It’s that time again! Nostra over at MyFilmViews has created another fantastic questionnaire blogathon in which he challenges us to answer question revolving around “movie sins.” 13 questions about movies with answers that may shock, surprise, dismay, disappoint, or please!
Below you will find my answers to questions such as “Which ten classic movies haven’t you seen yet?”, “Have you ever sneaked into another movie in the cinema?”, “What movie do you love, but is generally hated?”, and more!
As Usher once sang: “These are my confessions!”
Which classic movie don’t you like/can’t enjoy, and why?
-I have two answers for this question. I do not enjoy watching (1) Gone With The Wind and (2) Pulp Fiction. (Go ahead, start throwing the rotten tomatoes all you want and screaming “Booo”, but it’s true!)
I don’t enjoy Gone With The Wind because (a) it is way too long at 238 minutes…I think the U.S. Civil War itself might actually have been shorter!; and, (b) it sacrifices historical accuracy by romanticizing and glamorizing the conditions of the South during the 1860’s for the sake of the love story between Hollywood hunk Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. For a much more accurate representation of the horrific living conditions of the people in the South during the Civil War, watch Cold Mountain. Gone With The Wind may have won 8 Oscars, but I just can’t come to claim it as a favorite.
Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction is not a film that I can enjoy. Say WHAT??! I’ve tried. Loaded with tons of stars, it impresses, however it is loaded with so much profanity, violence, and disconnected plotlines that turns me off in a movie.
Tarantino’s “shock and impress” style definitely appeals to the cult classic culture, but for me, it is usually a “pass.” With a reported 265 uses of the F-word alone, this Oscar-winning film reminds me of another F-word loaded Oscar winner entitled The Departed.
Which ten classic movies haven’t you seen yet?
-Oh boy! Oftentimes, people ask me what I thought about this movie or that movie from the past and are shocked when I reply that I may not have seen the one in question. “You’re a movie critic/lover/reviewer and you HAVEN’T seen that?!” My reply:
“Well, the truth of the matter is there are over 100 years of movies that existed before I found my love for movies. I only WISH I had time to spend catching up on all of the ones that released prior, but I don’t. So, slowly, but surely, my list of ‘Movies I Must See’ decreases…but then it fills up again!”
While some movie lovers may scoff at such a question (to hide their shame and protect their false sense of “superiority”),I boldly confess some films that I have yet to finish or to see.
Here are ten “classics” that still are on my list to either start watching or complete watching:
- The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- West Side Story
- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
- The French Connection
- American Beauty
- The Exorcist (not on MY list to watch, but I can respect the fact that it is a classic in the horror genre for so many fans!)
‘Fess up and tell me yours!
Have you ever sneaked into another movie at the cinema?
-Yep! ha. While on vacation years ago, my uncle took me to the theater in NYC to watch Time Machine starring Guy Pearce. Being a fan of the first Blade movie, I told him the second was out in theaters and that I wanted to see it. Well, he bought tickets for Time Machine because he did not want to watch “a movie with a bunch of vampires and blood.” ha. Well, Time Machine began and my uncle found himself to be rather bored. He then asked me what it was that I wanted to see and which theater it was in. We hightailed it into the other theater where Blade II was playing.
The movie was bad, but it was far more entertaining watching my uncle squirm and cover his eyes as the blood splattered against the screen! hahaha. Best decision ever. 😀
Which actor/actress do you think is overrated?
-I caught a little bit of grief answering this question in The Ten Best All Time Actors Relay Race with Sir Anthony Hopkins. haha. So, while I still hold to that opinion (you’ll have to visit the link to see why), I will answer this time with a different choice.
I don’t mind him. It’s not that I hate him. But I do think he is a bit overrated now. He doesn’t seem to try in his roles now. I can appreciate his early work and efforts (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon, Edward Scissorhands), but his more recent work has turned into an amalgam of unoriginal originality in that so many of his characters are the same and indiscernible from one another. Captain Jack Sparrow, Barnabas Collins, the Mad Hatter, Sweeney Todd, Willy Wonka, etc…so many characters that all are pretty much the same, to an extent, shows the limitation of Depp’s capability as of late.
