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October 2, 2010

So, it turns out if I get back into WoW in a big way, my Netflix viewing slows down quite a bit. However, of late my fascination with the game is slacking off again, so my Netflix account has been getting a workout again, and I’ve polished off the most recently blogged-about set of 20. The next 20 is…

The Hired Hand (NF)
A Western! Starring Peter Fonda! And… I have no idea why I put this in my queue. I’ve Googled the movie and read a few articles about it and nothing rings a bell. I’m guess something else I watched at the time cued it up as a recommendation? Again, I wish for the ability to leave a note with Netflix saying what the hell I was thinking.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (NF)
Things I like: Terry Gilliam, Hunter S. Thompson, Johnny Depp, and Benicio Del Toro. It’s probably overdue that I see this. High hopes!

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (NF)
My level of apprehension with regard to seeing this is best described as: Very, very high. I really liked the books and a bad adaptation would be frustrating.

The God Who Wasn’t There (NF)
From the Netflix synopsis: "Borrowing the lively approach of documentaries such as Fahrenheit 9/11 and Super Size Me, ex-Christian fundamentalist Brian Flemming’s exposé shines an unflinching spotlight on Christianity and the existence of Christ. Flemming interviews religious experts and Christians of varying backgrounds, ultimately asserting that Jesus Christ is more than likely a fictional character based on legend and that Christian doctrine is rife with contradiction."
And with that, since most everyone has probably either already moved on to reading the next entry or gone to add this to their own queue, I’ll just say it’s the "ex-fundamentalist" part of that description that bothers me most of all….

The Libertine (NF)
Starring Johnny Depp, this is a movie about John Wilmot a 17th century… let’s say poet and shithead. The Netflix reviews are extremely wide-ranging and mixed. At the very least, it inspires reactions.

Le Samourai (NF)
It’s New Wave French crime movie with undertones of samurai movies! What could go wrong? Besides that.

Arrested Development: Season 1: Disc 3 (NF)
Okay, I’ve told this story before, but it’ll be fun to actually type it all out.
Back when I got sent to New York, one of my officemates at the time gave me some TV DVDs to watch while I was out. There was a Simpsons season (1? 3? Early on.), a Space Ghost Coast to Coast set (meh), and Arrested Development, Season One. I started watching Arrested Development and loved it. LOVED IT. It’s hilarious, and at half hour per episode even if I binged on a whole bunch of episodes, it didn’t take hours and hours. So, I watched Disc 1, Disc 2, and… there was no Disc 3. There was a second Disc 2, but no 3. I put it in my computer to see if it was a misprinted Disc 3, and nope, it was a second Disc 2. I emailed the officemate. "Hey… did you get your DVDs mixed up and accidentally put someone else’s Disc 2 in your set, and they have your Disc 3?" Turned out he hadn’t even opened it before lending it to me, and I ended up sending it back to Amazon for him. But I never saw Disc 3. So now I’ve got Disc 3 in my queue! And it’s available via Watch Now, so I’ve been catching up on Discs 1 & 2 before this one arrives. I may actually watch it all before this gets to the top of the queue, but since the 21st movie is the start of a new series, I like having the divide where it is.

Quatermass (1979) (NF)
I keep flipping back and forth about taking this out of my queue and leaving it in. Obviously, so far, leaving it in has one. Here’s the thing. Quatermass is a hugely influential British science-fiction serial, more or less, that began in the 1950s. Well, those shows aren’t available through Netflix. Neither are the ones 1960s. So… what is available is this telemovie, from 1979. Part of me wants to… acquire the earlier movies somehow (I checked the local public library, no luck), but part of me is thinking I can find better things to obsess over.

The Night Stalker / The Night Strangler (NF)
Kolchak: The Night Stalker (5 discs) (NF)
So. Darren McGavin. Probably best known to me and most of my friends as Ralphie’s dad (The Old Man) in A Christmas Story. Here’s the “I didn’t know that!” part. Back in the ’70s, he starred in a proto-X-Files series called Kolchak: The Night Stalker about a reporter that investigates… strange, unexplained phenomena that seem to always have a supernatural bent to them. The first DVD has the two TV movies that came out prior to the series, and then the series. I figure I’ll either get a kick out of it and watch them all, or this 20 will get compressed somewhat.

Penn & Teller’s Magic and Mystery Tour (NF)
It’s a Penn & Teller special I haven’t seen yet! At least, I don’t think I’ve seen it yet. Anyway, whee! Liz might even watch this with me. ;-)

The Mark of Zorro (1920) (NF)
The Mark of Zorro (1940) (NF)
Yes, these are in the queue because of Batman. Still, I do like Zorro, and it’ll be interesting to see one silent version of the story (starring Douglas Fairbanks), and then a talkie version (starring Tyrone Power).

King Kong: Special Edition (1933) (NF)
Nope, never actually saw this. Ever. I may see if I can get Penny to watch it with me.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith (NF)
It looked like fun. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie blow shit up.

From Dusk Till Dawn (NF)
Another, ‘hey, it looked like fun’ movie. George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino end up in a Mexican cantina with hostages and… hey, Salma Hayek’s a vampire!

So, that’s the next twenty. As for current stats, I have 290 movies in my queue, and the last five are Sherlock Holmes (Downey, Law), Kick-Ass, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, The Librarian: Return to Mines, and The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice.

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