New TV Time List


The Netflix oriented list (only counting shows I’m currently watching):

1. 30 Rock Season 3 Episode 4: Reunion
2. Agatha Christie’s Poirot Series 1 Episode 6: Triangle At Rhodes
3. Angel Season 2 Episode 12: Blood Money
4. Daredevil Season 1: A-
5. House Of Cards Season 2 Episode 3: Chapter 17
6. The Last Man On Earth Season 1 Episode 7: She Drives Me Crazy
7. Magnum P.I. Season 1 Episode 6: Skin Deep
8. Psych Overall Grade: B+
9. Sliders Season 4 Episode 1: Genesis
10. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 1: A-

2015 Movie Log


It never ends.

Top 13:

Sunset Blvd. (1950, Wilder)
Interstellar (2014, Nolan)
Rififi (1955, Dassin)
The Guest (2014, Wingard)
Phantom of the Paradise (1974, De Palma)
La Haine (1995, Kassovitz)
Man On Wire (2008, Marsh)
Boogie Nights (1997, Anderson)
Exotica (1994, Egoyan)
Whiplash (2014, Chazelle)
The Hateful Eight (2015, Tarentino)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978, Kaufman)
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014, Amirpour)

January:

1. That Guy…Who Was In That Thing (2012, Schwartz, Roumain)-85, Netflix Instant Viewing
2. Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell (1974, Fisher)-82, Netflix Instant Viewing
3. A Long Way Down (2014, Chamueil)-71, Netflix Instant Viewing
4. Escape From Tomorrow (2013, Moore)-81, Netflix Instant Viewing
5. The Guest (2014, Wingard)-100 , RedBox
6. Veronica Mars (2014, Thomas)-90 , RedBox
7. Snowpiercer (2014, Joon-ho)-94, Netflix Instant Viewing
8. From Elway To Marino (2013, Rodgers)-95, Netflix Instant Viewing
9. Man On Wire (2008, Marsh)-100, Netflix Instant Viewing
10. Following (1998, Nolan)-91, Netflix Instant Viewing
11. Boyhood (2014, Link later)-93, RedBox
12. Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985, Burton)-88, Netflix Instant Viewing
13. Interstellar (2014, Nolan)-100, Theater
14. The Interview (2014, Rogan and Goldberg)-80, Netflix Instant Viewing
15. Whiplash (2014, Chazelle)-98, Theater
16. Rififi (1955, Dassin)-100, Netflix DVD

Movie of the Month: Interstellar (2014, Nolan)-100, Theater

February:

17. Cold In July (2014, Mickle)-95, Public Library
18. The Double (2011, Brandt)-45, Netflix Instant Viewing
19. Chef (2014, Favreau)-91, Netflix Instant Viewing
20. Exotica (1994, Egoyan)-98, Public Library
21. Selma (2014, DuVernay)-95, Theater
22. Expelled (2014, Goyette )-75, Netflix Instant Viewing
23. Only Lovers Left Alive (2014, Jarmusch)-95, Public Library
24. John Wick (2014, Stahelski, Leitch)-92, RedBox
25. Nebraska (2013, Payne)-94, Netflix Instant Viewing
26. Mr. Nobody (2009, Van Dormael)-85, Netflix Instant Viewing
27. Ministry of Fear (1944, Lang)-91, Public Library, Criterion
28. Mud (2013, Nichols)-94, Netflix Instant Viewing
29. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015, Vaughn)-92, Theater Viewing
30. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001, Mitchell)-95, Netflix DVD
31. Panic Room (2002, Fincher)-80, Netflix Instant Viewing
32. Out of Africa (1985, Pollack)-86, Netflix Instant Viewing
33. Sunset Blvd. (1950, Wilder)-100, Netflix Instant Viewing\

Movie of the Month: Sunset Blvd. (1950, Wilder)-100, Netflix Instant Viewing

March:

