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If this were a test I'd be given a D-. But being my first time I'm not too concerned.

Final Stats:

Things completed: 62
Things in progress: 17
Things never even started: 20

Topic breakdown [complete/in progress/total]

Personal: [7/1/10]
Home: [8/0/12]
Reading: [2/2/7]
Arts and Crafts: [8/4/16]
Other Hobbies: [7/7/15]
Travel: [14/0/17]
Local: [7/0/9]
Misc.: [9/3/15]

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101. Watch the DVDs I own but haven't seen.

Current progress: 26/43 (60%)

Heavy Metal is a collection of loosely connected short animated fantasy stories. With boobs. Lots and lots of boobs. I guess it's kind of important in the history of the graphic novel and "adult" comics, but it's probably not something I'd watch again.
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101. Watch the DVDs I own but have not seen.

Current Progress: 25/43

Demon City Shinjuku: The title screen and DVD case says this movie is called Demon City Shinjuku, while the dialogue refers only to Monster City, and IMdb calls it Hell City. Then again, IMdb also says that the characters called Rebby Rah and Master Rai in the dialogue are actually Levih Rah and Master Lai. Anyway, I suppose none of that's important. Shinjuku was leveled ten years ago by demons, leaving the rest of Tokyo untouched. Kyoya and Sayaka go there to defeat Levih Rah because reasons, and have to face a bunch of disturbing monsters along the way. As with most anime from this era, I spent most of the time thinking, "What am I watching?"

Evil Dead II: I know I was lacking serious geek cred having never seen this (though I have seen both the original Evil Dead and Army of Darkness multiple times). And it certainly is better than its predecessor, though the entire trilogy is unceasingly silly. Bruce Campbell certainly lives up to the "camp" in his name. Good times.
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101. Watch the DVDs I own but have not seen.

Current progress: 23/43

Night of the Living Dead is a classic. It was made on a shoestring budget with a bunch of no-name actors and inspired a generation of filmmakers. The ending was disappointing but hardly surprising. Basically, you can't really consider yourself a horror aficionado unless you've seen this film. Fun, often intentionally funny, and an important piece of movie history.
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101. Watch the DVDs I own but have never seen.

Current Progress: 22/43

Most of the DVDs on this list are movies my husband brought to the marriage, and they tend to fall into one of the following categories: horror, fantasy, anime, or costume drama. Rob Roy falls into that last category. And that's fine. It took me quite a while to get into the groove of the Scottish accents, but eventually I was actually able to understand people. It always feels like a personal failing when I desire subtitles when watching a movie filmed in English. Anyway, I don't have much to say. It's a Liam Neeson movie. There's lots of sex and violence and violent sex, but all in all it's a decent flick. Just don't be surprised if you walk out of it with a vague hatred in your heart for the English. Tim Roth is just good that way.
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101. Watch the DVDs I own but have not seen.

Current Progress: 21/43

In some ways, Resident Evil: Extinction and Alien: Resurrection are very similar movies. Badass chick who fought [aliens/zombies] in previous films is cloned for her amazing ability to [host alien babies/resist the zombie virus]. With a bunch of plucky misfits as companions she manages to survive multiple [alien/zombie] attacks. Beyond that, there isn't a whole lot of plot, but they're both reasonably entertaining.

I'm getting to the point where I'm running out of non-subtitled films, which is a pain only because I really like to watch these films while doing something else, preferably something arty. Subtitles are something you really have to pay attention to.
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101. Watch the DVDs I own but haven't seen.

Othello: This was a pretty good version. I liked the idea of using seizures to progress Othello's insane jealousy, which somehow made it a little more believable that he went from being in love to in hate so quickly. Branagh was great as Iago, though he occasionally bore an uncanny resemblance to Ewan McGregor. The parts where he was talking to the camera were really well done. And Lawrence Fishburne with an accent? Craziness, but surprisingly awesome.

So I liked this one, but then I kind of expected to. Speaking of Shakespeare tragedies, I just heard about David Tennant as Hamlet and now I absolutely must see it this very second.
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101. Watch all the DVDs I own but have not seen.

Current progress: 18/43

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World: I tried watching this once before but was bored stiff. This time was no exception, but at least I made it all the way through. I think my main issue was that all this action happened but very little character development, so I didn't actually care about any of the people involved. I suppose this film was starting at a disadvantage, since I'm not such a fan of maritime fiction to begin with, but wow. So not interesting.

So far this Thing is mostly showing me why I hadn't watched these DVDs before. Heh.
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101. Watch all the DVDs I own but have not seen.

Thumbelina: I only own this because it came in a doublepack with The Secret of NIMH. The voice acting was pretty good - Jodi Benson (Ariel from The Little Mermaid) in the titular role, and other luminaries like Carol Channing and John Hurt and Gilbert Goddfried. And Charo. As a large-breasted frog. I don't even know. Anyway, the animation is less than stellar, with the obvious rotoscoping of Thumbelina herself standing out awkwardly against the more cartoonish characters. The story is okay, but a little confused at times, and ohhh what weird songs Barry Manilow wrote. Probably not one I'll watch again.
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Vampire Hunter D: Man, this is one seriously weird movie. It takes place far in the future, when humans live at the mercy of the vampire aristocracy, and their mutants and werewolves. When Doris is bitten by the head vampire, a vampire hunter known as D shows up to save her. And he fights sirens who are actually a multiheaded snake with long hair. And the girl's little brother has an accent but nobody else does. And there's a talking hand that inhales dirt. Look, I don't know. It's anime. Eventually you learn to just go with it.
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Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is one of Ghibli Studio's earlier productions. Like most of Miyazaki's creations, it is basically an environmentally-friendly metaphor. In this case, humans somehow poisoned the forests, which caused the insects to become huge and hostile, and some of the people want to burn down the poisonous forest and others want to preserve it. Really, that's not all that important. The art is gorgeous as always and it's a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours.

