Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Daily DVD

I've bitten off more than I can chew.  In addition to the daily moviefilm (that I haven't kept up with), I now have the added pressure of viewing a daily DVD from our collection.  My lovely husband likes to do this from time-to-time (with CDs and DVDs), and I have joined him for the first time ever.  I like it when he does it and really enjoy his recaps (even though he never seems to get past the B's or thereabouts), and I'm really excited to take part in it with him.  It will also be interesting to see the difference in our reviews/ruminations.

We have watched two DVDs in three days (there was a particularly fussy baby day yesterday that threw a wrench in the works), and I will have to do a double recap on those:

About Last Night:  standard 80's schlock with Demi Moore and Rob Lowe in the pinnacle of their respective hotness, based on a Mamet play (I would venture to say 'loosely', judging by the horrible opening dialogue between Lowe's and Belushi's characters).  Elizabeth Perkins is annoying and unattractive, and Jimbo is just as annoying and unattractive, as well as sociopathic and repulsive.  The leads are nice to look at, and there is an interesting take on what happens when people move in together after having a nice run of romance and great sex, but in the end...not a fabulous movie.  This is definitely my addition to the collection, purchased because of it's 80's-ness, and because it was $4.99.

About Schmidt:  I had seen this when I rented it right after it came out on DVD, and remember it being very depressing.  Upon re-watching, I noted that it was directed by Alexander Payne, and suddenly it all made sense.  Yes, it is still somewhat depressing, but there are a few uplifting moments.  There are a lot of visual cues of desolation, isolation, death and meaninglessness (shots of disgusting pieces of meat being hacked apart as well as other slaughterhouse allusions) and a sparse soundtrack; but there is also the peek into Schmidt's psyche through his letters to Ndugu which lend to a sweet narration that keeps the interest piqued.  If I didn't hear from his heart I don't think I'd have any reason to care about his character, but because of the letters and some heartfelt moments, the watcher ends up caring about this old grizzled bastard who is just trying to figure out where he belongs in the world these days.  A must watch, but not one for copious repeat viewings, IMHO.   

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Daily moviefilm

Now, this is a movie!!!  

The Lost Weekend, directed by the amazing Billy Wilder, is just what the doctor ordered after the last sad attempt at watching a movie (see Dangerous Beauty post).  This is a high quality film about the desperate life of a chronic alcoholic and his last binge weekend, complete with flashbacks and hallucinations!  I already have a favorite quote: 
It shrinks my liver, doesn't it, Nat? It pickles my kidneys, yeah. But what it does to the mind? It tosses the sandbags overboard so the balloon can soar. Suddenly I'm above the ordinary. I'm competent. I'm walking a tightrope over Niagara Falls. I'm one of the great ones. I'm Michaelangelo, molding the beard of Moses. I'm Van Gogh painting pure sunlight. I'm Horowitz, playing the Emperor Concerto. I'm John Barrymore before movies got him by the throat. I'm Jesse James and his two brothers, all three of them. I'm W. Shakespeare. And out there it's not Third Avenue any longer, it's the Nile. Nat, it's the Nile and down it moves the barge of Cleopatra.  

Also, is it bad that this movie made me want a drink?  Yeah, that's probably bad.  But the movie is SOOOO good.        

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Daily moviefilm

I'm already sucking at this.  It is harder than I anticipated, with a new baby and all.  I have time to watch a movie or two while he sleeps during the day, but I also have an apartment to clean, and the cleaning seems to take precedence, especially when I have the energy (which is rare).

So I've decided to run through my streamable Netflix movies on the Xbox 360, since it's easy and the choices are expanding day by day.  I began on Thursday with the first movie that came up:
Dangerous Beauty.  I was so bored I ended up listening to my digital audiobook and cleaning up the living room.  Usually I like a nice period piece, especially one with sexy people and debauchery, but this one didn't do it for me.  So, I started it again today with hopes of a renewed interest and fresh p.o.v.  Conclusion?  Not so much.  I think I'm going to have to admit defeat on this one and move on.  Sorry, all you Dangerous Beauty fans that will not read this blog.  I tried.

Oh, and no art will be posted, since Blogger limits the amount of pix one can post on one's blog, and I will not waste that space on movies I'm not feelin'.  Now - on to the next one!