Wanna Trade Movies?

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My husband and I have what I think is an impressive movie collection. It’s not the biggest collection, but the contents are a decent reflection of the odd things we like to watch.

I tried to get movies that I would watch again with a friend if I ever found out that he/she/they/ze hasn’t (gasp!) seen it yet, and ideally that I would also watch whenever the mood hit me while having dinner or cleaning the house or doing crafts, much in the way that people will listen to their favourite albums.

Sometimes I’m spot-on about my movie shelf needs, sometimes not so much. Every movie lover is different, however. Let me know if you want to make some trades. Adam, feel free to veto any of these.

This should be on my shelf:

The Grand Budapest Hotel: I saw this in theatres and cheered it on during the Oscars. I’ve seen it a couple of times since then on Netflix. It’s got the kind of grownup goofiness and heartstring pulling (without being soppy) that I love.

What I would trade for it:

Get Low: This is a good movie. It’s also a grownup heartstring pulling comedy, but it doesn’t bounce around in my head. If Wes Anderson were involved, it probably would. Maybe it will with you.

This should be on my shelf:

Stoker: This is one messed up movie but in a thoroughly entertaining way. I could watch Mia Wasikowska’s performances all day, and her restrained transformation in this one is breathtaking. Speaking of which, piano duets have never been more sexy or disturbing. Also, the music is great.

What I would trade for it:

I Sell The Dead: I’ve tried to pair potential trades by theme or mood, but the only thing this one has in common with Stoker is that they both involve grave digging. It’s a dark comedy with Dominic Monaghan and Ron Perlman. During the 19th century, after years of selling corpses to people studying anatomy, a young man figures out that he can make way more money off the undead. Adorable mayhem ensues. I’ve only watched it once since buying it, though.

This should be on my shelf:

Dead Poets Society: Some say it’s manipulative and shortsighted, and that’s probably fair, but it shatters your soul in a way that can bring you back to it again and again. It’s a coming-of-age story about a high school English class with an inspiring teacher and a tragic clash between dreams and youthful impatience, plus all of that solidarity “Oh Captain my Captain” stuff. I’ve been wanting to rewatch it for a while. PS: it would still be soul-shattering even if Robin Williams didn’t eventually die the way he did. Let’s keep performer and role as separate as we can in this case.

What I would trade for it:

Agora: Rachel Weisz is phenomenal as Hypatia, the fourth century math teacher and philosopher who comes to a tragic end. It’s an important true story. It touches on social and political issues that still affect us to this day. It’s beautifully shot. There are some great scenes. You might find this one cathartic. I thought it would for me, but it doesn’t.

This should be on my shelf:

Bound: A noir heist lesbian romance thriller. I’ve seen it a few times. The dialogue and visuals are on-the-nose in a self-aware way that also make it funny on top of everything else. The heroines are clever. The gangsters are delightfully evil. It’s not subtle. I hope the Wachowski Siblings never try to make a subtle movie.

What I would trade for it:

Room In Rome: Alba and Natasha have a one night stand in a hotel in Rome. It’s supposed to be about identity and lies and whatever, and if a truly fantastic screenwriter had written it, then it would have been special. The monologues, however, are not the appeal of this movie. Let’s just say that I’d recommend it to those who are paranoid about their internet browser history, and that the filmmakers didn’t need a wardrobe category in the budget.

This should be on my shelf:

Chicken Run: Aardman Animation’s prison escape adventure about chickens on a chicken farm. I used to have it on VHS. I miss it.

What I would trade for it:

The Trotsky: I really wanted this one to my one of my go-to movies. It’s Canadian, and it’s funny. Like Chicken Run, there’s a “damn the man” teamwork vibe. It even reminds me of those Gordon Korman books I loved as a kid… but it rarely comes to mind. There are so many things going for it, though. Watch it at some point.

That’s all I have to say for now on the subject of our movie shelf. I have nothing witty to add. Let me know if there are any trades you want to make, or if you have any ideas for a last sentence that is significantly less mundane.


2 thoughts on “Wanna Trade Movies?

    Tom said:
    November 5, 2015 at 12:39 am

    I Iive on the other side of the Atlantic, so I guess a trade of dvd’s has logistical problems. Anyhow, I was interested that you had ‘Stoker’ on your shelf. I stayed up late the other night to watch it on Channel 4 and was instantly hooked. I even read over the film synopsis, who directed it etc. just to get a sense of the influences. I was intrigued that there are many nods to Hitchcock in the story. I thought Mia Wasikowska’s character was brilliantly portrayed too – she also has more than a passing resemblance to Kari Jahnsen, the Nordic singer who fronts an outfit called Farao (you might like to check her out – her music is hauntingly captivating.)
    Anyway, thanks for sharing – always a blast to get your posts.

      Erin Sneath responded:
      November 6, 2015 at 11:55 am

      I unfortunately don’t have Stoker on my shelves. That’s one of the ones I would trade for.
      Huh, you’re right, she does look a bit like Kari Jahnsen.

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