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GC Top 10 all-time top renting/top turning DVDs: Guess the next 10
Topic by: underdog
Posted: July 17, 2007 - 10:54 AM PDT
Last Reply: July 26, 2007 - 3:56 PM PDT

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author topic: GC Top 10 all-time top renting/top turning DVDs: Guess the next 10
DLeonard
post #21  on July 22, 2007 - 4:46 PM PDT  
Well, I was gonna guess Osmosis Jones, but then I noticed it was on Request status.
woozy
post #22  on July 22, 2007 - 8:45 PM PDT  
> On July 22, 2007 - 3:30 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
>
> I'm surprised no one guessed The Adventures of Pluto Nash, that's always been one of our big renters.
> ---------------------------------

Uh, is this an example of your post-modern ironic wit, underdog? I can't really tell.

woozy
post #23  on July 23, 2007 - 10:16 AM PDT  
> On July 22, 2007 - 3:30 PM PDT underdog wrote:
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>
> I'll post the answers first thing in the AM (have the full list at the office).

Waiting........

> Sorry I'm late! I almost didn't make it back from camping. And I sort of didn't want to come back from camping. ;-)

I love camping. Where'd you go? (And why'd you go in the workweek but not the weekend? And who'd you go with? And what'd you wear? And how many times di.....*mmmpphphph)


*sigh* Battie, the gin in my freezer was unopened. (When did I buy it and how long had it been in my freezer?) Sheesh, it's really hard and unpleasant to unscrew the top of an unopened 28-degree bottle!

Made a good gin and tonic though. Made a ghastly white russian...
underdog
post #24  on July 23, 2007 - 10:37 AM PDT  
> On July 23, 2007 - 10:16 AM PDT woozy wrote:
> ---------------------------------
>
> I love camping. Where'd you go? (And why'd you go in the workweek but not the weekend? And who'd you go with? And what'd you wear? And how many times di.....*mmmpphphph)
>
Big Basin SP. We backpacked into a few different spots. It was lovely. Went with my stepdad and his friend. We couldn't get reservations on weekends so that's why we had to go during the week. It was totally dead then, though, which was nice. The only people we ran into near one of our sites were two fish scientists/researchers who were scanning the creeks to research salmon spawning grounds. Pretty cool.

No bears around so we couldn't tell whether they do or don't but I'm pretty sure they do. A tree did fall in the woods and we were there to hear it!
underdog
post #25  on July 23, 2007 - 10:39 AM PDT  
> On July 22, 2007 - 8:45 PM PDT woozy wrote:
> > I'm surprised no one guessed The Adventures of Pluto Nash, that's always been one of our big renters.
> > ---------------------------------
>
> Uh, is this an example of your post-modern ironic wit, underdog? I can't really tell.
>
>

Definitely. ;-) (I actually saw that piece of drek in the theater - free but still. Ugh.)

OKAY. Here's the top 30, in order:

City of God
Battle Royale (Special Edition)
American Splendor
Dead Man
Lost in Translation
Dark Days
Eraserhead
Spirited Away
Kill Bill vol.1
Bottle Rocket
Office: First Series
Fog of War
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
21 Grams
Mulholland Dr.
Super Size Me
Motorcycle Diaries
Donnie Darko
Blood Simple
Shaolin Soccer
Secretary
In the Mood for Love (Criterion Collection)
Elephant
Badlands
8 1/2 (Criterion Collection)
Triplets of Belleville
Happiness
Maria Full of Grace
FLCL (Fooly Cooly) Vol. 1
Capturing the Friedmans


Again, these are the films that have checked out the most, not the most queued - although there is a lot of crossover on the two lists, but sometimes people queue films, as you know, that then end up "orphaned." These are the top turning titles. So, let's see... who guessed the most?
woozy
post #26  on July 23, 2007 - 11:15 AM PDT  
Hmm, we did pretty well all in all I think although there were a *lot* of surprises.

That was fun. Thanks.

> On July 23, 2007 - 10:37 AM PDT underdog wrote:
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> > On July 23, 2007 - 10:16 AM PDT woozy wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> >
> > I love camping. Where'd you go? (And why'd you go in the workweek but not the weekend? And who'd you go with? And what'd you wear? And how many times di.....*mmmpphphph)
> >
> Big Basin SP.