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34. Super Troopers (2002, Chandrasekhar)-80, DVD
35. Big Hero 6 (2014, Hall, Williams)-85, DVD
36. Hannie Caulder (1971, Kennedy )-75, Grit TV
37. April Fool’s Day (1986, Walton)-77, Netflix Instant Viewing
38. The Discoverers (2012, Schwarz)-81, Netflix Instant Viewing
39. Prince Avalanche (2013, Gordon Green)-88, Netflix Instant Viewing
40. Monsieur Verdoux (1947, Chaplin)-90, Netflix DVD
41. Pain and Gain (2013, Bay)-90, Netflix Instant Viewing
42. Scarlett Street (1945, Lang)-80, YouTube

Movie of the Month: Pain and Gain (2013, Bay)-90, Netflix Instant Viewing

April:

43. It Follows (2015, Mitchell)95, Theater Viewing
44. The Reckoning (2003, Wood)-80, Netflix Instant Viewing
45. Thor: The Dark World (2013, Taylor)-77, Family Video
46. Spring Breakers (2013, Korine )-95, Family Video
47. 30 For 30: I Hate Christian Laettner (2015, Karpf)-95
48. Buffalo Soldiers (2001, Jordan)-83, Netflix Instant Viewing
49. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013, McKay)-87, Netflix Instant Viewing
50. Three Men and a Cradle (1985, Serreau)-54, Netflix

Movie of the Month: Spring Breakers (2013, Korine)-95, Family Video

May:

51. Gunmen (1994, Sarafian)-68, Netflix Instant Viewing
52. Crank (2006, Neveldine, Taylor )-85, Netflix Instant Viewing
53. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension (1984, Richter)-90, Public Library
54. Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010, Kasch)-95, Netflix Instant Viewing
56. Odd Thomas (2013, Sommers)-71, Netflix Instant Viewing
57. The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015, Whedon)-89, Theaters

Movie of the Month: Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010, Kasch)-95, Netflix Instant Viewing

June:

58. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, Miller)-94, Theater Viewing
59. Rounders (1998, Dahl)-87, Netflix Instant Viewing
60. Holy Motors (2013, Carax)-85, Netflix Instant Viewing

Movie of the Month: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, Miller)-94, Theater Viewing

July:

61. Ride The Pink Horse (1947, Montgomery)-91, Criterion DVD
62. Godzilla vs MechaGodzilla (1975, Fukuda)-87, Public Library
63. Godzilla Final Wars (2004, Kitamura)-80, Public Library
64. Night of the Demons 2 (1994, Trenchard-Smith)-80, Public Library

Movie of the Month: Ride The Pink Horse (1947, Montgomery)-91, Criterion DVD

August:

65. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978, Kaufman)-97, Netflix Instant Viewing
66. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970, Jireš)-90, Criterion DVD
67. Phantom of the Paradise (1974, De Palma)-100, Public Library
68. God Told Me To (1976, Cohen)-91, Public Library
69. Q: The Winged Serpent (1982, Cohen)-78, Public Library
70. Campfire Tales (1997, Kunert, Semel, Cooper)-65, Public Library
71. Critters 3 (1991, Peterson)-50, Public Library
72. Critters 4 (1992, Harvey)-60, Public Library
73. It (1990, Wallace)-80, Public Library
74. The Driver (1978, Hill)-95, Netflix DVD
75. Bite The Bullet (1975, Brooks)-87, YouTube

Movie of the Month: Phantom of the Paradise (1974, De Palma)-100, Public Library

September:

76. What We Do In The Shadows (2015, Waititi, Clement)-91, Public Library
77. Vampire In Brooklyn (1995, Craven)-80, Netflix Instant Viewing
78. The Conjuring (2013, Wan)-88, Netflix Instant Viewing
79. Disturbing Behavior (1998, Nutter)-75, Netflix Instant Viewing
80. The Babadook (2014, Kent)-91,
Netflix Instant Viewing
81. Hot Shots! (1991, Abrahams)-85, DVD
82. Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993, Abrahams)-75, DVD

Movie of the Month: The Babadook (2014, Kent)-91,
Netflix Instant Viewing

October:

