Friday, May 9, 2014

A Fistful of Links...

Posts that Make Me…


It’s DanMay!  French Toast Sunday is highlighting the works of Danny Boyle all month long and is encouraging fellow bloggers to join in the fun!

On the Screen Reviews is all about defending The Grand Budapest Hotel!  Love that movie!

Any salute to the impeccable Charlie Chaplin makes me smile, and Flixchatter has a guest post that honors the legend.

Rambling Film posted her favorite movie titles (A-Z).  Now let’s all convince her to turn this into a blogathon!


Perspective of a Writer reflects on his personal blogging challenge with a thought-provoking piece on the power of relationships.

Fandango Groovers finds a pretty consistent trend in teen movies these days.  Is there more to that trend though?

Do you want to pay for your movies ‘per-inch’?  My Filmviews poses that question.

Remember the lauded Skyfall?  Of course you do.  PublicTransportation Snob breaks the film down, pro after con.


And So it Begins is breaking down his top ten ACTORS and ACTRESSES that have not been nominated for an Oscar.  Do you agree?  Who do you think has been snubbed?

Flights Tights & Movie Nights is compiling a list of the Top 100 Essential Superhero Movies!  He’s asking for your help in deciding the list, so head on over and voice your opinion on his latest inquiry.

Keith & the Movies posted his Top Five Working Directors.  Do you agree?  Who would you rank in the Top Five?


I’m not questioning anything, because I agree 100%, but hopefully My New Plain Pants post on George Clooney will cause others to question their love for him.

Reel Talk tackles the ever growing trend of fandom!  Are you a fan of this trend?

The Cinematic Spectacle has posted his May Oscar Predictions!

I’ve already linked to this, but I’ll do it again since I love me some Blogathons…but Girl Meets Cinema is hosting Invasion of the B-Movies!  Love them?  Hate them?  Join in!

Lastly, I’m not sure how to classify this one, but I was nominated for a Liebster Award from the wonderful Annie_J over at Large Popcorn, No Butter.  Now, I have engaged in these in the past, but they are chain letters and I do understand that not many other bloggers like to indulge.  I, on the other hand, LOVE answering questions about myself, so I’m going to play along.

What's Your Favorite Ice Cream Flavor?  Mint Chocolate Chip is the flavor I constantly go back to.  It is always delicious, although I have moods where Coffee flavored (Mocha actually) or Coconut are what I want to have, but I can eat Mint Chocolate Chip any time, any place.

Give Us One Movie/Book Title That Has Changed Your Outlook In Life.  Why?  There are so many films or books that have opened my eyes to different things, but I often cite Less than Zero (the book, not the movie) as one of those 'aha moments' for me.  It made me realize that writing is what I really wanted to do with my life.  

If You Only Have One Day To Live And You Can Only Eat One Type Of Food, What Will It Be?  Italian, no hesitation.

Who Is Your Favorite Author/Director And Why?  Favorite author, Russell Banks.  He writes such heavy material yet in such a breezy and effortless way.  I just get wrapped up in his work.  It consumes me.  Favorite director, Jean-Luc Godard.  I'll admit, I'm ONLY familiar with his 60's work, but he just fascinates me with that alone.  Such varied and clever works, and while they may not all work as a whole, they all feel so fresh and unique.

If You Were To Be Born Again, Would You Rather Be A Boy Or A Girl?  Why?  Well, this is a loaded question.  I enjoy being a boy.  I also kind of what to do that whole Orlando thing where I can live out my life half and half and experience life fully.  But, like, I don't know if I really want to be a girl.  I'm just gonna bite the bullet and say "bring me back as a chick" just make me really, really hot.

What Are The Perks Of Being A Blogger, In Your Opinion/Experience?  I kind of touched upon this last week, but I don't have many people in my personal life who enjoy film the way that I do, and so having a blog opens me up to discussing my views openly with others and allowing them to converse with me and for me to see a wider array of ideas and viewpoints.  I love it so much!

Would You Rather Be A Movie Star Or A Director?  Why?  I'm already completely full of myself so I'd love to be an actor.  LOL, I've always loved acting though, so it's really deeper than that.  The idea of exploring life through the lives of others, through these different characters, and tapping into parts of your own persona that you rarely are able to explore just feels so rewarding.  Directing is something I've done before (for plays mostly) and I do enjoy that thoroughly, but there is nothing like being in the thick of it.

What Is Your Favorite Era When It Comes To Hollywood Movies?  Why?  My first instinct was to say the 60's, but that is my favorite era for foreign fare.  I've recently become consumed with the 40's, and really love it, but I'm going to be all modernist and say the 90's.  The 90's were a hotbed of awesome and hold out some of the best films Hollywood ever produced.  It's also very nostalgic for me, duh.

