1. What movie have you seen the most times in the theater? How many times?
There are a few... I saw Sleepy Hollow (Tim Burton version) three times with three different people. Also saw The X-Files movie three times, again with three different people. I saw Moulin Rouge three times for the same reason, and Chicago twice, despite not really enjoying a lot of elements of it.
2. What was the last movie you walked out of in the theater?
I don't think I ever have. I've given up on a few films on DVD / television and quite possibly would have walked out of The Grudge if I hadn't been too terrified to move. ;)
3. What is the first movie you remember seeing in a theater?
Turner & Hooch is the first that comes to mind aside from random Disney films whose year I can't place (like pandorasblog, I also saw Oliver & Company)... although actually, one of my earliest memories is seeing Labyrinth at what used to be Central Television in Birmingham (on Broad Street), because my mum worked there. At least, I think that's where I saw it, but it was a very long time ago and I would have been about five years old so really, it could have been anywhere. I definitely remember the decor was grey, which would have been synonymous with Central at that time.
4. What is your favorite movie soundtrack?
Anything by Danny Elfman is a winner, although I also really like Amelie...
5. Have you ever dressed up as a movie character for Halloween? If so, who?
Beetlejuice. :) For one of Lloyd's Hallowe'en parties. Also Lestat at one point, but only because I had a marvellous coat I wanted to wear...
6. What was the first R-rated movie you ever saw? Were you allowed or did you sneak?
I actually don't remember my first 18-cert film, to be honest, although I noted to Paul the other day (when his niece couldn't join us for Sweeney Todd because of the rating) that it feels strange to know that at one point our movie-viewing options were limited. I do remember not being able to get into Gremlins II because I was 14 (it's a 15) and watching Beetlejuice at a friend's house when I was eight...
7. Star Wars (orig. trilogy) or Lord of the Rings?
I've seen neither. :P
8. Pacino or DeNiro?
I need to see more of both of them before I can decide, really... I've seen DeNiro in more.
9. Titanic...did it suck or was it great?
Sucked. One of the most overrated films ever made. The only reason I almost cried was because I was upset how much work had gone into creating this wonderful ship only for it to be destroyed.
10. What's your take on Cassavetes?
11. Favorite John Hughes character?
Another blank stare. I am a bad movie geek, obviously.
12. What movie gives you a boner (or makes you tingle)?
Yeah, like I'm going to tell you. Although really? When Depp started singing in Sweeney Todd my spine just about crumbled, but that's all you're getting.
13. What movie always makes you cry like the big puss you are?
Land Before Time, apparently...
14. What's the furthest you've ever gotten in a movie theater? (i.e, second base...)
I haven't. The cinema is there for the watching of cinematic entertainment; it is not a dark cave in which to attempt groping.
15. Speaking of sports metaphors, what's your favorite sports movie?
I don't think I have one, actually... I don't really tend to watch sports movies because the genre doesn't interest me... I enjoyed Save the Last Dance but I don't think that counts.
16. (a) Favorite... teen movie?
Erm... But I'm A Cheerleader was good when I finally got to see it. I liked the American Pie series, too.
(b)...Quentin Tarantino movie?
I prefer Pulp Fiction to Reservoir Dogs and haven't seen any others. I'm waiting on a full-DVD release of Grindhouse thanks to American dumbasses screwing us over... (neither of the two films would particularly interest me on their own; I wanted to see it for the concept.)
(c)...Bill Murray movie?
Lost in Translation, although I liked his little part in Coffee and Cigarettes, too.
There's Something About Mary or The Wedding Singer - I saw both within months of each other.
The Saw series even though their style has been copied mercilessly. The Orphanage is the scariest thing I've seen in a long time, and I like Bram Stoker's Dracula despite the mangling of the book... Gary Oldman FTW!
(g)...made for TV movie?
I don't think I've ever deliberately seen one, to be honest...
Tim Burton, always. Also Guillermo del Toro as of very recently, Quentin Tarantino, Jean-Paul Jeunet and Spike Jonze. Those are the only ones I can properly name. I like the majority of M. Night Shyamalan's work also.
Trainspotting, I suppose, although it's not a genre I gravitate towards because I don't like the glamourising of drugs in any form. Even if the outcome of the drugs in the film is incredibly negative, the fact that there is a film ABOUT DRUGS to start with is bad enough. Kids are impressionable, mmkay?
