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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 15, 2010
7:16 AM

Post #7560178

Coming form Ordered on Netflix #2
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1055833/
I was surprised- but OK- that DH brought home Julie and Julia. We both enjoyed it. Thanks for the previous discussions--wherever they were, either Netflix or New movies threads.

This message was edited Feb 15, 2010 2:18 AM

greenhouse_gal

greenhouse_gal
Southern NJ
United States
(Zone 7a)

February 15, 2010
11:55 AM

Post #7560354

Probably on Netflix.

I just watched Je l'aimais on TV5 Monde last night; I wasn't sure I'd like it because I didn't like the book as much as one other by Anna Gavalda, but it was very good. It's about a young woman whose husband just walked out on her, and her father-in-law, concerned, has her and her young girls spend a few days with him, during which he confesses that he had a long-term love affair years ago and fathered a child. I am still not quite sure what the point of it all was; maybe you have to be French. But I enjoyed it.
bebop2
Van Etten, NY
(Zone 5a)

February 15, 2010
2:11 PM

Post #7560600

It's not on Netflix yet but I'll watch for it. I usually like anything with Daniel Auteuil.

I watched an excellent French film this week. The Grocer's Son(Le fils de l'épicier) is about a young man who must return to his country village, after ten years in the city, to take care of his father's grocery story while his father recovers from a heart attack. There is lots of family conflict to work out, lots of village characters, and lovely cinematography of the French countryside. It is a very sweet, gentle film. None of the actors or the director were familiar to me.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 15, 2010
2:24 PM

Post #7560634

if you saw J and J--remember when they first found out Paul might lose his Paris assignment and they'd be sent to...(horrors!) South France...oh yeah, I could SO relate to that problem...

greenhouse_gal

greenhouse_gal
Southern NJ
United States
(Zone 7a)

February 15, 2010
2:53 PM

Post #7560700

Wow, where did you find the information on Je l'aimais? Another really good one is Anna Gavalda's Ensemble c'est tous, with Audrey Tatou.

After having seen Danny Auteuil in Pagnol's Jean de Florette it took me a while to warm up to him in subsequent films, but he can be very funny. I've got The Closet and My Best Friend; I also got Après Vous but haven't seen it yet.

We have Le fils de l'épicier and I've watched it twice; it's such a beautiful film - as much about a region and a way of life as it is about a young man and how he finds himself. I wasn't familiar with the actors or director either.

Do you like Agnès Jaoui? I first saw her in Un air de famille, and have looked for her elsewhere since then. Her latest, Parlez-moi de la pluie, was kind of weird though. Definitely not one of my favorites. I didn't realize that she and Jean-Pierre Bacri were a couple but that explains why he's in all of her films. And what about Francis Veber? His La chèvre was the first foreign film we took our kids to see, many years ago, and I assumed that if I saw it again I wouldn't find it nearly so funny. But I found it several years ago on Amazon and was delighted to discover that it had stood the test of time beautifully. We also got Les compères, which is very cute, too.

Speaking of being transferred to another place in France, what about Bienvenue Chez les Ch'tis. We really liked that one, too.
bebop2
Van Etten, NY
(Zone 5a)

February 15, 2010
3:44 PM

Post #7560909

I liked The Closet and My Best Friend (in which he is very funny but his sadness comes through in a very poignant way). He's doesn't always play funny roles. I think he has a lot of range. Probably my favorite films with Auteuil are:
Girl on the Bridge (directed by Patrice LeConte, one of my favorite directors)
The Heart in Winter (Un Coeur En Hiver)
Sade
The Widow of Saint-Pierre (also directed by Patrice LeConte)
Jean de Florette
Manon of the Spring

I haven't seen Un air de famille but will try to rent it.

greenhouse_gal

greenhouse_gal
Southern NJ
United States
(Zone 7a)

February 15, 2010
4:03 PM

Post #7560973

Reviews of the other Auteuil movies suggest that they can be rather somber, and I prefer my films lighter than that. Probably why I often watch comedies, or stories about relationships that don't end tragically!

If you see Un air de famille, let me know what you think of it.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 22, 2010
7:04 PM

Post #7579354

We found Paris Je T'Aime at Blockbuster- they have an International shelf now. That was interessant. !

greenhouse_gal

greenhouse_gal
Southern NJ
United States
(Zone 7a)

February 22, 2010
8:38 PM

Post #7579598

Kind of uneven, but very nice, we thought. I wonder whether our Blockbuster has an international shelf.

greenhouse_gal

greenhouse_gal
Southern NJ
United States
(Zone 7a)

February 28, 2010
5:02 PM

Post #7594497

Bebop, we just watched Après Vous and discovered, in talking about it, that we had completely different interpretations about what happened to the would-be suicide in the end. Did you see that one and do you remember what you thought?

