Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The 15 Questions Movie Meme

Michael, of the myriad and fascinating movie posts, recently posted this and I thought it would be fun to join in. I've decided to limit my answers to the last two decades as these types of movie questions are often so paralyzing that I can't come up with any kind of answer at all. I figured using only 2 decades would help.

1. Movie you love with a passion.

You can say you don't like Galaxy Quest and I will accept that as a legitimate response. However, this little gem is perfect in every way as a movie so all other negative comments will elicit lengthy rebuttals.

2. Movie you vow to never watch.

Avatar. In fact, I won't even search it on the internet for a screen shot because I don't want the internet bots to get the idea I'm interested.

3. Movie that literally left you speechless.

I thought about picking any number of war-related films to put here but one over another wouldn't communicate the truth: war films leave me emotionally wrecked and I can rarely speak after one so almost all of them fit here.

4. Movie you always recommend.

If you haven't seen Stranger Than Fiction, you ought to! It's fantastic, funny, refreshing, well-acted, quirky, satisfying and watched by too few people.

5. Actor/Actress you always watch no matter how crappy the movie.

If Marky Mark hadn't just made a boxing movie he would have been the front runner but sgwordy does not do boxing films.

6. Actor/Actress you don't get the appeal for.

7. Actor, living or dead, you'd most like to meet.

8. Sexiest actor you've seen.

It's possible this was not meant to be taken literally but the statement really made it seem like I was supposed to have actually seen the actor. And, anyways, I like this story because Michelle Williams was so completely, fantastically beautiful when I saw her (she was running an errand where I worked not dolled up for some sort of event) that I was blown away. At the time, her acting gig was not a vehicle for seeing her beauty and charm, or her acting chops. I'm glad to see things have changed. What an exciting young actress!

9. Dream Cast.

Starring in a futuristic film in which the US has a royal family of which they are the head.

10. Favorite Actor pairing.

Duh! They get mail... and stuff. HA! Gotcha!

I ended up defining this as two actors who are excellent alone but end up stealing the show together. That could only mean:

11. Favorite movie setting.

12. Favorite decade for movies.

Since I only did two this almost seems like a silly question but I'm giving the honors to the 90s. Over the 90s, the field of movies served up for viewers was consistently stronger than in the aughts. Also, I can't pick any decade that saw Gladiator and Crash winning Oscars for Best Picture.

13. Chick flick or action movie.

I don't answer bullshit questions that use monikers?? adjectives??? like "chick" in completely useless ways. (Refer to bullshit "women's fiction" etc for more on this.)

14. Hero, villain, or anti-hero.

15. Black & White or Color.



  1. Wonderful answers, Rachel! You need to do more of these. And I do appreciate your selection of GALAXY QUEST. It's a fantastic parody and tribute to STAR TREK: The Original Series. So, I reckon you won't be taking a gander at author and friend John Kenneth Muir's recent curriculum review of AVATAR (which I commented on) ;-). That's okay.

    Always glad to know another fan of my favorite Hepburn. I love the images that accompany your post, too. Thanks for the shout-out and the post!

  2. Hey Michael! These posts take me forever as I think about my answers and mine the web for screen shots...which is why I don't do more of them. :) You'll notice I even "cheated" and side-stepped some of the questions with goofy answers and still it took me forever.

    I swung by the link you shared and the NYT quote is a perfect expression of why I won't see the film. I can't speak to the FX or general film-making advancements on display in the movie (obviously, since I won't see it:) but I find the way in which the story is presented pretty offensive which is why I avoid it. Putting my money where my mouth is, as it were, and not supporting the types of story I do not want to see more of. Not trying to cast judgements on those who do like it (to each his/her own and all) just being clear about why I choose to avoid it.

    Thanks for the comment and inspiration. Hopefully I'll be movie-ly inspired again soon. For some reason I am more interested in talking about movies than writing about them. I may do a "movie roundup" with short blurbs at some point just because I've been watching so many movies lately. And I haven't forgotten that I promised some Starship Troopers thoughts... just being super slow to actually commit them to paper. :)