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84. Housebound (2014, Johnstone)-90, Netflix Instant Viewing
85. Late Phases (2014, Bogliano)-86, Netflix Instant Viewing
86. Society (1989, Yuzna)-84, YouTube
87. Horns (2014, Aja)-80, Netflix Instant Viewing
88. Mission Impossible-Rogue Nation (2015, McQuarrie)-89, Theater
89. The Final Terror (1983, Davis)-92, Public Library
90. Creep (2014, Kack-Brice)-88, Netflix Instant Viewing
91. Almost Human (2013, Begos)-45, Netflix Instant Viewing
92. The Woman In Black (2012, Harper)-86, Public Library
93. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014, Amirpour)-96, Netflix Instant Viewing
94. Twixt (2011, Coppola)-70, Netflix Instant Viewing
95. Dead Silence (2007, Wan)-75, Netflix Instant Viewing
96. Starry Eyes (2014, Kolsch, Widmyer)-80, Netflix Instant Viewing
97. Nightbreed (1990, Barker)-85, Netflix Instant Viewing

Movie of the Month: A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014, Amirpour)-96, Netflix Instant Viewing

November:

98. The 5 Deadly Venoms (1978, Cheh)-90, Netflix Instant Viewing
99. Spectre (2015, Mendes)-88, Theater Viewing
100. La Haine (1995, Kassovitz -100, Public Library/Criterion
101. Oz the Great and Powerful (2013, Raimi)-75, SyFy
102. The Vampire Lovers (1970, Baker)-80, Public Library
103. Django (1966, Corbucci)-95, Public Library

Movie of the Month: La Haine (1995, Kassovitz)-100, Public Library/Criterion

December:

104. The Ridiculous 6 (2015, Coraci)-68, Netflix Instant Viewing
105. The Night Before (2015, Levine)-77, Theater
106. Star Wars: Episode VII-The Force Awakens (2015, Abrams)-92, Theater
107. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993, Selick)-95, Netflix Instant Viewing
108. Boogie Nights (1997, Anderson)-99, Netflix Instant Viewing
109. The Hateful Eight (2015, Tarentino)-97, Theater

Movie of the Month: Boogie Nights (1997, Anderson)-99, Netflix Instant Viewing

Your Worst Inhibitions Tend To Psych You Out In The End


Gus and Shawn are a great pair together. Shawn happens to be the son of a legendary policeman named Henry, while Gus is his life long friend and companion. Sure this show at times reminds me of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson yet it has a unique twist: Shawn pretends to be a psychic. The police use them as consultants although they also have their own private detective agency. Lassiter and Juliet are the two police detectives who put up with their shenanigans as they all try to solve cases every episode.

What I love about this show is the rapport that Gus and Shawn have with each other. The jokes come fast and are rather sharp. Also the supporting cast is fantastic. You also have Henry, who is the reason why Shawn has a heavily observant ability in the first place. Although the show lacks a true arc save for some episodes there are requiring characters and the show does focus on certain aspects.

One of them being Shawn’s dangerous twisty game with an infamous serial killer. The other being Shawn and Juliet being near perfect for each other. Also the major underlying theme of the show is that Gus and Shawn have to keep up the idea that Shawn is psychic. If the police find out Shawn could be in serious trouble. However thanks to the pair’s gift for getting themselves in and out of trouble such worries are pushed aside.

Many episodes are hilarious and I am working back through Psych while anticipating the last season, which is not on Netflix. I do reflect on the show’s joyous aspect plus its great sense of humor and style. The USA Network has some good shows yet I’ve grown mostly attached to Psych over the years. Also its theme song rules.

House of Spacey


Right now I am watching a Netflix original show titled House of Cards which is an American version of the famous BBC show by the same name. As I view episode seven I am amused that I am also going through The West Wing, a show that paints a more lighter picture of politics in Washington D.C. One is light the other dark, both having some realistic aspects of the political world yet also are fantastic versions of what is going on. At the heart of this gripping thriller drama is Francis “Frank” and Claire Underwood, who after being turned down for an important cabinet position go on the offensive and take the power that they were denied.