I also just saw Happy-Go-Lucky, which is a British film that my daughter gave me a while ago. It was funny and interesting.
bebop2
Van Etten, NY
(Zone 5a)

February 28, 2010
8:58 PM

Post #7595002

No, I haven't seen that one. I did love Happy-Go-Lucky. I am a huge fan of Mike Leigh. Most of his films are a whole blacker than this one.

greenhouse_gal

greenhouse_gal
Southern NJ
United States
(Zone 7a)

February 28, 2010
9:55 PM

Post #7595142

I hadn't ever seen any of his, and I'm glad I got the one that was less dark, since I don't like dark! My daughter got that movie for me ages ago, and it had Chick Flick written all over it so I watched it by myself. I think DH would like it, though, so I'll probably see it again with him.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 28, 2010
10:09 PM

Post #7595164

we finally found Chocolate , the Thai movie about the autistic girl who learns martial arts by watching, and then goes after money owed to her mother by some gangsters. We liked it--different, we could have done with fewer fight scenes but it was impressive. And so was the shots during the credits where they showed how often actors and even the young girl had to be patched up after the blows and kicks really made contact!!! One tough girl!

slvrwilo

slvrwilo
Loudonville , OH
(Zone 5b)

February 28, 2010
10:11 PM

Post #7595169

Watched "The Ultimate Gift" and "The Ugly Truth". Both very good.
TwinLakesChef
OC, CA & Twin Lakes , IA
(Zone 4b)

March 1, 2010
10:58 PM

Post #7597811

I LOVED The Ultimate Gift

slvrwilo

slvrwilo
Loudonville , OH
(Zone 5b)

March 2, 2010
12:10 AM

Post #7597969

We have been getting a run of bad discs. Have had several that arrived cracked or broken and some that just wouldn't play right. The Ultimate Gift kept hanging up on us, so we missed a short part of it, but it was still a great movie.
ceceoh
Columbus, OH
(Zone 6a)

March 4, 2010
11:08 PM

Post #7605608

I got a bad disc a couple of weeks ago, too. First time it has happened in 3 years.

I wonder if they have cut back on the number of people they use to inspect and process the discs? They used to run help wanted ads in our local paper all the time, but I suppose the economy has effected them the same as everyone else.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 5, 2010
6:07 AM

Post #7605952

duplicate post

This message was edited Jun 7, 2010 4:58 PM

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 5, 2010
6:09 AM

Post #7605956

Watch movies for $$ to check for defects? Why do I never see easy job listings like that.? You could maybe double time with your mattress inspector duties!
I would nominate Forrest Gump; to rent but it comes on TV pretty often, like last weeks AMC marathon
Band of Brothers by HBO is another favorite of mine- do thye rent series discs like that?
planolinda
Plano, TX

March 5, 2010
4:18 PM

Post #7607161

i am loving nurse jackie--a series we are renting from netflix--a show time series--
very good--funny, insightful and just plain interesting
shebs45
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

March 7, 2010
11:42 AM

Post #7611034

Sallyg, Netflix does rent Band of Brothers. Since I don't have cable TV, I rent a lot of HBO, Showtime, etc. shows and series from Netflix. I love Netflix; they have so much to offer.
planolinda
Plano, TX

March 7, 2010
11:57 AM

Post #7611059

i don't have hbo, showtime etc either and i rent a lot of their series--my husband and i love to just indulge ourselves and watch one after another on a friday night--"ok-just one more"

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 8, 2010
7:54 AM

Post #7612880

Us too! Maybe this is why I suggested Band of Brothers- we are now watching Generation Kill which is like Band of Brothers but in Iraq, produced by David Simon and Ed (Burns?), both of The Wire.
Plus the series area better value, more viewing hrs per rental.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 7, 2010
3:01 PM

Post #7867767

Bump, I'm back here checking as we just signed up on Netflix. Hubby ordered Thw Wild Bunch, a western by Sam Peckinpah in the 70's. --eh--We needed the commentary to appreciate the features that make it a classic. I guess you have to go to the website and browse and find things? (idiot question, from the one who spends more time cooking and cleaning and gardening than messing with movie selection)

