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Media Update

Let’s see, what have I been watching?

  • I’ve finished Torchwood (Seasons 1-3). It’s “gritty” and all that, and ok, although Season 3 is close to brilliant. Since I’m done,  I’m trying the new Dr. Who. Mindless candy, with deus ex machinas that would make a ST:TNG writer blush. That being said, amusing.
  • How I Met Your Mother — I love this. I’m almost done with season 4, and then I have to wait for Season 5 to be out on DVD.
  • Inglorious Basterds — It has all the Tarintino things I love, and all the Tarintino things I hate.
  • Moon — An interesting idea executed well, but when I can see your plot coming you either telegraphed it or I’ve seen it before. Really, I can’t guess what’s going to happen in movies to save my life (even being aware of all the tropes and Nabakov’s rule), but I pretty much grokked the entire movie pretty quickly.
  • Solaris — This movie felt slower than the Russian version which (let’s face it kiddies), was too slow. Between that and Moon I think I’ve finished my “Very slow Science Fiction Movies” phase. For a while.
  • Battle Royale — Geek classic.
  • Ghost Town — OK.
  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall — You know, when I get the “Unrated” version of a movie, I’m not really interested in seeing Jason Segal naked. Just FYI.
  • Memories of a Murder — Interesting foreign flick with Korean “Fat Southern Sheriffs” trying to catch a serial killer. Incompetent police are universal, I guess.
  • District 9 — Not bad.
  • Call of Cthulu (Silent Black and White mini movie from a few years ago) — Clever idea, but it took the silent movie thing too seriously. Turned it off.
  • Ong Bak 2 — Truly a messed up movie, for lots of reasons. Quite a few “WTF?” moments, but some good stunts. And best use of an elephant in a martial arts fight in quite some time.
  • Star Trek — I kept expecting zombies to attack Scotty. Then I started rooting for zombies to attack scotty. But other than that, fine.
  • Patton — It’s a classic, but not actually great. Good, maybe.
  • City Lights — I turned it off after 15 minutes. I’m uncultured.
  • Let the Right One In — Great vampire movie, from an angle I can’t recall any other movie doing. Well done. (Swedish).
  • Sullivan’s Travels — But I watched this. It was pretty good.
  • In the Heat of the Night — All I kept thinking was “They call me Mr. Pig.” Is that wrong?
  • Bringing Up Baby — Interesting factoid: This might be the first use of “Gay” to mean “Homosexual” in the movies. Decently funny, and proof positive that gorgeous women can get away with being the devil incarnate, and they know it.
  • Juno — good enough.
  • Franklyn — Pretty, dreck. 15 minutes and done.
  • Sanjuro — Who doesn’t like Toshiro Mifune as a samurai? Scratch that itch, baby!
  • Raging Bull — Pretty good, a touch too long.
  • The Departed — The ending would have told me this was a hong kong movie, even if I hadn’t already known it.

Anyway, not a bad three months of Netflix. My queue isn’t in danger of running out anytime soon (since I have a few TV series), but if there’s something you think I should see, pipe up!


Written by taogaming

April 18, 2010 at 8:25 pm

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  1. City Lights? Try this for another silent – watch it on an airplane. Me and my girlfriend loved it. Not sure how it would have done if we saw it as a regular movie.

    James Moore

    April 18, 2010 at 11:51 pm

  2. You can stream a movie called “The Man From Earth”. It’s got pretty poor acting, but a fun premise.


    April 19, 2010 at 7:04 am

  3. Some of the same things I Netflix. I just finished Spartacus: Blood and Sand season 1(Netflix/STARZ; streamable) last night, highly recommend. Except skip the pilot its pretty bad; episode 2+: amazing.

    Charles Feduke

    April 19, 2010 at 10:15 am

  4. Sullivan’s Travels caught my eye. I’ve enjoyed virtually everything by its writer-director, Preston Sturges. Did you know that in his spare time he was an inventor? Here’s his top 12 per IMDB:
    # 8.09) – The Lady Eve (1941)
    # (8.09) – Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
    # (7.99) – The Palm Beach Story (1942)
    # (7.98) – Twentieth Century (1934)
    # (7.88) – The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944)
    # (7.85) – Remember the Night (1940)
    # (7.79) – The Invisible Man (1933)
    # (7.77) – Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
    # (7.75) – Easy Living (1937)
    # (7.68) – Unfaithfully Yours (1948)
    # (7.57) – The Great McGinty (1940)
    # (7.57) – Christmas in July (1940)

    Rick Heli

    April 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm

  5. Thanks for the note, Re: Spartacus. It’s on my queue already. I’ve been meaning to catch up on Preston Sturges, but what I’ve seen of his I’ve liked, not loved.


    April 28, 2010 at 9:49 pm

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