Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Pooches: Movie Night

We don't have a television, but we do have a projector and a Netflix account; we watch our movies on the blank wall above the second couch. Miss M. especially loves watching movies. She'll perch herself, on the ground, between us on the couch, sit up really proud, and actually watch the action on the screen.
With the cold weather, we've all been trapped inside watching movies. Here are some of our recommendations:

A's List--I tend to like movies from other countries that you still think about even when you're done watching.
1) City of God--A Brazilian movie about life in the hillside slums of Rio de Janiro. The story is riveting. The cinematography is amazing. And many of the actors are real kids from la favela. And the best part...it doesn't end. They actually continued the movie into a 3 season series that was just as amazing as the original movie.

2) Waltz with Bashir--It's hard to truly capture the impact of this Oscar-nominated film. Told as a documentary it uses animation to tell the tale of a former Israeli solider trying recollect events of the 1983 invasion of Lebanon. The first sequence is captivating showing a nightmare where he is being chased by a pack of rabid dogs; it is so terrifying and realistic you forget it's animation. It leaves you thinking about personal responsibility and moral obligations. If you're a fan of The Things they Carried then this is a must see.

3)Happy Accidents--This little known romantic comedy stars Marissa Tomei as a girl unlucky in love. She finally meets the perfect man, except he tells her he's a time traveler from 2439 sent back in time to save her from an uncertain death. Is this just another deal breaker? Or could it be possible it could really be true? It is actually much better than this storyline implies--think The Time Travelers Wife.E's List--E likes things on the lighter side:
1) Definitely, Maybe--This underrated romantic comedy is like the movie version of How I Met Your Mother. It's entertaining, non-formulaic...and you even get to find out who the mother is at the end.

2)Studio Ghibli Movies: Howl's Moving Castle , Grave of the Fireflies, and Spirited Away. This Oscar-winning Japanese film studio produces engaging animae films for adult audiences. These films don't follow typical story lines; E and I watched Spirited Away on one of our first dates.

3) I Love You, Man--Another underrated comedy, E was laughing so hard through this one I was woken several times from my movie-induced sleep.

Mr. B's List: Any Youtube video featuring screeching cats.

Miss M's List: Being narcissistic, she likes watching herself in home movies. Though when she watches this one she actually gets confused and starts putting all of her toys away again.

6 comments:

Kari in WeHo said...

bwa hahaha does she listen to the commands you give in that movie and think you are giving them to her right now?

Schwang said...

Yes, she gets really confused. She'll get the ball and start putting it away, but then when I say yes in the movie she's confused because she hasn't put anything away yet.

kissa-bull said...

give us a woof woof next time ya'll have movie nights
we cans have a sleepover
wiggles
the houston pittie pack

Shauna (Fido and Wino) said...

I Love You Man really is hilarious :)

Mango said...

Thank you for those most helpful movie reviews. We use Netflix too but sometimes the movies they suggest for us are real stinkers.

Of course you can't go wrong with Hotel for Dogs as it has an actual mastiff in it such as myself.

Slobbers,
Mango

P.S. Momma wishes sometimes we didn't have a TV either because Master is hard of hearing and watches his sports so loud that she can tell what the score is from any room in the house.

Kari in WeHo said...

so I went back and watched the videos when I was able to turn up the sound and was very excited to finally learn the dogs full names!

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