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  • Thursday, November 17, 2005

    Late to the movie meme

    Just before I went on hiatus, H.F. tagged me with my very first meme, so here is my long-overdue response.

    Total Number of Films I Own on DVD/Video: 92. I first got seriously interested in cinema while I was in college, and when I get interested in something, I immerse myself in it. I operated a film projector for film studies classes, and for a while I was in charge of coordinating movie nights in my dormitory. Over the first few years after college, I accumulated roughly 350 movies, and then gave most of them to Goodwill after I decided that there wasn’t room in my life for all my books, all my CDs, and all my movies. It’s much easier for me to return to an old book or CD than to an old movie, so parting with all those movies was not very tough. The movies I kept fell into three general categories: (1) Documentaries and sports highlight films, particularly the one from the University of Oregon’s 1994 football season. I never get tired of watching Kenny Wheaton’s interception against the Washington Huskies. (2) Classics. (3) The laughably bad.

    The Last Film I Bought: Jackass. I’m not sure whether to put this in category 2 or 3. Let’s just be euphemistic and say that it transcends genres.

    Five Films I Watch a Lot, or that Mean a Lot to Me:

    (1) Army of Darkness. This one brings back fond college memories. When I heard from my friend Chris that this one was about to hit the theaters, I rented Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2 for dorm movie night. The next weekend Chris and I hit the theater with a couple carloads of our dormmates to finish watching the trilogy.

    (2) The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. The film’s merits are obvious to anyone who has seen it. I just want to give it special recognition for being the first Western that I actually liked.

    (3) The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. Another one that dates back to my college years. It’s a perfect movie for a father to watch with his young son. I can’t get those songs out of my head. (Unfortunately, I can say the same about Tommy Rettig’s whining. “It’s gotta work! It’s just gotta!”)

    (4) The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. My daughter recently discovered this one (along with The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger), and within a few days, she was reciting, “From the land beyond beyond, from the world past hope and fear, I bid you Genie, now appear!” Screw CGI. What Hollywood needs now is another Ray Harryhausen.

    (5) Game of Death. The joy, such as it is, that comes from watching this movie is imagining what it could have been if Bruce Lee had lived.

    This meme was probably already well-circulated in the time that I was on hiatus. I’ll give these three the option of picking up this meme, if they choose: Alterdestiny, David W. Boles’ Urban Semiotic, and Drogidy Blogidy.


    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Army of Darkness - I remember the Evil Dead movie nights, best served with the TP's "kommt hier die Katze" and a side of Marion Berry Buttsteak. Good times.

    Thu Aug 03, 01:02:00 AM PDT  
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