Friday, February 25, 2011

Top 5 DVDs I kid myself I'm actually going to have time to watch while on annual leave

List by Tosca

"The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder."
- Alfred Hitchcock

I'm on annual leave this coming week and I have a stack of cookbooks and fiction (romance, murder mysteries, historical fiction, steampunk etc.) to keep me more than amused. Between that and catching up with mum, seeing dad in hospital, visiting my grandaunts in Kaitaia (my mum's Ngai Takoto and that's where her dad's from), catching kaimoana and trying to soak up the sun (without catching sunstroke which I've never yet managed to do), I'm sure I'll have more than enough to do. But just in case I don't, I'm taking 5 DVDs with me. I sternly told myself that five was my limit and that none of them were allowed to be Supernatural season one, Supernatural season two, Supernatural season three, Supernatural season four or Supernatural season five. (My obsession with Dean and Sam Winchester borders on the obsessive/possessive). It was touch and go for a moment as to whether or not I'd cave and take them, anyway :) My final selection is a combination of movies and tv shows. I figure I'll try the first episode in each series, that way if I can't stand them then no harm no foul. Just a quick list.

The road [DVD videorecording]
A holocaust has destroyed the world. Civilization lies in ruins. Nothing grows. The Man and his young son, the Boy, struggle across the devastated, post-apocalyptic landscape, pushing their belongings in a shopping cart, hoping to reach the coast. It is almost impossible to find any food. Life on the road is a deadly game of hide, seek, and devour with bloodthirsty bands of roving, starving, survivalist types, many of whom have fallen into cannibalism. The Man carries the curse of remembering the world as it once was, while for the Boy, the world has always been destroyed, any intimation that life was once different is foreign to his existence. Love--of the Man and Boy for each other--is the one testament to a humanity that remains, even in the face of total chaos.

Tosca's comment: Cormac McCarthy. Viggo Mortensen. I'm not sure I need any more reasons.

Once [DVD videorecording]
A Guy lives in Dublin. He is a guitarist/singer-songwriter who makes a living by fixing vacuum cleaners in his Dad's Hoover repair shop by day. By night, he sings and plays for money on the Dublin streets. A Girl from Czechoslovakia loves to play the piano when she gets a chance. During the day she does odd jobs. At night she takes care of her mom and her daughter. Guy meets Girl, and they get to know each other. Girl helps Guy put together a demo disc so he can take it to London in hope of landing a music contract. At the same time, the Guy and the Girl work through their past loves, and reveal their budding love for one another, through their songs.

Tosca's comment: Have been meaning to watch this since it was released on DVD but never got round to it. Might this time up.

Murder in suburbia. Series 1 [DVD videorecording]
The newest additions to the sisterhood of British sleuths are attractive, sharp, and extremely entertaining. Meticulous and stubborn Kate teams up with street-smart Emma as bickering detectives in an upscale suburb.

Tosca's comment: I'm a sucker for UK murder shows.

Sukiyaki western django [DVD videorecording]
Two clans battle for a legendary treasure hidden in a desolate mountain. The white Genjis are led by Yoshitsune and the red Heikes are led by Kiyomori. A lone gunman drifts into town. He is burdened with deep emotional scars but blessed with a sharpshooter's aim. A deadly feud erupts into a final, explosive showdown as the two clans try to woo the lone gunman over to their side.

Tosca's comment: Thanks to dad I grew up watching Spaghetti Westerns (esp. Bud Spencer and Terence Hill) and loved them so much. The idea of a Japanese spaghetti western is strangely appealing.

Murdoch mysteries. Season one [DVD videorecording]
In the 1890's, Detective William Murdoch adopts modern techniques like 'finger marks' and forensics to track Toronto's most sinister killers. Though derided by his skeptical boss, Murdoch finds friends and allies in a lovely pathologist and an eager-to-learn constable. Along the way they cross paths with some of the era's most famous figures, including Nikola Tesla, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Prince Alfred.

Tosca's comment: I'm an armchair detective from way back (by 'way back' I mean since I read The Hardy Boys and Encyclopedia Brown as a child) and the quirkier the better as far as I'm concerned. I'm really looking forward to watching this!

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