Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Liebster Award

Sofia of FilmFlare, Mettel Ray of MR Movie Blog,  Trevor of Northwest Movies, and Jay of Life vs. Film have all been kind enough to pass the Liebster Award my way.  It's one part compliment and one part writing exercise, a sort of Q&A blogging chain letter (without the dire consequences).

The rules are that I'm supposed to tell you 11 things about myself, answer 11 assigned questions, tag 11 bloggers of note, and give them another 11 questions.  Since I've got 4 sets of questions, though, I'm going to cheat a bit, cut out my own facts, mix up the questions, grab about 5 from each and just run with this.  The other problem? I really put this off and it seems that most of the other blogs I follow have either already gone through the process or been nominated to do so.  So, instead, I'll be cutting down the number from 11 and inviting anyone and everyone to answer whatever questions strike their fancy in the comments below.





WHAT MOVIE MADE YOU LOVE MOVIES?  While every kid has movies that they love and obsess over growing up, the one that made me stop and actually consider film outside of entertainment was Princess Mononoke.  That one opened up a world of cinema for me.  While I'd seen handfuls of foreign films earlier than that, something clicked with this one. It's like I woke up and realized movies could actually be art.  The next year Moulin Rouge!, Amelie, and Royal Tenenbaums came along and I flipped my shit for good.

SUPERMAN OR BATMAN?  I don't have a problem with Superman, but he's just so tiresome with his goody goody two shoes shtick. I've been a Batman kid since early on.  Between the animated series, the Adam West movie, a whole lot of Happy Meal toys, and trying SO SO HARD to get my parents to let me be Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman when I was like 6 or 7 (um, yeah, cause that would be appropriate), my childhood was Batman oriented.  Really, though, it's the villains.  I love the villains.


WHAT ARE YOU INTERESTED IN OUTSIDE OF FILM? The usual, I suppose. Music, literature (fiction), various fine arts, graphic design, fashion, eating, television, the places where those things intersect (theoretically. not in a Pinterest way).     

DOES GOSSIP EFFECT YOUR OPINION ABOUT CELEBRITIES?  Admittedly, I'll use tabloid gossip to back up my case for flat out not liking someone to an adamant defender.  I'm also deeply fascinated with the web of improper grammar woven by Enty in the blind items on 'Crazy Days and Nights'.  So...yes and no. Basically, if you make a great piece of art, there are things that can be allowed.  If you're a terrible actor and also a well-documented terrible person...I may have an opinion.

LAST MOVIE YOU REGRET WATCHING:  American Reunion.  It was late. I was bored.  It was as bad as the other one I'd actually seen (the first).

ACTRESS WHOSE WARDROBE YOU'D STEAL?  Does it count if I say I'd like to just rob the Gossip Girl wardrobes of all the ladies on that show?  I wish I were kidding.  Otherwise: I'm typically a fan of Kristen Stewart and Rooney Mara's photographed looks.  I don't pay too much attention to tabloid candids, but their red carpet looks are usually right up my style alley.

MUSICALS: YAY OR NAY?  A definite, enthusiastic 'yay' for me. While a bad musical is usually a terrible one, I'm not sure why so many are so adamantly opposed to a genre that opens up unlimited possibilities for the cinematic medium (and for the performers involved).  Cabaret? Moulin Rouge!? Rocky Horror? Hedwig and the Angry Inch?  The Sound of Music? 42nd Street?  The Wizard of Oz? Singin' in the Rain? I mean...come on.

WHOSE LIFE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE DEPICTED IN A FILM?   David Bowie.  The authorized version.  The version where they can actually use his music.

FAVORITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATION? I can actually think of about five right off the top of my head that I really really adore.  Keeping it simple?  Sally Potter's take on Virginia Woolf's Orlando. Possibly followed by Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

IS THERE A REVIEW/ARTICLE THAT HAS BEEN SITTING AROUND IN YOUR DRAFTS FOR A LONG TIME?  A Yes, Really on the first three Step Up movies.  I forced myself to watch all of them last winter and wound up NEVER DOING ANYTHING with that information.  In summary: Step Up movies are like porn movies. You're not watching them for the plot.
A FILM CHARACTER WHO HAS CHANGED YOU:  Um, Mrs. Frisby from The Secret of Nimh if only because I GET SO WORRIED ABOUT LAWN MOWING OVER FAMILIES OF FIELD MICE, guys.



A LITTLE KNOWN ACTOR OR ACTRESS WHO YOU LOVE: Who counts as 'little known' these days? In the name of obscurity, I'm going to look towards the television and choose Hannah Murray from the first generation cast of the UK Skins.  Murray played Cassie -a character who could have easily been just another stereotype with an eating disorder - with a guileless, searching vulnerability that was absolutely brilliant.  Cassie was complicated, plagued with problems she didn't understand, and at a loss when it came to communicating them.  How Hannah Murray hasn't shown up in everything since that role is beyond me.  

