My Movie Confessions
Before I get to my confessional post, I’d like to mention that I’m in the process of putting together a podcast. I will do my best to bring the superhero love when and where I can, but I thought it would be easiest to round up some other movie bloggers to have a general movie podcast. As of right now, it seems to be between me, Nick over at Cinematic Katzenjammer, Joe over at Two Dude Review, and Vern over at The Vern’s Videovangaurd, with a couple others possibly joining up. We’re all fairly new to the podcasting game, so we’re taking it slow. I hope to have the first episode up by the middle of August and will be trying for a new episode every two weeks at first. As for today’s post, I’ve had a few ideas rolling around in my head, I know I want to do a post about the actors who double dip in the superhero pool, but I haven’t done the planning needed for that one yet. In the end, I took the easy way out and joined a fun little blogathon headed up by Nostra of My Film Views called Movie Confessions. I figured that I ask so many questions of others, it’s time to answer a few myself.
Which classic movie don’t you like/can’t enjoy and why?
Citizen Kane. I understand that it was revolutionary in the amount of filmmaking techniques that later became standard. It’s considered the greatest movie of all time by many people, and I agree that it’s technically a fantastic movie, but that doesn’t mean that I enjoy watching it very much. It’s just not that interesting of a story to me. And on top of that, the number of times I’ve seen “Rosebud” homaged and parodied, makes it essentially lose all meaning.
Which ten classic movies haven’t you seen yet?
I’m sure some of these would be considered “new classics” but I’m also sure most people won’t fault me for listing them.
1. The Godfather Trilogy – The third movie might not count for a lot of people, but the first two are definitely classics, I think it’s because I was never a huge mobster movie fan.
2. The Maltese Falcon – I really enjoyed Bogart in Casablanca and have been curious about this movie for a long time, but haven’t gotten around to seeing it yet.
3. The Shawshank Redemption – It’s spent a long time at number 1 on the IMDB top 250 movies list, but I haven’t seen it. In fact, I’ve only seen 3 out of the top 10 in that list. Well 4 while Dark Knight Rises is there.
4. Taxi Driver – I’m familiar with the “You talking to me?”, but I’ve never actually watched it.
5. To Kill a Mockingbird
6. 12 Angry Men – These last two, and honestly most of this list are also here because they’ve been listed as one of Fog’s Movies that Everyone Should See. He really makes a great case for all of them, but I haven’t yet made the time to watch any of the ones that are new to me, except for Robocop. Because… it’s Robocop.
7. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – I’ve heard a lot of good things about this, and have always been fascinated by insanity portrayed in film, but haven’t gotten around to this one yet.
8. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – My father was a big fan of westerns, but they never really stuck with me.
9. Jaws – I’ve caught the final scene on TV, but never seen the whole movie end to end.
10. Rocky – Never a big sports guy either.
Have you ever sneaked into another movie at the cinema?
Once, and it wasn’t my idea, it was my older sister’s. I was in my early teens I believe, and I was visiting her for a week in the summer while she was living in Phoenix, Arizona. I don’t even remember the movie that we originally went to, but I remember after that movie was over we snuck over to another theater to watch Martin Short’s Pure Luck of all things, missing the first 10 minutes or so of it.
Which actor/actress do you think is overrated?
Emma Stone, I enjoyed her in Amazing Spider-Man, but she didn’t blow me away. And I’ve heard nothing but love for her.
From which big director have you never seen any movie (and why)?
I’ve never seen a Woody Allen movie, none of them have ever really crossed my radar.
Which movie do you love, but is generally hated?
I really enjoyed Rat Race, there are some completely ludicrous moments in it, but it just makes me laugh so much, and I love so many of the actors in it. Totally a guilty pleasure movie.
Have you ever been “one of those annoying people” at the cinema?
My nickname in high school was Silent Bob, and I was not fat, nor did I have a beard. I also tend to see movies that have been out for a bit, so there’s been at least a couple times where I’ve been in the theater with my friend by ourselves.
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?
Does it count if my wife made me watch it? Because I’ve seen several movies when she gets on an actress kick and starts watching every movie they made. Like Christina Ricci’s All’s Faire in Love, or Jennifer Love Hewitt’s Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber. I have seen several movies that I knew in advance would be bad because they are about superheroes, due to this site. Otherwise I would have never watched Corman’s Fantastic Four, or Catwoman.
Did you ever not watch a specific movie because it had subtitles?
Yes, my wife’s a fan of Asian horror movies, but she also has dyslexia which makes subtitles much more difficult and I often read them for her. There have been a few times when I wasn’t in the mood to talk for two hours and I suggested a different movie.
Are there any movies in your collection that you have had for more than five years and never watched?
Depends on the definition of “watched”. With the exception of movies I’ve recently bought specifically for this blog, I’ve never bought a movie sight unseen. So I had watched every movie I own before I bought it. But there are a few movies that I bought and never watched that copy of. Like I’ve yet to watch Hellboy 2 on blu-ray, but that’s only been maybe a year and a half. And once again, there’s some movies that I’ve bought for my wife, and never watched with her, like the One Missed Call sequels.
