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Queue Orphans, redux.
Topic by: underdog
Posted: August 9, 2007 - 3:03 PM PDT
Last Reply: November 2, 2007 - 4:01 PM PDT

author topic: Queue Orphans, redux.
underdog
post #1  on August 9, 2007 - 3:03 PM PDT  
Reviving a sort of old concept, but I was wondering what people had in their queues that just sort of sit there, in the middle or near the bottom, what we like to call "queue orphans." You know the type, usually a title that you feel you *should* see, maybe a classic or important film, but you rarely find yourself in the mood for it, and keep it kind of low down in your queue. Or you forgot, and it was available atop your queue, was sent out, and then you realize you weren't in the mood for it and sent it back.

I've had a few like this, even Criterion titles, which are always marvelous once you get them, but I'll just be thinking... "eh, too depressing" or whatever.

Okay, here are two of my queue orphans - should I bump
them up or give up?

Bus 174
Masques
- which stars one of my favorite French actors, Philip Noiret, and is a Claude Chabrol mystery, which I always enjoy, but for some reason... it just sits there.

Oh and the indie drama Thirteen, too.

What keeps 'em there? Not a new release? Not "up" enough? No longer in the mood? You just plum forgot about it?
doozer
post #2  on August 9, 2007 - 3:13 PM PDT  
> On August 9, 2007 - 3:03 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Reviving a sort of old concept, but I was wondering what people had in their queues that just sort of sit there, in the middle or near the bottom, what we like to call "queue orphans." You know the type, usually a title that you feel you *should* see, maybe a classic or important film, but you rarely find yourself in the mood for it, and keep it kind of low down in your queue. Or you forgot, and it was available atop your queue, was sent out, and then you realize you weren't in the mood for it and sent it back.
>
> I've had a few like this, even Criterion titles, which are always marvelous once you get them, but I'll just be thinking... "eh, too depressing" or whatever.
>
> Okay, here are two of my queue orphans - should I bump
> them up or give up?
>
> Bus 174
> Masques
> - which stars one of my favorite French actors, Philip Noiret, and is a Claude Chabrol mystery, which I always enjoy, but for some reason... it just sits there.
>
> Oh and the indie drama Thirteen, too.
>
> What keeps 'em there? Not a new release? Not "up" enough? No longer in the mood? You just plum forgot about it?
> ---------------------------------


I realized I needed to rearrange my queue when my most recent rush of films were all subtitled. Nothing against subtitles, it just coincidently happened that way. Some nights I'm just not in the mood for a serious movie. I have to supplement something completely mindless every once in awhile just so I can go home and be numb. I've decided for every 4 movies I queue, I'm going to put in a movie that I'm only slightly interested in, or curious about, just because. Which is why I watched 13 Going on 30 last night during our nice earthquake here in The Valley.


My movies that are just kind of hovering are probably Running With Scissors, Factotum, and Hard Candy. I don't know why I'm not rushing to see Factotum. I loved the book, I love Charles Bukowski.
Cinenaut
post #3  on August 9, 2007 - 3:36 PM PDT  
Funny you should mention it, because I'm having a former orphan that I'd actually purged from my queue shipped to me right now. L'Avventura falls into the category of orphans I'd have watched in film school if I'd gone to film school, but which are now hovering in queue limbo waiting for me to get around to them. Like rock stars, sometimes a director has to die to get people to enjoy his work.

Cinenaut
post #4  on August 9, 2007 - 3:54 PM PDT  
> On August 9, 2007 - 3:03 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Okay, here are two of my queue orphans - should I bump
> them up or give up?
>
> Bus 174
> Masques
> - which stars one of my favorite French actors, Philip Noiret, and is a Claude Chabrol mystery, which I always enjoy, but for some reason... it just sits there.
> ---------------------------------

I'd rent Masques, but Bus 174 seems like too heavy of an "issue" film for me to ever make it out of orphan status. Same with Thirteen, I think.

underdog
post #5  on August 9, 2007 - 5:15 PM PDT  
Ah, thanks for finding that old thread link. I was too lazy to do so.

Yeah, I watched part of Thirteen on cable and was intrigued enough, but it's kind of a difficult film.

I think Masques will make the cut, the other two are going...

What size quake was that Doozer?
doozer
post #6  on August 9, 2007 - 5:31 PM PDT  
> On August 9, 2007 - 5:15 PM PDT underdog wrote:
>
> What size quake was that Doozer?
> ---------------------------------

4.5..biggest since I moved here! I was sitting calmly, it hit, bam! Cat in lap, burrowing into me, clawing up my legs.


