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Monday Movies: Motivation is lacking

Why am I still writing these posts? Nevertheless:

  • The Lower Depths — I was casting about for a new director to try, and Brad suggested Jean Renoir. This remake of Gorky’s play didn’t impress me, in part because of some serious shakiness and bluriness throughout.

And that’s the only movie I watched, as we’re getting more into watching TV shows on DVD of late — True Blood (season 2, as The Girlfriend recently saw season 1), The Larry Sanders Show, and Damages (which turned out to be really bad, in my view, meaning I only watched the first disc).

On the queue for next week: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, His Girl Friday, and The Dead Sleep Well.


June 28, 2010 - Posted by | Monday Movies


  1. Obviously you should have watched the Kurosawa Lower Depths instead.

    Comment by ben | June 28, 2010

  2. The Netflix envelope itself recommended that, weirdly enough. (Well, not “instead.”)

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | June 28, 2010

  3. Why no love for damages? Albeit, the middle of the first season drags just a bit, but it is quite good.

    Comment by Stephen | June 28, 2010

  4. Terrible dialogue combined with cheap, contrived suspense. If I hear Glen Close say someone has “tremendous potential” one more time, I may die. I feel like they somehow managed to poach the writers from the last two seasons of Prison Break.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | June 28, 2010

  5. 3:10 To Yuma

    Comment by Hill | June 28, 2010

  6. It wasn’t this weekend, but I saw Toy Story 3 last Tuesday and thought it was excellent. I saw it in 3D, but really don’t remember being wowed by that aspect of it, so I wouldn’t recommend springing for those few extra bucks.

    Comment by Matt in Toledo | June 28, 2010

  7. i sent back Andrey Tarkovsky’s Sacrifice without watching, kept it for a week
    couldn’t muster the appropriate mood to watch serious cinema i guess in this heat cz must be hypoxia, yesterday slept very well with the ac on the whole night that got even a little bit cold, the o2 dissociation curve must be shifted that, to the left

    Comment by read | June 28, 2010

  8. “Everybody makes fun of me for never having seen T2,” said mrs. k-sky. After the first two-fifths, she got bored and went to bed.

    I’m excited for you to see His Girl Friday. It is a personal (and universal) favorite.

    Comment by k-sky | June 28, 2010

  9. k-sky gets it right in 8.2, and mrs. k-sky gets it even righter in 8.1.

    Comment by jms | June 28, 2010

  10. Sacrifice is absolutely incredible. Don’t give up!!!!!

    Comment by Hill | June 28, 2010

  11. okay, i’ll try again in the autumn

    Comment by read | June 29, 2010

  12. I am looking forward to “Eclipse.” It is a film, I strongly believe, worth seeing in a theater. “Snakes on a Plane” was the last movie I felt this strongly about. (Admittedly, we wanted to see the previous two “Twilight” films in theater, but just never got around to it.)

    I watched a “made for TV” movie this afternoon called “Final Verdict.” It was terrible, which was to be expected. My question, of course, is why are so many “made for TV” movies made in Canada by Canadian production companies with a primarily Canadian cast and funded by various Canadian government agencies, but are nonetheless set in nondescript American cities? For instance, there was a Tori Spelling movie where she was a psychic lawyer, filmed in Ottawa, but set in like Cleveland or Baltimore. I’ve seen “The Wire” and Ottawa and Baltimore don’t look anything alike. Likewise, “Final Verdict” was clearly filmed in either Montreal or Quebec City, but was possibly set in New York (there was a single reference, I think, to “the east river”), but the cop cars just said “Police,” so it really could have been anywhere including Scotsdale.

    We also had the genuine pleasure of watching “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” I remain shocked that there is still a large segment of the female population who finds both Draco and Snape sexually attractive. Ron’s girlfriend was rather annoying, but given that she was basically a Hermione-doppleganger, that was to be expected. The whole “Snape is the Half-Blood Prince” angle was done altogether too quickly. Good to see that Bridget Jones’s dad is still working.

    “True Blood,” as you well know, is a topic of discussion for Thursday!

    Comment by Craig | June 29, 2010

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