Nostra at My Filmviews created yet another inspiring way to use our thinking caps and share our love for the movies to the general public. Many of my favorite bloggers have partaken in this experiment, some with entertaining and candid results. I hope my post will be as enlightening to others as it was for me.
Which classic movie don’t you like/can’t enjoy and why?
I can’t get into Apocalypse Now at all. I think Psycho is way overrated. And Casablanca, Citizen Kane and Gone with the Wind bored me to tears. What the hell is wrong with me?
Actually, in all fairness, let me retract Citizen Kane. I actually admired the film. Kane is a technological achievement, and Welles deserves recognition for what he has contributed to the film industry. But I just couldn’t enjoy it. Coppola and Hitchcock, directors I greatly admire, have made far better films, in my ever-so-humble opinion.
Which ten classic movies haven’t you seen yet?
Embarrasing. But rest assured. They are all in the Netflix queue and will be seen some day. Soon. Before I die.
Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Stopped Worrying and Love the Bomb
The Grapes of Wrath
Paths of Glory
Strangers on a Train
On the Waterfront
To Kill a Mockingbird
Have you sneaked into another movie at the cinema?
I used to do it many times in high school, but never since then. As long as I paid for one film and got a snack, it was not wrong to stick around for another film. This practice does not weigh heavily on my conscience. One day, however, my buddy Pete and I saw four different films back to back in the theater, paying only for one. Ok, I feel a little guilty about that, but I’ll never forget that day. The euphoria of spending an entire hot summer day in an air-conditioned movie theater was everlasting. Phenomenon, Kingpin, Jane Austen’s Mafia, and The Frighteners. Sure, some of these titles don’t quite hold up today, but we enjoyed every single one of them at the time.
Which actor/actress do you think is overrated?
I’ve noticed many people picked Will Ferrell, and I hate sounding like a broken record but I have to agree. Ferrell just isn’t that funny. I also steer away from folks like Vince Vaughn, Kate Hudson, Paul Dano, Jason Schwartzman, Keira Knightley and Zach Galifianakis. They just rub me the wrong way almost every time I see them.
From which big director have you never seen any movie and why?
I’m guilty of not seeing a single film from Fellini, Kurasawa and Bergman. I plan to have this rectified soon, but I just need the motivation. I’m so stuck on catching up with newer releases that I often push aside stuff I really should be paying attention to. How do I get out of this rut?
Which movie do you love that is generally hated?
Oh, goodness. So many. Anaconda. Disorganized Crime. Dutch. The Village. Stuck on You. Sabrina (the Harrison Ford version). All bombs and all keepers in my book. But the one film I really love that always comes back to haunt me and so many people hate: Last Action Hero. I found it so much fun and I can’t believe so many other fans of movies dissed this one. Everything about it just works for me. “No sequel for you!”
Have you ever been “one of those annoying people” at the cinema?
Never! I sit down, shut up and enjoy the film. And so should you! I get pissed when people continue to talk during the previews. Unacceptable!
Did you ever watch a movie, which you knew in advance would be bad, just because a specific actor/actress was in it? Which one and why?
I was (and still am, goddamnit) a big Harrison Ford fan. I see everything he does. So when I saw Random Hearts in the theaters back in 1999, I was hoping it wasn’t as bad as the critics said it was. I rallied for him, I knew there was another hit in it for him. Boy, was I wrong. Random Hearts was a horrible, horrible film and his career was going downhill and fast. There was nothing I could have done to stop it.
I still cling onto the hope that the Harrison Ford I once knew and loved in the 70′s through the 90′s will be back.
I’m still waiting.
Did you ever not watch movies because of subtitles?
Because of my hearing impairment, I have the captions on all of the time. Subtitles are nothing but a variation of captions. So, the short answer: no.
Are there any movies in your collection that you’ve had for more than five years and never watched?
I don’t buy films I don’t like or haven’t seen. But I am guilty of purchasing films that I love and never watching them. That’s why I stopped buying movies. My collection of over 250 movies hasn’t really grown much in the past several years. Y tu Mama Tambien is still sealed, dammit. And I love that film!
What are the worst movies in your collection and why do you own them?
My stagnant movie collection is filled with nothing but goodies! But that’s all subjective, isn’t it?
Do you have any confessions about your movie watching setup at home?
I used to have 5.1 surround sound until my DVD player (which acted as a receiver) went kaput. I got a good deal on a new one, which does not have surround sound capabilities and rendered me unable to hook it up again. When money is no longer an issue, I’ll get it set up right again. Meanwhile, my 50″ flat screen plasma is over 6 years old and works like a charm. Google TV/Blu-Ray player and Apple TV are new additions to the set up, and I’m loving them. Roku is in the bedroom, attached to my 32″ flat screen LCD.
Any other confessions you want to make?
I still love Harrison Ford. I’m sorry. He’s like family, and you never, ever leave your family. He can do all of the Random Hearts and Firewalls and Cowboys & Aliens he wants to, and I’m still going to love him.
I really, really, really want Dumb and Dumber 2 to get off the ground. ONLY if Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey are attached, of course. It goes against my conflicted feelings of remakes and sequels, but I don’t care. This needs to happen.
Oh, and I’d totally sleep with George Clooney.
And Charlize Theron.
Did I just go too far?