Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Film Fest Meme

Borrowed from Karen. I'm all out of D-related ideas right now :-(

Name a film that you have seen more than 10 times. Willingly? The Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, Sense and Sensibility, It's a Wonderful Life, The Godfather (although every viewing after #4 or 5 was mandated by the men in the room!). GoodFellas (ditto), Roman Holiday, Casablanca, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars (any of the original three films), Say Anything, Spaceballs, Pride and Prejudice, and the list goes on...

Name a film that you’ve seen multiple times in the cinema. Not so much now, but back in the day we saw Jaws and any one of the original Star Wars trilogy 8-10 times over the summer.

Name an actor that would make you more inclined to see a film. Ewan McGregor; Russell Crowe; Meryl Streep; Alan Rickman; Tom Hanks; Nicole Kidman; Emma Thompson; Jennifer Connelly. And oddly, lately, Jason Bateman. (Who knew?!)

Name an actor that would make you less likely to see a film. Vin Diesel, The Rock, Steven Seagal, Ben Affleck, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston (my husband's crush), and pretty much any of the low-level D-listers (Lindsey Lohan et al).

Name a film that you can and do quote from. There are many, but Top Gun, for some reason, has multiple applications in my daily life...! "Your ego is writing checks your body can't cash!"

Name a film musical that you know all of the lyrics to all of the songs. Meet Me in St. Louis. I wish I could say something more modern, but I kind of avoided musicals for a long time, then started with the oldies. But when I was 8 my best friend and I knew every last word to Xanadu!

Name a film that you would recommend everyone see. Oh gosh, that's hard. I'd rather recommend going through Roger Ebert's Great Movies and seeing more than just one. I'd also encourage you to see as many foreign films as possible--it's fascinating to glimpse lives so different than most of ours.

If it's just one, and you missed it, see Wall-E. It's beautiful, oddly poignant and fun.

Ever walked out of a film? Yes--Natural Born Killers. It was just too much.

Name a film that made you cry in the cinema. Borat--streaming tears of laughter! In all seriousness, seeing Solaris made me think of my mother and I lost it for some reason.

Popcorn? Of course! I love Sno-Caps too (in moderation, of course).

How often do you go to the cinema (as opposed to renting them or watching them at home)? We rarely go to the show anymore. It's just too expensive for most films. I'll go to see something like Avatar or a movie I really want to "experience."

What’s the last film you saw in the cinema? Avatar. Amazing effects, but the story was seriously underwhelming.

What’s your favorite/preferred genre of film? Drama, especially the old stuff. But I also love the great 1980s comedies (Planes, Trains & Automobiles, The Money Pit, Joe Vs. the Volcano, Big, etc.). I like a lot of classic sci-fi but seriously don't get the whole Star Trek thing.

What’s the first film you remember seeing in the cinema? Probably a Disney cartoon like Dumbo. But I also vividly recall seeing Star Wars when I was 6.

What film do you wish you had never seen? Trailer Park of Terror. That is 90 minutes of my life I will never get back. Lesson: never go along blindly with DH's picks at Blockbuster!

What is the scariest film you’ve seen? Believe it or not, Paranormal Activity scared the bejesus out of me not long ago. My old favorites (Psycho, The Shining, The Exorcist, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street) don't seem as scary now--probably because I've seen them so many times. Halloween still creeps me out though. I find I am more frightened by themes of paranormal/supernatural activity than slashers or gore.

If you could be any character portrayed in a movie, who would it be? Ellen Ripley or Sarah Connor. Elizabeth Bennett is kind of a cheat since she's a literary figure...but she rocks too :-)

Total number of films you own on DVD and video. Oh gosh...probably 20 or 30. I went on a tear buying my favorite "special collector's editions" about 10-15 years ago. Now I only buy films I cannot bear to part with.

Last film you bought. Probably Lost in Translation or Dear Frankie. It's been a while. I did, however, splurge on the Miami Vice box set a couple of years ago.

Last film you watched. This weekend--Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. Nicolas Cage is insane.

Five films that mean a lot to you:
  • I Remember Mama
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • The Best Years of Our Lives
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Say Anything
  • and many more...the first four are almost like old family friends, they always remind me of watching movies with my parents and grandparents. Say Anything is probably the one film made about my generation (X) that I'd like to see represent us 100 years from now.
OK, I guess I need to get out more ;-) What are your favorite movies, dear OC?