One of the best things about this show is watching Kevin Spacey act deliciously evil each week. Robin Wright is also excellent as his wife, Claire, who might be worse than he is at times. The subplots include Zoe Barnes (played by Kate Mara), an opportunistic journalist, and Peter Russo (Corey Stoll), a young Congressman. Both people are used by Francis and his sinister chief of staff, Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly), to advance Francis’ agenda. A favorite moment of mine is when Francis delivers a sneaky and lie filled sermon to a church in the third episode. Its textbook Spacey and a shining example of his brilliance as an actor.

Although the subplots are rocky at times the main storyline is incredibly well crafted. Wright and Spacey’s scenes together is the foundation of House of Cards. Some of the comedy that actually occurs is unintentional or subtitle yet the drama is very focused and engaging. Plus for some reason Francis is from the South and therefore Spacey has a Southern accent that makes him appear friendly even as he stabs people in the back and destroys anyone who gets in his way.

There are no episode titles as each one is called a chapter instead. The pilot episode was as long as an actual movie and the show has the look and feel of a cable show. David Fincher is involved although different people direct each episode. I also enjoy it when Francis (or Frank as he’s usually called) breaks the forth wall and talks to the camera. I’m amused when he says what he is thinking even as he pretends to act civil. So far this is one of the best young shows and I like that Netflix is challenging traditional TV. Right now I need more than two seasons. Badly.

I’d Like To Thank The Academy…


Every year I tune into the Oscar ceremony without fail, despite how I feel about who got snubbed or why they nominated this movie and that movie. Look I’m the last guy to defend the Academy since they have been wrong so many times, and yet…I like the Oscars. The whole pomp and spectacle, the way too long TV presentation-I find it entertaining. The only thing that I skip is the red carpet pre show, which happens to be way too dumb for someone like to me to enjoy, although I guess some of the interviews that take place are amusing.

Besides the Academy Awards often get things right when it comes to who wins, even if it takes them longer than it should. Which is different from other awards shows, particularly the Grammy’s-and Oscar haters should keep in mind that the Grammys, the Emmy’s, and even the Golden Globes have been wrong about who they gave awards to. Besides people forget it’s all subjective, and that the awards season has become incredibly saturated to the point where even a grand old classic like the Oscars has lost a lot of its magic.

Which is a shame, because the Oscars is the main attraction of the awards season. Oh sure the Golden Globes is the fun party, the Emmys the awards show for the often too overlooked medium of television. The Grammy’s on the other hand is utter crap and has always been so, and for some reason I find the gross super populism of the MTV Movie and Music awards to be almost refreshing at times. Still if there is one telecast that almost everyone tunes into, pours over the day before and after, and cares about, it’s the Academy Awards.

I remember when Rotten Tomatoes’ message board exploded when Crash won Best Picture over Brokeback Mountain. There doesn’t seem to be anything that compares, and I like that way. I have been watching the Academy Awards telecast since 1996, the year that Braveheart won Best Picture and Apollo 13, Babe and others were nominated. I was too young to see any of the nominees from that year save for Babe and yet I was hooked. Its been that way ever since.

Yes I have complained about who wins almost every year, despite the fact that the Academy has also brought me plenty of joy. I cheered when the Coen Brothers finally won Best Director, and I was so happy when Martin Scorsese broke through to get his first little golden man. Christopher Waltz taking home an acting Oscar was great too, and I smiled at George Clooney and later on Ben Affleck finally getting their proper dues. Quentin Tarentino acting so happy at winning Best Screenplay last year for Django Unchained reminded me that even though he didn’t win for anything else I loved that he held up that statue like he had just won the Super Bowl. Yes the awards show is flawed-they play off the awards winners too quickly (I loved it when Jon Stewart invited back onstage the people from Once who won Best Song when they had been rudely played off-a really nice touch). The show seems to be stuck in this hard place between inviting entertainment and not being incredibly long.

What I especially recall though was the year that Titanic won Best Picture. Billy Crystal’s spoof opening for the ceremony was hilarious, and yes James Cameron went full blow ego-manic with his awards speech. That’s what we often tune in for, though-the unscripted moments, the parts that are unexpected. Even if the awards have become too obvious and unexciting, we, the audience, watch just for that one part that catches us by surprise. And that’s why I still watch the Oscars every year. It’s a bad habit, sure, but its my bad habit. For better or worse.

