Saturday, January 9, 2010

December 2009 Netflix Report

December 2009 Netflix SummaryArrived at HomeReceived at NetflixDays at HomeMonthly Average Days at HomeCost Per Movie
Mexico City12/0112/032
Sangre Costena12/0412/051
Observe and Report12/0712/103
Funny People12/071/0731
Not Quite Hollywood12/1112/2110
The Legend of Boggy
World's Greatest Dad12/221/0514
Dec 0910.4$2.65

Only eight movies from Netflix in December - our annual Christmas trip to the in-laws in Colorado and six days in Mexico City before Christmas ate into my available movie-watching time this month. And the latter of those two trips is the reason for the continued run of Mexico-set movies. None of them were as good as Amores Perres from November's Netflix summary, but Mexico City was decent, despite the careless dumb errors that hopefully resulted in someone's exit from the movie business. The three "comedies" I saw were among the best movies I saw this month. The two that got wide release - Observe and Report and Funny People - were both marketed as being more straight-forward gutbusters than they were: both were rather dark/black comedies, Observe and Report so much that its humorous momebts are so overshadowed by its darker moments as to maybe rate a new genre: the "black non-comedy"? The "black, bleak, dark movie with a few incidental laughs"? World's Greatest Dad is in a similar vein, and though it didn't get a wide release, to me it confirms that Bobcat Goldthwait is a unsung comedic movie genius.
And Brothers - the original Danish version - stands out as the best war movie to come out of the Iraq/Afganistan era that I've seen, by far.

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