ARE THERE ANY FILMS WHERE YOU LIKE THE REMAKE BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL?  Well, there are plenty of films people don't realize are remakes to being with (The Thing (1982), Some Like it Hot, Twelve Monkeys, His Girl Friday, etc), at times because the original just wasn't much of a success.  My favorite, though, is probably Ocean's 11.  It's just...good.  

MOST ANTICIPATED FILM FOR THE REMAINDER OF 2012?  It's a tie between The Master and Django Unchained.  No question.  
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE FILM MOVEMENT? It's not the most original answer, but in terms of broad movements I'll take French Nouvelle Vague any day.  Truffaut and Godard alone are reason enough, but when you add Alain Resnais, Louis Malle, and Roger Vadim's entries into the mix, it's tough to find a movement with more raw style. 

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE HIGH SCHOOL MOVIE? You'll need to be more specific. Comedy? Drama? Indie? Coming of age?  50's? 60's? 70's? 80's? 90's?  The film closest to the top of my personal list of favorites that just happens to be set in a high school: Rushmore.  

DO YOU LIKE HORROR MOVIES? IF SO, WHY? I enjoy a good (or so bad it's good) horror movie quite a bit. There's a method to the madness, an art to tapping into that which is truly frightening or suspenseful, and an odd, dark humor (like a bad punchline) to the one-liner, tongue in cheek splatter-fests.  With horror, the beauty is in the monotony and the atmosphere.  They're not stories so much as experiences, and when watched with a group are tremendously fun (often more so than a good comedy).  I like being a little anxious, I like yelling at the idiotic people populating the film, and I think gore make-up is absolutely fascinating.   

WHY DID YOU START BLOGGING? WHAT KEEPS YOU GOING?  My friend M. and I started this site as a sort of portfolio.  It was our excuse to actively consider the films, to geek out about things, and to build an online presence for various jobs we were each seeking.  While M. has all but disappeared from the blog, I keep doing it simply because it forces me to write and gives me a place to yammer about things many people don't particularly care about. 

IF YOU COULD BE ANY MOVIE CHARACTER, WHO WOULD YOU BE (AND WHY)? So, the logic here is to pick someone with a happy enough ending, right?  Who's presumably not plagued with existential doubts and depressive issues or who doesn't have to face terrible dangers, obstacles, or enemies?  I guess that means that I'd like to age into becoming Auntie Mame.  Wealth, booze, and artsy parties? Sounds great.  Let's do that.   

THE TV SHOW/BOOK/GRAPHIC NOVEL/OTHER THING I'D MOST LIKE TO SEE ADAPTED TO FILM IS:  The entire His Dark Materials trilogy, beginning with a complete reboot of The Golden Compass.  Then? Middlesex. 

WHAT SONG WILL PLAY OVER THE CLOSING CREDITS OF YOUR LIFE?
In high school I remember filling out an e-mail quiz where I said I wanted to shoot a terribly dramatic death scene to some incarnation of "House of the Rising Sun" (The Animals, Marianne Faithfull, or Nina Simone, probably), and I'd stand by that being a pretty great closer.  New Order's "Ceremony" would also be appropriate, and I wouldn't argue with Amon Tobin's "Slowly" sitting at the conclusion (though I used it as an opener on a student film). "Teenage Wildlife" always sounded like a credits song to me, too.

IF YOU COULD HAVE WORKED ON ANY FILM IN HISTORY, WHICH WOULD IT BE, AND IN WHAT ROLE?  I'd be happy enough being an extra in any one of the party scenes in La Dolce Vita.  Beyond that, there are at least a dozen films I wish I had directed, or at least written.



THE WINNERS


Cherokee of Can You Dig It?
Lesya of Eternity of Dream
Me, Myself, and I of Life as a Movie





THE QUESTIONS

1. Have you seen a 3D movie worth paying for? What made it so?
2. Is there a movie you'd actually like to see continued as a TV show?
3. Have you ever watched a film, looked at a supporting character, and wished the film focused on them?  Name an example.
4.  Name a musician or band you'd love to see (or hear) score a film
5. What's your favorite director's worst film (in your opinion)?
6. Whether or not you enjoy the sport itself, is there an athletic event that you feel makes for the best movie?
7.  What's the best film you've seen from the year thus far?
8.  Do you have a favorite Criterion edition (as a whole or based on design alone)?
9.  Can you think of the most film snobbish thing you've ever said to a friend (or acquaintance)?
10. Is there any one movie the mere mention of which will send you on a tirade? 
11. Name a picture book from your childhood you'd like to see adapted for the big screen.




13 comments:

  1. Good answers! I probably should have been a bit more specific with some of my questions. Sorry. Jesus you won this from 4 people. Lucky you.
    We do have the same most anticipated movies though.

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    1. No apology necessary, I assume you're referring to the high school question? I just have way too many movies I love that could answer that!

