Netflix Gooberage

May 22, 2009 Comments off

So… I apparently started this Netflix entry back in January, and then promptly forgot about it. I just now went to start a Netflix entry and found this one already half-begun, sitting in the Unpublished pile. So… typity type! Things I are getting from Netflix, and if I can remember, why!

Serpico (NF)
So, the first bunch of these movies, I’ve already watched, so you sort of get capsule reviews instead of me saying, “Gee, I sure hope this doesn’t suck, and I can’t remember why I put it in my queue.”

Anyway, Serpico is a ’70s cop movie starring a young (YOUNG!) Al Pacino, doing a great job as the clean cop on the NYPD, when everyone else is on the take. Based on a true story, I went around for a while afterwards saying, “My job really isn’t that bad. Not at all.” Hammer of perspective & such.

Lonesome Dove (2 discs) (NF)
Yes, I love Westerns and had never seen Lonesome Dove. It was fantastic, even if fabled nemesis Blue Duck had a bit of a gut.

Quills (NF)
A fairly enjoyable heavily fictionalized story about the Marquis de Sade’s time in prison. I have a dilemma about this movie, because while I enjoyed it on initial viewing, I started Wikipediaing the various historical figures involved, and… I don’t know. It just bothered me, the gentling and softening of Sade. If that’s what the writer and directors felt they had to do to make a movie with the message they wanted, about the urge and need to create.. pick a different subject. Sometimes, villains are villains.

I know, it’s a concept I’ve expressed before.

The Thief of Bagdad (1924) (NF)
A classic fantasy silent movie, starring Douglas Fairbanks as the thief who falls in love with the princess and needs to retrieve some fantastic treasures to win her hand in marriage, it’s got a flying horse, and some really neat special effects for its time, and I made Penny watch it and it was so slow, I think it’s going to be really tough to get her to watch….

The Thief of Bagdad (1940) (NF)
This here fantasy adventure won 3 Oscars, naturally techie ones. Visual Effects, Art Direction Color, and Cinematography Color, the story of the banished blind prince teaming with the thief to win the princess’s hand in marriage… it’s supposed to be fantastic. I hope I get to watch it soon, I’ve had it in house since March.

Sharpe 2: Sharpe’s Eagle (NF)
Sharpe 3: Sharpe’s Company (NF)
Sharpe 4: Sharpe’s Enemy (NF)
Sharpe 5: Sharpe’s Honour (NF)
Sharpe 6: Sharpe’s Gold (NF)
Sharpe 7: Sharpe’s Battle (NF)
Sharpe 8: Sharpe’s Sword (NF)
If you think I’m going to individually comment on all these you’re absolutely mental. The continuing adventures of Richard Sharpe in various British wars, Brian Cox leaves after the first two, and that’s a shame because he was just fantastic as the "engineer" (spy) who maneuvers Sharpe around for Wellington’s purposes.

The Chronicles of Riddick (NF)
CONAN IN SPACE! IT’S CONAN IN SPACE! Geez, if you didn’t find this fun, what the hell do you like?

Second Sight: Series 1 (NF)
I have a fascination with origins. Where something came from, how it got started, what something was like when it started, that sort of thing. For whatever reason, I stuck this in my queue with the idea I could see what else Clive Owen had been up to around the time of Croupier, which I really liked.

The Indian Runner (NF)
No idea where this fascination with movies directed by Sean Penn comes from, but there hasn’t been a clunker yet. This movie is more or less a movie version of the Springsteen song Highway Patrolman, which I’ve liked since first hearing Johnny Cash’s cover of it, and then the original.

Really, you don’t get pop songs that tell a real story, one beyond, “Gee, that girl sure is purty.” That’s been one thing that’s attracted me to certain country artists lately, that story put in song form.

Infernal Affairs (NF)
Geez, no idea why this specific Taiwanese cop movie is in my queue over any fifty other Taiwanese cop movies. I’m sure I had a reason at some point. Looks like Netflix’s recommendation system might just have worn me down, I don’t know. Still, Tony Leung is pretty good. I have hopes. Not high ones, but still. Some.

