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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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)
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
Have to tell about The Machinist
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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."
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
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.)