Movie Confessions Blogathon

Sorry if I’m a bit late to the party, everybody. Recently, a great blog entitled Myfilmviews began another blogathon, after a successful first few. I’m not familiar with the idea of a “blogathon”, but I’d assume it’s pretty self-explanatory. Please hit the “read more” key to uncover my movie confessions.

Which classic movie don’t you like/can’t enjoy and why?
There’s a few of them. I understand I got some serious disagreement when I gave a mixed review to Good Will Hunting. I also find the acclaimed musical Grease quite mediocre and a bit annoying. If there is one classic film that I cannot enjoy, though, it’s Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry. I struggled with watching just short of an hour of it when I rented it a year and a half ago, and I couldn’t get any farther. I’d like to know if classics are ever considered at least in part for their ability to entertain.

Which ten classic movies haven’t you seen yet?
1. Pulp Fiction (1994)
2. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
3. Rebel without a Cause (1955)
4. Apocalypse Now (1979)
5. Sixteen Candles (1984)
6. A Fistful of Dollars (1964) / For a Few Dollars More (1965) / The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
7. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
8. GoodFellas (1990)
9. Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
10. Yellow Submarine (1968)

Have you ever sneaked into another movie at the cinema?
If you know me as a personal friend, you’ve probably heard this story at least once or twice (or were involved). I went to see The Lorax in theaters back in March of this year, a day or two after it came out, with two of my good friends friends. After it was over, we had a spur-of-the-moment idea to sneak into another movie. We chose John Carter, which had begun about forty-five minutes to an hour before. We had merely cracked open the door to the theater when all three of us heard a loud, alien-like shriek. We decided against it. So the answer is yes and no. I’ve tried sneaking into a theater, basically.

Which actor/actress do you think is overrated?
I believe Taylor Lautner is overrated. I know you’re all thinking “What!?” because everyone hates him (unless you count “Twi-hards” who determine a good actor by how handsome he is), but even if he earned a Razzie or two every year since his first film, there still would not be as much hate for him as there needs to be. Yes, he’s unique, but only in a sense that it’s impossible to imitate the banal way he struggles to remember his lines and whatnot.

From which big director have you never seen any movie (and why)?
Despite my love for Woody Allen and his consistent expressions of his own love for the director, I have not seen anything from Ingmar Bergman. I guess I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

Which movie do you love, but is generally hated?
I absolutely love Nine and Across the Universe, even though close to nobody likes them. It’s surprising that they are both musicals, a genre I tend to dislike.

Have you ever been “one of those annoying people” at the cinema?
Another Lorax tale. I always get bored when I’m waiting for the movie to come on at the cinema (don’t we all?). I like to know what new movies are coming out, but when I’m always seeing the same trailers, it’s no fun. I went to see The Lorax with two of my good friends, as I said earlier, and as we were the only ones in the crowded cinema who were over the age of ten and did not have anyone under the age of seven with us…I thought I may as well blend in as well as serve as a bit of a “pregame show” by commenting on the trailers during the black screens that separated them. After the Madagascar 3 trailer, I started shouting circus music to the entire theater. After a trailer for a DisneyNature polar bear documentary, I shouted, “But mommy, I love pola bears!” in the voice of a five- or six-year-old. Etc. It was pretty dumb, but it was worth it. At one point, I believe a father turned around and shouted, “Will you be quiet back there?” So many kids around the ages of four to eight were doing the exact same things, which meant I probably wasn’t blending in well if he wasn’t scolding the rest of the theater.

Did you ever watch a movie, which you knew in advance would be bad, just because of a specific actor/actress was in it? Which one and why?
I watched Joyful Noise just the other day only for Queen Latifah, but even after looking back four or five months in the history of my reviews, I can’t think of any other examples.

Did you ever not watch a specific movie because it had subtitles?
That’s insane! A better question would be: “Did you ever not watch a specific movie because it was dubbed?” I can’t stand dubbing. It looks like a movie with uncontrollable lag and foreign actors. And I don’t care if I have to read a lot in a subtitled film. Because it seems so much weirder to watch a version of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon where the Chinese performers speak in perfect English accents, while their mouths move in all kinds of crazy directions. That’s how dubbing is to me, so why should I have a problem with something so comparatively tame as subtitles?

