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May 22, 2010

Here it is, time for another Netflix entry! And this blog is dead enough that this is the only thing I post anymore. Ah, well. On to the list of the next 20. Sort of compacted for a reason that will become apparent as it’s read through.

Primer (NF)
It’s the twisty turny time travel spectacular the likes of which haven’t been seen since… um… well, I don’t know, really. I remember Jeremy and Braz speaking highly of it, but I can’t check back on that very well ever since Netflix removed the ability to see friends reviews of movies. Nine hundred thousand sites are falling over each other trying to add social components to their site, and Netflix is deleting useful social features from their site. Fantastic.

Anyway, yes. A short (77 minutes) movie about someone who discovers time travel. Liz says she has no interest in it, so I’m going to stream this from Netflix and save my actual disc shipments for something like…

The Prisoner (10 discs) (NF)
Yes, that says 10 discs. That’s why this entry covering 20 discs has so few posts. It’s not even that long a series, each disc has around two ~45 minute episodes on it, so it’s about the length of a standard American season. The Prisoner is a British sci-fi series from the 1960s about a secret agent who resigns from the service and is held prisoner in a strange village where everyone is assigned a number in place of their name, and… look, I don’t know much else because I’ve been avoiding reading about it so the damned thing isn’t spoiled for me. I know it’s a very influential piece of television, and everyone I know whose seen it really liked it. So… 10 discs. Yup.

Sleepless Town (NF)
Yet another movie that makes me wish I could put little notes in Netflix when I add a movie to my queue. It’s a Japanese crime movie that I put in my queue because…? No idea. None of the actors ring a bell, the director isn’t familiar… hope it’s okay!

Sin City (NF)
Put in my queue when it came out in 2005, now near the top of the queue. Ow. And I really want to see this one, too. It looked really, really neat. And, of course, I have all the comics.

Con Air (NF)
An amazing cheesefest I have in my queue in case Liz wants to see it, or in case I decide the featurettes are compelling enough I want to rent it; I’ve already watched it through Netflix’s streaming feature. And, WOW. Cheese. “Put. The bunny. Down.”

Oldboy (NF)
The middle movie of director Chan-wook Park’s Vengeance trilogy this one is… well, here’s the synopsis from Netflix: "With no clue how he came to be imprisoned, drugged and tortured for 15 years — and no one to hold accountable for his suffering — a desperate businessman seeks revenge on his captors, relying on assistance from a friendly waitress. Korean director Chan Wook Park — a former philosophy student and Hitchcock devotee — uses his influences to create a mesmerizing psychological drama with a resolution that will leave you speechless."

Yes, I’m willing to give it a go.

Holes (NF)
A kids movie recommended to me by, of all people, my Mom. A kid is sent to a juvenile prison of sorts where the warden has all the kids digging holes all over the property. Warden played by Sigourney Weaver.

The Librarian: Quest for the Spear (NF)
I am expecting some low-rent Indiana Jones action here. I hope to not be too disappointed.

Profit: Season 1 (3 discs) (NF)
To quote the write-up again, "This darkly comic and short-lived Fox television series follows the nefarious pursuits of Jim Profit (Adrian Pasdar), an antihero who vows to lie, cheat and steal his way to the top of a multinational corporation. With his good looks and slick talk, Profit’s managed to charm nearly everyone, including the company president (Keith Szarabajka). But he can’t fool the suspicious security chief (Lisa Zane), who has her eye on his every move."

I’m interested in movies and such where a bad guy is the main character, and this was spoken very, very highly of by… I have no idea anymore. Really, it’s amazing I remember to wear pants most days, at this rate.

Anyway, that’s the next 20, current stats are 306 discs in the main queue, the last 5 being (loosely defined), Purgatory, Kidulthood, The Terminal, Veronica Mars: Season One, and Smallville, Season Two.

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  1. Gris
    May 23, 2010 4:01 PM | #1

    FWIW, I *adore* “Con Air.” Yes, it’s cheesy. But it’s chock-full of great, quotable lines, it’s got an amazing cast, and it’s the first movie I saw Steve Buscemi in to know him. (Which is to say, I’d seen him as “the little guy” in Fargo, but it hadn’t really clicked that he was more than the role, at that point.)
    “Librarian: Quest for the Spear” is also much campy awesomeness… but then, I could be a little biased. ;)

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