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

August 6, 2010
12:49 AM

Post #8021907

Watching Law Abiding Citizen from netflix. The brief plot summary i s man seeks revenge for killing of his wife and daughter. BUT that does not really tell the story of this movie; the plot is much more than you'd think and I can't say more for fear of spoling it. Four and a half stars

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

January 17, 2011
12:26 PM

Post #8315577

Have to tell about
The Machinist
Psychological thriller.
Christian Bale leads and is excellent. He lost about a third of his body weight in prep for this film; that alone is almost amazing enough to warrant renting this. Some very brief sexuality, bit of blood, a lot of suspense and wondering what the heck is really going on with this guy. Very good!


For the literary
The Last Station
About Leo Tolstoy at the end of his life. He and wife have become pretty well off from his career, he wants to leave his profits to' the people' (sort of socialist) and wife does not. Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren. Also a young couple meets while working for the Tolstoy farm. Mostly about the relationships, not politics. Very engaging counterpoint of young love and mature love. True story.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

January 30, 2011
1:28 PM

Post #8338961

Red Bruce Willis, Malkovith and Helen Mirren and Mary Louise parker. Great fun, sort of toungue in cheek action/romance movie. Willis is and ex CIA Retired, Extremely Dangerous (hence RED)
planolinda
Plano, TX

February 4, 2011
7:29 AM

Post #8352937

we've started IN TREATMENT series --HBO
watching the sessions of a shrink with 4 of his patients--not reality--from what i understand it was on monday thru friday and

every monday viewers would see the half hour session with the engaged to be married woman who is really in love with the shrink

tuesday-the marine who claims to have no guilt for following rules that ended up with children killed in a botched mission in middle east

wednesdas would be the young gymnest who may or may not be suicidal

thursday-the marriage from hell--opposites who loved the differences at one time and despise them now

and friday is the shrink going to HIS shrink!

again--not reality--staged production--really interesting



planolinda
Plano, TX

February 4, 2011
7:30 AM

Post #8352942

AMREEKA
Good foreign flick--palastinian woman and son move to america for a better life to find both a better life and a more complicated life

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 4, 2011
1:16 PM

Post #8353668

we'll look for AMREeKA for sure
the psychologist one has one story line I'd like to avoid at the moment.- marine-

slvrwilo

slvrwilo
Loudonville , OH
(Zone 5b)

February 4, 2011
2:07 PM

Post #8353761

Just tried to watch Eat, Pray, Love. I thought with Julia Roberts it would be good. Nope!! Very slow & boring. Then tried to watch Inception. Turned it off after the first half hour. Very, very confusing!!! Good special effects, that's all.
ceceoh
Columbus, OH
(Zone 6a)

February 5, 2011
8:22 PM

Post #8356428

I watched Social Network. Interesting story, but the characters in the end left me cold. Not sure why it is getting so much Oscar buzz. Then again, I think Facebook is boring, so I guess I'm not the demographic it would appeal to.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 5, 2011
9:39 PM

Post #8356533

Date Night with Steve Carell and Tina Fey. About like the review I read. THey are funny people but the whole movie just didn't kinda click. It was OK, had some good moments, but on the whole it had no real heart and soul or something.
And the stuff about how people get sorta bored in marriage--well, thats not a very fun theme to explore watching with your spouse, supposed to be a funny movie LOL
planolinda
Plano, TX

February 6, 2011
11:37 AM

Post #8357389

sally i agree with everything you said about the movie DATE NIGHT--but then i think commedy usualy just doesn't pull it off for a full length movie--or very seldom i guess i should say--i usually think it is really funny for a while-then not as funny and by the end i just want it to be over!
prophetbob
Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 22, 2012
1:01 AM

Post #9133004

To revive an old thread, we've streamed "My Name is Earl" seasons and love them. We've also rented the first 3 seasons of "Breaking Bad" and enjoyed them as well, with plans to continue on eventually. I've seen "Dexter" previously but my partner hasn't, so we might start from the beginning with that show too. "The Boondocks" are available on Netflix as well. :)

As for films, I recently rented "Babydoll," an odd 1956 movie. Still not sure what to think of it. The characters were interesting and had good chemistry; the storyline was ... unique.

We rented "Raising Arizona" before that, one of my partner's favorites. Unfortunately I fell asleep before the ending. Might have to try renting it again someday since I hear so many good things about it.

