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Netflix: It Never Ends

November 23, 2009

Someday, I may write a non-Netflix blog entry. I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for that, though.

The 4400: Season 1: Disc 2
Still haven’t watched the first disc of this mini-series… not much to say, then.

Dark Days (NF)
Liz has accurately observed in the past I’m drawn to documentaries about people who don’t have the easiest of lives. Dark Days is yet another piece of evidence in her favor. It’s the story of some homeless in New York City who live in an abandoned railroad tunnel under the city. I’m interested… but as with so many of these, I wish I had been able to leave a note in Netflix when I added it to my queue saying what moved me to do so.

Casino (NF)
Martin Scorcese does a gangster movie with Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci? I’m in.

Hoop Dreams (NF)
A documentary about kids looking to get out of the ghetto via basketball… And, from Ebert, "Today, fifteen years after I first saw it, I believe ‘Hoop Dreams’ is the great American documentary. No other documentary has ever touched me more deeply. It was relevant then, and today, as inner city neighborhoods sink deeper into the despair of children murdering children, it is more relevant."

Smallville: Season 1 (6 discs) (NF)
I’m a big Superman fan, so I want to give this a chance. But it sort of looks like it’s targeted at teenage girls, so I’m… dubious. Also, it’s still on the air, in Season 9 or something. By now, shouldn’t the series title be changed? Just a bit? I’m just saying…

Frailty (NF)
I remember there being some buzz about this movie when it came out. It was the first movie Bill Paxton directed, and I think it was a lot better than people initially expected. It’s a thriller/suspense movie with Paxton and Matthew McConaughey (yes, I copy & pasted that) and Powers Boothe, who I really liked in Deadwood. And Tombstone. Hope he does well in a non-Western movie!

The Sea Hawk (NF)
Errol Flynn does swashbucklery. The novel, by Rafael Sabatini, is some fine stuff, too.

F for Fake (NF)
Orson Welles’s "documentary?" on art and deception. Can’t wait.

Babylon 5: The River of Souls (NF)
Babylon 5 I haven’t seen yet! With Garibaldi! Hopefully it doesn’t suck!

Battle Royale (NF)
A touching coming-of-age drama where… hang on… updated copy follows: "When even schoolchildren begin to abuse a system on the verge of social collapse, the Japanese government introduces a strict new punishment whereby randomly chosen students are taken to a deserted island and forced to fight each other to the death. Renowned Japanese auteur and actor Takeshi ‘Beat’ Kitano stars in this explosive, violent drama from director Kinji Fukasaku, based on Koushun Takami’s novel."

The Sandbaggers: Collection 2 (3 discs) (NF)
A BBC espionage series from 1980I got hooked on several years ago. Just ruthless with characters, bearing no resemblance to Bond whatsoever. The show creator was a former intelligence agent with MI6 who disappeared while flying a small plane in Northern Canada, which effectively canceled the show.

Million Dollar Baby (NF)
No, I haven’t seen it yet. Yes, I’ve been avoiding reading about it ever since it came out. No, it hasn’t been completely successful. Still… looking forward to this story about I DON’T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT IT’S ABOUT BECAUSE I’VE BEEN TRYING TO AVOID READING ABOUT IT! Yeesh. I know it’s been out years at this point, and all reasonable people have seen it, but what about us unreasonable people?

Alphaville (NF)
Full title: Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution. Oh, yes. I heard this described as "Godard‘s movie about Tarzan vs. IBM." étrange indeed.

287 discs in the main queue, 15 in the Saved queue, last 5 titles in the queue are Milk, 25th Hour, Charley Varrick, Deadwood, Season 2, and When the Levees Broke.

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