Thursday, August 23, 2012

Liebster Award

I got the Liebster Award from Ruth at "...let's be splendid about this...", Shala at Life Between Films and Vern from The Vern’s Videovanguard!

If you’re unfamiliar with the award (does anyone know how this thing started?), it goes something like this:

  1. 11 facts about me
  2. Answer 11 questions
  3. Pass on 11 questions to 11 other bloggers
Here goes!

11 Facts About Me:

  1. I wanted to be Indiana Jones so bad when I was a kid, I shadowed archaeology grad students when I was in high school. That cleared that right up.
  2. The night after seeing Insidious, I was awoken by someone knocking on a door in my apartment complex.
  3. At least 10% of what I say is a quote from a movie.
  4. I’m probably the happiest during the month of October (Halloween and horror movies)
  5. I feel strangely awesome when I’m walking out of a theater after a great movie.
  6. I’ve never snuck into a movie (not for the whole thing, anyway).
  7. One of my goals in life is to make it to a Lebowski Fest.
  8. I remember sneaking out of my crib to watch a movie with my dad.
  9. Poltergeist made me scared of trees for a while.
  10. I love going to midnight movies.
  11. I wouldn’t mind opening my own theater at some point.
Ruth’s Questions:
  1. What is the first film you remember watching?
    • Jurassic Park
  2. If you could pick one film composer to score your life, who would it be?
    • John Williams
  3. On that note, how much of your music library contains film scores/soundtracks?
    • Maybe 1/10th. Although in college I went through a phase where I bought the soundtrack to every superhero film I saw.
  4. Do you have a prized film poster on your wall?
    • Vertigo. I hear it’s the best film of all time now!
  5. Film (as in 35 mm etc.) or digital?
    • Film
  6. Favourite foreign language film?
    • Might have to go with Let the Right One In.
  7. Not including 'director' if you could have any type of role in creating a film, what would you like to do? (Writer, Producer, DOP, Sound Designer - even a production assistant if you like!)
    • Could I go with actor? I would definitely try my hand at writing though.
  8. Desert Island Flicks - pick 5. Go!
    1. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    2. The Exorcist
    3. The Shining
    4. The Big Lebowski
    5. Forrest Gump
  9. If you could only choose to watch either dramas, or comedy films for the rest of your life (and this includes black comedies), which would you choose?
    • Comedies
  10. Favourite animated feature (or short, if you like)?
    • The Iron Giant
  11. First film festival you ever attended (or wish you attend. I've only gone to my first this year).
    • Florida Film Festival

Shala’s Questions:
  1. If you could change the ending to any movie, what movie and what would you make different?
    • I don’t know about ANY movie, but I recently saw The Pledge. Damn I would change the ending to that film.
  2. Have you ever thought about writing a screenplay?
    • I have indeed! I would like to try my hand at a few at some point.
  3. What is one artistic choice in a film that still stands out for you?
    • I thought the effects in The Fountain were great.
  4. Who is your favorite actor that is also a musician?
    • Tom Waits?
  5. What is your favorite independent film?
    • Tough one. I saw Wrecked recently and that was pretty good.
  6. What actor do you think is the most underrated?
    • Sam Rockwell
  7. Have you ever bought something or done something because you saw it in a movie? If so, what was it?
    • I bought a “Das Boot” for my friend for his birthday after seeing Beerfest.
  8. Has blogging ever got you in trouble?
    • Not yet.
  9. Has a movie ever scared you so much that you were frightened for days? If so, which movie?
    • Poltergeist scared me for quite a while.
  10. Do you prefer to watch foreign films with subtitles or dubbed?
    • DEFINITELY subtitles. Less intrusive.
  11. What is your favorite book to film adaptation?
    • Probably The Shining even though it diverges from the book quite a bit.

Vern’s Questions:
  1. What would your dream movie theater have, besides just what is being played?
    • Gotta go with good food and a good beer selection.
  2. Name one movie that actually would be good to remake?
    • An updated version of The Blob (1988) would be great. I think that movie’s a classic and it’s already a remake, so why not keep going?
  3. What irritates you the most when blogging?
    • Writer’s/blogger’s block and not having the energy to write anything.
  4. What do like the best when blogging?
    • I love interacting with readers/other bloggers.
  5. Do you play drinking games to movies?  If so, what do you drink?
    • DEFINITELY. Beer is my drink of choice.
  6. What is the best way to help save us when dolphins try to take over the world?
    • Lots of fish.
  7. What movie do you flat-out refuse to watch, no matter how good people say it is?
    • Antichrist. Although I’ll probably watch it eventually.
  8. Name at least 3 movies that you still watch on other formats besides DVD and Blue-Ray.
    • I guess none? I haven’t watched a VHS in a long time. Although I do own a few movies on digital (Amazon). Drive, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and The Ninth Gate.
  9. Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?
    • I haven’t in a long time. For a while there it was every other month.
  10. What is a good movie that you have a hard time convincing people to watch?
    • I’ve been trying to get a friend to watch Braveheart for a while...
  11. What toppings do you like on pizza?
    1. Pepperoni, BBQ sauce, and bacon.
11 Questions for Others:

