New on Blu: THE ACCOUNTANT, DEEPWATER HORIZON

Do you even care to know how "gorgeous" the 1080P or 2/4 K scan transfer looks, or how cool the extra features are? By now, you are well-versed in what transfers look like and you know what's coming with the release. You're (hopefully) here because you want to know the experience I had watching this/these film(s). 

New on Blu is a column from film pundit Chase Whale (that's me!), exploring studio, arthouse, underground, exploitation and cult cinema released on Blu-ray and DVD from some of the most cutting-edge independent distributors around the U.S. He talks about the movie and whether it's worth a buy or rent, not how amazing the transfer looks because you already know this system.

The Accountant

Director: Gavin O'Connor
Writer: Bill Dubuque
Cast: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons
Film Rating: ★★★★
Buy/Rent: BUY

A few things. I don't watch movie trailers, anymore. They give away way too damn much, sometimes the ending. I was looking forward to THE ACCOUNTANT because of the sypnosis. An accountant whose an assassin, starring Ben Affleck? I'm in. Then the reviews from critics came in on Rotten Tomatoes (which I'm a proud member of). I will almost always give a film chance, especially when a film teters around 40% and higher on the Tomatometer. THE ACCOUNTANT is sitting at 51% at the time this was written, so my expectations weren't that high. 

Here's the exciting part: it blew me out of the water. I love THE ACCOUNTANT. It's one of Ben Affleck's best roles to date, and his most focused and determined. The film sets up really well with some twists -- some you see coming, some, you don't. There's lots of Ben kicking ass (probably around the same time he was training as Batman), and the adrenaline-fueled fighting style used in the film is Silat, which you've seen in THE RAID and THE RAID 2. 

There aren't that any special features -- they seem to be dwindling down these days -- but THE ACCOUNTANT is excellent and deserves your money. Add up the enough money and buy it.

Deepwater Horizon

Director:  Peter Berg
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Douglas M. Griffin
Film Rating: ★★★
Buy/Rent: RENT

Mark Wahlberg enjoys being in films based on a true story: Deepwater Horizon, Patriot's Day, Ted, The Basketball Diaries, The Perfect Storm, Invincible, The Fighter, Lone Survivor, and Pain & Gain. He's the star in all but two. He's got top billing over a lot of stars, so there's a lot of pressure. (Free Deepwater Horizon pun for you.)

He always delivers, puts in an exceptional performance in everything he does, but the entertainment of the movies as a whole he's doing are starting to nosedive into the water. The best character in this movie is Kurt Russell's mustache, so you want to rent it for that. 

DEEPWATER HORIZON, like SUICIDE SQUAD, let's you use that Oculus thing to watch certain scenes, looking around as the action is happening. I wrote about this a long time ago and didn't think this kind of filmmaking would happen for a while, but here we are. 

Deepwater Horizon [DVD]
Starring Kurt Russell, Mark Wahlberg, James DuMont, Douglas M. Griffin, Joe Chrest