What I Watched, What You Watched: Installment #13

I watched a lot this week, but most of it was in theaters and not all at home. On Monday I saw The Road and Where the Wild Things Are (review); Tuesday was Astro Boy; Wednesday was Law Abiding Citizen (review); and Thursday was Good Hair (review) and my second time seeing An Education (review). On top of that I already mentioned how I watched the unrated version of Drag Me to Hell a second time on Blu-ray, which actually is quite bloodier than the PG-13 version that was in theaters, but I would say it detracts from the film’s quality compared to the original. Beyond those flicks there are a few more, and as always a few quick words on each follows.

As always, remember you can keep tabs on my personal Netflix queue right here. I now have 50 friends on the movie rental site and would love to have a few more if those of you out there with accounts are interested. Now, here’s the recap of my week in movies…

Team America: World Police (2004)
QUICK THOUGHTS: I’m not sure what it was, but for the longest time I had been wanting to revisit this film and I finally found an opportunity and it just doesn’t get old. As a matter of fact, this is one film that may continue to get funnier and funnier as time passes.
The House of the Devil (2009)
QUICK THOUGHTS: I plan on doing a full review of this one when it hits theaters on October 30, so I will keep my comments short. Quite frankly, while this one has been getting some considerably good buzz it didn’t move me all that much. It’s fashioned more like an old school horror and is set in the 1980s making use of such items as gigantic tape playing walkmen and rotary dial phones (nope, no cell phone issues here). There is a certain level of tension, but any kind of attempt to scare is limited to the final moments and it is ultimately uneventful. I did learn the DVD/Blu-ray is already set for a February 2, 2010 release so if you miss it in theaters or on demand you won’t have long to wait, but a rental is certainly the better recommendation here. You can get more on this one right here, including our gallery of 11 images.
The Killing Room (2009)
QUICK THOUGHTS: The Killing Room is already out on DVD and I wouldn’t say buy it, but I would certainly say it is worth a rental. The film is directed by Jonathan Liebesman who helmed the awful Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, but he does quite well with this one featuring a cast made up of Chloë Sevigny, Peter Stormare, Clea DuVall, Timothy Hutton, Nick Cannon and Shea Whigham. It starts off with a serious bang and features a twist that is far better than I would have ever expected. At just over 90 minutes it’s a solid watch, and a film I would recommend giving a chance.

There you have it. Now share your weekly recaps and weigh in with any thoughts you may have on the films I saw. And remember to connect with my Netflix queue by clicking here, I have already added several titles from those that have already linked up.

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