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Argo & The fault in our stars

 

US – Argo
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Drama
Casts:  Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Taylor Schilling, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Victor Garber
Director:  Ben Affleck
Considered by many critics as one of the best movies of the year, Argo is based loosely on the historical account by Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck), a former CIA operative, of the rescue of six US diplomats from Tehran, Iran during the Iran hostage crisis in 1979. What unfolded behind the scenes – the truth - was unknown by the public for decades. On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor (Victor Garber). Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, a CIA ’exfiltration’ specialist named Tony Mendez comes up with an incredibly risky plan to get them safely out of the country. Gripping and exciting, Argo is enough validation that Ben Affleck is not only a great actor but also a great director.

 

 

John Green – The Fault in Our Stars

John Green, a New York Times bestselling author who has received numerous awards- including both the Prinz Honour and a Prinz Medal, creates a soulful novel in The Fault in Our Stars. It tackles the big issues – life, love and death.

At 16, Hazel Grace Lancaster, a three-year stage IV–cancer survivor, is clinically depressed. To help her deal with depression, her doctor sends her to a weekly support group where she meets Augustus Waters, a fellow cancer survivor. The two fell in love. Both kids are preternaturally intelligent, and Hazel is fascinated with a novel about cancer called An Imperial Affliction. Most particularly, she longs to know what happened to its characters after an ambiguous ending. To find out, the enterprising Augustus makes it possible for them to travel to Amsterdam, where Imperial’s author, an expatriate American, lives.

Writing about kids with cancer is an invitation to sentimentality and pathos. However, Green happily transcends such pitfall in his most ambitious novel to date. The Fault in Our Stars is beautifully conceived and executed as the story artfully examines the largest possible considerations in life with intelligence, honesty, sensitivity, and integrity. It is life that The Fault in Our Stars celebrates, even while acknowledging its pain. In the grand scheme, the novel is a complete triumph.

Hardcover, English

 

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