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Week in Review: 11/15/15

Movies I Watched in the Last Week


1) Stretch - This is a hard movie to rate.  On the one hand, most of the jokes were broad, predictable, and lazy.  On the other hand, the cast was excellent, the pacing was breezy, and it was directed with so much charisma and glee that it absorbed me from start to finish.  How do you give a high rating to a comedy with bad jokes?  Like this, I guess.

My Rating: 3.5 / 5

2) Harbinger Down - I have a weakness for movies about the sea, sea monsters, haunted ships, and The Thing ripoffs.  Since this movie falls into all of the above categories, I was bound to give it a passing grade no matter what.  Lucky thing for it, too, because its lack of originality would otherwise make it a pretty terrible movie.  Good practical effects, though.  If you're going to rip off The Thing, you might as well do so in style.  Nice one, Harbinger.

My Rating: 3 / 5

3) Back in Time - The parts of this that were a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Back to the Future - particularly those that focused on the bizarre studio politics involved in getting a greenlight for production - were well-made and terrific.  All the parts that were just a bunch of frightened post-adolescents spending vast amounts of money to maintain a tenuous grasp on their slowly slipping nostalgia instead of just building a better life for their kids and the world in general were tedious and the worst kind of fan service.  It's like one-third great movie, two-thirds frustrating.  I'll call it a wash.

My Rating: 3 / 5

4) Blood Glacier - What is this, middle-of-the-road week? Another movie about which I have no strong opinions.  Like Harbinger Down, Blood Glacier offers some nifty practical effects and makes the most out of its ripping-off-The-Thing-ness, but unlike Harbinger Down, it doesn't have the quick pace and easily digestible archetypes.  I don't know that it makes it a worse movie, necessarily, but it does make it one that I don't think I'd ever revisit.

My Rating: 3 / 5

5) Rec 4: Apocalypse - The title's pretty misleading, as there's not actually an Apocalypse happening in this one.  Rec 4 is kind of like all the extremes of the series rolled into a single movie; it gets as much right as it does wrong and is alternately terrific and frustrating.  The effects are great and it achieves the requisite levels of grossness and terror... but when it starts getting too wrapped up in its own mythology, it borders on tedium.  The Rec series injected a hefty dose of religiosity somewhere around the middle of Part 2, and in so doing, it made the entire thing feel like you inadvertently let a Jehovah's Witness into your living room and can't get them to leave.  But as long as that Jehovah's Witness keeps finding new ways to kill a zombie, I guess I'll keep humoring their thoughts on caffeine and dancing.

My Rating: 3.5 / 5

6) Revelation Road 2 - For a Christian movie, this was pretty well-shot and actually kinda fun at times.  I watched it for my side blog, and I'm surprised to say that I kinda dug it.

My Rating: 3.5 / 5 (Sort of a NBM)

Total: 6 Movies

Minutes I Spent Writing in the Last Week


Nothing.

Total: 0 Hours

The Winner: Movies...


Yikes, halfway through November and I haven't written a damn word yet. Lucky thing I decided to skip NaNoWriMo this year or I'd be really screwed.

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