  1. Favorite actor/director performance?
  2. Favorite comedy?
  3. Any place you’d like to visit because of a particular film?
  4. Biggest character crush?
  5. Least favorite movie?
  6. If you could get a sequel to any movie, what would it be?
  7. If you could keep any movie off limits in terms of a reboot or remake, what would it be?
  8. Last movie you saw in the theater?
  9. Movie you can’t bring yourself to watch?
  10. Someone who should stop acting?
  11. An actor whom you’d like to see directing?

Passing on to:

  1. CT at Nerd Lunch
  2. Pax at Cavalcade of Awesome
  3. Pete at I Love That Film
  4. Pat at to the escape hatch!
  5. T at to the escape hatch!
  6. Nick at to the escape hatch!
  7. Jeeg at Nerd Lunch
  8. 20 Something Awesome
  9. Rodders at The Reviewing Rodders
  10. Chip at Tips from Chip
  11. Dan at Dan The Man's Movie Reviews
I know for a fact that some of you have already gotten this award but...oh well.

Thanks again to Ruth, Shala, and Vern!


  1. Thanks for answering my questions

    I agree "AnitChrist is a tough one to get through, but the cinematography is incredible and I could see why Charlotte Gainsbourg won for best actress at Cannes

    "I have seen that movie over fifty billion times, and it keeps getting funnier every time I see it" Name the movie in the quote as well as what movie I'm quoting

    1. @Vern - Thanks for sending me the award!

      The more I think about it, I'll definitely watch Antichrist. I'll need a Disney movie on hand to watch afterwards...

      I had to cheat about your movie quote. Beetlejuice talking about The Exorcist? Beetlejuice is awesome but I haven't seen it in forever...maybe for Halloween!

  2. Thanks Robert! I literally just did this the other day but I'm going to add your questions and my answers to the post I did!

    1. Thanks for adding my questions, Pete. By the way, your first two facts on your post are quite amazing!

  3. Thank you for thinking of me for this award. I did receive it about a month ago and I posted on it here, if you want to read it:

    I will answer your new questions:

    Favorite actor/director performance?

    Kurosawa and Mifune have the greatest director/actor body of work in film history, so this is an easy choice.

    Favorite comedy?

    I probably laughed the hardest I ever have at Porkys, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and A Fish Called Wanda.

    Any place you’d like to visit because of a particular film?

    Probably one of the imaginary worlds in a science fiction or fantasy movie.

    Biggest character crush?

    I haven't really had a crush on a character, but the one I probably wanted the most to see good things happen for is Amelie in the movie of the same name.

    Least favorite movie?

    I've seen many that sucked. An all time classic that I hated was Annie Hall. I wrote about that here:

    If you could get a sequel to any movie, what would it be?

    Why make sequels to things like Cars and Monsters Inc. when what many people want most from Pixar is a sequel to The Incredibles?

    If you could keep any movie off limits in terms of a reboot or remake, what would it be?

    I wouldn't. People should be free to make remakes as long as I am free to choose not to watch them.

    Last movie you saw in the theater?

    The Total Recall remake.

    Movie you can’t bring yourself to watch?

    I have zero interest in watching horror films like I Spit on Your Grave or the modern torture porn movies.

    Someone who should stop acting?

    Directors who act in their own movies, but don't have the talent (i.e. Spike Lee and M. Night Shyamalan).

    An actor whom you’d like to see directing?

    With all the movies he's been in, the many more he's produced, and the many where he's had strong opinions on the direction the films should take, I'm really surprised that Tom Cruise hasn't ever tried to step behind the camera and direct.

    1. Thanks for answering, Chip.

      I LOVE A Fish Called Wanda. One of my favorite comedies. A sequel to The Incredibles would be (sorry) incredible.

      I have a similar view on remakes for the most part.

      Seeing Tom Cruise direct would be pretty cool. He has tons of experience, why not channel it into his own film? I just looked at IMDb and I guess he technically directed an episode of "Fallen Angels" in...1993. Wonder why he hasn't done a film?

      Thanks, again!

  4. Thanks for answering my questions! You deserved the award! :)