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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

September 18, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Haven’t I seen you someplace before?

Admittedly, this has been a busy month for movies; counting my time at the Toronto Film Festival in early September, I’ve seen, I think, about 25 movies since Labor Day. And, strangely, I’m seeing a lot of the same things over and over . . .

  • Two movies in which a man in early middle age, after discovering his wife’s infidelity, returns to his childhood home and re-connects with his siblings after the death of a parent (“The Judge,” “This Is Where I Leave You”)
  • Two movies in which Dan Stevens makes it very clear that he is, most definitely, no longer Matthew Crawley (“The Guest,” in which he plays a violent ex-serviceman, and “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” as a ratty-voiced drug dealer).
  • Two movies in which Adam Driver plays a socially awkward character (“Tracks” and “This Is Where I Leave You”)
  • Two movies in which Keira Knightley gets engaged (“Laggies,” “[not naming the other as it’s a very minor spoiler]”)
  • Two movies in which someone may or may not successfully break up with Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl,” “Hector and the Search for Happiness”)
  • Two movies in which Dax Shepard made me laugh (“The Judge,” “This Is Where I Leave You”)
  • Two movies in which Mia Wasikowska plays . . . well, two extremely different characters (“Madame Bovary,” “Tracks”)
  • Two movies in which I was quite certain that the dog would die before the end credits (“The Drop,” “Tracks”). I was not necessarily correct. (By the way, did you know that there is a website called doesthedogdie.com, for people who worry about this sort of thing? I didn’t, until just now. God bless the Internet.)

And all of this is, note, just in the past two and a half weeks. With that, I’m taking a few post-Toronto days off. Back to talk about fall movies, late next week.

 

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