Sunday, July 31, 2011

#120 - 127 (A week's worth aka Cheating)

 Dearest Readers,

I'm going to be away from the internet for a week -
so here's a bunch of picks all at once!

I'm not going to write little blurbs for each, but that doesn't mean I don't cherish them.  I just don't have enough time.

Thanks for understanding.

-Me


#120: Broken Arrow

directed by John Woo.
starring John Travolta and Christian Slater.


Sacred Sunday!

#121: A Clockwork Orange
written for the screen and directed by Stanley Kubrick.
starring Malcolm McDowell.


Magnificent Monday!

#122: Mad Men

 created by Matthew Weiner.
starring Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, January Jones,
Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Vincent Kartheiser,
Jared Harris, Kiernan Shipka, Rich Sommer,
Alison Brie, Robert Morse, and Bryan Batt. 

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Mad_Men/70136135?trkid=2361637

Totally TV Tuesday!

#123: Dumb and Dumber

written and directed by the Farrelly brothers.
starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.


Wacky Wednesday!

#124: Winter's Bone

written by Debra Granik and Anne Rosselli.
directed by Debra Granik.
starring Jennifer Lawrence.


Traumatic Thursday!

#125: Sin Nombre

written and directed by Cary Fukunaga.


Foreign Friday!

#126: Burglar
starring Whoopi Goldberg and Bobcat Goldthwait.

So Bad It's Good Saturday!

#127: Trainspotting

 directed by Danny Boyle.
starring Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner, Robert Carlyle,
 Kevin McKidd and Kelly MacDonald.


Sacred Sunday!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

#119: Hackers

starring Jonny Lee Miller, Angelina Jolie, Renoly Santiago, Matthew Lillard,
Laurence Mason, Jesse Bradford, Lorraine Bracco, and Fisher Stevens.

Rollerblading and hacking go hand in hand.


Today is So Bad It's Good Saturday!

Friday, July 29, 2011

#118: Enter the Void

written and directed by Gaspar Noé.

Colorful and alive.
Your eyes will thank you.


Today is Foreign Friday!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

#117: Jarhead

directed by Sam Mendes.
starring Jake Gylenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Jamie Fox, Lucas Black,
and Chris Cooper.
cinematography by Roger Deakins.

You don't need to see actual combat
to come home a changed human being.

Help!  It's Traumatic Thursday!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

#116: Hudson Hawk

directed by Michael Lehmann.
starring Bruce Willis, Andie MacDowell, Danny Aiello,
James Coburn, Richard E. Grant, and Sandra Bernhard.
cinematography by Dante Spinotti.

Crazy Stupid Laughs.


Today is Wacky Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

#115: The Office (U.K.)

created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

I know how much you love the American version,
but nothing beats the British original.


and don't forget the specials that ended the series:

Today is Totally TV Tuesday!

Monday, July 25, 2011

#114: Manhattan

written and directed by (and starring) Woody Allen.
also starring Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway, Michael Murphy,
and Meryl Streep.
 cinematography by Gordon Willis.

Master and Commander.

Today is Magnificent Monday!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

#113: The Kid Stays in the Picture

directed by Nanette Burnstein and Brett Morgan.
starring Robert Evans.

Tales from a mega-producer.


Today is Sacred Sunday!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

#112: On Deadly Ground

directed by and starring Steven Seagal.
also starring Michael Caine, Joan Chen, and John C. McGinley.
*with a special appearance by Billy Bob Thornton.

Defending the environment with acts of violence.


Today is So Bad It's Good Saturday!

Friday, July 22, 2011

#111: 49 Up

directed by Michael Apted.

Up, up and away.

Today is Foreign Friday!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

#109: Vernon, FL

directed by Errol Morris.

Tribute to a small town.

Today is Wacky Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

#108: Rocko's Modern Life

created by Joe Murray.

Everyone's a wallaby on the inside.


Today is Totally TV Tuesday!

Monday, July 18, 2011

#107: Toy Story 3

written by Michael Arndt.
directed by Lee Unkrich.

Adult toys.


Today is Magnificent Monday!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

#106: Rivers and Tides

directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer.

An exploration into the world of Andy Goldsworthy and his art.


Today is Sacred Sunday! 

Saturday, July 16, 2011

#105: Deadfall

co-written and directed by Christopher Coppola.
starring Michael Biehn, Sarah Trigger, Nicolas Cage,
James Coburn, Angus Scrimm,
and Charlie Sheen.

