Jul 11, 2016

The Movie Nut's Meme

Here's a short set of questions and answers about my movie history. I got this from Princess Pandora, who got it from Sunday Stealing.

What was your first movie-going experience without your parents? 

I have wracked my brain on this but cannot remember. I remember what must have been one of my first movie experiences WITH my parents: I remember seeing Sleeping Beauty at about 7 years old and being entranced by the vivid, gorgeous colours. It was one of the most beautiful things I had ever seen. 

Do you still buy DVDs or Blu Rays (or do you just stream them)?

I still buy them for the kids, as I don't download movies. But we now stream movies and TV as often.

What is your guilty pleasure movie? What about it works for you?

I have a few: 

Arlington Road, a really good domestic terrorism thriller with Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack and Hope Davis. I love it as it's creepy and paranoid and really surprising (or it was the first time I saw it)

Limitless, which is objectively silly but a good thriller anyway. 

Without a Paddle, which is just extremely funny. Literally every scene made me laugh. 

The Mummy and The Bourne Identity are, in different ways, perfect escapist movies I've watched many times.

You have compiled a list of your top 100 movies. Which movies do you like, but would not make the list?

Hmm... so movies I like but don't love. Hard to come up with more than 100 movies I like without copious googling, but I will nominate these, for some movies I liked but which weren't my favourites:

Cabin in the Woods 
Gone Girl
Shutter Island
The Departed
The Grey
The Imitation Game
American Hustle

Which movie(s) do you compulsively watch over and over again? What makes it so great?

Maybe Jaws. What makes it great? Great story, great suspense, awesome jump scares, and Roy Scheider.

Another of my all-time favourites is Rear Window. I love the old-fashioned suspense, and the set, and Grace Kelly's perfect wardrobe.

Classic(s) you're embarrassed to admit you haven't seen yet?

The Deer Hunter, Mean Streets, Singing in the Rain, Dr Strangelove. 

Do you have any movie posters hanging on your wall? If yes, which ones and why?

No, but I used to have a movie poster of Salvador in my 20s. I loved that movie, and loved James Woods.

Tell us about a movie that you are passionate about.

I loved Witness as a teenager - it was my perfect movie for years and years.

What is a movie you vow to never watch? Why?

The Saw movies. I like supernatural horror, not torture porn horror. 

Tell us about a movie that literally left you speechless.

The Secret In Their Eyes. Very very good. Haunting. Visually amazing and very memorable. Harrowing in one scene.

What’s a movie that you always recommend?

I love Madagascar and Madagascar Escape 2 Africa and am constantly telling grown-up people to watch them.

Who is an actor you always watch, no matter how crappy the movie?

I don't have one now, but my sister and I used to have a Nicolas Cage pact, where we would go and see every movie of his together, because we loved him so much, even though all of his movies are terrible. Snake Eyes killed it for us - even we couldn't keep going after that. He started out so well! Raising Arizona and Moonstruck were great, but since then.... the last "good" one (I loved it) was Face/Off!

Who is an actor you don't get the appeal for? Why don’t you like them?

George Clooney leaves me a bit cold. He's too self-aware.

Who is an actor, living or dead, you'd love to meet? Why do they intrigue you?

Jodie Foster is pretty cool. I think she'd be interesting to talk to. She's smart and down to earth at the same time.

Sexiest actor/actress you've seen. (Picture required!)

How to choose...Benicio Del Toro, Steve McQueen, Robert Redford, Clive Owen, Ralph Fiennes, Josh Brolin, James Franco...

But actually I think you can't go past Marlon Brando in his youth:

OK, you are casting a movie, pick four or five actors you’d hire to be in it and why we’d love them together.

I would love to see more comedy with women - Amy Schumer, Kristen Wiig, Bette Midler, Mindy Kaling and Jane Krakowski ought to be fun.

Who is your favourite actor pairing of all time?

Kathryn Hepburn and Spencer Tracey. She was so cool, and their chemistry was great.

Have you ever watched movies from a decade that was before you were born? If so, which decade is your favourite?

I like suspense thrillers from the 1940s.

If you were to be in a movie would you rather play the hero, villain or anti-hero? Why?


  1. So many similar answers! Although I adore George Clooney, I feel like I grew up with him--from his days on Facts of Life.

  2. I should put Jaws on my never seen list too - never seen it. I forgot about Sideways - love sideways. Witness is still fantastic too -anything by Peter Weir is wonderful.

    1. You've never seen Jaws??! It's on Netflix currently, you should catch up! Don't bother with the sequels though, they are pretty terrible.
      The more I think about my list I remember I actually really liked Sideways too - it would possibly make my top 100 after all. I do remember it stopped me drinking merlot, which I used to quite like...



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