Monday, April 23, 2007

Movie Meme

1. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 times.

I've probably seen "The Sound of Music" ten times. Or, I've at least seen or overheard it ten times, counting overhearing it on a backseat television, as I drove to Fitchburg or Denham Springs.

2. Name a movie that you’ve seen multiple times in the theater.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

3. Name an actor who would make you more inclined to see a movie.

Robert DeNiro; Jack Nicholson; Robert Duvall; Meryl Streep

4. Name an actor who would make you less likely to see a movie.

Sean Penn.

5. Name a movie that you can and do quote from.

The Godfather

6. Name a movie musical that you know all of the lyrics to all of the songs.

Urban Cowboy

7. Name a movie that you have been known to sing along with.

Sleepless in Seattle

8. Name a movie that you would recommend everyone see.

Its a Wonderful Life

9. Name a movie that you own.

The seven movies I own - all purchased out of the $1.99 or $2.99 sale bin:

No Way Out.
Enemies, a Love Story
Everybody's All American
Do the Right Thing
Married to the Mob
Bullets Over Broadway

My favorite of these is "Moonstruck."

10. Name an actor that launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops.

Steve Martin; Harry Connick Jr.; Cher; Jennifer Lopez (seriously)

11. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in? If so, what?

The Fifth Element

12. Ever made out in a movie?


13. Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just haven’t yet gotten around to it.

The Seven Samurai

14. Ever walked out of a movie?

Several times.

15. Name a movie that made you cry in the theater.

Actually, I tear up at lots of movies - more at the courageous stuff - less at the sad stuff, but, sometimes. I loved "Avalon." I teared up during it.

16. Popcorn?

Love it. Usually refuse to pay for it.

17. How often do you go to the movies (as opposed to renting them or watching them at home)?

Hardly ever, any more.

18. What’s the last movie you saw in the theater?


19. What’s your favorite/preferred genre of movie?

I like funny, quippy, romances: Casablanca, Woody Allen movies

20. What’s the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?

Bambi. It scared the heck out of me: the Mom died. Also "Old Yeller". same thing: scared and saddened me. Old Yeller died. That Disney stuff was murder on my psyche.

21. What movie do you wish you had never seen?

Jeez. There are lots, yet I can't think of a single one right now. I usually walk out, or change the channel, before they end.

Grease, for example. I can't say I wish I'd never seen it, b/c I've never seen it. I've been unable to force my way through watching it - twice.

Dirty Dancing = same thing. Can't make it through the movie. Tried at least two times.

Made it all the way through "The English Patient", always expecting something was about to happen. Nothing did.

Oh! "Sommersby", with Richard Gere and Jodi Foster. That movie sucked. Lots and lots of Richard Gere movies suck. You must be very careful about seeing one of his movies. For instance:

"Intersection", with Richard Gere and Lolita Davidovitch and Sharon Stone: Sucks. Big time.

Speaking of Sharon Stone: most of her movies also totally suck - with shining exceptions of

"Casino" and
"Basic Instinct".

Stay away from everything else she's ever done - except, EXCEPT:

"Action Jackson" - a perfect drive in movie, btw. A young Sharon, and an alluring Vanity, are both unattainably beautiful - unless you are wealthy, powerful, evil Craig T. Nelson - and (spoiler alert - as if this movie has a clever plot) then you attain both of them, before killing both of them. Sharon and Vanity both die absolutely beautifully. No actresses have ever died more attractively.

22. What is the weirdest movie you enjoyed?

Blue Velvet. "Enjoyed" may be the wrong adjective. The movie is excellent, yet, the first time I saw it, I walked out like this: "What the heck just happened?" I had to have the movie explained to me, then go back to see it again, in order to appreciate it.

Here's a weird movie I enjoyed, even as it freaked me out: "Angel Heart". Robert DeNiro is the devil. (Spoiler alerts) Mickey Rourke is dead and doesn't know it. The middle Cosby daughter gets killed, via gunshot to the vaginal cavity. She bleeds all over the sheets of her French Quarter hotel room.

23. What is the scariest movie you’ve seen?

Well, Angel Heart and Blue Velvet are right up there.

True Grit is up there - when Glen Campbell falls into the pit of rattlesnakes.

I also thought "Cujo" was terrifying, when the dog leaps through the window.

For both those scenes - rattlesnakes and Cujo, watched 15 years apart - I did the same thing: turned to the back of the theater, and watched the scenes projected from the mouth of the movie projector. I did not watch either scene on the movie screen. The mouth of the projector was scary enough for me.

24. What is the funniest movie you’ve seen?

"A Fish Called Wanda" inexplicably cracked me up.

"Something About Mary" - when I saw it in the theater, the audience was blowing snot they were laughing so hard. They were gasping for breath, and virtually rolling on the floor in hysterics. This movie doesn't wear as well over time. It was better the very first time you were confronted with the situations.

"The Jerk" - this movie gets better the more times you watch it.

"Monty Python’s the Quest for the Holy Grail" - also gets better the more you watch it.

The original "Airplane!" spoof was brilliant in its time.

A lot of Woody Allen cracks me up.

"The Gods Must Be Crazy"

The Coen Brothers movies, such as

"Blood Simple"
"Raising Arizona"

The Christopher Guest movies:

"This is Spinal Tap"
"Waiting for Guffman"
"Best in Show"
"A Mighty Wind".

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