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HONORARY BOOMER? (image courtesy

HONORARY BOOMER? (image courtesy

The Oscars 2013 announced Best Picture and Clint Eastwood came forward dressed as Ben Affleck.

It was a good costume. Fooled a billion people.

Just when you thought the tall dashing actor, director, producer line had played out in Hollywood, here comes Ben.

Like Eastwood, Ben Affleck takes something you think you know and shows how much more you’ve missed.

What you won’t miss are the Oscar results. Hollywood likes Ben Affleck, really, really likes him.

And so does boomerpdx.

Who besides Ben could move from the generational credibility of working with Kevin Smith, who could move from Dazed and Confused, to the top of the screenwriting heap, then Best Picture?

And do it with a movie like Argo.

Every Baby Boomer in America remembers the Iranian Hostage Crisis in 1979. Argo drove it home in 2012 the way Clint drove Iwo Jima with Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima.

That an event like the Hostage Crisis could still resonate thirty-three years later in the hands of a skilled director is not the surprise. Ben Affleck is the surprise.

Playing a character who lies effortlessly, then builds on the lie until the truth is the only thing that works, shows an actor on top of his game.

He made it hard to not believe him, then broke it down until we had to.

Would he get permission to go to Iran? Would he get the cover right? Argo is a send up of Hollywood, the greatest lie-factory on earth, and he asks for a better lie than they’re used to making.

Instead of box office numbers that matter most, it’s lives of Americans in jeopardy. Instead of reviews from New York writers to sift through, it’s Revolutionary Guards looking for a reason to go off.

Argo took Best Picture because Ben Affleck knew how to balance tension between the characters, his role and the characters, and the U.S and Iran. It’s the smoothest work in that country since Rick Steves did a travel show from Tehran.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. It’s impossible to celebrate a tall guy who stars in movies and wins Oscars with no mention of Warren Beatty and Reds. Well, there you go.

Now comes the hard part. Ben, I want you to sweep the Oscars with Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Actor and Actress like It Happened One Night (1934), One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), and Silence Of The Lambs (1991). I want to point to you as one of the greatest Oscar winners in history.

Luckily, I have just the script for the job. It plays to your strengths with WWII (Pearl Harbor), love affairs (Chasing Amy), and you’ll get to be the smart guy instead of Matt (Good Will Hunting.)

FLYING HOME moves from the highest levels of government/academic alliances in 1940, through the biggest stages of The War in the Pacific, and back to Boston in 1945 when the hot war turns cold. From ill-fated friendships to finding and losing the love of your life, you gain the hard-won respect the nation needs to move forward after the most devastating five years in human history. It’s a story only you can handle, Ben, and I’m looking at it right in front of me.

This is the one, Ben, the epic of a lifetime, a story never told. If you decide it’s right for you and your team, plan on another visit from Michelle Obama’s Oscars.

clint Ben











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