A and A's Movie A Day

Watching movies until we run out.

A Note about VHS (And The Norman Conquests)

We own a lot of DVDs. This much is obvious. We’re 140+ movies in and have well over 300 still to go. But you see, we own a lot of movies on VHS too. Movies we legitimately purchased or were given or swiped from my parents. And many of these things are not available on DVD at all or not available in the US. Sure, for some of them we could find a Region 2 copy and we could get ourselves a DVD player that would let us play them, but that seems silly when we have copies already.

Of course, if The Box of Delights ever comes out on DVD in the US I will so snap that right up.

Anyhow, the point I’m trying to make is that we’re going to be going through our VHS collection and incorporating the professional copies of full length movies into the list of things for the project. And that means we’re going to get to review The Norman Conquests for the project. And that makes me super excited. It’s a series of three movies, each of which takes place over the same weekend at the same house with the same cast and the same plot, but in three different settings. The first is all in the dining room, the second in the living room and the third in the garden, and each explains a little more of what’s going on.

I’m really looking forward to this.


July 22, 2010 Posted by | we want information | , | Leave a comment

Six Degrees (or more!)

We realized tonight that we’d managed to string together three movies in the past three nights – Richard Jordan from Logan’s Run to Dune and Patrick Stewart from Dune to TMNT. This was completely unintentional.

So we decided to see if we could get from tonight to Kevin Bacon. Since we’ve only got two Kevin Bacon movies in our collection and we’ve already watched one, and we’re limited to what we own, this took some doing. Anyone want to try and guess how we’re doing it? I’ll give a hint that Searching for Bobby Fischer would have made things immensely easier but we don’t own it. Anyhow, if one wanted, one could probably figure out a path. Given that one step is actually two movies (a pair with the same actor to link), we’ve got six more including our Kevin Bacon movie.

We’re limited to what we own and haven’t already watched for the project. That does make it tricky!

June 7, 2010 Posted by | we want information | , | Leave a comment

A quick note about Dune

So after we finished the movie tonight we sat and talked about Dune as a story and how difficult it would be to truly encompass all the details of the novel in a single movie. And we pretty much agreed that the miniseries does an excellent job at handling a lot of the details, even if some things still get left out.

And then we put in the miniseries and watched about an hour and a half of it.

Now, miniseries aren’t included in this project, but I think it says something about the world Frank Herbert created, that after watching one depiction of it, we went ahead and put in another depiction in the same night. Andy’s also pulled up the book on his iPod and I’ve renewed my determination to find myself a copy of the board game I heard about at PAX East (oh my goodness it sounds so amazingly confusing and complicated). That’s the mark of an impressively built world.

June 6, 2010 Posted by | we want information | | Leave a comment

Rules update!

Let’s talk about rules.

The ones we have seem to be working out rather well. We’ve been watching a movie a day, together whenever possible, but still watching the same movie when apart (I think we coped quite well while I was in another state). We haven’t skipped parts or fast forwarded. We’ve watched things in sequence, though not necessarily back to back. We’ve had a guest review! And so on and so forth.

And then there’s Rule 12. Rule 12 states: “New movies can be bought and included in the project at any time.” Now, we’ve done just this. We’ve added things when we went through and realized things were missing (Fargo? Really? Where did it go?!) and we’ve added things we’ve found or meant to buy eventually anyhow or which were released on DVD after the project began. But we realized something dangerous about Rule 12. It could be used to gift us with movies we don’t want to watch.

Now, while I realize that we never actually stated that we have to watch everything in our collection, that’s the spirit of the whole endeavor. And Rule 12, in conjunction with said spirit, makes it possible for us to have something thrust upon us without our consent. Now, taste is a subjective thing. We definitely don’t agree on everything, and while we went out and intentionally made Megalodon a part of our collection, there are still things neither of us is at all interested in seeing.

So, new rule:
14. DVDs not purposefully obtained by either Andy or Amanda are not part of the project by default. Inclusion of gifts will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

We’ve got one item in our collection that’s already been excluded, and one possible gift that, if we get it, I know we will include. But if we didn’t ask for it or get it ourselves? We get to make the call on whether we watch it or not. I think that’s only fair.

April 23, 2010 Posted by | we want information | , | Leave a comment

State of the blog update

I’d like to share something with you, our faithful readers.  We have just completed what we hope is a mostly accurate inventory of our film collection (excluding serialized anime and television shows) and the count is 405 movies.  So if we don’t buy another movie in the next year we will be done with our project by May of 2011.  And we WILL be buying more movies.  A lot more movies.  This week alone (that’s since Sunday) I have bought 21 new DVDs and we’ve reviewed 4.  I have several on pre-order already.  And we have plans for next weekend which involve buying probably four more before the end of next week.

Clearly this initial surge has to abate eventually.  We will at some point have bought all the movies that we want in our collection that are currently available. Hollywood does not produce seven movies a week that we will want to own.  It remains to be seen just how many movies are already out there that we need to get.. but doing this inventory has revealed some glaring omissions, so we anticipate adding a lot of titles in the coming months.

