Monday, December 01, 2008

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

October's watching:

Wiseguy: Season 2, Episodes 1-12, 21-22 (1988-1989)
The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)
Weeds: Season 4 (2008, 13 episodes)
Repulsion (1965)
Alien Fury: Countdown to Invasion (2000) (R)
Cabaret (1972)
Session 9 (2001)
Ultimate Avengers (2006)
Recount (2008)
Ultimate Avengers II (2006)
Permanent Midnight (1998)
The Front Page (1974)
Wiseguy: Season 3, Episodes 1-13, 15 (1989-1990)
Othello (1952)
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
Beowulf (2007)
1408 (2007)
Irréversible (2002)
Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
The Brothers Solomon (2007)
A Foreign Affair (1948)
The Joe Schmo Show: Season 1 (2003, 9 episodes)
Willard (2003)
Five Graves to Cairo (1943)
Transsiberian (2008)
War, Inc. (2008)
Buddy Buddy (1981)
Fedora (1978)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
Re-Animator (1985)
Bride of Re-Animator (1990)
Beyond Re-Animator (2003)
Idioterne / The Idiots (1998)
Persepolis (2007)
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976) (Success!)
Insomnia (1997)

Ruled: Quite a lot of stuff, particularly Re-Animator (the first sequel is also pretty good), Irréversible, Insomnia (I like the Nolan remake but the original has more bite), Repulsion and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? There are plenty of other films on the above list that I'd recommend as well. And the fourth season of Weeds was the best one yet.

Sucked: The Brothers Solomon was pretty bad (and a complete waste of Kristen Wiig) but it amused me anyway. Alien Fury is exactly what it looks like - dumb low-budget TV sci-fi - so faulting it for sucking seems wrong. I thought Ultimate Avengers I and II might retain some of the characterizations that made the Ultimates comics kind of fun, but no, the movies were a waste of time. Saddest of all was the satiric War, Inc. (starring John Cusack) which had a lot of potential but only succeeded at sucking.

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