The Wedding Singer (NF)
Adam Sandler, don’t let me down here. I keep hearing this is fun movie (word to avoid: good), and the soundtrack is… generally received well by someone of my age bracket.

Yup. Getting old.

Sideways (NF)
Nominated for a bunch of awards, highly acclaimed at the time, blah blah, it’s been out so long the backlash has arrived and I know people who generally revile it. I’m hoping for doesn’t suck, again. I really like Paul Giamatti, so… there’s reason for hope.

The Black Pirate (NF)
Why is this in my queue? Somebody explain this? Did I get on a mini-silent movie kick, with this and Thief of Bagdad? Ah, I see a review from someone so… I’m guessing that was it.

Okay, all done for a while. Back to silent running.

295 in queue, 6 in saved, last 5 are Let the Right One In, Jersey Girl, Taxi to the Dark Side, The Wild Geese, and The Wrestler.

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Here’s Looking At You

December 30, 2008 Comments off

Yes, I am looking forward to Coraline, thanks for asking. :-)

Button eyes
(no, this blog isn’t going to suddenly become active again or anything. No worries.)

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March 3, 2008 Comments off

This is a Netflix entry, that I started at the end of December. Here it is, the beginning of March, and I’ve only watched one of the twenty discs that make up the next 20 list.

Suffice it to say, if I didn’t have time to write this entry, I haven’t had time to watch the movies, either. Things have been busy.

Anyway. The discs.

Angel, Season 2
Obviously, I liked Season One well enough to continue on to Season 2. I think Liz is more-or-less with me on this. I thought it’d be great to have these hour-sized (less, even, taking out the commercials) chunks of stuff to watch once the baby arrived. And then the baby, and the DVD arrived, and I had a nerd seizure and decided I wanted to wait until the concurrent season of Buffy arrived via Liz’s queue. Remember what I said above about movie watching frequency? Yeah. We’re still sitting, waiting for Buffy to show up.

A Mighty Wind
The one movie from the list I’ve managed to watch so far! Made by the same crew who did This Is Spinal Tap!, this mockumentary focuses around folk music, and is much gentler and kinder to its main characters than the hard rock version. So, while it’s funny, it lacks the bite that made Spinal Tap and Waiting for Guffman so funny.

Best in Show
Another movie by the Spinal Tap crew, this one about dog shows, and the people who populate them.

Bill Hicks Live
No IMDB details at all? Not even a cast? Hmph. I may enter a fair number of IMDB details once I actually watch it. Anyway. Bill Hicks is a comedian who died in 1994 of pancreatic cancer. And he was viciously, viciously funny.

Eddie Izzard: Unrepeatable
Eddie Izzard is another hilarious stand-up comedian, differing from Bill Hicks in that Izzard is British, alive, and a transvestite. So, they’re hard to mistake for each other. Still. Very funny.

Eddie Izzard: Definite Article
Also, Liz finds Eddie Izzard very funny, and I think she could take-or-leave Bill Hicks. That’s okay.

Eddie Izzard: Circle
So, at some point, we saw an Eddie Izzard special on TV, and Liz decided she really liked him, and I think I was still putting movies into my queue for her, so I dumped all this Eddie Izzard in here for her. And it’s finally bubbled up to the top.

I put this in my queue when it was out in the theater, getting rave reviews. Jamie Foxx got a Best Actor award! So, yeah, really far behind on things.

Raging Bull
Fortunately, I did not put this in my queue when it was in theaters. Probably because this came out in 1980. I have high hopes for the DeNiro/Scorcese classic.

The Specials
A superhero comedy! "They may not be top-tier heroes, but The Specials are nevertheless blessed with special powers. And yet, they languish in frustrating mediocrity. Meet the group’s leader, Strobe (Thomas Haden Church), and the rest of the pack — including the Weevil (Rob Lowe), Ms. Indestructible (Paget Brewster), Amok (Jamie Kennedy), Deadly Girl (Judy Greer), Minute Man (James Gunn) and Nightbird (Jordan Ladd) — as they pursue superstardom."

I wish I remember what specifically brought this to my attention to put it in my queue, but I don’t. Alas.

