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Week in Review: 7/27/14

Movies I Watched in the Last Week

1) Riddick - Having not actually seen the second part of this trilogy, I do have to wonder if there's any useful exposition I missed that would have made Riddick better.  But my complaints are all in the back half where it turns into a dumb one-liner contest without any good one-liners and Riddick everybody is busy rubbing cheese graters on their buttocks to show off who has the baddest ass.  The first half is really good, though.  Lots of neat little moments where Vin Diesel is wandering around and interacting with a pretty cool alien world.

My Rating:  3 / 5

2) About Time - It's a Richard Curtis movie, which means that the cast will generally be likable and have a lot of heart-warming moments.  But it's a Richard Curtis movie, which means that the conceit will ultimately be kind of pointless since it could just be the story of any random group of likable people.  The good news is that fun characters typically win out regardless of the narrative, so it's worth your time.

My Rating: 4 / 5

3) Snowpiercer - I liked this movie.

My Rating: 5 / 5

4) Forbidden World - This is the sort of movie where you can immediately tell what you're getting after you see a) the cover, and b) Roger Corman's production credit.  I kind of enjoyed it, but probably a little too much gore and not enough zany pseudoscientific banter.  On the other hand, this is the only movie I've ever seen where the good guys literally kill a monster with cancer, so... you win some, you lose some, I guess?

My Rating: 2.5 / 5

5) Homefront - It's a dumb action thriller in which Jason Statham beats up meth dealers in Louisiana.  It's well-directed, well-acted schlock, which is just fine by me.  It's also one of the rare movies written by, but not starring, Sylvester Stallone.  You don't want to pass those up.

My Rating: 3.5 / 5

Total: 5 Movies

Minutes I Spent Writing in the Last Week

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

Total: 5 Hours

The Winner:  A Tie.

Apologies to the Internet for a late update today.  Was much delayed by various renovations and other goings-on.  Maybe I'll blog about it.