Recent Movie Watching

I’ve been totally wiped out the last couple of days. Was feeling good Tuesday. Went for a run and had lunch with Betsy and Cathy. Then came home and was useless. Yesterday, I had a energy drink before disc. And after disc. And then went to bed at 10:30 and slept 10 hours. That’s about twice as long as I usually sleep.  Which I suppose might be part of the problem. Today, I’m waking up and need a good productive day.

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Renewed my Netflix account. Primary reason: pretty much the entirety of X-Files is available on Instant Watch. It’s not as good as I remember. But we’ve also been catching up on movies. Aside from Avatar we/I have seen:

With Eric:

  • The Men Who Stare at Goats – Amusing, but uneven. Really disliked the ending.
  • Up in the Air – Yes, I will watch George Clooney in anything. Liked this movie more than  Goats, but it drug about two-thirds of the way through. Montages are evil.
  • The Lovely Bones – I had to go back and read some of the novel to make sure I wasn’t delusional. For a team that did such a good job adapting The Lord of the Rings, Jackson, Walsh and Boyens do a terrible job with the source material. I’m sure it’s not the easiest novel to work with, but jeeze. Boring. I’ll need to go watch What Dreams May Come to get the image of a boring heaven out of my head.

Alone:

  • Antichrist – I had heard things about this movie. It’s sort of a collection of disturbing scenes connected by sex and psychobabble. Not for everyone; not really for me.
  • Good Hair – Chris Rock’s documentary on "good hair." Fairly interesting.
  • Dreams with Sharp Teeth – Documentary on Harlan Ellison. Didn’t tell me anything I didn’t know about Harlan Ellison.
  • The Fisher King – I had strangely missed this movie time and again. It’s decent. I always appreciate Terry Gilliam’s fairy tale sensibility.
  • World’s Greatest Dad – Another good film that suffers from a poorly done ending. Granted, I’m not sure how you could end it differently. Also, montages are evil.
  • The Children – Well done low-budget British horror. Intense and makes good of the premise that kids can be a little creepy sometimes. (Not available on Netflix, but Fear.net.)

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