: What are you watching on DVD these days?
2007-09-12, 10:08 AM
Away From Her - Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent, Olympia Dukakis - written and directed by Sarah Polley. What happens to a couple when their love and serenity of a 50-year long marriage is interrupted by the presence of Alzheimer's disease. A "celebration of life and love" story, that is so wonderfully-written and directed by Polley, and so well-acted by Christie and Pinsent. A tender and beautiful film, and so well-worth a view.
2007-09-12, 10:49 PM
It was one of the wierdest movies I've ever seen.
William Macy plays Edmond. A normal white guy who all of the sudden goes crazy. The movie was kinda like Falling Down with Michael Douglos but more graphic.
He leaves his wife, tries to pickup a hooker, gets mugged, buys a knife, beats up a pimp, kills a young girl and ends up in Jail.
I loved it.
2007-09-14, 02:16 AM
After the Wedding - When the administrator of an orphanage in India receives an innocent invitation to the wedding of the daughter of a wealthy Danish businessman who may become the patron of his foundering aid project, it causes him to confront his own past as well as unleashing a cascading series of dark secrets and family betrayals. A nominee for Best Foreign Picture at last year's Oscars, this Danish melodrama is strong for the first 90 minutes, but devolves in an emotionally-overwrought soap opera in the last half hour. Worth a look, but I'm glad it wasn't awarded that Oscar.
2007-09-16, 09:38 AM
Catch Me If You Can - Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Inspired by the real life story of Frank W. Abagnale Jr., the "young master of deception" and the FBI agent hot on his trail. Interesting real life story, and continues to be. But imo, only a somewhat entertaining movie, could have been so much more. I suppose Spielberg meant it to be funny, I thought it was mostly silly.
2007-09-16, 01:14 PM
Tell No One (France)
Close to Home (Israel)
2007-09-16, 11:33 PM
Damn that tearjerker of a cartoon.
2007-09-17, 08:23 PM
Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee - the recent dvd release of the HBO movie (originally aired May 27 /07) - Aidan Quinn, Adam Beach, August Schellenberg (as Sitting Bull), Anna Paquin, and "host of others", including Gordon Tootoosis (as Red Cloud). The film focuses on the events leading up to, and culminating in the massacre of the Sioux - with the killing of Sitting Bull, and hundreds of Lakota men, women and children, by the 7th Cavalry at Wounded Knee Creek on Dec. 29, 1890.
I thought it was a powerful and well-worth watching film. I actually wished it had been longer, and had been made into a mini-series -- it seemed a little too short to document and detail all the events involved. But imo, what was done, was done well. With some very fine acting. Not that easy to watch at times, but a part of our history.
I did not see it on tv, but sure glad I caught the dvd and viewed it.
2007-09-19, 01:58 AM
The Flying Scotsman - Graeme Obree has to overcome his childhood demons, depression, byzantine rules and his arch-rival to set the one-hour cycling world record and become a world champion as well as a hero in Scotland. This biopic never really stirs the heart the way you'd expect from a story about an underdog triumphing over adversity and near tragedy, but what the heck, there aren't a whole lot of cycling movies out there these days so, for me, an avid roadie, it was a worthwhiile couple of hours.
2007-09-20, 12:18 AM
Stranger Than Fiction (MCHD) - Excellent movie. Great script, incredible cast. Just an overall great movie. Highly recommended.
2007-09-20, 01:58 PM
I loved Stanger than Fiction. It really has a great script. It's easily one of my all-time favorites.
2007-09-21, 01:40 AM
Scenes of a Sexual Nature - Mildly amusing British comedy that alights on eight couples, of various composition and stages in their relationships, spending a sunny Wednesday afternoon in Hampton Heath.
2007-09-21, 11:29 AM
I've been watching the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I watched one the last three daysn and I plan on watching all three back to back to back on Saturday.
2007-09-23, 09:39 AM
Elizabeth I - recently-released to dvd, two-part HBO Films miniseries - starring Helen Mirren (as Elizabeth), Jeremy Irons (as the Earl of Leicester), and Hugh Dancy (as the Earl of Essex). An exploration of the intertwining private and public aspects of the life of Elizabeth I. Part 1, the early years, and tempestuous relationship with the Earl of Leicester. Part 2, the later years, and equally passionate times with the Earl of Essex.
The story is wonderfully-told, and the actors so good in their roles. And it's so beautiful to watch. A 'movie' that will well-deserve another viewing sometime over the winter. We were captivated by all it had to offer!!
2007-09-27, 10:10 AM
Away From Her - As Grant watches Alzheimer's slowly take his devoted wife of 44 years away from him, he realizes that he must accept that she is leaving him and that, to ensure her happiness in her final days, he must betray her once again.
A gentle, sad film with strong, understated performances by both Pinsent and Christie.
2007-09-27, 10:10 AM
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End - Among other things, the pirates must unite to overthrow the evil Lord Cutler Beckett and his reluctant servant, Davy Jones.
As with Pirates 2, "there was a tremendous amount of stuff going on, but none of it was any more interesting or clever than what was in the original". Overly-long, overly-busy and a chore to watch.
Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer - The Silver Surfer has come to Earth to prepare it for his planet-consuming master. Our heroes must stop him before it's too late. The evil Victor von Doom, however, has other plans...
Goofball superhero fare that is mildly entertaining.
Just Friends - Can handsome, grown-up Chris win what fat, high-school Chris never could: the love of his "just friends" best friend, Jamie?
The answer is: Who cares? This is an irritating, juvenile flick with absolutely no redeeming qualities.
I have been watching quite a few DVDs lately. Some DVDs look amazing upconverted on a HD set and some show that they need a proper restoration and release on an optical format.
I watched MONSTER's INC a couple of days ago and really enjoyed it. Some polt elements I had forgotten about since a previous viewing. One of those great movies that is fun for people of all ages.
I watched RAIDER's OF THE LOST ARC, Animatrix and FINDING NEMO yesterday. It was great watching RAIDER'S yesterday. What a ride! This DVD is very varied in PQ though. Parts were pristine, others had artifacts and dirt on the print. Time for this one to get restored and put onto a HD format.
Finding Nemo was another fun flick that is good for people of all ages.
Animatrix had some amazing content as well. Great background into the origins of the Matrix. This was enough to get me to want to seek out some Anime to see what it is all about.
Today I will put on Heavy Metal (Superbit) and either The Matrix or The Incredibles (yes I have been on an animation kick lately).
2007-09-27, 11:36 AM
I feel like watching a movie tonight. Can anyone recommend something good thats just been released in the last 2 weeks?
2007-09-28, 11:52 PM
The TV Set - David Duchovny plays a tv writer waging a battle between his artistic ideals and the commercial compromises he's asked to make by network executives looking to get his pilot on the air. This insider satire is so inside it's almost painful to watch at times as the veneer of the seemingly glamorous tv industry is stripped away. It's as if everyone attached to this film, and it has a pretty good cast, has been there, done that, and now it's payback time. Not always entertaining, but certainly fascinating.
2007-09-29, 12:33 AM
The Big Lebowski. Enough said.
The Dude abides.
2007-09-29, 01:01 AM
Hot Fuzz - This movie is off the chain!!! You want action and a laughfest? This is the ticket.