Are there any movies in your collection that you have had for more than five years and never watched?
It was only last year that I started my tradition of buying movies without having seen them. And the oldest unwatched movies in my collection were some of the ones I bought almost exactly a month ago, which include Moulin Rouge! and Philadelphia. So no, there aren’t.

Do you have any confessions about your movie watching setup at home?
I don’t have a home theater, I don’t have Netflix, and I don’t have a Blu-Ray player. I don’t get all tech-y with my movie watching setup at home. The majority of the time, I use the 48″ TV in the den and sit on the couch, which is about ten to fifteen feet away. Either that or I’m in the basement using the 32″ TV and sitting on the couch about the same distance away. Sometimes, I record movies on a DVR and watch them there, but I often rent from Redbox or the local library, or watch movies I own.

Any other confessions you want to make?
Nope. I’ll pose these questions to you, my readers, should you choose to briefly answer them. I’d enjoy hearing your movie confessions!!

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32 thoughts on “Movie Confessions Blogathon

  1. Taylor Lautner and K-Stew really had no business in the acting field, so yeah he’s definitely waaay overrated.

    There are parts of NINE I like, esp. Marion Cotillard singing, love her. But I don’t think it’s a good movie.

    Oh I agree w/ you on the dubbing thing, I absolutely refuse to watch dubbed movies, it’s atrocious! Subtitles doesn’t bother me.

  2. This wasn’t the second blogathon I have started. Already have done various (three different installments of “The Ten” (best actors/actresses/directors) and “Movie Products”.

    I’m not a big fan of Grease either, but one of the kids is. Don’t know how many times she watched it by now. Yesterday we watched The Lorax and she stated she could see that one more than she could Grease.

    Out of those ten classics you mention there are a couple I have not seen, but suggesting which ones to see first I’d say Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas and My Neighbor Totoro.

    Funny story about trying to catch John Carter!

    No shame in not having seen a Bergman movie, I only did last year for the first time.

    Hate dubbing with a passion and will always try to watch something in its original language. This means I also force the kids to watch kids movies in English with Dutch subtitles. It really spoils the movie to me if I know I’m not listening to it the way it was intended.

    • Wow, I did not know you had done that many blogathons, Nostra! I think I remember reading in your post (or maybe it was someone else’s explaining the blogathon) that you were initiating another one after the success of your first one and after winning a Lammie award (congrats, by the way).

      I’ll try to watch My Neighbor Totoro ASAP. I’ve seen Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle, but nothing else from Hayao Miyazaki. As for Pulp Fiction and GoodFellas, there’s a (sad) reason I haven’t see them, and that’s because I can’t. I’m only 14, which has its ups (I have lots of time that I can devote to movies) and its downs (there are many movies I’d love to see but am restricted from). Believe me, I have conversations with my parents 2-4 times a week where I beg them to let me see Pulp Fiction, but from what I’m hearing, the film’s downright explicit in every possible way and the conversations always culminate in “no”. And I strongly believe that if no Pulp Fiction, no GoodFellas. ;(

      Thanks for commenting, Nostra!

      P.S.: I had no clue you’re Dutch! That’s very nice indeed.

      • No problem. Unfortunately I didn’t win the Lammie as I came in a close second. But I was happy being runner up entering the awards for the first time.

        Ah, didn’t know you were 14. Can understand your parents not allowing you to see those movies yet though. My girlfriend’s eldest daughter is 12 and it would be some more years before I’d probably allow her to see that.

        Btw, would you be interested in doing a Moviesite Spotlight? It’s a semi-regular feature I do on other movie blogs. Always like helping other cool sites out in getting more attention. If so let me know where I can send you the questions (after you’ve answered them I will put up the post on my blog).

