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Week in Review: 7/20/14

Movies I Watched in the Last Week

1) The Raid 2 - Kind of a step down from the first one, to be honest.  I don't think the 2.5 hour runtime was justified and the plot managed to feel a bit overly convoluted - it's like they went too far in the opposite direction from the sparse storytelling of the original.  That being said, The Raid 2 still had some of the best action scenes committed to film.  Virtually every fight scene with Iko Uwais is an exploration of claustrophobia, and it's brilliant for it.

My Rating:  4 / 5

2) Red 2 - I don't know if you guys know this, but Red 2 is about retired secret agents.  But in case that slipped past you, don't worry - they'll remind you.

Did I mention that the secret agents are also kinda sassy and have a grim sense of humor?  Oh, you knew that already?  Okay, well, just in case, they'll remind you about that, too.

There might also be a movie in there somewhere.

My Rating: 2.5 / 5

3) Oldboy (2013) - Part of me wants to say that this remake wasn't as bad as critics were saying - after all, let's not escalate the original Oldboy beyond "well-made pulpy thriller" - but a bigger part of me was just kinda bored by the second half.  It's like they were in a hurry to get to the Awful Twist Ending that they forgot about giving characters any good motivation or depth.  Kind of a bummer, because the first half was actually pretty good.

My Rating: 2.5 / 5

Total: 3 Movies

Minutes I Spent Writing in the Last Week

1) I Need a Job - About five hours of revisions.

Total: 5 Hours

The Winner:  Minutes!

July's looking pretty good so far.  I'm getting my novel going, I'm finally renovating our crappy bathroom, we paid off a bunch of loans...  Is something terrible and unexpected going to happen in August?