What I Watched, What You Watched: Installment #16


I know I’m a day late with this, but it’s for good reason. The problem this week wasn’t that I didn’t watch any movies, it was simply that I watched too many that I couldn’t cover with this Sunday column for one reason or another. As a result, I waited one day so I could watch one of my Netflix selections that arrived on Friday so I would have at least something to add to the conversation before I let you guys run wild in the comments.

However, just in an effort for full disclosure, I watched Up once again on Blu-ray as well as the Blu-ray copies of Monsters, Inc. and Cars all in preparation for my reviews, which I just finished and will publish on Tuesday. I also watched the Bruno Blu-ray and on top of all that I saw A Christmas Carol (review), Pirate Radio, The Fourth Kind (review), The Blind Side and The Box (review) in theaters. So, it’s been a busy week, but I managed to fit the following movie in late on Sunday night and am now about to watch Logan’s Run for the first time on the recently released Blu-ray, review on that one coming soon as well.

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…

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)
QUICK THOUGHTS: I’ve heard a lot about this movie and the love for it so many people had and with my plans to share holiday themed films just around the corner I felt it was time to finally take this one in as Neal Page (Steve Martin) is heading home to Chicago from New York for Thanksgiving and after his cab gets stolen on the streets of NYC by shower ring salesman Del Griffith (John Candy) he isn’t at all ready for what is to follow.

I enjoyed this film, quite a bit. It does get a bit schmaltzy toward the end, but it earned it by not being too over the top or too serious along the way. It’s a classic John Hughes feature that fits right in the middle. Now, check out one of my favorite scenes directly below, but understand it’s definitely not safe for work. Oh, and I also loved a brief moment in this film where Neal asks Del how cold he thinks it is and he responds quite simply, “I don’t know, like one degree!” For some reason that cracked me up.

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.