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Another Netflix Score

March 25, 2011

Another next 20! Warcraft is (again) losing its shine for me personally, as I find I only really enjoy it playing at the same time as friends, and Liz is writing (earning the writerly bacon!), and lots of other people are actually social, so while I enjoy the Monday Night WoW activities, I find I’m not playing very much aside from that. The upside to that is, again, increased Netflix activity. Not just the discs, though, but the instant watch. I’ve started watching a couple TV series (Veronica Mars, Psych, and Lie to Me) through that, as well as other random things (when in a downer mood, the Bob Saget roast is a sure-fire crowd-pleaser).

For the last set of 20, I did end up skipping the Quatermass disc, I never ended up getting the Kolchak movie DVD (libraries for the win), and only watched one of the TV series discs, so I got through that set fairly quickly. That brings us to the next 20 discs which are…

Cracker: Series 2 (NF)
Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid, the Harry Potter movies) plays Fitz, a police psychologist who is absolutely masterful at his job, but horrible at his life. I watched Series 1 (it’s a British show, so a “season” only runs about 8 episodes) several years ago and thought it was just amazingly compelling.

The Brothers Grimm (NF)
So, I thought it was interesting to see this show up at the top of my queue, because looking at the year it was made (2005) it means it apparently takes about six years for something to get from the bottom of my queue to the top… or, at least it did starting in 2005. So, I have 283 movies in my queue, and this is the position at which each year first shows up in the queue: 2006: 55; 2007: 86; 2008: 120; 2009: 215; 2010: 262.

Anyway, Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Terry Gilliam directs. I have high hopes (Gilliam is my favorite director), Liz said she heard it suuuuuuuuuuucked. Still. High hopes.

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (NF)
A documentary about an unemployed musician in San Francisco who tends to a flock of feral parrots. Liz asked, “How did this get into your queue?” The answer ties into the observation of someone who thumbed through my instant queue: “You must really like documentaries.” I don’t know if I like them automatically, but I really do find them interesting, at first blush. I look at something like this and I think, “This is real. This is someone’s life, or lives. This wasn’t plotted out, or written, this is something they live.” So I end up with a documentary about wild parrots in San Francisco in my queue. I think it’ll be neat. :-)

The Aristocrats (NF)
Quoting the movie’s tagline, “No Nudity, No Violence, Unspeakable Obscenity”. The Aristocrats joke is an old, old dirty joke that has a near-identical setup and punchline regardless of who tells it, but the middle… this middle is where the person telling the joke puts their own spin on the joke, improvises, almost like a jazz performance. A staggeringly obscene jazz performance. The list of comics in the movie is gigantic, and star-studded (Hank Azaria, Lewis Black, Drew Carey, George Carlin, Billy Connolly, Tim Conway, Whoopi Goldberg, Eric Idle, Eddie Izzard… look, I’m tired of picking names out of the Wikipedia article. Feel free to read about it yourself if you want. This is getting silly.)

North Country (NF)
I… ugh. At the time I put this in the queue, I thought it looked like a great drama. Now I have a growing sense of dread about it. Charlize Theron stars as a woman working in a Minnesota iron mine fighting for equality and oh fuck it’s over two hours long gherkdasdjksduf…

The Ice Harvest (NF)
Okay. Deep breaths. New movie. The Ice Harvest! John Cusack stars in a Harold Ramis black comedy. This movie may be the carrot that gets me to watch North Country.

Jarhead (NF)
Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a Marine in Iraq, directed by Sam Mendes and… again, this is from 2005. The trailer looked great six years ago. Sheesh.

A History of Violence (NF)
Actually, still really looking forward to this. Viggo Mortensen stars as a normal guy who stops a robbery at a store, but then the who-is-he-really part of the movie kicks in. David Cronenberg directs, and I did make it to the theater to see Mortensen & him team up for Eastern Promises which I thought was fantastic.

Good Night, and Good Luck (NF)
Yes, I’m a leftist who hasn’t seen this movie about Edward R. Murrow struggling against Tailgunner Joe McCarthy. I’m amazed, too. I’m getting to it.

Bukowski: Born into This (NF)
Documentary about Charles Bukowski which… look, I know not too much about the man besides the barest of summaries. Modern masterful drunkard/writer. It sounds like it could be interesting or… the other thing. Bono’s in it. Cause for concern.

Everything Is Illuminated (NF)
Another movie I put into my queue because the trailer looked interesting SIX YEARS AGO. Granted, it still looks interesting now, but seriously. SIX YEARS. So, at current pace, I’ll be watching Black Swan in 2017. Ugh.

I need to figure out how to go see grown-up movies and still be a decent father/husband.

Arrested Development: Season 2 (NF)
If you haven’t seen an episode of Arrested Development yet, I highly recommend just sitting down and giving the pilot a viewing. It’s 21 minutes and it’s just hilarious. This is Season 2, which I may tear through in a few days on Instant Watch if I get sick or just can’t bear to go into work for whatever reason.

Capote (NF)

King Kong (2005) (NF)
I really debated whether or not to put this in the queue, and eventually decided that I did want to see what Peter Jackson and modern special effects and CG would make of the classic. I still have the original King Kong at home, and haven’t had the chance to sit and watch it yet, hopefully with Penny. I’d really like to do that, and then do a follow-up with this, and see what her take on it is.

Human Nature (NF)
I… ugh. Look. Michel Gondry directed & Charlie Kaufman wrote it, and I thought Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was absolutely amazing, but… the plot synopsis for this is just terrifying. Terrifyingly bad. It does have some rave user reviews on Netflix, though, so not all hope is lost. Just some.

Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers (NF)
The last of the Babylon 5 movie things. The ratings and reviews are… not kind. Still, if I don’t see it, I won’t know for sure.

And that’s it! 279 discs in the live queue, the last five of which are Get Low, Red, The Great Mouse Detective, Drop Dead Gorgeous, and Taken.

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