August is Movie Month

by Ashley on August 4, 2009

So, I was writing this post about the things I want to do, but haven’t gotten around to, because, you know, I’m human or whatever and pretty busy, I guess.  Big on that list was Watch Movies.  I used to always read the movie reviews in my local newspaper and now I listen every week to Filmspotting.  I hear about movies when they’re still in production and I say things like, “I really want to see that when it comes out.”  But, then it does come out and I never go see it.  Like, ever.  Not even when it comes to video.  Not even when the DVD price is reduce to $10.  Never.  And, then when someone brings it up later, I have nothing to contribute besides, “Oh yeah, I meant to go see that movie.”

The thing is that I really like movies.  I love fiction period.  But, to see it all brought to life has the potential to be so affecting.  Not that it takes much for me.  I have grown a little too cynical for most romantic comedies, it’s true, but I will pretty much cry at anything remotely serious.  My worst was crying at Drumline when it came out that the guy couldn’t read music.  Oops, Spoiler Alert!!!

This is all to say that I made the impulsive decision to try Netflix again, because the watch instantly feature is amazing and I thought I’d give actually watching movies another go.

So far I’ve watched Step Brothers, Bewitched, Becoming Jane, and The Cider House Rules. Let me hear your recommendations!

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Tom August 4, 2009 at 4:26 am

A couple of years ago, I was the same way about movies especially going to the movie theatre to see them. But I was able to reverse that habit. Now, I go to lots of movies by myself just because I want to see either the movie itself, or I want to see something. To be honest, it’s kind of fun because, in my mind, I’m thinking that I’m going with the purpose of seeing something that I will later report (read: blog) about. I’m lagging on my Netflix watching (I have 3 movies that I’ve had forever). I’ve never tried the “watch instantly” feature, but I know I should really make good use of it.

I’m officially checking out/subscribing to that podcast now, btw.

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Sophia August 4, 2009 at 6:18 am

I gravitate toward the romantic comedy variety, and my favorite recent movie is Mamma Mia — it may be too musical/cheesy for your taste, but it’s fun and beautiful to watch!

I am looking forward to renting 17 Again this week as per your recommendation :)

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f.B August 4, 2009 at 6:23 am

See Once. Even if you’ve seen it, see it again. And you reminded me that Tuesday is new DVD release day. I wonder what came out today.

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Jessica August 4, 2009 at 6:45 am

Spoiler Alert for Drumline! You crack me up.

My favorite movies of the past few years? Slumdog Millionaire. Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Man on Wire.

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Megan August 4, 2009 at 7:01 am

Becoming Jane was good, though it didn’t have the typical happy ending.

You must see Atonement, Slumdog Millionaire, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (it’s a little long, though), Wall-E, and Up.

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Katie August 4, 2009 at 7:06 am

the Reader – It’s a bit risque at times, but Ralph?!?! SO worth it.

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Pam August 4, 2009 at 8:58 am

I have always wanted to try Netflix. Let me know if you like it.

Try Defenitly, Maybe. It is really good and it has Ryan Renolds eye candy. Can’t beat that.

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Jordan August 4, 2009 at 9:00 am

I know what you mean; I never get around to watching all the films I intend to anymore. For me it’s more about attention span though; I sit down and think, “Can I really be bothered to concentrate on this for the next two hours or so?” And a lot of the time, I can’t. Hour long television shows seem to fit me much better, so I watch a lot of those, but I should definitely try harder to watch films. I used to watch them all the time, and I’d like to get back to that.

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Erin August 4, 2009 at 9:05 am

I third Slumdog Millionaire, but you will cry… Oh, you will cry.

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Erin August 4, 2009 at 9:49 am

My all-time fave movies are:
Zoolander
Amelie
Danny Deckchair
Some runners up that you should watch:
Mamma Mia
Penelope
Saved
The Darjeeling Limited
Babel
Little Miss Sunshine

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Herding Cats August 4, 2009 at 10:06 am

I just watched “Milk” and LOVED it.

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Ellie August 4, 2009 at 11:08 am

Netflix is definitely a great way to see new movies. That is how I see most of the movies that I meant to see but didn’t because I couldn’t bear parting with $10 for a theater screening at the time.

Hmm, I recommend the following; note that some are on DVD and others have just come out in theaters.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Ugly Truth, Penelope, Wall-E, Defiance, Gran Torino

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Jaime | Fast Times August 4, 2009 at 12:27 pm

We are two then. I haven’t seen Step Brothers, but I’ve been meaning to since it was out in theaters lol. I also want to see Pineapple Express.

Um… movies you should watch if you haven’t seen them…
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
The Reader
27 Dresses
Stardust
Juno
Get Smart
Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Whatever you do, DON’T see The Other Boleyn Girl. Well, if you haven’t read the book you can see it, but it’s still not a very good movie.

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phampants August 4, 2009 at 1:27 pm

favorite movie of all time is “garden state” however, i always loved “lost in translation”

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Lindsay August 4, 2009 at 3:50 pm

Did you see Wall-E? If not, netflix it immediately.

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Ed August 4, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Usually they say “spoiler alert” first, but your way is more fun!

My recommendations? Hmm. Well, the women in my family have gone collectively nuts over The Notebook. Also Sleepless in Seattle is good, they say. Too cloying for me.

Personally, I like The Green Mile, Road To Perdition, It’s a Wonderful Life, High Noon, and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Rat Race is a laff riot if you’re in the mood. There’s an absolutely hilarious scene in which John Lovitz, after a series of preposterous improbablities, ends up looking like Hitler, and, err, I mean, “SPOILER ALERT!” Um, also, Stand By Me and Singin’ In The Rain. For pure over the top silliness, it’s hard to beat Dumb and Dumber, and both Ace Venturas.

And I third (or fourth) Wall-E. How they could make such an amazing movie out of two animated robots is beyond me, but they did and it’s great. While I’m on the subject, The Incredibles, and Brad Bird’s first film, The Iron Giant, are equally good, too.

The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe is terrific, but read the book first.

I also saw The Wrestler a while back. Powerful film, gut-wrenching in places. Didn’t like every part of it, but Mickey Rourke was flat out astounding. He should have won the Oscar. But there’s no way he could beat Harry Milk, not in Hollywood.

Oh yeah, and if you’re at all tempted by the newest James Bond films, by all means rent Casino Royale. I was always a “Sean Connery was the best James Bond” guy, but Daniel Craig just might bump him off that spot.

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Ari August 4, 2009 at 11:05 pm

Oooh I like Netflix.. I just put my account on hold though since I’m gonna be busy through the end of the month.

Would offer suggestions but my mind is blank. I do agree with the ones above – Wall-E, Slumdog Millionaire, Milk, Mamma Mia, Penelope…

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mandy August 5, 2009 at 6:10 pm

Milk, Slumdog Millionaire. I love The Cider House Rules, I haven’t seen that in ages.

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MinD August 6, 2009 at 3:28 pm

I am just the opposite and watch too many movies. The boyfriend and I will head to Blockbuster to pick something out and it takes forever ’cause we’ve seen most of them.

I’d give you a few recommendations, but my mind shut off as I tried to think of anything. Sorry.

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