Thursday, July 2, 2009

June 2009 Netflix Summary

After starting this last month, I, of course, have to do this every month. Here's my Netflix activity for June:

June 2009 Netflix SummaryArrived at HomeReceived at NetflixDays at HomeMonthly Average Days at HomeCost Per Movie
Eagle Eye 06/02 06/05 3
Hard Eight 06/02 06/04 2
Labou 06/03 06/04 1
Rounders 06/06 06/10 4
The Postman Always
Rings Twice (1946)
06/06 06/15 9
You Can't Take it With
06/06 06/09 3
Crazy Love 06/10 06/12 2
Goodbye, Columbus 06/11 06/15 4
25th Hour 06/13 6/22 9
Defiance 06/16 6/23 7
David and Lisa 06/16 6/22 6
Secretary 06/23 06/30 7
Thumbsucker 06/23 06/30 7
Powder Blue 06/24 06/30 6
5.0 $1.32

My Netflix queue basically breaks down into a few categories based on why I'm watching them: stuff I'm just getting around to seeing, whether recent mildly-intriguing recent releases (Eagle Eye, Powder Blue), stuff I've encountered while flipping channels on TV and I want to see the whole movie (You Can't Take it With You, David and Lisa), and stuff I'm genuinely interested in seeing and for which I thank God that Netflix exists (Crazy Love, Hard Eight). Whatever the reason, I think I'm equally surprised and dissapointed whatever reason I'm watching a movie. David and Lisa was mildly intriguing when I saw part of it on TCM, but turned out to be one of the best old movies I've seen in a while (Keir Dullea is great, and Janet Margolin playing opposite him is also amazing - a great "nuthouse" movie). And for the first half of "The Postman Always Rings Twice" I was puzzled about why this seemingly-rountine noir intrigue was so reknowned, but then after ther great mid-point courtroom sequence (which should be mandatory for trial practice courses!), the movie really hits high gear and I agree it one of the classics. Goodby Columbus was alright - think a Jewish "The Graduate" - and Ali MacGraw os gorgeous, but its one like so many films of the late sixties and early seventies that doesn't really hold up.
The best surprise this month was Powder Blue - I thought it was just a gritty urban angst drama centered around the strip club where Jessica Biel's character works (she got most of the press for this movie as far as I can tell), but it was much, much more than that. A very sweet, very real movie that carefully veers just this side of being cheesy, but movies like this are why I endure watching a wide variety of movies I don't know a lot about (I really want the hours spent watching Thumbsucker and Eagle Eye back).

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