1) Total number of films I own on DVD/video: That I own? DVDs: 332 (although this is low as it only accounts for purchased DVDs and doesn't include things like: my wedding, home videos of Nat etc.) Videos: 230. And some are duplicates of DVDs (for example, I replaced a lot of my Disney videos with DVDs and same with James Bond)
2) The last film I bought: Pirates of the Carribbean. The last DVDs I bought were Season 1 of a) Clone Wars, b) The Pretender, and c) Charmed, all in one go.
3) The last film I watched: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat as performed by Acton, MA High School theatre. I finished it up this morning. As to an actual movie, hoppie and I watched Liz and Rick in The Taming of the Shrew, notable because it doesn't have one of my favorite lines, “We three are -married, but you two are sped”
4) Five films that I watch a lot or that mean a lot to me:
In no particular order:
9-5: I find I get the urge to watch this movie at least once every two years to help burn off some of the stress of working. What's your fantasy for bumping off the boss? I don't even have to dislike my current boss to appreciate it.
Bull Durham 'cause "the only religion that feeds the soul, day in, day out, is the Church of Baseball." The movie is funny, charming, touching, and it's got baseball in it. I've watched it more times than I can count.
Raiders of the Lost Ark It was one of my favorites as a kid, even more than Star Wars. None of the other Indy movies have come close, and they never will quite capture the magic and fun of of the original. Sorry Sean. I'll pick you up in another movie.
Goldfinger We all know I have a thing for James Bond and this is simply the best of the Bonds. A clear, unambiguous storyline (unlike both Timothy Dalton movies, sorry, sexy, it's not enough to look and act like Bond, you have to have a good script too, this is a secondary problem for some of the Roger Moore flicks.), a cleanly played, charismatic Bond (Sorry Roger, that's your first problem), who doesn't overact the part, (Sorry, Pierce), and doesn't sleep with ugly chicks (Sorry about your luck, George). Goldfinger is the definative Bond flick, the yardstick by which the others are measured, and rightfully so. I just wish they could measure up. Other Bond flicks that rate high on my rewatch profile are Dr. No in at Number 2, Goldeneye which gets in more for villain (Sexy Sean Bean, Alan Cumming, and Famke Janssen) than for it's uninspired MI6 operatives, including the depressing addition of Judy Dench for M, and writing this I have a sudden desire to watch Tomorrow Never Dies for Jonathan Price's inspiring observation on the subject of German efficiency.
Clarissa I don't know if this counts, it's a BBC version, which I recorded to video. It stars my favorite villain, the delicious Sean Bean as the contemptable coxcomb Robert Lovelace who is determined to prove that sexiness conquers virtue, even in the bosom of the most honourable maiden. I really should stop rooting for him to succeed. Someday, maybe I will. In the meanwhile, I will content myself knowing that someone, somewhere in the world can resist Sean Bean, if she's paid to.
1) Total number of books owned?
2116 (not counting books purchased in the last 2-3 months and romances)
2) The last book I bought?
According to the palm, it's Knights of Maison-Rouqe by Alexandre Dumas on February 2nd, 2005. This points out how badly out of date my database is.
3) The last book I read? The Hannover Square Affair by Ashley Gardner.
4) Five books I read a lot or that mean a lot to me:
The Stone and the Flute By Hans Bemman. The greatest epic story ever told. Sorry, Tolkien fans. Lord of the Rings has nothing on this. The only thing this story doesn't have is lectures on the evolution of language.
Mandy by Julie Edwards. In a world of mediocrity, where actors and actresses and Madonna think they can write, it's refreshing to meet one who actually can. I read this Julie Andrews book when I was in my young teens and I read it over and over and over feeling like it wouldn't take much for me to join Mandy in her quest.
Shadow Castle by Marian Cockrell. I spent years looking for this book about a girl who finds a castle inhabited by a fairy king and the stories he tells her. Finally I was worthy to find it again.
Clarissa by Samuel Richardson. It stars my favorite villain, the deliciously contemptable coxcomb Robert Lovelace who is determined to prove that sexiness conquers virtue, even in the bosom of the most honourable maiden. I really should stop rooting for him to succeed. Someday, maybe I will. Richardson's story of virtue and his campaign against the social climbing mores of his time that sacrifice the desires of the daughter on the alter of parental ambition are noteworthy, but his crowning achievement is the loveable rake, Lovelace, who stole hearts in boudoirs across England. If this novel achieves nothing else, it remains the longest single novel in English Literature, and one of the greatest.
I'm not going to pick a 5th novel, per se, I'm going to say a word about some of my collections of short stories. When I need a quick pick me up, I reach for one of my Agatha Christie short story collections. My three favorites are The Mysterious Mr. Quinn, The 12 Labours of Hercules and The Jane Marple Collection.