As a long term movie addict, I must admit, up till now the idea of online streaming services has left me cold. I have been a member of popular by-post rental service ‘Lovefilm’ which has proved a good source for the latest DVD / Blu-ray releases without breaking the bank. However I still find myself buying certain titles I think would be worthy of my collection, and with a growing interest in TV shows such as Dexter and Breaking Bad … it’s becoming quite expensive to collect all these on DVD / Blu-ray. Also unlike movies, they take up MUCH MORE room on my shelf.
So we come to Netflix, that much celebrated online streaming-only service, that unlike Lovefilm doesn’t offer postal DVDs, but just purely online viewing. Now I have an XBOX 360, a Kindle Fire HD and a Blu-ray player that has Netflix built-in … so with saving money in mind and a wealth of TV shows as well as big name (and not so big name) movies to choose from, I thought what the heck, I’ll give that free one month trial a go.
Perhaps expect a few future posts to include Netflix viewed titles.
Bit of a quiet month … not many movies on the horizon, but do have a few reviews in the pipeline … such as the newly released 25th Anniversary Blu-ray of classic comedy / fantasy The Princess Bride. Also I have Pascal Lugier’s somewhat ignored but (in certain circles) well received Tall Man. I’m betting because it isn’t about women being tortured (!), it’s sneaked under the radar of fans of French shocker Martyrs… Also there has been a recent Studio Ghibli season on television (Film Four) and a few titles I haven’t yet seen (Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbour Totoro) have grabbed my attention.
What have I been up to? Well, work has been very hectic in the run-up to the bank holiday. I am so glad it is the weekend, where I have family visiting and (hopefully) chocolate to be consuming. Either way it will be one of the more lively weekends in recent times. In the coming weeks (months) some works nights-out should be fun and with several video games on my ‘must complete’ list like Halo 4 (loving it) and back-burner titles like Dead Space 3 and Hitman Absolution, I have more than enough to keep me occupied. Also on the horizon are several yet to purchase titles that have recently come out (the previously mentioned Tomb Raider, and of course Gears Of War Judgement, God of War Ascension and Bioshock Infinite) … only more free time and endless money stops me from grabbing these at the earliest convenience.
Hope you all have a lovely Easter!!
What an interesting result, eh? Some of my predictions from earlier were correct, but as expected many were way off. Oh well… Congratulations to the winners and maybe next year for the losers…… Winners are in RED, my predictions are in BLUE.
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Zero Dark Thirty”
“Lincoln“ Tutt tutt, thought this had it in the bag!
“Life of Pi”
Best Supporting Actor:
Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained” YAY!!!!
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”
Robert De Niro, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Alan Arkin, “Argo” Damn…
Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”
Best Supporting Actress:
Sally Field, “Lincoln”
Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”
Jacki Weaver, “Silver Linings Playbook” Damn, so close!
Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”
Amy Adams, “The Master”
David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Ang Lee, “Life of Pi” I got it!! Yay!!
Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”
Michael Haneke, “Amour”
Benh Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Daniel Day Lewis, “Lincoln” Predicted!! Ok, that was an easy one!!
Denzel Washington, “Flight”
Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables”
Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”
Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”
Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour” Oh well….
Quvenzhané Wallis, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Was pleased to hear Quentin Tarantino won for Best Original Screenplay, but disappointed that yet again, a Pixar movie got the Best Animated Feature Film nod, for the otherwise forgettable Brave … must have been a weak year in that catagory.
It baffles me some times, as a movie fan the amount of highly regarded movies I just haven’t seen. With the current buzz surrounding the Anthony Hopkins starring Hitchcock, I still have yet to view classics such as The Birds and Vertigo. Only the other night I noticed that the cult favorite 300 was on TV, so have recorded it for some future viewing, as have I the two previously mentioned movies. Will I actually get around to them? Who knows. Sometimes life gets in the way, work, personal stuff, you name it! Hell, even video game playing with the completion of such titles as Mass Effect 3 and DMC: Devil May Cry in my recent past.
Over the years I have been ticking off those movies from the ‘films I must see before I die’ list in my head, and finally got around to the likes of 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Godfather, Casablanca (erm, expect a review of this one soon, just out on Blu-ray) and Some Like It Hot. There are possibly many more if I was to put my mind to it, and trawling the likes of IMDB’s top 250 would be a good start. So apart from the aforementioned movies, what is out there, past, present, classics etc I still would like to see some day, hmm…
A quick list I think…
12 Angry Men
Cool Hand Luke
There Will Be Blood
The Wicker Man
… I could go on but for now I’ll stop there. You can expect some if not all of the above to get full reviews on this site in the months (years?) to come as I do intend on seeing them, eventually. For now back to blogging and watching stuff that’s probably not as good.