The Jack Bauer Power Hour


Back in 2001 I started watching a show that was already gathering buzz. TIME Magazine had an article on it even. The show’s name was “24.” The pilot shocked me by featuring an airplane bombing after 9-11 and entertained me. By the second, fantastic episode I was completely hooked. FOX had decided to give the show a chance and I’m glad that they never canceled it. They actually are bringing it back next year after it has been off the air since closing its 8 year run in 2010. I’m excited because this one of my favorite shows and love how its fast paced and thrilling.

Kiefer Sutherland had a successful career going when he was cast as “24’s” main character,  Jack Bauer. Bauer works for CTU-Counter Terrorism Unit-based in Los Angeles, California. Each of the seasons center around one chaotic day, where Jack is forced to deal with a crisis and must act to protect the country and LA from terrorism. Nothing ends up being that simple and politics always play a heavy part in each season. This is one of the reasons why the show ended up becoming popular by Season 4-it was rather topical and smartly focused on real world events, although of course the show itself ventured into fantasy and made up story lines. I will forever remain amused that every season a huge terrorist plot threatened the country at one point or another, just because it seems rather outlandish.

Oh and the show has a fantastic cast, with great guest stars in every season. Sutherland is amazing as Bauer, while Carlos Bernard rules in playing his friend and co-worker Tony Almeida. You have Elisha Cuthbert as Bauer’s daughter Kim, Sarah Clarke as Nina Myers, who is another co-worker of Jack’s, Dennis Haysbert as David Palmer, a presidential candidate in Season 1 who is my favorite character, and many others who round out the show. My favorite guest star is probably Arnold Vosloo from Season 4, who myself and other fans often referred to as the “Evil Version of Jack Bauer.” The show also is rather consistent in terms of quality: Season 6 is the only really bad/mediocre season, while Seasons 1-2, 4 and 5 are great. I really liked Seasons 3, 7-8 and I thought the show had a fine series finale that although now temporary had me on the edge of my seat.

I didn’t even mention the show’s amazing display of state of the art technological devices, or how it is very 21st century in its depiction of how much the spy business has become dependent on new gadgets to stay ahead of the enemies in the field. I also like how much cell phones play a major role in the show from the first season to the very last one. There will never be a show quite like 24 ever again, and I don’t mind because its wonderful unique qualities and high level of entertainment value make it one of my all time favorite TV shows. I’m glad that FOX decided to leave it on the air for 8 seasons, and I look forward to the new episodes if and when they do air.

Viewer Beware, You’re In For A Scare


Back when I was a kid, Goosebumps was all the rage. Everyone read the books, owned the books, and loved the books. R.L. Stine helped make reading cool, which despite his stories being cheesy or very kids oriented was still a good thing: anything that gets kids to read should be encouraged. In fact some of his tales had twists that M. Night Shyamalan wishes he could come up with. So I was happy that Netflix Instant Viewing now has the rights to the show, which channeled the books pretty well, as all four seasons have been released so far. But hey its a start and I plan to go through the show as much as possible. I started last night with the pilot, titled The Girl Who Cried Monster.

Really its merely a solid episode, yet I still enjoyed it anyways. I vaguely remember reading the book, and it has a trademark Stine twist that made me smile a bit. The creature effects are rather decent for a kids TV show that aired on Saturday mornings, and the main protagonist starts off with their narration, which was part of Stine’s books. I do plan on continuing to watch the show, and go through the rest of the series. Which I will share here as a side project to my Horrorfest, as its fitting to view a horror oriented show while also watching horror movies.

Somewhere In Wyoming


Thanks to Netflix Instant Viewing I was able to view Longmire. I’m currently on the 7th episode of the first season, and its a really good show. Maybe even great. The credits say it’s based off of the book series about Walt Longmire, the local sheriff of a town in Wyoming that is in the middle of nowhere. The show’s cast is great too, as Robert Taylor does an excellent job in the title role and the show also has Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Bailey Chase, Cassidy Freeman and Adam Bartley. My favorite character is The Ferg-a nickname bestowed on him by Longmire and the others-who in despite being large and at times not as smart as the others still does his job to the best of his ability.

