Saturday, November 08, 2008

The Year of Definitely Not Watching Any DVDs: August, 2008

Here's what I didn't watch in August (R = repeat, suckahs!):

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
Happy Gilmore (1996) (R)
Northern Exposure: Season 2 (1991, 7 episodes) (R)
2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
Torn Curtain (1966)
Sleuth (1972) (R)
The Wire: Season 1 (2002, 13 episodes)
Lifeboat (1944)
Leaving Las Vegas (1995) (R)
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)
Birth (2004)
À l'intérieur / Inside (2007)
Manic (2001)
Oz: Season 4 (16 episodes, 2000-2001) (R)
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
Easy Virtue (1928)
Batman (1966) (R)
The Ring (1927)
Idiocracy (2006) (R)
Dog Soldiers (2002)
El Topo (1970)
Doomsday (2008)
The Manxman (1929)
The Dark Knight (2008)
The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
Good Will Hunting (1997)
The Paradine Case (1947)
The Farmer's Wife (1928) (R)
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
Champagne (1928)
Wild Things (1998)
Number Seventeen (1932)
Rich and Strange (1931) (R)
The Skin Game (1931)
Blackmail (1929) (R)
Summer of '42 (1971)
Murder! (1930)
Foreign Correspondent (1940) (R)
Iron Man (2008)
Suspicion (1941)
Dick (1999)
Under Capricorn (1949)
Freeway (1996) (R)
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
Wild Things 2 (2004)
Inland Empire (2006)
The Craft (1996)
Steal Big Steal Little (1995)
Snakes on a Plane (2006)
Standing Still (2005)
The Wire: Season 2 (2003, 12 episodes)
Downhill (1927)
Hancock (2008)
Primer (2004)
Waltzes from Vienna (1934)
Oz: Season 5 (2002, 8 episodes)
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949)
The Emperor Waltz (1948)
Funny Games U.S. (2007)

Best: The first couple of seasons of The Wire (illustrated above with Lance Reddick and his hos). Easily one of the greatest TV shows ever - my biggest problem with it is that it makes good stuff look bad. On the film side I probably liked Primer the most. Intelligent science fiction films are very rare. Also, Leaving Las Vegas, a devastating alcoholism drama with Nic Cage in his best role, and the charmingly trashy Freeway are two old favorites of mine. And I'd say The Dark Knight is almost worthy of the praise it's gotten.

Worst: Probably 2 Fast 2 Furious, which I got/took from Uncle Sammy. Thanks, Uncle! Hancock was entertaining for a little while, but turned shit towards the end. The Skin Game is Hitchcock's most boring film (I know, I've seen all 52 of them). The Bing Crosby "comedy" A Connecticut Yankee almost made me vomit (I only watched it because it came on the same disc as Billy Wilder's Emperor Waltz which also stars Bing). Steal Big Steal Little, starring Andy Garcia, was apparently a massive flop, which shows there is a Jebus.

Maybe next time I'll actually review the movies?

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