Binging and Purging

I was first going to call this "Purging the Queue."  But since it’s been a while since I’ve posted reviews, there was a lot that needed to be caught up on.  And after looking over the mess I had to list out, and we’ve been watching quite a lot, the title above seemed most appropriate.  Here’s the list of what we saw, some of which made me puke a little bit in my mouth.  This time, I’ll use Lightening Round notation.
 
The Departed:
Wicked good, Marty!  First movie in a loooong time that I didn’t taste bile.
 
The Illusionist:
Not bad.  It’s a shame the tricks were all CG (like every trick was CG).  I, too, could pull a rabbit out my ass if I spent some time in After Effects.  Though, um, I could probably do that without After Effects, too, so maybe that’s a bad example and I’ll shut up now. <awkward>
 
Everything Is Illuminated:
Premium story and filmmaking.
Mrs. Hendersen Presents:
Quite juggy, but felt little like a cheesy made for TV movie.  But with boobs.
 
Last Holiday:
Surprisingly entertaining.  Unsurprisingly implausible.
 
Rumor Has It:
One word: creepy.  Very very creepy.  Kostner’s looking old.
 
Stranger than Fiction:
If you can get past the incredible unreality that is the plot, it’s actually a pretty interesting and well acted.
 
Something New:
Same old stupid chick flick.
 
Lord of War:
Typical Nicholas Cage story and acting.  See Con-Air or Face Off for better examples.
 
The Weather Man:  
Atypical Nicholas Cage story and acting.  See the dirt stuck to the bottom of your shoe for a better example.
 
Get Rich or Die Tryin:
Poor and half-assed effort.  Yes, the contrapositive of the title sums it up.
 
Shopgirl:
Cute story.  For some reason, not as creepy as the Kostner movie above.  Ok, ok, yes, it was very creepy.
 
North Country:
Another eye opener.  Probably because I still know a few folks at work who might actually learn something from this movie.  Or was it eye opening because of the huge enormous dildo they wagged around in the cafeteria.  I don’t remember anymore…
 
DiG!:
Meh.  Showed pretty well how the Brian Jonestown Massacre is as crazy as the Dandy Warhols are pompous arrogant dicks.
 
The Squid and the Whale:
Another cute story, but ultimately not totally satisfying.  Sort of like eating a 3 Musketeers instead of a Snickers.
 
A History of Violence:
Entertaining but very silly.  Watch this if you want a medicre dumb movie where you don’t need to think.  The filmmakers certainly didn’t.
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