October 14, 2016, - 4:27 pm

Weekend Box Office: The Accountant, Denial

By Debbie Schlussel


Since we’re getting closer to Thanksgiving, the new movies debuting in theaters today are getting slightly “better,” but still aren’t “great.” And, of course, it wouldn’t be a weekend of new movies without some gratuitous anti-Semitism thrown in, for good measure.

* The Accountant – Rated R: The idea for this movie just isn’t plausible: an autistic accountant for mobsters, criminals, and terrorists, who’s also an assassin with sniper shooting skills better than the late Chris Kyle, and who is also both a superhero and a villain–all while being an action hero. Oh, and he also has Batman’s very muscular body because the loathsome leftist whack job Ben Affleck made this in between superhero flicks. On top of that, add some not-so-veiled moral equivalence between Jews/Israel and Islamic terrorists. Yet, even with all of these things, the movie is somehow entertaining and suspenseful for about 2/3rds of it. Then, it turns into a complete mess and confusing tangle of absurdity even more preposterous than the original premise.

Oh, and by the way, the movie is just waaaay tooooo loooong. At two hours and eight minutes, it’s about a half hour or so too long. The movie has like five endings (maybe more). Each time you think it’s over, it keeps going and adds more unnecessary scenes. I have a rule: with few exceptions (such as “The Departed”–read my review), no movie should exceed two hours. It’s the conceit and egomania of the director that makes it go longer–thinking that his every superfluous shot, angle, and portion of dialogue needs to waste valuable life we’ll never get back. It’s also laziness. A good director takes the time and makes the effort to surgically thin out a bloated flick. Definitely not the case here. And that’s part of why the movie fizzles out. That, and the dumb plot turns that just aren’t believable or entertaining in the least in a movie where the main premise already isn’t believable.

The movie is laced with repeated scenes of not-so-sub-rosa anti-Semitism as we are repeatedly told that the main character is an accountant for terrorists, mobsters, drug dealers and other major criminals, and each time there are multiple shots of the Israeli flag and Chassidic Jews complete with a tallit (Jewish prayer shawl) and peyot (side curls generally worn by Chassidic and other very religious Jewish men). Get it?–The Jews and Israel are all just as bad and morally equivalent to the world’s worst Islamic terrorists (the word Islam is never mentioned), drug dealers, and Mafiosi. Funny how Islamo-panderer/”Islamophobia!”-whiner Ben Geza Affleck, whose middle name is that of a Holocaust survivor friend of his parents, doesn’t have a problem with that.

The story: Affleck plays Christian Wolff, a highly functioning autistic guy who becomes the accountant to the aforesaid gaggle of bad guys, helping them hide and otherwise launder illegally gotten funds. But he needs to have a legit client to cover up all his bad stuff. So, he takes a gig looking into missing money at a robotic limb corporation and meets accounting employee Anna Kendrick, who talks a lot. Soon, people at the company start dying. Oh, and did I mention that Affleck’s father is your typical stock Hollywood military father–a colonel who is cold, emotionally distant, and physically and mentally abusive with his “fend for yourself” tactics, despite his son’s mentally disabled condition?

In the meantime, a U.S. Treasury Department agent (J.K. Simmons) blackmails a Treasury analyst to find “the accountant,” identify him, and help capture him. (And while they don’t say it, he’s White and she’s Black, so you know what that means. RAAAAAAYCISM! And “White privilege,” too.)

As I noted, all of this is enough to occupy and entertain–complete with action and so on–until the last third of the movie, when it becomes a confusing jumble and incredibly stupid. Add to that some unnecessary torture porn scenes, and you got . . . nothin’.

In addition to my aforementioned problems with this film, I also disliked Hollywood’s standard “evil businessman” narrative. And I hated that the movie glorifies a killer, career criminal, and thug (Affleck’s character) and makes him into some sort of hero. He is not. Not even close. But hey, he’s autistic . . . so in our PC-dominated culture, we gotta redeem him. Right?

