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The Accountant.

 

As long as you don't go into it expecting an all-out action film, it's pretty damn good. It's more of a slow burn one, with Ben Affleck playing the part of a high-functioning autistic who just happens to be a troubleshooting forensic accountant brought in by assorted underworld elements when they need a trustworthy outsider to check the books.

There's assorted backstory for it, a father who happened to be a psy-ops warfare officer and refused to coddle his kid and taught him how to survive. A few subtle twists to the tale and some threads that run concurrently until they start joining up.  Along with some good supporting roles, such as Anna Kendrick as the damsel who gets caught in distress, but it avoids wandering into romance territory, J K Simmons and Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Treasury Agents trying to track down the mysterious "Accountant",  John Lithgow as the CEO of a tech company, and Jon Bernthal as a mercenary type troubleshooter.

He did a heck of a good job playing an autistic. 


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Secret Life of Pets wasn't bad. Also saw Paranorman, which was good. The Martian was good. Grabbed Warcraft for cheap and looking forward to watching Ted 2. Got it on Blu-Ray for 7 bucks so I have no regrets.



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He did a heck of a good job playing an autistic. 

 

 

 

Indeed. I'd say it was a very impressive turn, with all of the right small body language elements.



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City of Lost Children.

 

A good classic from the 90's, and had to do it with the French dialogue and English subtitles.

One of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's slightly surreal films, with an edge of steampunk, and Ron Perlman and a couple of very good child actors.

 

A scientist kidnaps children to steal their dreams for reasons, and after Ron Perlman's brother is kidnapped he goes looking for him, teaming up with the young girl who leads a group of orphan thieves.

 

Krank can't dream, therefore he needs the kids dreams so he can sleep.  Great film, I need to re-watch it.

 

 

I dunno, I don't think the premise was ever 'is there really a witch'.  It's completely off formula for a 2015 horror movie and I might be a little biased. I like that sort of thing. 

 

Yeah the film isn't "Is there a witch?" its "The Witch" (or if you're being pedantic, "The VVitch")

 

If it wasn't then it should've been. :p To each their own obviously, but I thought it was a weakness. Like the 'intense rabbit' scenes, they would've been freaky in a 'what the hell is wrong with that thing' way if the film didn't make it so easy to go 'oh the witch did something'. And the family's consistent paranoia against each other was well-acted, but would've been much more effective if I could have shared it. Now it started to get irritating because I knew they were wrong, made them feel a little stupid despite their actions being logical because the film gave me too much info to work with as a viewer. It's not fun to see people be wrong all the time. The atmosphere was terrific but there wasn't as much tension in 'what's the witch going to do now' as there would have been in 'what the hell is happening to this poor family' IMO.

 

I thought the tension was really tied more to the fact that you know there's a witch out there, you know the family has broken with their faith (even as they see themselves as the pious ones) and so the source of suspense is whether any of them will be able to extricate themselves from what is preying on them.

 

I quite liked the film even with its authentic period English dialogue. 

 

If you're looking for more questions than answers, I can suggest 1983's EYES OF FIRE.  Slightly later time period in the US (early to mid 18th instead of 17th century) but similar ideas - people leave the protection of town due to religious difference and run afoul of dark things in the woods - but with a lot less explanation.



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Also saw the Accountant and was expecting a much slower film after reading the review here but I thought it was great



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I loved pretty much everything about the Accountant apart from the 'twist' at the end. I also had issue with the line "You ever see a magic green round traveling 3000 feet per second go through a window ?" •henchman dies• "No one does". How about saying "Hey, I think there's a sniper outside so stay away from the windows" Just a thought. But other than that I really enjoyed it and hope they do a sequel or something similar.

Edited by Serrano, 02 January 2017 - 09:13 AM.


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I'm currently a bit into a fan edit of the Hobbit. And so far I've actually been enjoying it, something I felt would never happen with these films.

To its great credit, I've only felt the cut merely twice so far. But in my mind I can think of 5 or 6 things that are missing. And the small jumps it suffers from are worth it.
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The last 2 films I watched were The Jungle Book (2016) and Zootopia. Both were really good. If you like fantasy you'll really dig The Jungle Book. Zootopia is a really cute animated movie about a bunny that grows up to be a cop in the big city of Zootopia. The plot was actually really well done.

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I thought that new jungle book was bad. The story and pacing was weird and that part where they start singing felt... off to me.

Like, the boy gets away from tiger and tiger sees where he goes but still heads back to the wolves and asks them where the boy went, wtf tiger are you blind?

I like that one old movie a lot more.

Edited by Lexx, 03 January 2017 - 02:07 AM.


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I thought that new jungle book was bad. The story and pacing was weird and that part where they start singing felt... off to me.
Like, the boy gets away from tiger and tiger sees where he goes but still heads back to the wolves and asks them where the boy went, wtf tiger are you blind?
I like that one old movie a lot more.


He left because the wolves had more leverage and support with the dominate. Once Khan killed Akela he was able to take advantage of the power vacuume. When he cannot catch Mowgli he assumes that he escaped to the village or it was a lost cause because of the chaotic stampede. Just watch it again now that you read this and you'll understand why your wrong.

