10.12.2009

movie season, way too soon

I didn't think movie season would begin before the ALCS! This morning I'm still cursing and sulking about the Red Sox. Seriously, you have no idea how difficult it is to write this post as anything but an incoherent string of profanities.

Moving on...

Last night I reactivated my Zip account. Zip still is but a pale imitation of Netflix, but it's also still the best of my options. And this is my annual post where you tell me what movies you loved over the last six months or so.

Baseball season started just as Waltz With Bashir and Slumdog Millionaire came out, so those are first and second on my Ziplist right now.

I'm behind one Futurama movie, and I have to check if any of our favourite filmmakers came out with anything new: Pedro Almodovar, Ken Loach, John Sayles, Walter Salles, Woody Allen... others.

Food Inc is due out on DVD soon. Other titles I saved from last year: Sugar, Tulpan, One Week, Adventureland, Stone of Destiny, Anvil. Allan's been adding to the list all winter, so most of it will be a surprise.

For what I like, or perhaps to compare your list to mine, here are the "we movie to canada awards": the movies I liked best for 2008, and the two previous years.

15 comments:

L-girl said...

Oo, Ken Burns' National Parks! Although that will make me crazed to travel, I look forward to seeing the whole thing.

johngoldfine said...

This is going to sound ridiculous coming from a sophisticated man-around-town such as myself but there I was on the Concord Trailways coach between Portland and Boston and 'Bolt' came on, and it was the best movie I saw all summer.

I thought it did right by dogs, which is not so damn common in Hollywood.

L-girl said...

Hey thanks, John. We'll usually watch anything with dogs, so I'm up for that.

On the other hand, I don't think I can take Wendy and Lucy. I often watch emotionally tough movies, but that just seems too heartbreaking.

johngoldfine said...

It's all faux heartbreak in 'Bolt,' I promise. Hollywood ending, very satisfying.

johngoldfine said...

The plot summary of Wendy and Lucy I read in a review a few months ago was all I ever wanted to hear about that, however flippin arty it might be.

Let's face it--all dog stories are lost dog stories eventually. Just reunite dog and boss at the end, for heavensake!

Do you know the Chekhov story about the lost dog? Skip it if you don't know it and count yourself lucky!

L-girl said...

It's all faux heartbreak in 'Bolt,' I promise. Hollywood ending, very satisfying.

Yes, that's what I would expect!

I can deal with real heartbreak. There's just something about that movie (Wendy and Lucy) that tells me not to watch.

Bolt is now on our list. :)

L-girl said...

The Chekhov does not ring a bell. I'm deficient on Chekhov.

johngoldfine said...

I'm not even going to tell you the name of the story. No one was ever clearer-eyed than Chekhov and as we all know, not all dog stories end happily. Or put it this way: the dog was happy because dogs are deficient in the unhappiness gene, all other things being equal.

It's the poor reader who's miserable....

richard said...

1) There's still good baseball left. Let's see who will eliminate the Yankees. I say the Dodgers. It will be nice to rejoice in a Torre WS victory for a change!

2) I love the red wine to Bud rating system. Genius!

3) Gordon Lightfoot is SO not overrated. C'mon.

4) Don't want to sound cheezy but... I loved Julie & Julia. What's not to love? Good food and wine? Check. Europe? Check. Snooty Parisians confounded by a strong avant-garde woman? Check. Blogging? Check. Meryl Streep? Check. Couples working things out? Check. Dogs?... Okay, there's no dogs. The film made me happy, which is my standard of measure for these things

L-girl said...

1. True, but it depends. I really don't need to watch NYY win anything else. Plus I was in mourning when I wrote this. I'm better now.

I do have an affinity for the Dodgers (Brooklyn roots, great park, Manny, Torre, and most of all VIN SCULLY) so if they're in the WS, I'll be watching.

2. Thank you!

3. I hate Gordon Lightfoot. Seriously. I hate his music. I think that Wreck song is one of the worst songs ever. And Canadians love him so. Therefore: over-rated.

4. Not cheesy! I forgot all about it and now will put it on my list. Right now! Thank you. :)

richard said...

Yeah, Vin Scully. A legend. Go Dodgers!

L-girl said...

He's so good, it's ridiculous. A treasure.

Stephanie said...

I just want to second Richard's Julie & Julia recommendation! I smiled through 95% of the movie...my cheeks were sore when I left. Just a really good, light, fun film. Glad you've added it to your list.

Kim_in_TO said...

I got to see Precious as the audience pick at the end of TIFF, and I really enjoyed it. Try not to learn anything about it - in particular, don't watch the trailer - and you'll enjoy it more. It's coming to theatres in November. Maybe DVD before winter ends?

L-girl said...

Try not to learn anything about it - in particular, don't watch the trailer

Too late for that, I'm afraid. It was the most written-about movie at TIFF. The trailer was everywhere.

But this is where my bad memory will come in handy! By the time it's out on DVD, it will be all new to me. :)

Thanks for reminding me, Kim, I'll add it to our list.