Thanks, Em, for sending me these in honor of the Oscar nominations and our being Netflix buddies!
1. The last movie you went to see in a theater:
Ocean's Twelve, a perfect vacation-day romp to end the year. Beautiful people having such fun ~ the actors and their characters ~ it's infectious. Suspension of disbelief isn't difficult when you're on this ride.
2. The last movie you watched at home:
The Man Who Wasn't There, via Netflix, which, alas, I did not love. I'm a Coen devotee, but ambivalent about Billy Bob Thornton, and this one just didn't rank with the rest for me.
3. How many movies do you own?
Just a handful, really. With so many out there to view, I'm not much of one for repeat screenings. (Caroline, on the other hand, . . . )
3a. What was the last movie you bought?
Sex, Lies & Videotape. (Thank God I didn't have to say Clifford's Really Big Movie, which was next-to-last and has been in near-constant play, but since I never watch it all the way through . . . )
4. Got Netflix (or a similar service)?
You betcha. Their timing was great for me, coinciding with parenthood. (But TV DVDs have interfered with my queue movement. Roswell, anyone?)
What are the next three movies in your queue? Donnie Darko, Super Size Me and Magnolia. The first has a Richmond connection; I'm glad to catch the second as it's a fresh Oscar nominee; the third I keep thinking I can watch in installments . . . .
5. List five movies you adore/mean a lot to you:
The Wizard of Oz ~ repeated childhood viewings never dulled the technicolor thrill of this one for me, so I was really excited to meet Ray Bolger sometime in the 1970s in an Atlanta park. (Runner-up sibling: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory; I bought this one when I got Clifford, but haven't screened it for Wee C ~)
Raising Arizona ~ the (semi)annual viewing of this brilliant comedy is a highlight of ChickVa, my river vacation. Lizzi owns it, but I think maybe I'd better get myself a copy. Of course I saw it in the theater the first time ~(Unrelated Holly Hunter: The Piano)
The Third Man ~ I know this one makes a bunch of all-time top lists, but I still love its cinematography and that pesky zither ~
The Searchers ~ Epitome of the Western. And I generally don't adore Westerns. Studying this in a college film class sealed the deal, though, and I've been heard to say That'll be the day in a remotely John Wayne tone ~
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind ~ this is my fave of the century, so far, and I've only seen it once!
6. Name your guilty pleasure movie (or genre):
I'm with Em: it's sappy mainstream romantic comedies for me, too. 'Nuff said.
7. Name 3 people to whom you're going to pass these questions on, and why:
Lisa, who's retrieving Spirited Away from my mailbox right now; Mindy, who's kinda a professional; and Rachael, just 'cause!