Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Movie Meme

I've been tagged by Pooteewheet:

1. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 times.
The Princess Bride (also, Risky Business, Pink Floyd The Wall, and Apocalypse Now) – movies I watched a lot during my teenage years and at Boy Scout lock ins (not as sexually deviant as it sounds).

2. Name a movie that you've seen multiple times in the theater.
Unless a friend or Pooteewheet can remind me of one, I don’t think I’ve seen a movie multiple times in the theater. I’m just not a go-lots-of-times kind of guy. I have too much patience, so I just wait for the video.

3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to see a movie.
John Cusack. Mark Wahlberg. Pierce Brosnan. Christian Bale. Minnie Driver (seriously, but not for any acting reason) – so Grosse Pointe Blank was something of a double feature.

4. Name an actor that would make you less likely to see a movie.
Rob Schneider. You’d have to capture me and make me watch something with him in it, ala A Clockwork Orange. Tom Cruise. Reese Witherspoon (I like her, I just don’t like most of her movies). Tom Green. Jamie Kennedy. I always have second thoughts about anything with Ben Stiller, although he’s done some good, and funny, stuff. It’s a pretty big list.

5. Name a movie that you can and do quote from.
Mars Attacks! Anhk, anhk, anhk, ahnk… Also Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, although sometimes I’m slightly off on my quotes. But that’s fun, because it bugs Pooteewheet.

6. Name a movie musical that you know all of the lyrics to all of the songs.
I was going to say none…but that would be wrong. I probably know all the words to Annie Get Your Gun and The Sound of Music, as I played a Native American in the first musical, and the admiral who delivered the draft notice in the second.

7. Name a movie that have been known to sing along with.
Yellow Submarine (really, anything with Beatles music in it).

8. Name a movie that you would recommend everyone see.
Murderball. Absolutely excellent. I’d also recommend The Station Agent.

9. Name a movie that you own.
Brazil, Logan’s Run, Bladerunner, A Clockwork Orange – dystopic fun!

10. Name an actor that launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops.
Markie Mark of the Funky Bunch. I love his movies, even the ones that aren’t very good.

11. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in? If so, what?
Magic at the Drive-in that used to be by Monticello. I remember it being scary, although it probably isn’t and just presaged the Child’s Play movies.

12. Ever made out in a movie?
No. In high school I had a habit of taking all my friends with me to a show, even if I was on a date. It limited make out time. My friend, Joe, once ended up dating someone from the class ahead of us after she squeezed his crotch in the theater.

13. Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just haven't yet gotten around to it.
For a long time, it was Hotel Rwanda, because Pooteewheet saw it without me, and I couldn’t bring myself to make her watch it again via Netflix. But we finally took care of that. Currently, An Inconvenient Truth keeps sliding down because there’s a short wait. And I have yet to see Borat.

14. Ever walked out of a movie?
Nah. A bad movie is just an excuse to close your eyes and relax.

15. Name a movie that made you cry in the theater.
Not in the theater, but Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no haka). What a horribly sad and wonderful movie. My friend Adam cried during the presidential speech in Independence Day.

16. Popcorn?
If I go by myself, pretty much never. If I go with Pooteewheet and/or Eryn, then yes.

17. How often do go to the movies (as opposed to renting them or watching them at home)?
Less often than Pooteewheet, but still once or twice a month (if you don’t include kid movies with Eryn).

18. What's the last movie you saw in the theater?
I think it was Casino Royale, the James bond movie. But based on my story about going, it might be argued that I never really saw it.

19. What's your favorite/preferred genre of movie?
I’m a science fiction guy. I’m not sure if that’s the bulk of what I watch, but I don’t think I miss too many. I have to admit my favorites tend to be good documentaries. Pooteewheet and I used to attend the City Pages Documentary festival every year (to the extent of taking a day or two of vacation) until it disappeared.

20. What's the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?
It was either Call of the Wild or The Land that Time Forgot (with Doug McClure!), because I remember going with my Dad and without my brother, although one of those is ’72 and the other is ’75. So it must be the first one. I do remember the first movie I went to pseudo-alone, i.e. without my parents – I took my brother to Close Encounters of the Third Kind for his birthday.

21. What movie do you wish you had never seen?
The Cave. Hands down horsecrap. But I can name many. I hated Congo. Pooteewheet and I still joke about how much House of the Dead sucked. Anchorman. The Brown Bunny (maybe that should move way up the list of bad, particularly as Vincent Gallo is selling his sexual services on the web. They don’t even seem to list it as a movie on IMDB – wait, there it is, you just can’t search for it).

22. What is the weirdest movie you enjoyed?
Project Grizzly. Notably, Pooteewheet and I saw it at the Bell at the U of MN (after we graduated), same place with saw Julien Donkey-Boy.

23. What is the scariest movie you've seen?
Call of the Wild (dog licks owners dead face through the ice – I was, oh…5?) and Soylent Green (also seen at age 5 or 6, but by myself in the middle of the night when I snuck into the living room after seeing it listed in the t.v. guide). I also love Prince of Darkness, although it’s dated and not very scary. Recently (as a grown up), Dawn of the Dead has been the only movie that made me twitchy as I left the theater. I think there are a few very scary bits in that movie.

24. What is the funniest movie you've seen?
My favorite funny movies are things like The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore, Office Space (probably my favorite) and Napoleon Dynamite. I usually like my humor low key, not completely over the top, although I can find enjoyment in Dodgeball, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, and Zoolander. I also like The Aristrocrats, Thank You for Smoking and The Jerk.

Tag, Mean Mr. Mustard (though he’s not a very meme-y guy), Klund (because he’s sort of blogging again, sometimes, with old stuff), and Kyle (because he doesn't have a blog, so maybe he'll have to do the whole thing in Blogger comments).

1 comment:

Roxanna said...

Your movie taste is nearly identical to mine. Very good stuff.