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What for? There really was no need for any of that. He was able to track him before, but then suddenly he cant anymore.

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Watch it again, you'll see!

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City of Lost Children.

 

A good classic from the 90's, and had to do it with the French dialogue and English subtitles.

One of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's slightly surreal films, with an edge of steampunk, and Ron Perlman and a couple of very good child actors.

 

A scientist kidnaps children to steal their dreams for reasons, and after Ron Perlman's brother is kidnapped he goes looking for him, teaming up with the young girl who leads a group of orphan thieves.

 

Krank can't dream, therefore he needs the kids dreams so he can sleep.  Great film, I need to re-watch it.

 

 

I dunno, I don't think the premise was ever 'is there really a witch'.  It's completely off formula for a 2015 horror movie and I might be a little biased. I like that sort of thing. 

 

Yeah the film isn't "Is there a witch?" its "The Witch" (or if you're being pedantic, "The VVitch")

 

If it wasn't then it should've been. :p To each their own obviously, but I thought it was a weakness. Like the 'intense rabbit' scenes, they would've been freaky in a 'what the hell is wrong with that thing' way if the film didn't make it so easy to go 'oh the witch did something'. And the family's consistent paranoia against each other was well-acted, but would've been much more effective if I could have shared it. Now it started to get irritating because I knew they were wrong, made them feel a little stupid despite their actions being logical because the film gave me too much info to work with as a viewer. It's not fun to see people be wrong all the time. The atmosphere was terrific but there wasn't as much tension in 'what's the witch going to do now' as there would have been in 'what the hell is happening to this poor family' IMO.

 

I thought the tension was really tied more to the fact that you know there's a witch out there, you know the family has broken with their faith (even as they see themselves as the pious ones) and so the source of suspense is whether any of them will be able to extricate themselves from what is preying on them.

 

I quite liked the film even with its authentic period English dialogue. 

 

If you're looking for more questions than answers, I can suggest 1983's EYES OF FIRE.  Slightly later time period in the US (early to mid 18th instead of 17th century) but similar ideas - people leave the protection of town due to religious difference and run afoul of dark things in the woods - but with a lot less explanation.

 

 

Well, a title's a title you know? Just because The Hobbit is about a Hobbit doesn't mean The Witch has to be about a specific witch. Moreso than the actual witch the conflict came from the family starting to believe the teenage girl was "The VVitch" - that would have worked fine. I'm just saying I feel like the actual Witch, or at least the lack of ambiguity about it from the early preceedings, made it a lot less tense and more slow than it could have been. Plus, that early scene with the baby? Clearly the most horrifying part - it kinda shot its load in the first five minutes and had trouble staying on that level.

 

It also seemingly was the director's intent for it to be more ambiguous, as he made a point of mentioning in interviews that the "rot" on the grain that causes some of their hunger woes was Ergot, the hallucinogenic fungus that LSD was originally made from that is speculated to have influenced the Salem Witch Trials. So the director intended that ambiguity, he just made some weird decisions that made the movie not convey it. Again, to each their own, but I would have liked that version a lot more - I identify with characters paranoia much more if I get to share it (which is why The Thing remains one of the best horror movies of all time) and especially the ending would have been less ridiculous.

 

I'm not saying it's a bad film, mind, I'm still super impressed by the acting and cinematography and period detail. I just think it has some big problems in the storytelling department.

 

Thanks for the recommendation, I'll see if I can find a copy. :)


Edited by TrueNeutral, 03 January 2017 - 03:57 AM.


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I really liked Black Phillip

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I dunno, I didn't think it really needed more ambiguity than it had; I saw the ergot 'rot' as being more of a way to create multiple ways to interpret the story rather than an attempt to add ambiguity.  The narrative is straight forward and regardless of how you interpret how we got there, where there was was always clear.

 

I know a few people who didn't like The Witch, so it has its elements that people dislike.



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That's fair. I thought it was too straightforward. A few people blasted it as being "boring", though, and that's a criticism I don't agree with. :p
 

I really liked Black Phillip

 

You should google the cast experiences with that goat. You'll like him even more. :lol:


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Watched The Accountant with the wife, it was excellent. Favorite moment was his awkward wave to the farmer couple after he saved them. 

 

Ben Affleck nailed the performance, but don't forget this is a guy who has gotten thrown out of casinos in real life for counting cards. This was in his wheelhouse.


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Passengers. My favorite thing about the movie was that it had my wife and I discussing space travel for a few hours afterwards
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Passengers. My favorite thing about the movie was that it had my wife and I discussing space travel for a few hours afterwards

Should had taken her to a different movie, then you could have been doing something else for a few hours afterwards.


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Passengers. My favorite thing about the movie was that it had my wife and I discussing space travel for a few hours afterwards

Should had taken her to a different movie, then you could have been doing something else for a few hours afterwards.

 

 

Movies to stay away from; The Shining, So I Married an Axe Murderer, Natural Born Killers, The Divorce, The Counselor, Macbeth, The Evil Dead ect.






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