Saturday, August 4, 2012

Movie Confessions Blogathon

Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned. There are some dark secrets I carry within me, secrets I cannot bear to tell another living soul.

Be calm, my child. You can tell me.

Well, all right.

Which classic movie don't you like/can't enjoy and why?
It was Citizen Kane for a while, but I think Gone with the Wind takes that honor. If Scarlett wasn't so much of -- what's the phrase I'm looking for? -- a bitch, I probably would have liked. But frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.

Which ten classic movies haven't you seen yet?
Classic films I'm set with for the most part. It's the newer titles that I'm lacking with.
  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  3. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  4. Fight Club
  5. Metropolis
  6. Apocalypse Now
  7. City Lights
  8. The Green Mile
  9. Kill Bill: Vol. 1
  10. Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Have you ever sneaked into another movie at the cinema?
Nope. Don't plan to either.

Which actor/actress do you think is overrated?
Keira Knightley. I mean, she was good in Last Night (probably the only performance of hers that I've seen and liked), but she made her performance in Atonement overwrought, and she doesn't really do much in Love, Actually and The Duchess.

Which big director have you never seen any movie (and why)?
Jane Campion. Yeah, I know. I need to see The Piano and Bright Star, but I simply got caught up with other directors. (Come to think of it, I need to catch up on the work of female directors in general.)

Which movie do you love, but is generally hated?
Well, I didn't particularly love it, but I sort of have a soft spot for The Mirror Crack'd. It's not good, but it's amusing.

Have you ever been "one of those annoying people" at the cinema?
Good heavens, no. I don't talk during a movie. I don't text during a movie. (I might turn my phone on briefly to check the time, but I turn it off just as quickly.) I'm a fucking saint when it comes to going to the movies.

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?
Oh God yes. (Who hasn't done this?) There was a movie called Sex and the Single Girl starring four classic actors I like: Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Henry Fonda and Lauren Bacall. Man, it was worse than I thought it would be.

Did you ever not watch a specific movie because it had subtitles?
There are dumbasses that do that?

Are there any movies in your collection that you have had for more than five years and never watched?
I've had Amadeus and The Cider House Rules sitting on my shelf collecting dust for some time. Not exactly five years, but for several years.

Which are the worst movies in your collection and why do you still own them?
Here's the thing: when I have DVDs I don't want anymore (especially ones I saw once and am not particularly crazy about seeing them again in the distant future), I put them somewhere else. (More specifically, a box.) The only reason I still have them is because I don't know who to give them to.

Do you have confessions about your movie watching setup at home?
I like watching movies on my laptop with its 14" screen, something most other people would be going "ugh" about. But if I have something on the DVR I want to watch, I got a 26" flat screen TV to watch it.

Any other confessions you want to make?
Sometimes I buy a DVD without having seen the movie beforehand. (Which would explain my answer two questions earlier.)


  1. Out of the films you've listed you haven't seen in the classics, forget Green Mile - certainly not worth it, I think. Kill Bill Vol.1 and 2 are overrated, but enjoyable nonetheless.

    I always buy DVDs without having seen a film. Luckily, I usually strike gold (which does safe me money, at least), but it's good to always keep receipts at the ready!

    1. Eh, I'm still going to see them anyway. Might as well get those monkeys off my back.

      I do get those pleasant surprises from blind buys. (I was thoroughly impressed by Hollywoodland and The Dreamers.) And the places where I buy these DVDs don't really give me a receipt.

  2. Interesting list of films you haven't seen. Of those ten, I'd say there's only one you need to rush off and see as soon as possible without delay: Apocalypse Now.

    Keira Knightley is overrated, and Gone with the Wind is far from the greatest movie of all time.

    Your answer to the subtitle question made me laugh. That's the only acceptable answer to that question, haha.

    1. I plan to, but in preparation for my monthly feature. (I kind of want to read Heart of Darkness beforehand.)

      Nice to know I'm not alone on those matters.

      I figured you'd like that answer.

    2. I'd recommend reading Heart of Darkness beforehand, but it's not essential. Also, Metropolis and City Lights are wonderful.

      Poor Keira. :(

      I do want to see Sex and the Single Girl, even if it is that bad.

    3. I plan to do that regardless. Metropolis I've seen a few clips of, City Lights I actually saw several years back but can't remember much of.

      What? I don't like her as much as some.

      I mean, it's got a couple amusing scenes but it's not that memorable.

  3. Thank you for saying Gone With The Wind. I couldn't agree more.

    1. I might lose a few followers from that comment, but I don't care. Haters gonna hate.

  4. I buy DVD's without seeing the film beforehand all the time. Which is how I get saddled with crap like The Tommyknockers.
    Any plans on seeing the Lord of the Rings trilogy in the near future? :P I never realised how divisive they could be!

    1. I'm usually careful with which DVDs I blind buy. It doesn't always end up how I hope it would.

      Oy, for the third time this weekend alone, yes, I am going to see The Lord of the Rings trilogy some time in the near future.

  5. Good confessions here. City Lights… gotta do it. Loved your answer to the subtitles questions. Sadly, there are a great number of people who do that. (sigh)

    1. I know, I know. I'll try to see it before the summer's out.

      Those people are idiots in that regard.

  6. I know exactly what you mean about not knowing how to get rid of unwanted DVDs. I recently found an awesome site where you can swap dvds with other members. I've gotten several blu rays from trading in old dvds such as Freddy Got Fingered. haha is the site. Hope you enjoy!


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