Nostra from My Filmviews has come up with another great blogathon idea: a questionnaire about our film-related confessions. When he sent me the initial lineup, I was excited to take part. Here are my answers:
Which classic movie don’t you like/can’t enjoy and why?
There were three highly-regarded films from my 50 Movies Project last year that didn’t do much for me: 8 1/2, Akira and Last Tango in Paris. I can certainly understand the merits of all three, but none of them did much for me.
Which ten classic movies haven’t you seen yet?
Based on my unchecked movies that are in the most lists on icheckmovies.com:
Lawrence of Arabia
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
Singin’ in the Rain
King Kong (the original)
Gone with the Wind
On the Waterfront
The Wages of Fear
I will be seeing at least four of these this year, as some are included in my 50 Movies Project.
Lawrence of Arabia: I will be seeing you soon!
Have you ever sneaked into another movie at the cinema?
Nope, not that I can remember.
Which actor/actress do you think is overrated?
Keira Knightley. I have yet to see a performance from her that I liked. Don’t get the love for her at all.
From which big director have you never seen any movie (and why)?
I know there are still a few, but the one I am most interested in checking out is Krzysztof Kieslowski. He seems to get mentioned a lot in the blogging community, and I hope to see the Three Colors trilogy sometime soon.
Which movie do you love, but is generally hated?
Well, if we’re looking at poorly rated movies, there are three so-bad-they’re-amazing titles I love: The Room, Troll 2 and Samurai Cop. IMDB ratings, respectively: 3.3, 2.5 and 4.3. Of course, each movie has a cult following, so it’s hard to say they are “hated”.
Otherwise, the serial killer flick, Hatchet, was poorly received (49% on Rotten Tomatoes) but I had a lot of fun with that one. Not a great movie by any means, but very entertaining.
Hatchet: not for those with weak stomachs
Have you ever been “one of those annoying people” at the cinema?
No, not even in my youth, thankfully. I refuse to even look at my phone to check the time.
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?
I didn’t know what to expect with Descent, but I was interested in seeing it because Rosario Dawson had the lead role. That movie was absolutely horrible. Another example is Havoc, which I saw because of Anne Hathaway. Not even gratuitous nudity could save that debacle.
Anne Hathaway and Bijou Phillips: two rich kids who desperately want to be gangsters in Havoc
Did you ever not watch a specific movie because it had subtitles?
Never. I don’t mind subtitles at all.
Are there any movies in your collection that you have had for more than five years and never watched?
Not for five years, but there are still some box sets I haven’t finished off. Most notably, I bought the ESPN 30 for 30 set last summer, and I have only made it through maybe six or seven of the 30 documentaries. All highly enjoyable, but I just haven’t gotten around to the rest. I also still need to see the third and fourth Alien films from the Blu-ray set.
Which are the worst movies in your collection and why do you still own them?
I only tend to buy movies I know or think I will enjoy, but there are a couple duds in my Criterion BBS Story Blu-ray box set. Drive, He Said and A Safe Place are both only notable for being artifacts of the BBS era, and they were forgotten for a reason.
The only notable shot from Drive, He Said
Do you have any confessions about your movie watching setup at home?
Not really. Once in a great while I will watch movies on a computer, but it has a good-sized monitor so I don’t feel too bad about it.
Any other confessions you want to make?
I didn’t really fall in love with film until just a few years ago. I have been playing major catch-up since then, overly indulging in anything I missed out on over the years. It was embarrassing at first to tell friends that I hadn’t seen Back to the Future, The Terminator, Predator or so many other beloved movies, but it was a lot of fun to see them for the first time.
That’s all I’ve got! I had a blast filling out this questionnaire. Be sure to check out the other participants over at My Filmviews.