365 Movies By Day Reviews of Movies I Watch that I Feel Like Writing About

16Mar/170

The Accountant (2016)

Gavin O'Connor's (Pride and Glory, Miracle) The Accountant is a movie that resonated with audiences ($86 million at the box office, 78% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes) but nearly as much with critics (a score of just 51% on Rotten Tomatoes). I saw the movie on its opening weekend because I thought the trailer looked fantastic and I've been a big fan of just about everything Ben Affleck (Argo, Gone Girl) touches, both in front of behind the camera since 2007's Gone Baby Gone, a film that the led to his reemergence as a Hollywood A-lister. The Accountant looked like it would be the type of movie I love, a gritty drama/thriller that is dark, mysterious, and violent. The Accountant is just that, with its lead character is some masterful number cruncher by day and assassin by night. I was disappointed that I did not enjoy as much as I had hoped. More perturbing was that so many of my friends would ask me if I liked the movie and when I would have to tell them that I didn't, they would be surprised and said that they liked it. I chalked it up to me not having a good day at the theater. Perhaps I was tired, didn't feel like being at the movies that day (unlikely), or caught up in texting someone in an empty theater (more likely). I decided I would give the movie another chance when it came to Netflix and, this time, really pay attention. Since so many people saw this movie or are wanting to see it, I was determined to give it as solid of a review as I could. While I did like my second viewing more, I still didn't love it. And I think a lot of it had to do with me wanting to know everything that was happening and wanting to make sense of it. I was struggling to do this. I had to look at some spoiler sites and read some reviews of others to really appreciate this movie for what it's worth. There is an audience for it. If you like the Jason Bourne movies, you'll likely like this. Likewise, if you like movies that have its lead characters dealing with a group of complex disorders of brain development, which is one definition of Autism, you'll like this movie. The Accountant is a movie that I recommend with the preface that you really need to pay attention to this film at all times as there is a lot happening at once. And, also, you need to suspend your beliefs to really enjoy the film. The Accountant (Affleck's character) is a man who can do it all. But then again, so is Jason Bourne and most people (including me) love those movies, especially the first three.

11Nov/142

Interstellar (2014)

Interstellar is a good movie that aims to be not just a great movie, but a movie that people talk about for years and years to come. I imagine that there will be a circle of fans who will do this, but I think, for the majority of people, this will be a movie that they enjoy, but won't ever think of as being amazing or legendary. I could be wrong, but I think this movie tried too hard to make that lasting impression rather than just living in the moment of making a great film. As I will mention below, this movie could have been much simpler and, in doing so, much more effective. I felt the first 45 minutes of the movie created a cast of characters and a setting in which numerous stories could have been told and the film could have succeeded. I say this because really Interstellar this is first and foremost a space exploration movie with overtones of the importance of human relationships as well as the weighing what is best for society against what is best for an individual. Ultimately though, you want to know if I recommend the movie. And I do recommend it. As much as I wanted it to be great, it just wasn't. But it was still good. At 168 minutes, it is at least 45 minutes too long. And the spaceship scenes themselves are absolutely brutal. There is way too much boring talk of esoteric physics that went straight over the heads of 90% of the audience. It wasn't needed and forced you to try to use your brain to comprehend everything that was happening. That wasn't why I was there. I go to movies to not have to use my brain.

8Dec/130

This is 40 (2012)

This Is 40 is an incredibly depressing movie that is not really that funny at all. I love a good, raunchy comedy as much as anyone, but when it's raunchy and not funny, it just becomes really dumb. I say this with lots and lots of love for director Judd Apatow. Apatow has written and directed two of the funniest movies of all-time (The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up). He has also helped produce some of the other major comedies of the last decade including Superbad, Step Brothers, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Still, this is just the fourth movie he is directed and, one of those, Funny People, was anything but funny. This Is 40 should have been a big hit. Apatow is talented enough to make a movie surrounding this topic into something funny. But ultimately, This Is 40 is a failure. I have yet to talk to a person who has seen this movie and said, "I loved it and can't wait to see it again." I've heard, "I didn't like that." I've heard, "I saw it and I'm glad I saw it, but I wouldn't watch it again." My thought on the movie was "I saw it and I'm not sure that I'm glad I saw it because, being near 40, I found parts of it to be too real and parts of it to be not real at all." I'll try to explain.