I paid to see Argo on a Saturday afternoon last year. That movie ticket was worth every single penny. I wanted entertainment. I wanted good performances. I wanted a happy ending. That's what I was up for and that's what I got -- an entertaining, satisfying movie with substance. For my review, click onto the 2012 section, go to October and read my "On Ben Affleck's ARGO" entry. He starred in another film based on real-life characters that I liked very much. It didn't do The Town or Argo business at the box office. But I gave it a solid review nationally on Premiere Radio. If you enjoy films with the mood and tone of Chinatown or L.A. Confidential, you may enjoy 2006's Hollywoodland. Ben Affleck plays the late George Reeves. Like Lucille Ball, Robert Cummings and Buddy Ebsen, George Reeves was an actor who did years of good work in films. But his career didn't really catch fire until he acted on the small screen as the star of a TV series. For millions of kids, he was "Superman." Fans of classic films know that George Reeves played one of the Tarleton Twins (right side) chatting up Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in the opening moments of Gone With The Wind. It won the Oscar for Best Picture of 1939.
Being onscreen with those stars, being in those Oscar winning classics didn't elevate his career the way putting on a pair of tights did for a kiddie show did. He was no young dude when he played that superhero. But kids did not care. They loved him.