I thought it would be an interesting exercise to keep a record of all the films and television shows I watch each week. It will definitely be a mixed bag and may provide commentary on the type of week I was having. This is an unedited record, so please feel free to post any questions or comments below. May I present:
Futurama – Season 3 – Episode 9 – Cyber House Rules – 2000- Netflix
Leela undergoes plastic surgery to have a second eye implanted, Bender adopts 12 orphans. Best moment is an Arboretum sign that read: Yes, We Have Looking At Trees.
Stanley Kubrick: A Life In Pictures – Jan Harlan – 2001 – Edmonton Public Library
A super fascinating look into Kubrick’s biography and filmography. There’ some rare footage of Kubrick at home with his family, and on set footage of 2001 A Space Odyssey.
Artificial Intelligence – Stephen Spielberg – 2001 – Edmonton Public Library
I thought it would be fitting to watch AI as it originated with Kubrick, and then handed to Spielberg after his death. This isn’t really the platform for an in depth discussion, however, visually the film was outstanding. I appreciated Haley Joel Osment’s performance as David, the robot who wants to become a real boy. The film does seem quite disjointed however, and I would question it’s exploration of what devoted love actually looks like. Once I work out my workflow for film reviews I will try to look at AI in much more detail.
Castles and Dungeons – History Channel – 2000 – Edmonton Public Library
I picked this up on a whim when I was returning some other library materials. I was hoping for an in depth look on medieval life and society. It was pretty lacklustre.
Back To The Future Part 2 – Robert Zemeckis – 1989 – Trilogy Borrowed From Friends
Spielberg makes another appearance this week as Producer in BTTF Part 2. As a child I remember thinking part 2 was super awesome because I actually got to see what the future might look like. Self tying laces and hover boards not withstanding, I now think it’s probably the weakest film. I’m very impressed with the amount of work that went into recreating sets and scenes from the first film, however it just kind of felt like rehashing the old story line. There is a pretty great playful nod to Spielberg in the futuristic movie theatre showing Jaws 19 : This time it’s really, really personal.
Futurama – Season 3 – Episode 5 – Amazon Women In The Mood – 2000- Netflix
The crew find themselves on a planet inhabited by giant amazon women. Kif and Amy fall in love, Fry and Zapp are forced to endure ceremonial snoo snoo. Best moment is shell-less Zoidberg.