I don’t watch much TV unless it’s what I call TV on DVD -I don’t have a DVR nor do I have internet at home for… Nowadays with streaming services, only a few people I know still get premium channels. Most have several streaming services and sometimes have to wait a bit.
All that said, I’ve been watching TONS of stuff lately!
I watched the season one of Veep. It’s best summed as hilarious til you realise this shite’s too close to reality, then it’s depressing. I don’t widely recommend it. But if you’re a fan of getting angry at politicians, watch it. It really is funny. Oh, warning: it has ‘language.’ I swear all the time and think nothing of it. It goes a bit further than simply swear words. Brother says it’s too harsh for him, which I find hilarious.
I finally finished all the Spartacus shows. I wouldn’t know this if a coworker hadn’t told me but you end up with 3 leads across 3 seasons. -sort of The original lead got cancer. The program itself is a combo of Kill Bill and 300. The major difference being a lot of full frontal nudity of hot men, which is why I stuck it out through being sort of over the plot after the first series. I’m still pro-Manu Bennett. Obviously.
Do I recommend? If you don’t mind over-the-top-Sin City-ish violence and love hot naked men (there are women naked, too, I’m pretty sure but it’s hard to notice for all the hot naked men), yes.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy? With everybody good in, how could I hate it? I can’t be bothered to punctuate the title. Avoid.
Cave of Forgotten Dreams. Highly recommended! A documentary by Werner Herzog (and old fave director) about the cave paintings at Chauvet, France. The cave was discovered when I lived in France, so I recall it being in the news constantly — was it real? Was it fake? How could these paintings by Neolithic man be that good and in that fantastic condition? It’s amazing. If you like history, spelunking, documentaries, Herzog, archaeology or art, watch it.
L’amour Fou. Watched this because I like art and I like when they detail a collection that’s going to be auctioned. I also loved YSL and knew this would talk about his partner (romantic and business) Bergé (whom I knew nothing of except they were a couple). I didn’t like it, have to admit. I wanted to see more of the collection. Bergé was interesting when he talked about their life together but I just can’t see recommending it. While I knew how fabulously ‘important’ they were and wealthy, it was still shocking seeing their amassed collection! I mean, I went in knowing it yet was still astounded. You may like it. I just can’t say, ‘watch this.’ Sale Total: 373,935,500 Euro
Hitchcock. I’m informed that people hate this film. I love it. It’s distracting but so fun to watch Hopkins try to look and speak like Hitch! Helen Mirren is everything perfect as an actor. I can’t say enough about her as his suffering wife, who adds to his discomfort (he deserves it). It’s about their relationship and the making of Psycho. I never liked that film (love most of Hitch’s films — was my childhood favourite director after Cocteau–weird kid–and before Scorsese and the Brothers Coen) but now I want to read the book upon which it was based (in spite of how gory it sounds, far worse than the film Hitch shot) because it influenced him to put up his own money to make it when Paramount wouldn’t. The film is all over the place, as is my description. Just watch it. Everybody is also in it from Toni Collette to Scarlett Johansson. Watching Hitch coach Anthony Perkins on why he’d want to look at a naked woman is worth your time. Great scene.
Lincoln. I’m not going to crap on it. I love history. I love Sally Field and I loooooove Daniel Day-Lewis. I think that I’m spoilt. I mean, they are amazing all the time, so that leaves it to the ‘rest’ of it. It’s okay. It’s good. I just expected magic to float out my arse due to all the histrionics about how awesome it was. It was not awesome. The Grand Canyon is awesome. This is a decent film. Perhaps because I read so much history? Just: yeah? It’s good, don’t get me wrong. I wish that I hadn’t built up an expectation of wonder.
Project Nim. I wanted to kill every breathing person after watching it. If ever there’s a film to teach sociologists what not to do based upon their ego-centric predecessors, it’s that. Great story but I sobbed watching it. Actually, I think everybody should watch this film. You should know what is going on, what has gone on and think about what you want to go on.
Jayne Mansfield’s Car. Great acting. I mean, your balls will fall off watching the actors act. The story is good, too. Nice sidelong way of exploring generations, war and death. It’s a love story. I’m joking. Well, great depiction of father and son relationships. Highly recommended but with the warning, it’s a relationship film. It’s a thinker, not a doer.
Behind the Candelabra. You’ve probably seen it or read about this. It was fun for me to watch because I saw Liberace wearing those costumes and saying those things! Mum was a big Liberace fan from when tv shows were 15 minutes long and sort of came on and then there was nothing after it. I also grew up seeing all those tabloid covers (Gram loved tabloids and bought them all!). That said, even as an adult, I typically don’t care about celebrity’s lives. I want to see you entertain me, thanks. If you’re a hot man, I’ll think of you in my spare time, too. -you know what I’m saying But do I know what your favourite colour is or where you go on holiday? No. I still enjoyed the film because it was a love story, including the ugly breakup. Mostly, it was amazing watching Matt Damon in a role I’d never seen him do. Michael Douglas needs to get slapped for being that brave, too. Good on yer, boys.
I’ve been watching tons of other stuff, too! I can’t recall it all. Those are the ones that stand out since Christmastime when I started watching so much. Which reminds me:
Watch Rare Exports next Christmas. It’s fantastic. It’s not your typical Christmas story -Santa is coming to get you…he knows when you’ve been naughty but it’ll come round.