this morning's xkcd ("a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math and language") featured impressive and mostly accurate comparative character-interaction timelines for five movies -- the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the original Star Wars trilogy, Jurassic Park, Twelve Angry Men, and Primer. i recommend clicking on this link to the post, then click again on the image to enlarge it for best legiblitiy.
in passing, i recently watched a russian adaptation of Twelve Angry Men, called simply 12. it was uniformly excellent, perhaps even more compelling and nuanced than the original 1957 film with henry fonda. thank the gods for netflix, since most of the decent films that come out each year do not make it to missoula. rather, the local theaters opt for the lowest common denominator, high box office draw over quality, thought-provoking film. so i watch the best movies at home. oh well, my cats appreciate the culture.