11-29-2010, 07:34 PM
I watched Lexx recorded off the air by a friend since I did not have cable at the time (not that I have it now, either). It has some okay ideas early on, but focuses far too much on sophomoric humor and how much of a sad sack Stanley is. Also, since the Lexx's only armament is planet-killing, a whole lot of plots revolve around the group's inability to fend off boarders (thus putting the boarders in range of an incredibly capable immortal assassin, so they have to find all kinds of ways to take Kai out of the mix as well), which gets rather repetitive.
However, the third season shows unexpected flashes of brilliance. I would skip straight there and see what you think.
11-30-2010, 12:06 PM
I got about 6 or 7 episodes into the second season, keep meaning to go back to it. I enjoyed the first season more in part because of Eva Habermann and the guest stars. There is a lot of repetition though.
Oh and the Eva Habermann shower scene is the censored version on Netflix. Not ashamed to say I Googled it! You can't deny me Habermann's boobies!!
12-01-2010, 08:13 AM
Bob Hodges: There's two bulls standing on top of a mountain. The younger one says to the older one: "Hey pop, let's say we run down there and fuck one of them cows". The older one says: "No son. Lets walk down and fuck 'em all".
12-01-2010, 08:37 PM
French ex-mob killer turned chef travels to Hong Kong to find those who killed his daughter's family. Intense and stylish.
12-02-2010, 06:38 AM
I watched "Valhalla Rising" the other night, on account of seeing it was newish and was directed by the fellow who did the fantastic Pusher trilogy. It's all very surreal and artsy-fartsy with sometimes strained affect and sometimes legitimately beautiful shots that could be paintings. The last two-thirds or so remind me of a less well-executed or less confident in itself Aguirre: Wrath of God. Overall, I liked it.
12-02-2010, 08:59 AM
Ah cool, I'll have to check it out. Have you seen "Bronson"? Nick Winding Refn's English language offer. It stars the guy from Inception with the hair that nobody would notice, if they didn't know him from Bronson.
Originally Posted by Drastic
Very Kubrickesque and entertaining.
12-02-2010, 09:55 AM
I haven't got round to Bronson yet, but keep intending to.
12-02-2010, 12:42 PM
Bronson very much interested me, but kinda seemed like one of those Portrait of a Motherfucker films which require some recovery time for me - and I just watched Chopper.
Have I got it wrong?
12-02-2010, 12:44 PM
You have not.
Originally Posted by zengonzo
12-02-2010, 01:58 PM
Possibly one of the worst films ever, which got "rediscovered" fairly recently by hipsters or some other youth sect that like bad things ironically. A friend and I are going to check it out Monday over a few beers.
12-02-2010, 02:03 PM
It got "rediscovered" because of the documentary about it called Best Worst Movie, didn't it?
Or were you being ironic. Like rain on your wedding day.
12-02-2010, 03:13 PM
Oh that's right.
Originally Posted by XtienMurawski
I blame hipsters for everything. And it did rain on my wedding day, unironically.
12-02-2010, 05:05 PM
12-02-2010, 06:49 PM
My bar for watching a movie on instant watch is the lowest watching bar I have. This movie broke me about 1/2 of the way through, it wasn't even just bad it was nothing.
Originally Posted by JoshV
12-04-2010, 12:38 AM
So you didn't get to the twist?
Originally Posted by chet
Because that was something alright...
12-04-2010, 05:52 AM
12-06-2010, 12:39 PM
The Keep. I decided this would make a great Saturday night 1am can't sleep movie. It had Gabriel Byrne and Iam McKellen in the cast so I thought maybe this can be good!
It wasn't! I'm not sure how to describe this movie. Some Nazis are in a haunted castle but it's not a ghost it's some kind of golem. Ian McKellen is a wheelchair-bound jewish... expert? I dunno but apparently he's the only one who knows about the golem so the Nazis hire him to, I guess, kill it? I don't know why the Nazis can't just leave the dumb castle it guards nothing but a bottomless abyss, leads nowhere, has no strategic value that I can discern.
