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!!