Friday, October 16, 2009

September 2009 Netflix Report

September 2009 Netflix SummaryArrived at HomeReceived at NetflixDays at HomeMonthly Average Days at HomeCost Per Movie
Trouble the Water09/039/118
12 Rounds09/089/124
Sunshine Cleaning09/1209/197
Lookin' to Get Out09/2009/299

Back working full-time now for the Fall semester, so only seven movies this month, and it sure took me a hell of a long time to get around to watching Charade. That's the classic movie this month that I have seen parts of several times, but never watched start to finish. Most of the rest of this month's movies were recent releases I'd missed. Duplicity was very good but suffered at the end from the one-twist-too-many/my-aren't-we-clever-filmmakers syndrome. Sunshine Cleaning was very good with characters and situations that played very real for the most part, with only a few scenes played a bit too much for laughs.

Trouble the Water is one of the best Katrina documentaries that I've seen so far. I was hoping it would be better than Spike Lee's When the Levees Broke, but after the home movie footage of the Ninth Ward flooding in Trouble the Water, the evacuation story of the protags begins to play out as too much of a "look at me" cry for attention. So despite its flaws, When the Levees Broke is still the definitive cinematic statement about Katrina, at least of the ones I've seen - a few still haven't seen wide release.

But Stop-Loss, on the other hand, I think is the best movie about the Iraq war so far. I haven't seen them all, but they've generally gotten lousy reviews and one of the one I did see - whatever that one where Jessica Biel loses her hand in an IED explosion - was pretty wooden and sterile except for Sameul Jackson's story line upon returning to the states. But Stop-Loss had real heart to it and all the character and the situations they're in played very real.

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