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Monday Movies: Excessive Buffering

Readers who have been worried that The Girlfriend and I haven’t been frittering away enough of our lives watching movies lately will be relieved to learn that we managed to get in three this weekend. None was great; one was severely hampered by the fact that Netflix needed to rebuffer every fifteen minutes — but at least I continue to clear out my queue.

  • The Informant! — This had some funny parts, but was mainly just confusing. As Matt Damon’s contradictions started to mount, it became more morbidly fascinating, but it took about half the movie for them to set all of that up. I wonder what percentage of the motivation to make this movie was just to make Matt Damon look ugly.
  • The Bicycle Thief — the main insight that I got from this harrowing tale of life during Hard Times was that adults who lived through better times are always going to be in denial — it’s the kids, for whom deprivation is their native language, who probably need to be put in charge.
  • An Education — this is the first movie I’ve ever seen that had a Latin-learning montage. It also portrayed a strange method of seducing teenagers — the first time they spend the night together, the suave older man is fine with her desire to put off losing her virginity, asking only that he get to see her boobs, which are, in his words, “so big.” This is an interesting spin on the transactional approach to dating: “I’ve spend thousands of dollars on you, so certainly I at least deserve a peek, right?”

I also had Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity in my queue for this week, but in a mysterious turn of events, I never received it and was then notified that I’d mailed it back — presumably it was delivered to the wrong person and they just sent it back. This occurrence of course made me paranoid that I would never see any of my Netflix again, but I’m changing my address in a couple weeks anyway. Is it worth putting it back on?

What did you watch, dear readers?

May 24, 2010 - Posted by | Monday Movies


  1. Also, an announcement: in a triumph for those who enjoy deep feelings of despair, the majority of Michael Haneke’s films are currently available on Netflix “Watch Instantly.”

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | May 24, 2010

  2. yesterday i tried to watch a movie, there was a woman sculptor with manicured hands and i stopped watching it
    when i’ll finish my queue with at around 120 movies, i’ll stop the subscription i guess, that’s one more year to last i guess
    the watch instantly list i cleared almost, just try to watch a movie about 5-10 min and decide to delete, too easy availability corrupts one’s at least patience

    Comment by read | May 24, 2010

  3. Is it worth putting it back on?


    Comment by jms | May 24, 2010

  4. No movies this week, although I did have a near miss with The Hidden Fortress. I loved The Informant! — I think it’s Soderbergh at the exact right mix of play and straightforwardness. jms is exactly right.

    Comment by k-sky | May 24, 2010

  5. Of course Double Indemnity is worth putting back. Don’t be absurd.

    I watched The Sweet Smell of Success for the nth time last night, and as ever it made me feel really sleazy.

    I liked The Informant! primarily for the voiceovers. I couldn’t stop laughing at the one about the ties. It’s not really that confusing, is it?

    Comment by ben | May 24, 2010

  6. Mr. Hunsecker, you’ve got more twists than a barrel of pretzels!

    Comment by k-sky | May 24, 2010

  7. You’re dead, k-sky. Get yourself buried.

    Comment by ben | May 24, 2010

  8. Cat’s in the bag and the bag’s in the river.

    Comment by k-sky | May 25, 2010

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