Sometimes, I put things in my queue for reasons that are less than savory. Netflix had been recommending Seconds to me off and on for a while (sci-fi movie about a company that provides a schlub with a new body and a new life), and I was sort of half interested in it, but not enough to put it in my queue… and then I found out it was the movie that contributed to Beach Boy Brian Wilson’s insanity. Less than savory. But a heck of a story. (don’t read too much of the article, it starts to spoil the movie.)

Eddie Izzard: Glorious
Who’s this Izzard guy who keeps popping up?

Again, no idea what pushed this over the edge from "somewhat interested" to "adding to the queue." But I do really like James Coburn. Nick Nolte plays himself as an alcoholic small-town sheriff. Kidding! Kidding!

Life Stinks
At some point, I realized I’d seen most of the Mel Brooks movies… except Life Stinks. Which is rated rather poorly. But… argh. Damn this sense of wanting completeness!

I Heart Huckabees
Saw the trailer, thought it looked absolutely goofy, added it to queue.
And, for the random statistics, currently I have 268 movies in my queue, and the last five are Gone Baby Gone, No Country for Old Men, High Anxiety, Southland Tales, and Wristcutters: A Love Story.

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January 14, 2008 3 comments

Tycho speaks truth.

Part of the reason I quit World of Warcraft … was also that the style of my play had become something I no longer enjoyed. There is a very mechanistic way to go about your business in WoW that is deeply counter to my nature. I like discovering my entertainment via an intuitive process, and it seemed to me that the game was essentially "about" running Molten Core over and over again to get a complete set of of numerically maximal lootz. I could see this point approaching, like the bright eye of an onrushing locomotive, and decided that I would rather slam my dick in a car door.

I’m not quitting… but that "the game begins at level 70" bullshit is just that.

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Nicholas Was…

December 21, 2007 1 comment

Older than sin, and his beard could grow no whiter. He wanted to die.

The dwarfish natives of the Arctic caverns did not speak his language, but conversed in their own, twittering tongue, conducted incomprehensible rituals, when they were not actually working in the factories.

Once very year they forced him, sobbing & protesting, into Endless Night. During the journey he would stand near every child in the world, leave one of the dwarves’ invisible gifts by its bedside. The children slept, frozen into time.

He envied Prometheus and Loki, Sisyphus and Judas. His punishment was harsher.




(written by Neil Gaiman, published in Smoke and Mirrors)

(Merry Christmas.)

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November 26, 2007 1 comment

Now that it’s the holiday season again… it seems prudent to warn everyone.

About Nackles.

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May 5, 2007 1 comment

Whoo, another Netflix entry! We’ll see how many of these discs I can get through before January 1st. Again, most of these movies have been in my queue for forever.

Angels in America (2 discs)
One of my geen-ee-yus ideas after college was joining a book club. I figured now that I didn’t have homework clogging up my evenings, I’d resume my readerly habits from high school, and I could start building up my vaunted personal library. As it turns out, things like TV and the Internet were enough to replace homework. One of the books I got was the script for the first half of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America. I figured a Pulitzer prize winning play, I’d give it a shot. And holy cow, it was fantastic! The second half, which I got sometime over a year later, not so much. Liz and I went to see it performed at W&M, and I don’t have many memories of it, which makes me think it wasn’t all I hoped. Still, this is a fairly star-studded production (Al Pacino, Meryl Streep), so… here’s hoping!

Man on Fire
Action movie featuring Denzel Washington with a rocket launcher. What could possibly go wrong?

Fahrenheit 9/11
Yes, like I said, most of these movies have been in my queue forever. Michael Moore can be quite funny, we’ll see if he manages it in this movie, or if he’s overblown.

The Simpsons: Season 1 (3 discs)
During my exile in New York, I was lent Season 3 of the Simpsons, and enjoyed it quite a bit more than I expected. When I worked at Maximus, one of the most erudite and cultured employees was a devout Simpsons fan. When I asked him where to start with the Simpsons, if there was one season where the show really caught on, he looked at me, bemused, and said, “Well, with all things, it’s best to start at the beginning.” So, here was are, the beginning.

Yet another film in the hitman comedy genre. And starring Willam H. Macy, too! I have high hopes.

