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.
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.