Ah, nice! My little sister was a park aide there during the summer of 1983. I remember a weekend when we hiked from the park HQ to the Beach (Waddell Creek-- a 15 mile hike, I can't remember if that was round trip or one way-- it seemed a long hike to me; I really have done very little backpacking so we were bushed) when we came back sweaty hot and hungry we piled into a restaurant with air conditioning so that our sweat froze. Then we realized we only had about five bucks between the two of us (she was in high school and I was in college and we were pretty broke and neither of us had credit cards and we just plain didn't think ahead) so we split a small pasta entre. Then all my money, which was all in coins, fell out of my pocket onto the floor with a loud clatter that everyone in the restaurant heard and they all stared at us. We were really embarrassed.

Was it hot? It's been warm this week.

> No bears around so we couldn't tell whether they do or don't but I'm pretty sure they do.

I just got back from alaska a week ago Saturday. In Denali park we saw seven golden grizzly bears. That was cooler than cool can be! The best were a sow and a very nearly mature cub loping done a mountain in a distinctly ursine lope. Second best was a (probably different but maybe not) mother and pretty old cub sleeping near a river bed a few hundred feet from the bus. The cub placed his/her head on the mother just as cats do. He/she heard us (or something) and looked up, the mother nipped him/her and told him/her to go back to sleep. The third best was a large mail in the bushes thirty feet from the bus lapping up berries and very intent on his work.

Golden Grizzlies have beautiful golden blond fur that makes you just want to run out and hug and snuggle with them. (Although no-one did.) They are pretty darned big with a very impressive muscular hump in their back. The vegitarian berry eating bears in Denali are actually puny (at 500 lbs. and 7 feet tall) compared to their brothers (same species) in the lower altitudes who get more chance to eat a higher protein diet of fish.

I never saw one do, although in the Anchorage Zoo I witnessed that geriatric and arthritic 17-year old tigers do with great difficulty and ultimate satisfaction in fern groves.

underdog
post #27  on July 23, 2007 - 12:12 PM PDT  
Alaska sounds awesome! Saw some more impressive wildlife there than I did in the Sta Cruz Mountains (we saw lots of birds and one raccoon, that was about it). Glad you didn't end up like this guy, too!

Yeah we did the loop - I had to leave a car at Waddell Beach and have them pick me up. Then we drove to the main entrance, and backpacked from there all around, ended up back at the beach. Complicated! But worth it.

woozy
post #28  on July 23, 2007 - 12:55 PM PDT  
> On July 23, 2007 - 12:12 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Alaska sounds awesome! Saw some more impressive wildlife there than I did in the Sta Cruz Mountains

Well, I was incrediably lucky. The tour bus driver says she plays a scoring game about whether a tour is a "grand slam". Most drivers and the rangers define a grand slam as seeing all of the "big 5" wildlife: moose, wolf, Dahl sheep, caribou, and bear. She has a higher standard that for a grand slam the tour needs to also see Mt. McKinley (which is covered with clouds four days out of five in the summer). Sheep are easy and usually seen but on hot days (such as the days when Mt. McKinley is visible) it's not uncommon for *no* animals to be seen. Caribou are usually seen. Bears are common but seeing seven was exceptional. Moose are common in the Park (I had seen a moose and calf the day before on a hike to a lake) but are easy to miss on the tour as they are often in the woods and aren't out in the open during midday. Wolves are almost never seen. Our tour bus driver does about 120 tours a season and averages 6 grand slams a season. Our tour was her second grand slam this year. Of our grand slam our numbers were exceedingly high with 13 Dahl Sheep, 7 Caribou (3 quite close and one far away but with an incrediably *huge* rack), 7 bears, 1 wolf, and one very mundane moose far off in the afternoon. The moose was all we were missing for hours and we were worried it'd keep us from the grand slam as it was getting late and hot. The moose sighting was a so-so sighting but it did give us our "grand slam". The two animals we didn't see were a wolverine (our driver saw one two years ago and that was her only time in eleven years; There was one sighting by another driver this year but on average there is one wolvering sighting every two years) or a lynx (our driver had never sighted one and there was only one sighting she knew of in her eleven years). After we dropped 2/3 of the passengers at the park headquarters and as she was driving the remaining of us to our hotel there was a huge moose with two calves right *on* the road and the park entrance. She, the moose, was in a protective stance challenging the cars and tourists watching will a ranger was telling everyone "70 feet; keep 70 feet from the wildlife at all time". The moose, we were told, was 18 years old and kind of ornary but she keeps popping out the calves. She's been hanging out near the visitors center and has been known to challenge hikers.

