We’ve checked out the guys and the girls, and now it’s time to mix it up with best friends that include one of each. Turns out, a lot of my favorites are from the 80s and 90s, so this took a turn to the nostalgic. Read More
Continuing our Best Friend’s Day theme, I’m taking a look at some of my favorite movie and TV shows that are pro-friendship. I’m not sure I would watch two hours of general grumpiness, anyway. These picks feature womanly friendships. Read More
To celebrate the summer concert season, I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite documentaries about music.
It Might Get Loud (2008)
Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White talk about playing guitar for 98 minutes. Hearing each of their personal takes on their craft is interesting enough, but when the three are together learning from and feeding off each other is when this movie turns from fascinating to electrifying.
Searching for the Wrong Eyed Jesus (2003)
I don’t even know how to explain this odd little movie. It’s an exploration of the strange cultural influences of the south and how they blend in its music. I imagine this is what being able to see music is like. Read More
Wow, it’s June already? Here were our most-rented movies by mail in the month of May.
- Edge of Darkness
- Valentine’s Day
- It’s Complicated
- Tooth Fairy
- Leap Year
- Sherlock Holmes
- The Blind Side
- Up in the Air
- Crazy Heart
- Extraordinary Measures
- Dear John
- Did You Hear About the Morgans?
- Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” By Sapphire
- The Road
- Old Dogs
- The Time Traveler’s Wife
- The Men Who Stare at Goats
- The Hurt Locker
- The Twilight Saga: New Moon
- Couples Retreat
- The Young Victoria
- The Informant!
- Law Abiding Citizen
- Pirate Radio
- The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
- Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
- Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
- Love Happens
- The Messenger
- The Spy Next Door
- An Education
- The Box
- The Princess and the Frog
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Whip It
- Everybody’s Fine
- The Fourth Kind
- Flicka 2
- Planet 51
- The New Daughter
I really wanted to go on a European road trip this summer. That is, until I realized that it would cost, you know, real money. Despite my best efforts to classify the trip as a business expense, it doesn’t look like it’s in the cards.
Instead, the design/development wizards on our team put together a virtual European road trip map. You can click around different countries to see what movies were filmed and/or set there. Then rent a bunch of those movies, and it’ll be just as if you were jaunting around the old country. Okay, maybe not. But it is pretty cool. Here are a few of my favorite European movies featured on the map.
Just weird enough to be charming, but not so weird as to be off-putting like some European films. I’m looking at you, Germans.
Band of Brothers (France)
This of course takes place in a few different countries, but it starts in France. And it’s my list so I have all the sweet, sweet power. Anyway, Band of Brothers is one of the best TV shows of all time. It’s seriously amazing how good it is. Way to go, Tom Hanks.
Everything is Illuminated (Ukraine)
Very different from (and not as good as) the book, but it does manage to capture the quirkiness of the setting and characters.
In Bruges (Belgium)
It’s a little dark, but I really enjoyed In Bruges. And it made me really, really want to visit Belgium.
Run Lola, Run (Germany)
Techno! Funny words! It must be a German film!
Shaun of the Dead (The UK)
It’s one of my favorite movies. If every movie combined British humor and zombies, well, I guess I would like every movie. But the Spaced gang did a particularly good job with it.
Trainspotting (The UK)
This is one of my top ten films. I not only love Scotland, but I’m a big fan of Irvine Welsh’s books. Ewan McGregor is excellent as Renton.
It was really hard for me to pick just one Irish movie. I love Irish cinema so much, I did a whole post about it. If it has to be one, though, Once is it. The combination of a really good film and really good music wins out.
Once you’ve checked out the map, don’t forget to take our European Road Trip Poll.
The TV upfronts, where the networks present their new schedules for the fall, were last week. I’ve looked through all the new shows and picked out the top ten I’m most looking forward to checking out. Times are Eastern, because that’s the way this country works. Read More