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Movie Review: Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)


After reading the above ad in the classified, three reporters from a Seattle magazine set out to a small town to find out what kind of lunatic would place it and profile him.  The man (Duplass) turns out to be somewhat of an enigma.  He appears rational and intelligent, but he also insists he has a time machine and that government agents are following him.  One of the reporters (Plaza) goes undercover and gets in as the man’s “partner”.  This requires vigorous training…of an unorthodox nature.  While Plaza pries deeper into the life of our potential time traveler, the other two reporters explore the town and (try not to groan here) confront aging and past mistakes.

I’ll be honest: I watched this because the director, Colin Treverrow, is going to direct Jurassic Park IV and this is his only film.  It’s very indie, very introspective, but at the same time has a self-contained element of mild absurdity which it skillfully uses to keep the plot from running out of control.  I love Aubrey Plaza, though I’d only previously seen her on Parks & Rec, but she is possibly the most dour human being I’ve ever seen.  Fortunately, that’s dealt with in her character’s arc and I thought she and Duplass were actually outstanding.  The plot meanders a bit, but comes back together for a fantastic climax.  It’s difficult to actually sum up why this movie works so well, but I highly recommend it.  It’s free to stream on Netflix and more than worth your time.









Killing Time – March 7, 2013

Sometime today, Killing Time will pass 1,000 hits.  I know that’s not tremendous in terms of traffic, but given that I thought I was generally going to be doing this as a writing exercise, it’s amazing to me.  Thank you all for reading and I’ve got something very cool for another milestone (our 300th post) tomorrow.  Our household has been Hulu’d and finally joined in so a new category for TV has been added.  Because I just am not consuming enough media.  Let me know how you’ve been murdering the minutes this week!

Books: The Letters of JRR Tolkien edited by Christopher Tolkien 
                 This Will Make You Smarter by John Bockman
                 Marvel Comics: The Untold Story by Sean Howe
                 The Complete Worst Case Scenario Handbook by J. Piven
                 Maps & Legends by Michael Chabon
Blu Ray: The Big Bang Theory Season Five
                     Game of Thrones Season One (re-watching with commentaries)

TV/HULU:  Modern Family Season Four
                            The Daily Show with John Stewart
                            The Colbert Report
                            Parks & Recreation Season Five
                            The Amazing Race Season Twenty-Two          

Music:  Been listening to two rather sad songs that pretty much sum up my life right now: “Broken” by Lifehouse and “Waiting For My Real Life To Begin” by Colin Hay.

Video Game: Assassin’s Creed III (gotta finish before IV)
                                Mass Effect 3: The Citadel DLC
                                I Am Alive
                            * XBOX Live, gamertag: sleeplessdave; feel free to friend me!

Comics:   Absolute Crisis on Infinite Earths by Marv Wolfman
                      Global Frequency by Warren Ellis