I haven't talked much recently about the movies we've been renting from Netflix. This mostly has to do with the fact that we've primarily been renting TV series -- the fantastic first two seasons of Deadwood
, the last season of Futurama
, then the fourth volume of Family Guy
, the excellent Up
documentary series (blogged
), and so on.
We've also been on a Woody Allen kick, which I don't have much to say about except to say that all of the Woody Allen movies we've rented in the last couple months have been great: Deconstructing Harry
, Play It Again, Sam
(which he wrote and starred in, but didn't direct), and The Purple Rose of Cairo
, which along with Match Point
) is Allen's personal favorite of the movies he's directed and which is stunning insofar as its ending completely breaks the conventions of its genre. I couldn't believe that was how he chose to end the movie.
At some point, for some reason, we rented Eurotrip
. I'm not ashamed to admit it. It was pretty awful, but I know I laughed at least once.
Last night we watched Girl with a Pearl Earring
, which Jaimee put in the queue after learning about the painter
and the painting
in her Baroque class. It was quite good -- and I'm speaking here as someone who doesn't normally enjoy period pieces -- and Scarlett Johansson, who I blasted in that Match Point
review, definitely brought her 'A' game to this one.