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Movie review: Three movies I liked more than Jean did


Not that it’s that unusual for me to like movies more than Jean, given that:

  1. He gets bored more easily than I do.
  2. Frankly, I usually pick the movies we see.

On the other hand, none of these were exactly “chick flicks”…

*** Waltz with Bashir (May 2008) – Rental
Animated documentary. An Israli man tries to recall the details of his participation in the massacre of Palestanians that occurred during the first Lebanon war.

She says: I’m not sure what this indicates, but I didn’t realize that this was a documentary. I thought all the interviews and such were just a clever way of framing the movie. But, I knew it was based on a real incident, one I knew nothing about. I found this an interesting way to learn about it, with the animated style creating some distance in the disturbing events.
He says: It was all right, but didn’t quite hold my interest.

**½ Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop (June 2011) – Theatre
Documentary about Conan O’Brien’s Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television tour.

She says: I’m not a huge fan (I almost never watch his show), but I did get interested in the drama surrounding O’Brien’s removal from The Tonight Show, and did enjoy seeing the preparations and behind-the-scenes look at his tour.
He says: Oh my God that seemed long. [It’s a 90-minute movie.]

*** The Hurt Locker (June 2009) – Rental
Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie. Follows the end of a tour of duty for a group of American bomb dismantlers in Iraq.

She says: It was powerful, tension-filled, and therefore gripping, though not altogether enjoyable, given the subject matter. We saw it in Blu-Ray, and the sound and cinematography were excellent. As was the acting.
He says: OK, I wasn’t bored. But it was kind of depressing, and I didn’t understand anyone’s motivations.

2 thoughts on “Movie review: Three movies I liked more than Jean did

  1. We saw both Waltz with Bashir and The Hurt Locker some time ago and really enjoyed both (always seems wrong to say one enjoyed movies of that nature).

  2. Oh – meant to add: we saw a really great little movie the other night called The Visitor. Got it through Zip. Stars a bunch of people i’ve never heard of but it’s really a perfect little gem of a film. Highly recommend.

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