I normally try to put out thoughts about newer movies on Friday so anyone who looks at this place might get an idea on something to rent over the weekend. But I have been overly busy at work and – in the short amount of downtime I’ve had – I’ve been immersed in watching all of the Rocky movies. While I love them all – six straight Rocky movies is wearing me down a bit and I don’t want to poopoo you off with a week straight of Rocky Balboa shit so here’s a little something on a newly released flick that I really did like. This is a very slow movie with very little action but it’s really quite good. If you’re looking for something with a lot of scares or explosions or tits or the like → → → not here. In my next paragraph I am going to gripe about something and it will include a spoiler – but the spoiler happens about 20 minutes in so it’s not going to ruin the ending or anything but – you’ve been vigilantly notified. “Forever Vigilant” – that’s my motto. We open up to a sad, hairy, homeless man who sleeps in a beat up, old, rusty car and eats food out of trash cans. He breaks into people’s house and takes baths in their tubs and when they come home unexpectedly he jumps out of windows naked and runs around with his dong flapping everywhere. You don’t actually see any dong here but you can only imagine. FLAP FLAP FLAP. The car here is very important because, I believe, that’s the “blue ruin” the title of the movie is getting on about. Anyway, one day he’s minding his own fucking business asleep in his car when a cop comes up and disturbs him, like a typical cop would do. She takes him into the station and you think he’s getting locked up for being a homeless fucking bum but that’s not the case. You know, I guess that spoiler will be in the next paragraph after all. At the station she tells him that someone we know nothing about is getting released from prison so we assume it’s the person who caused him to be in such a sorry state. He manages to fire up his beat up, old, shitty car and heads to the prison to see the inmate get released. The prisoner and his posse hop into a rap blasting limo and head out – where our hero follows them to a bar. In a scene that takes a long time to develop, our man goes to the men’s room and hides in a stall. A little bit later the guy who just got released comes in for a piss and in what is a pretty gritty scene, they struggle and our man kills whoever it was that caused him such pain. Covered in blood, he somehow sneaks out of the bar and heads back outside to his car. And here is where I get to the “I really liked it, but” part. After he gets into his car he realizes that he lost the keys (they were on a chain around his neck like dog tags) in the bathroom fight. He obviously can’t go back in there so he hops in the limo and, as the prisoner’s people come out of the bar hooting and hollering, he tears off in the limo, leaving his car behind. Now, I love independent films (and I loved this one) but this is a big deal to me: a KEY point at the end of this movie involves the car. When did he go back and get it? How? He couldn’t have gone back into that bathroom. Did I miss something? I try and pay attention… Am I wrong?? Oh well. That wasn’t a movie ruiner for me but it’s been bothering me for a week now. Also – I DO LOVE me some Jan Brady but I thought it was really weird that she’s so reclusive but she did this one? I’m not griping, I just thought that was odd. I don’t know – this was pretty, pretty good. I liked that the lead was a normal person. I really liked his army buddy: “Here. Wipe off that blood. That guy probably has hepatitis.” I also liked the practical effects and it wasn’t too long. Good stuff!! Anyone know how he got his car back??