Sunday, November 25, 2007

I'm behind on posts

Here's a list of what's come through on my Netflix queue since August:

Pride and Prejudice, 2005...................Did not like, stick with the A&E version with Colin Firth
Transformers, 2007................................Took awhile to get going, but was enjoyable
I Spit On Your Grave, 1978..................Disturbing exploitation flick, but good performance by the lead and very atmospheric
Don't Look Now, 1973.............................Not a horror movie despite rumors to the contrary but very good thriller, Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland are excellent
Spider Baby, 1964...................................What the heck?! One of the strangest movies I have ever seen, but I liked it.
The Descent, 2006...................................Terrified me! Very well shot and acted.
Hostel, 2006..............................................Was alright, but nothing new.
Cabin Fever, 2003...................................Flesh-eating disease as premise for movie, it was okay.
Jeeves and Wooster: Season 1: Disc 1, 1990......................Awesome!!
The Hours, 2002......................................I really liked this movie, it was quiet, thoughtful and extremely well acted by all. Makes me want to read the book.
Jonny Quest: Season 1: Disc 1, 1964.....................................Not quite as good as my childhood memories but still worth watching.
Mysterious Island, 1961.......................Fabulous Harryhausen!
Pinky and the Brain: Vol. 1: Disc 1, 1993...........................Best cartoons ever maybe!
Land of the Dead, 2005.........................#4 by Romero comes in #3 on my list
Day of the Dead, 1985............................#3 by Romero, my #4
Dawn of the Dead, 1978.........................#2 by Romero, my #2 as well
The Return of the Living Dead, 1985.............Nothing to do with Romero, very funny though
Night of the Living Dead, 1968...........#1 by Romero and me
The Evil Dead, 1982................................Not as scary as when I was 15 but still good.
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, 1974.....................All Sinbad movies are great!
Jason and the Argonauts, 1963.............................This is Sinbad except he's called Jason
Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, 1977................Sinbad yeah yeah yeah
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, 1958............................Sinbad and Harryhausen #1
Lost in Space: Season 1: Disc 1, 1965...................Still good whats up with that?
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, 1962.....Bette Davis and Joan Crawford going at it, good stuff!
H.R. Pufnstuf: The Complete Series: Disc 1, 1969............Childhood memories should have stayed a memory
Land of the Lost: Season 1: Disc 1, 1974..................Oh dear, this was bad tv.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Are you Smoking? Thanks.


'Thank You for Smoking' is a crafty 'tounge in cheek' attack on big tobacco. William H. Macy plays an aggressive 'green screened' conservative senator from Vermont putting to task a fast talking tobacco lobbyist played by Aaron Eckhart. Finnistirre is often frustrated.
We learn from "Nick Naylor", tobaccos hero, that an effective debater must not cater to, or even, try to work directly against ones "Finnistirre (Macy's character)" but to speak to the audience listening. Adult choice is a recurring theme.
Because of so much 'side-arm' jokery and pith, some have said the movie is too soft on cigarettes. Hey dummy, it's a comedy not a documentary. And it will even make you think a bit. Dummy.
I give it 5 baby bottoms up without a diaper.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

In reponse to a request from Victor

I enjoy a wide variety of movies, but prefer those made before 1960, but I also like 70's b movies. If I have to name favorite genres I like screwball comedies a la Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant, film noir, almost anything in the horror vein. I tend to avoid current comedies unless forced to watch them by other persons. Favorite movies are:

Giant
Godfather 1&2
Bringing Up Baby
Dracula Has Risen from the Grave
Heaven Can Wait (Gene Tierney, Don Ameche)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
and Star Wars and Lord of the Rings

of course there's lots more I just can't think of any right now.

Friday, April 20, 2007

A Scanner Darkly


We get the comic relief from Robert Downey JR and Woody Harrelson. We're taken for a ride by Wynona Ryder. All of this while focusing on the main character, Bob Arctor (Keanu Reeves) who is an undercover officer put in place to take down a government cover-up of the sale and distribution of substance "D". An addictive drug derived from a rather delicate flower. Bob must use substance "D" to keep up the undercover facade but is soon unable to distinguish reality from unreality.
The film is rotoscoped, (computer painted live action movie) to appear and play as a comic book in live action. This lightens the weighted subject of drug use and it's destructive effect on the addicted. It also allows Bob Sabiston's artistic interpretation of "Scanner's" reality a great deal of creative liberty.
Knowing more about the author who wrote "A Scanner Darkly" published in 1977, Phillip K. Dick, will help when watching this movie. During the end credits there are dedications to some who have fallen to the use of drugs.
So, while the movie is heavy via subject of drug use and power abuse it's message is delivered with humor and cautious awareness.


Sunday, April 8, 2007

Equilibrium

Movie Review #1,

Equilibrium, starring Christian Bale, Taye Diggs, Emily Watson and Sean Bean.




This was a movie I added to my queue based on a recommendation from Eugenious. Now he has also recommended the Devil Wears Prada so I have a little doubt in his movie choices. However, I greatly enjoyed this movie. It takes place in the future, where society is run by the mysterious Father, who has declared that human emotion is what causes war and violence. In order to stop war from happening, everyone takes daily dosages of a drug designed to render you emotionless. Christian Bale plays a Cleric, a kind of ultra police officer whose job it is to search out "sense offenders"; those people who have stopped taking their drugs and are hiding secret caches of illegal items: art, music, anything that you make you feel.

Maybe you can guess what is going to happen, and I must admit that I did figure out the movie rather quickly as the plot is not all that original, however the acting is top-notch, the sets seem to me to be quite the realistic vision of the future and there is a fight scene towards the end that satisfied all my gore needs. The movie is extremely well assembled, the action scenes great and most importantly of all, the movie passed my watch test: I did not look at the time once while I was watching the movie.

In spite of the obvious Matrix, 1984, and Metropolis influences, this is an underrated little movie that I feel you will find quite enjoyable. I give it 2 baby bottoms up!

Feed the Babies!!!

Well alrighty, in case Victor has stopped by a word of explanation is in order. Since Biff and I work different schedules its hard to find a time to watch our Netflix movies together. Also, we have extremely different taste in movies and may not want to watch the same movie at the same time. So we've come up with a solution: Film Fed Babies! We'll post movie reviews for each other here and if it sounds good, the other can put the movie on their Netflix queue.