Fear must really be the heart of love.
artifex
post #7  on August 9, 2007 - 7:47 PM PDT  
> On August 9, 2007 - 3:54 PM PDT Cinenaut wrote:

> I'd rent Masques, but Bus 174 seems like too heavy of an "issue" film for me to ever make it out of orphan status. Same with Thirteen, I think.

Bus 174 has that feeling for me, too. And I was at the local press screening of 13. I hated it. I think I even said so, here. But a lot of people thought it was good.

Oh, and L'Avventura: I was in a Lebanese restaurant a couple of days ago, and they had b&w pictures of big rocks in the sea from that area, etc. You know the type, one had a hole in the bottom a boat could slip through. L'Avventura was the first thing that came to mind when I saw them. Unfortunately, that's about all I remember from that screening in my film class :)
CarmenSF
post #8  on August 9, 2007 - 8:30 PM PDT  
Check out Bus 174! I was worried it would be dry, but it's actually quite compelling. The film uses a lot of TV news footage to good effect. The scene where the hijacker is writing on the windshield is one of the creepiest things I've seen on film. The last half drags a bit, but it's really worth the watch.

I have two main queue orphans: Aquirre, The Wrath of God, and Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport. The first seems too Herzog, the second is sure to require an entire box of tissues.
underdog
post #9  on August 9, 2007 - 9:51 PM PDT  
> On August 9, 2007 - 8:30 PM PDT CarmenSF wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Check out Bus 174! I was worried it would be dry, but it's actually quite compelling. The film uses a lot of TV news footage to good effect. The scene where the hijacker is writing on the windshield is one of the creepiest things I've seen on film. The last half drags a bit, but it's really worth the watch.
>
> I have two main queue orphans: Aquirre, The Wrath of God, and Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport. The first seems too Herzog, the second is sure to require an entire box of tissues.
> ---------------------------------

Okay, okay, you've convinced me - I'll keep Bus174 - Maybe I'll bump it up and just see the darned thing already. Thirteen's the one I'm taking out now. Don't try to stop me!

But I totally understand about yours - Arms of Strangers is incredibly touching and not all depressing but seeing so many Holocaust docs over the years, however important, it can be an ordeal to think of seeing yet another one. That story is a little different, however. I remember thinking Aguirre was amazing but that was quite a few years ago. Burden of Dreams, the Herzog doc, might be more "fun" actually.
underdog
post #10  on August 9, 2007 - 9:53 PM PDT  
Btw, Walt's new review of L'Avventura is worth a read, either before or after you watch it.
Belgand
post #11  on August 10, 2007 - 12:41 PM PDT  
> On August 9, 2007 - 3:13 PM PDT doozer wrote:

> My movies that are just kind of hovering are probably Running With Scissors, Factotum, and Hard Candy.
> ---------------------------------

Just got Running With Scissors in today so I can't comment yet, but Hard Candy was very "meh". It was a somewhat interesting idea, but the film just never really took off and the ending was pretty lame.

I'd suggest just re-reading the concept and idly thinking about it yourself as the results will definitely be better.
liljeweyez
post #12  on November 2, 2007 - 2:02 PM PDT  
I have a bunch of films that I saw and liked when I was young and thought i was really cool for watching them and now i'm scared to watch again or show them to my girlfriend after saying I liked them... do you know what i mean? For example: Crumb. I thought it was a quirky, interesting documentary, but all I can remember are some of the most disturbing scenes and my girlfriend will think i'm a sicko for showing it to her.


Most of my orphens are movies I've been saying i like a lot for a long time and I need to watch again so i'm sure.

I just watched Monster Squad again (its been 10 or so years) and it is STILL AMAZING!!


doozer
post #13  on November 2, 2007 - 4:01 PM PDT  
> On November 2, 2007 - 2:02 PM PDT liljeweyez wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I have a bunch of films that I saw and liked when I was young and thought i was really cool for watching them and now i'm scared to watch again or show them to my girlfriend after saying I liked them... do you know what i mean? For example: Crumb. I thought it was a quirky, interesting documentary, but all I can remember are some of the most disturbing scenes and my girlfriend will think i'm a sicko for showing it to her.
>
>
> Most of my orphens are movies I've been saying i like a lot for a long time and I need to watch again so i'm sure.
>
> I just watched Monster Squad again (its been 10 or so years) and it is STILL AMAZING!!
>
>
>
> ---------------------------------



I can relate to this. My 2 big ones right now are The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, and The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. I loved these movies as a kid, so I want to watch them again. Especially Baron Munchausen. I'm just slacking.

Also, I have every single Red Dwarf series disc that GreenCine has queued, because I loved the show when I was younger.

I'm seriously considering requesting The Wizard. *hides in shame*

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