Mar 17, 2007

Movie meme

First seen at Alice's.

1. Name a movie you have seen more than 10 times.
"Star Wars" (the first one, i.e. episode III). First it was waiting in line about 3 times to see it in the movie theaters, then it was showing on the ferry from Bergen to Amsterdam, and since then it's been aired umpteen times on TV. I stopped counting after 14.

2. Name a movie you've seen multiple times in the theater.
See above. I used to see movies I really liked at least twice in the theater; if I really liked them, three times. One other movie that got that "3-rating" is "The Gods Must Be Crazy". Haven't felt like doing that in recent years. It all ends up on TV, eventually.

3. Name an actor who would make you more inclined to see a movie.
Sean Connery.

4. Name an actor who would make you less likely to see a movie.
Arnold Schwarzenegger.

5. Name a movie you can and do quote from.
None. I never remember stuff like that correctly.

6. Name a movie musical in which you know all of the lyrics to all of the songs.
No can do. But it would have been nice to know all the lyrics to "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" back when I saw the movie (in its cult incarnation, i.e. with full audience participation).

7. Name a movie you have been known to sing along with.
"The Muppet Movie"!

8. Name a movie you would recommend everyone see.
Any of the above and "Purgatory".

9. Name a movie you own.
"The Muppet Movie". Christmas present to myself last year.

10. Name an actor who launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops.
I'm with Alice: Cher.

11. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in? If so, what?
Yes, and can't remember.

12. Ever made out in a movie?
No.

13. Name a movie you keep meaning to see but you just haven't gotten around to yet.
"The Cider House Rules". I own the DVD, and it's still in its plastic wrapping.

14. Ever walked out of a movie?
No, but I wanted to, when I saw "Saturday Night Fever". (I own and love the soundtrack, however.)

15. Name a movie that made you cry in the theater.
Most do. The last one was "The Lake House".

16. Popcorn?
Yes, thank you!

17. How often do you go to the movies (as opposed to renting them or watching them at home)?
Rarely, nowadays. I used to go all the time, and even see the same movie more than once. Now, I find that the experience isn't rewarding enough to justify the annoyances (or price), and I can't rewind if I miss something.

18. What's the last movie you saw in the theater?
"Casino Royale" last month.

19. What's your favorite/preferred genre of movie?
Sci-fi/action/thriller/mystery stuff, followed by comedy. "The Lake House" hooked me because of its sci-fi element.

20. What's the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?
I think it was "Bambi". I remember being upset at the forest fire.

21. What movie do you wish you had never seen?
Oh, there was one, but I can't remember now.

22. What is the weirdest movie you enjoyed?
"The Rocky Horror Picture Show".

23. What is the scariest movie you've seen?
I don't scare easy. I jump when everybody else jumps but I don't have nightmares about it. Last year some time, I saw a ghost story on Showtime involving a submarine during WWII that gets haunted because it accidentally torpedoed a hospital ship, and that was truly a good ghost story (can't be scared again, because now I know what happens) and had me cowering in my own living room. Delicious! (Can't remember the title, though. If you recognize it, could you please tell me?) And the movie is: "Below". (Thanks, Mark!)

24. What is the funniest movie you've seen?
The first one to make me laugh out loud in a movie theater was "Young Frankenstein". But funnier still is "Blazing Saddles" and "Men in Black".

10 comments:

Mark said...

Always happy to help!

alice said...

I love the Rocky Horror Picture Show, but didn't think of it for many of the answers (it would have been my "wierd movie," or one I've seen more than 10 times (though I've only seen it in the theater once), and it's a musical I could sing along with (though I wouldn't, unless I was alone).

That's the trouble with AND fun part about these memes -- the more people who answer, the more things you think of!

Keera Ann Fox said...

Thanks, Mark!

Alice, like you, I'm not sure of the definition of weird. I could say Tarantino movies are weird, because they are utterly boring to me and yet others rave about them. I sat down to watch "Pulp Fiction" and gave up after an hour. I sat down to watch "Kill Bill 1" and gave up after less than an hour. Both times my thought was, "Who cares what happens next," because nothing had happened to make me care so far. But since I haven't seen any of those movies through, I didn't use them as answers.

I guess one could add a 25th question: "Movie experience (good or bad) you can't share with anyone because they don't get it."

alice said...

I've had that experience with movies -- everybody raves about the Royal Tannenbaums, but I was kinda bored during that movie, for example. I do wonder, though, if some movies miss the mark for me because I'm just not in the right mood when I sit down to watch them.

Webmiztris said...

one that stands out for me as one I wish I never had seen was Dr. T. and the Women. JUST. AWFUL. and Brown Bunny. EVEN WORSE!

Keera Ann Fox said...

Alice, I practically started a Usenet flamewar by stating "Pulp Fiction" was boring. ;-)

But mood is a key reason why I choose certain movies or why I put off seeing a movie for weeks. Unfortunately, it doesn't necessarily make the movie more interesting. Another dud was "Ali", taped sometime during Christmas. Turned that one off, too, about an hour in. I kept waiting for the story about the boxer who followed his conscience to start and gave up.

Dawn, Richard Gere and "directed by star" are definitely warning signs. But that "Brown Bunny" really sounds - oh, heck, here's a nice snippet from a user review: "Obviously, this film is not for everybody, and rightfully so. Amazing effort." (Amazing writing.)

Paula said...

Ooh, nice meme! I may do it later. What didn't you like about SNF?

Keera Ann Fox said...

SNF was boring. Nothing the characters did showed any intelligence, charm or growth. There were a number of movies I didn't "get" as a teenager, but when viewed as an adult, I saw depths or subplots I had missed before. When I saw SNF years later as an adult, however, I still thought it was plain stupid with an amazing lack of character development. I found myself wishing they'd just dance; that was enjoyable.

I remember asking you why you enjoyed it. I don't remember seeing the answer.

Paula said...

Hmm. I enjoyed the family dynamic, and the fact that Tony was on the road to nowhere, but then decided he wanted more and pulled himself off it. He showed flashes of smarts, such as when he wouldn't f*ck that one girl without birth control, etc. I almost disliked Stephanie and her snottiness, but figured it was the only way SHE knew to pull herself off the road to nowhere. Tony's conflicted priest brother held my interest as well. And the music and dancing of course!

Keera Ann Fox said...

See, that condom scene was one thing that ruined the main character for me. The girl came back with condoms and still he blew her off (rather cruelly), meaning: He was just stringing her along when he insisted on condoms.

As my grandma told me, if you don't care about the characters, you won't care about their story, and SNF just couldn't make me care about Tony.