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About me: I usually winnow my movie choices by using the websites "Rottentomatoes" (RT), "MRQE - Movie Review Query Engine," "Flickfilosopher," "Metacritic," NYT Critics' Picks & David Thomson's book "Have You Seen...a personal introduction to 1000 Films"). Reading reviews often leads me to learn about other titles worth searching for. Criterion does a great job of remastering the classics; the Film Movement series for indies; Docurama Films for docs. Since the HCL catalogue is so extensive, going outside via MN LINK is reserved for something special ("ILL" designation).
Reading Interests: Eclectic viewing (DVDs) of docs, indies, classics, foreign & highly rated big budget. I will post a biweekly list that shows (1) the release year of movie; (2) RT scores (from the "Rottentomatoes movie review website; they explain how the scores are derived from posters (you and me) & movie review critics; (3) when I first post DVD titles to a new list, those RT scores will be followed by "----"; shortly after I have viewed the film, either the dashes will be removed, or "PAID" will substituted: this is my version of "thumbs way up," "really see it," "4 *'s," etc; it represents my highest praise, or, like former NYT reviewer Pauline Kael said: "I go to the movies to be surprised."; (4) NYT Critics' Pick Listing (if appropriate); and (5), the review URL (usually from the NYT - you might be directed to sign up to view the review; this will result in "cookies"; I use "CCleaner" at the end of every computer session for my own "peace of mind"). I just posted a list of my "PAID" choices, which has a more complete explanation of why I have given my highest praise to a DVD, and why this might not be the same as seeing the same film in the theater. Well, there you have it. When I have a question about a new HCL purchase, or a title gleaned from DVD trailers, or a title picked up by reading or viewing some review, I usually run it through the RT filter; check out the NYT review; if not there, the website "MRQE" usually won't let me down. Armed with this information, and perhaps using my postings to save you some legwork, you can search out information on these or other titles, and have your own "surprises." Feedback comments on individual films (for everyone's benefit) or comments on the list in general (so I can make my lists better) are welcomed and encouraged. At the end of the day, are my lists helpful, or not; confusing, or not; stimulating? boring? tedious?). Unless you comment, I'll never know. Thanks in advance.

