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Week in Review: 9/21/14

Movies I Watched in the Last Week

1) Girl Most Likely - Critics have been too damn harsh on this movie.  "This indie romantic comedy is too quirky and predictable!" Well, no friggin' duh, genius.  That's like watching a Friday the 13th movie and bitching that all the characters died.  Sure, Girl Most Likely is incredibly predictable and far too quirky for its own good, but ultimately it's a fine little comedy with endearing enough characters and at least a handful of solid jokes.  That's good enough for me.

My Rating: 3.5 / 5

2) Midnight FM - I really dug the concept of this movie, but I don't think it was executed so well.  This is a thriller about a radio DJ who gets a call from a psychopath and has to follow his instructions or else her kid will die.  It should be something more like Phone Booth meets Pontypool, but then the movie "cheats" by letting her hook up her cell phone to the broadcast so she can drive around while still hosting her show.  Eventually it just gets to a point where she doesn't even need to be on the radio, anyway, so what's the point?

Despite my gripes, it's pretty well-made and, in true Korean thriller fashion, doesn't pull any punches.  Still worth your time to see it.

My Rating: 3.5 / 5

3) Under the Skin - Sigh.  I really want to like this movie a lot more than I did.  The visuals were amazing.  Every shot was composed beautifully.  The underlying concepts and character designs were astounding.  And several moments are so haunting they will doubtless stick with me for the rest of my life.

But this movie was so tedious to watch.  It's one thing to slow down a bit and let the audience contemplate what they're seeing... it's another to open with a full fucking minute of silent blackness and pretend that "being slow and hammering home every point well after you've made perfectly clear already" is the appropriate definition of "creating atmosphere."  I can't stand movies that move at this pace.  I got it.  Trust me, buddy.  I GOT IT.  Next scene.  NEXT SCENE!

My Rating: 3 / 5

4) Kick-Ass 2 - I really did not care for the first movie at all, which leads me to wonder why I bothered with the sequel.  It was better than I expected.  Still a bad movie, though.  The misogyny, casual racism, glorification of violence was bothersome, but what really made it awful was the complete lack of maturity.  And I know that sounds like a dumb old man thing to say, but I can't help it.  I get that the movie is supposed to be about teenagers who make teenage decisions with teenage brains.  A good movie would present that through an adult lens.  Instead, this movie is an hour forty of some 17 year-old brat calling you a loser for working at a job you hate even though you only work there so you can feed and clothe his sorry ungrateful little ass, you whiny shit!

Superheroes piss me off.

My Rating: 2 / 5

5) In the Name of the King 3: The Last Mission - I pretty much said all I want to say about this already.

My Rating: 1 / 5

Total: 5 Movies

Minutes I Spent Writing in the Last Week

1) I Need a Job - About one hour of pre-publication planning.

2) PACT - About an hour of story planning and outlining.

3) Born Loser - About eight hours of writing.  First draft complete at 76,000 words.

Total: 10 Hours

The Winner:  Minutes!

I just finished a complete draft of "Born Loser," so I'm just going to ride that high for a week or two before I do any more actual work.  Maybe I should shift my focus back to getting the house baby-proofed.  Or watch movies.  I don't know.