Wednesday, July 20, 2016

My Watchlist

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This is my to-watch list. Some things are here because I genuinely want to see them or they look interesting, some because I've heard them mentioned repeatedly, some because they've been recommended or called classics. Do you have any recommendations or movies you think everyone should see? I'd love to hear your thoughts. And if you think anything on this list isn't worth watching, feel free to say so.

This list is organized by MPAA ratings. The stuff in parenthesis is random info to help me remember what each movie is.


TV SERIES 
(I'm not proposing to watch all of any of these series - just an episode of each, and more if I like it.)
Baccano
Dave the Barbarian
Game of Thrones
Heroes Reborn (Robbie Kay)
Fullmetal Alchemist (?)
Broadchurch (TV-14; David Tennant, James D’Arcy 2nd season)
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
Fawlty Towers (comedy)
My So-Called Life
Boy Meets World
Captain Planet and the Planeteers
Breaking Bad
Frasier (comedy)
Terra Nova
Friends

MINISERIES
Hawking (BBC, 2004; Benedict Cumberbatch)
The Color of Magic
The Ruby in the Smoke (Matt Smith, Billie Piper)
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (James D’Arcy)
The Tempest (2014, Globe on Screen; Colin Morgan)

NR/UR/PASSED/APPROVED/M
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color
Unrelated (Tom Hiddleston)
King Kong
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Robert Redford)
Goldfinger
Much Ado About Nothing (Joss Whedon)
My Six Loves
Third Star (Benedict Cumberbatch)
The Philadelphia Story
The Women
The Bishop's Wife
Come to the Stable
Kings Row
Dumbo
My Man Godfrey
On the Waterfront
Anatomy of a Murder
The Greatest Show on Earth
South of Tahiti
From Russia with Love
Sullivan's Travels
The 400 Blows
Thank Your Lucky Stars (Errol Flynn)
The Prince and the Pauper (1937, Errol Flynn)
Parked (Colin Morgan)
Treasure Island (1990 TV Movie)

R
The Talented Mr Ripley (Matt Damon)
Memento
Casino (Robert De Niro)
The Flowers of War (Christian Bale)
The Breakfast Club
Fargo
Mad Max: Fury Road
Born on the Fourth of July (Tom Cruise)
The Color of Money (Tom Cruise)
Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise)
Fugitive pieces (Harrison Ford)  
A Few Good Men (Tom Cruise)
Collateral (Tom Cruise)
Schindler's List
The Godfather
Laggies (Keira Knightley)
Never Let Me Go (Keira Knightley)
48 Hrs.
Night Catches Us (Anthony Mackie)
The Fighter (Christian Bale)
The Matrix

PG-13
One Chance
Phoebe in Wonderland (Elle Fanning)
Batman Returns
42 (Chadwick Boseman)
Once Upon a Time in the West
The Mask of Zorro
Quantum of Solace
Invictus (Matt Damon)
A Beautiful Mind (Russell Crowe)
Cast Away (Tom Hanks)
10 Cloverfield Lane
Casino Royale
The Fugitive
Far from the Madding Crowd
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Intern
Samsara
House of Flying Daggers
What Dreams May Come
Tower Heist (Ben Stiller)
Big Fish
The Blind Side
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Forrest Gump
GoldenEye
Jurassic Park
Dark Shadows
Ways to Live Forever (Robbie Kay)
Best in Show
Les Miserables (1998; Liam Neeson)
Batman (1989)
Prince Caspian
Need for Speed
The Prestige

PG
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Deathtrap (Christopher Reeve)
The Remains of the Day (Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Christopher Reeve)
The Impossible
Harold and Maude
Corpse Bride
The Sting (Robert Redford)
Badlands
Blue Hawaii (Elvis)
The Karate Kid
Paper Moon
The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993)
Labyrinth
Day for Night
Being There
I Am David
Vertigo
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Annie Hall
A Bug’s Life
Remember the Titans
American Graffiti
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The Muppets
Dial M for Murder (Hitchcock)
Mrs Brown (1997)
Shadowlands (about C. S. Lewis)
When Marnie Was There (anime)
Beetlejuice
August Rush (Robin Williams, Freddie Highmore)
Pinocchio (2008)
The Lion in Winter
Dead Poets Society
Out of Africa
Spaceballs
Empire of the Sun
Titan A.E.
Rocky
The Brothers (about tigers)
Jumanji (Robin Williams)
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Bear

G
Sea Hawk (Errol Flynn)
The Brave Little Toaster
Oliver & Company
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Balto
The Secret World of Arrietty
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Land Before Time (directed by Don Bluth)
Finding Nemo
Finding Dory
Charlotte's Web (2006)
Kim (Errol Flynn)
My Neighbor Totoro (anime)


I'd love to hear your recommendations and thoughts on this list. What should I add? What are your favorite movies? Your favorite genres? Favorite actors? Directors? Movies you think more people should know about. Movies that made you see things differently. Movies you love. Movies with great characters. Movies you learned from. Movies that inspired you. Movies that made you laugh. Movies that made you cry. Movies that made you think. Movies with breathtaking scenery. Movies with great stories. What do you recommend? xx

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

IN JUNE

via | alternate cover for Infinity by Skottie Young
I was away from wifi for a bit so this is a little late. I hope you all had a wonderful Fourth.

BOOKS
~ The Story of Christianity, by David Bentley Hart - Really nice timeline view putting everything in order in my mind.
*The Code of the Woosters, by P. G. Wodehouse - Wodehouse is always fun.
Infinity (Marvel comic), by Hickman, Opena, Weaver, Deatato, Caselli, Yu - Really fun to read. From its trailer I hadn't been looking forward to Doctor Strange very much, but now having seen his character in the comics I am.
~ The Thing, by G. K. Chesterton - A bunch of essays. I mainly read it because my brother bought it in England and gave it to me and it's an old hardcover and Chesterton.

~: on my summer to-read list

MOVIES & SERIES
X-Men: Apocalypse - I love the characters, especially Professor X. I'm not really sure what I thought of the movie, it was fun to see.
*John Carter
Penelope - It was fun and had some sweet moments.
Romancing the Stone - Didn't care for this one.
White House Down - This one was fun, much more so than I'd expected.
At the Heart of the Sea - I feel like it could have told its story better with different organization, but still, it did tell its story.
Pitch Perfect - I love the acapella music. The story had its moments.
Starter for 10 - Fun to see Benedict Cumberbatch and James McAvoy.
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride - Maybe it's just because I haven't watched Sherlock for a while, but I really enjoyed this episode.
The Flash - Run, Barry, run.
Gossip Girl

*: read/watched before



BEST THIS MONTH: The Story of Christianity and Infinity for books, and Sherlock for film (though most of the movies I watched this month were fun).  

LOOKING FORWARD TO IN JULY: The Legend of Tarzan (out since the first), The Secret Life of Pets (the eighth), and Jason Bourne (the twenty-eighth)


What movies/series/books have you enjoyed recently? What are you looking forward to in July? xx