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Week in Review: 9/29/2013

Movies I Watched This Week

1) Silmido - I feel really dumb, because for the first hour I was watching this, I thought the characters were all North Koreans, and that really changes the movie considerably. This is a pretty interesting and horrifying story about a failed assassination plot involving ex-cons and the military.  If that sounds appealing to you, then you should watch in the next couple of days before it gets removed from Netflix Instant.

My Rating: 3.5 / 5

2) Witness - It's about as thrilling as a movie set in Amish country sounds.  I had heard of this movie for ages, and ever since I was a kid I had built it up in my brain to be one of the classics of the eighties that everybody had seen except me.  The moral of the story here is that kids are dumb.

My Rating: 2.5 / 5

3) Massacre - A write-up is coming soon.

My Rating: (Wait for it)

4) Gosford Park - This is the first Robert Altman movie I've ever seen, and I have no desire to see any others.  Hey guys, wouldn't it be great to make a 2.5 hour long murder mystery and then not have the murder happen until like 50 minutes before the end?  And then the rest of the time everybody can stand around talking to each other like they're all some kind of goddamn intellectual elite and every word that comes out of their mouths is just dripping with honey-flavored gold?  I'll pass.

My Rating: 2.5 / 5

5) Trance - This is a movie about a hypnotist who may or may not have been using hypnotism for an extremely convoluted revenge / heist scheme.  I have to say that it was visually and orally very engrossing, so even if the subtext and the actual logic of the movie universe was flawed, it's a hell of a ride.  Too bad that beneath the surface is a whole ocean of bullshit.

My Rating: 3 / 5

6) Identity Thief - I'm going to go out on a limb and say that of all the movies I saw this week, this one was the most far-fetched.  It had it's moments, but no way in hell would the thief go along with the victim for a road trip, and no way in hell would the victim have any second thoughts about turning in the thief.  You know what else?  This movie could've used a stronger villain.  Maybe if Melissa McCarthy's character had some kind of evidence of a mob boss's wrongdoings, then the two heroes would have to unite to outsmart the bad guys and ensure that he got put away for good.  Like Midnight Run.  So, really, Identity Thief should've been Midnight Run.

My Rating: 3 / 5

7) Going by the Book - This is a movie about a cop who is asked to pretend to be a bank robber while the police department runs a response drill, but he takes it far too seriously.  It's an odd one, because it dances near the line between dark comedy and light-hearted fluff, but it keeps itself strictly on the side of quirky, feel-good hijinks.  It also has one of the rare instances of a rape joke that's actually funny.

My Rating:  3.5 / 5

8) Snowman's Land - I don't have a lot to say about this one.  It ran a little too long, in my opinion, and there were some scenes that went on far too long.  But there were some spectacular bits of comedy and it has a good set up.  I'd say it's still worth a watch.

My Rating: 3 / 5

Total: 8 Movies

Minutes I Spent Writing

Not a damn thing.

Total: 0 hours.

The Winner:  Movies...

This is hardly surprising.  My laptop was out of commission all week, and trying to write on another platform just feels... wrong.  Fortunately, I'm back up and running (for the most part), so things should pick up this week.