You all know what this is: a pretty amazing blogathon created by My Film Views that is particularly interesting because it lets out all the dirt we movie bloggers sometimes keep hidden. And in the end it’s great because we realize we’re all on the same boat, just learning about films, sharing what we find and unable to avoid a couple bumps along the way. And it’s a relief to finally say some of the things you’ll read bellow.
I had fun reading other entries, so you should definitely visit the website and check out some, too. I hope it’s not too late for this, but I couldn’t miss this opportunity. Plus, because I don’t usually talk about myself, this is a chance to do it and add a little bit more of fun and casual feel to the blog. Alright, let’s do this!
WHICH CLASSIC MOVIE DON’T YOU LIKE/CAN’T ENJOY (AND WHY)?
Giant (1956). When I first watched it I loved it. But, looking back, all I can remember is James Dean’s performance. I’ve tried re-watching it, but I find myself fast forwarding all the scenes without him. I can’t even remember the story, it just didn’t do anything for me. So turns out, all the initial hype around it was only because of James Dean.
WHICH TEN CLASSIC MOVIES HAVEN’T YOU SEEN YET?
Ten? I still have 62 to go on my List of Shame! But my ten deadly sins are:
Singing in The Rain
Lawrence of Arabia
The Wizard of Oz
A Clockwork Orange
The Elephant Man
The Seventh Seal
HAVE YOU EVER SNEAKED INTO ANOTHER MOVIE AT THE CINEMA?
No… never. I don’t even ride the subway without a ticket. I’m a boring person.
WHICH ACTOR/ACTRESS DO YOU THINK IS OVERRATED?
FROM WHICH BIG DIRECTOR HAVE YOU NEVER SEEN ANY MOVIE (AND WHY)?
Akira Kurosawa. I’m not really into japanese cinema.
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN “ONE OF THOSE ANNOYING PEOPLE” AT THE CINEMA?
Yes, when I was about twelve. I have talked loudly, laughed stupidly, and thrown popcorns. I’m painfully aware of how annoying I was. But I’m not too harsh on people who make noise. In certain films they can make the movie experience better. Like when I watched The Amazing Spider-Man, there was a group of brazilian guys behind me and they were pretty funny, didn’t mind them at all. And when I watched The Ring II, there were some guys mocking parts of it – I was terrified, so hearing “eww, what an ugly bitch” as Samara was climbing the well was actually a good thing.
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?
DID YOU EVER NOT WATCH A SPECIFIC MOVIE BECAUSE IT HAD SUBTITLES?
I’m portuguese, my whole life I’ve watched films with subtitles. I find it odd when they’re not there. I’ve stopped watching films because they didn’t have subtitles. It’s the weirdest thing, because it’s not about not understanding the language – in fact, I prefer to have english subs for english films – the thing is I just can’t hear what they’re saying at times…
ARE THERE ANY MOVIES IN YOUR COLLECTION THAT YOU HAVE HAD FOR MORE THAN FIVE YEARS AND NEVER WATCHED?
Lots, but most of them are DVDs that come with newspapers and such. From the ones I bought… I’ve never watched The Good Shepherd, nor The Good German. Same year, similar titles… funny, isn’t it?
WHICH ARE THE WORST MOVIES IN YOUR COLLECTION AND WHY DO YOU STILL OWN THEM?
I don’t know, is Bad Santa a bad film…? I’ve never even watched it. It’s still wrapped and everything. Oh I see it has 7.1 on IMDb… didn’t see that coming. But okay, Snakes on a Plane. Same situation: not seen, still packed. I don’t know why I still have them, but I’ve never really got rid of any films or music albums, I don’t know how to. Anyway, I’m really cautious when it comes to buying these things, so I don’t own a lot of bad films. In fact Bad Santa and Snakes on Plane were free, and not subject to a choice. I’m picky not just in terms of quality but also price, extras… I’ll never buy a €20 film, again. Especially when I can get Psycho with tons of extras for €9, it just seems like a waste of money. But €20 is the average price for a recent movie with no extras, around here, so I have to wait about three years for the prices to go down.
DO YOU HAVE ANY CONFESSIONS ABOUT YOUR MOVIE WATCHING SETUP AT HOME?
Not really, it’s pretty average… I do have a good surround sound system, but isn’t that a normal thing nowadays? I guess the biggest confession would be that, despite having a pretty good setup in the living room, I watch most films on my laptop, because I like to be cosy in bed. I do watch them in Blu-Ray… but on a 13 inch screen, yes.
ANY OTHER CONFESSIONS YOU WANT TO MAKE?
I love Sweet Home Alabama. And no, it’s not my guilty pleasure (though I believe I’ve said that before, I was not facing the truth). It’s more than that. People don’t take me seriously when I say this, but it’s one of my favorite films. I truly love it, I can’t stress this enough. I’m not sure how it happened, but I can’t help it. Oh, and I don’t like Avatar. Not even the way it looks, I’m sorry!
Boy, that felt good.
Creator at Returning Videotapes, Chick with Accent on the Across The Universe Podcast, Cary Grant devotee.