And, really, I just don't feel like writing a review for a movie I watched weeks ago. I've slept since then.
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101. Watch all the DVDs I own but haven't seen.

Joan of Arc: This was originally aired as a TV miniseries, but aside from a couple obvious pauses for commercial breaks, the story flowed rather well. I thought Sobieski did a fine job as Joan, and of course Harris always plays an excellent snob. I'm still not sold on Joan's visions, especially after reading The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, but it was a decent film nonetheless.
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101. Watch the DVDs I own but have not seen.

Ninja Scroll: Most of the DVDs on my unwatched list fall into the categories of anime, horror, or martial arts. This one is more or less all three. Here we have a story of a ninja-for-hire facing an enemy he'd thought he'd killed, along with his superpowered cronies. It's almost ludicrously violent, with geyser-like arterial spray and many lost limbs. There's also sex and nudity. In short, this "cartoon" is definitely not for children. The art is excellent, the plot is decent, and the English dub is pretty good (even though I kept imagining the main characters as Batou and Faye). Would I watch it again? Perhaps not. But it was an okay way to spend some time on a Saturday afternoon as a hurricane passed through.
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101. Watch the DVDs I own but have not seen.

Ninja Scroll: Most of the DVDs on my unwatched list fall into the categories of anime, horror, or martial arts. This one is more or less all three. Here we have a story of a ninja-for-hire facing an enemy he'd thought he'd killed, along with his superpowered cronies. It's almost ludicrously violent, with geyser-like arterial spray and many lost limbs. There's also sex and nudity. In short, this "cartoon" is definitely not for children. The art is excellent, the plot is decent, and the English dub is pretty good (even though I kept imagining the main characters as Batou and Faye). Would I watch it again? Perhaps not. But it was an okay way to spend some time on a Saturday afternoon as a hurricane passed through.
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101. Watch the DVDs I own but have not seen.

We did a little downsizing to the DVD shelves recently, so I had to strike Cross Bones and The Passion of the Christ from the list unwatched. I'm not sorry. And yes, I am just crossing them off, not deleting them from the list, which brings my watched percentage up to 28%. Is that cheating? I don't care.
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101. Watch the DVDs I own but have not seen.

We did a little downsizing to the DVD shelves recently, so I had to strike Cross Bones and The Passion of the Christ from the list unwatched. I'm not sorry. And yes, I am just crossing them off, not deleting them from the list, which brings my watched percentage up to 28%. Is that cheating? I don't care.
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101. Watch all the DVDs I own but haven’t seen.

Ladyhawke: Matthew Broderick is a terrible actor, and his work here is no exception. His character is the otherwise amusing young thief who has loud conversations with God. Melanie Pfeiffer and Rutger Hauer play unlikely lovers cursed to spend alternating periods of time as wild animals: Pfeiffer a hawk during the day and Hauer a wolf at night. Together they search for a way to break the curse, which turns out to be so annoyingly obvious that I called it as soon as I read the synopsis. But oh well. If you like generic fantasy and have an exceptional amount of tolerance for Broderick’s monotone, you may enjoy this one. I thought it was kind of lame.
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101. Watch all the DVDs I own but haven’t seen.

Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2: Some fans of the original film visit Burkittsville, Maryland, to tour some of the sites and end up experiencing Terrible Things. Now, never mind that the film was actually shot closer to Germantown and that Burkittsville really isn’t that scary of a place (I’ve both snarfed and hiked there), this was a reasonably good horror film. Cheesy and ridiculous, mind, but not nearly as bad as I was expecting. The psychological thrills were fun and the ending pleasantly terrible. (Does that even make any sense? I don’t care.) Certainly not something I’d want to watch again and again, but it was a fine way to pass a couple of hours and I especially appreciated that I couldn’t predict all the plot twists. (The fact that I was only half paying attention while I was cleaning probably helped.) Definitely not the worst sequel I’ve ever seen - which is faint praise, to be sure, but better than what most people have to say about this film.
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101. Watch all the DVDs I own but haven’t seen.

Ladyhawke: Matthew Broderick is a terrible actor, and his work here is no exception. His character is the otherwise amusing young thief who has loud conversations with God. Melanie Pfeiffer and Rutger Hauer play unlikely lovers cursed to spend alternating periods of time as wild animals: Pfeiffer a hawk during the day and Hauer a wolf at night. Together they search for a way to break the curse, which turns out to be so annoyingly obvious that I called it as soon as I read the synopsis. But oh well. If you like generic fantasy and have an exceptional amount of tolerance for Broderick’s monotone, you may enjoy this one. I thought it was kind of lame.
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101. Watch all the DVDs I own but haven’t seen.

Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2: Some fans of the original film visit Burkittsville, Maryland, to tour some of the sites and end up experiencing Terrible Things. Now, never mind that the film was actually shot closer to Germantown and that Burkittsville really isn’t that scary of a place (I’ve both snarfed and hiked there), this was a reasonably good horror film. Cheesy and ridiculous, mind, but not nearly as bad as I was expecting. The psychological thrills were fun and the ending pleasantly terrible. (Does that even make any sense? I don’t care.) Certainly not something I’d want to watch again and again, but it was a fine way to pass a couple of hours and I especially appreciated that I couldn’t predict all the plot twists. (The fact that I was only half paying attention while I was cleaning probably helped.) Definitely not the worst sequel I’ve ever seen - which is faint praise, to be sure, but better than what most people have to say about this film.

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