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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Movie Bender

With the Mr down and out with his cold, we've been on a movie bender lately.  Here's my summary of our recent rents.

Sully (affiliate link) (Tom Hanks)- I think we all remember the "Miracle on the Hudson" and the beloved pilot we'd all want on our side, Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger.  The Mr and I were very excited to see one national treasure playing another in this movie.  As the movie starts with a scenario you know isn't real, you begin to see how they're going to tell the story.  I am not a fan of time jumping in movies but despite that was looking forward to seeing more about the man and what made him such a wonderful pilot.  I feel like I'm still waiting.  Only very briefly did they touch on some key things that may have contributed to his awesome but it focused mostly on the NTSB's handling of the incident.  While that may be an interesting story, it wasn't the one the Mr and I rented it for.  Meh.

Blair Witch-   (affiliate link) We are fans of the original Blair Witch Project because it was truly a breakthrough back in the day for the way it was marketed.  It's still a great psychological watch and I still freak with Heather screeching and the dude in the corner.  *insert heebie jeebies*  We decided we'd see if these people could give it a better go than previous attempts at a sequel.  While the likelihood of Heather still being out there all these years later waiting to be found by her little brother is pretty low, you suspend your disbelief and try to go with it.  When a dude sends him video of the Blair Witch (watch that footage closely and see if you spot the twist toward the end!), a bunch of fools end up in the woods together.  It doesn't end well for them.  The last 10 minutes are kind of terrifying but seeing the Blair Witch was kind of underwhelming for me because it looked like a praying mantis or overdone stick figure.  While unnerving, I thought it was a cop out.  It was certainly better than other movies they tried to do so there's that.

The Accountant- (Ben Affleck, John Lithgow, JK Simmons)  Wait, where are you going?  Yes, Ben Affleck is the lead in this movie but holy sh*tballs, we didn't know he had this in him!!!  How awesome it was to see a character on the spectrum use what others view as a disability as their strength to be a major bad ass!  In the beginning, it started a bit slow but it did pick up and man did it just take you on a ride!  It gave you every feel.  I laughed, I cried, I covered my eyes, the choreography during fight scenes was almost like a beautiful ballet that reminded me a lot of Brandon or Bruce Lee.  Of course I couldn't help but yell "Affleck, you da bomb in Phantoms, yo!"  (Points if you got the reference)  But truly, he was da bomb in this and we both agree we will likely own this one.  Four thumbs up!

Passengers (affiliate link) (Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence)  We saw this one in the theater and I believe it's where I caught whatever this is that I have but I'll try not to hold it against the movie.  As the trailer shows, two people in hibernation wake up 90 years too early and da poo hits the fan in so many more ways than you could imagine.  If you like Chris Pratt's butt, pay attention.  I looked away for a NANOSECOND when he was coming out of hibernation coma and by the time the Mr alerted me, I only caught coin slot.  He worked out hard and wanted people to enjoy it so I felt it my duty to pass it on.  The movie is almost a full two hours and I feel like they may have been able to cut out 15 minutes and still do a good job.  The twist actually comes relatively early given the length of the movie and when you see it, it's one of those things you'll come out saying "holy crap, what would you have done" and probably argue for or against 20x over.  Overall I did like it.  The relationship seemed more brother/sister to me though and I didn't think they had much chemistry as lovers but you know, trapped in a spaceship and all so...

What have you rented/seen lately?

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  1. I'm not interested in the Blair Witch movie but the other three are on my watchlist. Thanks for the reviews.

  2. Sully was just lacking more backstory on the man, which I think would have made it much better. Passengers put it's twist right up there in the first act and I like the way it resolved but with you on timing being a bit longer than necessary. Blair Witch was scary enough but maybe too predictable except for that wicked cool part you mentioned. Lastly, the Accountant was just awesome. One of the best movies we've rented in a long time and props to Ben Affleck on a job well done!


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