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Hello all

Once again class has ended early so I am sitting in the GSU library attempting to get some work done, I thought I would take a few minutes out and write a quick update. Schoolwork is beginning to pile up on me; you have to love the end of the semester. I only had the opportunity to watch the first and last two innings of the All-Star Game last night, but to no surprise the American League won yet again. I am interested to see what the Braves do during the second half.

Lately, I have found myself heading home and not doing much of anything outside of lounging and doing schoolwork. I guess I should be happy with the fact that I am getting schoolwork done at home (which over the past year has been a surprising problem) but everything else gets put on the backburner. This is a habit that needs changing. I need to get back to work, so I will post some reviews and get on with the day…

162. (revisit) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Marcus Nispel, 2003) – 5.5/10 <- – I actually really like this film, the rating is based on the fact that I am just not much of a horror guy. I have always wondered why I could never really get into horror films (outside of a choice few, and even then it’s not usually the horror aspects that I enjoy). I think this was the first time seeing this since I saw it in theaters all those years ago, and it’s one of the very few horror films I have ever actually enjoyed in a theater (keep in mind I rarely see any)

163. Away We Go (Sam Mendes, 2009) – 7.5/10 <- – I believe this is the only film from the first half of the year (besides maybe Anvil! The Story of Anvil) that will make my top ten of the year. I absolutely loved this, Eggers’ writing really shines through in the dialogue (especially towards the end) and Rudolph was fantastic. It was a very nice, sort of heart-warming film, one that I would recommend to just about anyone.

164. (revisit) The Hangover (Todd Phillips, 2009) – 6.5/10 <- – Reviewed before.

165. The Hit (Stephen Frears, 1984) – 6/10 <- – I was looking forward to this a good deal because of what I have heard about it over the last two years and also that Criterion released it. Thankfully I got it through Netflix because it was just alright. Tim Roth is so unbelievably young in it and as I have said recently, I have an obsession with Terence Stamp so the fact that he is in this definitely helped.

166. (revisit) Slumdog Millionaire (Danny Boyle, 2008) – 9/10 <- – Reviewed before.

167. (revisit) Transformers (Michael Bay, 2007) – 5/10 <- – I have never reviewed this before? Sort of unbelievable, I feel as if I have seen it too many times. I love this film purely for its enjoyability and level of entertainment. Seriously flawed of course, but what can you expect from a movie based on Transformers? Just show me giant robots fighting and blowing stuff up and make it look as cool as possible, and I honestly could not be more content.

That’s it for now, seeing Harry Potter later tonight and hopefully getting some work done. Thank you for reading and I should update tomorrow.


Written by thomasbalkcom

July 15, 2009 at 4:38 pm

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