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I am a movie person.  My netflix queue is currently 272 movies long, with only 46 of them available to watch instantly (my DVDs are important, thank you).  But I tend not to comment on the movies I've seen, in part because a lot of them are older*, and in part because I am generally forgiving of movies.  I also sometimes think watching movies by myself on netflix isn't entirely fair, since I frequently balance my checkbook or something at the same time - they don't get the same focus as watching a movie in a theater, or with someone, or when I have to read subtitles.  But having recently read Pauline Kael's autobiography (and adding several movies to my queue based on her stuff) I am realizing that talking about movies is part of the fun.

So here are the netflix movies I saw this month:  Melancholia, Day of the Jackal, Mother, From Dusk Til Dawn, A Hard Day's Night, These Amazing Shadows, Shane, The Long Goodbye, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, and Fullmetal Alchemist:Conqueror of Shamballa.  Two documentaries, an anime (that ended the series which was astonishingly good), several from before 1980, one more recent release, and one - seriously who thought that Quentin Tarrentino should be allowed to act?

My very favorite on this list is probably Mother, which somehow managed to not be what I was expecting and still completely drew me in.  After ten minutes I was thinking "this isn't what I thought it was but I'll give it a little longer" and the next time I glanced away to check a clock it was 1:45 in. 

I am thinking of doing a regular round up of reviews going forward, a la spectralbovine.  What do you think?


*I set an arbitrary movie watching goal of seeing every film nominated for best picture since the year I was born a few years back.  I've kept up with the current ones for the last five or so years, and working backwards has been interesting.  Currently I've covered from 1985 to the present.

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I think yes, duh! Melancholia is in my queue as well.

My very favorite on this list is probably Mother, which somehow managed to not be what I was expecting and still completely drew me in. After ten minutes I was thinking "this isn't what I thought it was but I'll give it a little longer" and the next time I glanced away to check a clock it was 1:45 in.
"A mother desperately searches for the killer that framed her son for their horrific murder."

So...she's a ghost?

Melancholia was quite good, slowly paced, and I was a little surprised (pleasantly) that the ending went where it did. It's worth seeing, just be ready for the slow parts.

Yeah that sentence is bad. I think the 'their' is supposed to refer to the 'killer', but I did a double take when I read it, and I've seen the movie.
Here's my try: The son is mentally disabled and so Mom is unusually close to him, he's arrested, and Mom will stop at nothing to find the real killer and free her son.
It's the same director as The Host so I was expecting a more classic horror film than a slow burn thriller.

Oh, I'm ready for the slow parts of Melancholia.

And, oh, I loved The Host! *adds*

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Heh, I may aim for a once monthly movie post, that seems reasonable. I believe they ended up not splitting off the DVDs from the streaming, so the two services are still connected, at least mine are. I don't think they're trying to get people to come back to DVDs as much as they're just not able to make deals for all of the streaming content they want (the loss of the deal with Starz really affected how many new movies they have available).

Yeah, if you want to tackle my Oscar nominee project you'll need a DVD subscription, maybe 20-40% have been available to watch instantly. (And I'm amused by your variety of listing punctuation, all are accurate, if a little inconsistent overall).

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Sorry, of course you're right. I thought you were talking about the idea they thankfully abandoned to make DVDs and streaming two separate sites, with different logins and lists, not the fact that you pay for streaming and for DVDs, which of course I do.

Yeah the networks and cable are being slow to catch up to this new world. I get that this could change their business model a lot, but instead of ignoring the reality they really need to figure out how to be a part of it, or they risk getting left behind.

Shane! I love Shane :D

My top ten favourite best picture winners are (in chronological order) Cavalcade (1933), It Happened One Night (1934), You Can't Take It With You (1938), Gone With the Wind (1939), Rebecca (1940), Mrs. Miniver (1942), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), Oliver! (1968), Ordinary People (1980) and The Artist (2011). You have LOTS of fun ahead of you as you continue to work back :D

I have seen four of those. Ordinary People is in "very long wait" mode on netflix, I think they have one copy of the disc and it's on top of someone's tv.

I'm not certain yet if I'm going to keep doing all the nominated films once I hit my birthday, or if I'm going to switch to winners only. Probably some combination of the two. And having watched "These Amazing Shadows" about the national film registry now I want to start that list too, but it's already epically long.

I love Ordinary People, but it seems like a strange one to be on a very long waitlist!

Once you hit 1943, if you do go back that far, the list of nominated films to watch pretty much doubles - 1944 was when the Academy decided to limit it to five nominees, so in the earlier years there's often ten or more nominees for best film! And that lasted until... 2009 I think? /random

Not sure if there's any year I've seen every nominated film... nope, just ran down the list and there isn't. Although for 1945 I've seen the four other nominees, but not the actual winner!

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