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Neil LaBute, director and playwright, talks with Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan about film criticism at the Hammer Museum tonight, 7 p.m.

Last book I bought:
“Post Secret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives,” Frank Warren

Book I’m reading:
“Someone Like You,” Roald Dahl

Total number of books I own:
Hundreds and hundreds, spread out over several states and in a constant state of disarray

Five books that mean a lot to me:
“Betrayal,” Harold Pinter
“Sexual Perversity in Chicago,” David Mamet
“Desperate People,” Paula Fox
“The Good Soldier,” Ford Maddox Ford
“Medea,” Euripides

Last film I saw:
“La Moustache” directed by Emmaunuel Carrere

Last DVD I bought:
“Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?” directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Total number of films I own:
Hundreds and hundreds, spread out over several states and in a constant state of absolute order

Five films that mean a lot to me:
“Scenes from a Marriage,” directed by Ingmar Bergman
“Claire’s Knee,” directed by Eric Rohmer
“Carnal Knowledge,” directed by Mike Nichols
“Manhattan,” directed by Woody Allen
“The Apartment,” directed by Billy Wilder

Stereo or iPod:
iPod

Last CD or song I bought:
“McCartney,” Paul McCartney (1st solo record)

Song currently playing:
“Steady as She Goes,” the Raconteurs

Five songs that mean a lot to me:
“Glad to be Unhappy,” Frank Sinatra
“I Want You,” Elvis Costello
“Tomorrow Never Knows,” the Beatles
“Shatter,” Liz Phair
“Your Dirty Answer,” Kristin Hersh

Favorite wine:
Boone’s Farm — any flavor (I don’t drink, but I love the name)

Favorite charity:
Those cans at 7-11 for cats and dogs (animals are people, too)

Favorite vacation:
Any walking city (London, Paris and Rome, in particular)

Favorite vice:
McDonald’s dollar menu (chief among a slew of other vices)

Five people who I’d like to see answer this survey:
Werner Herzog (great filmmaker and a fascinating man); Oprah Winfrey (I feel like I don’t really know her yet); Sirhan Sirhan (because he has the time on his hands); Emmanuelle Devos (stunning to watch onscreen, curious about in real life); Christo (I’d actually like to see him wrap this survey in thick plastic)

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