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Monday, July 25, 2005

Diane's Movie Quest

The bet is on... can Diane possibly watch 30 feature length movies between August 19th and September 5th? Walaka and I have a gentlemen's bet on this one. Personally, I do not believe anyone could watch that many films without losing their mind... but we'll see. Bragging rights in the blogosphere go to the winner.
Here's the problem... Diane needs to actually find 30 movies! She's exhausted the public library system (which might get her 4-5 films... apparently the good ones have 300+ holds on them!) She is entertaining the idea of trying to get a 2 week freebie subscription to Netflix, but that will only net her about 10 given the turnaround between shippings and the "3 at a time" rule. She can't afford to actually go rent films at Lackluster Video. So... does anyone want to loan Diane movies for the cause? I'm offering up my small collection of DVDs (she doesn't have a VCR so it's DVDs only!) Also, does anyone know of a place that might offer $.99 rentals on Tuesday or something? If she could find a deal like that, or enough of us are able to loan her some films, she could at least find the 30 DVDs required to attempt her feat. We're also counting any films seen in theaters, so be sure to invite Diane out to movies at the Crest that fortnight. I don't think she can do it, but I'd love to see her go all glassy-eyed and feral in the attempt. Leave your offers on the comments page so Diane can check it, and the rest of us can know what's on the table already.

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9 Comments:

At 7/25/2005 05:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Personally, I do not believe anyone could watch that many films without losing their mind... but we'll see."

I say we expand the Movie Quest to include adult movies. I'll watch 30 in one DAY. You don't want to challenge this. You aren't READY to challenge this.

Soapy

 
At 7/25/2005 06:11:00 PM, Blogger diane said...

BTW, if anyone wants to come over and watch any of these films with me, you are welcome. Just give a call.

 
At 7/25/2005 10:35:00 PM, Blogger diane said...

Many thanks to Wheylona who passed on the tip that Long's Drug Store in Northgate rents DVDs for 99 cents, the only drawback being they are due back in 24 hours, necessitating a quick return to scenic Northgate (ugh). The upside is I can return them on my bicycle and gain the benefit of sunshine and exercise.

Anyone else know of cheap rents closer in to Capitol Hill?

 
At 7/26/2005 03:31:00 PM, Anonymous Andres said...

I can hereby offer the following flicks to the cause. Some are mine. Some are my roomies. I will not distinguish owners so I properly deflect hecking of my purchasing choices :-)

Spaceballs!
The Matrix
Matrix Revolutions
Matrix Reloaded
The Return of the King
The Two Towers
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Love Actually
School of Rock
I Bleed Black

I also a fully functional vintage VCR I can loan out for Diane's quest if you wants to borrow it. It is vintage 1984 technology. Works great (but you can only watch Channel 2 to 13 on it which is why I got a new one).

-Andres

 
At 7/26/2005 07:56:00 PM, Blogger diane said...

Thank you dear Andres. You (or your roommate) own four flix I have not yet seen. I will make contact re P/U!
I actually do own a VCR (vintage 1990)which works well but currently lives in a closet underneath my laundry basket, awaiting donation to Value Village or some such fate. VHS resolution and operation just can't hold a candle to DVD, so I have mentally chucked it. But thanks for the offer.

 
At 7/27/2005 11:02:00 AM, Anonymous Jimbo said...

Diane:

I'll gladly donate DVD's to the cause. However, a word of advice: Stick to short films--try to avoid the 3 hour flicks--and pace yourself, or you will come away with a deep hatred of cinema.

I can provide an XL spreadsheet of films I have.

You have my e-mail.

 
At 7/27/2005 01:41:00 PM, Blogger Ned said...

Good luck, Di! Have fun. This sounds like a dream vacation to me. And at only two a day, that leaves you with lots of extra time for thai food and soy milk latte sipping, along with bike riding and thrift shopping, all things I miss about Seattle. Oh wait, I'm not doing this, you are! Suerte!

 
At 8/03/2005 07:23:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess good books are out of the question.

 
At 8/05/2005 12:05:00 AM, Blogger diane said...

Good books have never been out of the question or the equation. I've not given up other-than-technical reading since school began, although I did have to forgo my Book Club meetings as they were all scheduled on the Sundays I had class or league softball games. The reading of good books never stops.

Always a fan of short stories (which now happily fit into my abbreviated free-time schedule), I can recommend "Living to Be 100" by Robert Boswell (a favorite I keep re-reading), "The Lemon Table" by Julian Barnes, and currently "The Red Carpet: Bangalore Stories" by Lavanya Sankaran.

The point of my movie quest was to finally have the time to catch up on missed cinema. It's all about adding the good when you can.

 

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