Netflix: I Like to Watch
Sharpe’s Regiment (NF)
Sharpe’s Siege (NF)
Sharpe’s Mission (NF)
Sharpe’s Revenge (NF)
Sharpe’s Justice (NF)
Sharpe’s Waterloo (NF)
Sharpe’s Challenge (NF)
So…. much like last time, there’s a whole block of Sharpe movies in the queue, and there’s no way in hell I’m writing about each individual one. The continuing adventures of Richard Sharpe (currently Major Richard Sharpe) in the war against Napoleon, the movies are a little bit like a period James Bond, what with adventures and derring do and the somewhat ridiculous romances the manly man has, with an additional dash of buddy movie thrown in, as Sharpe and his company (the Chosen Men) troop about killing the French. I still miss Brian Cox as the "engineer" (spy), but, ah, well. I think there have been three intelligence chiefs so far, with a fourth coming up in Regiment. They’re like drummers in Spinal Tap, just can’t manage to stick around…
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (NF)
The original Lion King 1½. ;-) Telling the story of probably the two most minor characters in Hamlet, the mere idea of this has fascinated me since I heard of it. And now, finally, I get to see it.
Get Shorty (NF)
John Travolta and Elmore Leonard make fun of Hollywood. I understand various characters are essentially based on real people (the one I think I remember is Danny DeVito is ‘playing’ Dustin Hoffman). It’s supposed to be funny and witty and is recommended to me because I liked Bull Durham and Pulp Fiction, which is a heck of an interesting pairing, to say the least.
The Young Ones (NF)
3 discs of a British TV series I put into my queue on a whim because of the recommendation of a former office-mate. The synopsis reads in part "Four mismatched university students share a house in North London: Neil, the hippie; Cool Guy Mike; Rick, a would-be anarchist studying sociology; and Vyvyan, the punk medical student who is prone to extreme violence." That fourth character sounds like it has some promise.
The movie where I first heard of Geoffrey Rush, as he won the Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of a schizophrenic virtuoso pianist. Which, I think, he closely followed up by playing Casanova Frankenstein in Mystery Men. Nicely done, Mr. Rush!
Lone Star (NF)
A modern-day (?) Western, starring Chris Cooper (!), and… Matthew McConaughey. Oy. Still. Really, really looking forward to this one. Possibly irrationally. But, yeah. Looking forward to it. Chris Cooper hasn’t disappointed me yet.
House of Flying Daggers (NF)
Yup, put this in my queue when it came out in theaters, just now finally getting around to actually seeing it. A very colorful, stylized martial arts drama, I’ll be watching this by myself, while Liz mutters, "I can see the wires…"
Anyway, that’s it for the next 20, for random stats, 278 discs in the main queue, 13 in the ‘Saved’ section, and the last five are Jersey Girl, Taxi to the Dark Side, The Wild Geese, The Wrestler, and Harlan Ellison: Dreams With Sharp Teeth. See you in 20.