Which are the worst movies in your collection and why do you still own them?
Based on here-say and trailers, I’d give the award to My Super Ex-Girlfriend which I bought because it was pretty much the same price as renting it, and I still own it because I haven’t gotten around to suffering through it yet.
Do you have any confessions about your movie watching setup at home?
I currently have my computer hooked up to my HDTV and watch most movies streaming online, nothing super-fancy though.
Any other confessions you want to make?
There’s a strong possibility that I’ve used various means to watch some of the harder to find movies, but that’s as much as I’ll say about that.
Posted on July 25, 2012, in Blogs and tagged Blog, blogathon, movies, podcast. Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.
A fun entry for the blogathon, Bubbawheat. On your unseen classics, I think you’ll probably like The Maltese Falcon; great two-fisted noir story. To Kill a Mockingbird is kind of a surprising omission; I had to watch that three times in school. Still think it’s pretty good, though. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is good, but I have to admit I’m not sure it’s really as great as some people make it out to be. But then, my high school was Ken Kesey’s alma mater, so I kind of had my fill of him.
I haven’t seen Rat Race but just on the premise — cross country race, lots of comedic actors — I’d suggest you check out It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World. It’s the “original”, so to speak, and it’s much more highly regarded.
I actually had an awesome English teacher who had us watch movies like Rosencrantz and Gildenstern are dead and Mel Gibson’s Hamlet, though that might have actually been two different teachers.
Now that you mention it, I could have put Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World on the classics list, I’ve actually wanted to watch it ever since I knew that Rat Race was a remake of it, so many great classic comedians in that movie.
Hey Bubba, how does it feel go be the interviewed for a change? If you guys have room for one more, I’d love to get in on that podcast…
We’ll probably stick with the four to start out, but I’d love to talk with you at some point, we may rotate spots or have guests, we’ll just have to see how it pans out.
Sounds good. Looking forward to it!
Re: Woody Allen. You haven’t seen a single one?!? He makes a movie practically every week!
OMG! I love Rat Race too!
Haha, I wanted to make that last confession too, but didn’t want to get in trouble. 😉
I’ve skirted around that confession on twitter, and have posted YouTube links to unreleased movies/TV movies I reviewed like Fantastic Four and Generation X.
And as for Woody Allen, I know he makes a ton of movies, I just never come across any of them, though I have been curious about What’s Up Tiger Lily for a long while.
And thanks for stopping by!
I enjoyed reading your responses. I’d definitely recommend checking out some of Woody Allen’s movies — maybe start with Annie Hall. 😉
I think part of it is that I’m not sure if it’s my style of humor. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Annie Hall and that one or What’s Up Tiger Lily would probably be my starting point. Thanks for stopping by!
We’ve got a couple of unwatched films in common, and interesting to see that you have never taken to Citizen Kane. I wonder if I’ve skipped some films on my list of ten because of the hype and not wanting to be disappointed.
The only other ones on your list I haven’t seen are Alien and Chinatown. I don’t think that I predict that I would be disappointed, many of them aren’t my usual style, and there just aren’t enough hours in the day to watch all the movies I’d like to see. Thanks for commenting.
I think the worst thing that happened to Citizen Kane is that it’s become acclaimed as “THE GREATEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME”. This means it’s impossible to live up to any expectations. I think it’s a classic movie because of the techniques like you mention, but who can say what’s truly the best film? It’s all so subjective. I’ve enjoyed it more with each repeat viewing, but I can’t say it’s thrilling from start to finish.
That’s quite a list of classic movies. You can’t really go wrong with any of them, so you have some great viewings ahead of you.
Yeah, now that I’ve actually made a list, I should start knocking a few of them off. I can see why Citizen Kane is hailed as the best movie of all time by most critics, yet it ranks somewhere in the 50’s I think, of the IMDB top 250.
Rocky’s definitely the least sporty of the Rocky films. Very much more a film about Rocky himself. A moving little drama.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is an excellent film. My favourite of Jack Nicholson’s roles by a long way. You’ll see lots of other familiar faces in it.
Rat Race is so utterly ridiculous I kinda love it too 😀
I haven’t seen any of the Rambo movies either. Cuckoo’s Nest will probably be the first one on the list I end up seeing, I remember recently some fashion magazine reimagined a bunch of movie villains, and Nurse Ratched was one of them, very creepy.
Good stuff, Bubba. You’re in for a treat with all of those classics you mentioned. I think One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest may be my favorite of the bunch, but they’re all great.
And I’ve always wanted to see Rat Race for some reason. Didn’t know it got a bad rep, but now I’m even more curious to check it out.
I always had the impression that it wasn’t liked very well, but I guess it’s more of a middle of the road movie. I just checked Rotten Tomatoes and critics give it a 44, while audiences give it a 63.
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