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This week's movies are...
On Sunday, I decided to head to my local (read, next town over) Hollywood Video and check out the new releases. They had a $1 rental special once a few years ago that worked so well, they've never ended it. So all rentals are $1 a DVD for 5 days. I usually pick 4. This time I did that, *and* bought 3 others.

The rentals:

  • Together: a Chinese movie about a boy and his father who leave their village in order for the boy to learn the violin from a master teacher.

  • Chicago: the award winning movie version of the stage musical.

  • Lost in Translation: that movie that foolishly tried to compete against LotR in this year's Oscars.

  • American Wedding: the sequel to American Pie and American Pie 2.


The purchases:

  • X-Men 2: the sequel to, yes, you guessed it, X-Men.

  • League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (aka LXG): the prequel to LXG 2 (snerk) - loosely based upon a graphic novel that I liked.

  • Coupling season 1: season 1 of the UK series, Coupling, oddly enough.


They were having a 3 for $30 sale on the purchases, which meant I ended up paying an extra penny on Coupling but saved $3 and $5 on the other two DVDs. Works for me! I may have made a mistake with LXG since it's the only purchase I've yet to see. Dad tells me it was boring, but I'm sure I'll get my $10 out of it.

As for the rentals, I've now watched 3 of the 4. Taking a break between Lost and Wedding to write this up. I found Together to be a heartwarming film, definitely one I would recommend. Chicago was simply fabulous and I'll probably have to buy the DVD for it. They captured the energy of the stage play brilliantly. (Attention the_davison_den folks, I saw the stage version of Chicago with Peter Davison as Mr Cellophane. He did a nice soft shoe routine during the performance.)

I just couldn't get to sleep last night - I guess I was still wired from the evening's antics, so I started Lost in Translation after midnight or so (confused the heck out of Leo as he tried to figure out what I was doing on the sofa when I should be in the bed) and watched nearly an hour of it. I just finished the movie during supper. It was a fascinating look at Tokyo and I decided that Tokyo was the star of the movie and those other two were just pawns to show off Tokyo's talents. The rest of the movie was just OK. Glad the Academy went with LotR, myself. Considerably more entertaining, I thought.

I'm sure I'll enjoy American Wedding as the first two movies kept me entertained. If I discover otherwise, I'll be sure to tell you.

In other news for today, I've officially lost 10 lbs on my Portion Control Project! More details can be found in my post to monday_gdp which I'll write up after I finish this one.

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the_ladylark From: the_ladylark Date: March 25th, 2004 04:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ulp!

Does the shop do refunds?

If you're a fan of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen graphic novel you won't think much of the film...

I hadn't read the comic, and I found the film nothing special, and a bit dull. I then went and read the comic, and felt sad about the film.

But it is possible you'll disagree.
trinalin From: trinalin Date: March 26th, 2004 04:06 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ulp!

If you're a fan of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen graphic novel you won't think much of the film...

Yeah, I'd read that often enough from disappointed fans. I usually manage to be entertained by movies despite disappointments like that. (Though I refuse to watch the so-called remake of The In-Laws! Now you're meddlin'!) So with the extras and stuff, I'm pretty sure I'll get my $10 out of it.
warinbabylon From: warinbabylon Date: March 25th, 2004 06:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh. I envy you for the stage show.... :D
trinalin From: trinalin Date: March 26th, 2004 04:08 am (UTC) (Link)
I envy you for the stage show....

elsaf and judiang saw it in London one summer (or was it Spring Break?) Elsa and I went to London one other time to see Davison in a play, but it ended up being cancelled less than 24 hours before we arrived. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! (Still, we did get to see The League of Gentlemen on stage. That worked for me!)
warinbabylon From: warinbabylon Date: March 26th, 2004 04:16 am (UTC) (Link)
*Sighs happily*

Have I mentioned that I love fangirls?
athena007 From: athena007 Date: March 25th, 2004 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
oooo, I didn't know about the_davison_den ...thanX! I'm now a member ;)
trinalin From: trinalin Date: March 26th, 2004 04:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I didn't know about davisonweekly ...thanX!

Glad I could help out a fellow Davison fan! :-)
drake57 From: drake57 Date: March 25th, 2004 08:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really liked LXG (i'm a big Connery fan)..haven't seen American Wedding yet.
trinalin From: trinalin Date: March 26th, 2004 04:10 am (UTC) (Link)
I think American Wedding is worth it just for the opening sketch (or however you would denote it). :-)
drake57 From: drake57 Date: March 26th, 2004 08:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I'll have to get it,i'm a big fan of Stiffler :)
dark_pheonix From: dark_pheonix Date: March 25th, 2004 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Attention davisonweekly folks, I saw the stage version of Chicago with Peter Davison as Mr Cellophane. He did a nice soft shoe routine during the performance.

*imagines happily*

Gah. DVD rental here in australia is at least $5 for an overnight...

YAY for X-men 2! I love Patric Stewart and Ian MaKellan X-men so much...Professor X and Magneto I mean the characters are really good well, those two are droolworthy and it has such nice acting...Poo when *SOMEONE* dies needlessly in an over-emotive plot device with no point. *Wants to hug poor Professor X and tell him to cheer up*

I'm the lucky owner of X-men 1 and 2 on VHS. I so wish they'd do an X-men three.
trinalin From: trinalin Date: March 26th, 2004 04:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Poo when *SOMEONE* dies needlessly in an over-emotive plot device with no point.

Actually, there was a point to that, which I wouldn't be surprised if they addressed in X-Men 3. (I knew enough of the comic series to know what they were alluding to there.)

As for Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen.... Add Alan Cumming to that list and you'll have the 3 main reasons why I bought the DVD in the first place. ;-)
dark_pheonix From: dark_pheonix Date: March 26th, 2004 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
...But they're prettyness is more then Alans...*poke*

YAY! X-men 3!

I collect the comics too, but more for the art in them.
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