I typically gravitate toward oddball or obscure films, and Netflix enables this aim. A few I deemed worth viewing more than once: "The Apostle"; "Silkwood"; "I Know I'm Not Alone"; "Airplane!"; "What Would Jesus Buy?"; "Grizzly Man"; "Sir! No Sir!"; "The U.S. vs. John Lennon"; "Freeway"; "Joseph Campbell: The Hero's Journey"; "Inside Job"; "Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth"; "The Yes Men" and "The Yes Men Fix the World"; "Our Daily Bread"; "Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance"; "Idiocracy"; "George Carlin: It's Bad for Ya"; "Bigger Stronger Faster"; "The Corporation"; the "Seven Up" biographical series; "A Face in the Crowd"; anything directed by Mel Brooks.

Slowed down on watching films lately, but soon enough we plan on re-watching "The Gods Must Be Crazy."

This message was edited May 22, 2012 2:02 AM

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2012
8:08 AM

Post #9133370

I have watched a little Earl- the first one I saw was a real hoot! I could watch more of that. My 21 yr old likes Breaking Bad- that IS the one about the teacher with the meth lab?..I like that actor.

Can ditto you on Airplane, Inside Job. I haven't seen many of the others. Gods must be Crazy is sure unique. I liked it but don't clearly remember much.

You MUST watch Raising Arizona all the way to the end. MUST. It's one of my alltime favorites.

A lot of movies have come and gone since my last post here!

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

May 22, 2012
9:06 AM

Post #9133447

And there is a second The Gods must be crazy movie...different, but just as enjoyable. Another funny/weird is Fargo.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2012
11:46 AM

Post #9133655

Steve Buscemi- what a nut! great actor! great movie. Love the Cohen brothers movies

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

May 22, 2012
3:35 PM

Post #9133999

I think Steve Buscemi is brilliant...and sorely under recognized.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

May 23, 2012
8:39 AM

Post #9135023

Under recognized for talent, but easy to recognize by his unique appearance! Imagine if he had orthodontics as a kid and just missed the threshhold of his unique 'appeal..'

Trying to think of another I think is Cohen... the hint is Kobayashi...do you know this movie.?

Next hint Kevin Spacey.

Oh I remembered it but will let you guess. !!

If blood and cursing is ok, then some Quentin Tarantino. ''Reservoir Dogs.''

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

May 23, 2012
10:08 AM

Post #9135122

The Usual Suspects with Kevin Spacey and Gabriel Byrne? I think that was a Bryan Singer film.

I really like Kevin Spacey also. I thought he did a bang up job as Bobby Darin in Beyond the Sea...he also directed it.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

May 23, 2012
10:30 AM

Post #9135147

He is good. Just watched him in a movie about the Wall street meltdown, Margin Call.
Was Gabriel Byrne the detective?

I am sure you are right about that not being a Cohen film, I just talk like I know...in case I get lucky and look good.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

May 23, 2012
5:43 PM

Post #9135780

Sally, you might enjoy this site. International Movie Data Base, IMDB...just use the search bar across the top to find info on movies, TV, etc.

http://www.imdb.com/movies-in-theaters/

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

May 24, 2012
5:50 AM

Post #9136299

I enjoy the heck outta IMDB!! One reason for my smart phone, so we can look up IMDB from the comfort of the bed while watching our Net flix!

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

May 24, 2012
7:25 AM

Post #9136396

Better than a remote...LOL

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

May 24, 2012
7:36 AM

Post #9136409

IMDB is fabulous, so many times I cannot come up with an actors name but can remember the title of some movie she/she was in, or vice versa etc...and you can cross check so easily. (As we well as go of on different tangents.) the ol brain won't always make the desired connection but will usually make some sort of connection, so far...lol

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

May 24, 2012
7:42 AM

Post #9136420

My DH is always saying You remember that guy...? He was in that movie... lol Should have seen his face when i said...I am not IMDB...look it up. A whole lot of movies have been made in the past 60 years...and no, I haven't seen them all...grin (but scarily, I usually manage to figure out who he's talking about.)

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

May 24, 2012
8:19 AM

Post #9136486

Here's a movie rec, AND a who's that guy from last night- The guy in recent Batman...(Oh I just remembered!) He did a cool move, The Machinist? THe mechanist?



Christian Bale!

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

May 24, 2012
8:36 AM

Post #9136512

Sounds just like my DH...LOL

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