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That Movie Meme

1. Total number of films I own on DVD/video:
Around 200-300, I would guess. Maybe more. They're in 3 different places around the house and there are a lot in each place.

2. The last film I bought:
How sad that I don't remember. It might have been Once Upon a Time in China.

3. The last film I watched:
In the theater? Good golly. I don't remember. Oh, Robots. And it was really good.

Last DVD? Last night pirateguillermo and I watched Galaxy Quest. It's our movie.

Last movie on television? I don't even remember. It's been so long since I've had television, and even longer since I watched a movie on television. I was probably in my early 20s, and obviously it made no impact.

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

The Matchmaker - a film that I discovered at the end of my third marriage. My third husband loved the kind of American romantic comedies that starred Meg Ryan - the kind I CAN'T STAND. I hate romances where someone has to act like an idiot to get the other person to fall in love with them. In The Matchmaker, there was none of that. It's my idea of romance - two intelligent people with real lives who fall in love.

The original Star Wars - it came out on my 12th birthday and my father took me for my birthday. We watched it at the last single-screen theater in Phoenix - the kind with an actual velvet curtain that goes up before the feature and ushers who show you to a seat if you come in late. It was so big and breathtaking.

Galaxy Quest - When I was still married to my third husband, but after I had met pirateguillermo, my husband was having a couple of people over to watch the Superbowl. I can't stand football, so I invited pirateguillermo over and we watched Galaxy Quest together. Except that I couldn't concentrate on the movie. AT one particularly funny point, I poked him in the side, and he poked me back and it was like a shock of electricity. It was still took months for us to confess our feelings for each other, but you have to start somewhere, right?

Double Indemnity -
Phyllis: There's a speed limit in this state, Mr. Neff, 45 miles an hour.
Walter: How fast was I going, Officer?
Phyllis: I'd say around 90.
Walter: Suppose you get down off your motorcycle and give me a ticket.
Phyllis: Suppose I let you off with a warning this time.
Walter: Suppose it doesn't take.
Phyllis: Suppose I have to whack you over the knuckles.
Walter: Suppose I bust out crying and put my head on your shoulder.
Phyllis: Suppose you try putting it on my husband's shoulder.

How can you NOT love that? And the thought that this guy goes on to become Disney's Absent-Minded Professor and then the father on My Three Sons, it just kills me. Here's the real thing: this is my special Christmas movie. I watch this movie every year when I make my Christmas cookies. I have no idea why. None whatsoever.

Jesus Christ Superstar - It's my Easter movie. You know - "Happy 'Glad Your God Isn't Dead' Day." I love the dancing, the music, the thought of Christ as a victim of his own press. I love the fact that Judas is the complete show-stealer and gets to wear all the best clothes. There is nothing about this movie that I don't love.

5. Five people I'm passing this onto, and why?

Nobody at all. I know, I'm a vicious meme-killa. Sue me.


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May. 11th, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC)
How could I forget Double Indemnity? I purposely went the non-all film noir all the time route but this, The Maltese Falcon and Rashoman are my film noir trifecta.

Galaxy Quest. Friend!
May. 11th, 2005 07:43 pm (UTC)
jesus christ superstar, yes! i need to add that to my movies to buy list. i already have the soundtrack. and i totally agree about judas.
May. 11th, 2005 08:00 pm (UTC)
You've passed it on to me in the sense that I just put Matchmaker on hold at the library. Thanks!
May. 11th, 2005 09:47 pm (UTC)
If you're a fan of intelligent romance, here's another heart-wrenchingly sweet movie. It should tell you how sweet and wonderful it is that my husband and I watch it all the time and hold each other and say "Awwwwwww..." even though it's about two men. Big Eden
May. 11th, 2005 09:24 pm (UTC)
I've never seen Double Indemnity, but it was one of the first movies I put on my Netflix queue (especially since I'm a fan of the darker noir writers like Cain and Jim Thompson). As it's not currently available on DVD, it's still on the queue, waiting sadly in that bottom section.
May. 11th, 2005 09:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah. We've got the same unfortunate tail on our queue. All I have right now is a quickly-fading copy that I taped when it aired on PBS in Phoenix.
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