What I Watched, What You Watched: Installment #56


I went to the theaters for one movie this week and stayed home for a couple of others as one of the busier weeks for movies in recent history comes to a close. It’s always tough work when — on top of all the other writing I do for the site — I have five reviews to publish at the end of the week. My weekend R&R is the reason today’s installment of “What I Watched” is a little late and I hope you can forgive me…

That said, here’s what played before my eyes outside of everything else this past week…

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
QUICK THOUGHTS: Obviously I was among the few that went to theaters to see Scott Pilgrim vs. the World this weekend, which is to say I was among the few that saw the best of the three new wide releases as most trotted out to see either The Expendables or Eat Pray Love. In all honesty, if I was to have made an uninformed choice I probably would have gone to The Expendables, but I’m in the fortunate position to have already seen all three and knew which was the better of the three. Hopefully word of mouth will spread and more people will take the time to see Scott Pilgrim in the theaters before it becomes yet another minor Edgar Wright theatrical stir that finds a larger audience on DVD. I know last night with a bunch of friends I was doing my best to sell them on making a trip to see it.

Tell No One (2006)
QUICK THOUGHTS: Andrew Dominik (writer/director of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) is set to write a domestic adaptation of this English-language bestseller and French-language movie so I felt it would be best to finally see the original. As expected, it’s a good movie though the critical praise is a little over the top. I will say this though, the tagline is phenomenal, “Eight years ago Alex’s wife was murdered. Today… she sent him an email.” Good stuff.

A Tale of Two Sisters (2004)
QUICK THOUGHTS: It amazed me I had pretty much the same experience with A Tale of Two Sisters as I did with its American language remake The Uninvited, especially considering they aren’t necessarily the same film. I’d say The Uninvited is far more straightforward while writer/director Ji-woon Kim (The Good, the Bad, the Weird) weaves a far more complex story in his Korean-language original. It’s a film I intend on watching again some day with a much closer eye.

Now it’s your turn. What did you catch in theaters or at home this past week?