Total number of films I own: I don't know, mostly because our collection here has increased and I have a ton of flicks in storage in Maryland. I'd guess at about 400.
The last film I bought: In the Name of the Father. I saw this movie some years ago and hadn't thought much about it. I encountered it on sale at the Navy Exchange recently, and figured why not buy it. Timely re-visit, surely, in the context of what's been going on with Guantanamo Bay and how the law has been stretched in this country to fight terrorists. The Brits went through the whole shebang with the IRA and the bombings back in the seventies, and there was so much more about that which was very in your face and real, and they botched how they went about handling that --- putting people away for crimes, guilty or not, was what mattered, not justice.
The last film I watched: Mean Creek. This was a terrific movie, and it totally made up for Taxi, which I won't even link to (the Jimmy Fallon/Queen Latifah disaster), which we watched right before watching this --- it was a lazy Memorial Day after running around earlier.
Five favorite films: These would be movies I like a lot and watch often, or otherwise, for whatever reason (to some degree explanations are rendered here) mean a lot to me.
1. Ikiru. I'm somewhat amazed that there's never been an American version of this movie. Maybe it's too dark, but then I don't see the movie that way. Well, whatever ... easily one of
Kurosawa's best movies, right up there with Ran and Rashomon, though not nearly as
2. The Twilight Samurai. Another simple story, one about honor that doesn't totally translate into how we'd see things in this culture, but at its heart it's a story most of us would
understand and appreciate.
3. Miller's Crossing. I think this is the best of the Coen brother's movies, and given what they've done that's saying a lot. The acting is excellent, and the story grabs you the whole way through.
4. Unforgiven. A great morality tale, as most really good westerns are.
5. Strictly Ballroom. It may seem like an odd addition, but it's so campy and fundamentally funny that I've watched it at least ten times with friends.