Recap: 12 October 2008

Sorry for the lack of predictions Friday. I would have lost miserably anyway.

This Week’s Top 10

  1. Beverly Hills Chihuahua ($17.5 million)
  2. Quarantine ($14.2 million)
  3. Body of Lies ($13.1 million)
  4. Eagle Eye ($11 million)
  5. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist ($6.5 million)
  6. The Express ($4.7 million)
  7. Nights in Rodanthe ($4.6 million)
  8. Appaloosa ($3.34 million)
  9. The Duchess ($3.32 million)
  10. City of Ember ($3.2 million)

What I Watched

  • Dead Poets Society (5 stars): See full review here.
  • Caffeine (3 stars): This relationship comedy set in a London coffee shop almost plays as an amalgam of short films instead of a cohesive feature-length movie. In a good way. Most of the time. Once I got over the less-than-stellar British accents the Americans were trying to put on, I was decently amused.
  • Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (4 stars): People proclaiming this is a Juno wannabe are sorely mistaken. They’re two completely different films, and if Juno is known for snappy, snarky dialog, Nick & Norah’s dialog at times feels almost too natural and too awkward for it to be a movie. This movie left me feeling pretty restless with my own life. And any movie that can affect me for hours afterwards has done something right.
  • The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (3½ stars): See full review here.
  • Igby Goes Down (3½ stars): I hesitate to call this a dark comedy because it’s not particularly comedic in the traditional sense. Then again, it’s not overly dramatic either. And yet it doesn’t really fit the mold for what I would normally call a dramedy. So… let’s just call it a dark, sometimes comedic film with stellar performances from a cast including Kieran Culkin, Claire Danes, Susan Sarandon, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum.

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