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What Did You Watch During the Blizzard of 2010?

Eat. Shovel. Watch. That's what we did over the last two weekends. Acording to Jeff Alexander over at Comcast Cable, we were not alone. Video-on-demand rentals during the first weekend in the Eastern Division (which includes the Philly region) were up almost 20% over the same weekend in 2009. The second weekend was not so high, says Alexander, because of widespread power outages. The top five VOD titles customers ordered during storm #1 ( 2/5 - 2/6) were: 1. Love Happens 2. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 3. Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself 4. Amelia 5. Paranormal Activity The top 5 movies from storm #2 (2/10 - 2/11): 1. Couples Retreat 2. The Stepfather (2009) 3. The Time Traveler's Wife 4. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 5. Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself

What Did You Watch During the Blizzard of 2010?

Lena Horne uses her considerable powers of seduction on Eddie "Rochester" Anderson in Vincente Minnelli´s "Cabin in the Sky" (1943)
Lena Horne uses her considerable powers of seduction on Eddie "Rochester" Anderson in Vincente Minnelli's "Cabin in the Sky" (1943)

 Eat. Shovel. Watch. That's what we did over the last two weekends.  

Acording to Jeff Alexander over at Comcast Cable, we were not alone. Video-on-demand rentals during the first weekend in the Eastern Division (which includes the Philly region) were up almost 20% over the same weekend in 2009. The second weekend was not so high, says Alexander, because of widespread power outages.
 
 
The top five VOD titles customers ordered during storm #1 ( 2/5 - 2/6)
were:

1. Love Happens
2. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
3. Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself
4. Amelia
5. Paranormal Activity

The top 5 movies from storm #2 (2/10 - 2/11):

1. Couples Retreat
2. The Stepfather (2009)
3. The Time Traveler's Wife
4. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
5. Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself

At Chez Flickgrrl, Flickdaughter and Mom watched a double-bill of Legally Blonde and Down With Love. Flickgrrl and Flickspouse watched Malcolm X, the Spike Lee biopic that grows deeper and richer with every viewing. (Likewise Denzel Washington's nuanced performance as the fatherless son-turned-hustler-turned-jailbird-turned-acolyte-turned-Civil Rights activist.) While folding laundry Flickgrrl watched Cabin in the Sky (available via TCM on Demand), Vincente Minnelli's directorial debut, and one of the Best. Musicals. Ever. And while she was aware of Minnelli's influence on Spike Lee, especially in the use of color to suggest emotional mood, seeing Cabin and Malcolm in such close proximity made Flickgrrl realize how the jitterbug scenes in the Boston chapter of Malcolm X paid tribute to Minnelli's scene in Cabin where Duke Ellington and his Orchestra play "Up" and Lena Horne and Ethel Waters do their competing versions of "There's Honey in the Honeycomb."

Alexander says he caught up with Oscar contender The Hurt Locker.

What did you watch? Did you make any discoveries worth recommending?
 

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