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Week in Review: 8/17/14

Movies I Watched in the Last Week

1) Guardians of the Galaxy - Other than the ending, I thought this was a damn good movie.  Much to love.

My Rating: 4 / 5

2) The Curse - This was a pretty bland movie for the most part, but I thought the opening scene was hilarious.  There's a Clearly Insane Dude who's being arrested by the police and he keeps shouting, "It's in the water!  The water!  No, not the water!"  Then they drive away to jail, but he keeps looking out the window and seeing people that freak him out.  First there's some kids playing in a sprinkler... then a woman watering her garden... then a guy drinking from a hose...  I was expecting it to cut to a dude taking a bath in his front lawn, and then another guy shooting water into his veins, and then another guy selling buckets of water at a lemonade stand.

Anyway.  It's not great.

My Rating: 2.5 / 5

3) Hotline - I've never seen a movie that is more of a baseline thriller than this one.  It's like it was the original paint-by-numbers template upon which all other thrillers are based.

My Rating: 2.5 / 5

4) The Cell - I can't help but want to see all of Tarsem Singh's filmography, even though I have the same thing to say about all of it (except The Fall, which was excellent): great visuals, but what a shitty script.  How useless was Jennifer Lopez in this movie?  Like... why?  Why even have her in it?  Why not just replace her with a potato?  Out of the thousands of movies I've seen, I can think of only a handful of characters who have had less to contribute to a movie's plot or momentum.

The desert scenes were pretty, though.  Nice one, Singh!

My Rating: 3 / 5

5) The Corridor - I should try re-watching this sometime with the subtitles turned on.  I couldn't really tell what was going on most of the time and I don't know if that's because of the director's incompetence or my own.  Some pretty good moments, though.  So... maybe a good movie?

My Rating: 2.5 (?) / 5

Total: 5 Movies

Minutes I Spent Writing in the Last Week

1) Born Loser - About six hours of writing.  Current length:  60,000 words.

2) I Need a Job - About an hour of planning / research for publication.

Total: 7 Hours

The Winner:  Minutes!

I'm back in the groove with "Born Loser" and I'm well on my way to completing my third novel in only about a year.  I can't remember the last time in my life I've been this productive.  Turns out this blog is actually doing a pretty good job of keeping me on task.