Saturday, November 29, 2008

Computers still dead

Hoping to be replaced soon. Meaning I'm still running on axillary power (Linux live boot CD in a hard drive free laptop). Naturally this has put the kibosh on a lot of things. I still haven't recovered my list of movies for every year since birth list. But I'm hopeful that I can recover that and a few other things.

So since I'm flying without a PC right now I've been slow on the actual DVD watching, I have however been abusing the new XBox NXE's ability to view Netflix streaming now movies. There has been both good and bad.

But before that just a brief note on one of the few DVDs I have actually made the time to watch. "Return to Sleepaway Camp" it was in a word, disappointing. Not that you expect too much from a direct to DVD sequel anyway but still you kind of get your hopes up sometimes. From the uninspired story to the laughably boring dialog to the ending which became so easily obvious that you couldn't call it a "twist" (even though that was clearly the intent) the movie just fell flat.

Seriously all you need to know to see my point is these two small things. During a fight one of the kids says to Vincent Pastore "What are you, a Big Pussy?" And Issac Hayes has a small cameo where he plays "The Chef." This is the kind of writing you'll deal with if you choose to watch. I say do yourself a favor, rent or buy the original, pop some corn and have a fun night pretending this thing doesn't exist... I just wish I didn't have to make that recommendation.

That unpleasantness aside I have been keeping busy with some good stuff on Netflix streaming lately, here is but a few recommendations I can make.

Mad Max and Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior: I resisted the Mad Max flicks for years but as it turns out they (at least the two I've seen so far) are really fun. But man does Mel Gibson look like a fetus here or what?

Heroes Season 3: I've read some people saying they aren't digging this season, I'm not one of those. What kills me is the cliffhangers, which is good they are supposed to. I can see the show building up to something big at the end of this season and I plan to be there to witness it.

Beverly Hills: 90210 Hear me out on this one. I was a little under the age curve when the show started so even though I was inundated with the later seasons of the show (it was EVERYWHERE) I never had the chance to see the beginning. Which is sad because this first season is pretty awesome I must say. Just not in the way that most people explain it. Every episode is like a different after school special, only with the same cast. Drugs, alcohol, cheating (on a person), cheating (on a test), divorce, rape...they covered everything... Also it has Joe E. Tata, which adds awesome points.

Star Trek: TOS If I have to explain why I am recommending this one then obviously my point of view has never come across clearly in my writing.

The Abyss I wasn't sure what to think when I went into this one, I've heard lots of good things but it never intrigued me much when I read about it. The movie was way more intense than I could have expected. Worth your time no question. I wish I hadn't waited as long as I did to watch.

Unbreakable Ok I'll admit it here, I prefer Unbreakable to The Sixth Sense. I like them both, just as I like 90% of Signs but Unbreakable stands ahead for me. It could be that the world of comics etc.. is my wheelhouse but I think it is more than that. The movie is flatout underrated and I feel that time will look favorably on it.

Gattaca This is a very solid film. Performance, atmosphere, even the music made for a great total package. I found the premise to be scarily plausible.

There you go a quick roundup, a small sampling of the craziness that I've been putting in my head.

Also in other tragic news I have a Man Cold...

In case you forget what a man cold is.

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