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Recent DVD acquisitions

Pushing Daisies DVDWere the World Mine DVDSummer doldrums got you down?  No worries – tuck in with a good DVD!

This past week we acquired both the first season of Pushing Daisies (welcome back, Pie Man) and also my much-beloved Were the World Mine.

On Tuesday, I’ll be picking us up the final episodes of Battlestar Galactica (e.g. season 4.5).  Sure, it’s for us, but it’s mostly going to feed the addiction of our friends.

Life?  Is good.

Recent DVD acquisitions

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Short DVD reviews – part 10

Has it really been 4 months since I’ve posted these?  Well let’s hop to it. As always, I promise you reviews of our latest Netflix rentals in 25 words or less!

The VisitorThe Boys in the Band – A cult classic that feels really dated.  Gay stereotypes galore.  A few choice one-liners, though.

200 American – Perhaps the worst gay movie ever made.  If the acting, directing and camerawork sucks, what was the budget spent on?

Bottle Shock – Story about the genesis of California wine making.  A bit predictable, but it’s still worth a whiff.

The Visitor – Small and engrossing film about making friends out of strangers.  Richard Jenkins deserved that Oscar nomination!

Monsoon Wedding -Visually lush but ultimately dull film about Indian families coming together as secrets come out.

Changeling – Disturbing tale of corruption and cover-up in the 1920s.  Angelina Jolie was good, but an Oscar nomination?  Not so much.

Chuecatown – Truly bizarre tale of a killer determined to create the perfect gayborhood.  That being said – the men are Spanish, and therefore pretty hot.

Hero – I like the visually stunning martial arts films of China, but this is the dullest of what I’ve seen.  Give me House of Flying Daggers.

Tropic Thunder – Insane comedy skewers Hollywood action films.  Definitely has funny moments, but it’s no Zoolander.

The Princess Diaries 2 – Shut up, it made me smile.  Several times.  Love you, Julie Andrews!

An American in Paris – A classic movie musical, worth it just for Gene Kelly’s dream dance sequence.  Technicolor heaven.

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Rachel Getting Married – A family deals with addiction in this movie that is engrossing and suffocating.  Anne Hathaway – fantastic, and deserved the Oscar nomination.  The best man – hott!

Vicky Cristina Barcelona – Woody Allen movies don’t work on me, when will I learn?  Penelope Cruz is the only reason to watch.

The Workshop – A truly bizarre documentary about people at a sexual/naturist/spiritual/whatever retreat.  Why couldn’t I stop watching?

Big Night – A wonderful movie that celebrates the wonder that is Italian food.  The who’s who of Hollywood cast charms.

Ladies in Lavender – Charming little film where spinster sisters Judi Dench and Maggie Smith discover a shipwrecked violinist.  Sweet and humorous.

His Secret Life – A man dies and his widow finds out about his long-term gay lover on the side.  The script goes nowhere fast.

AP Photo/Samuel Goldwyn Films

AP Photo/Samuel Goldwyn Films

Elegy – Ben Kingsley is talented as always, but I’m starting to think I’d watch Penelope Cruz in anything – she’s radiant.

Short DVD reviews - part 10Torn Curtain – Hitchcock film features Julie Andrews and Paul Newman.  Slow to start, but eventually hits his usual tense climax, this time on a bus.

Marley & Me – Despite Owen Wilson being himself, this dog lover’s movie will get you where it hurts.  Bring tissues.

Bride Wars – Sly and funny tale of best friends with competing weddings.  Screw the critics – I laughed – a lot!

Now that I’ve gone through this list, I realize I’ve been on some kind of Anne Hathaway and Penelope Cruz kick lately.  Maybe they should do a movie together?

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Short DVD Reviews – Part 9

Goodness, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted these, so let’s get to it. As always, I promise you reviews of our latest Netflix rentals in 25 words or less!

Young @ Heart – What do the elderly have to teach us about life, when they are rocking out to the classics?  Plenty!

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Torchwood, Seasons 1 and 2 – You’ve seen my previous post on this awesome series.  Watch it, love it.

I’m Not There – I don’t really like Bob Dylan.  I do love Cate Blanchett.  Not enough to make me keep watching.

Upstairs, Downstairs, Season 1 – I think I could keep watching and get into this show about British servants and their masters, but it’s not right for me right now.

XXY – Can a transgender girl find love with a clueless boy?  Apparently not.

Gone Baby Gone – The ending twist was curiously good, but this Boston cop thriller mostly bored me.

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day – A silly comedy with simple fun.  Worth it just to fawn over Lee Pace.

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The Italian Job – A cleverly plotted heist thriller.  Worth it just to fawn over Jason Statham.

