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Week in Review: 2/22/15

Movies I Watched in the Last Week


1) Neighbors - I'm probably going to complain about this more later, but I was really underwhelmed by this movie, even if I did think it was generally pretty funny.  I really need to stick to my rule of not listening to any praise for movies I haven't seen yet.

My Rating: 3 / 5

2) Project A - I know it's pretty dumb to criticize a Jackie Chan movie for having a nonsense plot, but I found this movie to be even more incoherent than usual.  Even Rumble in the Bronx made more sense.  But the fights were top-notch, so what do you want?

My Rating: 4 / 5

3) Odd Thomas - I may have to complain about this one later, too.  This here is a textbook case of why you don't put voice-over in your movie.  It's rare to see a film that was ruined so thoroughly by the simple act of having the main character narrate.  In fact, the best sequence happens when Odd shuts the fuck up for twenty minutes and you can just watch the damn movie, but then he starts blabbing again and sours the deal.  Somebody needs to make a fan cut of this. "Odd Thomas: Now With 70% Less Words."

My Rating: 2 / 5

4) Upside Down - In contrast to Neighbors above, I'd heard terrible things about this movie and I was surprised to find that I didn't think it was all that bad.  Stupid, yes.  Some poorly-thought plot beats, absolutely.  But not bad.  There's enough inventiveness in this one to make it worth a watch, but ultimately you'll wish they took another pass at the script before filming.  The outcome is half-baked despite its charm.

My Rating: 3 / 5

5) A Simple Plan - I think I was in the mood for a grimy, angry movie about people who hate life, because this film really satisfied a craving.  Maybe it's just that I feel like I've been spoon-fed all of my movies over the last few months or something and this one felt like a Big Boy movie with adults and themes and motivation and consequences and stuff.  Anyway, I really liked this movie.  It managed to build a convincing series of terrible events without relying on wild coincidences or unbelievable levels of stupidity.  Some stupidity? Yes, but not so much that it became frustrating to watch.  A great film noir to watch in winter.

My Rating: 5 / 5

Total: 5 Movies

Minutes I Spent Writing in the Last Week


1) "Intelligent Designs, Inc" - About 3 hours

2) "The Worst Superhero in the World" - About 1 hour

3) "Copay" - About 2 hours

Total: 6 Hours

The Winner: Minutes!


Not too excited about the weather lately, but at least it's giving me a pretty good excuse to sit inside and write.