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A couple of shelves near my TV

vampirefan tagged me, and I tried to ignore her, but everyone's doing it and I feel so compelled by peer pressure.

Last film I bought: Poolhall Junkies. Why yes, I am that much of a Michael Rosenbaum fan. Man, what a disappointing flick.
Last film I saw at the cinema: Serenity
Last film I watched at home: Stand By Me
Five films I watch a lot, if by "a lot" we mean possibly more than once and we exclude Firefly which I'm in the process of wearing out:
  • Stand By Me: Nothing ever captured that turning point of adolescence quite the way Rob Reiner and Stephen King did in this movie.

  • O Brother Where Art Thou?: There is no accounting for the way I fell in love with this film. None. But I can watch it over and over again for the music and the silliness and the wonderful, recitable lines. "We thought. You was. A toad."

  • Truly, Madly, Deeply: Alan Rickman sings--creditably. Also, this is the first movie by Anthony Minghella, raw, sometimes amateurish, low-budget, and just so damned heartfelt. Juliet Stephenson is still my acting hero for the sheer flow and passion of her anguished tears.

  • Much Ado About Nothing: Like O Brother, this movie just makes me want to recite lines. Nearly everyone I know who likes one of these likes the other as well. Branagh may be an asshole and an egomaniac, but I love him as Benedick, and praise him for putting Denzel in leather pants.

  • Wings of Desire: Peter Falk appears as Peter Falk. There's Goethe. And Nick Cave. A daring young girl on a flying trapeze. Armor from heaven. Angels with ponytails and greatcoats. Berlin just before the wall fell--but they didn't know that when they were filming. It's a meditative, haunting movie--one of the few Great Classic Motion Pictures that I actually love.
Number of movies I own: Not that many--maybe a couple dozen. Plus 15 TV box sets, the majority of which seem to be great shows that Fox cancelled.


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May. 17th, 2005 04:36 am (UTC)

aren't you glad i use my power for good, not evil?

movies you listed as ones you watch a lot: i've seen the first two, and really love the first. i've never seen the last three *makes notes in palm for next time at the store or video rental*
May. 17th, 2005 05:43 am (UTC)
I've been surprised at how often I'm seeing "Stand By Me" in these lists. Can't say for sure what another person will like or dislike, but of my last three choices, T,M,D is probably the most accessible, Much Ado the most fun, and Wings of Desire the most difficult.

Hee! Us and our handhelds. The perfect place for the movie list.
May. 17th, 2005 06:33 am (UTC)
I've never seen Wings of Daesire but I love the other four. Benedick: 'The world must be peopled' - the delivery is great. I like Branagh.
May. 17th, 2005 10:33 am (UTC)
I love Truly Madly Deeply also. One of the most real crying scenes I have ever seen. Grief and healing. Whats not to angst love?

The good/bad thing about this movie meme thing is that I keep reading other people's movies and thinking - I've always meant to watch that, must buy that. Wings of Desire is one of those. And I like other Coen Brother's films so have always meant to get O Brother Where Art Though?
May. 17th, 2005 11:37 am (UTC)
"O Brother" is one of those movies I didn't go see in the theater because it was poorly reviewed and I couldn't be bothered. Then for some reason (recommendation of a friend, I think) I rented it and couldn't imagine where the lukewarm reviews had come from.

It was my first DVD movie purchase.
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May. 17th, 2005 06:04 pm (UTC)
Ghost was so the American ripoff of Truly, Madly, Deeply!
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