Emptied of expectation. Relax. (tinyjo) wrote,
Emptied of expectation. Relax.
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The film meme

I've been tagged twice now, so I suppose I'd better get on with it!

Total number of films I own on DVD/video:

Hmm somewhere in the region of 20 to 30 I think. It's all mixed in with my TV stuff and I can't be bothered to count it properly but that's the right ballpark.

The last film I bought:

Oh gosh. That was ages ago. Although I go to the cinema a lot these days I very rarely buy films to own. Usually when I do it's because they're in one of those 5 for 20 quid type offers that Virgin & HMV regularly do. I think it was probably Princess Mononoke.

The last film I watched:

The Jacket, which is very good and you should go and see.

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

Clueless. On the surface, this is a pretty bubblegum type film, but the Jane Austen plot gives it just a little more than that. It's funny, it's got heaps of charm and whenever I watch it it cheers me up. Josie & the Pussycats has a similar effect, actually.

A Few Good Men. This appeals to the idealist in me really. And I love the dramatic courtroom bits ("I want the truth!" "You can't handle the truth!"). It's a film that I find very satisfying although it is mostly by the numbers. One of my most watched tapes.

Hotel Rwanda. This film affected me even more than Schindlers list did, probably because it's so much closer in time to now. And, I suppose because we abandoned the Tutsis and tried to pretend that it wasn't our business to stop the massacres whereas at least in Schindlers list there isn't that aspect - you know that the allies are working on getting through. I cried from about half way through right to the end, I think but I'm very glad I saw it. It feels important that we acknowledge just how terrible it really was and what our backing away from it all meant to those people stuck in the middle of it. Some parts are so bad that you find yourself thinking "they wouldn't be able to put this in a fictional film because it would just seem gratuitous, ridiculous".

Spirited Away. Spirited Away is just beautiful. It's cute without being cutesy, it's got it's serious side but it's never preachy. The story is a strange mix of western and eastern fairytale traditions (or so it seems to me) and the whole thing is pulled together by the gloriously beautiful animation. Breathtaking. Howls Moving Castle must be on it's way now and I can't wait to see if he'll be able to hit this height again.

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring Again. We went to see this at the Phoenix one week before either of us had heard of it because the description sounded intriguing and the other films on that week didn't appeal and it was fantastic. It's a very slow film but it never feels slow and it's very absorbing. It's a film which has stayed with me and comes back to me at odd moments. It doesn't feel, when you're watching it, like a big impact film - the messages are mostly not spelt out, they're just there, in the fabric of the thing but it's one that's made me think a few times.

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

Hmmm. I wonder who hasn't done it yet. Let's try cleanskies, mr_snips, deslea, hydragenic, entirelysonja
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