Greetings, my fellow port swillers!
Because my post on Netflix loading seemed to be such a hit the other day, I thought I’d fire off another one this evening. (Remind me to write an essay soon on the frustration of having so many meatier current events on which I could comment but for the fact that I might lose my job for doing so, thus my self-sensoring confinement to this kind of personal trivia. Not that Bob and the boys from NSA aren’t building up some useful data for my appearance before the Committee for Public Safety even from posts like this one.)
Are you ready? Well here is the next wave of additions:
My Cousin Vinny – I have actually been at more than one legal clinic in which the prosecutor’s opening statement at the trial (even though Vinny called it total BS) was shown as an example of how such a presentation is supposed to be done. I love the resurrection of Fred Gwynne’s career that came from this flick.
Lethal Weapon 4 – The best of the bunch, IMHO, mostly because I think they finally got the balance of humor and action right.
The Gods Must Be Crazy – Because of what was said in the comments on the previous thread. We’ll see what happens.
Breaker Morant – One of my all-time favorites, although I gather that the “real” Morant, so far as anyone knows anything about him, wasn’t quite the Renaissance Gentleman portrayed by Edward Woodward.
The Simpsons Movie – Oh, I dunno. Why not?
The Alamo – The one made a few years ago with Billy Bob Thornton as Davy Crockett. The film was came up among the Moron Horde over at Ace’s place the other day and got a surprisingly sympathetic hearing. Personally, I’ve never seen it before and was intrigued.
The Lion In Winter – Because classic. I once wrote a skit in high school in which the family were ordered to attend therapy together. My English teacher described it as “very dry and witty”.
Hamlet – the 1990 version starring Mel Gibson and Glenn Close, among others. Mostly to get the nasty taste of Ken Branagh’s try out of my mouth. I’ve a vague memory that it really isn’t all that bad, although I have a hard time understanding why Mel didn’t simply head-butt Claudius and take him out without all that needless moping and sulking around. I mean, it’s Mel Gibson, for Pete’s sake!
Noises Off – Backstage pandemonium as a theatre production gradually goes to pieces. Mrs. R and I saw a fantastic stage version of this show many years ago. IIRC, the movie sort of runs out of steam toward the end, but it still has some good laughs.
Quark – The Series – Short-lived late 70’s spoof of Star Trek starring Richard Benjamin as the captain of a galactic garbage scow. I re-watched this within the last 10 years and found it held up really surprisingly well. And oh, those twins……
Love At First Bite – Haven’t seen this in quite a long time. “Children of the Night! Shut up!”
Thank You For Smoking – I simply cannot recall whether I have seen this movie. I’ve certainly read the book, along with most of Chris Buckley’s other satires.
30 Seconds Over Tokyo – With Spencer Tracy. I have an informal rule of thumb that I always toss at least one WWII movie in when loading up the queue.
M*A*S*H – The movie, which I find hysterically funny for the most part. The only dud is Robert Duvall’s Frank Burns (who is actually an amalgam of two separate characters from the memoir on which the movie was based). Liberals trying to make fun of conservatives never get it right and always slip into Clang! Clang! Clang! caricature mode by default. (God damned Army…..) I also tossed in the disk featuring bonus materials this time.
So, all told, I now have about 40 films in my queue, together with another 23 in the dreaded “saved” category, which basically translates into “hell if we know when we’ll get it to you or even if we actually have it, but feel free to go on hoping). I said below that these would keep me occupied until Opening Day, but I’m now thinking that they may well last me until the all-star break.