Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Of all the films nominated for Academy Awards, I have only seen two (Mystic River and The Last Samurai)! It's a new low, I think. (I just looked at a list of last year's nominees, and there are definitely more films on this year's list that I want to see.) Good news, though: Whale Rider is playing now (better go see it in case it only lasts a week), and Cold Mountain and Lost in Translation are both coming soon. I'll catch up with the rest of the world eventually.

I was thinking about movies last night and trying to come up with my favourites. Here's a partial list of movies that I'll happily watch at any given time: Adaptation (2002), American History X (1998), Annie Hall (1977), Basquiat (1996), Boys Don't Cry (1999), Bringing Up Baby (1938), Cop Land (1997), Do the Right Thing (1989), Double Happiness (1995), Fargo (1996), Flatliners (1990), Good Will Hunting (1997), Grease (1978), Heavenly Creatures (1994), High Fidelity (2000), It's a Wonderful Life (1946), Life is Sweet (1990), Little Voice (1998), Manhattan (1979), Moonstruck (1987), Muriel's Wedding (1995), My American Cousin (1986), The Paper Chase (1973), The Red Violin (1998), Rock Star (2001), Say Anything... (1989), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Singles (1992), The Sixth Sense (1999), The Sound of Music (1965), The Sweet Hereafter (1997), To Sir, with Love (1967), Touch of Evil (1958), and When Harry Met Sally (1989).

And look what I just found! Karmavore: Enlightening films for women. (Men, you can watch them, too, but you'll have to keep it to yourself, OK? Shh.) I'm wondering if the women who run this site are Canadian, or just watch a lot of movies, because they include such Canuckistani gems as Kissed (1998), New Waterford Girl (2000), and even one of my all-time favourite documentaries, Talk 16 (1992).

Don't you just love movies? I think I'll set up a page with all these titles and add more as I think of them. I don't know about you, but I can never think of the films I want to see when I'm at the video store (or books at the bookstore, or records at the record store...). I forget how much I enjoy watching good movies more than once.

In the Hours of Fun at the Office department, check out the Oracle of Bacon. I couldn't stump this thing, but I'm quite amused by the Orson Welles / Kevin Bacon connection: "Orson Welles was in The Muppet Movie with Steve Martin. Steve Martin was in Novocaine with Kevin Bacon." Where's the dignity in that for dear old Mr. Welles?

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