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Started by APK, December 30, 2008, 04:32:53 PM

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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!
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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


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.


Really enjoyed the 2hr finale of Battlestar Galactica !
Intelligent stuff.
The Circular Ruins / Lammergeyer / Nunc Stans

Religulous: Bill Maher's documentary on religion.  Funny.  Keyword: rational.



- The Third Man

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

Just received the first season of "The IT Crowd".  Looking forward to starting it tonight.


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.


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:

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...

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:  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.

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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).

I wish I was a Glowworm; a Glowworm's never glum. 'Cause how can you be grumpy, when the sun shines out your bum?


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judd stephens

Quote from: mgriffin on May 05, 2009, 10:25:06 AM
My most-favorite-est Khan movie:

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