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FINALS ARE OVER!! (what should I watch with all my free time?)
Topic by: troublemaker
Posted: December 11, 2007 - 3:33 PM PST
Last Reply: December 17, 2007 - 1:15 AM PST

author topic: FINALS ARE OVER!! (what should I watch with all my free time?)
troublemaker
post #1  on December 11, 2007 - 3:33 PM PST  
I've ridden the wave of academic finals and narrowly survived. With that, I now have an abundance of time and figuring in that there's nothing to watch on television thanks to the writer's strike, I got plenty of hours to veg out and catch up on all the films I haven't been able to see.

I'm ready to go straight into full-on sloth mode here -- in the ballpark of 4~5+ hours of viewing everyday for the next few weeks. That means I can also catch up on all those series people have been saying are worth watching.

What do all ye' say I should watch? I got on my list a bunch of criterion dvds, junkers come home (anime), and the Bridge (doc) for viewing. A good variety I think. One of my friends has been trying to get me to watch HBO's The Wire for sometime now and I'm thinking now that I can, maybe I should start that one up.
DLeonard
post #2  on December 11, 2007 - 9:10 PM PST  
Why look any further than the 15 hour "Berlin Alexanderplatz"?

Or have fun comparing and contrasting Scorsese's "The Departed" with "Infernal Affairs".

Or prep for the new "I Am Legend" by watching both "Last Man on Earth" and "The Omega Man" (feel free to include Legend-esque movies like "Night of Living Dead" and "The Quiet Earth")

Or seeing how "Two Lane Black Top' was just released, you could plan a Warren Oates film fest. Try including "The Shooting", "Alfredo Garcia", and "Stripes".
troublemaker
post #3  on December 12, 2007 - 1:50 AM PST  
> On December 11, 2007 - 9:10 PM PST DLeonard wrote:
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> Why look any further than the 15 hour "Berlin Alexanderplatz"?
>
> Or have fun comparing and contrasting Scorsese's "The Departed" with "Infernal Affairs".
>
> Or prep for the new "I Am Legend" by watching both "Last Man on Earth" and "The Omega Man" (feel free to include Legend-esque movies like "Night of Living Dead" and "The Quiet Earth")
>
> Or seeing how "Two Lane Black Top' was just released, you could plan a Warren Oates film fest. Try including "The Shooting", "Alfredo Garcia", and "Stripes".
> ---------------------------------


I like the cut of your jib. I've already done the Departed/IA comparison, but some post-apocalyptic films sound really good to me at the moment. Plus, I've sadly got to admit I've never seen The Omega Man, much to my roommates chagrin. So now I'll know what he's talking about when he keeps bringing that movie up whenever an I Am Legend trailer pops up.

I don't know why but your Warren Oates recommendation made me think of Sergio Leone and how I've never seen "Once Upon a Time in the West."

But "Berlin Alexanderplatz"... Have you managed to consume the entire 15 hour piece? It sounds daunting but I'd be more than up for it if ends up being a gratifying experience.
weezy
post #4  on December 12, 2007 - 12:08 PM PST  
> On December 12, 2007 - 1:50 AM PST troublemaker wrote:

> some post-apocalyptic films sound really good to me at the moment.
> ---------------------------------

What about some post-apocalyptic anime? I have these in my queue: Metropolis, Akira and Ji-Roh.

> But "Berlin Alexanderplatz"... Have you managed to consume the entire 15 hour piece? It sounds daunting but I'd be more than up for it if ends up being a gratifying experience.
> ---------------------------------

Or the seven hour Sátántangó?

On the topic of sets, you could watch the entire Ford at Fox: Silent Epics collection, or, the discs that were recently released in the gigantor set "Ford at Fox." (To find those for rent here, I would do a director's search for "John Ford" using advanced search by director)

Or, coming soon to GreenCine, the Frederick Weisman docs, recently released to DVD! I'll post the links for those later today.

