Movie: The Other Woman

Over this past weekend my wife and I watched The Other Woman , with Natalie Portman and Lisa Kudrow .  It wasn’t too bad for a drama, but it somehow felt incomplete.  The basic plot was a girl ( Emilia ) works at a law firm, notices a guy, blah, blah, they go on a trip, blah, blah, they hook up and then he divorces his wife (Carolyn) takes his son and marries her, blah, blah, they have a baby girl that dies 3 days later, blah, blah, divorce again, first ex-wife marries another guy, and I’m not sure if Portman ends up married again or not. Mind you this story was not told sequentially, it was middle, flash back, middle later, flash back, ending.  I thought everyone did a realistic job acting and the story was certainly a drama…but again something was missing. Deep Thought: If relationships are sought after for their intimacy, why does the movie industry constantly release movies where people aren’t intimate (i.e. open) with one another until its to late?   Is this common in society?  Is art imitating life?  Or is life imitating art? Likes: Natalie Portman,”office party” mentality (“we’re only supposed to stay for awhile then leave, since we’re not on staff”), Diarrhea Hummus Dislikes: Married people not sharing their thoughts with one another, the argument over her dad’s past in front of her younger step son (there is a better place for this…but its a drama its supposed to be here) I’ll give it a 5/10, just another movie with a lesson.

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Movie: Unstoppable

Last week we watched Unstoppable , the newer one about trains ( not the older one ).  It was a pretty intense movie, but full of what the… and why don’t they…, man they should have…. from my wife and I.  I know for me the intensity was purely about the physics of the situation, something this big and this long with this kind of cargo was doomed from the start of the movie.  I was cringing when the dude left the cab, let alone fatty trying to run to beat the engine to the switch.  The only part of the plot that took me a while was between the train driver and the conductor.  I started out thinking this was a “cargo heist” movie, then I slowly realized that the plot was solely about the runaway train.  I don’t understand why they didn’t use multiple engines before and after the runaway train in the first attempt, but that’s why its a movie. Deep Thought: If you had a thought and a chance to save lives with that idea, would you be able to execute it? Likes: Movie about a train (I can’t think of another train “operations” style movie…maybe The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 ), Denzel Washington (he is so diverse and very immersed into his characters) (I last saw him in The Book of Eli ) Dislikes: Secondary plots that go no where (Conductor’s wife/son and restraining order…blah), Corporate jerks with alternative views (company value overrides moral issues…since when?) I liked the intensity, I’m giving it a 8/10.

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