29. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants - Library check out. I had seen parts of this movie, but I don't think ever the full thing. What a nice little teen romp with a few deeper digs.
28. Mrs. Brown - Netflix on Demand. Little Judy Dench. I felt like this was oddly edited down in places, like chunks of explanation were missing. Beyond that? The Highlands are not for sissies.
27. The Lovely Bones - Library check out. Read the book and loved it. Did not hate the movie the way I had heard others did. The 70s is a hard setting for me to watch movies in, makes everything a bit watch from the hall. I do love Susan Sarandon as a boozy grandma though, really good.
26. Let the Right One In - Netflix on Demand. Good. Really unsettling good. I really loved how it wasn't lush and romantic and beautiful Gothic surroundings. Harsh, cold, barren.
25. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Netflix on Demand - I had never seen it. I feared it was going to be Forrest Gumpy and I HATE Forrest Gump. Turns out I liked it and even though it is just so common to be painful, that Brad Pitt fellow? Really easy on the eyes.
24. A Panther in Africa - PBS POV. Another Documentary on PBS, started watching just cause it was on and actually taped a later showing to catch the second half of it. Interesting stuff, American history I know very little about and a personal journey that is fascinating.
23. Adjust your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene - PBS Independent Lens. Caught this randomly. What a trip Petey was. Love Independent Lens.
22. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - VHS. A re-watch for me, clearly, but mac had never seen the whole thing. Love it to pieces, like love love love. I hope I can now get mac to read the book.
21. Inkheart - Netflix DVD. Mac and I had read the book together. The book was much more in depth and the casting did not match the images in my head. Still, not a bad flick and mac seemed to enjoy it.
20. An Education - Netflix on Demand. Had no real ideas about this, but so good. Damn that Carey Mulligan is adorable, really adorable. I loved what she had to say about the education of girls at that time. Her parents were heartbreaking in how they viewed her and her future. The men were tools, I wish there had been more balance there.
19. Caberet - VHS. I had never seen the full movie, just some scenes and then had seen the Broadway revival. Fosse the way I like him and Liza in something way too close to reality.
18. Audition - Netflix on Demand. I've wanted to see this for a long time, and as usual with foreign films, it was not what I expected. Slow to build and then disturbarama. Kinda loved it.
17. Tom Jones - Netflix on Demand. Old and campy and slow in parts, but fun. How cute was the young Albert Finney? so cute. I think this would be a great movie to remake, actually. Some adorable up and coming actor, 3 or 4 decent female roles that could be scene stealers, a few good roles for older males. fun.
16. The Kids Are Alright - Netflix. Kind of a mood piece, yes? I do think there were great performances. I really like Mark Ruffolo, but does he play too much of the same guy over and over?
15. Eat, Pray, Love - A friend's Netflix. I have not read the book, so please don't tell me how much better it is. I was prepared for this to be too cutsy or fluff or something, but it wasn't those things. I liked it more than I expected to, but kept being flung out of the story because it is coming from such a point of privilege. Man, I would love to check out sometimes (like now) and travel to just experience stuff. My guess is resentment is not what the movie was trying to stir in me.
14. The Fighter - On Demand at my cousin's. So uncomfortable to watch. Wow. Just not any person at all that I would want to be in the room with. Bale was magnificent. Started a good discussion between us all about socio/economic differences being a bigger divide than race. We decided maybe even just socio was the big factor.
13. 8 Mile - Yeah, had never seen it. Not a huge Marshall fan, so wasn't in a big rush. Weird seeing Brittany Murphy.
12. The Pajama Game - I don't think that many movie musicals age well and this one certainly did not. Instant love! No transitions! Crazy non-sensical everything. I do love Doris Day though.
11. Dogtooth - I'll take f'ed up foreign films for $600, Alec. Good grief. Netflix on demand and was an Oscar nominee. Not disturbing like Old Boy, not violent (although there is some blood), not extreme in really anyway - EXCEPT that everything about the story being told centers around a very extreme set-up of isolated adult children. The whole thing is portrayed so deadpan, no one is really emotional, even when they do act out it is shortlived.
10. Inception - RedBox rental meant to be watched after medical procedure, but it really took parts of 3 days for me to get it watched. So yeah, that was, huh. Often pretty. Not so so confusing, but Momento-esque in the what now, is this real or the past or huh. Was this based on a book? Cause maybe I would read that off one of your recs. I get why it was talked about a lot, but not sure I'd want to sit around talking it to death. Kinda makes my head hurt, because there is no real answer, is there? Not given what the film shows.
9. The Town - Netflix disk and an Oscar nominee. Nice film. Never been a big Affleck fan, but this was more understated and I think really good. Nice cast, decent pacing and script.
8. I am Love - Netflix on demand and an Oscar nominee. First off, SWINTON! I so often have problems with foreign films. I feel like I am missing information or like there is weird editing. This had lots of linear easy to follow stuff and then there'd be a small bit where I had no idea how or why we jumped from A to F.
7. The Social Network - RedBox rental due to snow in, plus I had a free coupon. Also an Oscar nominee. I remember laughing at some of the first commercials I saw for this movie, before I knew Sorkin had written it. It just seemed so ridiculous. Man what a bunch of unlikable people, like generally all of them. Really smart, rich, unlikable people. The dialogue is so Sorkin I could hardly stand it.
6. Lars and The Real Girl - Netflix disk. I have had this since before we moved. in July. I was pretty sure I was not gonna like it, but I really really did. Would a town all pull together like that and not have at least some people act like dicks? no. But it was a movie and I liked seeing a community act that way. Also, I tend to be sort of broken about people who are centrally defined by their loss of a parent.
5. Alice in Wonderland - Also Netflix on demand, also an Oscar nominee. I avoided this like the plaque when it came out, but I didn't hate it as much as I thought I would. As with all Burton films, I loved a lot of the costumes.
4. Exit Through The Gift Shop - On my Netflix on demand and an Oscar nominee. Eh - interesting story and development, but I pretty much hate the whole street art scene as big business. It also felt a bit Andy Kaufman stunt-esque.
3. Tron - No, I had never seen it before. Watched it with mac. Not as bad as I was assuming it would be, but kinda ridiculous. Hilarious seeing Jeff Bridges, like zero acting chops.
2. Bright Star - On my Netflix on demand. I know nothing of Romantic poets or the period, but it struck me as not accurate. Didn't love it, didn't hate it, am glad I did not pay for it.
1. The King's Speech - Awesome. Just as awesome was seeing an adult movie at a theater with another adult. Makes me long for the years where I saw most of the Oscar nominated films.