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May 29, 2009


my last 10 mail-order rentals aren't as embarassing as they could have been:

1. The Island
2. The Sacrifice / Andrei Tarkovsky
3. The Goonies
4. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
5. Slumdog Millionaire
6. MST3K: Gunslinger
7. Miller's Crossing
8. Deep Impact
9. MST3K: Prince of Space
10. Blindness

1, 3, 6, 8 & 9 were for the kids benefit. 8 is the most embarassing, but i claim it was an object lesson in the tendency of movie studios to release similar movies in the same year (in this case we compared Armageddon and Deep Impact. DI is superior in my view, but still horrendous.)

slumdog millionaire was not my choice though i liked it better than i had anticipated. i was put off by all of the accolades and awards.

i rate 'sacrifice' a 4 out of 5, my spouse would rate it a negative infinity.

'kiss kiss' and 'millers xing' are both outstanding. the first an updated noir film, the second a cohen bros joint.

'the island' stars young obi wan and -- ahem -- scarlett johansson

'blindness': feh.

I have no problem with interweb behavior and I appreciate being thought of. My problem is that we rent so few. Mostly Mr. Yenta watches really horrible movies that I try to avoid. I'll have to try to figure it out with him when I get home from work. I'll never come up with 10 but it seems to me that we saw something recently....

Give me a few moments to find some critically-acclaimed flicks to replace the Michael Bay oeuvre I usually rent. I am so s-m-r-t. I really need to see that Wire thing, everyone I know who has seen it raves about the thing.

Red Dwarf
Battle in Seattle
The Magdelene Sisters
Dante 01
The International
The IT Crowd
The Lives of Others
MST3K -- This Island Earth

Boy, with my DVD player broken for so long, coupled with my boys reluctance to go to the video store due to my ever increasing frustration with their inabitlity to choose a goddamned movie, the last film I can absolutely recall renting was Fight Club.
However, we have been buying videos at thrift stores and garage sales (VHS, being a dead format, means that buying a tape is cheaper than renting) we have purchased the following:
The Young Ones Vol. I
Die Hard With A Vengeance
Blazing Saddles
This Is Spinal Tap
Yellow Submarine
The Lost Boys
Office Space
Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Without looking I can tell you that mine is mostly True Blood and House.

I can't even keep 'The Wire' in my queue. The Frogette gets so frustrated, she goes out and rents them from Blockbuster before the even arrive.

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