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Daily's DVD Picks of the Week - what are yours?
Topic by: weezy
Posted: January 29, 2009 - 10:56 AM PST
Last Reply: March 10, 2009 - 8:13 PM PDT

author topic: Daily's DVD Picks of the Week - what are yours?
post #1  on January 29, 2009 - 10:56 AM PST  
Aaron Hillis has been featuring weekly DVD favs over at The Daily. Previous picks include:

Ping Pong Playa
Tokyo Gore Police
Frontrunners, and, for this week,
Far From the Maddening Crowd.

This past week my highlights were Hulk Vs. and Girls Rock!.

I'd love to know your favorite picks week to week!
post #2  on January 29, 2009 - 2:19 PM PST  
One I have seen and would recommend, is "Vicky Christina Barcelona".

I'm interested in watching the Roman Polanski doc "Wanted and Desired".
post #3  on January 29, 2009 - 5:17 PM PST  
This week, I liked these two the most:

51 Birch Street


The rest of my week and weekend look like a low-brow crapfest. Heh. I do enjoy such things however.
post #4  on January 29, 2009 - 6:11 PM PST  
I enjoyed Eleven Men Out this week; maybe it's because I'm a sucker for soccer, and Scandinavian films. I have Girls Rock to watch now, can't wait!

I also re-watched Silverado, still a most enjoyable Western.
post #5  on January 30, 2009 - 9:16 PM PST  
> On January 29, 2009 - 6:11 PM PST underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> ...I also re-watched Silverado, still a most enjoyable Western.
> ---------------------------------

Yes, It IS! When it came out, it was the first Western to come one the scene in YEARS and only the second film I had ever seen in multi-channel sound (i.e., more than stereo). I think it was Surround Sound. It mean those gun battles very special. But the cast is special also!

The first multi-channel film I saw as Ken Russell's Tommy. The theater had special speakers wheeled in for that showing. It rocked, of course.

post #6  on February 9, 2009 - 12:58 PM PST  
My 2 favorites from this past week that I'd recommend are:

Black Sunday

Black Sunday has just about everything you could want in a horror movie, witches, zombies, satanists, torch-wielding villagers, secret passageways... Not really scary mind you but pretty fun. I personally think it was mostly the music that ruined any chance of fright. Commentary track is worthwhile.


Both a portrait of a workaholic farmer and his neglected family and of a man who pioneered a robust corn industry with great stop-motion animation and use of music/sound.

And the award for so-terrible-that-not-even-a-naked-Jason-Statham-could-save-it goes to Death Race. And believe me, a naked Jason Statham gets a lot of points in my book.
post #7  on February 9, 2009 - 1:40 PM PST  
> On February 9, 2009 - 12:58 PM PST shiftless wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> And the award for so-terrible-that-not-even-a-naked-Jason-Statham-could-save-it goes to Death Race. And believe me, a naked Jason Statham gets a lot of points in my book.
> ---------------------------------

It really was bad. Did you ever see the original Death Race? That one's dated and silly of course, but also great fun and made much more in the right spirit for the whole thing. Anytime they enlarge these old cut movies for a bigger budget Hollywood remake they usually miss both the point and the spirit of the original and it drowns under all that stupid bloat.
post #8  on February 10, 2009 - 11:05 AM PST  
For some reason I ended up watching Shoot 'Em Up and Shooter this weekend, at my brother's house. He was in a bad-movie watching mood. I didn't expect Shoot Em Up to be that bad, but WOW, that movie really looked and was terrible!

And in the vein of bad-movie-watching... the pals here at work are stoked to watch Nights in Rodanthe, out today, so we can drink every time Richard Gear pulls out a super sweet line like "who's gonna keep you safe?"

I think this week I'm going to give Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Season 2 a try. I haven't seen the show before but I hear great things.

post #9  on February 10, 2009 - 5:46 PM PST  
this week I watched

Planet B-Boy: awesome especially the french b-boys,

Bad Timing (Criterion Collection): (1980): okay, Art Garfunkel as the romantic leading man? not so much

Kagemusha (Criterion Collection) (1980): Kurosawa's shogun identity switch war epic - made in his later period.