Who's Your Favorite Actor/Actress; Why?  Working; Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard.  No longer with gets trickier.  Actors I love from yesteryear include Spencer Tracy, Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Rod Steiger and Richard Burton.  Picking one is really, really hard.  I would probably lean towards Newman, who I think was more consistent, even though I would probably say that Burton and Brando had more "OMG" performances.  For actresses, it's probably Ingrid Bergman rather easily, actually.

Who Would You Want To Mentor You?  Could Be Living Or Dead.  Could Be An Author (if you wanna be a writer) Or A Director.  Or Any Other Person.  I'll pick Crowe, just so I can spend time with him.

Do You Believe In Ghosts?  Why?  No, because they don't exist.

And...I realize now that I've answered all these that these were the wrong questions for me to answer, but since I'm such a narcissist I'm going to leave them up and go ahead and answer the correct answers below:

If You Had To Pick Between Watching Black And White Or Color Movies Forever, Which Would You Chose?  I'd love to say Black & White, just for the sheer fact that it sounds more 'cinephile' but then again, you really can't forsake the power of color.  So, like, I choose color.

Would You Rather Watch A Rom/Com Or A Horror Movie?  Why?  I guess a rom/com.  I mean, both genres delve into stupid and redundant far too often, but horror movies fail to do anything but annoy me most times, while rom/coms at least make me smile and or cry despite their cheesiness. 

What's Your Preferred Movie Theater Snack?  Pizza.  Yes, I roll at THOSE kinds of theaters.

Who's Your Favorite Character Of All Time?  WHAT?!?!  How the fuck am I supposed to answer this?  I often go back to a few characters that have reached a part of me, I guess.  I love Ned Seton (Holiday) and his devilish persona.  Such a fluidly entertaining and layered performance from Lew Ayres, but more importantly, it's such a fun character.  I also love Clementine Kruczynski (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).  They would probably be my two favorites, without getting into those crushing characters that reveal too much about a person (Frank Whitaker).

Name Three Of Your Favorite Movies Made Before 1950.  The Red Shoes, The Smiling Lieutenant, The Passion of Joan of Arc.

Disney Or Dreamworks?  Um, a heartbeat.

Wes Anderson Or Quentin Tarantino?  They are both flawed and both auteurs, so it's hard to choose because they are both so unique and both so inspired.  I kind of want to lean towards Wes, simply because Moonrise Kingdom is better than anything Tarantino has done, but I think Tarantino is a little more consistent.  They could both be labeled sort of self indulgent, but they are also very true to themselves.  

Dark Humor Or Light Humor?  A little dark can make everything better and more meaningful.

What's Your Favorite Poster Art That You've Ever Seen?  I love fanmade poster ark pretty much over everything the studios release.  I recently linked all those animated posters, which were awesome.  It's hard off the top of my head to think of a poster that is just amazing, except all those Under the Skin posters, so I'll just go with those.

If You Had To Watch A Movie That Was Over 3 Hours Long, Which One Would You Choose?  I recently watched Jean de Florette & Manon of the Spring, which together are close to six hours, and I was enthralled from start to finish.  I also loved Mysteries of Lisbon.  If you're going to span that length, I guess I prefer some sort of epic feel.  I want a very textured story, with many layers, and splinters, and lush visuals. But at the end of the day, you just have to be good.  Scenes from a Marriage is like a four hour conversation with facial closeups and very little scenery change and yet I couldn't keep my eyes off of it and found myself wishing it were longer.

What's Your Favorite Country For Foreign Films?  As I've said many, many times, the French do it better than anyone else.


  1. Thank you Fisti for sharing my blogathon! Love the questionaire and sharing the links. :D

    1. You're so welcome! I already have my movie picked out, now I just need to find the time to rewatch it and put my post together :-D

  2. Thanks for the link love Drew! Fun answers here, ha I reckon you'd make a good actor as you've got such a personality :P I'm more of a behind-the-scenes gal, I'd probably pass out from stage fright.

    Hey, I'd rather watch rom-coms too, as I don't like being spooked. Oh and also w/ you about Wes over QT.

    Happy Friday!

  3. LOVE that Less Than Zero provoked an a-ha moment within you. Ellis is my favorite writer - I cherish all of his work. And thanks so much for the two links man. Glad you liked the lists!

    1. Ellis was my favorite writer for the longest. He was the first author that I become hooked on and read all his work in order back to back to back. I still love his tacky ass!

  4. Thanks! You're so quick with these posts! I really appreciate the mention.

  5. Thanks again man!


    Ned Seton is a brilliant character! I love Lew Ayres' performance.

    I really need to rewatch Jean de Florette/Manon of the Spring, but it was a breathtaking viewing experience. What a beautiful film(s)!

    1. Bergman was pretty much the perfect movie star.

      I just recently saw Jean de Florette/Manon of the Spring, so it's fresh on my mind, but I watched it straight through one afternoon and was really bummed when it was over. So fluid, so beautiful.