For my holiday break my plan is to start my first anime series. Afro Samurai has been recommended because the short length is ideal for spastic holiday viewing, or "Ghost in the Shell". I've kept an eye on the "if you like (blank) then you might like (blank)" anime thread for more suggestions.
underdog
post #5  on December 12, 2007 - 12:57 PM PST  
Since you brought it up, and have never seen it, definitely watch THE WIRE! If I had to choose, I'd say season 1 and season 4 (the last one) are the best but they're all outstanding. I got a little bored with some of season 2's dockworkers/labor union corruption stuff, but it's still an important season. But wow, that series is a knockout.

If you're feeling book-nerdy, check out the doc The Stone Reader, too.

And there's always The Singing Detective (the series, not the movie), essential viewing.
AstroAppa
post #6  on December 12, 2007 - 4:00 PM PST  
avatar!
weezy
post #7  on December 12, 2007 - 4:42 PM PST  
Wiseman Docs!
troublemaker
post #8  on December 12, 2007 - 9:48 PM PST  
> On December 12, 2007 - 4:00 PM PST AstroAppa wrote:
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> avatar!
> ---------------------------------

Haha, the kids show? Really? I see this playing on television all the time but have never bothered to actually watch an episode. Am I missing out on something my nephews have been obsessed with?

Lots of goodies though, thank you everyone. Definitely gonna be a much less boring winter break ahead.
troublemaker
post #9  on December 12, 2007 - 9:57 PM PST  
Underdog, outta curiosity, do you think I'd be too lost if I started watching The Wire with Season 4?
underdog
post #10  on December 13, 2007 - 9:39 AM PST  
> On December 12, 2007 - 9:57 PM PST troublemaker wrote:
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> Underdog, outta curiosity, do you think I'd be too lost if I started watching The Wire with Season 4?
> ---------------------------------

You wouldn't be completely lost (especially if you read about earlier seasons on Wikipedia or somewhere), but personally I wouldn't recommend it. You get much more out of it if you see the beginning.
AstroAppa
post #11  on December 13, 2007 - 8:46 PM PST  
> On December 12, 2007 - 9:48 PM PST troublemaker wrote:
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> > On December 12, 2007 - 4:00 PM PST AstroAppa wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > avatar!
> > ---------------------------------
>
> Haha, the kids show? Really? I see this playing on television all the time but have never bothered to actually watch an episode. Am I missing out on something my nephews have been obsessed with?
>
> ---------------------------------

Haha, yeah I know it's on Nickelodeon and it is considered a kids show, but I absolutely love it. It is just a fun show to watch, and it does bring out the kid in you a little bit. It is really well written, hilarious, and it also has a very interesting detailed story too. It never drags, which is probably my favorite part...I hate shows that are slow, tedious and drag. It isn't like other cartoons where it'll run for forever cause it is only going to be for 3 seasons, which is halfway done now, but stopped (stupid strike). Just something to check out if you're ever curious!
Vanamonde
post #12  on December 14, 2007 - 2:01 AM PST  
How long has it been seen you have seen, "The Lords of the Rings", extended edition.

You DO own it, right?

Hands down, without a doubt, the greatest film of all time ever.
Cinenaut
post #13  on December 14, 2007 - 8:37 AM PST  
Have you seen Slings and Arrows? I'm really enjoying it. although the first disc of the second season seems to be lodged in someone's DVD player somewhere. cough cough
troublemaker
post #14  on December 17, 2007 - 1:15 AM PST  
> On December 14, 2007 - 2:01 AM PST Vanamonde wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> How long has it been seen you have seen, "The Lords of the Rings", extended edition.
>
> You DO own it, right?
>
> Hands down, without a doubt, the greatest film of all time ever.
> ---------------------------------

Oh you know I do! In fact, got the extended trilogy sitting on top of my tele right now, though they're gathering a bit of dust since I haven't seen em in some time.

And Cinenaut thank you for the suggestion. Think I'm gonna check it out, looks interesting! Seems as though I got quite a few television series to checkout this break. Hehe.

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