February 16, 2007

And Now A Choice Of Viewing On Llama Tee Vee

Interesting mix in the Netflix hopper this evening, neither of which I've seen.

On the one hand is The Mission, the Jeromy Irons/Robert de Niro film about 18th Century Jesuit missionaries in the Amazon. Over the years I've read good and bad things about this flick. I'll leave it up to some of our friends here to inform me of its accuracy. One thing I do know is that the Jesuits fought like hell to keep their Indian converts from being enslaved by the local conquistadore types (successfully, too, I believe).

The other one is Amelie, which I picked just because I've read lots of good things about it. It strikes me as another one of those French films that is short on plot but long on feeling. Could be a good one to get the Missus to watch, too.

If neither of those strikes my fancy, I may just go back to wallowing in my Arrested Development collection. I've discovered a great way to figure out if I've seen enough at any one time: In the theme music covering the closing credits, the bass starts a kind of syncopated riff toward the end. If I'm paying attention, I can keep the beat and hit the end note. If not, I know it's a sign that it's about time for Robbo to go to bed.

If I have something intelligent to say about either of the flix, I'll post a review.

Posted by Robert at February 16, 2007 05:36 PM | TrackBack

I'd go with The Mission. It's got, as you note, Irons & De Niro; they do a good job, and the cinematography was pretty good on that picture as well. I vaguely remember seeing it in college; I've been favorably inclined towards it ever since.

I have no opinion about Amelie; it's foreign cinema of which I know little and understand less.

Posted by: The Country Pundit at February 16, 2007 06:04 PM

Amelie is really fine, too. Very enjoyable. You'll like it. And so will your wife, I 'spect.

Posted by: Little Gidding at February 16, 2007 07:41 PM

"Amelie" is always one of my recommendations from Netflix. I always click on it, read it, and move on. One of these days I may actually throw it in my queue.

Let me know how it is, from a guy's perspective.

Posted by: Gary at February 16, 2007 08:35 PM

The Mission is an excellent film. It's always been one of my favorites.

Posted by: Boy Named Sous at February 17, 2007 01:33 AM