Jul 31, 2006

What's In Your Queue, Boo?

Luckily, I have my own Netflix account and can avoid queue etiquette tragedies like this one:
Area resident Megan Sands announced Tuesday that her boyfriend, medical student Nick Kanis, would no longer be permitted to make unsupervised decisions concerning her Netflix queue... Barring a sudden password change or queue adjustment, Irish Jam, a 2006 comedy starring Eddie Griffin as an L.A. rapper who beguiles an entire village in Ireland, is slated to arrive in the couple's mailbox on Thursday.

Ah, the perks of being single.

Below is a list of the 14 movies I saw via Netflix in July. The only ones getting my downthumb are Less Than Zero and Memoirs of a Geisha.

On the other hand, Junebug, Winter Passing, and Swimming Upstream are probably three of the better movies I've seen in years.

What's in your queue, boo?
City of God, 2002
Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.

Before Night Falls, 2000
Episodic look at the life of Cuban poet and novelist, Reinaldo Arenas (1943-1990), from his childhood in Oriente province to his death in New York City.

Junebug, 2005
A dealer in "outsider" art travels from Chicago to North Carolina to meet her new in-laws, challenging the equilibrium of this middle class Southern home. (Incredibly charming and hilarious)

Winter Passing, 2006
Actress daughter living in NYC has been offered a small fortune by a book editor if she can secure for publication the love letters that her father, a reclusive novelist, wrote to her mother, who has since passed away. Returning to Michigan, she finds that an ex-grad student and a would-be musician have moved in with her father, who cares more about his new friends than he does about his own health and well-being. (Will Ferrell, Ed Harris)

Swimming Upstream, 2005
The true story of Tony Fingleton, a young man from a troubled family who found the inner strength to become a champion. Always overshadowed in his father's eyes by his brothers, it is only when Tony displays an extraordinary swimming talent that he feels he has a shot at winning his father's heart.

Margaret Cho: Assassin, 2005
More good stuff from the seriously funny lady. Filmed at DC's Warner Theatre.

Less Than Zero, 1987
A college freshman returns to L.A. for the holidays at his ex-girlfriend's request, but discovers that his former best friend has an out-of-control drug habit. (Andrew McCarthy is in it and that's about the only good thing I have to say about this one)

Kathy Griffin: Allegedly, 2004
After enjoying her Bravo show My Life on the D List, I stuck this sucker in the queue. Not her most funny work, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Weeds: Season 1: Disc 1, 2005
Weeds: Season 1: Disc 2, 2005

Comedy about a suburban mother turned marijuana dealer. (I can't say enough positive things about this series. It's awesome).

Grey's Anatomy: Season 1: Disc 1, 2005
Grey's Anatomy: Season 1: Disc 2, 2005

A drama centered on the personal and professional lives of five surgical interns and their supervisors. (Highly addictive nightime soap opera).

Bukowski: Born Into This, 2003
Documentary on Charles Bukowski, author of 'Notes of a Dirty Old Man', 'Love Is a Dog', 'from Hell', and the autobiographical novels, 'Women', 'Hollywood', and 'Post Office'. (Really fascinating. It's pretty long and I remained riveted).

Memoirs of a Geisha, 2005
This is one of those "book was better'n the movie" deals. The film is very pretty to look at, but if it weren't for my closed captioning I wouldn't have had a clue about what the characters were saying. The vocal is not up and perhaps for good reason; MOAG is better to be seen than heard.


jeffro said...

Less Than Zero w/ the down thumb? What about Robert Downey, Jr.?

wharman said...

Robert Downey, Jr is always great. I just didn't like this flick. It was too after-school-special-y for me. I did enjoy the 80's garb, though!

Anonymous said...

Memoirs of a Geisha, Syriana, Coach Carter are at the house right now.

The queue has...
The New World (the whole Pocahontas thing)
Team America: World Police
Bad Santa
Star Wars III

Benjamin Whelan said...

Currently, my wife has primary control over our netflix. I have to start exerting some power over that area of our lives! *LOL*

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