Which classic movie don’t you like/can’t enjoy and why?
One that comes to mind is Apocalypse Now. I've always heard how brilliant it is, and the idea of retelling Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness as a Vietnam War film is intriguing. But I didn't like the movie. I saw it over 20 years ago, so I don't remember it well -- I'm not even sure why I disliked it.
I just recall that the themes I remembered vividly from Heart of Darkness didn't quite come through for me. And when we heard "This Is the End" by the Doors blasting over a war-torn landscape, I felt like I was being bludgeoned over the head with a cinematic message. The movie was dealing with serious, disturbing subjects, and this struck me as style over substance.
Given that I didn't remember the movie well, for while, I thought I'd give it a second viewing. Then I heard they'd actually butchered a cow in front of the camera, so ... nope.
Which ten classic movies haven’t you seen yet? Wow ... there are many classics I haven't seen yet. Here are some:
- The Bicycle Thief
- All About Eve
- Dr. Strangelove
- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
- On the Waterfront
- Strangers on a Train
- Singin' in the Rain
- A Clockwork Orange
- The Seventh Seal (and most other Bergman films, I'm sorry to say. :-))
Hmmm ... I don't think so. Although it sounds like the kind of thing my brother and I would've done when we were kids.
From which big director have you never seen any movie (and why)?
Michael Haneke -- after hearing the premise of Funny Games, I've been a little afraid of this director. Did he make Funny Games to convey a serious message or does he just enjoy shocking and disgusting viewers? Of course, I've always been put off by what I've heard about Lars von Trier, and I did watch Breaking the Waves.
Which movie do you love, but is generally hated?
Darn ... I can't think of one. Though I will admit to having a weakness for sappy "chick flicks" like Terms of Endearment, Beaches, and Steel Magnolias.
Have you ever been “one of those annoying people” at the cinema?
Hmmm ... I don't think so. However I do have trouble sitting still; I'm like a hyperactive kid, so occasionally I accidentally kick the back of someone's seat.
I recently went to see The Woman in Black with some friends. The friend sitting next to me would occasionally let out a ear-splitting scream. It was hilarious. I think I enjoyed it more than the movie, actually.
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?
When I was in high school and college, my best friend and I had a major crush on the actor Richard Gere. This led to my seeing several pretty bad movies including American Gigolo and Breathless (not the French New Wave film).
Did you ever not watch a specific movie because it had subtitles?
No, I love subtitles, and I'm surprised at how many people dislike them. I worked at a movie theater during college. Patrons would sometimes come out in a huff, after seeing subtitles on the screen, and want their money back. Excuse me, but didn't you know you were buying a ticket for a foreign film?
Are there any movies in your collection that you have had for more than five years and never watched?
I don't think so.
Which are the worst movies in your collection and why do you still own them?
Well, strictly speaking, I don't have a personal movie collection -- my husband and I consider all our movies community property. :-) As a result, we have some DVDs which I consider dreadful, but my hubby won't let me dump them at the Salvation Army. These include American Pie and Land of the Lost. For the record, my husband and all three of my kids really like Land of the Lost. Go figure.
Do you have any confessions about your movie watching setup at home?
We have a huge wide screen T.V., which seems like an indulgence in a family that can't afford a working dishwasher. :-) But we love it. My daughter MovieBuff25 has a T.V. in her room for watching movies; she got a region-free DVD player for Christmas one year to expand her access to obscure foreign films.
Our DVD cabinet is overflowing and spilling all over the floor. We need to give some of them away, but we can't all agree on which movies are expendable.
Any other confessions you want to make?
I sometimes watch the same movies over and over. My brother and I once watched The Princess Bride about five times in the same day -- I'm not sure why. I've probably seen The Princess Bride about 20 times altogether -- if pressed, I might be able to quote the whole script. :-P