That's a really good idea with the DVDs. Is the 'unwatched' section just a general unwatched section or is it divided up into 'stuff Danny hasn't watched' and 'stuff Sharon hasn't watched'?
Given I'm the main buyer and watcher of DVDs, it's just stuff I haven't watched. For some things there are box sets where I've seen some but not all the films in a collection, they won't get moved until all the films have been watched. And if I wasn't sure if I'd seen something, it automatically went into the Unwatched section.
It's a good system and gives you an immediate visual cue to how many unwatched DVDs you have. When I saw it at my mate's place, i rang Sharon and told her about it in case I forgot. She loved it :)
I can't wait to move into Pagham Palace to implement this with out DVDs then. :)
I do that with books, there's a whole section I haven't read yet :)
I don't have many DVDs, so the unwatched ones just stay next to the TV.
I do it with books as well, less so with DVDs (I rarely buy DVDs of movies or series I haven't already seen, so I don't consider those 'unwatched'. That said, I do have a several still in their shrinkwrap).
I will often buy a TV series or film on DVD that I've never seen before if it's (a) cheap or (b) the right person has told me I will like it a lot.
I still tend to hire or borrow DVDs first if I haven't seen the film/series, though now that overnight hire for a new release is often nearly as expensive and usually much less convenient, I do occasionally weaken.
I meant to tell you, if you do a google image search for "candle lantern" that's the kind of thing that was in my head.
Why does everybody pick on Terminator 3 so much? It's honestly not that bad?
For once, I'll agree with you that a movie "is not that bad" - at least, I don't think it's an abomination. Mind you, I think T1 is definitely superior to T2, and I haven't seen the TV series.
I actually don't rate The Terminator half as highly as everybody else - all up I find it a rather clumsy film. I can understand its appeal though. Terminator 2 is a superior film to it in almost every respect IMO.
Terminator 3 is just a big Hollywood sequel - and as far as sequels go it isn't so bad.
I admit I may be prejudiced by a couple of factors when it comes to T1 vs T2. One is knowing the relative costs of the two films; the other is that I think Arnie makes a much better villain than hero.
I also prefer Sarah Connor's evolution as a character in T1. I think the climax of T1 is much scarier, its one-liners are more quotable, and that T2 suffers from big sequelitis about as much as T3 (which parodies such remake-ish elements as Arnie acquiring a costume).
That said, the nuking scene in T2 is superb, and I do have a soft spot for the ending.
Much as Arnie makes a good Terminator in the first film, Robert Patrick makes a *brilliant* Terminator in the second.
Yep, gets back more to the idea of the Terminators being able to blend in, be anonymous.
I kept hoping they'd bring T1000s into the television series, but not yet. : (
I saw T2 and learnt about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki(in graphic detail) only hours apart from each other.
As a result, I had horrible, horrible nightmares that night and spent part of the night gibbering in a corner of the toilet (it was the only place I could think of that I could hide with the light on without attracting the attention of my parents). I guess it was like "Can't sleep, nuclear holocaust will eat me..."
No, but compared to what came before, it ain't good.
Terminator 1 is a low budget action film, but one with interesting concepts, a good character arc for Sarah Connor and Reese, and a great villain. There are hit movies being made today without the same level of intelligence and internal consistency.
T2 is a remake of the original, right down to certain set-pieces being near identical, but with a budget. It continues Sarah Connor's arc believably, and uses story elements cut from the original that feature Connor taking control of her destiny. John Connor shows traits that make it believable that he may one day be a good leader.
1 & 2 compliment each other, 3 breaks a lot of the rules set by the previous two, and doesn't do it well. Actually its main crimes are that it's boring, John Connor is badly characterised, and they over-amp-up the humour where Arnie is concerned.
The TV series breaks a lot of the rules and continuity, but does it in an entertaining way, and carefully avoids being a 'Terminator of the week' show. Mind you, having just watched the films again, I may judge the series differently.
I'm enjoying the series a lot, and am very happy Fox gave it a second season (quite uncharacteristic of them, as fans of Alien Nation, Firefly, Brisco County, etc, will know). Hopefully they'll iron out the kinks from season 1 and become a really decent SF series.
Terminator 3 I found OK once I got over the elephant in the room, which was that it was about as necessary a sequel as Highlander 2 or The Crow: City of Angels - the movie preceding it closed the story off so perfectly that the only way to make a follow-up is to rip a hole in it so it can fit. Kind of like putting a nicely made sweater onto a cow - you've ruined the sweater and the cow looks faintly ridiculous.
Well, the Terminator series is meant to primarily be an action show, which doesn't mean it can't be SF too, but you need good writers to pull it off. But as an action series, I rather like it. It makes good use of grey areas.
Interestingly, when Cameron made the T2 3D stunt show, he saw it as an informal linking story between T2 and what he envisioned for T3.
One thing I'm dreading is the new trilogy of Terminator movies to be set during the future war. No good can come of this, I'm sure.
I think if they separate themselves from the time travel, and just make a set of movies in a post-apocalyptic future with killer robots, there's *some* potential.
Given that I'm liking the series, and the production team working on the films has been fairly active in trying to stop the series, I think they're already off to a bad start.
On one hand I can see that they don't want to be hamstrung by the series, on the other, if they were doing something truly awesome, then it's the TV series that should worry.
Personally I'd just get together with them and see what we can do to compliment each other. But I'm stupid like that.