Organization Takes Too Much Work


So months after I moved into my apartment I am finally moving my shelves and other stuff in. I got one shelf placed and I brought three whole boxes worth of movies with me as well. I had my dad help me take the shelf in and after he left it took me over 90 minutes to put away all the films I took with me.

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That is my bookshelf in my room. Its completely full and I actually had to fit my other movies and some other stuff in another shelf. That shelf is also full right now:

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It’s a bit ridiculous yet it also makes me realize how many films I’ve obtained over the years. I have two more shelves and a bunch more CDs and books left to bring in too. And probably even more films. I thought about selling most of my collection but I realized I would receive very little money in return.

Besides part of the fun of moving is putting your possessions in new spaces. Switching things around so they fit better. My new room already suits me and I’ve managed to keep it clean. Sometimes change is good.

I Spent All My Money At The Criterion Sale


Every so often they have at Barnes and Noble a 50% off Criterion sale. I get paid tomorrow and I made this list a while back. Its still relevant and subject to change. I’ve bought at least two-three films per sale, with my biggest haul ever being 6 or 7 (I can’t remember) one lovely sale a couple years back when I was flush with cash. Possible scores based off of my Criticker profile out of 100 total points, as are my ratings.

List of Potential Criterion Purchases:

1. Ali: Fear Eats The Soul (1974, Fassbinder)-Possible Score-98
2. Bad Timing (1980, Roeg)-Possible Score-91
3. Branded To Kill (1967, Suzuki)-93= Own it
4. Carnival of Souls (1962, Harvey)-90, Own it
5. Les Diabolique (1955, Clouzot)-93
6. Fiend Without a Face (1958, Crabtree)-81
7. George Washington (2000, Green)-98=Bought it this sale
8. Green for Danger (1946, Gilliat)-Possible Score-92
9. In The Mood For Love (2000, Wong)-100, Own it
10. Jigoku (1960, Nakagawa)-Possible Score-86
11. Kicking And Screaming (1995, Baumbach)-Possible Score-89
12. Kiru (Kill!) (1968, Okamoto)-Possible Score-90
13. La Bete Humaine (The Human Beast) (1938, Renoir)-Possible Score-92
14. LeDeuxieme Souffle (Second Breath, Second Win) (1966, Melville)-Possible Score-94
15. Pierrot Le Fou (Crazy Pete) (1965, Godard)-96=Own it
16. Revanche (2008, Spielmann)-Possible Score-94)
17. Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964, Haskin)-Possible Score-79
18. Samurai Rebellion (1967, Kobayashi)-93
19. Sisters (1973, De Palma)-91, Own it
20. Darjeeling Limited (2007, Anderson)-87=Bought it this sale
21. The Element of Crime (1984, von Trier)-Possible Score-88
22. The Fugitive Kind (1960, Lumet)-Possible Score-85
23. The Naked Prey (1966, Wilde)-91
24. The Night of the Hunter (1955, Laughton)-88
25. The Night Porter (1974, Cavani)-Possible Score-82, bought it now
26. The Ruling Class (1972, Medak)-Possible Score-94
27. The Seventh Seal (1957, Bergman)-100
28. The Spy Who Came In From The Cold (1965, Ritt)-Possible Score-95
29. The Sword of Doom (1966, Okamoto)-93
30. The Wages of Fear (1953, Clouzot)-95
31. Two-Lane Blacktop (1971, Hellman)-92=Bought it this sale
32. Vampyr (1932, Dreyer)-85
33. Videodrome (1983, Cronenberg)-95=Already Own
34. Walkabout (1971, Roeg)-94=Own it
35. Wings of Desire (1987, Wenders)-98=Already Own
36. Youth of the Beast (Yaju No Seishun) (1963, Suzuki)-94
37. Seconds (1966, Frankenheimer)-97=Bought it this sale
38. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943, Powell and Pressburger)-100, Bought it

Let’s All Go To The Movies


Honestly I just wanted an excuse to post one of the funniest, most awesome things I’ve ever witnessed in a movie theater. I’m currently reflecting on why we still go to the movies, and I struggled to come up with 5 reasons. Meanwhile coming up with at least 12, maybe even more, reasons not to go to the movies was rather easy. This is a sad development, because I’ve had some great times going to the cinema, yet perhaps its just a reflection of changing times.

After all video rental stores are going out of business, Blu Ray has practically replaced DVD (sorry old timers VHS is dead-and long live Laser Disc heh) and you can purchase a pretty decent home theater system that won’t bankrupt your budget. Don’t tell me that the mystical and magical “Experience” is why we go to the movies as that’s a rather generic and corny answer.

No, I think we still go largely to avoid spoilers on the Internet. Well that and for the fun of going to a movie in a darkened room with friends or family. Driving to the theater has always felt like an epic journey to me, even though its not that long of a distance and I’ve been there a million times. Yet I can’t help but feel that if I live to be an old man, I’ll tell my two sister’s kids about what it was like to go to the movies before everyone had them plugged into their brains.

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