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Posted on Monday 26 February 2007 at 2:08 pm

Oscars and a Movie Meme

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Out of all the movies nominated for Oscars this year, I've seen exactly one of them. Yet I watched the entire show anyway. And found it largely dull. Perhaps that was because I hadn't seen any of the films and therefore had no real interest in who won. Ellen did a nice job, though. And I loved Francis, George, and Steven. Can't go wrong with Francis, George, and Steven. Especially not when they're giving Best Director to Martin. Though I suspect Scorsese won more on the basis of his entire body of work than this one particular film.

To make my entire 2007 Oscar experience even more pathetic: I didn't like the one nominated film that I had seen and it won.

Now on to the Film Meme ganked from mrstater and jdbracknell, among others.

1. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 times.
My laptop and I have moved to the living room floor so I can stare at my DVD and VHS racks while answering all these questions, which is earning me odd looks from the roomie. Um, I'll just skip around and pick a few from each shelf for this question, otherwise we'll be here all day...

Too many old Disney films (animated and live action) and old musicals to have any hope of naming them all, American President, An American Tail, Brassed Off, Back to the Future, Dogma, Ever After, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (I'm not a big fan of Temple of Doom and probably have only watched it 8 or 9 times rather than over 10), Keeping the Faith, Little Voice, Moulin Rouge, Notting Hill, Quest for Camelot, Sabrina, Serpent's Kiss, The Star Wars Original Trilogy, and most Mel Brooks movies.

2. Name a movie that you've seen multiple times in the theater.
The Star Wars movies, Ever After, Keeping the Faith, most of the Harry Potter movies (I think I only saw GoF once).

3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to see a movie.
Well, looking at movies I listed for "have seen more than 10 times," Ewan McGregor and Harrison Ford appear to be the obvious choices. But I've been going off Ford over the past few years. So I guess that just leaves Ewan, and I'm more than alright with that.

4. Name an actor that would make you less likely to see a movie.
Um.... It's rare that I will refuse to see something because of who is in it because most people have done at least one good film even if the rest is crap. The only name coming to mind is Tom Green.

5. Name a movie that you can and do quote from.
I can quote almost any movie I've seen more than once. And if I've only seen it once but that's been within the past 5 years, I can probably still quote it. I suppose the ones I quote the most would be Star Wars or any Mel Brooks film.

6. Name a movie musical that you know all of the lyrics to all of the songs.
This would actually be A LOT. I grew up on old Disney movies and old musicals. Looking over the trusty DVD case and limiting my answer to movies I own:
Pretty much every Disney animated film (obviously excluding the ones that don't have songs and lyrics throughout), 1776, Anchors Away, Annie, Babes in Toyland, Bed Knobs and Broomsticks, Brigadoon, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, Dr. Doolittle, Guys and Dolls, Happiest Millionaire, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mary Poppins, Moulin Rouge, Music Man, Newsies, Quest for Camelot, Road to El Dorado, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Singin' in the Rain, and Sound of Music.

I should probably add Gene Kelly to the actors that will get me to a see a film, no matter what.

7. Name a movie that you have been known to sing along with.
If I know the lyrics, I'm singing along. If I only sort of know the lyrics, I'm still singing along. Unless someone specifically requests that I not. In which case I mutter and murmur along.

8. Name a movie that you would recommend everyone see.
I don't know. If we're going for "everyone should see at some point in their lives but preferably after age of maturity," probably Raise the Red Lantern. But it deals with sexual themes and requires you either speak Chiense or can read subtitles so I'm obviously not recommending this for a five-year-old. I'd also recommend Frailty if you REALLY want to think.

9. Name a movie that you own.
I own hundreds of movies. Literally. I own just about everything mentioned above so we'll just run with that.

10. Name an actor that launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops.
I would certainly echo the popular Will Smith answer. But to add one of my own, Frank Sinatra.

11. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in? If so, what?

12. Ever made out in a movie?
In a theater, no. There are a few movies I've "seen" but never seen due to making out on a couch, though. Excalibur is the first one that pops to mind. I should probably not admit this, but one time my then boyfriend and I decided to watch my DVD of the first Harry Potter film and that somehow turned into a make-out session. I guess by then we'd both seen the film one too many times for it to hold our interest because there certainly isn't anything in the film itself that inspired our activities.

13. Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just haven't yet got around to it.
There are a ton of them, but Trainspotting is always at the top of this list, followed closely by the Godfather films.

14. Ever walked out of a movie?
I don't remember ever walking out of a film because it was bad. I've done it twice due to horrific movie-watching experiences, either due to technical/mechanical difficulties or other people in the audience. The Brad Pitt remake of Meet Joe Black and the first time I tried to see Prisoner of Azkaban are without a doubt the most horrific movie-going experiences I've ever had and I walked out and got refunds on both of those.

15. Name a movie that made you cry in the theater.
I never cry at movies. I just don't. Disney's animated Brother Bear got me the closest, but no actual tears, and I saw it for the first time at home.

16. Popcorn?
I'm not supposed to eat popcorn. I will sometimes have some anyway (shhh!). I'm not a big fan of eating at the movie theater in general but I will occasionally get a pretzel, hot dog, or pickle to eat if I get there early enough and think I can finish my snack before the actual film starts. When I was a kid, we'd frequently have a apple and caramel fondue when watching films at home.

