Thursday, December 10, 2009

Home Stretch, and Blind Buys

One last exam tomorrow, and I'll be free for three weeks. I'll be using this time to do the things I haven't had time for: reading, video games (my brother got that new Call of Duty game and I'm itching to try it out), and of course, more movies! I've been pretty lucky when it comes to getting theatre films in: I manage my time pretty good and they're usually date nights for Kirk and I. But that means I don't watch nearly as many at home. I actually have several movies I've "blind bought", but never watched! Here's a list of some of the ones I have, that I've never seen:

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints: I really like Robert Downey Jr, and I bought this a year and a half ago, because it sounded interesting. Unfortunately, I've never watched it, claiming to have never been "in the mood" for it. I'll try to put it in during Winter break.

The Green Mile: I got it in a 2 for 1 deal along with The Shawshank Redemption (which I'd also never seen, but I watched it and it was amazing) and still have not seen it. The long running time has been keeping me from getting on it, but I can see it being a "date night" movie.

Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series: I got this well over a year and a half ago as well, on a recommendation from someone. I have yet to watch a single episode. In my defence, I am notoriously bad for watching tv on DVD. I have been trying to get through all of the early ER seasons for years now, but I go through stages where I'll get through an entire season in two weeks...only to get bored and stop for a year. That's partly why I've never put it in.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete First Season: Take the above excuse, and add onto it the fact that I received it from someone shortly before our relationship ended. That kind of soured it for me, so I honestly can't see myself ever watching it.

Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolf Man: I put these three together because I got them with the "Ultimate Edition" of Van Helsing. Van Helsing is one of my favourite "guilty pleasure" movies, so I just had to have the collector's edition, which came with these three movies. And I've never watched them. I will though, most likely starting with The Wolf Man, since the remake is coming out next year.

Spanglish: This one belongs to my parents, but I've still never seen it. Never had a whole lot of interest in it, but maybe one day I'll put it in.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop: My brother got this one as a gift. Again, could not be less interested in it if I tried, but who knows? Maybe one day...

I'm pretty sure that is all of them....not as bad as I'd thought actually. I collect DVDs (as well as books....and my ticket stubs), and on last count had about 120, and I know I've bought a few more since then. CreComm has kind of killed that habit since I haven't bought a single DVD since before I started school. I have a few on my Christmas list though, so I'm hoping to get a few.

Have you ever "blind bought" a film? It's a bad habit of mine. I usually only do it with films I've read about at length (so I'll be sure I'll like them), or ones that come highly recommended (as with The Shawshank Redemption, heard nothing but glowing things, but knew nothing about the plot until I put it in).

As for Winter break, I am hoping to get a chance to check out Adam Resurrected. I think it sounds really interesting, although a guy I know said it was "ridiculous", but not necessarily in a good way. Jeff Goldblum is awesome, however, so even if it is not very good, it won't be a waste of my time at all. Plus there's going to be a ton of awesome movies coming out, The Lovely Bones, Avatar, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Nine, even Sherlock Holmes looks like a ton of fun, although way over marketed in theatres. Personally, I'm most looking forward to Doctor Parnassus, Heath Ledger's last (incomplete) role. Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell save the day by helping to take on Ledger's role, plus Christopher Plummer, and Tom Waits are in it! Directed by Terry Gilliam (I really need to see Brazil and Twelve Monkeys)! I have high hopes for it.


  1. You've got some good viewing ahead of you, but lordy, lordy, do I hate Paul Blart: Mall Cop. Starts off promising, and crashes to Earth pretty shortly thereafter.

    Freaks and Geeks is good. I love TV on DVD; I'm currently watching the entire "It's Garry Shandling's Show" series on DVD, and it's like crack cocaine - "Just one more!" I say at 3 a.m.

    I hope Avatar is good. The effects look cool, but I'm a bit worried about the rest...

  2. I'm seeing Avatar primarily because the visual effects look so amazing. The story doesn't seem bad, but it sounds like The Last Samurai and Dances With Wolves, only on an alien planet.

    I've never been able to do TV on DVD. If it's not actually on TV, I just don't have the discipline to see it through, especially if it is a long series. Firefly I was able to handle because it was only something like 16 episodes...and it was amazing.


    Please don't watch Paul Blart - as a video store employee, I look down on the people who rent that and I like you.

    I kind of want to see Avatar, too, even though it looks hella cheesy. Are you up to going with people other than Kirk?

  4. I know I'll love Freaks and Geeks, I just don't know what's wrong with me. I'll get to it, hopefully soon, I promise. And as for Paul Blart, I think I would only watch it under VERY special circumstances.

    And of course I'm up for watching it with people other than Kirk! :) When would you want to go?

  5. Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption are both great movies, though the latter has a better plot and acting in my opinion. Green Mile has great acting as well by the prisoner. Plus, it has Tom Hanks. So you made a great investment in both cases!

  6. Thanks for the recommendation Tammy! It would be hard for The Green Mile to beat The Shawshank Redemption, it was that good (aren't they both based on Stephen King novels as well? He sure likes prison stories).