The Canadian documentary about the Iranian Hostage Crisis of 1979, Our Man in Tehran, is more about creating a well rounded and thoughtful history than trying to one up the fictionalized American account of events in Argo.
Dork Shelf sits down with first time filmmaker (and former Major League Baseball Pitcher and doctor) Drew Taylor and veteran documentarian Larry Weinstein about their collaboration on the film Our Man in Tehran, which looks beyond the events depicted in Argo and looks at the Iranian Revolution and the ensuing American hostage crisis as a whole.
This week on DVD and Blu-Ray we take a look at current Best Picture front runner Argo, Leos Carax's Holy Motors, the meta-comedy Seven Psychopaths, the meta-horror films Sinister and Mimesis, RZA's kung-fu epic The Man with the Iron Fists, Steve Austin and Dolph Lundgren in The Package, and the high rise Irish horror of Citadel.
In Argo, the exciting and fast paced third feature for actor Ben Affleck as a director, a silver screen scam job comes to actual theatres with the filmmaker starring as Mendez, whose best plan to rescue the trapped diplomats comes in the form of bringing them together as a fake movie crew under the guise of being location scouts for a big budget sci-fi epic.
Day four of our TIFF 2012 coverage rolls on with the festival's second day and looks at Argo, The Company You Keep, West of Memphis, At Any Price, Berberian Sound Studio, Imagine, and All That Matters is Past.