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My wife has been visiting family and friends the last couple weeks, and tomorrow night we finally get back together for hopefully a nice weekend in a new city. In the meantime I setup with a new Family Video store (seriously a very nice Old Skool video chain with dirt-cheap prices) and have been watching through five movies this week. A brief rundown...

The Cabin In The Woods is frankly hilarious. I won't spoil it, but I was laughing a lot of the way through. OK, I'll spoil one bit: I absolutely loved the part that goes Ding! and someone says "Oh shit!" That part was worth a couple re-watches.

Wedding Daze was so-so. I've found that Jason Biggs' characters in every romcom just grate the hell on my nerves, but then Isla Fisher is the cutest damn thing and makes up a lot for it. A couple funny moments from Cipher make the rest of it palatable. I think it would make pretty decent Netflix background movie fare.

The Watchmen was forgettable. I read the comic so I had a good idea of what was coming. Rorschach was by far the best character, but the other actors did alright by their characters except for Dr Manhattan, he really needed to be a lot more of a baritone voice. The sex stuff was overplayed, yeah it's a big deal in the comic but not nearly as much as they portrayed in the movie. Honestly I was flat bored through most of it.

An Education was pretty good. Jenny is way too smart for her age as a character, but Carey Mulligan portrays her brilliantly. It's one of those films where kind of everyone comes off looking like an ass except for the headmistress who is an ass but comes off looking pretty wise. The period outfits are gorgeous, both the scenery and all the people (even the besotted boy). But I just have a "thing" with the 1960's: every movie that tries to glamorize it (looking at Across The Universe) just makes me think of everyone as pampered firstworldproblem'ers and I've got no sympathy for any of them. "Oh woe is me, living in a time of amazing economic growth and dirt-cheap high-quality college education and the breaking of one social barrier after another and I can't decide what to do with my life because daddy is paying for an entire family including all the college-bound children on one salary." Well gosh, boo-fucking-hoo.

Enter the Void. Well, this one is really really interesting. I'm not quite through with it yet, but it has really sucked me in and I had to take a break to tell myself I'm not on drugs and not in the middle of one hell of a trip. I rarely get to see movies that treat the audience like adults. Weirdly enough the movie that this reminds me of is Ink which rates in my top three movies of all time.

That's it for now. Tomorrow morning is work and then I'm going to go pick up the wife.
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