Over the past few weeks, a new blog meme has been taking the film blogging community by storm. Known as the Liebster Award, this award is so prestigious that only 96151272 blogs have received it! (approximately) But in all seriousness, it’s a fun little meme that asks everyone to share facts about themselves, answer questions and pass it on to other worthy blogs. I have received the award from EIGHT different bloggers, all of whom are personal favorites of mine, and it felt like the time was right to sit down and answer their questions. I won’t be partaking in the other facets of this meme, but I am more than happy to answer the questions that these great bloggers took the time to create. Thanks to all who kindly thought of me while working on this! Without further ado, here are my answers to every question sent my way:
1. What’s the best movie of 2012 so far?
Tough call. Right now I’m leaning toward The Dark Knight Rises, but there are plenty of contenders: Moonrise Kingdom, Take This Waltz, Beasts of the Southern Wild, to name a few.
2. What’s the worst movie of 2012 so far?
The only one that I didn’t really enjoy was Damsels in Distress.
3. What is your favorite band or artist?
Oh man, depends on the mood, I guess. My most common answer is to say The National, but when I need to chill out I will often go for some Boards of Canada.
4. What’s your opinion on singing karaoke?
I hate it. I will do it on occasion with friends, but only after much pleading and begging from them.
5. Spike Lee: Overrated or underrated?
Haven’t seen enough to have an opinion either way, unfortunately. I did really enjoy 25th Hour, though.
6. Although he won’t admit it, does Tommy Wiseau realize that The Room is terrible?
Haha yeah, I think by now he knows it’s bad. But that hasn’t stopped him from milking the cash cow for all it’s worth.
7. Beyond movies, what is your area of expertise for a trivia team?
Sports, easily. I am especially good with baseball stats.
8. What’s your favorite brand of cereal?
Honestly, I don’t eat much cereal these days. When I do, it’s usually a “healthy” one that has whole grain wheat, berries, nuts, etc.
9. Is The Tree of Life a brilliant movie, a self-indulgent mess, or somewhere in between?
Somewhere in between. I loved certain aspects of it, but it could have used some serious editing.
10. Are you excited about the Olympics? If so, which competitions?
Nope. I caught bits here and there, but I remained generally uninterested.
11. What’s the last movie that you watched?
Ingmar Bergman’s Persona. Loved the hell out of the first two acts but I’m still trying to wrap my head around the third.
What’s your own favorite recurring feature you have on your blog?
The 50 Movies Project. It has opened my eyes to some truly amazing films, and it’s fun to interact with others after viewing them.
What’s a guilty pleasure movie you can’t help but love but don’t want anyone knowing about?
Wouldn’t it defeat the purpose if I answered this question? 🙂
If you could live in any fictional cinematic world, what would it be and why?
While not exactly fictional, I would love to take the place of Patrick Fugit’s character in Almost Famous. The chance to go on tour with a major rock ‘n’ roll band while still in high school? Who wouldn’t want to do that?
Who is your all-time favorite movie character?
Nada from They Live. I even dressed up as him last year for Halloween.
What’s one thing you want to change about your blog but have been unable to?
I’m debating on going back to a self-hosted blog and eventually expanding into a full-fledged website.
What’s your favorite curse word?
I probably say “fuck” (or its many variations) more than I should.
What’s the best widget you have on your blog?
I don’t use a whole lot of widgets, but I do enjoy sharing a weekly poll.
Where is one place you’d love to visit and why?
Iceland. I feel like I lived there in another life. Also, Peru, specifically Maccu Picchu.
If you could go back in time, strictly in your own life, what’s one thing you’d change?
I try to live life with no regrets. There are things that could have happened differently, sure, but I have tried to learn from everything.
Who is your favorite superhero?
I’m not a huge superhero guy, but I have been digging Batman stuff lately. Batman: The Animated Series is great.
What is the meaning of life? Explain in detail.
1. What was the first blog post that you wrote?
No clue as to the specific post, but it was definitely a quick video game review.
2. Red Sox or Yankees?
Fuck the Yankees.
3. The toilet paper roll should it roll down from the top or from underneath?
4. The last thing I stole was a….
What? That’s not a question!
