Me and My Movies

Ooh. I’ve been nominated by weyoun_one

1) Total number of films I own on DVD/video:

Just over 100 on DVD, plus loads of TV shows. I feel like I’m still building my collection. I do still have another 80-odd movies on VHS tapes, but they don’t count. ๐Ÿ™‚ No doubt in 5 years time I’ll be replacing my current DVDs with high definition versions…

2) The last film I bought:

The Two Jakes. (I showed Janet Chinatown, which she liked, so I figured the slightly inferior sequel was worth a go). Also Kagemusha (The Shadow Warrior) and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. Now there’s a mix.

3) The last film I watched:

Kingdom of Heaven, and before that, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

4) Five films that I watch a lot or that mean a lot to me:

I should really have five SF movies and five other movies, as I’m liable to squander all my choices on bad skiffy. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Empire Strikes Back The film I’ve watched the most is easily Star Wars, but I’ll pick Empire because it’s just So Damn Good. Also, the film they f*cked up least in the Special Edition.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. I am unashamed and unrepentant in my love for The Wrath of Khan, my next most-watched movie. Despite being pure pulp fiction from start to finish it does at least combine great characterisation, loads of neat little literary references, and cool space battles in equal measure. Plus it actually lets Kirk grow up, before later movies turn him back into a caricature.

The Third Man. It’s ages since I last saw this film, but it’s always a wonderful experience. Incredible black and white cinematography, an interesting plot, a lovely desperate mood, and some smart dialogue. Not to mention the sewer chase at the end, and oh yes that bloke who sounds like The Brain.

Miller’s Crossing. Easily my favourite Cohen Brothers movie, and a great gangster film. The score is marvellous (even if they did nick it for Murphy’s commercials) and the sheer emotional sweep and set pieces are to die for. Gabriel Byrne is a great protagonist and makes the most of a really snappy script.

Jaws Unlike the sequels, it’s not really a monster movie (at least for me) but a unique blend of buddy movie and rites of passage drama in which the stars are three middle aged blokes. It’s the cast who make it: I can wallow in the character interplay in this film. I should also praise all the great bits of John Williams’ score that aren’t the famous bit.

I was thinking of putting North by Northwest, Curse of the Demon, Quatermass and the Pit, The French Connection and Forbidden Planet in here too, plus about 90 other movies…

5) Pick on five people and have them put this in their journal:

Hokay… people who don’t talk about movies much seem to include: ajp, tinimaus, veggiesu, mattia, and majuran.

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