I love that this show is set in the West, as I’ve always been a fan of westerns. One episode has Longmire shooting a man with a Winchester lever-action rifle, and Longmire and the rest of his deputies all usually sport cowboy hats and operate in a rural setting. The Ferg even carries a six shooter cannon, although the rest of the group sports semi-automatic handguns. Many of the episodes feature cases that involve murder, although a really good political oriented one had Longmire hunting for missing Native American boys.

I’m hoping to finish up Season 1 soon and then wait eagerly for Season 2 to hit Netflix Instant Viewing. A&E has surprised me with a good action/western drama that is well made, expertly paced, and really entertaining. I’m hoping it runs for at least 5 seasons, although I’ll settle for whatever I can get. And I would like to read the books at some point. Especially since there are probably many of them.

PS: I finished Season 1 late last night/early in the morning. Pretty good, maybe almost great, season that finished really strong down the stretch. Having to wait for Season 2 to hit Netflix really sucks, but it will be worth it.

Take a Trip To Neptune


About two or three years ago I decided to check out what the buzz was all about and rent Veronica Mars on DVD at my local library. It was early that night when I started Season 1, and only a couple weeks-roughly a month or so later about-I had finished all three seasons. Yep its that addictive. Even though I knew that the show had been unfairly canceled, although the third season happened because the creators knew the show was going to be canceled. But hey a movie is being planned and most of the cast is coming back, which is awesome only if the movie does not suck. Man I sure hope it doesn’t. While the entire group is the reason the show works so well, yet the dialogue is its strongest aspect: the one liners are typically fantastic, and the banter is often hilarious.

I’m often in awe of how the show manages to combine the serious with the comedy in addition to it being very film noir oriented. Veronica and her dad Keith were once at the top of the social ladder until Keith is fired from his job as sheriff and Veronica’s drunken mom takes off. That’s without mentioning that Veronica is raped at a party she goes to after her friend is murdered. It doesn’t get more film noir than that, especially since Keith and Veronica run a detective agency while Veronica deals with the everyday troubles of being a teenager in high school. That’s coupled with the cases Veronica solves, even though Keith wants her to try and live a normal life despite Veronica being obsessed with solving her friend’s murder at all costs. Season 1 deals with that in excellent fashion, but its really Season 2 that is the best season, largely because the stakes are much higher and we actually see more repercussions of Keith and Veronica’s investigations and how they pry into other people’s lives.

What also flows throughout the entire show is her off and on romance with Logan, who starts out as the show’s bad boy and later over protective lover of Veronica, who is my favorite character on the show and is one of its best characters. Well until Season 3-but more on that later. Veronica’s best friend, Wallace is also really fantastic, especially since he often aids Veronica on her investigations and gets her out of trouble as much as she also helps him out. The show really only has one other consistent female character though out its run in Mac, who is wonderful and really funny. However in the end this show goes to really dark places, and can be at times absolutely brutal with twists and turns. Which the third season lacked, among other things, unfortunately. Oh and Season 2 has some episodes that are really suspenseful and exciting to watch.

Ah yes Season 3. Most fans don’t like it, but I still think that Season 3 is good overall. The show’s creators knew that Veronica Mars was going to be canceled, so they desperately tried to stop that from happening by changing some of the format and introducing new characters that were lame. However I did love some of the story lines, mostly the one that offered a conclusion to the rapist that was threatening a local collage campus. Too bad that they also completely ruined Logan for an entire season too, instead of trying to go all out and make the last season just as excellent as the other two. This does not change the fact that Veronica Mars is a great show, one that people should check out.

Just look at those gifs. I can’t even post all of the super quotes that have entertained me throughout the show’s run. In fact that would take up at least five more blog posts. Also I wonder how things would have turned out if Veronica Mars had continued to run on for a couple more seasons. I did have a future version planned out, but I’m sure the movie will come up with something good. Right? RIGHT? It better. Thanks to Kickstarter. Wahoo.

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