Gail (gailmarie) wrote,

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So I check my friends' page and find that Zoe has posted about The Break-Up, which is, coincidentally, exactly what I was going to write about.

I'm not going to go in-depth and I'll try to avoid spoilers, but I would like to say the following: it was poorly marketed. It had much more serious topics and situations that are involved with breaking up, and while there were many humorous parts, those were not the point. Although I think it definitely exuded many amateur-filmmaker mistakes (like uneven pacing and lacking cohesion), it was an interesting look at the ending of a relationship.

And now, for a few words on my love of digital cable + TiVo.

Our digital cable package is not the highest. In fact, it's pretty basic...but it has the important channels...Bravo, Noggin (I'm currently obsessed with a teen-oriented melodrama called "South of Nowhere"), and a few movie channels: IFC, TCM, and WE. My newest realization is that I can TiVo movies that are being played at all hours of the day and night and watch them at my convenience...movies that are a) classics and b) independents/foreign top this list because of my choice of movie channels being Turner Classic Movies and the Independent Film Channel. Now, I can easily Netflix these movies, and in fact...most of them are already in my queue. But TiVo'ing movies being played on cable allows me to get more movies, faster (instantaneous from Comcast or wherever programming is sent), and take them off my queue to free up space. And I can have more than three movies at a time. In fact, in the past two days, I have TiVo'ed 5 movies:
- The Conversation (1974 Coppola, starring Gene Hackman)
- Smiles of a Summer Night (1955 Bergman, uber foreign)
- The Road Home (1999, Chinese film starring the girl from Memoirs of a Geisha)
- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939 Capra, quintessential Jimmy Stewart)
- Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002 Clooney-directed Sam Rockwell and Drew Barrymore)
And currently, I'm recording:
- Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995 indie/cult classic with a pretty sweet cast)

Five of these six films were already on my queue (The Road Home was a new discovery), and have been bumped to the top of my viewing by the presence on digital cable. I can watch them at my own leisure, and don't have to worry about them clogging up my already-insanely long Netflix queue. And those are only the ones I've recorded yesterday and today! Imagine what a whole summer will do!

Upcoming features include:
- In America (2002 critically-acclaimed immigration drama)
- Dirty Pretty Things (2002 French drama/thriller with Audrey Tautou)
- The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill, But Came Down a Mountain (1995 British comedy with Hugh Grant *swoon*)
- The Quiet American (2002 Michael Caine/Vietnamese war drama)
All of which are currently on my queue. And those are only between now and Wednesday night. IFC rocks.

Alright, enough of that for now. Ocean's 11 is on my TV and needs my attention for the last 45 minutes. It makes me want to watch with a director's commentary. Soderbergh rocks. I really enjoyed Full Frontal, perhaps more than I should have. The movie itself was adequate, but the special features (interviews with Soderbergh and the cast) really added to the entire experience and boosted my enjoyment of it.

Also...oh god. How excited am I for Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor?

SO EXCITED! Like...pee my pants, giggle like a schoolgirl excited. I fucking love Kevin Spacey.

Now I'm done. For real.

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