Re: 1 book, 7 movies, 6 albums
I disagree about Obsession, the first time I saw it I hated it and couldn't understand why anyone would think that it deserved to exist, and consequently I shied away from DePalma's Hitchcockian movies for a long time beca. But when I rewatched it as part of a Hitchcock/DePalma binge I really liked it. But yeah, it's just DePalma playing around with a bunch of motifs he lifted from somebody else. Aside from a couple movies that's his raison d'etre. I think the worst movie of his classic period is Scarface, and it's telling that that's the one where he cares the most about reinventing the story but is his most anonymous movie of the era as a director.
I think On Her Majesty's Secret Service has some good action scenes, but it's otherwise pretty limp. I never bought the "moving" conclusion, the pacing is awful, and Blofeld's plot is dumb in an unappealing way.
I've never seen Hustlers but I rewatched Out of Sight yesterday and realized that it's the only thing I've ever seen J-Lo in. It's polished and entertaining but the level of seriousness is stuck in an ineffectual middle ground that makes everything feel meaningless.