What I Watched, What You Watched: Installment #12

Okay, so I didn’t watch only these two movies, but I have a few movies I am saving for actual reviews including the new Natural Born Killers Blu-ray and Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding which hits Criterion Blu-ray on October 20. While Monsoon Wedding will be a traditional review, I hope to encourage some conversation when I post my commentary on Natural Born Killers.

As always, remember you can keep tabs on my personal Netflix queue right here. I now have 50 friends on the movie rental site and would love to have a few more if those of you out there with accounts are interested. Now, here’s the recap of my week in movies…

The Thaw (2009)
QUICK THOUGHTS: I already mentioned the Ghost House Collection this was a part of in my DVD/Blu-ray round-up last tuesday and Sara reviewed all four films from the collection last week. I finally got a chance to check out one of the four this week and actually quite enjoyed it.

Really quickly, it involves an unearthed mammoth and a species of insect that thaws out with the find that does all kinds of bad things to humans. I honestly think had the budget been a bit bigger, and with a script rewrite cutting out a lot of the scenes involving one character in particular, this could have been a truly great movie. As it stands it’s an enjoyable watch with some really great sound effects. I definitely recommend giving it a rent. Hopefully I will get a chance to check out the rest soon, but for more information on those check out Sara’s review of all four films right here. Now… the trailer…

History of the World: Part I (1981)
QUICK THOUGHTS: I got to thinking about this one with last week’s home video release of the awful Year One and I must say I wouldn’t be surprised if they spent more money on the 90 second “Jews In Space” sequence than the rest of the movie… it’s that great. Tell me the Star of David doesn’t make for a great looking spaceship… Mel Brooks is genius and if you didn’t know already Fox is releasing his collection on Blu-ray on December 15 and it will include Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, Young Frankenstein, High Anxiety, History Of The World Part I, Robin Hood: Men In Tights, Silent Movie, To Be Or Not To Be and The Twelve Chairs. Come on… you know you want that! I have the DVD collection and it doesn’t include Spaceballs, which makes this collection all the more valuable. The “Buy Now” link contains more information regarding price at Amazon. Now I give you “Jews… In…. Space!”

There you have it. Now share your weekly recaps and weigh in with any thoughts you may have on the films I saw. And remember to connect with my Netflix queue by clicking here, I have already added several titles from those that have already linked up.

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