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Title: Now Watching
Post by: APK on December 30, 2008, 05:32:53 PM
Thought I'd start a thread for films and related things people are enjoying
and might want to mention. Think of it like the Now Playing or Now Reading threads.
Title: Re: Now Watching
Post by: APK on December 30, 2008, 05:36:24 PM
Gattaca - hadn't seen this since its release. Fine piece of work. Jude Law is excellent in it.
Title: Re: Now Watching
Post by: Wayne Higgins on December 31, 2008, 07:11:52 AM
Watched Get Smart the other night great!  Dwayne Johnson has great comic timing and Alan Arkin is the funniest man alive.  Saw Marley and Me Christmas day.  @#$%&, of course.  (If I say the word, I'll give away the ending.)  A MUST for every dog lover.  Watched Last Man Standing last night.  Good shoot 'em up flick.  I got a DVD of The Doors Soundsatge performances for Xmas.  Live in TV studios.  Really good quality, subdued, no audience, The Doors at their best.  Also finally got(finally released on DVD) Quo Vadis, but the DVD was %@#$ed up.  Returned and ordered a new copy.  Haven't seen that one for years.  Oh yeah... Charlie and the Chocolate factory... :o
Title: Re: Now Watching
Post by: zzzone.net on December 31, 2008, 09:36:27 AM
Blu-Ray: The Dark Knight - great film but went on for too long - Heath Ledger is a great Joker

Blu-Ray: Iron Man - another good super hero movie

DVD: Stop Loss - a compelling story about the backdoor draft of the Iraq war

DVD: The Brothers Grimm - Terry Gilliam movie with great visuals and pretty good story - lots of fairytale references starring Matt Damon and Heath Ledger

I finally got a Blu-Ray player when I found one for $150 on Woot.com.
Title: Re: Now Watching
Post by: Bill Binkelman on December 31, 2008, 11:30:21 AM
Went to see Quantum of Solace on Saturday. Good but nowhere near as good as Casino Royale. Not enough drama, actually too much action, and I hope they stop trying to shoot action scenes/fights/chases in the "Bourne" way with jump cuts every 1-2 second, literally. Daniel Craig and Judi Dench were great, of course, but the story wasn't all that compelling.

Watched a great "small" film on DVD two nights ago, titled Outsourced, about the misadventures of an American who is sent to India to bring a remote-based call center up to speed. Very warm, very funny, and not at all condescending to either the American or Indian way of life. In many ways, it reminded me of Local Hero, and the ending is, I think, meant to be a homage of sorts to that film. Here's the page at IMDB about it.

The lead actress,Ayesha Dharker, is too beautiful and sexy for words:


HIGHLY recommended...heart-warming but not sappy at all.

Looking forward to seeing the new Clint Eastwood, Gran Turino, film when it opens here.
Title: Re: Now Watching
Post by: mgriffin on December 31, 2008, 12:04:27 PM
With all the bad weather here, and holidays/vacation, we've watched a ton of movies lately.  Standouts include:

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - Simply one of the most poignant and gripping films I've ever seen.  One of those rare films that has so much to say about what it means to be a human being, to suffer and to strive.  Wow, wow, wow.

Million Dollar Baby - We watched this the night after "Diving Bell" (above) without any idea that we were in for something so similar... I can't give away the ending in case others haven't seen it, and it IS definitely worth seeing.  Clint Eastwood is amazing, Morgan Freeman is great in an understated way, Hilary Swank is wonderful.  I just... didn't need to see this exact story the night after watching such a difficult film as the above.

The Other Boleyn Girl - Really wonderful, complex, well-staged and with great performances.  I think I'd recommend this to anyone, even those who don't like period pieces (and I know lots of people, men especially, feel that way), but I don't know.  If you hate stories that aren't founded upon modern day social conventions, you might not like a lot of the relationship dynamics, which really depend upon the time period.  In other words, there are women who do things to men, and men who do things to women, both in ways that would not happen in the present day... but I do feel it's believable and relatively historically appropriate.
Title: Re: Now Watching
Post by: APK on December 31, 2008, 12:23:53 PM
Last night

- The Illusionist - which is 10 out of 10 in my book. Think this is my 3rd viewing. Excellent Philip Glass score.
Title: Re: Now Watching
Post by: Seren on January 04, 2009, 07:37:30 AM
having been off work with flu for four weeks I've watched a lot of TV and DVDs - can't remember what in the first couple of weeks but has included Matrix trilogy, House series 4, Babylon 5 series 1, the Dark Knight, Hellboy 2, The science of sleep, the colour of Magic, X-Files new film, Narnia - Prince Caspianplus lots of crap on TV....