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  2. Thanks for the link, as I mentioned before I have had it almost as many times as you so I'll just answer in your comments if that's OK. I'd love to get your answers to some/all of my questions if you have the time in a few hours.

    Nice answer for best book to film adaptation, both of those were perfect.
    Some Like It Hot was a remake?!

    1. Have you seen a 3D movie worth paying for? What made it so?
    Dial M For Murder would have been pretty cool to see in 3D in the 50s but of the modern lot I really don't care for it.

    2. Is there a movie you'd actually like to see continued as a TV show?
    Almost Famous could work but whether i'd bother to watch it or not is another matter.

    3. Have you ever watched a film, looked at a supporting character, and wished the film focused on them? Name an example.
    Prometheus. I'd watch Rafe Spall in anything and he was horribly underused in that disappointing movie. I'd definitely have preferred to watch him deling with the alien than Noomi Rapace.

    4. Name a musician or band you'd love to see (or hear) score a film
    Belle & Sebastien scored Storytelling but by all accounts their relationship with Todd Solondz was not a happy one. I think they could do a really good job in teh right situation.

    5. What's your favorite director's worst film (in your opinion)?
    It's not a real answer because I don't really have a favourite anymore but I really didn't get on with Inglorious Basterds despite being a huge fan of QT over the years. Zack & Miri from Kevin Smith also disappointed.

    6. Whether or not you enjoy the sport itself, is there an athletic event that you feel makes for the best movie?
    It seems that American Football makes for exciting in action sequences due to the dull stop start nature of play and the fact that the entire thing is a series of set pieces like no other sport I know. Who wouldn't want to watch a Table Tennis movie either? Ping Pong was pretty absorbing I'd say.

    7. What's the best film you've seen from the year thus far?
    It turned out I'd seen so few but Chronicle was comfortable the winner.

    8. Do you have a favorite Criterion edition (as a whole or based on design alone)?
    They are all so pretty aren't they. Probably Le Samourai because I own it and I adore the movie.

    9. Can you think of the most film snobbish thing you've ever said to a friend (or acquaintance)?
    I'm always saying things along the lines of "there's the glorious use of mise-en-scene that you just don't find in Hollywood movies these days" or my favourite standby rejection of going to the cinema "if it cost more than $10m to make I'll wait for the download to criticise it"

    10. Is there any one movie the mere mention of which will send you on a tirade?
    Bad Boys 2 offends me more than any other Michael Bay movie so I guess probably that one, it's the butt of my movie jokes and the film I compare all new awful Hollywood movies to.

    11. Name a picture book from your childhood you'd like to see adapted for the big screen.
    I honestly don't remember picture books from my childhood but I do have a copy of Titus in Trouble by Reeves and Ardizzone that might make for a fun adaptation

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    1. Dig the answers. Almost Famous could actually work pretty well as a show, if they did it right it could be like a traveling Freaks & Geeks. If not? It would be like that overly nostalgic American Dreams show (don't know if that's something you were ever exposed to, but it was nonsense) and devolve into drippy sentimental crap.

      I was rather interested in the Sean Harris character in Prometheus. Seemed like he had quite a bit of potential...

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    2. Yes! Harris and Spall spending 2 hours alone together in thos caves would have been much more interesting. But instead they got relegated to sub-par versions of Yaphet Kotto and Harry Dean Stanton from the first Alien.

      And Almost Famous for the new Freaks and Geeks? That is an idea made of win.

      Was American Dreams that high school show set on a beach with a fake band and everyone looked like Zach from Saved By The Bell?

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    3. It might as well have been. It was about some sort of American Bandstand obsession and cultural revolution or something, like a really bland version of 'Hairspray' where the show-runners tried desperately to make Brittany Snow happen.

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  3. I love reading your answers.. they sound more interesting than my questions.

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    1. Hey, good answers require good questions. They were fun! I wish I'd had time to run through all of them, but felt I had to pick and choose

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  4. Loved your answers to this, and thanks for the award! Gotta do quite a few questions now, but it'll be totally worth it. All the questions I've been given are so good, including yours!

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    1. Haha, the more questions the better, right? Look forward to checking it out...

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  5. I'm a fan of the Ocean's trilogy. I find it very re-watchable, which is usually not the case for me in action/crime films. But this one is so entertaining and fun. And that all-star cast... yum.

    Gossip Girl's wardrobe is perfect, but waaay too expensive. Definitely only fit for stealing!

    You got the award three more times?? D: that's amazing!

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    1. I know! I didn't respond quickly enough and I suddenly they just piled up!

      And yes, the simple fact that there are whole blogs devoted to the clothes on 'Gossip Girl' is testament enough to its spectacular styling. I mean, honestly, I'm pretty sure that's the number one reason the show is still on the air.

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  6. Excellent post! Love all the gifs. Gossip Girl outfits are fantastic. And Pfeiffer's Catwoman is one of my all time favorite female characters.

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