Monday, October 23, 2006

And you know you've seen it all

For no good reason, I've considered myself well versed in movies. This from a person who rarely sees more than 1/5 of the Oscar contenders and finally saw a Jean Renoir movie this year. I think my reasoning is based on a belief that I have seen every movie that is worth seeing. Poppycock, sheer rot, of course, but the truth is, it's hard to find a good movie if you don't know to look for it.

So I was pleasantly surprised by Movie Lust. The book is designed to be consulted at whim. You flip around and you will find something of interest. The book is ordered around themed lists, like Horse Sense (obvs) and Fathers and Sons (also obvs,) but with more odder selections like decent remakes, and starter anime (although she includes the Overfiend movies, which are best seen by no one. CREEPY) The downside is that a lot of the more obscure stuff is only on VHS.

Here's something odd. I am all too willing to slog through a middling scifi or mystery novel in hopes of unearthing a gem. This can takes days of priceless reading time. With movies, if I am not hooked in the first 15 or so minutes, that sucker is done. Very strange.


Brack said...

Music Lust by Nic Harcourt - thank you, T - is also worth a look. It does have a whiff of "back in MY day" about it, but I guess I do too, now that I'm officially in my mid-thirties.

Tripp said...

For whatever reason, music seems more generational than movies or books.