Friday, July 1, 2011

Currently Watching: Updated

I've updated my "currently watching" list with short little capsule reviews of a new TV show my wife and I are watching ("Falling Skies") along with three movies I recently Netflixed or caught on cable ("Grapes of Wrath", "Battle of the Bulge", and "The Road"). 

I've also kept up the short reviews of "Game of Thrones" and "White Collar" since we're still watching those two shows.  

You can read about them on my static "Currently Watching" page. 


  1. I can't even believe you've never seen Battle of the Bulge. It was a staple on "Win the War" week on Channel 5. Plus it has Robert Shaw, who's a badass in pretty much every movie he's ever been in.

    I forgive you. Maybe. I see you've only recently viewed Patton, which is also unforgiveable. Did they block these movies in Sandy?

    J. Franz

  2. I've been pleasantly surprised with Falling Skies so far.

  3. @FWT - Yeah, I am woefully behind on "the classics." Just ask Ferguson - he gives me no end of grief about it. There are so many classic films of every genre (comedies, war films, drama, etc.) that you'd be shocked I've never seen. As an example, I had never seen "The Godfather" until I started going through the AFI List.

    It's not like I didn't want to watch them... but I don't come from a movie-going family. We didn't go a lot when I was a kid, and then when I was old enough to watch them myself, they weren't in the theater, and we didn't have a VCR until I was much older. And, despite, being in advertising, I hate watching theatrical movies on TV because of the way they pan-and-scan them, and edit them for content.

    War movies in my queue coming up are "All Quiet On the Western Front," "Platoon,", and "Das Boot."

    Ones I recently saw besides "Patton" are "Bridge Over the River Kwai," "Casablanca," and "Schindler's List" (although I don't think those last two really qualify as war movies).

    @Trey - I'm liking it, too, but sometimes the pacing just seems a little off. Certain scenes drag where they could easily have been edited down to move onto the next scene. I have a theory about why the alien mechs are humanoid-shaped instead of insect-shaped, but I won't post it here in case people would think I'm spoiling something.

  4. By the way, I just looked up the original AFI Top 100 list from 1998 on Wikipedia. To date, I've now seen 49 out of the 100 movies. That includes movies that I did see years ago as a kid, even if I plan to watch it again (such as "2001: A Space Odyssey", which just arrived via Netflix earlier this week).

    In 2007, AFI revised the list for the "10th Anniversary" and cut out 23 films, including "Amadeus,", "Fantasia," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "Frankenstein," "Patton," and "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" (interesting since I just watched those last two).

    And, they added 23 replacements, including "LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring," "Saving Private Ryan," "Sixth Sense," and "Titanic." The original "Toy Story" and also "Blade Runner" (a personal favorite of mine) were also added to the revised list.

    Interestingly, of the 23 films they deleted, I have seen seven of them. Of the 23 new films they added, I've seen... seven. Spooky.

  5. @Trey - The second episode was better than the first for falling skies. I am going to give it two more before I make a decision of if I keep watching.

    @Martin - I had seen 53 of the originals. I picked up 9 for the new additions but lost 11 based on what they took away. Many of the new i had not even heard of and I watch some art house type films. Will have to check some out.

    The Road was a good movie but if you think it was slow and depressing you need to read the book. It made the movie look like an upbeat action flick IMHO. That said I liked both quite a bit and am glad I both read the book and watched the movie. It does make you rethink post apocalyptic games though.


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