Really cool!

'course everyone pays attention to the big animal but we also saw a lazy marmot, a flock of ptarmegan (really cool!), and several dozen snow-shoe hares which, despite being very common, were really something.

In anchorage we saw arctic terns and even arctic tern chicks, which if you are a bird watcher, is a *huge* deal. Of course, if you aren't a bird watcher it's no big deal.


>> Glad you didn't end up like this guy, too!
>

Well, I got nowhere as close and had no interaction. The wierd thing about that guy, to me, was that he declared himself a Jane Goodall of the bears and although a few of the rough and tumble rednecks dismissed him in hindsight as a guy who over anthropomorphized and got what he deserved, for the most part people accepted his role as a Jane Goodall without question. What's weird, to me, is that he had absolutely no training or experience to believe himself to be any such role.

DLeonard
post #29  on July 23, 2007 - 1:46 PM PDT  
Looks like the only 2 titles guessed (besides the two giveaways - Mulholland and Super Size) were Eternal Sunshine and Donnie Darko.

Kill Bill v2 and Little Miss Sunshine were purported to be in there, but seem to be absent.
woozy
post #30  on July 23, 2007 - 2:09 PM PDT  
> On July 23, 2007 - 11:15 AM PDT woozy wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Hmm, we did pretty well all in all I think

> On July 23, 2007 - 1:46 PM PDT DLeonard wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Looks like the only 2 titles guessed (besides the two giveaways - Mulholland and Super Size) were Eternal Sunshine and Donnie Darko.
>


Hmm, we did pretty lousy all in all I think
underdog
post #31  on July 23, 2007 - 2:28 PM PDT  
> On July 23, 2007 - 1:46 PM PDT DLeonard wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Looks like the only 2 titles guessed (besides the two giveaways - Mulholland and Super Size) were Eternal Sunshine and Donnie Darko.
>
> Kill Bill v2 and Little Miss Sunshine were purported to be in there, but seem to be absent.
> ---------------------------------

Hmm, you're right - well, they are on "the list," just not in the top 30 that I posted. Kill Bill 2 is #60 on the list.

Little Miss Sunshine ranked #120 as it turned out. Although if we looked at it just from rentals over this past year, it would undoubtedly rank much, much higher. It's been a top ten renter for 6+ months. Obviously, more recent releases are punished a bit in as much as they haven't had as much time to "turn." But some will move up, no doubt, for the next list.

Just for fun, here are the next 20 on the list:
Grey Gardens (Criterion Collection)
Croupier
Bowling for Columbine
Hero
Audition
Y Tu Mama Tambien
Salesman (Criterion Collection)
Corporation
Good Night, And Good Luck.
Station Agent
All the Real Girls
Chinatown
Behind the Green Door
Brazil (Criterion Collection)
Amélie
Castle in the Sky
Rushmore (Criterion Collection)
Fruits Basket vol.1: A Great Transformation?
Thirteen
Baise Moi
underdog
post #32  on July 23, 2007 - 2:30 PM PDT  
Oops, I meant to take the adult title off - we weren't playing with adult titles mixed in. How'd Behind the Green Door get in there?? ;-) Replace it with
Visitor Q
Seven Samurai (Criterion Collection)
(tied for the next spot)
DLeonard
post #33  on July 23, 2007 - 5:43 PM PDT  
ooops, that should have read...
Kill Bill v1 is in the top 10 rented titles, but Kill Bill v2 doesn't even crack the top 50???!!

Makes me wonder who is watching volume 1 and not bothering to watch volume 2? And why?

Or is there a run on volume 1 every October when folks are putting Halloween costumes together?
underdog
post #34  on July 23, 2007 - 6:40 PM PDT  
> On July 23, 2007 - 5:43 PM PDT DLeonard wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> ooops, that should have read...
> Kill Bill v1 is in the top 10 rented titles, but Kill Bill v2 doesn't even crack the top 50???!!
>
> Makes me wonder who is watching volume 1 and not bothering to watch volume 2? And why?
>
> Or is there a run on volume 1 every October when folks are putting Halloween costumes together?
> ---------------------------------

I know, I was sort of shocked, too. I hope people realize that Part 2 is superior to Part 1 in every way (though I, of course, recommend watching both together).

