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Week in Review: 1/25/15

Movies I Watched in the Last Week


1) Godzilla (2014) - Full disclosure: I was falling in and out of sleep for the second half of the movie.  It wasn't because the movie was boring (necessarily), but more because we started watching at like 11:00 at night.  So, I'm basing my rating off of the 75% of the movie I did see.  The verdict?  'sokay.  Not as bad as I was led to believe, but there were some major problems.  The protagonist was pretty dull and I didn't really care for any of the human-related subplots, but I did think Godzilla itself (himself?) was pretty cool.

My Rating: 3 / 5

2) Cop Land - For some reason, I have memories of hearing that this was a bad movie when I was growing up.  But now that I've actually bothered to watch it, I found it was an engaging, low-key thriller with a pretty amazing cast.  Was everyone else aware of this?

My Rating: 4 / 5

3) Blue Ruin - It feels like it's been years since I've seen a thriller this terrifying.  A lot of thrillers have been exhilarating, sure, but you always know in the back of your mind how the movie's going to end.  This one really doesn't feel that way.  It's a sustained note of uneasiness from beginning to end.  Even more terrifying: every moment feels absolutely real, and the protagonist actually comes across as an ordinary dude... like, say, you.

My Rating: 5 / 5

4) Last Passenger - In my mini-review right above I just said that there's a lot of exciting thrillers that aren't necessarily terrifying, and Last Passenger is a pretty good example of exactly that.  It's a little bit disappointing because they didn't do a whole lot with the characters they had - and on top of that, you'll notice that only people older than 50 die in the movie, which is a little bit off-putting.  But it's a solidly-constructed thriller with some fun scenes.  A good movie to watch on a Sunday when you just need something to hit a few familiar beats.

My Rating: 3.5 / 5

5) Automata - I'm giving this one a pretty generous score because I thought the visuals and cinematography were excellent, plus I generally appreciated the movie's (if not the characters') attitude toward technology.  But it's kind of a misleading score.  As a story, it's really not satisfying.  The protagonist's main conflict - getting back to his pregnant wife - feels contrived and shallow, especially in light of all the amazing shit that's happening around him, and all the back-story / sub-plots feel unnecessarily convoluted.  I'm torn, but I guess if you're looking for a robot movie and you're not terribly concerned with it being good, then this one's up your alley.

My Rating: 3 / 5

6) The Lunchbox - This one's kind of a "safe" pick if you're trying to recommend a movie to somebody - it's accessible, sweet, and generally inoffensive.  The good news is it's also beautifully shot and paced and doesn't pander.  A great film about desperation and loneliness, dressed up as a romantic drama.

My Rating: 5 / 5

Total: 6 Movies


Minutes I Spent Writing in the Last Week


1) Untitled Antique Shop Short Story - About 2 hours.

Total: 2 Hours

The Winner: Movies...


Still slumming it, but at least I'm starting to get back into a writing groove now.