As you know, I rented a batch of movies last Tuesday, as is my habit. With one thing and another, I hadn't gotten around to watching any of them until last night, when my lovely wife and I sat down and watched Local Hero, a charming comedy about a Houston oil man (Peter Rieger, who played Boon in Animal House--I knew that dude looked familiar!) dispatched to a Scottish village to buy up property for an oil refinery. (Speaking of "That dude looked familiar": The local inkeeper/negotiator is played by Denis Lawson, none other than Wedge from the Star Wars trilogy!)
Anyway, when that was done, Crystal went upstairs to sleep and I hung out to watch Episode 5 of Record of Lodoss War. I'd run out of subtitled versions of that anime at the local video store, so I had to get the dubbed version to continue the story (which I've found fairly engrossing). It was wierd watching the dubbed epsiodes after becoming familiar with how the characters talked in the subbed version. It was also different because not having to read the subtitles allowed for a lesser level of concentration on the screen. Frankly, that was good, because it was about 11:30 by the time I was done and my eyelids were starting to droop. I've had to re-watch tapes I'd taken in late at night because I realized that I'd nodded off from time to time and had little notion of what had transpired. I'm really enjoying Record of Lodoss War; now that I've watched Episode 5, I hope to rent the final tape in the series (dubbed, of course) when I do my video pilgrimage tonight. I'll renew four of the six tapes I picked up last week, so that'll be one of only two new ones.