Viewer’s Choice

March 19th, 2008 § 10 comments

I have a to-read list a mile long. I’ll never get through it, but I still always add new books to it. I have no shortage of books.

But movies? I have no clue about movies. Odd that I was once a film major, huh? I couldn’t be more disconnected from the movie scene. I feel like every week I stand, paralyzed, in the video store. What to watch? What is any good? I don’t see movies in the theater anymore and I don’t read reviews. So I’m stuck. All I see are names and DVD covers.

I love, love, love documentaries. I’m a sucker for a good romance or romantic comedy. Straight drama and comedy also do it for me. I’m not so hot on action, sci-fi, or horror. So tell me, dear reader, what is out there? What should I be watching? What have I missed? Tell me what I should be watching! Pretty please?


§ 10 Responses to Viewer’s Choice"

  • Carly says:

    I thought Elizabeth was good… gweneth paltrow (sp?) I think. But, I’ve also recently read a bunch of books by Phillipa Gregory… King Henry the VIII and his wives (not the titles since I don’t want to add to your reading list… the other boelyn girl was one of them though… that movie wasn’t as good, entertaining but not as good).

    wow, how’s that for run on sentances?!

  • Lioness says:

    I watched The Waitressbracing myself for nothing but some remote cuteness and was actually highly surprised and pleased. It is an original little movie, and cute,yes, but in a very good way.

    Other than that, haven’t seen anything worth mentioning in ages either.

  • Jen says:

    I don’t usually like documentaries, but Chip and I watched Wordplay, about the NY Times crossword puzzle, and it was really good. We were both inspired to start doing crossword puzzles, owning up to our geekiness.

  • David says:

    Documentary possibilities:

    Ken Burns’ The War
    The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
    My Kid Could Paint That

  • I recently watched (and liked):
    Gone Baby Gone
    XXY (foreign)
    The Orphanage (foreign)
    Love Me If You Dare (foreign)

  • Emily says:

    Jenny – The Constant Gardener is great – heavy, but really good. I’ll keep thinking of more.

  • Jordana says:

    I just saw a German film, The Lives of Others (except, the German form of that title …). Very interesting. A little heavy, but very good.

  • Jenny says:

    Wow. I can’t believe how much I have in common with you guys. Thanks for all the fabulous suggestions!
    Carly: I loved Elizabeth, but are you thinking of Cate Blanchett? I haven’t seen the sequel yet, but will. Read two of the Gregory books, and will see the Other Boelyn Girl when it’s on DVD.
    Lioness: I loved Waitress! It was much smarter than I had thought it would be.
    Jen: Wordplay! I remember reading about that, and that’s a great suggestion! I’ll put that one on the top of the list.
    David: I haven’t seen many Ken Burns movies, since working on Civil War, but I’ve been meaning to see a bunch of his stuff. I’m adding King of Kong and the My Kid… to the list. Thanks!
    Stork & Mondrian: The first two are definitely want to sees. I hadn’t even heard of the others–will look for them this week at the video store.
    Emily: Constant Gardner, added to the list!
    Jordana: That’s the one movie I saw in the theaters last year, and I LOVED it! I told Adam he has to see it. I found it mesmerizing to the point I forgot it was subtitled halfway through. Amazing, amazing film.

  • Lioness says:

    Isn’t it a brill film? I’m so happy you liked it! Elizabethtown actually surprised me as well, migth be worth a try.

    If you can get a hold of them, all Israeli: Walk on Water, The Bubble (same director; everyone raves about Yossi and Jagger as well but I couldn’t be bothered); Ushpizin; Secrets.

    If you like SciFi try Torchwood, S1. I found it highly original and the Cardiff acccent is a bonus (oh and John Barrowman as well, of course). In documentary form Children of our Time, a BBC project that follows chidren from the womb. Season 7 will soon be broadcast in the UK (bah) and it’s absolutely fascinating, I cannot recommend it enough. OH, Au Revoir Les Enfants by Louis Malle (probably called Goodbye Children in English?), it’s about the friendship between two boys in a Catholic boarding school during WW2, one is Jewish and is hiding there. It’s one of my favourites.

  • Jenny says:

    Hey Lionness, It’s actually called Au Revoir Les Enfants here too! We don’t kill every film, you know. 🙂 I saw that one when it came out–I thought it was so incredibly moving. I will DEFINITELY search for the Israeli films. I’m way into the Israeli thing right now (probably b/c we’re planning a trip there). I’ll Elizabetown to the list and see if Children of our Time is available here. I’m finding our local video store is extremely lacking–I’m desperately searching for Wordplay, which Jen recommended. Might be enough to drive me back to Netflix. 🙂


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