When it comes to entertainment, this year I’m thankful for the Affleck’s. Ben and Casey have had great years on-screen. It seems like Ben has been a punching bag for people for years. Everything this man does is criticized. His directing gets some praise, but no one wants to see him acting. I do. Ben’s acting work has been getting better and better. The Town, Argo, Gone Girl have been movies that legitimized him back again. This year he’s firmly established himself not only as a major star again, but an elite actor. Two of my favorite three movies of 2016 are Batman v Superman (I will argue and fight for it until you give up) and The Accountant. Not only were these movies exciting and fun, but Affleck was tremendous in both. Ben is back to being unquestionably one of the premiere actors in Hollywood. I’m thankful for his films and the roles he’s chosen in the last few years. I’m looking forward to being thrilled again in January in his next film Live by Night.
Casey Affleck is the most underrated actor today. It amazes me how he’s not a household name by now? Granted, he does seem to keep a lower profile than his brother. Casey was really good in Triple 9, a movie that flew under the radar. He was edgy in this brooding film. Affleck blew me away in Manchester by the Sea, an Oscar worthy performance. I really appreciate the range of acting that Casey has. He’s only going to get better.
Two very different brothers, that took different paths to personal success. Both Ben and Casey have had the more memorable films and performances of this year. I’m thankful for the Affleck’s for entertaining and inspiring me with their work this year. – Jim Alexander