No, the site’s not moving anywhere, just this guy who writes the things that go on the site. But I thought I would put this out there just as a bit of explanation in case I don’t keep up with my posts quite as much as I have been for a little while. It’s been a really stressful month and I’ll be honest, watching these movies and writing about them here for you has been a huge help in keeping the stress in check. One thing that has gotten lost in the shuffle is my Filmwhys podcast, as I haven’t had as much time tracking down and keeping guests on the schedule or e-mailing new potential guests so the podcast is definitely continuing on its brief hiatus, though I might use this downtime to spotlight some of the other podcasts that I listen to. I also still plan to support my 100 Essential Superhero Movies and would love to see more people join in! Also, if you’ve agreed to join in be sure and send in your article as soon as possible so I can get things set up for it. To finish things off here today, I’d like to say thanks to a couple people that nominated me for a Liebster Award, which I always appreciate getting though I don’t fully follow through with it anymore. I know it’s basically a chain letter but it’s not just “send this letter to 11 random people”, it’s “give this award to 11 sites that you really like”, so I’m still happy that another writer likes this site. So read over on my Facebook page to read my answers from the Taestful Reviews, and check out below for my answers for this brand new one.
This time around a new site I hadn’t heard of before now, Irish Cinephile passed the award to me. Thank you! I also like hearing that the site that passed him the award asked my favorite question “What’s your favorite superhero movie?”. But anyway, here are my answers to their questions:
1. What made you interested in creating a blog?
-I’ve always liked writing and wanted to create a site to take some of my time away from playing the now-defunct MMO City of Heroes. And at the time I wanted to incorporate the great CoH community into my new site, and I’ve always loved sci-fi and superhero movies so I decided to start a site focused on watching and reviewing superhero movies.
2. Does your blog cover a subject you like to talk about or one that you hope to be involved in?
-I don’t know if I ever really want to be involved in the movie industry, it’s mostly something that I just enjoy talking about and being on the outskirts of.
3. Favourite destination in the world?
-Japan, I would love to go there someday. The culture, the technology, the Sakura, it would be amazing. It doesn’t help that one of my friends spent a large amount of time over there and his now ex-wife and kids live there which he gets to visit on occasion.
4. What would you say is the most prized quality in a person?
5. If you could say one positive and one negative about what you cover in your blog, what would they be and why?
-One positive is that the amount of films that fall into the category of my site keeps growing year after year and the quality generally keeps improving as well. As far as the negative, in the past there have been a ton of crappy superhero movies (though it’s never a difficult thing to sit through a bad movie).
6. What was the first film you saw at the cinema?
-I have thought about this quite a bit and my memory for specifics like this is horrible. It was probably a Disney animated feature, I know I saw the Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast in theaters, but I’m sure I saw others before those.
7. Who is your favourite actor and why?
-I’m never really very good at choosing a specific actor who I enjoy. I tend to more often follow writers or directors than actors, because even the best actors tend to be working actors. They take parts that they want to take, and they also take parts they feel they need to take for one reason or another – either it will make them a lot of money, or put them in good with a producer or other executive, or whatever the case it. I’ll just say Ian McKellen because he’s had some iconic roles in the past few years, but he’s also a strong member of the gay community, and on top of that has all these amazing pictures with Patrick Stewart that makes him seem like such a fun and down to Earth guy.
8. Who is your favourite actress and why?
-Similar to my actor’s response, I also don’t have an actress that immediately jumps to mind so I’ll steal my wife’s favorite and say Kristin Kreuk. She’s most famous for playing Lana Lang in Smallville, but also has had quite a few other roles in much smaller movies. I especially enjoyed her in the indie sci-fi comedy Space Milkshake, though I have mostly avoided watching her in Beauty and the Beast. My wife says it’s gotten better in its second season, but I’ll just take her word for it.
9. What, in your view, do you find to be the most overrated film?
-Even though I haven’t seen it in quite a while, I’ll go with Citizen Kane. I know that it’s a groundbreaking film that pioneered a ton of film techniques and storytelling techniques that are still used today, but the story itself just didn’t catch my interest enough to warrant calling it the greatest film ever made.
10. Favourite Animated Film?
-The Last Unicorn, though I almost want to choose Secret of N.I.H.M. so I can talk about Don Bluth whose animation style I absolutely love and really miss seeing anymore. But the Last Unicorn has a similar sensibility in its colors and designs, and it’s a story that I really love along with plenty of things that probably wouldn’t be done the same way if it were made today. Mia Farrow as the Unicorn, Christopher Lee as King Haggard, and Alan Arkin as Schmendrick the magician, it’s a great voice cast and still one of my favorite movies of all time, animated or not.
11. What life lesson has stuck with you that you still adhere to today?
-Don’t worry about things that you have no control of. I like to think of myself as a positive person, and I’ve been dealing with some real life struggles for quite a while now and I like to think that I take things in stride and keep a positive attitude even when it’s tough to put a brave face on things. But the only thing that worrying does is make you feel horrible in the moment, and it never actually accomplishes anything.