Nostra, over at myfilmviews.com, decided to kick start a new blogathon based on our movie confessions. Seeing as how I’m not a big church going individual, I figure any outlet that’s available for me to confess shouldn’t be passed up. Therefore, I trust that you all will keep this between just you and me as I make my Movie Confessions.
Which classic movie don’t you like/can’t you enjoy?
I’m going to go with what seems like a recent classic, Inglorious Basterds. I’ve enjoyed most of Tarantino’s films. Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Kill Bill Vol. 2 are all great films in their own right. I didn’t like Death Proof, although I took it for what it was. When it comes to Inglorious Basterds, I thought Cristoph Waltz was exceptional and deserving of his Oscar, but the rest of the movie did nothing for me.
Which ten classic movies haven’t you seen yet?
I’m pretty sure there are movies that may be considered more classic then even these, of which I haven’t seen; but these are the 10 I was able to find after a short research. A few of these pictures have won a Best Picture award, which doesn’t necessarily make them classics, but for someone who follows the Oscars the way I do, they are films I should have seen. A few others are classics due to popularity, and usually after responding to someone that asks if I’ve seen said film by telling them I haven’t, it garners the response “How could you not have seen that?”
Gone with the Wind
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Color Purple
A Clockwork Orange
To Kill a Mockingbird
Have you ever sneaked into another movie at the cinema?
Yep, I sure have. When I was much younger, I used to travel 2+ hours to go and meet a girlfriend whose parents didn’t approve of me (don’t ask!). We’d hang out at the mall and depending on what was showing we’d see one movie and then just walk into another. The last time I remember us doing it was going to see Crimson Tide, and then afterwards sneaking into Batman Forever on its opening night. Most recently, technically I snuck in…but I have no guilt for doing so. After seeing Shark Night 3D, I decided to see the midnight showing of Drive. I waited at the counter for about 10 minutes for an employee, but eventually grew tired of waiting since it was a few minutes after midnight, and just went right into the theater.
Which actor/actress do you think is overrated?
Will Ferrell, and it’s not even close. I will admit to liking Ferrell in Old School, Elf and his short stint in Wedding Crashers, but it stops there. Aside from Elf, every other movie in which he’s the lead actor has been a disappointment to me. I think he tries too hard when he’s the film’s lead, as opposed to a brief appearance in which he usually nails the part and gives a more memorable performance.
From which big director have you never seen any movie (and why)?
Akira Kurosawa. For the longest time I refused to watch a film in black and white. I hadn’t yet matured to the point of understanding that color didn’t necessarily help make a great film. I’ve since matured, at least when it comes to watching films, and have seen a great many black and white movies. Unfortunately, I have no excuse other than I have never taken the time to actually watch any of the Kurosawa films, of which I own a handful on DVD or Blu-ray. Please don’t judge me…
Which movie do you love, but is generally hated?
It’s difficult to determine which movies are generally hated, but I’m going to go with a franchise movie that is considered the worst in the series (I won’t argue that) and an all around terrible film, Rocky V. What’s not to like about Rocky, Paulie, Adrian and even Mick (in flashbacks)? Okay, Sly’s son is terrible as Rocky’s son, and former boxing professional Tommy Morrison is beyond stiff as the terribly named Tommy Gunn; but how can you not love the name of promoter George Washington Duke, played in such a campy manner it’s impossible to laugh? Yes, I accept that movie isn’t as good as the four films that came before it, nor is it as good as Rocky Balboa, which came after. However, the film is littered with great lines “Yo Tommy! I didn’t hear no bell” and “Hey! You knock him down, how ‘bout you try knockin’ me down”. Also, the rap filled soundtrack is led by the Joey B. Ellis & Tynetta Hare song “Go For It (Heart and Fire)” which is great for getting kids all fired up during a basketball clinic; I’m speaking from experience.
Have you ever been “one of those annoying people” at the cinema?
Absolutely not! At least not as far as I can remember. I cherish the film going experience, as I recently wrote about. It’s a time to relax and take in the world that’s been created, and a time to make memories to last a lifetime. I only wish there were less inconsiderate, careless, selfish people who made movie going experiences uncomfortable for others.
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?
It’s pretty bad that 1 movie immediately came to my mind when I read this question…Zombie Strippers! starring Jenna Jameson; and for the record, this is not an Adults Only film. I had absolutely no expectations whatsoever for the movie, but will admit that the only reason I watched it all was because Jenna Jameson was in it. Needless to say the movie was HORRENDOUS and I have no memory of anything other than Robert England also being in the movie.
Did you ever not watch a specific movie because it had subtitles?
I can’t say that I have. I have no problem watching a movie with subtitles while at home, nor paying to see one in theaters.
Are there any movies in your collection that you have had for more than five years and never watched?
I’ve got a movie collection that’s upwards of 10 thousand, so I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say that I’ve never watched a great deal of them. Here’s a list of the more notable ones:
American Gangster – I just never got around to watching it
Scarface (1932) – It was part of the Scarface Deluxe Gift Set
Which are the worst movies in your collection and why do you still own them?
Drive Angry – The Nicholas Cage movie was the first movie I ever reviewed, and when someone asks me what’s one of the worst films I’ve ever watched, I’ll have it handy to lend to them.
Showgirls (VIP Limited Edition) – The day I bought it, I opened it up just to play the “Pin the Pasties on the Showgirl” game….it’s worth keeping just for the game.
Do You Have Any Confessions About Your Movie Watching Setup At Home?
I don’t have, nor do I have any current plans to get surround sound.
Any other confessions you want to make?
I get the opportunity to go to 3-5 advanced screenings each month.
If there’s a Groupon or similar deal for Hollywood Movie Money or Fandango codes, I usually buy too many just so I can see movies in 3D or IMAX at the same price as the regular screening.
I cry at practically every movie I see. The worst was when I went to see A Beautiful Mind, expecting a spy movie and got so wrapped up in the story that an older woman sitting next to me handed me a full pack of tissues and said “you need these more than I do”. Regardless of the movie, if my kids are with me they’ll either check or ask me if I’m crying.