In solidarity with my fellow film bloggers I thought I better confess my film sins on the excellent blogathon created by Nostra at MyFilmViews. More details can be found here. As a lot of people were getting involved, I felt I should share also. So here goes…
1: Which classic movie don’t you like/can’t enjoy and why?
It has been said before but I’ve got to go with “Easy Rider“.
Really couldn’t get into it. It was directed by a hippie for hippies. I can see the appeal for people living through this time but despite experimenting with drugs myself, I still couldn’t get it. I could relate to the hallucinogenic experiences but quite frankly the film itself was dull. Oh… and I’m not a biker.
2: Which ten classic movies haven’t you seen yet?
I’ve seen plenty of stuff throughout my 34 years so had to actually trundle through the IMDb to see which ones cropped up. Here they are..
The Great Dictator.
Singin’ In The Rain.
The Seventh Seal.
The 400 Blows.
The Sound Of Music.
La Dolce Vita.
3: Have you ever sneaked into another movie at the cinema?
I haven’t sneaked into ‘another’ movie at the cinema but I have sneaked into the cinema altogether. I walked straight past the kiosk on a quiet evening and checked every door till I found a film that was just starting. That film was Roman Polanski’s “The Ghost“. Good film, but then again, sometimes things are better when they’re free. ;-)
4: Which actor/actress do you think is overrated?
I’ve got to go with “The Duke” – John Wayne.
Man, that guy and his drawl just doesn’t cut it for me. I find him wooden and can’t quite get why people like him so much. He’s practically the same in every film he’s done. I recently compared him in his Oscar winning role in “True Grit” to that of Jeff Bridges’ portrayal of the same character. Bridges blows his ten gallon hat off and no mistake.
5: From which big director have you never seen any movie (and why)?
Again, I’m another that hasn’t seen any Ingmar Bergman. It’s not through want of trying but I’ve just never found any of his film’s readily available. I suppose if I try harder I could maybe manage it. “The Seventh Seal” has been on my watchlist for years.
6: Which movie do you love, but is generally hated?
“Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” was a real gem for me.
I’m a big fan of David Lynch and the TV series before it. It was criticised for being incoherent and possibly self-indulgent but I absolutely loved it. It’s such an eerie and ethereal treat and a perfect final doze for fans of the series.
7: Have you ever been “one of those annoying people” at the cinema?
When I was about 16 I went to see “Trainspotting” with a group of friends. The problem was, I had already seen it and being intoxicated with the alcohol of choice in my city (a strong tonic wine called “Buckfast”) I proceeded to shout out the lines before the characters uttered them. Needless to say, I’m thoroughly embarrassed about this now and the cinema employees seen it fit to eject me from the theatre. Good on them!
8: Did you ever watch a movie, which you knew in advance would be bad, just because of a specific actor/actress was in it? Which one and why?
Got to go with Will Ferrell here.
I am astonished at how people laugh at this guy. I like to think of myself as having a good sense of humour but I throw away better lines on a daily basis than the ones Ferrell has made a career out of. The one that stands out is “Anchorman“, it has such bottom of the barrel humour and I have questioned my abilities to understand him. I just don’t get him. He seems as if he’s making it up as he goes along… and it shows. I know the film has a fervent cult following but quite frankly, I think it’s garbage.
9: Did you ever not watch a specific movie because it had subtitles?
I love foreign cinema. I find it far more substantial and maybe that’s because I’m reading as well as watching. At least two film’s in my personal top ten are subtitled but in all honesty, I’ve got two young kids who run me dry every day, so when it comes to watching a film in the evening I tend to put off anything that will demand from me. I’ve been demanded of, all day.
10: Are there any movies in your collection that you have had for more than five years and never watched?
I’m thoroughly looking forward to eventually getting to all these film’s. I wouldn’t have bought them otherwise but I’ve just not found the time.
“Munich” – Steven Spielberg.
“Bad Education” – Pedro Almodovar.
“Downfall” – Oliver Hirschbiegel.
“Lust Caution” – Ang Lee.
“Precious” – Lee Daniels.
11: Which are the worst movies in your collection and why do you still own them?
“Dune” (simply because I collect everything David Lunch has done. It’s bad but it has it’s place in my collection)
“Nine” (I’m a big fan of Daniel Day-Lewis and I’ll give anything a try that he’s in but on this occasion it was a mistake. I have the intention of making this film “4 1/2″ – once I break the disc in two.
Any others, I discarded a long time ago.
12: Do you have any confessions about your movie watching setup at home?
I know a lot of people who find this lunacy from a person that enjoys movies so much but I occasionally watch films on my iPhone. I stick a couple of headphones in and off I go. The screen may be small but I still find I can become embroiled. It’s not ideal but it’s convenient at times.
13: Any other confessions you want to make?
There probably is, as I’ve been a very naughty monkey in my time.