Weekly Round-Up: April 24-30, 2016

This felt like one of my bigger movie weeks in some time – last week, I saw:

  • That Thing You Do! (1996) – Entertaining kaleidoscope of the 1960s music scene, about the rise and fall of a one-hit wonder band. RECOMMENDED.
  • Carol (2015) – This is a tough one; I loved the production of Todd Haynes’s latest melodrama, from the exquisite costumes and perfect period sets to the passionate musical score and sensual camera work, but the story and script had me rolling my eyes. I have a very hard time believing anybody would want to have an affair with the lifeless character portrayed by Rooney Mara. Mostly well made, but ultimately this flick is NOT RECOMMENDED.
  • Thor: The Dark World (2013) – I love the characters and world of Thor, but this sequel didn’t hold up as well as the original. There was plenty going on, it just wasn’t as engaging or interesting as I’d come to expect from the gang. NOT RECOMMENDED.
  • Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015) – I can’t get enough of these movies, but I can see why an outsider would think that they’re all the same. (They pretty much are, to be fair.) Still, there’s plenty of creepy moments and enrichment of the mythology that I’d nonetheless rate this one RECOMMENDED.

What did you see last week?

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2 thoughts on “Weekly Round-Up: April 24-30, 2016

  1. Agree to disagree on Carol. I think the weakness in Therese was part of Carol’s attraction, but it was a complicated relationship.

    I agree with the rest from what I’ve seen. The Paranormal Activity films are a guilty pleasure and my favorite is the third one. Haven’t seen the latest.

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    1. True, and in some ways I saw Carol’s attraction for Therese as admiring/envying her at that age and having her whole life of choices ahead of her. The Q&A on the special features made me appreciate the film more, but I still wasn’t really feeling it. I mean it’s no cinematic masterpiece like Paranormal Activity 6! 😉

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