Day 89: The Pillars of the Earth (2010)


As I sit to write my review today, I find myself resistant to actually putting words to [virtual] paper. It’s a beautiful, sunny day and I would love to be working on my garden. However, I have to try to be constructive on this site and not let my web presence down (web me is very demanding). Apparently, I have had issues with writer’s block lately, but I only have myself to blame. I should have just written about shows as I watched them (just like the good ol’ days). Instead, I started yet another list of titles that I have seen but need to write about. Yikes. I have list issues. That being said: I will write this review; I will write this review; I will, I will.

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Day 62: Robin Hood (2010)


Today I decisively concluded that I prefer my Robin Hoods in fox form (with Kevin Costner as a close second). I should tell you that this is not a rash decision—it came after sitting through many long hours of Ridley Scott’s latest version. I am not exaggerating when I say several hours; the movie is close to two and a half hours long. This is about two hours too long for me.

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Day 60: The Missing (2003)


Let me say upfront that I am sure most people will not agree with my review of The Missing. If the star rating system on Netflix is any indication (and it always is), people think this film is wonderful…or maybe it would be less of an exaggeration to say that people “like” this film and find it adequate. The people have spoken, I know, this film is supposedly above average. But I will let the cat out of the bag here– I didn’t like the movie. Now, my stunning powers of deduction would lead me to believe one of the following: (1) I am not a person. If people like it, and I don’t; therefore, how could I be a people? (2) The people are wrong. And I am right. End of story. (But this doesn’t really seem like me. I am pretty considerate of other people’s ideas…. maybe too much so). (3) Netflix made an error in calculating the rankings. No!! Well, I feel bad even saying that out loud. I know that can’t be right. Netflix is about as infallible as they come in my book. Or (4), I am a cranky reviewer. Sigh, my keen powers of deduction are hinting that option four is the most likely. I suppose step one is admitting I have a problem—or could I just admit that The Missing has a problem and say we are even?

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Day 47: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)


I remember when I had to have my wisdom teeth removed. When I heard the news they were coming out and I had to make an appointment at the oral surgeon, and I was freaked out. My mind raced—thinking of every possible gruesome outcome that could arise from the extraction (OK, I was a bit of a drama queen, I will admit). Every day until the day of surgery, I kept thinking that this would be the worst experience of my life. It would be utterly horrible. And, while the procedure would take only a few (long) hours, I thought I would be scarred for life. But when I came out of the surgery and the drugs wore off, I couldn’t help but think it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Plus I had ice cream.

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Day 43: H.H. Holmes: America’s First Serial Killer (2003)


I will be upfront here. I decided to watch H.H. Holmes: America’s First Serial Killer today because it was one of the shortest movies available on my watch instantly queue at a whopping 64 minutes. There. I said it. Size does make a difference sometimes.

 

H.H. Holmes: America’s First Serial Killer is a documentary about Herman Mudgett, who is better known as Henry Howard Holmes, but let’s call him Hank (hey, you would change your name too if people always confused it with Herman Munster). A doctor and pharmacist by day, and a sociopathic serial killer by night; Hank was terribly busy.

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Day 1: Sweet Land (2005)


So, today was my first day if the Netflix challenge. Welcome back, me!

 

I woke up today with the intention of watching disc 1 of the Life in Cold Blood series—the only DVD I currently have at home from Netflix. Usually, I am all about watching a butt-kicking documentary, and one about reptiles seemed like it would be right up my alley. However, today I felt like watching a movie.

 

Loading up my queue page from Netflix, I gazed longingly at Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, but it is not expected to arrive until tomorrow. Doh. I switched over to my watch instantly queue. According to Netflix, I currently have 204 films available in this queue. I scrolled through the page a couple of times, trying to narrow my choices to a few films. A couple of documentaries almost made their way to my watch instantly player today, but the film that finally won out was the indie film, Sweet Land.

 

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