1. Total Number of films that I own: I'm not doing this from home, but I suppose I could roughly guess that I own about 200-220 different movies on VHS and DVD.
2. Last Film I bought: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, the single disk version because Criterion are apparently sneaky bastards.
3. Last film I watched: "Crumb." As delightfully twisted and remorsefully depraved as documentaries come, apparently. What a sick, interesting person.
4. Five Films I watch a lot or mean a lot to me:
#1 The Empire Strikes Back: Evocative on levels that transcend nerdiness and permeate pop culture. We saw a boy become a man under some of the most tumultuous circumstances conceived since Oedipus, and still had Chewey and 3-P0 there to make us giggle along the way. Carrie Fischer was still hot as shit and Harrison Ford enforced himself as the archetype for 'badass' until the end of time.
#2 The Princess Bride: Kate used this one first, but I know of no rules against that. What can I say: fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, true love... miracles! Permanently changed my perception of people who use the word "inconceivable!"
#3 Iron Giant or Field Of Dreams: Wanna see a grown man weep? Throw one of these in. Kevin Costner will never do better than FoD. Never ever ever. I hope that he can die happily knowing that he participated in one of the best sports stories ever told. Iron Giant is a masterpiece. Absolutely touching and overflowing with thought. One of the most overlooked movies of the last decade.
#4 The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension: I wanted to be this guy when I grew up. It's only now that I realize how much school that probably would have taken. John Lithgow is the best arch-villain since motherfuckin' Moriarty. This nearly chokes under the weight of it's own detailed background mythos, but in the process creates such a vivid world full of characters that you can't help but adore. "John Big-boo-tee! Install my overrr truster!"
#5 Rio Bravo: By all means a classic. The Duke paired up with one of the centuries greatest crooners (Martin), along with an adequately stand-offish but quietly cool Ricky Nelson, and the perfectly timed, absolutely hilarious Walter Brennan take on a dirty land owner whose family has been infringing on the oppressed people of their small town for too long. The Duke never looked or sounded better.
"You want that gun, pick it up. I wish you would..."
5. Five people to do this meme: Lindsay, John... I think that's all my friends that haven't already done it or been asked. Sad.
Get to it!
Sorry, Kate. I'll have to get to the music one later.