you're Canadian, 'eh'?" down here or "you're just a gun-toting, McDonald's loving American!" up there) and saw this film as a wonderful example of the actual camaraderie between both countries. So, instead of blowing off steam and dismissing this as just another piece of American nationalism (which you are grossly mistaken about) while not doing anything to ease any tension, be a good ol' fashioned polite Canadian and welcome this film as a positive thing.

Sep 26 - 09:42 AM

Pierre Cloutier

Pierre Cloutier

Check out on youtube Canadian capers for the real story told by the hostages themselves. No mystery or factitious commentary in that.

Jul 10 - 03:06 AM

Pierre Cloutier

Pierre Cloutier

very far from the truth of what really happened...very disappointed.

Jul 10 - 03:03 AM

Brendan Sullivan

Brendan Sullivan

Even if this is true, which probably isn't. It's probably the only damn good thing the Canadian's have ever down. Fuck you for bashing America by the way.

Jun 30 - 10:53 PM

Pierre Cloutier

Pierre Cloutier

Sorry you feel that way, and I am not one to bash Americans, but please youtube canadian capers and see for your self how far off this movie is. This was a documentary made just after the release of these hostages. The comments in Argo on how we needed to be done with this were so far fetched as we are your neighbors and treat and respect you as such. Its a beautiful bond in which many in this world do not have as such close neighbors.

Jul 10 - 03:13 AM

Alice Ocsud

Alice Ocsud

I am not an American nor a Canadian, and in my opinion this film is overrated. The direction may be quite good, the performances acceptable, but the structure of the plot does not escape from the usual expensive but superficial Hollywood productions' recipe, i.e. "medium suspense - peak of suspense - happy ending- we are all so proud to be Americans" type of films. Very predictable and frankly a bit boring. However, the Canadians should know what to expect when they watch a film like this. Why go looking for quality in a huge industry of spectacle such as Hollywood? Merely good enough for passing your time, at the best of cases.

May 27 - 01:33 AM

Alex M.

Hipster Elitist Maverick

"Boycotting"? You mean that you're just not gonna see the movie? Yeah, that's not called "boycotting." That's called "free will."

May 18 - 09:09 PM

Glen Frayling

Glen Frayling

why? it still portrayed the Canadians positively

May 16 - 05:42 AM

Brendan Sullivan

Brendan Sullivan

because he's too stupid to realize that

Jun 30 - 10:55 PM

Branden M.

Branden Mata

Yea, watching the movie I undertand that without the Canadian's they prob would have been caught and killed. And if you watch the movie it show's that Aflecks character was only there for like a few days like you said. So idgi.

Sep 18 - 11:04 AM

Mitchell Nash

Mitchell Nash

Terribly warped historically, but a damn good film. I enjoyed it a lot. I'm a bit bothered that this isn't historically accurate, especially to the detriment of Canadians who helped [I'm Canadian], but at the same time it's also a movie. Lots of aspects were changed. I think the movie wanted to focus on what Mendez did, as he's the main character and the one that wasn't truly recognized for many years because of secrecy.

tl;dr

I'm Canadian and I liked the movie.

Apr 18 - 09:44 PM

Greg Benton

Greg Benton

I'm a British Canadian and I enjoyed the movie knowing full well that it deliberately fabricated and twisted the facts in order to produce its false result. There's not much new in that from Hollywood. It was done in U-571 when it portrayed the Yanks as having acquired the Engima machine from a German U Boat when the event upon which the movie was based was accomplished by the Royal Navy in 1941 and before the US even entered the war! For those who just say 'live with it' or 'move on', I would ask them to imagine the horrendous battle victory at Iwo Jima portrayed in a Canadian film as being fought by soldiers of the British Empire with iconic flag-raising shown with the Union Jack instead of the Stars and Stripes. Such a film would never be shown in the US. The outrage from veterans organisations and Congress and the President would be enormous. Argo is a good, well worth watching but shamelessly dishonest flick.

Apr 6 - 11:13 AM

Christian Lesage

Christian Lesage

YOu have to keep in mind it is not a canadien movie. there is due respect for Iran/Canada and Usa. Great movie. nopt a nother cheap US Propaganda movie. its a most !

Apr 3 - 08:38 PM

Bruce Kane

Bruce Kane

Argo fuck yourself.

Mar 31 - 01:58 PM

Andrew Le

Andrew Le

ahahahahahaha

Apr 4 - 07:24 PM

Mitchell Nash

Mitchell Nash

Perfect reply, and this is coming from a Canadian. :P

Apr 18 - 09:28 PM

Bill Shannon

Bill Shannon

As a Canadia, I'm telling you to calm down. It's a movie, it's meant to entertain and Argo certainly did that. Not every single movie is going to be freaking 100% accurate.

Mar 31 - 01:08 PM

Ocram Immorto

Ocram Immorto

As much as I enjoyed Argo as an entertainment romp, I'm actually looking forward to Iran's take on the Hostage Crisis called The General Staff. Shows they have the guts to give us foreign perspective as well.

