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We stole this idea from Slate because we think it’s fun. Sue us. (Please don’t sue us.) Without any advance reordering to save face, we present to you the first five entries in Sarah’s Netflix queue, along with some brief commentary. Judge if you must. We’re not afraid of you.
1. Cronos (1993). This is the first feature-length directorial effort from Guillermo del Toro. I’ll let Netflix’s plot summary do my, um, summarizing: “After an ancient device attaches itself to his body, aging antiques dealer Jesus (Federico Luppi) struggles to cope with an insatiable thirst for human blood, a menacing brute (Ron Perlman) dead set on retrieving the mechanism and the gradual realization that he cannot die.” Is that exciting, or what? That’s pretty exciting. I’ve had this in the “Saved” section of my queue since Pan’s Labyrinth was in theaters, and it’s finally available on DVD. Not sure what the wait was, but I’ll certainly report back on the results.
2. Vengeance (2009). A French-Hong Kong collaboration directed by Hong Kong legend Johnnie To, I know very little about this one other than that it’s a revenge thriller involving the mafia and hit men that takes place in Hong Kong but with a heavily French cast. The star is Johnny Hallyday, who again I know nothing about, but look at how awesomely grizzly he is! All very intriguing, yes? Yes. Read more »
We stole this idea from Slate because we think it’s fun. Sue us. (Please don’t sue us.) Without any advance reordering to save face, we present to you the first five entries (save for several discs of “The Tudors” and “In Treatment”) in Kimberly’s (and, to a lesser extent, Brian’s) Netflix queue, along with some brief commentary utilizing the royal “we.” Judge if you must.
1. Cannibal! The Musical (1993). Pardon me for a moment, everyone…uh, Brian? What the hell is this? Explain yourself in the comments, please.
2. Just Wright (2010). Scotlips were all over the one when it came out in May–admittedly because they were desperate for a smart romantic comedy worth even a “Rent It.” Common and the Queen are both so very pretty (she’s really pulling off that Juicy hoodie in the poster! Kahdooz!), plus, there’s basketball, the only sport that holds our attention for more than a few minutes. We plan on comparing/contrasting with 2000′s Love & Basketball because we are sooo creative. Read more »
We stole this idea from Slate because we think it’s fun. Sue us. (Please don’t sue us.) Without any advance reordering to save face, we present to you the first five entries* in Kimberly’s (and, to a lesser extent, Brian’s) Netflix queue, along with some brief commentary utilizing the royal “we.” Judge if you must.
1. Dark City: Director’s Cut (1998). Sometimes Brian rearranges the queue—we strongly discourage this. We vaguely remember seeing Dark City in the theater and nodding off, although the stills are very creepy! The director’s cut features a commentary by Roger Ebert, American Hero, which may explain its inclusion. Though Jennifer Connelly is always a pleasure to watch and we have new love for Rufus Sewell after seeing “Père-Lachaise,” the Wes Craven–directed segment of Paris, je t’aime, we will not be watching this. You can’t make us.
2. The Company (2003). We had forgotten about this Altman film until an Over/Under segment on the late, very lamented “At the Movies.” (Sadly, these are not archived online. Buena Vista, you gargle our mayo.) It stars Neve Campbell (who also co-wrote/produced—knock us over with a feather) as a member of Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet. James Franco is also in it because James Franco is in everything now. Sometimes he just stands in the background of CW shows and winks. Read more »
We stole this idea from Slate because we think it’s fun, and because maybe we haven’t seen anything worth writing about in a while. Sue us. And so, without any advance reordering to save face, we present to you the first five entries on Sarah’s Netflix queue, along with some brief commentary. Judge if you must.
1. Cemetery Junction (2010) – Written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, this movie got a theatrical release in the UK but was totally off the radar in the States. It’s a coming-of-age comedy set in the 1970s, and I know very little about it other than that I love Gervais and Merchant and will therefore probably find this hilarious.
2. Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) – A high brow choice! Selected for the cinematography and cultural commentary, obviously.
3. Summer Hours (2008) – This family drama from France was well reviewed when it came out in the States. It stars the lovely Juliette Binoche as one of three adult siblings summoned to their mother’s country home to divvy up her art collection before she dies. It sounds to me like one of those sad, beautiful, meandering movies the French do so nicely.