The X-Files film I think they could have done as an episode and it would have been fine - but not a film, too long and not complicated enough....I thought the Darh Knight was great, it went into the story and values quite deeply. Prince Caspian film had no character development at all.

Title: Re: Now Watching
Post by: Wayne Higgins on January 04, 2009, 09:59:39 AM
Went to the 2nd run theater sat nite.  saw W.  much different than i expected.  not as much anti-Bush as i thought it would be, but quite anti-cheney.  the ending was wonderful.

watched Deathproof last nite.  great.
Title: Re: Now Watching
Post by: APK on January 14, 2009, 02:38:25 PM
- FA Cup: Southend vs Chelsea

with chinese commentary  8)
Title: Re: Now Watching
Post by: Bill Binkelman on January 14, 2009, 03:12:52 PM
Anyone seen Gran Turino yet? Impressions? Class? Anyone? Bueller?
Title: Re: Now Watching
Post by: ambient789 on January 14, 2009, 08:26:42 PM
Really enjoy watching Ballykissangel!!!  ;D
Title: Re: Now Watching
Post by: SunDummy on January 14, 2009, 08:53:52 PM

I love that show!  The first few seasons are wonderful; they have that whimsical yet emotional quality that the first few seasons of "Northern Exposure" had...  Great stuff!
Title: Re: Now Watching
Post by: Seren on January 16, 2009, 03:42:41 PM
Sin City
Title: Re: Now Watching
Post by: APK on January 17, 2009, 07:40:31 PM

- Mission To Mars - I think it was from around 2000.
Very enjoyable. Slow movie, pretty much in the "2001" vein.
Title: Re: Now Watching
Post by: Seren on January 19, 2009, 11:55:12 AM
Finished Sin City, not a pleasant film, but filmed in a very interesting way
Title: Re: Now Watching
Post by: mgriffin on January 21, 2009, 11:27:33 AM
We are just starting to watch Stargate SG1 on DVD... having Battlestar Galactica withdrawals and trying to find some kind of poor man's sci-fi TV substitute.  Just watched the pilot last night, and it seems like it could be a cool idea.  So far at least, it looks more like escapist TV, along the lines of the various Star Trek shows, not as serious or ambitious as BSG.  I figure if it lasted 10 years, it can't be too bad, right?  Any fans of this show out there?
Title: Re: Now Watching
Post by: jkn on January 21, 2009, 12:04:56 PM
I've got all the seasons on dvd (both sg1 and atlantis).  There are great episodes and bad ones.  Once you get going you'll very likely love the show.  It's a little weak the 1st season with a few bright spots.  You've got to set up all the things to come - and they were feeling their way a bit early on. 

Yeah - huge fan - I've seen most episodes 2 or 3 times.  :-)
Title: Re: Now Watching
Post by: jkn on January 21, 2009, 12:07:14 PM
Budgets and special effects and such also improve as time goes on...  I stil need to see Battlestar...  Only seen a few episodes.
Title: Re: Now Watching
Post by: APK on January 21, 2009, 02:10:53 PM
I'm a fan of Stargate.  Its oddly addictive, mainly because of the great cast.
I also found episodes got better and better (generally) over the years.
So you have to be tolerant with the early ones.
Title: Re: Now Watching
Post by: mgriffin on January 21, 2009, 03:24:16 PM
Recently enjoyed Burn After Reading... wacky, enjoyable Coen Brothers madness more tilted toward comedy than most of their recent work.  I wish we could see 1 new movie per year from the Coens for the rest of my life.  That would be good.  Of course, I used to think exactly the same thing about Woody Allen and though he's remained prolific, I don't care so much any more.

Also recently REALLY enjoyed Wristcutters: A Love Story which was a slightly indie-ish, small-scale story about a guy who kills himself after some kind of relationship difficulty and finds himself in a sort of "purgatory for suicides" that's very much like our world but slightly more run-down and depressing.  Very charming and inventive.  I love stuff like this!
Title: Re: Now Watching
Post by: 9dragons on January 21, 2009, 04:06:55 PM
Lost is back...

I will be watching on the computer as soon as it is up. Not sure if the online time is later than the real TV time...

This is going to be...fun...
Title: Re: Now Watching
Post by: ambient789 on January 21, 2009, 08:34:39 PM
The nice thing with Stargate Atlantis (conceptually speaking) is that they get outside the Milky Way. Too bad Star Trek only did that once. One episode had the Atlantis base crew at a transfer station between the Milky Way and the Pegasus galaxy. The image of the Milky Way was beautiful!!!!

