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Hello all

My goal for this week was to write blog entries in the morning, time I normally spend browsing the web, cleaning up my inbox, or catching up on work from the night before. Unfortunately the last two days have been used to keep up with various readings and a paper that I just finished (not a very good one at that, but that’s beside the point). There is nothing too noteworthy going on right now, work has been roughly the same and I will have a good deal of schoolwork to keep up with.

I am keeping a running list of ideas for blog entries over the next few weeks, hopefully I will knock a few of them out this week.  I have never been very successful at keeping up with lists, a habit that I wish to change. Here are eight more reviews, enjoy…

148. (revisit) Ratatouille (Brad Bird & Jan Pinkava, 2007) – 9/10 <- – Reviewed before.

149. (revisit) WALL-E (Andrew Stanton, 2008) – 6/10 <- – Reviewed before.

150. (revisit) The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, 1974) – 6/10 <- – I probably had not seen this since I was about eleven or twelve, and I honestly did not remember much of it. I have never been a big fan of horror (which is not that obvious considering about half the movies I have watched as of late could be considered horror) and this film is no exception. I appreciate and enjoy the gritty feel of this film and I do find some entertainment in it; ultimately horror is just not my thing.

151. Drag Me to Hell (Sam Raimi, 2009) – 8/10 <- – This rating is based solely on the level of fun I had while watching it, this was my first experience with any of Raimi’s horror films and has since convinced me I need to see his Evil Dead trilogy. It possessed a near-perfect mixture of both laughs and gore, and to reiterate my main point, it was so much damn fun going and seeing this. It’s strange that I enjoy a movie that most of the horror-dedicated people I know hate, with some exceptions here and there. The hatred is surprising due to the fact that it is currently an astounding 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.

152. He’s Just Not That Into You (Ken Kwapis, 2009) – 3/10 <- – Nothing can be said of this film, Scarlet is beautiful but this is one of the worst written movies I have seen in the last year.

153. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Francis Ford Coppola, 1992) – 8/10 <- – This film is absolutely brilliant, I am extremely upset with myself for letting this slip through my hands for such a long time. I picked up a pretty decent version of it for five dollars a couple months ago and am really glad I did so.

154. (revisit) Choke (Clark Gregg, 2008) – 6.5/10 <- – Reviewed before.

155. Land of the Lost (Brad Silberling, 2009) – 4/10 <- – I was expecting this film to be an absolute disaster but I actually ended up enjoying it quite a bit. Will Ferrell and Danny McBride together both produce a good deal of laughs, and it was far from a bad experience seeing the film in theaters. I would not recommend you run out and see it right away, but it should not be completely disregarded like most people are saying.

That’s it for now, more reviews on the way. Lately, I have been mostly watching TV shows and sports (which will change thanks to the culmination of both the NHL and NBA seasons). On that topic, I was happy that my prediction (since the All Star break for that matter) of the Lakers winning held up but was honestly surprised that the Pens could stick it out seven (!) games with a strong Red Wings team and eventually beat them in Detroit. One of the blog topics I have on my list is a discussion on the unpopularity of hockey (the topic is a bit different than that but it does incorporate it), so maybe I’ll knock that out first. I finished John Adams, the entire series was incredible. I am roughly two episodes into Mad Men, and am loving it thus far. Still working through the fourth season of Weeds, I need to pick up the pace on that. Thank you for reading, will update tomorrow morning with any luck.


Written by thomasbalkcom

June 16, 2009 at 3:29 pm

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  1. ok first of all hes just not that into you is amazing!! secondly, i hate scarlett johansson especially in that movie… i think you got that review mixed up. haha! 🙂


    June 24, 2009 at 7:48 pm

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