62triplet's Book Lists
Mike the Bike's PAID Viewing Choices (Oct - Dec 2011) (76 titles)
Time for release of the latest quarter of PAID viewing choices (4:45PM Tues., 3 Jan.). Normally, if you've been following along, I have helpful(?) info on my favorite viewings from the past quarter. But I'm going in a different direction. Most of my time now is being spent on the bike (bicycle). I took possession of a new steed on Saturday evening (Sunday - 103/ Monday - 29/ Tuesday A.M. - 35; Tuesday P.M. (Rovers club at my alma mater, Macalester (I figure about 30 round trip; hopefully I can interest others in partaking of a weekly night ride). Long story short: as time permits, I'll try to fill in more information on the list below (76 from 192 possibilities - the last one, New Year's eve, was Meek's Cutoff (another great Michelle Williams' performance). So enjoy (some of you sneakers have been back-dooring a view of the list in progress: for shame! [[:)]. Mike the Bike
Mike the Bike's PAID Viewing Choices (Jul - Sep 2011) (44 titles)
12:30P 01Oct11 Time to publish the new quarterly list. More choices (240) to pick from than the previous quarter, and more titles chosen (yay!). Since the weather has been great for bicycling, my Dvd time was dictated by "time" - if I wasn't hooked by 20 minutes, it was a reject. In the past, I've seen bad Dvds all the way through; now I've "freed" myself (or so it feels); I may have quit on films or docs too early, but I've read multiple reviews (the good and the bad) on the films beforehand, and if a critic has made good points against a film, I've probably taken that to heart. As before, don't take my word for any of the selections; cut and paste the "http" of the included review, and if that isn't enough, go to Rotten Tomatoes and read some of the other reviews. Whatever you do, remember that the titles below reflect my sensibilities; I'm proud of the list, but it's only that: a list. Enjoy! 10:30A 19Jul11 Looking at new dvd titles on Bookspace, I 'binged' "Big Jake" to see if Roger Ebert ever reviewed it. But I found something even better (IMHO). As you know, I go to the source (R.E.) for reviews you can view of my favorite film critic...and I found this --- http://www.jason-bailey.com/2011/01/commentary-roger-ebert-then-and-now.html --- Also, the article talks about this --- http://www.esquire.com/features/roger-ebert-0310 --- (P.S.: Click on the 'print' button to make for easier reading). Enjoy! Mike
Mike the Bike's PAID Viewing Choices (Apr - Jun 2011) (32 titles)
Monday, 15 August - 10:15 A.M. Even though I'm adding titles to the next (Jul - Sep) list, and it's marked "not shared," some of the titles are being randomly pulled onto the "comments from readers" (recent comments) section. Looks like you can get an advance look. Until the last few days, only one page of comments was being displayed, but checking this morning, 10 pages seem to be coming up (yeah!). Included are "Sacrifice," "36th Precinct," and "Breaking Bad." Friday 1 July - 1:30 P.M. Latest list. 32 titles made the list from 136 choices (24%). The pot from which to pick seemed somewhat thin (IMHO). Last quarter was 30%, and the winter/non-spring kept me indoors more (178 from which to pick). The next quarter (July - September) will be competing with nice bike riding weather, and indoors always loses. Currently, I'm trying to digest "True blood. The complete third season" and the heat index yesterday and today made for an easy decision. Enjoy my choices &/or critics' reviews. MIKE the BIKE
Mike the Bike's PAID Viewing Choices (Jan - Mar 2011) (54 titles)
After a year+ of not posting, I'm starting up again. So here is a new, quarterly list, with most of the guidelines from its predecessor --- Mike the Bike's PAID Viewing Choices (current as of 31 Dec 09) which covered April thru December of that year (82 titles for a 9 month period). This list has 54 titles for a 3 month span, so you might be thinking my standards have lowered. I prefer to think the pool to select from has increased (insert smiley face). And thanks to the patient souls that have looked the older list to death. For each dvd listing, I'm including the number seen (1st seen; 178th seen); date viewed; year of movie release (wide distribution); Rotten Tomatoes' (1) Audience Score, (2) All Critics' Score, & (3) Top Critics' Score (a couple of TV series use the Metacritic site); web link to Critic's reviews (don't take my word that I find a film worth watching - read what my "go-to" critics had to say); and other short notations that I think you might enjoy.
Mike the Bike's PAID Viewing Choices (current as of 31 Dec 09) (82 titles)
Saturday, 1 October '11 - 12:45P.M. Just released the Jul-Sep list. I'm trying to change the title from 'Mike the Bike's PAID Viewing Choices (current as of 31 Dec 09)' to just 'Mike the Bike's PAID Viewing Choices' - Some people just don't like old lists. Also, by going to the list of booklist contributors and clicking on "62triplet", you can come up with my (4) lists. I'm trying to have the alphabetization changed. Titles starting with "the" shouldn't be listed under "t". Enjoy! Monday, 15 August '11 - 10:15 A.M. Even though I'm adding titles to the next (Jul - Sep) list, and it's marked "not shared," some of the titles are being randomly pulled onto the "comments from readers" (recent comments) section. Looks like you can get an advance look. Until the last few days, only one page of comments was being displayed, but checking this morning, 10 pages seem to be coming up (yeah!). Included are "Sacrifice," "36th Precinct," and "Breaking Bad." Tuesday, 1 March '11 10:15 A.M. After a year+ of not posting, I'm starting up again. So here is a new, quarterly list, with most of the guidelines from its predecessor --- Mike the Bike's PAID Viewing Choices (current as of 31 Dec 09) which covered April thru December of that year (82 titles for a 9 month period). This list has 54 titles for a 3 month span, so you might be thinking my standards have lowered. I prefer to think the pool to select from has increased (insert smiley face). And thanks to the patient souls that have looked the older list to death. For each dvd listing, I'm including the number seen (1st seen; 178th seen); date viewed; year of movie release (wide distribution); Rotten Tomatoes' (1) Audience Score, (2) All Critics' Score, & (3) Top Critics' Score (a couple of TV series use the Metacritic site); web link to Critic's reviews (don't take my word that I find a film worth watching - read what my "go-to" critics had to say); and other short notations that I think you might enjoy. These are my "thumbs way up," "four star," "10 out of 10," etc. favorite DVD choices, current through the (25 Dec 09)"Dark City" listing. My viewing of some 400+ films that resulted in these 81 choices started in early 2009. Films like Truffaut's "400 Blows," which I saw many years ago, would easily make the list, but I had to start somewhere. So these are only 2009 viewings. If a new disc of one of my old favorites comes out, I'll certainly put it on the list (the recent 2-disc set of "Chinatown" is an example). **** Some films seen in a theater just don't come across well on the small screen, and that may be more than a minor influence on my selections. For example, the latest trekkie movie, "Star Trek," as seen on the TV wouldn't get my highest accolade "PAID", but I would pay to see it in the theater, because the effect of the audience, the latest dolby sound system, and giant CG images make for a totally different, and IMHO, better experience. I guess what I'm saying is, if a film can move me when viewed as a DVD, it's worth checking into it further (I'm curious if a small screen, non-3D "Avatar" will end up on this list). **** Also, some titles have multiple choices in the catalogue (e.g. the latest 2-disc set as opposed to the original single disc with no commentaries, etc.). In future days, I'll add those qualifications, add helpful reviews (+ & -), and change the date in the "Title" as well. **** If you're wondering about the review citations, that's the way I generally go about my viewing; the critics often give me leads about things to look for in a film, and this leads to increased enjoyment for me. Reading a + and a - review beforehand allows me to contrast and compare different viewpoints while watching the movie/doc unfold. My time spent reading is usually well rewarded. **** The NYT's Pauline Kael always went to movies hoping to be surprised. These are films that did the same for me. So check out these titles under their respective listings. I think you'll enjoy them.

