The Accountant Movie Review

There have been a spate of movies which feature loners with skills, and this isn't really a recent phenomenon, but the 'man with skills' tag was brought back to prominence by Liam Neeson in his first "Taken" instalment, and I think producers were taken aback by it's popularity, leading to more of such movies, with fine examples that worked like Jack Reacher, Equaliser and more. The distinctive characteristic of the protagonist in these movies is a man who has some serious training in handling himself under extreme circumstances, but who is governed by some inner moral compass, which forces him to take up arms to defend himself and his beliefs, whilst handling anyone or anything that gets in his way, with extreme prejudice.

So that's what the basic premise of this show is about really, but with an extra twist, Ben Affleck plays this skilled loner well since he isn't really known for his dialogue, and add an extra dimension in the form of autism. A special type, Asperger's Syndrome, which are high functioning ones that posses special abilities, but aren't too social. Perhaps they had better stuntmen, he moves much better and looks far more deadly here, than the clumsy and far too bulky Batman he played in Batman versus Superman..

So The Accountant goes about cooking the books of less than savoury sorts, yet he has his internal moral compass, and takes umbrage with being targetted after solving a seemingly straightforward case of accounting fraud. He also decides to break his own rule of taking flight to defend the innocent accountant girl Anna Kendrick who was the person who found the irregularity. 

So you have your typical thrills, spills, explosions and a particularly loud Barrett M82 sniper rifle. The dialogue is clear but the rifle shots are all juiced up, and will certainly please action fans and bass heads. There are some plot holes, and you don't really get to know why the two brothers split, and why Ben did not recognise his own brother, but it's a good action thriller. Ben certainly does better here than in Batman, and maybe it's simply due to the absence of Zack Snyder.. 

However from a medical standard, parents will be concerned with the methods shown in helping autism, and do note that Asperger's is a special high functioning subgroup of autism, which does not represent the majority of autism patients. Some parents might even think the methods depicted in the show are real science. 

The ending is also done in a way that leave the movie open for more sequels, and I think this movie does well enough that I will want to see it on Blu Ray and will recommend it to those who like the "loner with skills" genre of movies.


Inferno Movie Review

Book adaptations can be a mixed bag, sometimes it exceeds the excitement of the books, but other times it can be rather disappointing. For example, I read Robert Ludlum's Bourne series first and found the movies to be exciting but somehow the written word carried even more excitement despite the lack of moving pictures and sound.
So I declare that I have never read any of Dan Brown's books, nor am I a fan of his works. But I like a good yarn about adventure, treasure and the thrill of hunting for the lost. Think Indiana Jones with someone that has twice his IQ.
I didn't enjoy the first instalment much, too much controversy, and too much church stuff in it. The second, even with the Vatican City in it was a much more straightforward hunt for clue kind of movie, with intrigue and thrills built in. 
Now Robert Langdon returns once more, with a story about a virus which threatens to decimate the world's population, and the only man to stop this massacre is our Professor once more. 
The story starts at a breakneck pace, hurtling from one adventure to another, with characters throw in, also at top speed and despite a run time of just over two hours, it certainly does not feel lengthy. But unlike the second or first movie, Langdon does not have as many opportunities to show off his skills and does far less sleuthing work, and instead spends a lot of the time on the run. Which brings us to the negatives. We don't really understand how or why he is in the state he starts the movie with, and I know it's a matter of the plot direction that the whys and whos are introduced to us mid-way or later in the show. This plot technique has been used before to great effect but here, it just adds to the confusion. 
Now one does not really need to watch the previous instalments to pick up this movie, and there are not too many inside jokes either. But some characters come and go without the viewer understanding why they are there. (think Ignazio, the Carabinieri Assassin etc). And I know as a fact that the WHO organisation does not have the funds to run about with private jets and all manner of suits, goons and bodyguards all over the world. It would have been easier to get the Interpol as the agency involved. So there are plot holes, and with the breakneck pace, sometimes we do get lost.
But if you want to find a place to visit and have no idea, this movie makes you want to visit Florence and Venice instantly. For those who have been there before, it's nice to see so many familiar places featured. 
Plot 3/5
I couldn't recognize Felicity Jones but she does look good in it. I wonder why the Italians have not protested that they couldn't use one of their hot actresses instead of her in the show. 
Chick factor 3.5/5
As for the sound, well it was an Atmos theatre, and the surrounds were put to good use, as you can expect in a thriller movie. There is not as many explosions but the subwoofers will get a workout or two.
I actually look forward to buying the Blu Ray when prices come down, as the sound was good and I like such adventure stories. It's a shame that the plot couldn't have been better, but I reckon it's worth a rental at least or seeing it on the big screen.  
 I have no financial interest or other interests in any of the items / events I write about.

Buying Car Accessories: places to get from and tips

Been looking around, and I can report back on where to find accessories:

For a brick and mortar shop options:

- the biggest selection, you can touch, ask questions etc

surprisingly good

SGgarage, and a few others. Mod shops that also sell some kit that you can add on. 

For serious electrical mods;


Max does all kinds of stuff: GPS, keyless, etc


Ah this is where the interesting stuff begins:

Amazing place where you can get stuff that suits all kinds of cars. And don't limit yourself to Amazon USA. For the Merc, which is German in origin, try search in Amazon UK and De. They may be cheaper, and offer more options. Things like car mats, wipers, replacement parts, and more.

A traditional source, and I might get my window visors from there. Made in USA and sells for the same price as the ones from ebay Malaysia.

A huge market place, and like Taobao, it offers many items, which are not just made in China. I got a console shelf that fits in the console box between the seats, plus some red control knobs. Do compare prices, and see if it's cheaper than Amazon and vice versa.

Another large market, but it's in Chinese and I am not too familiar. There are options to ship over, so one can consider that too.  

 I have no financial interest or other interests in any of the items / events I write about.

Not just another Sydney trip - food and more

So who has not been to Oz and in particular Sydney? Blue mountains? Harbor bridge? Koalas? I think most of us have seen them all .. How a...