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Week in Review: 8/11/13

Movies I Watched This Week

1) Hard Target - JCVD and John Woo blow people up in implausible ways.  I liked it.

My Rating: 3.5 / 5

2) The Quiet Family - I was a little disappointed by this one.  The premise is great and the actors all did a fine job.  When the comedy hits, it hits hard.  But I was honestly just pretty bored most of the time.  It's a shame, too, because there's a lot to like.

My Rating: 2.5 / 5

3) The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - This felt a little uneven and I couldn't shake the feeling that something was wrong about a movie where a bunch of old white people move to India and teach the people living there how to be better at their jobs.  Still, the cast was amazing and it was a pretty cute movie overall.

My Rating: 3.5 / 5

4) Pacific Rim - This was a great movie.  You should go see it if you haven't already.  I was debating whether I should do a full review of this, since so far my blog about movies is actually somewhat light on movie reviews, but it's probably just as well that I stay away from current releases since the Internet's saturated with those opinions.  Nevertheless - go see this one.

My Rating: 4 / 5

5) Like Water For Chocolate - This is one of those movies that makes me feel like an asshole.  I'm pretty sure it was supposed to be romantic, but instead I just felt really annoyed by that loser Pedro and I didn't believe in Tita's love for him.  On the positive side, there's a restaurant / caterer in my neighborhood that is named after the book this was based on, and it has the best food in Baltimore.  If you're ever near the intersection of Lombard and Wolfe, you owe it to yourself to check it out.  Literally anything you order there will be the best meal you ever had.  In fact, you might as well just plan a trip to Baltimore based around this place.

My Rating (Movie): 2.5 / 5
My Rating (Restaurant): 5 / 5

6) Street Vengeance - A write-up is coming soon.

My Rating: (Wait For It)

7) Gentlemen Broncos - Jared Hess is a lot like the Angry Video Game Nerd.  They're both talented directors who make quirky movies that I end up enjoying in spite of myself, but if they'd just lay off the shit jokes, then they'd be so much better.

My Rating: 3 / 5

Total: 7 Movies

Minutes I Spent Writing

1) A Tale of 100 Stories - About 1 hour total.  (Estimated Progress to Second Draft: 1%)

2) The Search for David Wittmore - About 4 hours total, spread across the week.  Current novel length: 10,000 words.  (Estimated Progress to First Draft: 10%)

3) Night of the Ironic Zombies - About 1.5 hours.  This is another practice script based on randomized story elements.  Length: 7 pages.  (Progress to First Draft: 100%)

Total: 6.5 hours.

The Winner:  Movies...

Dang.  Maybe if I complain about it, I'll end up doing more writing.

I'm falling into that habit again of not staying focused on a single story at a time.  I really want to have A Tale of 100 Stories revised in time for my deadline, but at the same time, I'm really excited about my next novel.  And I'm not even sure that Wittmore is the novel I should be working on.  It's just the one I happened to start working on.

On the plus side, I've been getting a lot of good ideas for blog posts out of the movies I've been watching.  So, I guess you could say it was just research for my website.  Yeah.  Let's go with that.