Friday, July 09, 2010

What we've been watching

There's not much good series on TV lately because of the summer, so my wife and I are watching mostly old stuff (previously recorded, purchased or downloaded).

We have a big weakness for historical series and particularly for Brit TV, so, this year, after watching the superb Lark Rise to Candleford, and devoting a considerable amount of time to the quite interesting 41-episode TV series Sherlock Holmes starring Jeremy Brett (which originally aired between 1984 and 1994), we've watched The Pacific, the last season of The Tudors and now we are currently watching Upstairs, Downstairs (1971-75; we've just started the second season).

As for movies, we tend to watch them in thematic clusters. After watching a bunch of Sherlock Holmes-related movies (Guy Ritchie's version, of course, followed by Billy Wilder's Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970), some old adaptations like A Study in Scarlet (1968, with Peter Cushing, which is in fact a TV episode) and others not worth mentioning), we've watched a bunch of Oscar-related movies (The Reader, Slumdog Millionaire, The Hurt Locker, The Young Victoria). After watching Vicky Cristina Barcelona, we went for a couple of Woody Allen movies (Match Point (starring The Tudors' actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers), Scoop).

Then we bought two boxed sets of romantic comedy compilations: Music & Lyrics, Rumour Has It, Lucky You, Sweet November, Where the Heart Is, Ever After, and Someone Like You (all good and funny but, seriously, I've now seen enough romantic comedies for a while!).

After watching Gran Torino (as part of our Oscar streak), we strangely went for a bunch of old Clint Eastwood movies, all produced in 1971: Play Misty for Me (a thriller precursor of “Fatal Attraction”, where Clint made his directorial debut), The Beguiled and Dirty Harry.

Finaly, we've seen a couple of Japanese (or Japan-inspired) movies: Hachiko, A Dog Story (sad), Bare Essence of Life (weird and boring) and Love And Honor (nice!). Also we seem to have a predilection for old classics: A Summer Place (1959), Love Story (1970), Romeo and Juliet (1968, Franco Zeffirelli), La Belle et la Bête (1946, Jean Cocteau) and Le Déjeuner sur l'Herbe (1959, Jean Renoir).

On my own, I've also watched many movies since the beginning of the year: Avatar, the last two Harry Potter, Up in the Air, The Time Traveler's Wife, 2012, Riverworld, the first two Twilight, W., Pi, and The Book of Eli. I like watching movies: it's relaxing, it brings you into another world and takes your mind off your current problems. Most of those movies are good and worth mentioning, and if I'd like to write short reviews for all of them, I am unfortunately too busy and lazy to do so. But the festival season is starting and I should resume writing movies reviews (but I won't post them all here, since I'll keep some for other publications to come)...

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