What I’ve Been Watching

May 3rd, 2010 by Ryan

It’s been a long while since I have had the chance to sit down, crack my knuckles and speak to the good citizens of the City of Films. While the spotlight has been on The City Strip, I have had a chance to sit down, fire up the telly and watch a few flicks. So to provide a few recommendations, and perhaps some words of warning, here are my thoughts on what I’ve been watching.

Boondock Saints 2: All Saints Day

I will admit, I own Boondock Saints; granted I paid 8 dollars for it, but I still found it to be watchable, even somewhat enjoyable. This of course was before I watched Boondock Saints 2 and Overnight (more to come on that later on). I should have known something was wrong when Troy Duffy‘s directorial credits between the original and this sequel is, well, nadda. A mixture of bad language, ridiculously repetitive plotlines, and really wretched acting makes All Saints Day a total mess.
Recommendation: Pretend this doesn’t exist; you will hate Duffy for making it, and you will hate yourself for not knowing better.

2012

A disaster movie isn’t a very original premise in Hollywood. Thankfully Netflix made this a low cost investment, not only that, but I was looking for a graphically intense film to break in the new Blu-Ray DVD player. You know that scene in every disaster movie where the protagonist is trying to escape as some natural disaster falls down around him and he has mere seconds to escape? Yeah, well that happens so often it loses it’s feel of impending doom. Which is pretty bad for a movie about the end of the world. From beginning to end, this is the very definition of a popcorn flick, which isn’t always a bad thing if you are looking to give your brain the night off. At the same time, it’s horribly repetitive and I expected a bit more in terms of visuals. Divorced dad, fighting to survive while reuniting with his ex-wife and children? Yawn.
Recommendation: If you need to watch an end of the world disaster movie, just watch Independence Day. ‘I gotta get me one of these!’

Overnight

Overnight was supposed to be a documentary about Troy Duffy‘s success, unfortunately it was a sad tale on how quickly a man can fall from grace. The sad truth is, if Boondock Saints 2 didn’t kill the original for me, seeing Duffy‘s personality in Overnight will do the job. His lack of tact and inflated ego makes it easy to question what it is that brought him in the limelight to begin with. The documentary lacks cohesion, and appears to be more of a collection of clips rather than documentary. At the same time, it’s like a train wreck you can’t turn away from. The good news is, based on his current track record, we have another 10 years until we see Duffy return for Boondock Saints 3: Saint It Ain’t So.
Recommendation: If you have seen Boondock Saints or it’s sequel, this is worth watching, if not, don’t bother bringing Troy Duffy into your life.

Dexter (Seasons 1 and 2)
No, not that Dexter.

No, not that Dexter.

Approximately 3 years ago I gave this show a go. I watched 2 episodes, and realized I didn’t have the time for it. Lucky for me I gave this one another shot. As far as crime dramas go, this one is a hit. The show is a complex mixture of black and white that makes the viewer question their own level of morality. You know a series has done it’s job well when the protagonist (a serial killer) has you rooting for him to avoid being nabbed by the cops. I don’t want to spoil much else, so I will end it here.
Recommendation: Watch it. Even if you aren’t into cop dramas, this one won’t be a let down, guaranteed.

There you have it, a look into the film tastes of the District Attorney. I hope this has been as educational for you as it has been therapeutic for me. And on behalf of all of us at the City of Films I want to thank you for being citizens and I promise more great features and updates to come.

Signing Off,
The District Attorney

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Troy Duffy – Not only a poet with his words, but a snappy dresser!
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Palin 2012
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