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Cover ArtThe bride of Frankenstein (DVD)
This was a   posted Oct 21, 2011 at 12:24PM

Cover ArtEverything must go [videorecording] /
#241(Sep.30)(2011)(56)(75)(83) --- http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110511/REVIEWS/110519992/-1/RSS --- Not for Will Ferrell fans who only want to see him as the comedian; great depth of character.   posted Oct 1, 2011 at 12:31PM

Cover ArtHanna [videorecording] /
#238(Sep.30)(2011)(68)(71)(59) --- Roger Ebert at --- http://www.rogerebert.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110406/REVIEWS/110409995/-1/RSS --- with a less enthusiastic article by Colin Covert (Star Tribune) at --- http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/movies/119410464.html --- This fantasy/thriller avoided plot holes, advancing relentlessly to a great score. A grim Grimm tale (with humorous interludes). Oh, those Germans!   posted Sep 30, 2011 at 10:32AM

Cover ArtJoueuse [videorecording] /
#232(Sep27)(2009)(69)(68)(81)("Queen to Play") --- Roger Ebert at --- http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110504/REVIEWS/110509997/-1/RSS --- PASSION --- A very nice, understated "making of" extra(21:15). My suggestion: watch this before viewing the film. 8 page booklet (Q&A with director Caroline Bottaro and actress Sandrine Bonnaire ("Monsieur Hire," "Intimate Strangers").   posted Sep 27, 2011 at 10:54AM

Cover ArtIdiots & angels [videorecording] /
#231(Sep.27)(2008)(77)(100)(100)(animation) --- Stephen Holden (New York Times) writes at --- http://movies.nytimes.com/2010/10/06/movies/06idiots.html?ref=movies --- Not at all what most people conceive of animation; also, nobody speaks. "...relentless..." NYT CRITICS' PICK   posted Sep 27, 2011 at 10:28AM

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