: What are you watching on DVD these days?
2007-02-16, 05:22 PM
I finally took many posters good advice, and can now confirm that Firefly really is quite goodI have some good news for you. If you liked Firefly you will certainly want to watch the movie that continues the series. It is call Serenity.
2007-02-16, 07:13 PM
For the past month we've been working our way through the Star Trek Original Series boxsets.filper .... I've been getting a little interested in revisiting the series, so it was was good to see your comments.
From some of the reviews I've read, the packaging seems to leave much to be desired. I personally dislike the look of the 'cans', but that wouldn't stop me from buying them. However, from what I've read, I might expect to get even more upset with how the discs are packaged within the cans?
Is the packaging really as bad as some the reviewers say?
2007-02-17, 09:11 AM
Appearance wise, they look fine to me. Nice liner notes.
It is a bit of a trick to open the 'clip' can and get at the booklet type plastic DVD holder which I am sure would not be 'he-man friendly' :).
You have to keep the cardboard bases from the original packaging in order for the sets to stand upright for storage.
There are four episodes per disc, so the fiddling could be prevented by using a spare DVD/CD case to keep the current disc you are watching out the box or player.
That aside, the content and PQ are fantastic. Over 60 hours of quality classic TV for about 3 bucks per hour !
It sure is helping to pass the cold snap we've been having.
2007-02-17, 10:19 AM
filper ... thanks for that. I was attending college in Alaska when the series first aired on tv - so watched many of them in the cold and dark of winter up there!! Time to toss the tapes I have, and make the switch to the dvd's!!
2007-02-17, 11:43 AM
Sabrina (1954) One of Billy Wilder's 'fairy tales for grownups'. Starring Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, and William Holden. Light, "easy on the eyes", charming, and humorous. And a real bargain from one of the bins at Wally-Mart.
2007-02-17, 01:54 PM
Yeah, Sabrina's a good movie....with that cast how could it be otherwise? :D
On the other hand, the remake with Harrison Ford .....oh, gimme a break! :rolleyes:
As far as what I'm watching on DVD.... I bought 8 Superbit titles at FS for $5.00 a pop a couple of weeks ago and now I'm working my way thru those. Watched Desperado again a couple of nights ago, still a dumb story but wow, it sure looks pretty and the sound is excellent. (Highlight would be Quentin Tarantino getting his brains blown out....)
Probably watch Once Upon a Time in Mexico tonight or tomorrow; never seen it but I hear Johnny Depp is great.... :o
2007-02-19, 08:03 PM
Half Nelson - A low-budget film about a teacher at an inner-city school who's an inspiration to his students despite his own self-destructive tendencies, notable for the Oscar-nominated performance by Ryan Gosling. He's solid for sure, but a longshot to win, and the film can be discomfiting at times.
2007-02-21, 07:05 PM
The Prestige - bought the newly-released dvd Tues morning, watched it that evening -- the first new dvd release we have done that in a very long while. Wow!! A movie that will definitely get a 2'nd viewing from us very soon (and maybe more down the way). We know we missed much in our first viewing, but what a great "sight & sound" movie to watch regardless!!
2007-02-24, 12:18 AM
For Your Consideration - Over the years, Christopher Guest and his regular ensemble of character actors have satirized rock & roll, community theater, dog shows, and folk music; this time they turn on their own, the movie industry, as a single internet posting touting a worn-out, seen-better-days actress, played by Catherine O'Hara, for a possible Oscar nomination creates a whirlwind of buzz around her unlikely, low-budget movie. There's some funny moments to be sure, espcially Fred Willard's Robbie Williams haircut, but the second half of the movie is actually kinda sad. Not up to the level of Guest's previous films, but worth a look if you're a fan.
2007-02-24, 12:20 AM
The Departed - Finished it tonight - was good; not great; not oscar material if you ask me.
7.5-8 / 10 I say.
More 24 tonight. What a show.