17. How often do you go to the movies (as opposed to renting them or watching them at home)
Depends on how things are going in my life. In high school when I could find the time, I went a couple times a week. My dad once complained that I went to more movies in a week than he did in a year. I told him it sounded to me like he had a problem ;-)

Now, I only manage to get to the movies once every month or two. I'm just too swamped.

18. What's the last movie you saw in the theater?
Oh... I know this... uh..... Music and Lyrics!

19. What's your favorite/preferred genre of movie?
It really depends on my mood, but if I had to pick just one it would probably be musicals.

20. What's the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?
I don't remember.

21. What movie do you wish you had never seen?
Pet Cemetery (see 23).

22. What is the weirdest movie you enjoyed?
Depends on what you mean by weird. I guess I'd say THX-1138 or Frailty

23. What is the scariest movie you've seen?
Pet Cemetery. I hate horror movies and will not watch them. When I was in seventh grade, my best friend's birthday was on Friday the 13th and she insisted on having a slumber party with horror movies. I barely made it through that one then spent the rest of the night in another room reading a book or asleep and ignoring the movie watching because I couldn't take any more. I still have nightmares based on that movie and whenever I don't get much sleep for the next two or three nights.

EDIT: I think I fixed the html errors. Sorry. For the errors. Not for fixing them.
Exploring: Living room floor by the movie racks
Listening: Lupin's Transformation And Chasing Scabbers - John Williams


What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 7:43 pm on 26 February 2007 (UTC) (Link)
An American Tail! I said "There are no cats in America" just the other day when The Husband and I were talking about some political issue. Maybe immigration, LOL.
bratty_jedi at 7:52 pm on 26 February 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I love American Tail. Fivel is just so awesome! I had a Fivel rug and a Fivel doll. I'm not sure about the rug, but I know I've still got the doll. I think I lost his hat. :D
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 7:54 pm on 26 February 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I used to have a Fivel doll! I wore his hat.
bratty_jedi at 8:20 pm on 26 February 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I used to play that I'd lost Fivel's hat (or he'd lost his hat. Whatever.). Then I think I really did lose it. He's currently in a box in my parents' attic so I'm not really certain.
drumher at 9:41 pm on 26 February 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I can't believe I forgot to list 1776 on my musical selections! It's probably the only musical that has a 45 minute section with no music. That's all well and good if you're not the drummer in the pit as you can leave and go across the street to the liquor store for a snack but there's one "George Washington" about 20 minutes into it and the drummer has to hit a roll...then you can break.

I hear ya on Harrison and the quality of his movies. There haven't been many recent ones worth a second look but it's the principal of the matter for me. I've been a fan of his since before Star Wars and I'll support him 'til his last movie but, and I hate to say this, he's too old to be the leading man in an action movie and I just don't see him being a "character" actor or playing second fiddle to anybody.
bratty_jedi at 12:45 am on 27 February 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I love 1776. I can't explain it. I'm getting my PhD on colonial and Revolutionary America and could write essays on all the historical errors on that movie. But who cares? It's a fun movie! There are a couple of songs in it that i can't stand, though. I always skip past the soldier's song about his friend and half the time I skip the one about molasses, rum, and slaves.

I'm really scared about this fourth Indiana Jones thing. It could do more damage to fond memories of good movies than Lucas managed with the prequel trilogy. But Harrison is putting up a fight for his whip, so I guess that's a good thing. Maybe. And you are completely right about him not being a character actor or playing second fiddle. I don't know what to think about him.
Raving Lunatic
molly_coddles at 10:44 pm on 26 February 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Mmm, apple and caramel fondue... you're making me hungry!

Or were, until you reminded me of Pet Cemetery. Gah. I went through a Stephen King fascination for awhile. I did really like Cat's Eye, though.
bratty_jedi at 12:46 am on 27 February 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I hate horror movies! I can't believe I actually watched that movie. And I can't believe I'm thinking about it now. I'm going to have nightmares for days!
Raving Lunatic
molly_coddles at 1:21 am on 27 February 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry for commenting on it! Here, look at pretty swans instead. And think about caramel fondue. And, um, leprechauns! I've been meaning to compliment you on your very lovely and festive theme here!
bratty_jedi at 1:28 am on 27 February 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Pretty swans.... yummy caramel... um, leprechauns... wasn't there a series of horror movies about them? AAAAH!

I'll be alright. I really only have issues if I wake up in the middle of the night and have to go to the bathroom or some such. Then I become determined something is going to get me. The obvious solution is, of course, to run back from the bathroom as fast as I can, jump into bed from half-way across the room so anything under the bed can't grab me, and then curl up with the covers over my head, presumably because nothing can get me as long as the covers are over my head. I'm such a five-year-old!

And thanks for the comments on the layout. They're nice shamrocks.
Raving Lunatic
molly_coddles at 1:47 am on 27 February 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Oh man, you're right! But I've never seen the horror-film leprechauns. They only remind me of Lucky Charms and Artemis Fowl. (LEPrecon, hee)

I had to laugh at you tearing down the hall and long-distance leaping into your bed. I used to do that too. Now, the fear of waking the children far outstrips the fear of being eaten by monsters. But when I was younger, I'd sing the song "Fried Ham, Fried Ham" over and over to keep my brain busy and overactive imagination out of gear. If you want the words, let me know. ;)

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