Mar 22 - 08:43 PM

Ocram Immorto

Ocram Immorto

And that is why either Lincoln or Zero Dark Thirty should have won. ZDT shows both Al Qaeda and the revenge driven CIA operative Maya as bad guys. Fantastic movie.

Hate the sin, love the sinner - Gandhi

Mar 22 - 08:39 PM

Kate Murdoch

Kate Murdoch

If this is an "America ra-ra film", then why, at the end of the movie, did I immediately think "Thank God for Canada." I think the film gave Canada an immense amount of the credit it deserves. Perspective and credit are two different things. It's a film from American perspective. Credit is given where it's due. Thank you, Canada.

Mar 21 - 11:38 PM

Jonathan Titus

Jonathan Titus

I am Canadian...and I don't really care about Canada's contribution to the success of the C.I.A. mission depicted in ARGO. Any Canadians that are angry about the lack of credit given to our government have serious identity crisis/issues...Also, it is expected that Americans will have a distorted historical perspective and re-write historical events to make themselves look heroic.

Mar 17 - 12:29 AM

Philip Jösse

Philip Jösse

i Loved it, check out my blog post: http://josseonmovies.blogspot.fr/2013/03/argo-science-fiction-adventure.html

Mar 16 - 11:40 AM

Jeff P.

Jeff Walken

There's a difference between boycotting and just crossing your arms and saying "I'm not seeing this movie." So please stop calling it a boycott, because it's not.

Mar 14 - 02:57 PM

Jonathan Titus

Jonathan Titus

haha, I agree.

Mar 17 - 12:31 AM

Trenton Ledford

Trenton Ledford

Super true. People tend to think boycotting is not seeing the movie and talking crap about it. Every good film will always have people complaining about it. Spike Lee complains about movies before seeing them.

Mar 17 - 12:20 PM

Sa Man

Sa Man

a medicore movie with a very weak old fashioned story based on lies!

Mar 14 - 01:27 AM

John Maine

John Maine

As a New Zealander I too am boycotting this Hollywood super crap - the NZ Embassy staff actually drove some US staff to the airport and they flew home safely. Go figure!

Mar 12 - 07:29 PM

Billy Bob

Billy Bob

You do realize that Carter refused to help the Americans, and it took Ross Perot to say screw you I'll do it myself.

Mar 9 - 07:03 PM

Trenton Ledford

Trenton Ledford

This forum is stupid as heck. Dude read the book before boycotting. If you didn't read the book that the freaking movie is based on then shut up.

Mar 7 - 10:25 PM

Evan Schaaf

Evan Schaaf

Why is it that people are so defensive about this story, its not a story of one country contributing more or less to the rescue of these hostages....they worked together to get the job done. Taylor took a risk by harboring these people, but Mendez was also taking a huge risk with no only his life, but with their lives as well. He was the one escorting these people home after all.

Mar 6 - 10:27 PM

Michael Tawton

Michael Tawton

I'm with Andrew. Argo is propaganda at best.

Mar 6 - 07:39 PM

Edward Hart

Edward Hart

Well why don't you Canadians get up off your asses, stop whining and make a movie about Ken Taylor?

Mar 2 - 11:53 AM

Michael Tawton

Michael Tawton

What purpose would that serve?

Mar 6 - 07:41 PM

Jonathan Titus

Jonathan Titus

Because all Canadian movies are b-movie, low-budget crap...

Mar 17 - 12:34 AM

Woody Timer

Woody Timer

Yes, but isn't that just oh-so-Canadian? To not take the limelight, but just get the job done? Personally, I'm happy to be known as a decent, may be a little bit boring, gets the job done right, Canadian.

Mar 2 - 09:38 AM

Tania Helyer

Tania Helyer


Argo could 'mislead a generation'
By Isaac Davison Isaac_Davison


5:30 AM Thursday Feb 28, 2013




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Yes Ken Taylor may have been short changed by the film, but the treatment of the New Zealand diplomats in the film is even worse...from the NZ Herald..."The Canadian ambassador on whom the Academy Award-winning film Argo was based says he is concerned a new generation will be misinformed about New Zealand's role in the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.
Former diplomat Ken Taylor helped six United States diplomats flee Tehran after their embassy was stormed.
Argo, directed by Ben Affleck, portrayed their dramatic escape and suggested the New Zealand Embassy in Iran refused to offer help to the American officials.
Affleck has previously said the film was not fair on New Zealand, but the controversy has been reignited after the film won an Oscar this week.
After winning the award, Affleck stressed that he "loved New Zealand and New Zealanders".
Mr Taylor emphasised that he had had "outstanding assistance" from New Zealand diplomats in Tehran, in particular Ambassador Chris Beeby.
He said Mr Beeby and second secretary Richard Sewell were "world-class diplomats" and "very much part of the team" which helped the fugitives get away.
"They were extraordinary and I'd like New Zealanders to understand that at no time were the New Zealand Embassy asked to take diplomats in and refused."
The former ambassador said the film was entertaining but he was concerned that it could rewrite the history books for young people.
"As long as people realise that this isn't the historical record. And that is difficult to do because movies leave an impression. Particularly with young people - they weren't around when it happened."
Mr Taylor said he approached the New Zealand High Commission in Ottawa to ask if he could hold a press conference to speak about New Zealand's contribution to the rescue."

