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September 3, 2009

Seems like I just did one of these, eh? Quitting WoW, it sure has done quite a bit for giving me buckets of free time back. Free time I’m spending watching movies, apparently.

Lately, I’ve also started using Netflix’s Watch Now to while away random evenings if I don’t want to watch what I have on-hand. The selection by no means can be dubbed ‘good’, or ‘current’, but there is a reasonable range of titles, and I’m usually able to find something I’d like to see. This is especially handy if there’s a movie in my queue available through Watch Now that Liz doesn’t want to see. I can drop it from the queue, watch it on the ‘puter, and hopefully get a disc we’re both interested in. Which may well apply here, because looking through the list, the number of discs I’m guessing she’ll want to see can be counted on one hand. I’d be happy to be proved wrong, of course.

Anyway, the picture quality, it must be said, is pretty variable. Sometimes it looks like washed-out VHS tapes, and at best it approaches, “all right.” Still, for something that I’m getting at no extra charge for my standard subscription fee, I’m pretty impressed with it. Gift horse, mouth, etc.

On to the DVDs.

In the Mouth of Madness (NF)
Until recently, this was the only decent movie I know of that was based on H.P. Lovecraft’s writings. Also, I like John Carpenter (the director, did The Thing remake and Escape from New York among others), and Sam Neill. I think I stuck it in the queue on reading an article on the web about underappreciated/lesser-known horror movies. Probably sometime in 2004 or 2005.

City on Fire (NF)
Yeah, it sounds like Tarantino was "inspired" for the plot for Reservoir Dogs from this movie. A lot of inspired. Cop goes undercover with a band of jewel thieves, gets shot up during the heist, and suspicions arise type of inspired. Still. Chow Yun Fat. Should be fun.

For Love of the Game (NF)
Kevin Costner’s made two fantastic baseball movies (Bull Durham and Field of Dreams, for those suffering momentary memory lapses), here’s hoping this is a third.

The Rookie (NF)
One of two rated G movies I have in my queue (the other one is Cars). The based-on-a-true-story story about guy in his late 30s who against a whole bunch of odds ends up a rookie, pitching for a major league team. I’m sure it’ll be very feel-goody and possibly treacley. I’m still gonna watch it.

Crimson Rivers 2: Angels of the Apocalypse (NF)
I watched the movie this is a sequel to (The Crimson Rivers – NF, IMDB) years ago, and thought it was fantastic. And then I found out there was a sequel, so here I am, another subtitled French action movie in my queue. Starring Jean Reno (Leon: The Professional) and Vincent Cassel (one-armed guy in Brotherhood of the Wolf). Hope it works out.

Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (NF)
Loved the manga, hoping the movie doesn’t suck. That about sums it up.

Deadwood: Season 1 (6 discs) (NF)
I looked forever to find a commercial or something for Deadwood, and the best I’ve found is this. As Liz is not a huge Western fan… this and the following set of DVDs might make for a loooooong string of me watching movies by myself. :-/

Have Gun Will Travel: Season 1 (6 discs) (NF)
Yyyyyyyup. Then again, if either of these turns out to not be my taste, I’ll purge whatever hasn’t gotten to me yet from my queue and move on. I did that last go-round with The Young Ones. It was funny enough… just not 8 hours worth of funny.

The 4400: Season 1 (NF)
No idea why this is in the queue, but various people I know have spoken highly of it, so… I’ll give it a whirl.

Dead Ringers (NF)
The second time this movie’s climbed up my queue. The first time it got a couple spots from the top, and then fell out of Netflix’s inventory, and into the Saved queue. Now it’s back again, and… well, we’ll see how far it makes it this time around. Jeremy Irons plays twin gynecologists, David Cronenberg (The Fly, Naked Lunch, Eastern Promises) directs.

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