John Adams – The best TV miniseries I think I’ve ever seen.  It made me excited about history.  How bizarre is that?

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 – It was nice to visit old friends, but this is missing the magic of the original.

Ken Burns’ America: The Shakers – Should have been an interesting documentary, but I left feeling like I hadn’t learned anything new about this colonial religious group.

Ziegfield Follies – A mixed bag of splashy musical numbers and comic bits.  Worth it just to marvel at the real Fanny Brice!

Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild! – Hilarious humor for gay men only!  Gross-out laughs and hot guys.

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All Over the Guy – Why must gay men in gay movies be so full of bitchiness and self-loathing?  This movie was lousy.

30 Days, Season 1 – Hit or miss episodes putting people in situations opposite their everyday.  Best one was Morgan Spurlock living on minimum wage for a month.  Heartbreaking stuff.

Man on Wire – A shockingly engrossing documentary about a Frenchman who did a tightrope walk across the Twin Towers.  Part re-enactment, part storytelling.  Mesmerizing!

Short DVD Reviews - Part 9

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Like so many bloggers out there, it’s time for me to post my 2008 year in review.  To keep it simple, I’ll list my best and worst picks in each category.

I have two little caveats.  First of all, I’m behind on my year-end movie viewing, so there’s a lot of awards fodder that I have yet to see – Benjamin Button, Doubt, Frost/Nixon…  So I’ll be focusing on what I’ve actually seen.  And for my worst on each list, I will sometimes be focusing not so much on the worst thing, but perhaps the most disappointing.  You’ll see what I mean.

Best and Worst of 2008Best movies of the yearWall•E and The Dark Knight

This one has to be a tie, as both films were just unbelievably good.  The former was a simple love story that tugs at the heart, with visuals so stunning you wonder, “What can they do next?”  The latter was a tightly wound action masterpiece, with a performance by Heath Ledger that deserves a posthumous Oscar.  Dual brilliance!

Worst movie of the yearVantage Point

I’m fairly certain that when the director was putting this action thriller together, his intention wasn’t to make the entire audience crack up.  And yet that’s what was happening all around me as we saw this stinker.

Best DVDs we rentedJohn Adams (TV) and Young @ Heart (movie)

John Adams was a real surprise.  I’d heard all the good reviews but was unprepared to be so enthralled with…history.  And for movies there was nothing more enchanting than a group of senior citizens breathing new life into classic rock in Young @ Heart.

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Worst DVD we rentedThe Advocate

Not even the naked tush of Colin Firth could save this horrendously bad and bizarre tale of people who put animals on trial for witchcraft.

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Best TV show of the yearLost

I loved me some Battlestar Galactica, but with so few episodes actually airing in 2008, I have to give the edge to the full 4th season of Lost which took things in exciting new directions between flash-forwards and the revelations about the Oceanic 6.  “JIN!!!!”

Worst TV show of the yearHeroes

Yes, I know it can’t really be the worst when you think about horrible reality shows on E! and VH1, but this one was by far the biggest disappointment.  Poised for a huge comeback (or so we were told) it merely fizzled out with the same lame crap they did in season 2.  When a sophomore slump turns into junior junk, it’s time to throw in the towel.

Best album of the yearFunplex by The B-52’s

For a band that’s been around this long, it was a blast to see them come out with something so amazing and fun.  But I’ll give an honorable mention to Adele’s 19 which was a real find.

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Most annoying song of the year – “I Kissed a Girl” by Katy Perry

Yeah, I’m not going to be buying an album unless I know it’s pretty good (the wonder of the iTunes revolution).  So I’ll pick this song as the one that grates on my nerves every time I hear it.  An SNL parody didn’t help matters much.

Best and Worst of 2008 5Best book I read this yearAnimal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

To call a book life-changing is high praise, but in this case it fits the bill.  In the last 6 months we have really changed our lives in small ways towards purchasing and eating local food and it’s been awesome.

Worst book I read this yearThen We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris

This was not only totally opposite what I expected from reading the cover, it just was annoying.  Our book club managed to talk about it for about 20 minutes before we were ready to set it aside and gab about things in life that are actually interesting.

Favorite new game of the yearThurn und Taxis

I like the pace, style and myriad choices this game offers.  Relatively easy to learn and most satisfying.  Good times!

Worst game situation of the year – An opponent gets the “Heavenly Halo” card in Killer Bunnies

Argh!  It kind of makes you want to kill their bunny.  Except you can’t.  (I’ll explain this game further in an upcoming post.)

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That’s my list – how about yours?  Are there some real winners for the year I just haven’t seen/read/heard yet?

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