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Monday Movies: Only one

The only movie we watched this week was Le Samourai, which sounded cool from the Netflix envelope and then wound up being kind of “blah.”

The rest of our viewing budget was spent on The West Wing, the first season of which has like eight episodes per (two-sided) disc — and of course, we “might as well” watch the whole disc, right?

What did you watch, readers?


May 10, 2010 - Posted by | Monday Movies


  1. I REFUSE to believe that Le Samouraï is blah in any respect!

    Comment by ben | May 10, 2010

  2. Watched the new Nicole Holofcener movie, Please Give, which was a very good study in discomfort and women who don’t love themselves securely enough, but whose flaws are hard to dismiss if you’ve seen Year of the Dog.

    “Whose” doesn’t really work in that sentence, but I hate (Phillipe, too soon!) that there isn’t a word that does.

    Comment by k-sky | May 10, 2010

  3. Your devotion to your “stories” is admirable. My wife and I have had the final episode of the third season (all by itself on the disk) of Dexter for about two months now. So we’re paying Netflix about $15 for that one episode.

    Comment by Matt in Toledo | May 10, 2010

  4. I’ve been meaning to see Please Give. I don’t watch much movies as a rule but Nicole Holofcener is an exception, perhaps because her films are less like going to the movies than like paying to sit through two hours of my own life, presented to me in a pleasantly dissociated format.

    I finished watching the first two seasons of Dexter. As clever as it is, I think I’ll stop. It’s a good show — smart, well-written, well-acted — but (as I guess befits a show about a sociopath) it has no real heart. Doakes’ death should have been heartbreaking, and instead it was a cleverly-written bit of plotting that neatly tied off the season. Fun, but two seasons of a smart, shallow suspense show is more than enough.

    (I’m sorry, Craig. My principles cry out against the ungodly mingling of movies with television, but these bastards make me do it.)

    Comment by jms | May 10, 2010

  5. Iron Man, the first.

    Comment by Hill | May 10, 2010

  6. “Terminator: Salvation”–John Connor was unbelievable, resembling Batman more than a warrior-Jesus. McG should be lashed many times for casting Christian Bale in that role. Likewise, anyone who didn’t want the terminators to kill Kyle Reese should themselves be terminated. What was with the plucky kid? Intolerable. Lastly, the robot-with-a-heart was just dumb. Oh, actually lastly, the T-600s were altogether too weak while the T-800 was altogether too powerful.

    “Four Christmases” had me whistling Christmas songs all weekend long. Joe Favreau was a delight.

    Comment by Craig | May 11, 2010

  7. Even though I more or less agree with Craig’s individual points regarding “Terminator: Salvation,” I still loved it and want more. I have a genuine fear of robot takeover, and I found the movie exhilarating.

    Comment by Hill | May 11, 2010

  8. It is generally advisable to be distrustful of robots–this is well explored in science “fiction.” As we all know, science fiction is but a premediation of what it is likely to come before we die (of natural causes). One of my dogs, Mica, is convinced–since watching BSG–that the robots are going to take over. She is distrustful of the TV, receiver, computer and garbage can (perhaps drawing upon R2D2 for that one).

    Comment by Craig | May 12, 2010

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