Holy moly.
Nicolas Cage's supporting role as Eddie might be
the wildest performance of his career.
Throw in Charlie Sheen as a pool shark
and Angus Scrimm with a futuristic claw hand
and well, you've got yourself a rodeo.


Today is So Bad It's Good Saturday!


Friday, July 15, 2011

#104: La Femme Nikita

written and directed by Luc Besson.
starring Anne Parillaud.

Girls just want to have fun.


Today is Foreign Friday!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

#103: My Name Is Bruce

 Co-produced, directed by, and starring Bruce Campbell.

Bruce Campbell as Bruce Campbell
brought to you by Bruce Campbell.

Help!  It's Traumatic Thursday!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

#102: The Sugarland Express

directed by Steven Spielberg.
starring Goldie Hawn.
music by John Williams.

Young Spielberg knew what he was doing.


Today is Wacky Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

#101: Ally McBeal

created by David E. Kelley.
starring Calista Flockhart.

Don't knock it till you've tried it.


Today is Totally TV Tuesday!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Well, I've made it to 100.

100.
 It's a milestone.  That's for sure.

Choosing something I genuinely like
that fits into a specific category
for every day of the week
that's available to watch instantly on Netflix
has been a challenge

Did I really just recommend Larger Than Life, Caveman, and Speed 2?
How many Australian flicks can I pick before I have to change
Foreign Fridays to Aussie Fridays?
Memento is good, but is it sacred?
These are questions I've had to ask myself.

There are probably 5 or so recommendations I would change if I could... but I can't.  It wouldn't be right.  I will live with those decisions and so will you!  95 out of 100 ain't bad!

Some of the recent So Bad It's Good Saturday choices are more like So Bad They're Bad.  This comes with the territory.  Finding a bad movie that's enjoyable to watch isn't a simple task.

I must admit that I am proud of the recommendations I've made.  There is some top notch entertainment on this blog.  A few missteps along the way, but so far I think we're on the right track.

100 down, 265 to go.

Just remember that I also have a life.

#100: Blue Velvet

written and directed by David Lynch.

#100 has to be of the highest quality.


Today is Magnificent Monday!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

#99: Memento

based on a short story by Jonathan Nolan.
written for the screen and directed by Christopher Nolan.
starring Guy Pearce.

Sometimes I wish I had short-term memory loss.


Today is Sacred Sunday!


Saturday, July 9, 2011

#98: Larger Than Life

starring Bill Murray, Janeane Garofalo, and Matthew McConaughey.

Bill Murray will never forget.
(Even if he wants to.)


Today is So Bad It's Good Saturday!

Friday, July 8, 2011

#97: Let the Right One In

written by John Ajvide Lindqvist.
directed by Tomas Alfredson.
starring Kåre Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson.

This Swedish vampire drama is soooo superb.
It makes me want to go give blood.

(Please don't watch Let Me In, the copy/paste American remake.)

Today is Foreign Friday!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

#96: The Constant Gardener

directed by Fernando Meirelles.
starring Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz.

In my opinion, a lot more engrossing than horticulture.


Help!  It's Traumatic Thursday!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

#95: Slap Shot

directed by George Roy Hill.
starring Paul Newman.

A power play for hysterics!


Today is Wacky Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

#94: Criss Angel Mindfreak

starring Criss Angel.

Do you believe in magic?
I don't.
I do, however, believe that Criss Angel is
a spiritual being believed to act as an attendant, agent, or messenger of God,
conventionally represented in human form with wings and a long robe.


Today is Totally TV Tuesday!


Monday, July 4, 2011

#93: Eight Men Out

written for the screen and directed by John Sayles.
starring John Cusack, D.B. Sweeney, and Charlie Sheen.

There's nothing more American than baseball.
Well, maybe selling your soul for a dollar.
Just kidding.  I love this country.

Today is Magnificent July 4th Monday!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

#92: Buffalo '66

written and directed by Vincent Gallo.
starring Vincent Gallo, Christina Ricci, and Ben Gazzara.

Make it a treat.


Today is Sacred Sunday!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

#91: Caveman

 Starring Ringo Starr.

On paper it made perfect sense.


Today is So Bad It's Good Saturday!

Friday, July 1, 2011

#90: Breaker Morant

directed by Bruce Beresford.
starring Edward Woodward.

An Aussie war drama that'll make you throw a boomerang of anti-war sentiment.
(The war at hand is the Second Boer War in South Africa.)


Today is Foreign Friday!