Just to be clear, I’m not talking about movies in the theatre. I’m talking about those available on the little screen. And just for grins, I’m throwing in some shows from TV as well.
I love a good story but at night, I just want to kind veg and so I open up Netflix and decompress for the hour and a half before bedtime. In the last week, I’ve watched:
The Glades–A cable show about a Chicago homicide detective that relocated to Florida and is now trying to adjust to life and death amid the swamps and alligators. To be honest, it took be a bit to decide to add this to my queue. I wasn’t really interested in another Dexter, but with the hubby home, I started the first episode. The lead character is funny and arrogant (but not in a nails on the chalkboard kind of way). There is a love interest which I like (hey, I do write romance novels) and her quirky son and obnoxious mother in law. The supporting cast is funny and interesting. We’ve watched 3 episodes so far and I really like the writing.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents–I don’t think this needs any thing from me. IT’s Alfred Hitchcock. FAbulous writing, great acting and amazing directions. The man was a genius and good golly is is funny. His before and after comments are almost as good as the stories. I was also pleasantly surprised when he approached the topic of alcoholism in 1955. I’m also amazed at how many folks were complaining about getting jobs and losing everything (there go my delusions about the good old days)
Queen of Hearts–A French movie with subtitles. I try to watch at least one foreign movie a month. And although I usually go with SciFi, this time I went with a romance. Well, it was in the romance category. The heroine is dumped by her longtime boyfriend and is forced to move out of the apartment they share. Being suicidal, she moves in with a distant cousin, who thinks if the heroine just gets laid she’ll be able to move on with her life. The subplots complement the main story line in a weird Gaullic shrug kind of way. There is on screen sex that might shock a few folks but the story is pretty good, I just wouldn’t call it a romance–more like an adult grows up.
And speaking of adults growing up,I watched what could only be described at a dude-flick. About Fifty is about two guys from California who are going through life changing events. One, a slick player in advertising, is having a brush with Prostate cancer. The other was bought out of his company because of his misuse of a golf club. Neither can admit that they’re grown up and in a creepy scene go out trolling for young hotties (ew!). But their relationship is funny and sad and just like Queen of Hearts, they end up as better people at the end of the movie then when the film starts. It’s a different kind of movie and well acted.
Attack the Block–I had very high hopes for this British movie. One, it’s British. 2-It’s a SciFi. 3-it involves folks fighting back against aliens that land in their neighborhood. Alas, I was disappointed. Hubby couldn’t even finish watching it but sat at the computer and played solitaire. It was an okay movie. The story is about a street gang of juveniles who mug a nurse at knifepoint. When a ‘meteor’ strikes a vehicle near them, the nurse escapes and the gang leader is attacked by the creature inside. To get revenge they kill the creature and then lo and behold more creatures fall to their neighborhood . Having taken down one of the aliens, the gang goes out to take out more and quickly realizes they aren’t equipped to do so. There are some very funny bits in the story and the acting is good, but the whole thing is just missing that something special. Still, it’s a good scifi rental.