You know how I am about web memes. Don’t tag me with them because I won’t be imposed upon for content. But that doesn’t mean I hate them. Actually, I like some of them and include them here if they suit my fancy. And this one does.
From Diva Kitty & the Fluffies comes the movie meme.
You’re welcome to play along in the comments if you wish, and you’re equally welcome to use this on your own blog if you have one. I won’t tag anybody since it’s not my thing.
I’m taking great liberty in my answers as many ask for one and I’m giving a lot more (that’s just how I roll).
1. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 times.
Any Star Trek, Star Wars, or Godzilla film, all but the latest King Kong film, the original “The Fog,” “Dark City,” “Contact”, “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar,” “Stargate,” “Casablanca,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Roots,” “Donnie Darko,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “The Gods Must Be Crazy,” “Grosse Pointe Blank,” all of the classic sci-fi and horror stuff (“The Time Machine,” “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” all the Dracula, Frankenstein, and werewolf movies, etc.), and a great many others. You have to remember: I’m an avid movie nut.
2. Name a movie that you’ve seen multiple times in the theater.
Several, but the one I’ve seen the most is “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” The Casa Linda Theater—when it was open—once showed it at midnight every weekend. I attended religiously.
3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to see a movie.
I assume that means actors who are alive since the dead folk won’t be showing up in anything new… or so one hopes. Anthony Hopkins—and not more inclined but obligated to do so. Even if I know the movie’s terrible, I’ll still see it once. The same is true for Jake Gyllenhaal, Sally Field, Tim Curry, Ben Kingsley, Drew Barrymore, Jude Law, Whoopi Goldberg, Kenneth Branagh, John Malkovich, Glenn Close, Johnny Depp, Gary Oldman, Ian McKellen, Meryl Streep, Richard Dreyfuss, John Cusack, Joan Cusack, Michael Caine, Ewan McGregor, Denzel Washington, John Travolta, Julianne Moore, Gary Sinise, Kevin Spacey, Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Stewart, and Guy Pearce. There are others, I’m sure, but that’s certainly the top of the list. I can’t help it if I have a lot of favorites.
4. Name an actor that would make you less likely to see a movie.
Same assumption on being alive or dead… Jim Carrey, Keanu Reeves, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Sandra Bullock, Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy, Justin Timberlake, Cedric the Entertainer, Jamie Foxx, Sylvester Stallone, and probably a few (several?) I don’t remember at this moment.
5. Name a movie that you can and do quote from.
Hello! I’m gay. That would be every movie I’ve ever seen.
6. Name a movie musical that you know all of the lyrics to all of the songs.
“The Sound of Music” and “The Wizard of Oz.” There are many others, yes, but those two stand out in my mind.
7. Name a movie that you have been known to sing along with.
See above. And “Newsies” (I’m so embarrassed!!!!).
8. Name a movie that you would recommend everyone see.
“Contact,” “Das Boot,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” “Dead Poets Society,” “Pi,” “Following,” “Silkwood,” “Reversal of Fortune,” “Dark City,” “Casablanca,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Memento,” “The Silence of the Lambs,” “The Birds,” “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” “Gods and Monsters,” “Hotel Rwanda,” “Philadelphia,” “Gorillas in the Mist,” “Se7en,” “The Bear,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and “Donnie Darko.” I’d recommend more if I didn’t know it would bore you to tears.
9. Name a movie that you own.
A lot. I’ve reduced it from several hundred to around a hundred. How about “Edward Scissorhands” or “The Opposite of Sex”?
10. Name an actor that launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops.
Mark Wahlberg (although not terribly impressive, his acting certainly is an extreme dichotomy compared to his music).
11. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in? If so, what?
My goodness yes! I grew up going to drive-ins considering sit-in theaters didn’t exist yet. I remember seeing “Jaws,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” the 1976 version of “King Kong,” and “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” at drive-ins. Plus a whole lot more. You might even be surprised to know I saw “Red Dawn,” “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock,” “Casper” (HATED IT!), and “Congo” (HATED IT!) at drive-ins.
12. Ever made out in a movie?
Yes. And more than that. A great deal more.
13. Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just haven’t yet gotten around to it.
That list is a mile long. There’s “Superman Returns,” “Zodiac,” “The Pursuit of Happyness,” and “father & son.”
14. Ever walked out of a movie?
“Laws, yes!” “The Hard Way” immediately comes to mind.
15. Name a movie that made you cry in the theater.
“Philadelphia”…and there wasn’t enough tissue on the planet to sop up my tears. I’ve cried during plenty of movies, but that one goes down in history for inducing the most sorrow in the theater.
Large with butter—because my bad cholesterol hasn’t clogged all of my arteries yet. Well, I get a large if I’m sharing, otherwise a medium or even a small will do fine.
17. How often do you go to the movies?
I don’t go anymore. I think the movie and theater industries are gouging the public while offering crap for the investment. Unless something ginormous comes along that absolutely must be seen on the big screen, you won’t catch me going to a theater. When they get the prices under control, and when the MPAA stops acting like Nazis, perhaps then I’ll consider changing my stance—but probably not. Besides, DVD brings better quality right to my own living room, and it does so at a fraction of the cost… and I can drink beer that way!
18. What’s the last movie you saw in the theater?
“King Kong”… and it’s a regret I’ll suffer with for the rest of my life.
19. What’s your favorite/preferred genre of movie?
I don’t have one. My tastes are quite varied. Although it’s easy for me to say science fiction draws me in easier than anything else, I’m rather eclectic when it comes to entertainment (movies, books, and music), so even that would be disingenuous.
20. What’s the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?
The first one I can think of is “Saturday Night Fever,” but I can’t honestly say whether that was the first movie I saw in a theater (obviously excluding drive-ins). Something else might have come before it. Now that I think about it, I’m positive several came before that one, but back then the local theater had Monday Movie Night for a dollar a film so they could get more of the old drive-in people to try out the new sit-in idea. We were going every week and seeing something different, so I’m sure plenty of others came before that one.
21. What movie do you wish you had never seen?
“Dreamcatchers” even though it’s based on Stephen King. All three of us—Jenny, Derek, and I—sat through it thinking the others in our party wanted to see it, but afterward all three of us admitted we wanted to walk out after about fifteen minutes. There are times when silence and consideration for others represent a doomed policy that should be abandoned in haste.
22. What is the weirdest movie you enjoyed?
“Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” is probably the most esoteric film I enjoyed but that was considered “weird” by pretty much everyone else.
23. What is the scariest movie you’ve seen?
None. Movies don’t scare me. They never have. When my brother hid behind the couch while we watched the original “The Fog” on television, I sat enraptured without flinching. When my other siblings hid and diverted their eyes while we watched “The Legend of Boggy Creek” on television, I was fixated and had a hard time even blinking. You see, I enjoy scary movies even though I think most are passed off under that label despite containing nothing more than cheap thrills and pedestrian scares. I can’t honestly say any movie has ever frightened me, although plenty have provided the occasional, gratuitous shock.
24. What is the funniest movie you’ve seen?
“Mars Attacks” when altered; “To Wong Foo…” when altered or not. I mean me when I say altered.