The concept is simple. Answer the questions. That, my friends, is the hard part. Scurry on over to My Filmviews for all the details, and please play along. Leave it to Nostra to once again hand us a pretty awesome blogathon!
1) What was the first movie you saw in the cinema and what do you remember about that visit?
I honestly don’t know if this is the first, but it is the first that I remember. ‘Beauty and the Beast’. I remember going with my whole family and my best friend and her family. I remember getting a coloring sheet at the theater that had a still from the movie with stuff to find (like a ‘Where’s Waldo’ thing) and I remember singing ‘Be Our Guest’ in the car the whole way home. I was six.
2) Are there any movies you have very strong memories of which are not because of the movie (for example something which happened at the time you were watching it)?
There are many movies that I remember seeing in my teenage years that will always be linked to me making out with somebody, but those are like a dime a dozen feelings. I was watching ‘Absence of Malice’ the day I found out I was going to be a father for the first time, which is a nice memory to have since the film itself was so pedestrian I remember nothing else about it, other than for once in my life being completely uninterested in both Paul Newman and Sally Field.
3) Which movies had a big impact on you and changed a (small) part of your view on life?
Didn’t ‘Brokeback Mountain’ do that for everyone?
4) Do you have any comfort movies you return to because you are in a specific mood (for example if you are feeling down/nursing a heartbreak)?
Honestly, when I’m feeling depressed I like to truly soak my sorrows and so I tend to watch something that just further depresses me, but I nurse it all with a beer and I feel better. ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’ is one of those films. ‘(500) Days of Summer’ is another one, and then ‘Like Crazy’, which I’ll get to in a minute as well.
5) If a movie would be made about your life, what type of movie would it be and who would you like to portray you?
This really all depends on what aspect of my life you want to highlight, but I’ve actually thought about this a bit and have written (started to write, continue to prod at) a semi-autobiography that would, in essence, be a complete exaggeration and yet I find that completely appropriate considering the time of my life that I think should be told. It would be directed by David Fincher (at one point in time I dreamed it would be co-directed by the Scott brothers) and it would star a slew of young up and comers, including a very serious Miley Cyrus in the role of my drug addicted sister who manipulates her family and is beaten by her husband and she’ll win an Oscar for crying on the phone with the actor who portrays me (I’d hope for something like Miles Teller) and the actor who portrays me, despite having BAIT, will most likely be snubbed the Oscar nomination because he would be a teenager, early 20’s at the most. The film will cover everything from spousal abuse, racism, gang violence, abduction, rape, drug addiction, depression and ultimately vengeance fueled violence and arrest. I’ll leave it up to you to guess what part of that is exaggerated.
6) Which existing movie best represents you?
‘Like Crazy’. Seriously…I cried like hell when I watched that because it feels like my marriage.
7) If you knew you would die tomorrow, what would be the last movie you would want to see?
I’d like to sit on the couch and watch ‘Frozen’ with my daughters.
8) If you can spend your life working in the film industry, what would you be and why?
An actor. The idea of emoting, living and breathing, through someone detached from yourself or even related to yourself but as an avenue of venting and or healing sounds really great to me. I mean, ideally I’d write the scripts based off my personal and emotional realities and then act those…and win Oscars for writing and acting and maybe even penning an original song!
1) Did you ever have a first kiss with someone while at the cinema and if so, which movie was playing?
I’ve had two. One was kind of a weird one (some girl who was crushing on me asked me to get a skittle out of her mouth), but the other was actually with my then girlfriend and it was during ‘Sweet November’. The movie was AWFUL. The kiss was kind of unexpected and awkward, but sweet I guess.
2) What is your favorite movie relationship and why?
I kind of love the hell out of Charlotte and Bob from ‘Lost in Translation’. It just feels so perfect, so human. That is the kind of relationship that is easy, comforting and nurturing in a way that is hard to come by. It didn’t have to be romantic, it just had to be.
3) When did your love for movies start and how has it grown?
I’ve mentioned this before here, but ‘Gladiator’ was really where my love for films and Oscars started. Watching it I was smitten with Russell Crowe, obviously, but when it went on to win Oscars it opened my eyes to movie watching in a whole new way. Since then I haven’t missed a ceremony and I’ve seen so many films and explored so many genres that I feel a very rich man!
4) If you have to choose one film to watch with your loved one, what would it be and why?
‘Out of Africa’, not because I like it or anything but because it is my wife’s favorite film, and watching a film with her that she wholly enjoys would be worth it.
5) If you can choose one character from a movie to be your significant other who would it be and why?
Elizabeth Bennet from ‘Pride and Prejudice’, and I know that many may question that and say “but she’s a spoiled bitch” or “she’s annoying as fuck” and to them I say…SHE’S PASSIONATE, and passion is sexy. I’d rather duke it out with someone who had a fire in their eyes than deal with someone who just cried about everything. Yell it out! Defy me! Because, at the end of the day, you know that the makeup sex is going to be AMAZING!
6) What was the first movie that made you fall in love with film and cinema?
‘Breathless’ by Jean-Luc Godard. I loved film before then, but then I saw this movie and it changed me. It changed the way I looked at films and it changed what I considered true ART and it opened my eyes to the world to foreign cinema and I went from Godard to Truffaut to Bergman to Fellini to Renoir to Lang to Kurosawa and I’ve never looked back once.
And Godard is still my ultimate favorite.
7) How did your passion for movies turn you into a movie blogger?
Honestly, I thought that my personal taste in movies was so much better than everyone else’s that I had to share it with the world.
8) What is your favorite date from a movie?
The sap in me says the spaghetti scene in ‘Lady and the Tramp’ and the intellectual in me says the entire ‘Before Sunset’ movie (yes, the second one is better), but I’m struggling to make a decision. Can I just get a picture of Hawke and Delpy slurping spaghetti to make this a whole lot easier?