There aren’t any Asperger’s superhero movies yet (that I know of). But this is Hollywood’s foray in that direction.


Watch the trailer . . .

* Denial – Rated PG-13: I have mixed feelings about this movie, which portrays real-life “academic” Deborah Lipstadt’s court-fight against Holocaust denier David Irving in the UK courts. And keep in mind that the movie is based on a book she wrote, so it’s biased to her point of view of events.

The movie portrays Lipstadt (played by Rachel Weisz) as a valiant fighter for the Jewish people and even a strong supporter of Israel. She is neither. In fact–and this is never mentioned or even alluded to in the movie–Lipstadt is one of those many self-hating, anti-Semitic, anti-Israel Jews who love the Holocaust business as a profit center only less than they love siding with HAMAS and justifying Islamic terrorism against Jews in Israel. Yes, Deborah Lipstadt is not only an Israel-hater, but has often given justifications to Israel-boycotters. And she’s attacked Israel repeatedly when it responds to terrorist attacks. She would rather Jews give in and die quietly than fight. It’s a good thing she was not around during her favorite event in Jewish history–on which she’s built a lucrative career and persona–the Holocaust. And Lipstadt is also an eager and vigorous Islamo-panderer. She never misses the opportunity to attack Israel and use her Holocaust scholarship as a podium at which to present these noxious views. Lipstadt, while rightfully criticizing Jimmy Carter’s “Jewish Problem,” has her own Jewish problem. Therefore, I wish her a vacation in the Gaza paradise to see how much they care about her support of them and her scholarship on the Holocaust.

As the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors and the daughter of a mother born in Bergen Belsen, I loathe these Jews who obsess only on the dead Jews that decades ago became worm food of the Nazis. At the same time, those same Jews obsessed with the Holocaust victims, couldn’t care less about the living Jews struggling to survive amidst non-stop Islamic terrorism from today’s Nazis, the Muslims (who were also part of Hitler’s operation, comprising two SS divisions and eagerly promoting the quickening and expansion of the Final Solution via the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Yasser Arafat’s close ancestor). My late Holocaust survivor grandfather, Isaac Engel (Of Blessed Memory), felt the same.

I, myself, have been an object of Lipstadt’s Islamophilia, when she attacked my review of “A Mighty Heart,” the Al-Qaeda-less whitewash of the jihadist beheading of Daniel Pearl, starring Angelina Jolie. After initially praising and posting a link to my review, she subsequently removed the post and posted an apology (“I Made a Mistake” is the title) over the tone of my review to her few blog readers. Lipstadt was perturbed that I mentioned that Islam is completely whitewashed and Al-Qaeda completely omitted from the movie about the Wall Street Journal reporter who was murdered in the name of Islam by Qaeda terrorists because Pearl was a Jew. I wasn’t surprised by this, given Lipstadt’s frequent attacks on Israel. And her ire over my review should tell you something about Lipstadt’s alleged quest for accuracy and truth. In fact, these are things she despises, rather than zealously pursues (as alleged in this movie and in her career PR campaign).

That said, the thing I did like about this movie is that, for a legal drama, it very accurately captures what I and most trial lawyers get from at least a third of our clients when their cases go to court. They think they are better lawyers than the lawyer and that they know what to do and how to run the case, rather than shutting up and taking legal advice. They also think a trial is about getting their say on the stand and telling their story. It is no such thing. A trial is about winning, and that’s the only thing it’s about. It’s not about principle. It’s not about telling the world what happened to you or what someone did to you or airing your grievances against the adversary in the case. In fact, often those things will lose the case for you. And that’s how Lipstadt, according to the movie’s dramatized script, behaved until she finally–kicking and screaming–listened to them. I think the movie accurately portrays her obnoxious, loud pushiness and helicopter-style hovering, all of which, unfortunately, comprise a stereotype that does not describe all (or even most) Jews.

