Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena
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Mitty, Ronin, Wolf, Family, Snow

Life goes on...

"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" has very little to do with either the Thurber story or the earlier Danny Kaye movie. It IS my favorite Ben Stiller movie so far, as well as pleasant to watch and vaguely thought provoking. Unlike the source material, this movie's Walter gets out there and DOES something. It's worth seeing.

"47 Ronin" is odd, but very good. Take an historical event that has been raised to the status of legend (in the manner of, say, Thermopylae or The Alamo), throw in some supernatural elements, stir, and serve. We enjoyed it a great deal; the "foregone conclusion" ending may not have gone over with general audiences.

"The Wolf of Wall Street" is well cast, well acted, well shot, not too badly written, and HORRIBLE. It is difficult to convert autobiography into black comedy unless the source contains a fair amount of self loathing; author (and slimeball) Jordan Belfort tries to effect such, but his basic self-satisfaction ultimately comes through both his efforts and Scorese's, and the result leaves you feeling in dire need of a brain scouring. Once again, the world is diminished because this movie exists.

Otherwise... I worked four days, shoveled the snow twice (and Dementia shoveled once), made another trip south to visit family again, and spent New Year's Eve watching recorded television.

I need to do a 2013 recap, but not today.

Uncle Hyena
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