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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:46 PM

...and yet another recently released movie we didn't like (that got good reviews) - Quartet

We are on a movie cold streak!

We've just not at all enjoyed the following recent DVD rentals - Quartet (predictable, silly, boring), Anna Karenina (WTF?), Silver Linings Playbook (WTF again?), A Late Quartet (words fail me), Life of Pi (so inferior to the book), We Bought a Zoo (our daughter warned us about this one), The Master (Yuck yet again), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (zzzzzzzzzzzzzz - and predictable, and annoying), War Horse (so so boring).

There are a few recent releases we did like - Moonrise Kingdom, Samsara, Searching for Sugarman, Another Year, Incendies, Chicken with Plums, The Sessions, In a Better World, Hitchcock, Zero Dark Thirty, Argo....

I think our tastes are a bit "too out there" for mass production or blockbuster types and we best stick to the minefield (but often rewarding) independent releases!

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Reply ...and yet another recently released movie we didn't like (that got good reviews) - Quartet (Original post)
NRaleighLiberal Jun 2013 OP
Lydia Leftcoast Jun 2013 #1
Merlot Jun 2013 #2
NRaleighLiberal Jun 2013 #3
Lydia Leftcoast Jul 2013 #4

Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 11:40 PM

1. I agree about "Incendies," which haunted me for quite a while

as well as another Francophone Canadian film, "Monsieur Lazhare."

I enjoy foreign movies more than most Hollywood products these days. Even the indies can be boring and self-indulged. (I'm looking at YOU, "Killing Them Softly."

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Sat Jun 29, 2013, 12:20 AM

2. I've lost interest in movies the past few years.

I used to LOVE movies, almost all types, and went to a few indie film festivals. That was in the mid to late 90's through the early 2000's - maybe about 10 years. All the great indie flix, and Miramax movies. Maybe it was Miramax getting swallowed up by disney, who knows? Then I started watching HBO series like Sopranos, The Wire, Madmen, etc and really haven't enjoyed movies as much since.

There are a lot of British series on Netflix that I would never have seen which have been really good. At this point I'm out of series, and may have to start watching movies...it's so much work to find a good movie!

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Response to Merlot (Reply #2)

Sat Jun 29, 2013, 11:49 AM

3. same here - we've run through most of the great cable series - some multiple times -

we are just finishing up Six Feet Under (for the second time), been through The Sopranos twice - eagerly awaiting Boardwalk Empire and Mad Men's latest on Netflix.

It is indeed such work to find a great movie!

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Response to Merlot (Reply #2)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 01:01 AM

4. If you're out of British series, there are other sources:

1. Acorn TV: It costs about $30 a year, and while many of the series have been on PBS, others are completely new to American audiences. They also show some fine Canadian, Irish, and Australian series.

2. Hulu Plus: They've been getting foreign series of all kinds.

3. MHz Worldview shows mostly continental European series, but some of them are quite good.

I also recommend getting a region-free DVD player (available online for only $20 more than a regular one) so that you can order DVDs from Amazon UK. Many fine series were shown only briefly on U.S. cable (e.g. Dalziel and Pascoe, Silent Witness, Life on Mars/Ashes to Ashes) and others have never been here. If you want complete sets of older series like Morse or Prime Suspect, this is the bargain place to buy them.

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