Sunday, January 29, 2012

Movies and shows of 2011

I don't have cable or satellite TV, so I stream series or movies to my computer through Netflix. I like to keep a record of what I've watched the past year because, like the books I read, this is the input I've put into my brain which helps fuel my thoughts and writing.

Lois and Clark (season 3)
The Devil Wears Prada
The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency (season 1)
Outsourced — An enjoyable look at cultural differences between America and India.
Did You Hear About the Morgans?
The Book of Eli — One of those movies with a great twist that makes you want to watch it again, immediately.
Eat Pray Love
A Room With a View — I liked this in college and wanted to see it again.
84, Charing Cross Road — And then I went to England!
Avatar — I liked it.
Forbidden Planet (1956)
An Education
The Millionairess (Sophia Loren, Peter Sellers)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Thomas Crown Affair (Steve McQueen, 1968)
The Jane Austen Book Club
Despicable Me — Very funny!!
Roswell (seasons 1, 2 and 3) — My naughty indulgence last summer was to watch this all the way through.
The King's Speech — I didn't know this bit of history, which made some items I have in the bookshop more significant.
Carribean (1952)
Soul Surfer
Emma (Gwyneth Paltrow) — Not bad, but the characters seemed so different from the A&E version that I have now have trouble picturing them in my head. I had to go read the book. It didn't help.
The Cowboy and the Lady (Gary Cooper, 1938)
Alfie (Jude Law) — Not a happy movie.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (season 1 and part of season 2) — I stopped for the same reason I stopped watching the original series: I knew it was going to get darker and darker and, unlike Roswell, the characters would never find happiness.
Toy Story 3 — (I haven't see Toy Story 2, yet)
Happy Accidents — I really liked this movie, the kind that makes you think and re-watch parts. I didn't know who Vincent D'Onofrio was (yes, I live under a rock). Caution: lots of foul language.
Here Comes the Groom (Bing Crosby)
Food, Inc. — If not completely life-changing, this documentary at least makes you think about where your food comes from and what you're eating.
Signs of Life — Fascinated by Vincent D'Onofrio (but not a fan of police TV), I found this 1989 movie.

I forgot to list the one time I went to a theater; I think it was late summer or early fall. I watched Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides.

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