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Week in Review: 10/5/14

Movies I Watched in the Last Week

1) Afflicted - You can read more about what I thought in my full review.

My Rating: 4 / 5

2) Carrie (1976) - I had managed to see pretty much all of this movie in pieces over the years while filling in the gaps through cultural osmosis, but I hadn't actually sat down to watch it from beginning to end until this week.  It's surprisingly decent and holds up pretty well.  Some great framing with the camera and a few perfectly over-the-top performances really bring it all together.

Still, I have a hard time believing that teenage girls are actually that cruel.  I say this as both a former teacher and a former teenager. Outside of gangs, the malice of youth is usually passive and sneering, not active and treacherous.  Or maybe kids in the '70s were just flaming dickbags.

My Rating: 4 / 5

3) Big Ass Spider! - This one has a lot of weak spots.  The jokes don't hit home as often as you'd want and the characters' motivations are paper thin.  The fact that the protagonist decides to take it upon himself to track down and destroy a giant spider that is attacking Los Angeles is more unbelievable than the fact that there's a giant spider attacking Los Angeles.  Despite that, though, this movie has some terrific performances and a solid current of playful energy running throughout.  It's a lot better than I expected and I really enjoyed the banter.  Worth your time if you'd like to see a much better version of Eight-Legged Freaks.

My Rating: 3 / 5

4) Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys - I'm conflicted about this movie.  I think I may have to write about it in more detail later.  It's not enjoyable enough for me to recommend it to anybody, but it's almost - almost - a fun drinking movie.

My Rating: 2 / 5

Total: 4 Movies


Minutes I Spent Writing in the Last Week

Nothing.

Total: 0 Hours


The Winner:  Movies...

Damn, two weeks in a row without writing.  Who knew that being a responsible adult meant you had to spend so much time on unfulfilling obligations?