Saturday, July 5, 2008

Gimme Five!

I am not much of a TV viewer, and the prices of movie tickets (not to mention gasoline to drive to the theater) has severely curtailed my movie going. I did manage to convince my BFF to play hooky from work one afternoon not long ago to catch a matinee of the new Indiana Jones film. Yes, we both LURVED IT! But I am a serious Netflix afficianado!

The DH and I watch three and sometimes four films every week. Our tastes are eclectic to say the least as this list of our last five DVDs shows:
  1. Fools Gold -- this so-called romantic comedy was a disappointing, over-long, totally implausible endeavor. Matthew McC and Kate Hudson both looked great wet and in swimsuits, but that's about all the charm I could find, and the DH fell asleep in the first half-hour but woke up for the end.
  2. Jumpers -- great premise but sadly, no discernable plot. What a waste of one of my favorite actors, Samuel L. Jackson. And what was with the pyramids/Sphinx fetish? DH slept through the middle of it.
  3. Into The Wild -- beautifully photographed if depressing tale of a young man's search for meaning in his life, which ended during said search. Every parent's worst nightmare of what might have happened to their missing adult child. DH stayed awake through the entire 2 1/2 hour film!
  4. Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre -- this was a short documentary on one of the DH's favorite artists, made all the more interesting by our recent (last January) visit to Paris and Montmartre.
  5. Sleuth -- I was curious about this remake since the original Sleuth (with Michael Caine and Laurence Olivier) is one of my all time favorite movies. Unfortunately, knowing the twist that was coming pretty much spoiled my enjoyment, as did the DH's snoring through the entire film.
So looks like I've had more misses than hits lately. What's coming up in my queue? Hairspray -- John Travolta in drag should be interesting. The Other Boleyn Girl with my ever-lovin Eric Bana. The DH will no doubt snore all the way through this one, and I probably won't like it as much as the book. And Miss Potter, which may or may not prove to be a charming tale of the woman who wrote those cutesy children's books.

What movies have you enjoyed lately? Recommendations for any I should add to my Netflix list? Will they pass the DH's snore test?!?!


Helen said...

I don't have any recomendations I don't watch a lot of movies I prefer to read. Although I really want to see the new Indiana Jones movie but just haven't found the time to get to the movies yet and it cost $15 each to go to the movies here in Australia and it costs me $15-95 for a book and I tend to wait till one of my daughters buys the DVD and then watch it so as I can buy a new book.
We have paid TV called foxtel and with that we get box office movies and in all the time we have had it we have only watched a couple I have to really feel like sitting down and watching something in my free time otherwise I read hubby watches a lot of TV and movies while I am at work.
I will be going to see the new Harry Potter movie when it is released in December it might be the last chance I have time to go before all the babies come along I am even busier happily though.
Have Fun

terrio said...

I have become a recent addict to Netflix. I put it off for a long time since I don't tend to watch movies at home much. But I'm glad I did it. I'm afraid the movies I'd recommend would not pass the DH snore test. Becoming Jane, Juno, Ocean's Thirteen. Though that last one I bet he'd like.

Kiddo and I got hooked on Robin Hood the Series and I highly recommend that. Some parts can be really cheesy but so much fun.

I have yet to see the new Indy feature, but I did go see Wanted today. Much more violence than I'm used to, but I'm afraid I've fallen in love with James McAvoy so it was worth it. And it sort of had a positive message. LOL! Hard to believe but if you can make it to the last line of the movie, you'll understand.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hi Helen!
Great to see you as always! Yes, books are usually much better than movies. Given the choice, I always want to read the book first.

The new Indiana Jones movie was worth the time and effort, so I hope you'll make it to that one. I think our movie theaters only charge around $10! ACK! Quite a change from the good-old-days when my mom sent me, my sister, and brother to the Saturday matinee for 25 cents each! The matinee is now $7, though there is one place in town that has half price (3.50) but the movies have been out awhile.

A new Harry Potter in December? I may have to shell out my $7 to see that one.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Thanx for the recommends, Terrio!

I nearly fainted but the DH LURVED Juno! "I KNOW!" (said with Craig Ferguson intonation) And he did NOT like Oceans Thirteen (neither did I). He can still surprise me sometimes, go figure.:-P

Becoming Jane was lots of fun, and a HUGE sigh for James McAvoy! Have you seen Last King of Scotland? Definitely NOT something for your kiddo, but a RIVETING movie! Forrest Whittaker is so stunning as Idi Amin that you almost overlook McAvoy's equally good performance.

I'll have to put the Robin Hood series on my list.


Jane said...

Hi Aunty Cindy,
I thought I had dibs on Eric Bana. I just saw Vantage Point on dvd. It was quite good. Movie tickets are $12 and there are no matinees.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

NO WAY, Jane!
Eric is MINE! MINE I TELL YA!!! LOL! As the DH refers to him, "the man you were unfaithful to Brendan Fraser over..." :-)

ACK! $12 and NO bargain matinee? I guess that is one of the bad things about living in the Big Apple. But then, you have Broadway AND places to get half-price tickets. That is one of the WONDERFUL things!

I definitely wanna see Vantage Point. Thanx for the recommendation.


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