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Movie Meme

Posted Nov 21 2008 4:46pm

I posted this over on The Cinema Firmament, the blog my sister and I keep trying to post to but often get busy and don't. I thought I'd try to reinvigorate that too, but I also want you to respond to this too, my gentle readers. I won't tag you, but please do this, it's fun.


Name your (current) top 5 movies of all time.


So hard to whittle down to five... But, here goes: Singin' in the Rain, Apocalypse Now, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Sunset Blvd., Underground

What is your favorite movie line ever?

I like smiling, smiling's my favorite.

Who is your favorite movie character?

Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany's

What movie do you love that most people hate?

Well, how about Dancer in the Dark? I don't think people hate that movie so much as they have no idea it exists, and should they have an idea that it exists, they then only know that it is the musical with Bjork in it. That movie SLAYED me. And in general, I kind of worship Bjork.

What movie do you hate that most people love?

Crash. Hated it.

What is the last movie you saw in the theatre?

Spiderman 3. Rockin good time.

What was the last movie you watched on DVD or via Video OnDemand?

Volver. It was okay. Penelope Cruz is hot.

Can you remember what the first DVD that you purchased was? What was it?

I think it was Boogie Nights. I didn't even own a DVD player, but found it in a $5 bin, and couldn't deny it.

(For us old fogies ... ) Can you remember the first VHS movie you purchased? What was it?

Technically, I remember buying a "buns of steel" tape early on in high school, so I'm thinking that was my first purchase of VHS, but as far as movie goes, I have never really owned many and most that I have are kid movie hand-me-downs. We were big on the renting, our family. I too, remember buying It's a Wonderful Life. But my parents did that buying, not me. I do own the VHS of Underground, one of my top 5 up there, so I'm guessing that might be the first (and possibly only) MOVIE I purchased on VHS.

What movie have you seen that you never want to see again?

United 93. And not because I didn't like it. I did. I really did. And not because it was overly disturbing. I'm really glad it was made. It was visceral and real and heartbreaking and I felt like I needed to see it, to live that anxiety again. But from now on, I want film makers and story tellers to bring us something less literal that can tell us about 9/11. Like, if Alien and Aliens were an artistic response to a cultural consciousness that arose from cancer awareness and AIDS, I want to see a figurative response to our reactions to terrorism and the cultural diseases that cause it. You know what I mean?

What is your least favorite movie ever?

Crash.

What song or soundtrack would you choose as your life's theme?

Blur has this song, The Universal, which is really cinematic, I think. I also think the refrain, "It really really really could happen" is fitting for my life, should it ever be a movie. Boring movie, however. If you follow that link, I can't believe how NOT hot Damon Albarn looks in that video. He's one of those incredibly gorgeous human beings.

Which actor or actress would you like to look like?

That's easy. Audrey Hepburn. If I got to inhabit the body of a man, that would have to be George Clooney, because who wouldn't want to be George Clooney for a day?

What classic movie are you embarassed to admit you've never seen?

The Maltese Falcon. I've had it at home for months at a time from Netflix, and never watched. I've returned it twice, unseen. It is now back on my queue. Someday I will watch it. I love Bogey, I love Noir, I can't explain why I've not watched it.

What is your favorite movie genre?

Good movies. I truly believe in assessing each movie on its own merits. I think WAY too much about movies, just like I think too much about everything, but I think when watching a movie, does this film accomplish its aim? Does it do what it sets out to do? I like all sorts of movies, as you can see from my top 5 today, I have a musical, a war movie/reinterpretation of a classic novel, a fantastical children's movie, a classic comedy/satire, and an epic foreign film. I love them all, because they are well done.

What is your least-favorite movie genre?

See above. Bad movies.

Is there an actor/actress/director whose movies you refuse to see?

The guy who plays Ernest as in "Ernest Goes to Camp" and such. I suppose.

What is your favorite movie concession stand snack?

Junior Mints and Sprite. Has to be the minty-citrus combo.

Front row, back row, center seats, aisle seats - where do you prefer to sit in a theater?

I like the front row of stadium seating where there is a bar directly in front where you can put your feet up. I really like seeing movies on opening weekends in full theatres with a bunch of other movie geeks, so I kind of like when I show up and the theatre is all full and you sit where you can because you are with your filmgoing geekitudes.

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