Special: Michael Rapaport goes into a drug study a regular guy and comes out a delusional supernut- I kind of like this one, Michael Rapaport plays the insanity card pretty good though not a oscar worthy performance if you know what I mean

post #10  on February 16, 2009 - 3:54 PM PST  
Edge of Heaven -- Fatih Akin is definitely a filmmaker to watch.
post #11  on February 17, 2009 - 3:23 PM PST  
I'm on a British tv/movie thing lately. Mine are:

Lost in Austen

The first two aren't on dvd yet, I guess. Though Lost in Austen is being made into a Hollywood movie (I doubt with the original cast, which is a real pity...especially Elliot Cowan). Man, that pond scene...*walks away for about ten minutes, comes back flushed* It's very good. XD

Doomsday, imo, is underrated. It's really funny, full of some awesome scenes (check out the cannibal scene set to Dog Eat Dog by Adam and the Ants and Spellbound by Suzie & The Banshees. Doomsday is pure 80's fun (even though it was made recently). It's the first movie I've considered buying on BluRay.

"We're gunna catch them...we're gunna kill 'em...and then we're gunna EAAAT THEM!" <--one of my new favorite quotes. I freaked out a coworker with it. :P
post #12  on February 25, 2009 - 9:48 AM PST  
The Order of Myths! The South seems like a strange, strange place.
post #13  on February 25, 2009 - 10:45 AM PST  
I celebrated Black History Month by watching both Miracle at St Anna and Great Debaters. Even though the latter is less ambitious, it's more dramatically successful. Spike Lee's movie is kind of a mess but it has a lot of merit too. Should've been shorter and war scenes aren't his forte, but there are a lot of fascinating parts too. If only it had been more focused. Great Debaters has such great acting in it. It's a typical underdog (heh) story in the sports template, but has a lot that separates it too.
post #14  on March 2, 2009 - 5:54 PM PST  
I really enjoyed the slasher send-up Severance last week. It manages to make fun of slasher flicks while also being pretty tense and thrilling. Frailty was also pretty good but not funny, just messed up.

And I also really liked Swing Vote, even though it had Kevin Costner in it. I can't stand him but it didn't affect my enjoyment at all. I loved the overall commenting on what "swing voters" really are.
post #15  on March 3, 2009 - 1:05 PM PST  
After seeing Goodfellas again on the History Channel, it occurred to me that I hadn't seen The Departed. So I watched it the other night, and LOVED it! So well written, acted, and paced. I didn't think I would like it as much as Infernal Affairs but I liked it just as much. Jack Nicholson was a riot.

Also this weekend I watched the first three episodes of The Wire. While it was a lot to take in, I appreciate the depth they're developing for all the different groups that exist within the show. Underdog assures me that it will heat up shortly. I must remind myself to be patient, not everything can be as crazy as Lost has been this season.
post #16  on March 3, 2009 - 1:53 PM PST  
It's really fun and interesting to watch and compare The Departed and Infernal Affairs. They are both great in their own way.

> On March 3, 2009 - 1:05 PM PST weezy wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> After seeing Goodfellas again on the History Channel, it occurred to me that I hadn't seen The Departed. So I watched it the other night, and LOVED it! So well written, acted, and paced. I didn't think I would like it as much as Infernal Affairs but I liked it just as much. Jack Nicholson was a riot.
> ---------------------------------

post #17  on March 3, 2009 - 2:06 PM PST  
You watched GoodFellas on the History Channel?! Ack!

Reminds how I was watching Godfather II on A&E (because I can never resist that movie whenever it's playing) recently but got so turned off by all the ad breaks I finally gave up. And this weekend my g/f and I had LOTR The Two Towers on in the b.g. while cooking and then got annoyed by the long ad breaks and then remembered -- wait, we've got this on DVD! So we put the DVD in, queued it up to where we left off, and watched it -- even the extended version -- much quicker than if on TV.

And yes, stick with The Wire, weezy, it gets pretty amazing. (Tho I'm not as big on season 2 as the other 4 seasons, but it's all pretty great.)
post #18  on March 5, 2009 - 1:30 PM PST  
Funny thing about watching GoodFellas on the History Channel was, they definitely didn't censor any of the gunfire, drug use, or physical abuse, but dubbed over ALL of the cursing! So seeing someone get shot in the head is fine, but a "g*damn" is out of the question.

For some movies where the cursing is silenced out instead of dubbed over, they silence the "god" part in "godamn" instead of the "damn" part, which I thought was supposed to be the cursing part of that word. Always thought that was peculiar.

post #19  on March 10, 2009 - 8:13 PM PDT  
I've been on a horror kick the past couple of weeks and the one I enjoyed absolutely the best was Hatchet! It's more of a comedic homage to those 80's slasher flicks that starred various men-monsters like Jason or Freddy Krueger. I was expecting another low budget crap fest and I WAS WRONG. I hadn't had that much fun watching movie in a long time. It's not really scary, more of a comedy that has fun with crative deaths and gore effects.

Avalon was also pretty good, but I think you'd have to be into the genre and a gamer to really get into it. Despite it's subject matter, it's a slow pace.

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