Wednesday, February 20, 2008

February movie and March nominations

Things were quite crazy for me in the past month or so. In the end I didn't get to post the Watchalong movie for February. So, in the last week and a half of the month, if you'd like to see You Can't Take it with You directed by Frank Capra, you can see it instantly through Netflix for free.

I'm also collected nominations for our March movie. The theme is Documentary. Please nominate up to 2 documentaries over at the Ravelry group or in the comments to this post. Movies that have been nominated already are Harlan County, USA; Sicko; Jesus Camp; The Heart of the Game; and Into the Arms of Strangers. If you'd like to second any of these choices they will make it into the final vote. Nominations will be collected until this Saturday 2/23.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

January and an announcement

December seriously kicked my behind, so January's movie is free choice. Whatever you want to watch, do so, and post here or on the Ravelry group with your thoughts and favorite knits from the movie(s).

Also, I'm finding it exceedingly difficult to keep up the blog and moderate the Ravelry group as well. It seems that most of the action happens over at Ravelry, so please check in with us there. I will keep this blog up to date with the watchalongs and knitalongs, but won't be posting much more commentary. If you'd like to contribute to the blog with your thoughts, please do! I just can't keep up with the commentary here and at the message board.

Let's have a fun, and fibery year with our knitting/crocheting, and movies!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

December KAL!

I know it's been a bit quiet here. I know that several of you have found us over at Ravelry, and others have been very busy. For December we're going to do a pairing of movie and pattern like the one we did in the summer. This month we are also having a contest, details to be found at the end of this post. So without further ado...

For our December movie selection, we will be pairing movies with a knitting pattern.

Our December movies are: Emerald Forest (1985) and Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)

While we watch these films, please KAL with us with one of these suggested patterns: Foliage, The Forest Canopy Shawl, Backyard Leaves scarf from Scarfstyle, Falling Leaves socks, or Embossed Leaves Socks from Favorite Socks. Crochet enthusiasts, let me know if there is a suitable pattern that fits this theme and we can add it to the pattern options.

To make it more interesting, let's have a contest to! Post a review of one of the movies AND a FO picture of your finished project on this blog by midnight of December 31st, and be entered into a drawing for a prize.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Hitchcock selections!

I've tabulated the votes and have come up with our November Selections. Please watch along with us:


"When a naive young woman marries a rich widower and settles in his gigantic mansion, she finds the memory of the first wife maintaining a grip on her husband and the servants."


"A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her. "

North by Northwest

"A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive."

All plot synopsis in quotes are from the website.

It was a close race and many other movies like Rear Window, Strangers on a Train, Notorious, Psycho, The Birds, etc. came very close, so if the top three choices don't appeal, feel free to see any Hitchcock you want. We'll discuss them all!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

November Hitchcock!

Hey everyone!

It's time to pick the Hitchcock movies we are going to watch together next month. We'll combine our nominations and voting this time, so nominate/vote for up to three Alfred Hitchcock directed movies by Wednesday October 24th. I will tabulate the movies voted for and announce our Hitchcock choices by Friday, October 26th.

And don't forget to post any thoughts and/or projects that you've worked on while watching this month's selections: 28 days later, 28 weeks later, and/or A Nightmare Before Christmas.

Friday, October 05, 2007

28 Days Later - a mini review

I had a chance to rewatch 28 Days Later and was impressed all over again at what a good movie it is. Yes, it is a horror, but it's also a movie about what happens to people when the worst happens. What kind of person will you be if disaster strikes? Will you be like Jim, Frank, and Megan and not give up on you humanity and caring about people even if all you've known is lost? Will you be like Major Henry West and his soldiers and make up your own rules no matter what the human cost just to rebuild? How the characters deal with the horror and the choices facing them is what makes the movie so good.

Then I have to pay attention to the new treatment of zombies themselves. The infected in this movie are incredibly fast. This makes them terrifying. A scene that never fails to give me the shivers is the scene in the underground tunnel. This scene uses the notion of fleeing animals to great effect as a truly horrifying chase scene ensues.

So has anyone else had a chance to see 28 Days Later? I have plans to see 28 Weeks later when it comes out on DVD this month, and am looking forward to making comparisons.
But for now: What did you find most interesting about this movie? What was the most terrifying? What do you think the virus "Rage" is really? Are the soldiers and Major West totally evil, or can they be sympathized with somewhat?

Monday, October 01, 2007

October - 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks later

It's October and it's time for some scary movies! The weather seems just right for a good scary movie too. It's starting to get quite cool at night, and why does it seem like it's just getting darker and darker, earlier and earlier these days?

For the horror adverse, we also chose A Nightmare Before Christmas.

As always, feel free to post your thoughts or the projects you worked on while watching!