Thursday, July 05, 2007

Let's all go to the moives (or let's all have the movies come to us)

Movies in New York City are $11. Unless you live in London, that's a lot. I've recently made a habit of watching a movie almost every night before I go to bed. Since I only have four DVDs on my bookshelf, that means I need to get new flicks unless I'm really up for another helping of 2001: A Space Odyssey. I could do Netflix, but it takes way too long and costs way too much money (more than zero). In order to get movies at the speed and price necessary to satiate my appetite, I download films via bittorrent. I start a download in the morning and it's usually ready by the evening; just in time for a nighttime showing. I've watched so many torrented movies this summer, it's hard to keep track (I delete the files as soon as I watch them to make room for more), but here's a partial list of movies I've downloaded recently along with a short thought on the experience:

  • The Boys From Brazil - I was pleasantly surprised to see Uta Hagan in this.
  • Soilent Green - It's people!
  • Planet Earth (miniseries, the BBC version) - David Attenborough is so much better than Sigourney Weaver. So much!
  • Ed Wood - John Depp's my man.
  • Jesus Camp - Scaaaaaary.
  • Manhattan - My favorite Woodey Allen film
  • Robin Williams: Live at the Met - This is from the late 80's, I think. He's so coked up.
  • Being John Malkovich - I've been an Charlie Kaufman fan since Adaptation. This film reaffirmed my appreciation of his talents. It's an incredible work.
  • The Last King of Scotland - I took a look at this right after seeing Frost vs. Nixon. Both are by the same writer. He also wrote The Queen.
  • The Queen - And I'm not a huge fan of his writing.
  • Babel - Pleasantly surprised.
  • Venus - I loved this film.
  • Little Children - I really loved this film.
  • SiCKO - In the words of Alex Lindsey, "His films are great, as long as you know that everything he says is lies." Actually, I hear this one is pretty accurate. It's a great movie either way.
  • Game Over: Kasparov and The Machine - Way boringer than I was hoping.
  • Spiderman 3 - Terrible. Simply terrible.
  • Shortbus - As I blogged, most uplifting movie I've seen in a very long time. Great soundtrack.
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch - Finally saw this. Great music, great show.
  • Annie Hall - I love Diane Keaton. God, I love Diane Keaton.
Here are the films I've finished downloading and have yet to watch (I'm doing a Woody Allen study):
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Bananas
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • Love and Death
  • Manhattan Murder Mystery
  • Pirates 3
  • Play It Again Sam
  • Sleeper
Despite the obscene ticket prices, there are some summer movies I just can't resist seeing in the theater. Here are some movies for which I've recently sloughed over eleven bucks to enjoy in NYC:
  • Factory Girl - Movie: Meh. Guy Pearce: Oh my dear lord! He was positively incredible. I didn't know it was him until the credits.
  • Notes on a Scandal - Bill Nighy is my Lord and Savior.
  • 300 - SPARTA!
  • Grindhouse - As I blogged, the best cinematic experience I've ever had. Still true.
  • Eagle vs. Shark - Meh.
  • Black Sheep - New Zealand zombie sheep. What more could you possibly want? This movie and I also have a history.
  • Ratatouille - My third favorite Pixar film after Toy Story and Monster's Inc. The short, Lifted, is my favorite Pixar short.
  • Transformers - Lots of transforming. I'd loved it. On a side note, I saw the most frightening trailer I've ever seen for a movie set in New York, filmed on DV, with no title. It comes out in January.
And to top it all off, I watched The Shining on DVD last night at Bailey's.

Happy Fourth!