Just thought you’d like to know where things stand.

(I’m working on formatting our blog homepage to include a ticker of how many movies remain in our collection to be reviewed.)

March 18, 2010 Posted by | we want information | , | Leave a comment

We are in such trouble

Just as an aside? We bought a pile of DVDs this week.

Yeah, we’re in trouble.

We bought more this week than we’ve watched so far – this week. They were cheap. We were weak. And I had a need to stock up on things to make Andy watch in retribution for the inevitable M. Night Shyamalan and Micheal Moore he’s inflicted upon our collection.

So! A little glimpse into what our collection holds, as a teaser, if you will:
Save the Last Dance
Ocean’s Twelve (and the others)
Ator the Fighting Eagle
Trekkies and Trekkies 2
Macross Plus
The Great Muppet Caper

Just a small random sample off the top of my head and out of the shelves in the bedroom. It’s going to be a bumpy ride. And seriously, we have a crapload of Nicholas Cage. How have I not noticed this?

March 6, 2010 Posted by | we want information | , , | Leave a comment

A Movie a Day For as Long as it Takes

My husband and I own a lot of movies. And when I say a lot, I don’t mean we own as many as the library I work for, but we come damn close. My husband works for a video store. I’ve worked for video stores. We buy a lot of movies and we watch a lot of movies. But we own a lot more than we watch on a regular basis. We’ve got things still in shrink wrap because we saw them in the theater, loved them, bought them, then haven’t had the urge to watch them since. But we know we will. We always do eventually. Or one of us does. And that’s what got me thinking. We own a number of things I’ve never seen or never seen all the way through. Sometimes that’s a conscious choice (Elektra) and sometimes I just haven’t gotten around to it (Henry V, I’m ashamed to say). And I’d like to remedy that.

So this is my project. For however long it takes, I’m going to make an effort to watch something we own every day. Given that we have more movies than shelf space for them, that’s going to take a while. And that’s just movies. We decided to exclude television series from this little endeavor because if we didn’t then we’d have the entire run of The Prisoner, all of the Diana Rigg episodes of The Avengers, Battlestar Galactica, a bucketload of anime, Dilbert, and oh, oh the MST3K. We’ll do that some other decade. The movies should keep us busy enough. But even then, we’ve got to have some rules.

The Rules:
1. Minimum 1 movie watched per day, preferably while both Andy and Amanda are present (exceptions will be made in the case of double shifts and/or illness).
2. Movies will be played in their entirety. Scenes which make A or A uncomfortable (comedy of embarrassment!) can be ignored, but not fast-forwarded.
3. Movies will be chosen somewhat at random from the vast numbers of DVDs around the apartment. In the event that the next movie on a stack is a sequel to an as-of-yet unwatched movie, the first movie in the sequence will be found and watched instead. In the case of series (LotR, Star Trek, etc.) series will be watched in order.
4. In the event of multiple versions (directors’ cuts, etc.) the longer of the versions will be watched and acknowlegement made of what is different.
5. Guests to our apartment during the viewing of a movie for the project may submit a review, but A and A MUST post SOMETHING about all movies viewed.
6. Movies seen on TV do not count, even if we own said movies. Movies must be watched on DVD. If we see something on TV and want to watch it, we should damn well find it and put it in without commercials.
7. As this project is largely to explore the aforementioned vast numbers of DVDs we own, we will not repeat reviews, even if we repeat viewings. Each day’s review will be of a new and heretofore unreviewed movie.
8. Television shows are not included in the project even though we own a buttload of those too. Made-for-TV movies or movies based on television shows are.
9. As MST3K is a TV series, and TV series are not included in our project, MST3K-riffed movies are not part of the project except if we own them in their un-MSTed format.
10. Feature length documentaries on their own discs (i.e. Trekkies as opposed to the documentary footage on LotR) will be reviewed as films.
11. Pausing is allowed for essential breaks such as kitchen disasters, cat puke, family phone calls, etc. but in general the movie should be watched in a single sitting.
12. New movies can be bought and included in the project at any time. Yes. This means I will be forcing my husband to watch Center Stage with me.
13. Reviews posted by A and A really should be at least a full sentence, but in the case of absolute dreck, “IT STINKS!” will be accepted.
14. DVDs not purposefully obtained by either Andy or Amanda are not part of the project by default. Inclusion of gifts will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

And those are the basics. I’m hoping to rediscover some old favorites, watch some stuff I’ve always meant to but never got around to, and justify the piles of DVDs sitting around the apartment. And if that means sitting through some clinkers that we bought while my husband was attempting to purchase every comic book adaptation he could, regardless of quality? So be it. And that being said, our first movie of the project was Hellboy. Really, it was Hellboy 2, which was on top of the nearest stack, but in accordance with rule #3, we went and found the first movie to watch first and we’ll save 2 for tomorrow night.

March 2, 2010 Posted by | we want information | , | Leave a comment