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
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
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
. 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.