01 April 2010

Movie Prowlin: 2010 Edition, Vol. 1

Taking a cue from the Reel Whore Quarterly, this is my particular list of movies & television shows watched in the first 13 weeks (or quarter) of 2010. First off, let me just say: Holy friggin' crap, it's already April! This year is flying by, and I have spent way too much time movie watching and not doing muy-neccessito homeworko. Secondly, damn I saw more movies that I thought I would have (although my grades will no doubt reflect that). Thanks to the wonders of Netflix and finally paying off my $26.90 charge at the library, there's plenty of older movies thrown into the mix; plus, my local Movie Gallery closing down and selling off a bunch of random junk equally helped matters.

In fact, I just acquired all of Lost - Season 3 from the Movie Gallery, as well as about 12 miscellaneous movies, including Mercury Men, The Forsaken, Children of Dune, KVC: Komodo vs. Cobra, The Brothers Bloom, Bang Bang, You're Dead, Fay Grim, Sleepaway Camp, etc. So expect reviews for some of 'em, depending on how passionate I feel about the title.

Now is it just me or is Movie Prowlin kind of a lame name? Honestly, I couldn't think of anything better at the moment. If anyone has recommendations, feel free to leave a comment.

Well the foreseeable future will be me watching a lot more TV shows than films. I got the first season of Farscape, the second season of Pushing Daises, the complete series of Birds of Prey, and commentaries for the final season of The Shield before I get to John Woo's 5 hour Red Cliff epic and (hopefully) more Fantastic Dinosaurs! films. Ugh. And schoolwork.

Anyways, titles in italicize means a review will (possibly) coming soon. If there's a title there you're intrigued about, I'd be happy to give my two cents. Cheers!

Movies Watched in 2010: 01 January 2010 - 31 March 2010

1. Conan the Barbarian
2. Conan the Destroyer
3. Zombie Strippers
4. Youth in Revolt
5. Saved!
6. 28 Days Later
7. 28 Weeks Later
8. The Hurt Locker
9. Legion
10. American Pie presents The Book of Love
11. Green Lantern: First Flight
12. The Book of Eli
13. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
14. Bang Bang, You’re Dead
15. Fame (2009)
16. When in Rome
17. Antichrist
18. Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God
19. Hulk vs.
20. Wonder Woman
21. The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans
22. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
23. The Wolfman
24. The House of the Devil
25. Kids in America
26. The Deer Hunter
27. Star Trek – First Contact
28. District B13: Ultimatum
29. Zombieland
30. The Shining
31. From Paris with Love
32. Edge of Darkness
33. Star Trek VI – The Undiscovered Country
34. Jack the Giant Killer
35. Shutter Island
36. The Land Unknown
37. A Couple of Dicks
38. Alice in Wonderland
39. Alice
40. Fantastic Mr. Fox
41. Dante’s Peak
42. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
43. Joshua
44. Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
45. Mulan
46. Secret Window
47. The Incredibles
48. A Serious Man
49. Green Zone
50. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
51. Death Note: L, change the world
52. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
53. The Uninvited
54. How to Train your Dragon
55. Timeline
56. Dragonheart
57. The Librarian: Quest for the Speer
58. Jennifer’s Body
59. Repo Men (2010)
60. The Crazies (2010)

TV Shows Watched in 2010
Scrubs: The Complete Fifth Season
Scrubs: The Complete Sixth Season
Scrubs: The Complete Second Season
Everwood: The Complete Second Season
Pushing Daises: The Complete First Season

General Thoughts:
Both of the Conan movies were 50/50. The first was visually pleasing, but fell flat whenever Arnold was actually given a line or was required to 'act.' The second was just plain corn, and quite unnecessary. The DC vs. Marvel direct-to-DVD titles are extraordinary; though as of right now, I'm backing DC - these guys cram out four or five titles a year, and more often than not, they got a hit. Two recommended titles turned out quite well: the two 28 Days/28 Weeks films were quite spectacular, as was the also-recommended Dante's Peak. Unfortunately, the much-loved Fast Times at Ridgemont High was sorta stupid. I also had a bit of fun guessing the 'twist' of Secret Window within a short while much to the displeasure of the galfriend who really dug the 'reveal'. All in all, a good selection of movies.

As far as TV shows, Scrubs never fails to entertain, and Everwood's second season was far superior and stronger than its freshman debut. Bryan Fuller's Pushing Daises is definitely unique and very entertaining, so I highly recommend that short-lived series to any and all.

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