: What are you watching on DVD these days?
2007-03-01, 09:13 PM
Rounders is a great flick. Added it to my collection when they re-released it a year or so ago during the poker craze.
I've been watching various separate episodes while I work out...Monday was Ali G, Tuesday was Jackass and Wednesday was Entourage. I may start watching 2.5 hours worth of shows a week.
2007-03-02, 12:06 AM
Cars - Just finished it. Great movie. Animation is incredible. I love the story as well. Some didn't.
Sound is great.
2007-03-02, 01:59 AM
Shut Up and Sing - Excellent, well-crafted documentary about the Dixie Chicks' transformation from country music superstars to middle America pariahs after Natalie Maines' criticism of George Bush for the Iraq war at a British concert in 2003. Too bad the dvd is thin on extras, like a director's commentary, as it would have been interesting to hear how this film came together.
2007-03-02, 05:40 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.
I watched it last night and was not happy with it. I found it boring and drawn out big time.
Tonight is The Prestige - Should give my Paradigms a workout
2007-03-02, 07:15 PM
We watched Little Miss Sunshine Tues night. We looked forward to the viewing .. we wished we hadn't bothered, after we did. Thank goodness I picked it up for 'half-price', but even at that, wish I had just rented it, or better yet, decided not to bother with it at all. Just can't understand the "excitement" with this one. IMHO, National Lampoon did it all before. Did we miss something?
2007-03-02, 09:31 PM
Did we miss something?
Yup, you did.
2007-03-03, 10:12 AM
Watched Prestige last night. I thought it was great. The first 20 minutes were very slow and I wondered why the reviews were so great. The the action started. Great ending, I'll watch it again soon
2007-03-03, 07:45 PM
Watched The Departed on HD DVD. Not bad but I sense several of the Oscars were lifetime achievement awards.
2007-03-03, 11:57 PM
Donnie Darko - Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Donnie, a troubled teen who has only 28 days to decipher the giant bunny's cryptic messages of impending doom.
We didn't really know what to expect from this film and, during the first 15 minutes, we thought we'd landed another lemon. As it played on, however, the movie drew us in with its bizarre but intriguing story and characters and kept us mesmerized right up to the closing, haunting strains of Michael Andrews' "Mad World".
2007-03-04, 10:33 AM
Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre - new dvd release of the new production (originally shown on Masterpiece Theatre). If you're a fan of the genre, it's quite wonderful!! 228 min's on 2 dvds Well-worth the time.
2007-03-04, 11:15 PM
Just to update, I've just finished S1 of Entourage. On to S2. S3 comes out in April.
2007-03-05, 09:57 AM
Picked up the british version of the Office. It reminds me of my favourite show of all time: The Larry Sanders Show.
2007-03-05, 10:04 AM
The UK version of The Office is very good. In addition to the 2 seasons, there is also a Christmas Special DVD which is very funny.
2007-03-05, 07:31 PM
The Christmas Special nicely ties the series up.
2007-03-06, 02:04 AM
Tideland - Terry Gilliam's weirdest mindf**k of a movie since Fear and Loathing, it's a gothic fairy tale about a little girl's adventures on the prairie with her doll's heads, her mummified father, a talking squirrel, a mentally-challenged neighbor and his deranged mother. Not the most lucid or accessible plot, but vintage Gilliam style and direction, and it will likely stick with you for a while, whether you enjoyed it or not.
2007-03-06, 06:36 PM
Nels .... I actually had Tideland on a 'short list' of some titles I was considering. When I first saw it in a store, I was fascinated, came home and sought some reviews. Wow .. talk about some strong "pros & cons"!!! I was still intrigued though, and actually had it in-hand the other day, but I guess I "chickened-out" with the purchase at the last minute. Now that I see your comments, I may re-consider -- but maybe I should go for a rental first?
2007-03-06, 09:03 PM
Wow .. talk about some strong "pros & cons"!!!
Interestingly, there's an introduction by Gilliam on the dvd, just before the movie, in which he acknowledges the polarized reviews and urges viewers to keep in mind he was trying to tell this story through the eyes of his own inner child. Can't say I've ever seen that before.
I'm a huge Gilliam fan - Brazil is one of my all-time faves - but I have to say his work has become somewhat uneven in recent years. I mean, his films are always imaginative and creatively-made, but they're not always the most accessible.
I'd go rental first, and if the film intrigues you, there's plenty of supplements to make a subsequent purchase worthwhile.
2007-03-07, 09:22 AM
Appreciated your comments - thanks!!
2007-03-08, 11:20 AM
Manufactured Landscapes - A meditative look at man's impact on the his environment, through the eyes of landscape photographer Edward Burtynsky as he documents the rapid industrialization of China. Some of the images are compelling, but the documentary felt a little slight, barely touching upon the social consequences of such industrialization, let alone the effects on the planet as a whole. Might make a good double-bill with Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth.
2007-03-08, 10:54 PM
24 - up to season 3.
This may be the most entertaining DVD i have ever owned.
What am amazing show this is.