5. What was the worst injury you ever suffered?
I got hit in the eye with a golf club in the second grade. It was actually my birthday party, and I got a golf set as a gift. I wasn’t standing far enough back when my friend was teeing off, and BAM, got smashed right in the eye. Broke a small bone in the cheek, and I had to wear a patch for a week or two.
6. If you did not blog about film what would you be blogging about?
Well, I blog about a lot of things anyway, but video games would be my biggest focus, no doubt.
7. What kind of car do you drive? ( yes I stole that from Swingers)
I don’t have a car. Public transit, baby. But my last one was an ’03 Impala that I sold when I moved to the city.
8. Have you ever eaten a pickled egg?
Oh man, probably at some point. But hell if I remember.
9. What’s in your pull order? (If you don’t understand this question the answer is nothing)
10. Have you ever fired a gun?
Yes. My dad took me hunting when I was a kid. Bored the hell out of me, haven’t done it since.
11. Do you own an iPhone or two tin cans and a string?
What movie character would you want to date?
Great question. I honestly have no idea.
Is there a movie that truly scares you?
Not anymore, though The Blair With Project freaked me out when I was younger.
What movies have you seen in theaters more than once?
The Room. I think I have seen it three times in a theater, twice with Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero in person.
Describe your best movie theater experience.
The Room, again. The first time seeing it in a theater while getting pelted with plastic spoons. My third time seeing it, I even got to go up on stage and shake Tommy’s hand. Talk about surreal.
What movie quote do you use in real life?
Oh man, I hate to keep saying it, but The Room has a ton of quotes I use more often than I should. “I did NAHT” and “You’re tearing me apart” are most prevalent.
What was your favorite movie in high school?
I really liked Varsity Blues. Haven’t seen it since, though I imagine I wouldn’t enjoy it nearly as much now.
What is your favorite movie to come out the year you were born?
Platoon. One of the best war movies ever made.
Have you ever met any celebrities in real life?
Yeah, but mostly musicians. I try not to think of them as any different than you or me, but it was pretty cool to get an emphatic hug and kiss from Tricky after one of his shows. Still can’t forget how short that dude is.
What’s a movie you’re embarrassed to admit you haven’t seen?
Oh, lots. That’s what the 50 Movies Project is for. 🙂
Is there anything film related you totally geek out about?
Not really. But when it comes to video games, I am all about the Fallout universe.
What’s your favorite film to come out so far this year?
Right now I would say The Dark Knight Rises.
1. Who is your favorite Muppet (if you don’t have one you have no soul)
I’ve always liked Gonzo.
2. What are the next five items on your Netflix/Hulu/Amazon queue
Pink Flamingos, Notorious, The Philadelphia Story, Lawrence of Arabia, The Skin I Live In. The first four are for the 50 Movies Project.
3. Favorite classic actor (up till 1990 counts)
Paul Newman. Will watch him in anything.
4. Favorite ride at a Disney theme park (if you haven’t been to a Disney park, see question one)
Never been, and I have no desire to.
5. Have you ever watched an episode of Gossip Girl or Glee?
6. Name one embarrassing movie in your collection.
Somehow I got a copy of The Hills Have Eyes for free. That movie never did much for me.
7. Star Trek or Star Wars?
Never got into either one. I liked the first Star Wars movie as a kid, so I guess that wins.
8. DVD or Blu-Ray?
Blu-ray, no question. Makes a world of a difference.
9. Coke or Pepsi?
I’m indifferent. I rarely drink soda.
10. What’s a movie name you’d love to use as an alias?
Any of the old Film Noir names. Stuff like Cash Brady, Van Morgan Duff or even Sam Spade.
11. How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
1.) When and how did you become interested in movies?
Always liked ’em growing up but didn’t fall in love with film until 2009 or so. My girlfriend and a couple friends really got me to open my mind to new genres and older films, and soon I was watching anything I could.
2.) Who is your favorite director, and why?
Do I really have to pick one? Lately I have been on a huge Billy Wilder kick, so he would probably be my first choice. Love the diversity in his filmography, and he was an amazing writer as well.
3.) What is your favorite movie discovered in 2012 (old or new), and why?
The Apartment, probably. And also The Lives of Others, which is likely the best from my project so far. With The Apartment, it all comes back to the writing. And you can’t go wrong with Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine and Fred MacMurray either.