Lipstadt wrote a book exposing and debunking Holocaust denial and deniers, including David Irving, the British Jew-hater and neo-Nazi darling. Irving filed a defamation suit in England against Lipstadt and her publisher. Lipstadt refused to settle with him, despite objections from others that fighting Irving would elevate the Holocaust denier and give him the attention he craved.

But fighting defamation in the UK is different than fighting it here in the States. Here, the burden is upon the suit-filer to prove that he or she was defamed. There, the burden is on the alleged defamer to prove that he or she did not defame the suit-filer. Given this, it was a difficult and arduous task for Lipstadt’s lawyers to prosecute their case without lending credence to Irving’s bogus theories. And they did not want–contrary to Lipstadt’s wishes–to put her or Holocaust survivors on the stand, lest Irving get a chance to make his case and further victimize the survivors.

The acting in this is excellent, especially on the part of Timothy Spall as Irving and the always good Tom Wilkinson as Lipstadt’s lawyer. As a legal drama, this is a good one, despite my problems with Deborah Lipstadt’s self-hatred. But I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that often Lipstadt and the Holocaust deniers are on the same side when it comes to their unwarranted, baseless attacks on Israel. They have an “excuse”: they hate Jews. The question is, why does Deborah Lipstadt also hate so many Jews?

If only she were forced to take the stand to answer that one.

Denial is the word that describes those who purport that the Holocaust didn’t happen. It’s also the word that describes Deborah Lipstadt’s frequent refusal to acknowledge the Jews’ right to exist, survive, and defend themselves in the Middle East.


Watch the trailer . . .

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Deborah Lipstadt has also been a vocal supporter of Obama during the last two Presidential campaigns.

Perhaps she will make a noisy intervention for Hillary in the next week or two, and for all I know, this movie is timed to give maximum impact to her virtually certain support of a candidate who will, as Obama has done, throw Israel under the bus.

Little Al on October 14, 2016 at 4:56 pm

Which reminds me: Just how many of the women now crawling out of the woodwork and claiming Trump did whatever to them 50 or so years ago, are all Hillary supporters?

ConcernedPatriot on October 14, 2016 at 5:30 pm

And how much are they getting paid?

Little Al on October 14, 2016 at 5:45 pm

And one more comment about the terminology associated with these women; they seem always to be ‘coming forward’. A loaded term if there ever was one. ‘Coming forward’ is good — just like ‘moving forward’ or ‘forward progress’, etc. Language that the feminist group has been successful in foisting onto mainstream discourse.

A more objective term would be that these women are ‘making accusations, ‘making sexual harassment claims’ or some other less value-laden terminology. But the liberals, unfortunately, have it all over the conservatives in using language to fortify their positions.

Little Al on October 14, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    LA, it is a sad commentary on America when the media presstitutes have succeeded in hijacking an election to frame the issues to suit their political raison d’ĂȘtre, i.e., to help elect the Establishment-sponsored candidate, Hillary Clinton. And it is also a sad commentary when The Onion’s “news” analysis is the most reliable, as is evident in this 2008 election analysis which is still 100% accurate today:


    Ralph Adamo on October 18, 2016 at 4:00 pm

I was impressed in my youth upon reading Deborah Lipstadt’s work on Holocaust Denial. I felt it was an attack on Jewish history and the truth. It was an expose that need to be written.

Unfortunately, Ms. Lipstadt didn’t see or want to see – other forms of Denial are even more dangerous to Jews than Holocaust Denial. Cuz she is the one championing them.

And this isn’t the first or the last time we see Jews going over to the Dark Side and attacking their fellow Jews and Israel. They decry Nazi anti-Semitism but will defend Islamic anti-Semitism and justify terrorism against Israel.

The good people do can be undone by later events in their lives. That describes Lipstadt’s entire life history to a T. Jews need friends like her like they need enemies.