    • I know, I was so immature when I went to see The Lorax…yet somehow I feel no shame. I blended in with the kids in the theater as well as the movie, so…yah. 🙂

      Across the Universe and Nine were two of many films I bought on DVD before seeing them. I gave both an A, which is four and a half stars out of five. At first when I continued my tradition during my blogging time, I started to fear that I would have some bias on my opinions of the films because I owned them. But actually my opinions turned out more strong. I feel that every critic should feel strongly about the opinions he or she brings from watching each film. 😉

      And no, I actually didn’t go back to see John Carter after that. I think my next adventure to the theaters, following The Lorax, was for The Hunger Games. I’m on the fence as to whether or not I should rent it, because I have heard evenly split positive, middling, and negative reactions. Would you mind sharing your opinion of the film? I’m curious.

  3. I love this blogathon. A lot of bloggers sins are being aired out for all of us to cringe at. You’re classics list of what you haven’t seen is indeed, sinful lol, and I challenge you to do your own blogathon where you watch each of those, once a day.

    Across the Universe is really hated for some reason. Probably because it covers Beatles songs and tells a pretty s##tty story with unlikable characters. But, I still find it beautiful, as the visuals are amazing but it just doesn’t seem necessary.

    Great confessions though and I’m loving all the ones I’m reading. Good job.

    • Thanks for commenting! I’m not quite sure why Across the Universe is so hated either. Maybe it’s just because I’m a Beatles fan (which makes it even more shocking that I have yet to see Yellow Submarine), and I have been since I was four years old, so I just find it instantly beautiful. I gave it an A back when I reviewed it this winter, but I’m sure if the story was less meandering I would have given it an A+. Ditto Nine.

      Thank you also for challenging me to my own marathon in which I watch a film from the list once a day. Unfortunately, it will not work out completely. I’ve been told that it’s hard to tell when looking at my reviews, but I’m only fourteen years old. I’ve been told time and time again that Apocalypse Now is far too violent, just as I’ve begged my parents to let me see Pulp Fiction on countless occasions, but it’s never seemed to go anywhere. Knowing that, I doubt I’ll be able to see GoodFellas, either. :/ The rest I should be able to tackle, though, so thank you. 🙂

  4. I wouldn’t say I absolutely loved “Nine” and “Across the Universe”, but I enjoyed them. I did love Sophia Loren in “Nine”, and I am still trying to figure out if Bono’s rendition of “The Walrus” was meant as a joke or a legitimate attempt to sing that song.

  5. Nice post. I hate when movies are dubbed as well and prefer subtitles. I have to also confess I sometimes talk out loud during really bad movies (when I was watching Troll 2 with a few friends, we riffed the film MST3K-style).

    Apocalypse Now, GoodFellas, and Pulp Fiction are all must-sees and rank among my favorite films and I highly recommend them.

      • It’s even worse. The acting is abysmal, the story is awful, and it looks so fake. Here’s a clip from the movie showing the funniest moment of the film:

        You can find it on Netflix on Instant Streaming.

        • Dear Lord that is stupid! I ordered it from the library to check it out myself. Looks absolutely TERRIBLE! Have you heard the accusations of J.K. Rowling stealing her Harry Potter ideas from the first troll movie?

          • I’ve heard about that, but here’s another laugh: Troll 2 isn’t actually a sequel to Troll at all. It’s not even about Trolls but vegetarian goblins who live in a town called Nilbog (that’s goblin spelled backwards) who turns people into plants so they can eat them.

            • Shoot! I just replied to you via email. Sorry. Wonder how that happened. I was going to say: I wonder how terrible it was intended to be… Doesn’t say the budget on Wikipedia, but I’m curious about that too.

  6. Nicely expanded from your earlier version.

    Shame on you for your Lorax shenanigans though! (I went to see it with someone. She and I were the only two 28 year olds in there without kids.)

    • Lol we had a blast…and I think the little kids were offended that there was someone who had lungs with a larger capacity than them haha. I had no clue you were 28. It’s always fun to know how old blogger friends are. :))

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