What I Watched, What You Watched: Installment #91


A pair of films this week for me, one a rewatch the other a response to some of this week’s news. Let’s get to it…

25th Hour (2003)
25th Hour
QUICK THOUGHTS: I first saw Spike Lee’s 25th Hour in 2007 and did a write up on it. I bought it shortly after seeing it I liked it so much and it was one of the films that gave me the idea to start this weekly column. And watching it again this weekend, I was happy to see I still love it just as much as I did the first time. Ed Norton and Phillip Seymour Hoffman are pretty much guaranteed great performers, but the additions of Rosario Dawson and Barry Pepper are just another reminder how good these two are on a regular basis.

The one new thing I took out of this viewing was that I forgot when I watched Cedar Rapids earlier this year that Isiah Whitlock Jr. was in it and serves as a great addition to the film as a “shiiiiiiiiiiiiiit” talking DEA agent.

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Django (1966)
QUICK THOUGHTS: I already mentioned I watched this in response to the news it served as inspiration for Quentin Tarantino’s now confirmed, next movie Django Unchained. Django stars Franco Nero as the title character, a coffin-dragging gunman who finds himself in the middle of a war between a bunch of vigilantes resembling the Ku Klux Klan and a group of Mexican bandits. It’s a solid spaghetti western and it gets a bit gruesome with a finger stomping sequence and another scene where a man’s ear is cut off and then fed to him. Yum.

If you have Netflix Instant service you can watch it right now in HD.

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What did you watch? Did any of you contribute to Fast Five‘s record-breaking weekend?