August 26, 2005

Robbo Enters The 21st Century

Well, we finally decided to burn our Blockbuster card and sign up for Netflix. Over my sandwich, I just queued up my first five films. Since this is a new beginning and all, I've set a rule for myself that I'm only going to order movies I haven't seen before, at least for the first 20 or so. (I have a very bad habit of watching the same things over and over again.)

With that in mind, here's the list:


This Is Spinal Tap - I know, I know, I know. I should have seen this years ago, but somehow just never did. My only fear is that I've left it too late and will not enjoy it as much as I might have done had I seen it sooner. (This happened with The Rocky Horror Picture Show - I was about 30 when I first saw it and my impression was that it was the kind of movie I would have thought way cool when I was in high school. As it was, I found it all pretty tedious.)


Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense - I've heard a great many superlative comments about this film. And I've always liked the TH's. (Did I ever tell you about the time I listened to "More Songs About Buildings and Food" over and over, non-stop, between Hilton Head, SC and Roanoke, VA?)

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The Italian Job - I like a slick caper. And perhaps at last I can get to the bottom of this whole damn Mini Cooper thing.


The Awful Truth - Don't ask me about this - go read Sheila instead.

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High Fidelity - A little John Cusack eye-candy for the Missus. Dunno why we missed this in the theatre.

So there you have it.

UPDATE: The Missus reports that she's seen High Fidelity already and didn't like it. (I need to get into this whole why-she's-seen-so-many-more-movies-than-I-have thing more deeply.) I'm going to keep it on the list just because I read an awful lot of allusions to it 'round these parts.

Posted by Robert at August 26, 2005 12:37 PM | TrackBack

You won't regret the Netflix account. Best thing I've done in a while. Particularly excellent for renting (if that is still the appropriate term) kids videos, you know the ones that they watch 50 times in a week and then lose interest in. It saves the purchase of them and it is basically guilt free even if you hang onto it for 2 weeks.

Posted by: LB Buddy at August 26, 2005 01:22 PM

Yayyy! Can't wait to hear your response to all of these. But especially The Awful Truth. :)

Posted by: red at August 26, 2005 01:40 PM

I can understand about never seeing Spinal Tap, because I only watched it for the first time about a year ago. But it's brilliant---really, you'll love it. Right up your alley.

Then, when you're done watching it, watch it again with commentary track playing. It's hysterical.

I don't mean to hijack this comment thingy, but Red, is your email address down? I'm trying to get in contact with you! I have a question for you!

Posted by: Kathy at August 26, 2005 01:56 PM

This Is Spinal Tap and The Awful Truth, yes! (And no, I don't get the appeal of Rocky Horror either, no matter how many versions of it my better half insists on adding to our DVD collection.)

Posted by: Chan S. at August 26, 2005 02:48 PM

Kathy - argh - I'm a loser. Check your email!!

Posted by: red at August 26, 2005 03:36 PM

I really liked High Fidelity, but then, I like Cusack a whole lot.

Posted by: RP at August 26, 2005 03:40 PM

Rocky Horror must be seen in a theater. With lots of other people (most of whom know what to do & say). And being young and having a beer or two is even better.
Don't watch it on tv, or by yourself.

Posted by: rbj at August 26, 2005 03:40 PM

Terrific first selection for a stuffed up Llama!

Posted by: babs at August 26, 2005 03:46 PM

Yup, that's me: so unhip it's a wonder my bum doesn't fall off.

Posted by: Robbo the LB at August 26, 2005 03:54 PM

That Awful Truth is wonderful, but I've never gotten over my teenage Cary Grant crush.

This is Spinal Tap was brilliant, but too loud -- kind plays into the whole, I was really too old to see it thing.

High Fidelity - eh. I fell asleep towards the end, which my husband later informed me was the best part.

I haven't seen the other two.

Posted by: Jordana at August 26, 2005 05:28 PM

While you are in S.F. nip across the bay to Berkeley and see Rocky Horror there. I'm sure its just as wild as its always been, plus a little, since, after all, it IS Berzerkly.
Loved High Fidelity. Made my ex-husband watch it... he he he . . . before he re-married last summer...

Warning - NetFlix is addicting... I get to picking out movies to watch and pretty soon my queue is, uh, 36 movies long. Sometimes they arrive a long long long time after I put them in the queue. Then the new ones arrive in the mail and I look at them and go, huh? Who ordered this? I look my kids in the eye and go, Did you order this? They roll their eyes and say, Really Mom, yeah, like we always order Kevin Costner movies!
Oh oops.

Posted by: JulieB at August 26, 2005 05:33 PM

...I'd also recommend the original make of The Italian Job w/ Michael Caine.

A real cliff hanger.

Posted by: leelu at August 29, 2005 04:38 PM
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