Everything I Watched – May 13-19

MAY 13-19This week I got around to watching some films I’d been meaning to see for a while, and then spent the long weekend at my wife’s family place with Satellite TV. I will watch anything on Satellite it seems.

Dawn of the Dead – George A. Romero – 1978 – DVD Borrowed from a Friend

I’ve never been huge into the Zombie Genre, but had seen Night of the Living Dead years ago, and thought it was about time to watch the seminal Dawn as well. I really enjoyed the shopping mall setting as a seemingly perfect sanctuary from the Dead. The soundtrack was very effective, and there was much more humour in the film than I had expected. I thought the climax fell flat, but appreciated the open ending. I’ll have to watch the 2004 remake sometime soon.

Holy Rollers : The True Story of Card Counting Christians – Bryan Storkel – 2011 – Edmonton Public Library

I had known about this documentary for quite a while, but my preconceived notions of the story were way off. I figured the film would follow crazy Evangelicals who claimed that God told them what cards would be dealt next. Instead, the film follows a number of very ordinary dudes who start a legit company of card counters who pay their employees based on their winnings. It’s a pretty interesting exploration of Casino culture, Christianity, Community, and Ethics. Soundtrack is by Frank Lenz who has played in several bands including Starflyer 59, Pedro the Lion, The Weepies, and Headphones.

The Fifth Element – Luc Besson – 1997 – Satellite TV

I hadn’t seen this movie in close to 15 years. Chris Tucker is as annoying as I remember, however I think overall it holds up pretty well. It is yet another example of how talented I think Gary Oldman is. I mean when I watch Oblivion I am constantly aware that I am watching Tom Cruise play some space guy. But with Oldman, man, it’s like he’s never ever himself in any role. He takes on characters so convincingly that there have been times that it wasn’t until much later I realized he had played a certain role.

Top Gear – Various Episodes – Satellite TV

For what it’s worth, I think Top Gear is one of the most entertaining shows on TV right now. There, I’ve said it. Oh, you’re not into cars? Doesn’t matter, watch this show.

Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta – Various Episodes- Satellite TV

Sometimes my wife and I have to take turn choosing what show to watch.

Kitchen Nightmares – Season 6 – Episode 16 – Amy’s Baking Company – 2013 -Youtube

I read some article on how Amy’s Baking Company was pretty much committing Marketing Suicide in real time as the owners responded to the Social Media frenzy surrounding their Kitchen Nightmares episode, so I watched it. This must be the only train wreck I could not tear my eyes away from.

Duck Dynasty – Various Episodes – Satellite TV

I can now say I have given this series a try.

Eat Street – Various Episodes – Satellite TV

I like food trucks and I am glad to see that Edmonton is finally getting it’s fair share.



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