Feb 28 - 02:16 AM

AHorse NamedSadie

AHorse NamedSadie

You do realize that at the end of the film in the actual epilogue they say that the CIA efforts only complemented the work of the Canadian Embassy? Just because it's from the American perspective doesn't mean it's an American Ra Ra film, it was just made by Americans.

Feb 27 - 01:01 PM

Alex M.

Hipster Elitist Maverick

And the Oscar goes to...Argo!

Feb 25 - 01:06 PM

Andrew Moore

Andrew Moore

My boycott is going well, I never plan on watching this film. I am encouraging all of my friends and family to do the same also!

Feb 25 - 11:43 AM

Diego Tutweiller

The Majestic Pigbutt Worm

We took all the credit and made a film about it. 'MERICA!!!

Feb 25 - 03:47 PM

Marcus Jahn

Marcus Jahn

Damn, you and your family/friends might never see the film?? Gee, that's almost 20 people! What a successful boycott. For fucks-sake, it says BASED on a true story, get over yourself.

Feb 28 - 10:34 AM

Michael Tawton

Michael Tawton

Based on a true story doesn't justify rewriting history to create American propaganda.
I wonder what your government is trying to brainwash you into believing this time, or is it just the usual self worship.

Mar 6 - 07:50 PM

Alex M.

Hipster Elitist Maverick

Every country has propaganda so just get over it.

Mar 9 - 07:33 PM

ROYALwithCHEESE

ROYALwithCHEESE ROYALwithCHEESE


Hmmm ,it points out at the beginning all the countries the US had overthrown and replaced with dummy leaders. It pointed out the innocents killed in Iran by said US backed leader.
It pointed at how stubborn the current president was as well as the CIA, and it pointed out that the Canadian Government helped just as much as the CIA did.
If the plan was a propaganda film, none of that would be mentioned

you idiot.

Mar 10 - 03:08 AM

ROYALwithCHEESE

ROYALwithCHEESE ROYALwithCHEESE

If your stupid opinion is anything to go by, you would have no friends.
How the hell can you judge a movie while not actually seeing it?
You are the worst type of liberal and make the left look stupid.
Take your first world problems and shove them up yourpretentious arse.

Mar 10 - 03:00 AM

Joshua Hunsaker

Joshua Hunsaker

Well, maybe you should sit back and watch the great Canadian made films like...oh...never mind then.

Mar 11 - 05:02 PM

James P.

James Phoenix

How's that boycott going for you? Now I'm hoping this movie wins Best Picture.

Feb 24 - 10:26 AM

Michael Tawton

Michael Tawton

Argo winning best picture would mean 2012 is a very weak year for film.

Mar 6 - 07:51 PM

Alex M.

Hipster Elitist Maverick

Well it did.

Mar 8 - 09:35 PM

Reyna Nayee

Reyna Nayee

Haha

Mar 29 - 06:24 AM

Jordan Robertson

Jordan Robertson

totally agree.. shame on you! Ken Taylor's role in the real event was written out of the movie... more American propaganda

Feb 23 - 11:28 PM

hollis m.

hollis mills

well, you should boycott the oscars too. guess whats going to win the gold hahaha

Feb 23 - 10:36 PM

Michael Tawton

Michael Tawton

We live in very strange times when three of the top films of the year are basically co-produced by the American government. Try and get military equipment for a movie that the U.S Army doesn't approve the script to. These Oscars are a FARCE! And the target of the deception is the American public. hahaha!

Mar 6 - 07:59 PM

Magic Mike

Mulholland Driver

Agreed, but its not a documentary.
"based on a true story" gives film makers leave to
shape , warp and retard a "true event" as they see fit.
Revisioning histoty is the slippery slope that Hollywood
is founded upon.

Feb 23 - 01:52 PM

Tom Sillers

Tom Sillers

I'm ambivalent, because although it's a brilliant piece of story-telling, it's a brilliant film, I think many americans will take it as history which it isn't. It raises questions about how far artistic license should be allowed to go.

Mar 2 - 08:16 PM

Joshua Hunsaker

Joshua Hunsaker

Artists aren't responsible for teaching us history. That is what the history books are for.

Mar 11 - 05:04 PM

Burning Refuse

Burning Refuse

Actually that's what History Channel is for!!! :) ...wait a minute

Mar 16 - 12:06 AM

William Goldman

William Goldman

"Artists aren't responsible for teaching us history." Actually, that's much too easy a get-out. If an artist's work purports to, in fact, be teaching us history, then we have every right and responsibility to evaluate its historical veracity.

Apr 8 - 07:39 AM

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