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Netflix Rundown: August ’10 by Barbecue Bros

I’m actually surprised I watched this many movies considering I didn’t watch any the last few weeks of the month.

She’s Out of My League (2009) – 5/10
– A pretty generic Apatow-wannabe comedy. Jay Baruchel, I know everyone wants to be a lead in a movie, but please choose your future movies more wisely. At least Alice Eve was super hot in it.

Mystery Team (2009)
– 7/10 – The first film from the Derrick Comedy team (which includes Donald Glover of “Community”). A bit different, but funny enough and well worth the viewing. Aubrey Plaza (“Parks and Recreation”) also co-stars, so it definitely had that going for it.

Favela Rising (2005) – 8/10
– A documentary on the afro-reggae non-violent music movement in the favelas (or slums) of Rio de Janeiro. Made by one of the guys who did the recent “30 for 30” documentary, The Two Escobars.

Kick-Ass (2010) – 8/10
– A fun, visually appealing movie from director Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake). Chloe Moretz and Nic Cage were both awesome and I can’t wait for the sequel in 2012.

Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) – 6/10
– Funny concept, and decently funny movie. Nothing about it stood out for me, though. Honestly can’t remember a ton about the actual movie.

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) – 7/10
– Honestly, I watched this because Don and Lane considered going to see it in a recent episode of “Mad Men” (but instead ended up going to see Gojira). I love french movies (particularly french new wave), but I wasn’t quite expecting a “pop-art opera” where the dialogue is sung entirely (I’m not sure Don and Lane would have liked it either). Very french ending. Catherine Deneuve was lovely as always though.

Couples Retreat (2009) – 5/10
– I’ll always give a Jon Favreau/Vince Vaughn movie a viewing, but this just wasn’t all that funny.

Currently have out:
“Breaking Bad” Season 1 Disc 1 (2008)
The Bicycle Thief (1948)
The Stax Records Story

Cover art: The Darjeeling Limited Criterion Collection by Barbecue Bros
August 12, 2010, 11:42 am
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The Darjeeling Limited is coming out on DVD/Blu-ray on October 12 and features artwork by Ian Dingman, who also did the artwork for the Bottle Rocket Criterion Collection.

(via Slashfilm)

Linkdown: 7/27/10 by Barbecue Bros

Interview with “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner by Alan Sepinwall

– Vulture awesomely takes a look at what real life events happened during the hiatus between “Mad Men” seasons (that is, between December 16, 1963 and November 26, 1964) and how it might have affected the characters in the show

– Vulture’s also got a guide to the women of Don Draper

– Sunday’s premiere also showed a new-ish concept to 1964, “the promiscuous mingling of art and copy” between Peggy and layout designer Joey

The random roles of Andy Daly, who plays the awesome Principle Cutler on “East Bound and Down”

Some deets on the upcoming Goonies 25th anniversary box set

– Cinematical’s 2010 Comic-Con Awards

– Flavorwire’s 10 Glaring Omissions from Spin’s Top 125 Albums of the Past 25 Years, including Kid A, Neutral Milk Hotel and Salt N’ Pepa (?!)

Interview with Diplo on Major Lazer, M.I.A. and all the hate he supposedly gets from journalists

– Yesterday would have been Stanley Kubrick’s 82nd birthday

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)

Netflix Rundown: October 09 by Barbecue Bros

* indicates movies watched instantly

For All Mankind (1989)
– 8/10 – Amazing, never before seen footage of the Apollo missions, including the moon landing. Nice soundtrack by Brian Eno to accompany the film as well.

Californication: Season 1 (2007)
* – 7/10 – Enjoyable enough as a series, and the occasional T&A certainly doesn’t hurt. While the dialogue sometimes suffers from being too sharp or snappy (much like “Dawson’s Creek”, on which creator Tom Kapinos was a writer and exec producer for 5 years), David Duchovny usually pulls it off nicely.

Away We Go (2009)
– 7/10 – I was a little disappointed since the script by David Eggers and Vendela Vida was a bit too twee for my tastes.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
– 9/10 – Yes, I had not seen this movie until this past month (I know, I know). And it turned out to be exactly what I was expecting – very good.