Ian McKellen's character has some disease that makes him frail, and when I saw him I thought "damn, was this guy ever young?", because in his sick makeup he looks like Magneto. Then the Golem, in the form of Awesome Skeletor Guy, heals him and holy shit, he was young once.
There's another character that can shoot lasers from his eyes and I don't know where he came from but I think he's Jesus.
EDIT: I forgot the best part! The soundtrack by some electronica group called Tangerine Dream. Because nothing says haunted castle nazi horror like synthesizers.
12-07-2010, 09:37 AM
This is kind of a Netflix DVD question, but I didn't want to start a whole new thread. Is Netflix delaying the availability of its DVDs? Inception comes out today, but Netflix tells me it doesn't release until January. Are they getting strong-armed into delaying in this way? If so, how long has this been going on?
Edit: Nevermind, I found the answer via Google. They inked a deal with Fox and Universal to delay 28 days so the studios could get more sales. Balls.
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12-07-2010, 09:43 AM
I watched this specifically because it had a Tangerine Dream soundtrack. (They also did Firestarter and Legend!) It's awful. Not only is the movie bad, but the soundtrack totally dates it and somehow makes it even worse.
Originally Posted by Wallapuctus
12-07-2010, 09:51 AM
It isn't just about DVD sales... Netflix gets better/more access to Instant movies. In my opinion, Netflix's ultimate goal is to make mailed DVDs the minority part of their business and focus on streaming as a replacement to pay cable networks, meanwhile the pay cable networks have been shifting for years away from movie reruns as their primary draw to original programming.
Originally Posted by Jamie Madigan
12-08-2010, 03:48 AM
Originally Posted by jason
As a Netflix customer, I support this tradeoff. I'd rather have more movies available for streaming, even if it means I don't get movies for rental quite as soon.
I think this was mentioned in another thread, but the NY Times says Netflix Watch Instantly is now responsible for up to 20% of all Internet traffic during peak hours.
12-08-2010, 06:27 PM
Written by Darren Aronofsky, about a WW2 submarine haunted by a murdered crew-member. Directed by David Twohy, who made Heinlein-style "hard science" sci-fi films like The Arrival and Pitch Black. This film is no different, with a lot of period detail and attention to military hardware of the time. It also features Zach Galifianakis as creepy comic relief sporting a larger beard that Santa Claus. And yes it is scary, with enough "cheap shot" scares to satisfy John Carpenter.
12-08-2010, 06:41 PM
It also features the most brilliant depiction of depth charge combat ever put on screen.
Originally Posted by VSys114
12-08-2010, 07:02 PM
Agreed. I enjoyed the closeup shots of the brass pressure door gears working, and the etch-a-sketch temperature meter (especially when the ghost was near and it dropped!)
Originally Posted by drake113
12-08-2010, 08:59 PM
Below is a great little creepy movie. I didn't expect it to be quite as creepy as it turned out to be -- I'm a sucker for submarine movies anyway but this one was really something extra. Didn't know Aronofsky wrote it, I guess this must be the only thing he's done that I've actually enjoyed.
Oh shit, now I've done it.
12-09-2010, 09:54 AM
You had me until Zach Galifianakis. Can't stand him in movies, and I've tried a few of his :(
Originally Posted by VSys114
Given this, was it good enough to watch anyway? I really liked the style of Pitch Black.
12-09-2010, 10:32 AM
It is a great movie, it has been awhile since I've seen it but I don't remember Galifianakis in it (not saying he isn't, just saying he isn't a major player).
Originally Posted by dwolfe
12-09-2010, 11:57 AM
He plays a bit part in the movie. But honestly, I found the movie to be mostly forgettable.
Originally Posted by dwolfe
12-09-2010, 11:59 AM
Yeah, my bar is pretty low too, and this was movie was just despicably awful.
Originally Posted by chet
12-09-2010, 04:55 PM
William Hurt stars as a Soviet detective investigating a triple murder in the eponymous location. A great supporting cast including Star Wars' Ian McDiarmid (The Emperor) bolster the film, which is briskly directed by Micheal Apted with a feisty early score from James Horner.