I’ve taken advantage of the various DVD sales that are on at the moment. Top of the list is the three-disc, digitally remastered Wizard of Oz (a criminally cheap [six quid at HMV->http://www.hmv.co.uk/hmvweb/displayProductDetails.do?ctx=285;5;-1;-1&sku=430361], also [showing in certain cinemas->http://www.bfi.org.uk/incinemas/releases/films/wizardofoz/]). But I’ve also spent all my Christmas money on the 2 disc 30th anniversary edition of [Jaws->http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073195/], some [Studio Ghibli->http://www.onlineghibli.com/] films (Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbour Totoro and The Cat Returns) and several Powell and Pressburger movies that I only had on video (including the restored [Black Narcissus->http://www.screenonline.org.uk/film/id/438337/] which is a wonderful film despite the ridiculous shorts that David Farrar had to wear).
All of which is in celebration of the ridiculously huge flatscreen TV we just bought. (Well, it looked much smaller in the shop.)
As if that weren’t enough, yesterday we went to see [Flushed Away->http://www.flushedaway.com/], which I really recommend – tons of very silly, very witty British humour. (Clement and LaFrenais get writing credits for those of you who know your British sit-coms).
And I finally, got around to seeing [Memento->http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0209144/], which is one of the most astonishing thrillers I’ve ever seen. It’s a modern-day Jacobean Revenge Tragedy, seen through the eyes of a man whose mental condition means that he has no short-term memory. The whole thing is told backwards and, as each piece of the jogsaw is revealed, you have to shift your entire perspective. It’s a wonderfully constructed movie, but you really have to work at it to piece it all together.