The Girlfriend Experience (2009)
– 8/10 – Another “one for me” movie by Steven Soderbergh that provides an interesting look into the world of a high class call girl, with an interesting performance by adult film star Sasha Grey.

The Karate Kid, Part II (1986)*
– 6/10 – It was decent, but not great. Worth watching the week leading up to Halloween so I could get Miyagi down pat though.

Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus (2009)
* – 9/10 – Amazingly bad all the way around. Deborah “Don’t Call Me Debbie” Gibson lisps her way through a role as a marine biologist and Lorenzo Lamas plays a government higher up who doesn’t play by the rules (which you can tell because he is dressed in all black). Awful CGI combined with out of place stock footage and awful acting by everyone makes this one highly recommended for anyone anywhere.

Currently have out:
Sugar (2008)
Michael Clayton (2007)
Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)

Linkdown: 10/23/09 by Barbecue Bros

– The Life Feed’s 5-week fall report card for each major network; CBS tops the other networks thus far

“Top Chef Masters” gets a second go-round

The Hold Steady‘s Craig Finn and a Letterman writer are adapting Chuck Klosterman’s Fargo Rock City into a movie

– Speaking of Chuck Klosterman, Bill Simmons posted a two-part podcast featuring Chuck earlier this week that featured a lot of varied discussion on sports and pop culture (right sidebar)

– The apparently awful Miss March just shot up my Netflix queue, thanks to AV Club’s latest “I Watched This on Purpose” feature

– A couple of Tracy Morgan interviews: excerpts from Playboy and a segment from NPR’s “Fresh Air”

On his hobbies: “These days I’m into bike riding and breaking water. I like breaking women’s water. If you’re pregnant and you need your water broken, you need your labor induced, give me a call and I’ll ride my bike over and take care of it.”

– Hilarious: Happy One Week Anniversary, Bubble Boy

It is funny how Richard Heene was an avid storm chaser and now he has found himself in a MEDIA STORM! (Sorry.) But seriously, what a week, huh Heenes? Your family is basically ruined, you know. That’s sad. Although it’s probably for the best. You guys were too nuts! Nuts always finds its level. Level = jail. Nuts always finds its jail. I’m saying: go to jail. You’re driving us all crazy.

Netflix Rundown: September 09 by Barbecue Bros

* indicates movies watched instantly

The Field (1990)
– 7/10 – The second film of Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot) about an unrelenting farmer who covets a field his family has farmed for generations, but does not actually own. In swoops a wealthy American (Tom Berenger) who wants to buy the field and create a highway. Things go horribly wrong when they confront the man.

Super High Me (2007)*
– 7/10 – Doug Benson’s take on Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me, where first he goes 30 days sober and then goes 30 days smoking weed every day. Its a mostly harmless, somewhat amusing documentary about Doug and his standup until the last 15 minutes where it becomes kind of a proponent for a state’s right to legally have medical marijuana shops (shown to footage of various ones being raided by the DEA). There are several cameos from Benson’s comedian friends, such as Zach Galifianakis, Patton Oswalt, Bob Odenkirk, and Sarah Silverman.

The Last Emperor (1987) – 7/10
–  Bernardo Bertulucci’s epic story about the Pu Yi, the child emperor from 1908 until the Chinese revolution in 1911 when he had to abdicate. It won 9 Oscars (every one it was nominated for), and was the first film to receive permission to film in the Forbidden City. Beautifully shot and mostly interesting, but a bit long at 163 minutes.

The Karate Kid (1984)* – 7/10
– Probably the first time I’ve actually watched the whole movie start to finish, in preparation of my Mr. Miyagi costume for Halloween this year. Other than that, it’s The Karate Kid, not much more I can say. Elisabeth Shue was super cute.

Taken (2008) – 8/10
– Qui-Gon goes ape shit on a bunch of  terrorists who kidnapped his daughter. Like a boss.

Twilight (2008) – 5/10
– Decided to see what all the fuss was about after I enjoyed Kristen Stewart’s performance in Adventureland. It was what I thought it would be. Decent soundtrack.

Currently have out:
Sugar (2008)
The Girlfriend Experience (2009)
Michael Clayton (2007)