Not doubting his talent, but I am knocking his choice to ignore it by staying in a “safe, comfort zone.” It’s boring. Tell me that you have a great interest in his part in The Lone Ranger as Tonto. But, I bet you would if he was a marketed evil villain! Just sayin’. Denzel broke the mold and succeeded with Training Day.
From which big director have you never seen any movie (and why)?
-Director of Blue Velvet, The Elephant Man, Mulholland Dr., and more. I never really had interest in his films. I have no idea if they are actually great or not. I assume that some of them are, having heard some good things about them. But, I never had any interest in the stories of his that I have learned about. Nothing against Lynch. I’m just not familiar with his movies to date and they appeal not to me. eh, maybe one day. I wouldn’t mind sitting through Dune…maybe.
Which movie do you love, but is generally hated?
-ha! There’s a lot that could go on a list to answer this question! But, I am gonna start-up some controversy and go with Lady in the Water (ha, I’m waiting on Ted S. to read this and comment). I actually enjoyed the originality in the story from Academy Award nominee M. Night Shyamalan, especially after the rather disappointing Signs and The Village.
There! I said it: I love Lady in the Water.
Have you ever been “one of those annoying people” at the cinema?
-Only to a few of those who were annoying to me first. haha. Not gonna lie. I’ve been that person kicking the seat in front of me, but that was only after they kept reclining back into my legs. The first time or two, it was understandable. But, come time 5, 6, and 7 without apology, it was “Game On!” Don’t even remember what movie I was watching now. But I remember THAT “annoying person!
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?
-I watched Out of Time because of Denzel Washington and Eva Mendes. Let’s just say that their duo two years prior in Training Day was FAR better. Out of Time was a waste of time.
Did you ever not watch a specific movie because it had subtitles?
-I don’t mind subtitles. But, I still haven’t watched Pan’s Labyrinth, and the subtitles have played an unusual factor in my avoidance.
Are there any movies in your collection that you have had for more than five years and never watched?
–Million Dollar Baby. Still haven’t seen it. Oscar-winner, directed by Clint Eastwood, great cast…still unopened in my collection. It’s on that list of mine I told you about earlier. One of these days!
Which are the worst movies in your collection and why do you still own them?
-A lot of them have since been traded in to allow me to buy some of the greats on blu-ray! But, there are still a few lingering. Spider-Man 3 is one. I keep it because it is part of the trilogy of my favorite superhero of all time! I also have kept onto White Chicks (love the comedy) and Cars (One of Pixar’s worst…sorry).
Do you have any confessions about your movie watching setup at home?
-I love my movie watching setup. (Although, I’m sure my neighborhood doesn’t love it as much!) My audio system is pretty amazing, I’m not gonna lie! haha. If there’s any confession I were to admit surrounding my movie watching setup, it would be that sometimes I crank up my system just to make a few people a little jealous…heehee…just a tad! 😀 It’s awesome!
Any other confessions you want to make?
-I have to keep all of my movies in alphabetical order. They are separated by blu-ray, dvd, and then tv series, but in those categories they are kept alphabetically. I get annoyed when I see other people’s collections just tossed in place and all out of order…but then I remember that it isn’t mine! However, I have been known to organize the collections of others at their houses. My OCD is both a blessing and a curse. Imagine my angst when my best friend disarranges my movie collection…
Well, those are my confessions. Now, tell me some of your own. Answer the questions in a post, or leave a comment answering some of the questions!
Thank you to Nostra for issuing the challenge and making this blogathon another fun post! (Please visit the parent link HERE for other fun confessions from other movie lovers around the world.)
Thanks for reading! Happy Watching.
–T, The Focused Filmographer