telling minor stories to avoid a major one


Netflix Rundown: May ’10 by Barbecue Bros

* indicates movies watched instantly


Women In Trouble (2009)*
– 5/10 – An interweaving story of 10 women with disparate jobs (including adult actresses, a therapist, a mom, a flight attendant, etc)  in LA dealing with everyday struggles. The movie has a great cast – Carla Gugino, Connie Britton, Adrianne Palicki, Emmanuelle Chiriqui, Marley Shelton, Sarah Clarke, Josh Brolin, Simon Baker – but not a great story for them to work with.


Art & Copy (2009)*
– 8/10 – A fascinating documentary that documents the explosion of advertising in the mid-century (think of the “Mad Men” era) and also explores the bigger ad campaigns of recent memory – “Just Do It,” “I Love NY,” “Where’s the Beef?,” “Got Milk,” “Think Different,” and the iPod campaigns. Very interesting if you are interested in art or design.


Up In The Air (2009)
– 8/10 – Rewatched one of my favorites from last year with LAM. Still very good, but I believe I moved it down a point from my initial rating of 9.


The Endless Summer II (1994)*
– 7/10 – Director Bruce Brown of the original Endless Summer documentary, returns nearly 30 years later with a movie that follows the same basic premise. Interestingly, it revisits many of the same people and places as the original.


La Strada (1954)
– 8/10 – This italian neorealist movie from auteur Federico Fellini is actually #224 in IMDb’s top 250 and won the first ever Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It follows the sad life of a slow-witted girl who is sold by her mother to a circus performer Zampano and endures hardships as she follows him as he travels down the road (“la strada”) earn a living.


La Dolce Vita (1960)
– 8/10 – Another influential film from Fellini, La Dolce Vita follows playboy Marcello living it up over seven days and nights in decadent Rome. The only constant is Marcello, but the movie weaves in and out of different aspects of a life where there are no more values except alcohol and sex.

Currently have out:
I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell (2009) – Gonna be awful, but interested to see how awful
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) – Also gonna be awful, but you know me
Where The Wild Things Are (2009) – Really surprised that I haven’t seen this yet

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