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Week in Review: 6/18/17

Huh, when's the last time I did a week in review?  May 28th!?  Holy crap, I really have been letting this blog slide.  Better get to it.

Movies I Watched in the Last Few Weeks

1) Runaway Train - This lived up to its reputation.  On the downside, a lot of the metaphors are pretty obvious (gee, Jon Voight's character chose to hop on the train that would eventually speed wildly out of control, hmm) and virtually all of the dialogue is the exact opposite of "subtle" (e.g., the guy at the central station who ruminates into the camera about the frailty of technology).  But never mind all that.  It's a unique anti-hero story with some of the best direction and cinematography you can find.  The nihilistic undercurrent never totally shoots the movie in the foot, and it all builds up to a pitch-perfect ending. I think if they made an alternate version with less talking, this would undoubtedly be ranked among the Great Movies of the 20th Century.

My Rating: 4 / 5

2) The Wild Life / Robinson Crusoe (2016) - It's a mostly pretty cute little animated movie with fun talking animals and all that other stuff my kids like, so it gets a baseline pass.  But the one thing I absolutely, positively could not stand - and which may be the result of me seeing the version released in America - was the stupid voiceover narration from the parrot that kept explaining all the stuff we were seeing on screen.  I suspect / hope the original version is better.  Note to distributors: American kids aren't actually that dumb.  You can challenge them a little bit.

My Rating: 3 / 5

3) Independence Day: Resurgence - Literally everyone who had seen this movie told me it was one of the worst ever, but curiosity got the better of us and Steph and I watched it.  For about thirty minutes.  After that it was just on while we looked at our phones.  Sigh.

Do you guys remember back when phones weren't an option?  And when a piece of shit like this was your movie selection that night, you just had to watch it?  These things used to be bonding experiences where you'd rely on each other to get through it.  Watching bad movies just isn't fun in the era of ubiquitous connectivity.  I guess that's more a commentary on phones than it is Independence Day, though.

Anyway, this movie is one of the worst things ever.

My Rating: 0.5 / 5

4) Trolls - I guess it's cute and keeps my girls entertained, but I had some serious problems with this movie.  It won't be one of my go-to choices if I can help it.

My Rating: 2 / 5

Total: 4 Movies

Minutes I Spent Writing in the Last Few Weeks

Nothing. First I was on vacation, then I was sick, and then I was catching up on my day job due to aftermath from all of the above.  But the excuses don't really feel like they're doing much to justify not getting anything done - right now I'm feeling like a failure.  Better get back to work on my books soon or I'll get morbidly depressed.

Total: 0 Hours

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