Ed Wood
Supposedly just an excellent, excellent movie, starring Johnny Depp as the titular character (director of the so awful it’s awful Plan 9 from Outer Space), and Bill Murray making his first notable foray into a dramatic role. It’s the story of Ed Wood, director of crap, schlock movies,

Annie Hall
So, the closest I’ve come to seeing a Woody Allen movie is Antz. Which, really, doesn’t count. These two movies are my attempt to give Woody Allen a shot, and see if I think he sucks or not. I have a long-standing grudge from my childhood against the first movie, when I learned it won Best Picture the same year Star Wars was nominated (the other nominees: The Goodbye Girl, Julia, and The Turning Point). Another movie? Better than Star Wars? FOLLY! (Obviously, I was too young to know that science fiction movies never win big categories.) So, I’m trying to put that aside. Annie Hall is what I think of as a stock Woody Allen comedy, which means it’s probably the movie he’s been stereotyped for. Neurotic New Yorker falls for pretty girl. Probably gets girl in the end. Sleeper is a neurotic in the future movie. I was more optimistic about the movies when I put them in the queue than I am now. Hopefully I come back around again by the time the discs ship to me.

The Year of Living Dangerously
Mel Gibson before he was blatantly crazy, in a (hopefully) great movie with Sigourney Weaver about a journalist in Indonesia as the nation undergoes some upheaval. I think I saw part of this about fifteen years ago, on cable. Maybe. Anyway, it sounds interesting.

I got the movie because I like the comic it’s based on, but the movie looks like it’s crap. Debating dropping it from the queue.

Yes, in the queue for a long time. I tend to really like these stylistic, wuxia movies, where Liz is more likely to derisively snort and say, "I can tell they’re on wires." Hopefully I get this when she’s in the narcolepsy zone.

Spider-Man 2
Yes, I haven’t seen it yet. And I know that 3 is coming out in a couple months. What can I say, I watch these movies slowly.

Shaun of the Dead
The zom rom com (zombie romantic comedy)! I have high hopes, given KT’s and Karen’s high reviews. Liz is more dubious.

Garden State
Another movie I put in my queue when it was getting great reviews… in the theaters. Zach Braff stars, writes, directs.. heck, who knows what else.

Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
A stupid, stupid stoner comedy. I hope to laugh a lot.

Neil Gaiman’s Short Film About John Bolton
Starring John O’Mahony as John Bolton, and John Bolton as Guest Interviewed. As the title indicates, directed by Neil Gaiman. :-)

Bob Le Flambeur
Last, but not least, a French crime classic. Recently remade as a Nick Nolte movie, the title of which escapes me right now. The Thief? Something pretty boring. Which hopefully doesn’t describe the original.

Anyway, for the more boring statistics, 258 movies in the active queue, and the last five are Training Day, 48 Hrs., In the Heat of the Night, Fletch, and The Good German.

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St. Baldrick’s

March 17, 2007 4 comments

Did it.

Bald bald bald

Bald from this angle, too
Nice to see you, too. ;-)

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McCain – Just Another Politician

February 16, 2007 Comments off

Back in the crazy year of 2000, when John McCain was running for the Republican nominee for president, he had an air about him that maybe he was a politician who could work with both the left and the right, someone whose beliefs could be appreciated by both sides of the aisle.

He lost, of course. And, now, is running for the 2008 nomination. And has learned his lesson by lurching hard to the right. The latest development is that not only will he be giving an address to a leading creationist advocacy group, but his going back on his statement that intelligent design shouldn’t be taught in schools. So much for only teaching science in science class, eh?

John McCain, turns out we did hardly know you.

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Singing Songbird

February 6, 2007 2 comments

This is interesting, and could be quite cool.

I meant to blog about this a while ago, but forgot. Thanks to a post on Daring Fireball, I’ve been reminded about Songbird.

Essentially, and poorly summarized, it’s like combining Firefox (web browsing), and iTunes (playing media/music).

For a good summary, watch the Songbird Screencast. Very, very interesting. And, with 0.2.5, it’ll play songs purchased from the iTunes Music Store, and also protected Windows Media files.

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