Movies I Watched in the Last Week
1) Home - It's alright. Home is a little too focused on color and sound to tell a coherent, riveting story, but there's enough vividness of detail that I got into it. The pacing and anarchic dismissal of basic plot elements makes it feel like you're a backseat passenger on a story told by a six year-old, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.
My Rating: 3.5 / 5
2) Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World - I'm conflicted. On the on hand, this is a beautifully shot film that focuses almost purely on Giger's work and lets you soak in all the bizarre and alternately beautiful / disturbing details. In the sense that it is a living painting, it works wonderfully. On the other hand, there is very little information here - there's the scantest of biographical background and virtually nothing that the most superficial fan of Giger (like me) wouldn't already know. So I guess its quality depends on what you're looking for.
My Rating: 3.5 / 5
3) The Art of the Steal - I had a lot of fun with this movie. It's pretty predictable and by-the-numbers in the broadest sense of the term, but the particulars are new and inventive enough that it feels like a breath of fresh air. It's a good one to watch when you're feeling kinda exhausted and you just want something simple to close out your night.
My Rating: 4 / 5
4) The Reef 2: High Tide - I watched this for my side blog. It's not great, but surprisingly better than expected. Not a wholly obnoxious way to kill 80 minutes.
My Rating: 3 / 5
Total: 4 Movies
Minutes I Spent Writing in the Last Week
1) Untitled Post-Apocalyptic Novel - About 1 hour of story planning. Current first draft length: About 20,000 words.
Total: 1 Hour
The Winner: Movies...
So, I'm still stuck with writer's block and haven't been able to write anything, but at least I've gotten into one of my stories and done some plotting. It feels good to get back in the game after more than a month, but I really wish I had more to show for it. Maybe next weekend.