NormanF on October 14, 2016 at 6:09 pm

Very informative review of “Denial.” I remember buying and reading Lipstadt’s book back when it came out in 1993 or so. It effectively exposed Jew-haters masquerading as “historians.” I was not aware, however, that the author herself has a lot of axes to grind against Jews — live ones anyway. As I enjoy courtroom dramas, and have seen Tom Wilkinson (currently England’s finest character actor) in lots of American and British films, I’ll make it a point to see this movie.

Primetime on October 14, 2016 at 7:43 pm

You have many self-loathing Jews who are interested in their fellow Jews only when it is profitable for them. This is a sad thing for Jews in general. Apparently, Deborah Lipstadt is that sort of Jew.

Worry01 on October 14, 2016 at 11:26 pm

The practice of law defense has become perverted. Justice is the goal, by law, not winning. The role of a defense attorney is to ensure clients are getting all the legal rights the law prescribes, not making sure that guilty people walk the streets. This bastardization of the intent of defense attorneys is an outrage and a slap in the face to all law-abiding people. I understand that this game of trying to get guilty people off is what ilaw defense has become, but there’s no reason why this farce can’t be corrected.

DinaK on October 15, 2016 at 10:45 am

Long time no see, Debbie. Where have you been, girl?

Elmo on October 15, 2016 at 10:06 pm

The Accountant
Dad:You’re different.You have difficulty socializing with other people.

Reminds me of the conversations Dexter had with his dad,when he was trying to “socialize” Dexter.

ebayer on October 16, 2016 at 2:38 am

Yes good review of Denial. Ultimately it is meaningless and absurd, a sick black comedy when we celebrate Lipstadt’s fight against Irving, but at the end of the day she is just as anti-Semitic, because left-wing anti-Israelism is deadly and emboldens Islam and the Jihad in all its aspects. A lot of Jews who are the descendants of Holocaust victims/survivors are Israel hating Jews. A lot. There is a distinct perverse psychological dynamic going on there. That’s a whole other thing.

British libel law as Debbie points out, is horrific.

Lawrence on October 16, 2016 at 3:22 am

Glad you are back Deb.

DaveC on October 17, 2016 at 4:35 pm

i don’t know what movie schlussel was watching, but ‘the accountant’ was a GREAT movie… an implausible plot? yeah, so what. it’s a movie designed to entertain you. affleck was great. interesting story where you couldn’t predict every little plot twist. i had no idea the movie was over two hours long because it was spellbinding. best movie i’ve seen in a long time. my favorite part was when john lithgow’s character was shot in the head because i can’t stand lithgow; i hate his face and his irrating, speech-impediment voice.

der Zupfgeigenhansl on October 20, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    John Lithgow spins circles around Ben Afflicked as an actor. When you watch Afflicted, you’re always aware that you’re watching Afflicted simulating the person he’s supposed to play. In short, he’s not believable. Lithgow, on the other hand, is always believable, whether he’s playing a villain, a hero, or a comic character, on stage or on screen.

    Ralph Adamo on October 20, 2016 at 5:43 pm

Lipstadt’s a court Jew, it’s nothing new. The get and maintain their position by stabbing their own people in the back.

jew613 on October 23, 2016 at 9:36 am

As usual Debbie thanks for the clarity. The information gave me an attitude adjustment for Denial which I will share with my IDF family. Needless to say the Bielski Family was the only bunch of Jews in the war that saved over 1200 of us, and killed about 500. Zus took the prize at over 60 personal kills of Nazis, Belorussian, Pole, Cossack and Russian would be murderers.
Some can forgive and forget but its best to be prepared and Debbie you are a beacon in the bullshit of the information age.
See Defiance Movie and go to youtube.com for Zus Bielski, Sonia Bielski and Lilian Bell interviews to see how the Bielskis solved those problems that hindered their survival.

Jay Yakov Bielski on October 28, 2016 at 8:16 am

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