Sunday, May 06, 2007

At the movies

Credit goes to Donna for the following movie-centric questionnaire:

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

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Long before we had cable TV, we had a Betamax tape machine. A family friend who worked at a video store dubbed us some movies, including that one, Back to the Future and The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension. My sister claims I watched Back to the Future everyday for a whole summer, but I disagree. Since I don't own Back to the Future on DVD but do own Star Wars on DVD, that's the answer I'm giving.

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

The Royal Tenenbaums. Not necessarily my favorite Wes Anderson film, but it was the only movie worth seeing one night when I was asked to leave my apartment for the evening.

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

Actor? Christian Bale. Because of American Psycho, The Machinist and Batman Begins. Actress? Naomi Watts. Because of Mulholland Dr.

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

Freddy Prinze Jr.

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

I can't quote from just one Star Wars film. These days, it's a toss-up between A New Hope and Revenge of the Sith. I keep thinking about "Use the Force Luke. Let go! Trust your instincts" and "you were to destroy the Sith, not join them!" especially.

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

The Sound of Music. "I am sixteen going on seventeen . . ."

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

The Muppet Movie

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

The Muppet Movie. It's got plenty of stuff for kids (furry puppets) with all sorts of smart humor for adults (90% of the script).

9. Name a movie that you own.

American Graffiti. I own quite a few others as well.

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

Mandy Moore. She's fantastic in Saved!

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

Never seen a movie in a drive-in. I had never actually seen a drive-in theater until a few years ago.

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

Borat. It's on top of my TV, but my Netflix movies keep getting priority.

13. Ever walked out of a movie?

Nope, but I did suffer through There's Something About Mary and American Fork in theaters. Yes, There's Something About Mary.

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

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. More tears flowed during the second viewing. Why? Because this movie, along with The Two Towers, really hits on emotional nerves that I strongly agree with. There are so many metaphors for everyday life in this big tale of a ring, a land of evil, hobbits, elves, wizards and a dwarf.

15. Popcorn?

Never. I can't miss any dialogue with the sound of my chomping.

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

Rarely. I go maybe twice a year. Thank you inflated prices, lowest common denominator crowd members, cell phones, crying babies, commercials before the previews, and short turnaround time to DVD!

17. What's the last movie you saw in the theater?

Grindhouse. It's perfect for a movie theater and a whole lot of fun.

18. What's your favorite/preferred genre of movie?

The kind that makes me think.

19. What's the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?

I think it was Return of the Jedi or Bambi.

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

Scary Movie 2. After watching it, I wondered, "Did I just watch a movie?"

21. What is the weirdest movie you enjoyed?

Memento. Hands down.

22. What is the scariest movie you've seen?

The Exorcist. The flash of the evil sign in the kitchen did it.

23. What is the funniest movie you've seen?

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. The first time I saw it, I actually fell onto the floor laughing. Not many other films have done that other than Kentucky Fried Movie, Student Bodies and A Night at the Opera.

24. Is there a movie you try to model your life after, or one that you look to for inspiration?

The Muppet Movie. No, I'm not a frog looking to become rich and famous in Hollywood, but it's the central message that gets me every time. "Life is like a movie, write your own ending." I tend to forget that from time to time, so it's good to watch it again once in a while.


Donna B. said...

Great answer for #24. I'm a Muppets Take Manhattan girl myself. The show must go on!

Eric said...

You should read the book American Psycho if you haven't. Sooo good.