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Week in Review: 5/11/14

Movies I Watched in the Last Week

1) Harold and Maude - This didn't do a whole lot for me.  Everyone seems to have loved it quite a bit, but it seemed to me like a few terrific scenes of dark humor interspersed with long periods of tedium and unearned quirk.  Maybe I'm just too much of an asshole.

My Rating:  3 / 5

2) The Grand Budapest Hotel - Easily the best movie I've seen so far this year.  I went into it virtually blind other than that it was a Wes Anderson movie that involved a hotel, so I was pleasantly surprised by every plot development.  I can't really sum up just how great it is in a mini-review, but just trust me and go see it if you haven't already.

My Rating:  5 / 5

3) Journey 2: The Mysterious Island - The Flophouse didn't necessarily call this one a "good" movie, but I'm a little disappointed by it nonetheless.  It's just kind of a boring movie with a few bursts of energy here or there that made it only slightly more bearable.  But I probably shouldn't be watching kids' movies that much, anyway.

My Rating: 2 / 5

4) Mindhunters - It's a lot like Deep Blue Sea, except replace the genius shark with a genius serial killer, and replace the sea lab with a creepy island.  Which is to say that this is a bunch of overblown, dumb fun with gruesome deaths and incomprehensible character motivations / decisions.  But at least the script is coherent.  It's a good time.

My Rating: 4 / 5

5) Eden Log - What a turd.  The visuals were actually pretty decent and I thought the overall aesthetic was not bad, but an incomprehensible plot mixed with some of the worst voice acting I've ever heard makes this one pretty forgettable.

My Rating: 1 / 5

Total: 5 Movies

Minutes I Spent Writing in the Last Week

1) I Need a Job - About three hours of revisions and two hours of planning/research for publication.

2) Born Loser - About three hours of writing. (Current draft length: 26,000 words)

Total: 8 Hours

The Winner:  Minutes!

Look at that - five movies ranked in a perfect straight.  I should have some kind of term for whenever this happens.  Like, "This week was a real Poker Special" or something.