I am very grateful to be standing (actually, sitting) here today to accept this wonderful Liebster Award from the incredible Kristina over at Speakeasy. It’s a wonderful blog on classic movies, and you should definitely give it a look if you haven’t.
Well, on to the such and such of this award. Time to answer the questions!
1. If you could only watch ONE person’s entire life’s work (actor, actress or director, and everything they ever made, including tv) who would you pick?
I see, a tough one to start. I’d say Tarantino, but then I’d only be watching like 8 movies on repeat. I’ll go with Spielberg, since he has such a wide range of thoroughly enjoyable films, from adventure (Jaws, Jurassic Park) to action (Indiana Jones, Minority Report) to drama (Schindler’s List, Lincoln) to alien invasion (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, War of the Worlds), and there’s only a few duds.
2. What classic stars would you want to have dinner with?
Well, to make this easier, I’ll pick three. I’d say Roger Moore, Christopher Lee (R.I.P.), and Shirley Temple. Weird and random assortment, you say? You’re right, I say.
3. Movie quote you use often.
Not that I’m proud of this, but I often quote Batman & Robin, using Schwarzenegger’s ice puns, like “Chill out” and “Ice to meet you.” I also like Schwarzenegger’s best line ever, “You cold-blooded bastard! I’ll tell you what I think of it: I’ll live to see you eat that contract, but I hope you leave enough room for my fist because I’m going to ram it into your stomach and break your goddamn spine!” Not a lot of situations to use that one, unfortunately. Outside of Schwarzenegger, I like “Clever girl” and “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”
4. Movie set you’d most like to visit.
I would love to go to Matamata in New Zealand to see the Lord of the Rings/Hobbit Shire set.
5. Your favourite movie soundtrack.
Definitely Lord of the Rings, overall. I also love John Williams music, but the only music of his I remember off the top of my head are the main themes of each movie.
6. Last great movie related book you read.
There’s an old museum-type place near where I live. Each year, they have a book sale in their “book room”, where each book is only like a dollar each. It was there that I picked up this:
It’s a great read, and filled with a ton of my favorites: Star Wars, Superman, Jaws, Alien, The Godfather, etc.
7. Who’s your favourite character actress?
I’ll go with Margaret Hamilton, for her role as the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz.
8. Worst movie by a great director?
Without a doubt, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Ugh. That’s all I have to say on that subject.
9. Most underrated actor?
I’m going to go with Karl Urban. He only has a few lead roles, but when he does, he knocks it out of the park (Dredd, anyone?). Even in his supporting roles, he’s still incredible. I still think that The Bourne Supremacy would have been a better film if Urban’s Kirill had done more in it, been more of the anti-Bourne he was supposed to be, but only was in the few scenes he had.
10. Two stars who should have made a movie together but never did.
I’m going to go with a specific movie that John Travolta and Michael Madsen should have done with their characters from Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs, Vincent and Vic Vega, which would’ve been called The Vega Brothers. Yeah. That was totally going to be a thing. Now, it can’t, since Travolta’s face is absolutely ruined by plastic surgery.
11. What’s a little-known but great film you love to champion?
I don’t know if it counts as little-known, but I’ll go with Jumper. It’s not nearly as bad as everyone says it is, and it’s filled with amazing teleporting action sequences.
And now for 11 facts about myself:
1. I’ve never really enjoyed any sort of horror, I’m a huge scaredy-cat.
2. The films that really got me into my love of film were the James Bond movies.
3. On that subject, I really love Roger Moore’s Bond, but my favorite is Daniel Craig.
4. Last Bond-related fact: I watched through the entire Bond series in about 2 1/2 months. Yep.
5. For some reason I can’t begin to fathom, I own the DVD’s of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Transformers 2-3, Terminator 3, Terminator Salvation, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and Star Wars Episodes I-III. I’m a completionist to an unhealthy level.
6. The first Tarantino film I saw was Kill Bill Vol. 1, then Vol. 2, then Reservoir Dogs, then Inglourious Basterds, then Pulp Fiction, then Django Unchained. I’ve yet to see Jackie Brown and Death Proof. Basically, I watched them in a completely weird and mixed up order.
7. I absolutely love seeing movies in drive-ins. I’ve seen The Dark Knight, Iron Man 2, The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel, and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince at a drive-in.
8. I don’t often go to movies in the theatre, but I’ve started to save my ticket stubs in a binder. The movies included, so far, are The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and The Terminator (which was playing in the theatre because of Cinemark’s classic film screening schedule).
9. I am terrible at all sports, even bowling.
10. My favorite Star Trek movie is The Voyage Home. Yes, the one with time travel and whales that talk to aliens. Yes. You read that right.
11. And finally, my favorite movie of all time is probably Back to the Future, for reasons too numerous to count.
Now, for these lucky nominees, here’s your prize! I’m joking, of course, here’s the rules of this award.
1. Thank the blog who nominated you and link back to them.
2. Nominate up to 11 other bloggers to receive the coveted award.
3. Answer 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
4. Tell your readers 11 random facts about yourself.
5. Give the nominees 11 questions to answer on their blog when they post their nomination.
And here’s some questions for you to answer:
1. What is a movie/series that is considered a cultural landmark that you’ve never seen?
2. What is a movie that everyone loves, that you hate?
3. Alternatively, what’s a movie that everyone hates, that you love?
4. What’s your favorite book of all time?
5. If you were born in a different era, which would you want to have been born in?
6. Who is your favorite director?
7. If you ever directed/wrote a film, what would it be about? What genre would it be?
8. What is your biggest pet peeve?
9. What is the funniest movie you’ve ever seen?
10. What is your favorite movie in each of these genres: drama, romantic, action, sci-fi, fantasy?
11. Is there a film that was a challenge to watch the entirety of for you, that you watched anyways? If so, what is it?
Well, I’m done with this. Can’t wait to read your responses!