So, as many of you know, this has been a rough year for me, and unfortunately life stepping in the way of my blogging and what used to be a pretty consistent and prolific blog has become a wasteland of broken dreams and the occasional post trying in some sort of way to regain a sliver of it's former being. But, not matter how little I get to post or how little I get to comment (seriously guys, I'm SO SORRY that I don't stop by as regularly as I used to), not a single day goes by when I don't think of you all fondly.
And then one of you mentions me in a post and my heart skips a little beat because I realize that you haven't forgotten about me and that you, too, think of me fondly.
So, before I get on with responding to this particular award, I want to say thank you to all who remember me because I still remember you (and always will).
And to Sati and Daniel...thank you so much for thinking of me, and Dan...your dedication:
Actually, pretty much everyone I would nominate has already been nominated (and most have accepted), so that makes this kinda hard. BUT, there is one person who always brings the sunshine when he posts who as far as I can tell has NOT been nominated for this award, so PLEASE JOIN ME in bestowing this honor on Drew (or Fisti, whichever your prefer) over at A Fistful of Films. We all love you, Drew, and while we all know "real life" has to come first, that doesn't stop us from missing you and your posts something awful. Thanks for the light you have always brought to this little corner of the blogosphere. I don't think there's anyone more deserving.
F***ing tears, man!
For starters, since she nominated me first, here are my answers to Sati's questions:
1. Who would play you in a movie based on your life?
So this is somewhat loaded. My life is a serious of accidents that lead to where I am now, and it all depends on what series you want to watch as to what actor is best for the job. My teen years were...messy and were full of drama thanks to certain family members and teenage ridiculousness...so if you are looking for a film filled with siblings running away, abusive boyfriends (not mine), racial tension, unwanted pregnancy, assault...battery and arrests, heavy partying, sexual depravity, drugs etc...then look no further than that portion of my life and for that I give you Miles Teller in the role of Fisti. It makes too much sense.
BUT...if you want a more grounded film with a more focused narrative that deals with subtle tensions eroding a marriage and fathers and mothers trying to put their children first while falling further away from each other with the on-again-off-again...she said he said...sprinkling of affairs and the occasional violent outbursts with lots of shower masturbation then, I present to you Joel Edgerton in the role of Fisti because, well, just because.
2. What is your favorite movie ending of all time?
EASILY Laurence Anyways. Ending at the beginning in the most perfect way imaginable.
UGH, ALL THE FEELS!!!
3. Who is your favorite cinematic Batman?
Christian Bale; duh.
4. What is the funniest movie you've ever seen?
5. Your sexiest movie character ever choice?
Scarlett Johansson in Match Point for all the boners.
6. What do you like most about our movie blogosphere?
Fellow bloggers. You have all been so kind to me and have even indulged me by being a part of my personal blogging endeavors; participating in blogathons and in series alongside me and I am forever grateful and will always remember that.
7. What is your favorite movie blog?
This feels like such a loaded question...BUT, I can say that if it weren't for Nate over at The Film Experience and his incredible blog, I would have never even started blogging...and if it weren't for Josh over at The Cinematic Spectacle and his embrace of this site, I would have quit before I even began, so they are two movie bloggers that I will always support and adore.
8. Will Sati survive Blade Runner 2?
Will any of us?
9. What is your most anticipated movie at the moment?
10. What is the most underseen movie you love?
Whenever I think of a movie that I love that everyone else either hates or hasn't seen, The Family Stone is the first one that comes to mind. It's just such a warm and beautifully rich character study that has a uniformly wonderful ensemble and is sharp and funny and dramatic and honest and just...I don't care if you don't like it, I love it!
11.What movie character do you identify with?
There are three that immediately come to mind. All three are vastly different, which may seem odd, but I see so much of myself within them that it makes sense to me. Ned Seton (from Holiday), Frank Whitaker (from Far From Heaven) and most accurately Johnny (from In America).
Make of that what you will.
And now we move on to Dan's questions:
1. What always cheers you up when you're feeling down?
This may sound super generic, but in all honesty whenever I'm feeling down the best medicine is snuggling in bed with my three little superheros and watching a Disney movie. The best feeling in the world is realizing that they've all fallen asleep in my arms while the movie is still on and I finish it with their slumbering cuddles and I feel like everything is better and tomorrow will be great because they are here and that's all that has ever mattered.
The magic of Disney.
2. When you go to the movies, do you get something from the concession stand? If so, what?
I'm cheap, so no...unless it's one of those awesome theaters where I can get a beer and if so then that is what I get...and maybe some tacos.
3. Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu Plus?
Gurl, I have all three.
4. Who is your favorite actress who never won an Oscar?
What kind of question is this!?!?!? How can I choose just ONE!?!?! I can't even bring myself...like...HOW?!?!? I guess we can reference this post from way back when.
5. Which performance of theirs is your favorite?
DUDE, I can't even decide which one is my favorite. I placed Kerr at #1 mainly because her lack of an Oscar makes no sense...but maybe Stanwyck would be my favorite of the actual actresses on the list...or Naomi Watts (yes, I said it)...and if we're going Watts (because I'm feeling very Watts today) then it's easily:
Seriously...for ALL the Oscars.
UGH...and now I'm remembering that there are some incredible actresses that didn't even make that list because that list was SO Hollywood and now I'm thinking that Jeanne Moreau is probably my favorite actress to not ever win an Oscar...or let alone snag a single Oscar nomination...and if we go with her than it's easily:
6. What is the first movie that made you love movies?
It was seeing this movie in my room on my small 13 inch TV late at night (obviously with the volume down super low so my over-strict parents didn't find me watching it) that made me realize movies were more than just...movies...and it was the power of
god Russell Crowe that made me the movie buff that I am today.
7. Where is your favorite place you have ever traveled?
Venice, Italy. Take me back.
8. Who is your favorite Muppet?
9. Jeopardy! or Wheel of Fortune?
Wheel of Fortune...mostly because Jeopardy makes me feel stupid.
10. How should we all feel about the upcoming remake of The Magnificent Seven? Because I am REALLY unsure.
Here's the deal...we all know this will suck. If this were coming out in the late 90's or early 00's I'd say that even though it is bound to suck, it should at least be fun...but this is the 2010's and so sucky movies take themselves far too seriously to actually be fun anymore. It'll just suck. It'll be forgettable, regrettable suckage.
11. What was the last movie you saw more than once in theaters, and why?
I'm cheap, as I mentioned earlier, so I don't often see movies more than once in the theater...but I cried so much during my first viewing here that I had to make the trip back out to see it (it was playing about an hour away at a small indie theater) the following week.
And that is all...I'm supposed to choose 11 more, but you've all pretty much been selected, so instead I want to just thank so many of you for continuing to support me, to read my sporadic posts and to comment and shower me with attention and love. I'll come back to you, I promise, and it is these kinds of things that make me realize that no matter when that day comes, no matter how far away it is, I'll always have this wonderful blogging family to come home to!