2007-02-24, 10:44 PM
Babel - The gift of a rifle by a Japanese businessman to a Moroccan hunting guide triggers a set of events involving a Moroccan family, an American tourist couple and, back home, their Mexican nanny and her family. (The separate, yet equally interesting story involving the Japanese businessman's daughter is unrelated to the rest of these events.)
The movie is a little more drawn out and, ultimately, not quite as satisfying as Paul Haggis' "Crash"; nevertheless, it is subtle, moving and well worth watching.
Black Hawk Down
2007-02-25, 07:20 AM
I watched The Departed last night and thought it was a good movie.I had watched the movie Infernal Affairs so I knew the ending.
Black Hawk Down
2007-02-25, 07:26 AM
I rented the first 2 discs from the Rogers 7 day rental section.The guys at work were talking about it so I thought I would give it a look.
2007-02-25, 12:34 PM
Office Space - The 90's Napoleon Dynamite...small budget and hilarious.
Anchorman - love this movie, popped it in and laughed alot.
2007-02-25, 01:21 PM
Jesse J - If you liked Office Space, check out Mike Judge's newer movie "Idiocracy".
The humour's not as broad but working within the premise, the film is hilarious !
2007-02-25, 01:21 PM
I'm a big Robin Williams fan.Just watched "Man Of The Year" last night and it is a satisfying film. The main characters are played by Robin Williams, Laura Linney, Christopher Walken, Jeff Goldblum, and Lewis Black.
Williams gets to show some flashes of his former standup glory as part of the storyline, and while there is intrigue and skullduggery the general tone of the film is the sort of preposterous political humour seen in "Wag The Dog", which is not coincidental since the 2 films come from almost the same people. On that political satire groove, anyone who is suspicious of the Diebold voting machine troubles in U.S. elections will "get" this thinly veiled, underlying plot device. Digs at the presidential administration of George Bush are not direct - rather they take the form of campaign-trail lectures by Williams on the skewing of the U.S. national agenda by influence-peddling lobbyists for major corporations. The shutting-out of the common American citizen is the recurring theme of all political satire in this film.
I found Lewis Black's role quite muted compared to what I've seen of him on The Daily Show and elsewhere. I have to admit that I somewhat expected a manic outburst from him that never happened, but that's okay - it shows he has range. Tough thing to do for any comic actor type-cast at the far fringe of behaviour.
It was shot in Toronto (representing D.C.) with many Canadian actors in minor roles. A Saturday Night Live cameo appearance is pivotal in the storyline too.
2007-02-25, 08:35 PM
Saw II - The adventures of serial killer "Jigsaw" continue. This entry wasn't nearly as clever or as interesting as the first movie...but at least Danny Glover wasn't in it.
2007-02-26, 10:13 AM
The Departed - Finished it tonight - was good; not great; not oscar material if you ask me. 7.5-8 / 10 I say.
Good call ;)
2007-02-26, 11:31 AM
Rented 3 movies this weekend
A perfect world- Kevin Costner & Clint Eastwood. This is one of those movies I keep looking at everytime I'm in the older section, this time I decided it was time to give it a view. Lets just say I should have skipped over it one more time. I have heard over the years this was a decent movie, but, it really was not. Good idea, just came across very uneven. 5/10
Rounders- Matt Damon & Edward Norton. Very good movie, seen it first when it came out, but had forgotten enough about it to rent again, just as good second time around. If you have not seen this one, give it a try. 7.5/10
Proposition- Guy Pearce. I found this movie to be very good, but, I really did not like the music score, it was horrible, this was supposed to be a western style movie ( I think), but the soundtrack was for something else (I don't even know what it was) and for me this took away the fun of watching the movie. 2 part rating. plot/acting 7/10, soundtrack 1/10
2007-02-28, 07:00 PM
Got around to seeing The Departed. Movie was ok, had some cheesy camera work in it though. I had seen Inferno Affairs before so there was no real surprises. Honestly, it looked like a gimmie Oscar instead of a much deserved one.