4.) If you had to recommend any movie you think everyone should watch, what would it be, and why?
How about 12 Angry Men? That and Citizen Kane were the first two classic films that I fell in love with (many years ago), and they made me realize that older movies can be pretty damn good.
5.) Have you been to a film festival, and how was the experience?
No legitimate festivals, but I did catch a few screenings during last year’s Noir City Chicago marathon. I will be doing the same this year, and it actually starts this weekend.
6.) Which soundtrack or score do you keep going back to?
I love the hell out of Requiem for a Dream’s soundtrack, though it depresses the hell out of me.
7.) What films do you find yourself daydreaming about every so often?
Can’t think of anything off the top of my head.
8.) Who do you talk movies with in real life, outside of blogosphere?
My girlfriend and some close friends.
9.) Favorite film poster?
10.) What movie is the record holder that you have seen the most times, and why?
Probably Dazed and Confused. That could very well be my favorite movie of all time.
11.) Which movie websites (not blogs) do you visit?
Every time I see a movie, I hit up icheckmovies.com, IMDB and Letterboxd.
What is your favorite book about cinema (whichever type of book, covering any kind of film genre)?
I honestly haven’t read too many, but I love Roger Ebert’s Great Movies collections.
What is your favorite piece of music or song (score or the needle-dropped variety) used in a movie?
The theme to Requiem for a Dream. Also, anything from Dazed and Confused.
Charles Bronson or James Coburn?
Have only seen a couple films from each so it’s probably not fair for me to say.
What is your favorite foreign film (one made outside your country)?
Oh wow. Maybe City of God. Or Grave of the Fireflies.
When watching a movie at home, what food stuff do you almost always have nearby?
Nothing in particular. I have been enjoying mixed nuts a lot lately, though.
Vincent Hanna or Neil McCauley (reference this film if the characters don’t ring a bell)?
Oh man, I’m due to revisit Heat, but I remember digging De Niro’s character.
What movie cliché are you so tired of seeing in film?
I always hate when villains stall while they have plenty of chances to knock off the hero.
What’s the scariest scene or image your ever saw on film (and it doesn’t have to be from a horror movie)?
The only movie to ever scare me was The Blair Witch Project, and that was probably because I lived right near the woods. That final image of the dude in the corner freaked me out.
The Howling or An American Werewolf in London?
Haven’t seen either. 😦
Ever read the source book of a film adaptation that intrigued you? If so, what’s your favorite?
Yeah, a few times. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is one of my all-time favorite books, and it actually helps to understand the madness in the movie.
Have you ever fast-forwarded a movie just to get to the good part?
I know I did that as a kid, but I couldn’t fathom doing such a thing anymore.
If you could live in another country, where would you live?
I would love to be a vagabond and just live wherever the road takes me. I think I would like to settle down in Germany at some point, though. I fell in love with Bavaria when I was there a couple years ago.
Cats or dogs?
I like both, but cats are lower maintenance.
What’s your all time favourite food?
Sushi! Specifically, unagi and dragon rolls.
If you could only watch one TV show for the rest of your life, which would it be?
Seinfeld. No matter how many times I watch each episode, they never get old. An alternate would be The Simpsons, but I would have a hard time getting through anything after, say, season twelve.
What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
I saw a matinee screening of The French Connection over the weekend. Loved it. As for new films, The Intouchables.
What were you doing, this time last year?
Pretty much the same thing I am now, though my blog has exploded since then.
Comic book films – they’re not going away any time soon. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
As long as they are good films, I won’t mind. I get the feeling we are going to be getting a lot of mediocrity (or worse), though.
What is your most cherished childhood memory?
Probably taking the long road trip down to Detroit to see the Tigers play in old Tiger Stadium. I’m glad I was able to catch a game there before the stadium was demolished.
Have you got sucked into the Olympics? Will you be watching the closing ceremony?
Nope. I caught bits here and there (mainly while at the bar), but I didn’t get sucked into it.
What’s the one book you would recommend everyone to read?
On the Road by Jack Kerouac. That book changed my life when I read it in college. It has accompanied me in all of my major travels.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Great question. I honestly have no idea, and I kind of like it that way.
Whew. I think that’s everything. Many thanks to everyone who was kind enough to pass this on to me. I had a lot of fun answering your questions!