May Contain Blueberries

the sometimes journal of Jeremy Beker

Hey all, I really am still here. The new work thing has sucked away both time and energy (not to mention we didn’t have internet access at the office for 3 months). But we have internet access at work (long story) and I wanted to post a quick bit. So here goes the movie talk

E and I decided that we had exhausted the selection of movies at the local rental-mart and were often going there, looking for a movie and leaving empty handed. So based on the positive reactions of bunches of people, we signed up for Netflix. Unlike Matt, I am not going to diligently list everything in my queue. (I find it cool that Matt does this, I just don’t have the patience or inclination.)

Unlike when we rented movies from the rent-o-joint, I am finding that E and I are watching far more movies. However we are both exploring movies that we want to see individually and haven’t really increased our joint movie watching much over the old way. This is nice in that we can get movies without worrying if the other will like them (or getting movies we know the other won’t like). This isn’t to say we don’t watch movies together, just we have a new avenue for watching stuff.

Although I won’t catalog all the movies I have gotten, I will mention a few notable ones. The first is Primer, a Sundance festical winner. It clearly demonstrates that one does not need to have a big budget, big set, and a huge number of actors to tell a great story. The story is quite intellectual and a bit convoluted, but quite gripping. I’m not going to try to give a synopsis as I don’t want to give anything away, just go watch it.

I am a big fan of the original Matrix movie (and the subsequent two to slightly lesser degrees only because they lost the element of surprise). My appreciation of the movies is due largely to the writing and direction by the Wachowski brothers (and Carrie-Anne Moss didn’t hurt either). People look at me funny when I make oohing noises about films and when they ask what, I talk about the camera angle, or a great piece of lighting; this is what comes of being raised by a producer. I was very interested to see their original work, Bound. It is very obvious that it was written/directed by the same guys who did the Matrix, the camera work, audio, and even the physical characteristics of the actors clearly show the Wachowski brother’s style. Their next movie, V for Vendetta looks to be good as well. I watched the trailer this morning (and I would like to mention that being able to watch a full screen HD 1920x1080 video is just amazing) and it looks like a wonderfully relevant movie today. Very dark and reminiscent of 1984. Can’t wait.

OK, that’s all for now. I’ll try to post again before another 2 months pass.

Update: Although I said above I would not list all the items in my Netflix Queue, I was looking at my queue I was thinking to myself that it would be cool if you could get an RSS feed of your queue. Then I looked at the bottom of the page and there it was. So I added a plugin to Wordpress that would allow me to put an RSS feed on the site, so now on the right side of this page, you can see the next five items in my queue. Enjoy!