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Week in Review: 3/1/15

Movies I Watched in the Last Week

1) The Thieves - Kinda funny that South Korea's answer to Ocean's Eleven would involve murder, treachery, and life sentences for half the cast.  I think that's what I appreciate most about Korean cinema; it feels a hell of a lot more honest than a lot of American films.  "Oh, you want to rob a heavily-guarded casino with about a dozen misfits?  You realize only a couple of you are going to survive, right?"

Although I generally liked this movie, and I think the apartment building rope chase is one of the greatest action set-pieces of the last decade, I'll warn anybody who wants to watch that the first act lags quite a bit.  The movie is a little too assured of its cleverness before it really starts to pick up, so there's some tedium while the thieves are assembling.  But once the heist starts at around 30-40 minutes in, you're in for a treat.

My Rating: 4 / 5

2) Small Apartments - Yuck, what a bleak and disgusting movie.  And I say this as somebody who actually liked it.  This is a difficult film to watch, with lots of ugliness and difficult subject matter to get through before you reach something halfway pleasant or rewarding.  Kind of like Bad Boy Bubby. But unlike Bad Boy Bubby, it hammers home any messages it might have through side plots and never gives its protagonist as much of a journey as he really needs, so the ending feels like a cheat.  I guess what I'm saying is, I'd like to rewatch Bad Boy Bubby.

My Rating: 3 / 5

3) Let's Be Cops - This was pretty predictable, contrived, and amoral, but I had a lot of fun with it anyway.  You can get away with a lot if you have charismatic leads; Let's Be Cops is fortunate to have Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr, or else I'd probably say this was a steaming turd. The two rum and cokes helped, too.

My Rating: 3.5 / 5

4) The Guest - As further evidence that I should never, ever read other people's opinions prior to watching a movie, I submit The Guest.  Don't get me wrong - it's a good movie.  Incredibly well-made, tense, perfectly-acted, great pacing and mood.  But there's no way it could have lived up to the expectations I had thanks to the Internet's limitless praise.  I'm kind of reluctant to give it a good rating just because of that.

My Rating: 4 / 5

Total: 4 Movies

Minutes I Spent Writing in the Last Week

1) "Copay" - About 3 hours of story planning and 1 hour of writing / revisions.

Total: 4 Hours

The Winner: A Tie.

I probably should've done more, but it's too cold to work lately.  I've also got to finish getting my daughter's room ready and repair some other stuff around the house, but I don't wanna. Bleah.