I just got done watching ‘Angels in America.’ A TV mini-series/movie starring Al Pacino, Emma Thompson, Myril Steep and a few others. I rented the two DVD set the other day which in effect are two very long films. Very long and very intense films.

The review on Amazon says; “God has abandoned Heaven. It’s 1985: the Reagans are in the White House and Death swings the scythe of AIDS. In Manhattan, Prior Walton tells Lou, his lover of four years, he’s ill; Lou bolts. As disease and loneliness ravage Prior, guilt invades Lou. Joe Pitt, an attorney who is Mormon and Republican, is pushed by right-wing fixer Roy Cohn toward a job at the Justice Department. Both Pitt and Cohn are in the closet: Pitt out of shame and religious turmoil, Cohn to preserve his power and access. Pitt’s wife Harper is strung out on Valium, aching to escape a sexless marriage. An angel invites Prior to be a prophet in death. Pitt’s mother and Belize, a close friend, help Prior choose.”

My friend Karen would claim this as yet more evidence that I love depressing movies (and TV). She says that because I am usually so ‘happy-go-lucky’ I watch films and TV with overly depressing or deep under currents in order to inject some kind of sadness into my life to get emotional balance. She pointed out to me once that all of my favorite films have similar hallmarks. Those are (in no particular order) music by Thomas Newman, death/loss, and a narration. She even pointed out that my favorite TV series (Six Feet Under) has two of those traits.

Angels in America was an odd movie/series. It was edgy and quite thought provoking. It won’t rate as one of my favorites, but I certainly enjoyed it. Of all my DVD’s there are few ‘brain in nuteral’ movies, and those that do fit into that catagory are most likely gifts bought on various birthdays and Christmas’s. Just glancing at the collection I wonder what picture someone might get of me. They are:

American Beauty
The Shawshank Redemption
Cast Away
Road to Perdition
The Life of David Gale
The Italian Job (original from the 60’s)
Finding Forrester
High Fidelity
Meet Joe Black
Indecent Proposal
Basic Instinct
Training Day
Lost in Translation
Donnie Darko
Last Orders
Before Sunrise
Before Sunset
Good Will Hunting
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
American History X
Waking Life
The Thomas Crown Affair
21 Grams
Mystic River
When Harry Met Sally
Vanilla Sky
Oceans Eleven
Enemy of the State
The Sixth Sense
Twelve Monkeys
Midnight Cowboy
On Golden Pond
The Matrix
Contact Eyes Wide Shut
A Perfect Murder
Wild Things
The Beach
The Legend of Bagger Vance
The Village
Forest Gump
Catch me if you can

Okay, there are some wild cards in there of course. Like ‘Wild Things’ for one. But a few of those were dirt cheap ex rental copies. I watched Wild Things the other day and wondered why did I buy this? In fact, looking at the list there I think I need to box a few of them up and either take them to the charity shop down the road or try to flog them on eBay. But actually the eBay idea is a waste of time. Like I’m going to go to that effort just for a few quid (slang word for Pounds, as in UK currency).