When I haven’t been working lately, I’ve resorted to watching TV since it doesn’t take-up quite as much time as watching a full movie and as lame as it sounds, if I watch a few episodes of something in one sitting I come away with a certain sense of accomplishment.
So what have I been watching?
- Arrested Development – it’s a pity it got axed
- My Name Is Earl – man I love Earl
With the exception of Journeyman, I’m pretty-much up-to-date with all the above shows (with the writer’s strike in the US helping somewhat because most of the current seasons have finished prematurely). Also have a couple of seasons of Life On Mars which I’ll have to check-out as well.
But as the title of the post suggests, I haven’t completely stopped watching movies – I just haven’t written about them for a while… so here we go.
- 88 Minutes – Nothing amazing… Al Pacino has to solve a murder in 88 minutes
- Little Children – Interesting suburban relationship drama
- Letters from Iwo Jima – With so many war movies being focused on the US, it’s great to see another side of the story
- Music and Lyrics – Typical Hugh Grant romantic comedy
- Sunshine – A sci-fi from the writer and director of Trainspotting, The Beach and 28 Days Later (to name but a few of their really great works) but Sunshine was really disappointing. Started-off really well, but lost it towards the end.
- The Host – Fun Japanese Monster flick
- We Are Marshal – Typical small-town US football move
- Factory Girl – An interesting portrayal of Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick (although from further research it appears that it may not be entirely accurate
- Perfect Stranger – Good cast, but still a fairly predictable thriller
- The Science of Sleep – Quirky French/Italian movie which is rather arty and visually hypnitoc
- The Squid and the Whale – Tries a little too hard to be artistic causing it to be more awkward then entertaining
- World Trade Centre – A good movie about a terrible tradgedy but the case of the DVD had quotes like “Best Movie Ever Made”… sure it was good, but I don’t think a movie should gain accolades purely because it’s on a topic people feel strongly about
- Nothing – This was a comedy I found quite intreging and thought provoking… even though the movie itself wasn’t brilliant I loved the concept
- Motorcycle Diaries – Probably the best movie on this whole list – Brilliant!
- The Painted Veil – A slow moving, yet beautiful love story that takes place amidst a cholora epidemic in China
- Sixty Six – Comedy about a boy who’s big barmitzvah ends-up coinciding with 1966 world cup. Although funny in parts, there was something lacking that didn’t quite get it across the line for me
- Arthur and the Invisibles – Looked like a crap kids movie, but it actually wasn’t too bad
- Ratatouille – Up there with some of the better computer animated kids movies
- Bee Movie – Whilst I’m not a huge fan of Seinfeld, this wasn’t too bad
So that’s what I’ve been watching lately…
P.S. I’m sorry if my spelling sucks – I just tried running this through my Firefox spell checker plugin and it said there were too many ‘suspicious words’ and wouldn’t check it for me.