17. What movie have you seen already but will never, ever, ever watch again?
I have three, for three very different reasons...
(i) Trainspotting - this is a film I very much enjoyed (in a sort of... car crash sense) but it affected me so profoundly and implanted itself into my brain so firmly that I never, ever want or need to see it again.
(ii) The Descent - easily one of the best horror films I've seen, but scared me so much I never want to see it again. i ver. Highly recommended, nonetheless. ;)
(ii) American Dreamz - yoshi and I saw this when we were bored and there was literally nothing else on at the cinema. SO. AWFUL. There are no words.
18. What movie are you embarrassed to really like?
Anything with Eddie Murphy in latex make-up, I'm afraid to say. I am unfortunately easily amused sometimes. ;)
19. What movie should be remade asap?
Phantom of the Opera, for the love of GOD. By Tim Burton, pretty please? There was literally a 10-second sequence in Sweeney Todd which proved that I was right all along... Also - in a pre-emptive strike - Sunset Boulevard (the musical), because I can't shake this feeling it's going to be horrible. :(
If we're talking remade-for-modern-audiences or with-better-effects or similar, um... I'd love to see a modern, GOOD version of Phantom of the Opera anyway. My favourite non-musical version is the silent film with Lon Chaney but I would really, really like to see a version which doesn't try to be a horror film. There are more elements to the story than that...
20. What the F happened to (insert answer)? He used to be so damn funny!
Everyone says Steve Martin, so I'll concur.
21. For the love of everything that's sacred, please someone stop (insert answer) from making another movie!
Renee Zelweger. Or at least stop her singing.
And, after the travesty of POTO, Joel Schmacher is not allowed near any more musicals. Ever.
22. What movie do all your friends love but you think is whatevs?
Star Wars and Lord of the Rings (see earlier answer).
23. What movie do you love but all your friends think is whatevs?
I can't think of anything really off the top of my head, but to give an answer: when I was obsessing joyfully over Most Haunted, everyone else thought I was insane. So that's all I got as a point of reference.
Oh wait. The Piano. But I think that's because most of my friends are not piano players.
24. If you could hump/date/marry any movie character, who would it be?
Jack Skellington. Erik (but not Gerik - blech). Joe Gillis, except Norma Desmond would keeeeel me with her silent-movie death-glare. ;) Jack Sparrow. Um. I think that's enough.
I can't answer it. Labyrinth is in my top ten list, along with Sunset Boulevard and Nightmare Before Christmas... I'll go with SB because it totally is the best movie ever.
26. Book you wish would be made into a movie, and who would direct it?
I would love to see an adaptation of Kay's Phantom (the prequel) and I think Roman Polanski should direct it purely because of the scope and scale, with Meryl Streep as Giry. :D Or maybe Jean-Paul Jeunet, as I would love to see what 'colours' he might translate it into, and that girl from Sweeney Todd (who played Johanna) as Christine. Guillermo del Toro should do the ENTIRE book of Never-Ending Story and do it PROPERLY. Tim Burton needs to do my movie script. :P (Tim Burton needs to do more musicals, full stop. I am liking his approach very much indeed.)
And unrelatedly - I've been saying this for years but it's still true - Baz Luhrman needs to give us a silent film for the 21st century. Because if anyone can, he can. :)
That's enough ramble.
This week has been quite annoying quiet at work, even today with half the typists off... Busy weekend this week. Possibly the new telly coming on Saturday morning and also the rest of the black bookcase, so tonight or tomorrow we need to move the white bookcases somewhere else to make room, and get the wardrobe o' videos up into the attic... JOY! Also, a trip to Iceland for one of their party bags to save having to make any actual effort for party food for the evening (save for making some cakes, probably), and renting of movies for same.
For all those coming - depending on all of the above, the start time may change from 6.00 to 7.00, and I'll probably text you if it does, so just a heads-up. Depends how quickly everything gets done / whether or not we get the telly.
Next week also we're probably going to a barbecue at my grandmother's church, as she reminded me of the date last night. This will doubtless entail the entire army of Quinton Women's Guild fussing over me because they haven't seen me in nearly 10 years, although thankfully I don't think I've gotten any taller so will not have to contend with the "haven't you grown?!"s which are usually so prevalent. Still, it should be in equal parts interesting and horrifying, but where there is barbecued food, there shall I be.
Aaanyway, I shall post this and get on with some work.