I also agree though that some Stargate episodes are good, others not so good. You just have to judge for yourself.
Title: Re: Now Watching
Post by: APK on March 22, 2009, 04:12:32 PM
Really enjoyed the 2hr finale of Battlestar Galactica !
Intelligent stuff.
Title: Re: Now Watching
Post by: zzzone.net on March 29, 2009, 05:45:11 AM
Religulous: Bill Maher's documentary on religion.  Funny.  Keyword: rational.
Title: Re: Now Watching
Post by: APK on March 31, 2009, 02:12:41 PM

- The Third Man

Great every time. Has a tremendous mystery and urgency to it.

Title: Re: Now Watching
Post by: Dave Michuda on March 31, 2009, 05:10:47 PM
Just received the first season of "The IT Crowd".  Looking forward to starting it tonight.
Title: Re: Now Watching
Post by: darkenedsoul on March 31, 2009, 10:14:09 PM
Aqua Teen Hunger Force (new season)
Robot Chicken
Terminator - sarah connor chronicles
Fringe (starting up with new episodes soon, like next week I think!) I think the doctor reminds me of a modern day vincent price, brilliant but creepy non the less! Cool! I like the show, lead female is decent on the eyes IMHO as well, not a fox, but pleasant/girl next door type IMHO.
Title: Re: Now Watching
Post by: mgriffin on April 16, 2009, 05:07:49 PM
We've been watching the end of the final season of Battlestar Galactica (we're a bit behind... I know it's already over, as far as the broadcast schedule), which is fantastic, as always.

Last night watched one of the worst movies I've seen in a while, Simone, or I guess it's S1m0ne (with a 1 and a 0 in place of the i and the o, because the story is about a "virtual" movie star).  I liked the idea, and the fact it was written by the fella who wrote Gattaca (which I loved) caught my interest, despite the pretty dismal reviews on Netflix.  As it turns out, it was at least as bad as what people said on Netflix.  Both Lena and I were ready for it to be over just after halfway.  I was going to write more about this but I've already wasted too much time on this one!

Last weekend we saw a sort of indie/underground film called Special, starring Michael Rappaport as a guy who signs up for an experimental anti-depression drug trial.  He begins to experience superhero-like powers, and when he goes back to the doctor who gave him the medication, the doctor tells him he's having a weird mental reaction -- not really gaining powers but THINKING he's gaining powers.  He also warns the guy to stop taking the drugs right away, but he doesn't want to stop because he likes having powers and trying to have a purpose in the world.  It's funny at times but it's actually not silly -- fairly touching, actually, and I'd really recommend it.  In fact, I'll even post the Netflix link because I think it's worth watching and maybe more of you will look at it this way:  http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Special/70042683 (http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Special/70042683)

Here's another recent rental, and another Netflix link, for a Mexican film called Timecrimes.  It's an odd, inventive little story about an ordinary guy who gets pulled into this odd cycle of being sent back in time, and then interacting again with events that have already happened.  I won't say more than that, but it's quote well done (though low budget) and enjoyable... another recommendation.  Link to Netflix... http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Timecrimes/70084258 (http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Timecrimes/70084258)

The last two films I discovered because they're released on a small and (I believe) new imprint called Magnet, which we discovered when we saw one of the best films I've seen in a while, which is Let the Right One In.   Actually I bought this one because it came so highly recommended, but here's the Netflix link anyway, since I know 3/4 of you are getting your movies like that anyway:  http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Let_the_Right_One_In/70099621 (http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Let_the_Right_One_In/70099621).  So, if I told you a Swedish vampire story focusing on kids was the best film I've seen in a long time, maybe you'd say, "Hey, I really LOVE Swedish vampire stories focusing on child characters, so count me in!"  Seriously though, this is a good one, very different, interesting all the way through, and I'm already thinking about watching it again.

Oh, and we're watching Lost on TV, the only show we're following up to date, week-by-week.  It's better than ever this year.  I really think they benefited from a storytelling perspective by having an end date in mine.  Ever since they producers got the studio to agree on a six year run, things have been much more tight, fast-moving and compelling.

Title: Re: Now Watching
Post by: SunDummy on May 05, 2009, 10:19:46 AM
Just watched "Mongol" last night.  It's part one of a three-part series of movies that tell the tale of Genghis Khan's life.  Very interesting film; part one is really a love story, but it also lays the foundation of who Genghis Khan would later become. 

Worth your time; now I'm itching to see parts 2 & 3 (part two, "The Great Khan", is set for release in 2010).

Title: Re: Now Watching
Post by: mgriffin on May 05, 2009, 10:25:06 AM
My most-favorite-est Khan movie:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRnSnfiUI54 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRnSnfiUI54)

Title: Re: Now Watching
Post by: judd stephens on May 05, 2009, 02:22:52 PM
My most-favorite-est Khan movie:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRnSnfiUI54 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRnSnfiUI54)

Somehow I had a feeling it was going to be that...