telling minor stories to avoid a major one

Netflix Rundown: January 10 by Barbecue Bros

Gotta say, I mostly spent January watching seasons 1 and 2 of “The Wire.

* indicates movies watched instantly

Gomorrah (2009)
– 8/10 – A look at several perspectives of Italy’s modern-day crime families. Reminded me of Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic in terms of look and how the stories interweave.

Sicko (2007)
– 8/10 – An interesting look at universal healthcare in the U.K., France, Canada and Cuba and how it compares to the profit-oriented HMO’s in the United States. Always controversial as a filmmaker, Michael Moore paints an interesting picture at a time when healthcare is a big issue in the US.

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) – 2/10 – Everything about this movie was pretty awful. Minus Sienna Miller’s cleavage.

The Wire: Season 1 (2002) and Season 2 (2003) – 10/10 – I came in having read multiple times that it is one of the best shows on tv ever. And I agree, wholeheartedly. Just superb television all around – acting, writing, editing, directing.

American Pie Presents: The Book of Love (2009)
– 2/10 – It’s not like I don’t know what to expect when watching these movies, but its disappointing when a movie doesn’t play to the strengths of the American Pie franchise.

The Hurt Locker (2009) – 8/10 – Intense performance by Jeremy Renner and some great set pieces. It may have been in my top 15 from last year.

Currently have out:
The Wire: Season 4, Disc 1 (2005)
The Wire: Season 4, Disc 2 (2005)
Last Cup: Road to the World Series of Beer Pong (2008)


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