Battie
post #35  on July 23, 2007 - 7:43 PM PDT  
> On July 22, 2007 - 1:02 PM PDT woozy wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Whoa! I just realized I *don't* have any of my usual vodka in my freezer! Did you take it! Give it back! I love vodka. I had to improvise a white russian with rum and kalua and milk. Not bad if you use enough ice. Gad, I'm just glad I wasn't desperate enough to try a white russian with gin.
>

Too late. All gone! (Not really, but I'm keeping it all the same, rotfl.)

>
> My number is 42 by 20 by 17 and my legs are 2 1/2 by 2 1/2 by 11. Last time I broke my phone I had to have it in a cast for five point two six seven weeks. It still hurts during solar eclipses.
> ---------------------------------

I merely thought you'd be amused by a drunken Battie. Everyone else I know seems to be. Bastards.
Battie
post #36  on July 23, 2007 - 7:52 PM PDT  
> On July 23, 2007 - 2:30 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Oops, I meant to take the adult title off - we weren't playing with adult titles mixed in. How'd Behind the Green Door get in there?? ;-) Replace it with
> Visitor Q
> Seven Samurai (Criterion Collection)
> (tied for the next spot)
> ---------------------------------

._. At least I almost got one. ;_;

No more guessing games for me!
NLee
post #37  on July 24, 2007 - 10:25 AM PDT  
> On July 23, 2007 - 10:39 AM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> OKAY. Here's the top 30, in order:
>
> City of God
> Battle Royale (Special Edition)
> American Splendor
> Dead Man
> Lost in Translation
> Dark Days
> Eraserhead
> Spirited Away
> Kill Bill vol.1
> Bottle Rocket
> Office: First Series
> Fog of War
> Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
> 21 Grams
> Mulholland Dr.
> Super Size Me
> Motorcycle Diaries
> Donnie Darko
> Blood Simple
> Shaolin Soccer
> Secretary
> In the Mood for Love (Criterion Collection)
> Elephant
> Badlands
> 8 1/2 (Criterion Collection)
> Triplets of Belleville
> Happiness
> Maria Full of Grace
> FLCL (Fooly Cooly) Vol. 1
> Capturing the Friedmans
> ---------------------------------

This proves that the majority of GC members are indeed... how should we put it kindly... wierdos! I'm proud to say that I did not rent any of the Top-30 titles from GC. The only titles from above that I have watched/bought are 'Spirited Away', 'In the mood for love' and 'Sholin Soccer'.

Now, if underdog has the courage to publish the list for "Top-30 Most Rented Hentai DVDs", then it will be a completely different story...
CarmenSF
post #38  on July 24, 2007 - 5:54 PM PDT  
Wow ... of the top 30 films, I've either rented or have queued 20 movies. And having seen Visitor Q, I'd say Behind the Green Door was probably more wholesome! I wonder what other DVD-mailing-services' top 30 lists would look like?
woozy
post #39  on July 24, 2007 - 7:29 PM PDT  
Of the top 30 I've:

Seen at theatres: 4
Rented on DVD: 12
Own on DVD: 1
Seen in theater and DVD: 1
==========
Seen: 18
Are on my list to see: 5
Don't feel I need to see: 2
Not sure I've heard of but kinda want to see now: 4
Not sure I've heard of but that's okay 'cause I have a hunch it's anime: 1

Seen more than once: 3
Are on my list to see a second time: 5
Are on my list to see a third or more time: 3

Really liked a lot: 12
Neutral: 4
Disappointed in: 2


Gad! I feel like such a crowd follower.
underdog
post #40  on July 25, 2007 - 11:15 AM PDT  
> On July 24, 2007 - 10:25 AM PDT NLee wrote:
> ---------------------------------

> Now, if underdog has the courage to publish the list for "Top-30 Most Rented Hentai DVDs", then it will be a completely different story...
>
> ---------------------------------

I don't know how "courageous" this is, but I've only got the first few top Hentai titles handy. I can try to look up the others later if you're really curious. But the top 4 all time:

Masquerade
Teacher's Pet
Bible Black
9 O'Clock Woman

You're missing some fine films in that top 30 list, NLee, but to each their own!
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