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Liebster’d

My colleague Iba, over at i luv cinemanominated moi for a blogging award that’s been making its way across the sphere: The Liebster Award. Out of curiosity, I wondered what the word meant. Turns out, it’s German. And among its definitions, ‘dearest’ and ‘favorite’ show up. I am honored, my friend, and thank you.

Here are the rules for the Liebster Award:

  1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the person giving the award has set for you.
  3. Create 11 questions for the people you will be giving the award to.
  4. Choose 11 people to award and send them a link to your post.
  5. Go to their page and tell them.
  6. No tag backs.

And here we go:

11 About Me

  • When I was born, I did not cry (back then, doctors would spank newborns to make sure they were breathing). Since she thought she’d had another stillborn delivery, I scared the hell out of my mother right off the bat!
  • I met the one who would become my future wife at work, by the copier machine (decades ago when the devices were large, rare, and expensive).
  • I can’t stand the taste of coconut. Never have… never will. It doesn’t matter even if you try to hide it in a candy bar like Almond Joy or Mounds, it ain’t going down.
  • Being a Leo (astrological sign), I find it a strange coincidence that actor Bert Lahr (the actor who played the Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz) and I share the same birth date.
  • Through the years, I’ve tried to visit many of the location sites from my favorite L.A. Movies (you can ask my wife).
  • I adore brunettes.
  • Though I can’t eat them like I once could, one of my favorite See’s Candy is a Tipperary Bon Bon (I acquired a taste for them from my mother).
  • Once, I almost ran over actor Kurt Russell‘s toes with a wheelchair (true story).
  • I’m right-handed, but I clap like a southpaw (left hitting into the right hand instead of the other way around).
  • The Monday morning my wife went into labor with our first, my car was almost on empty when it came time to drive her to the hospital (and she still never lets me forget that).
  • I do not suffer from Triskaidekaphobia — in fact, I’m the polar opposite of that ;-).

My Answers to Iba’s Questions

  • LOTR or Harry Potter?

Harry Potter; I just could relate better to Harry given the early loss of parent(s).

  • What’s the longest you have waited in line for a movie?

A little over 3 hours, as detailed here.

  • Have you ever fallen asleep in a film? If so, which one?

Yes, but only those I sometimes take my kids to. This was the most recent I slumbered in:

  • What was your first concert experience?

1973, at the arena once known (when it was the home to the Los Angeles Lakers) as the Fabulous Forum when this great singer toured for this formative album:

  • If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

St. Andrews, Scotland, also known worldwide as the “home of golf“.

  • Any hidden talent(s)?

I can snag anything. Have a knitted piece of clothing or an item with a bare something I can hook off its perch? I’ll unravel or catch it just walking by. Granted, there is not a world-wide appeal for this skill. My wife always casts a wary eye if there’s anything she thinks important that comes into my orbit.

  • Subtitles: Yea or Nay?

Yea. Some of the best film I’ve ever seen came with subtitles.

  • What book would you like to be seen made into a movie?

That would be Don Winslow‘s magnum opus on the futility of the war on drugs:

  • What is the first thing you would do if you won the lottery?

Go back four questions to see where I’d travel for the answer.

  • Have you ever snuck into a film without paying for it?

Yes, and there’s a future TMT coming to explain that very incident.

  • What is your favorite silent film?

Oh, probably this one:

Here then are the questions…

(Feel free to be as brief or expansive as you wish in your answers.)

  1. What is your favorite book about cinema (whichever type of book, covering any kind of film genre)?
  2. What is your favorite piece of music or song (score or the needle-dropped variety) used in a movie?
  3. Charles Bronson or James Coburn?
  4. What is your favorite foreign film (one made outside your country)?
  5. When watching a movie at home, what food stuff do you almost always have nearby?
  6. Vincent Hanna or Neil McCauley (reference this film if the characters don’t ring a bell)?
  7. What movie cliché are you so tired of seeing in film?
  8. What’s the scariest scene or image your ever saw on film (and it doesn’t have to be from a horror movie)?
  9. The Howling or An American Werewolf in London?
  10. Ever read the source book of a film adaptation that intrigued you? If so, what’s your favorite?
  11. Have you ever fast-forwarded a movie just to get to the good part?

… for my Liebster Nominees

(If you can, great; if you cannot, no worries.)

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28 Responses to “Liebster’d”

  1. Novroz

    Did Kurt Russel got angry with you for almost hitting him?

    thank you for the nomination, Mike…will do it somewhere this month 🙂

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    • le0pard13

      I moved patients at the medical center early in my career there. Backing one into an elevator,, with a wheelchair, was where it (almost) occurred. Kurt was visiting someone two floors up (and was coming down) when I showed up. He deftly relocated out of the way and I apologized for not looking out better. He was cool with it all, naturally ;-).

      I look forward to what you have in store for us, Novroz. Thanks.

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  2. ruth

    Very cool Michael!! You did not cry when you were born?? And you remembered that? WOW!! I had no idea whether I cried or not, I imagined I did, ahah.

    You almost ran over Kurt Russell‘s toes with a wheelchair?? Too funny!! What did he say? Was he wearing an eye patch at the time, ha..ha..

    So, are you gonna answer your own questions then? I think that’s a good suggestions. Like I said on my post, I’m game if you are 🙂

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    • le0pard13

      Hehe… no, I don’t remember that ;-). My mom always shared that story with me, friends and family. Oh, yes I will be posting a comment with answers to my own Liebster questions. Will post soon, and answer that Kurt Russell tidbit, as well.

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  3. fernandorafael

    Nice post. I was Liebster’d last night as well, so expect a similar post soon. It was great getting to know a little more about you, especially since we just started following each other’s blogs. How and when did you almost run over Kurt Russell’s foot?

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  4. le0pard13

    Living by the suggestion made to Iba and Ruth, here are my answers to the Liebster questions I put forward:
    1. What is your favorite book about cinema (whichever type of book, covering any kind of film genre)?

    » It constantly changes, but for the moment it is this reference book:

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    2. What is your favorite piece of music or song (score or the needle-dropped variety) used in a movie?

    » It’s the same as I mentioned to Fogs in his post on the subject a couple of months back:

    3. Charles Bronson or James Coburn?

    » Both are favorites (for portraying both heroes and villains), but I’d have to go with James Coburn for personality and versatility as a character actor.

    4. What is your favorite foreign film (one made outside your country)?

    » Shichinin no samurai (1954, aka Seven Samurai)

    5. When watching a movie at home, what food stuff do you almost always have nearby?

    » A Squirt

    6. Vincent Hanna or Neil McCauley

    » This one is hard, but I’d have to go with “Give me all you got!” Vincent Hanna.

    7. What movie cliché are you so tired of seeing in film?

    » It’s when the director/screenwriter has the woman, girl, female character always managing to trip or fall when danger/threat/creature beckons.

    8. What’s the scariest scene or image your ever saw on film (and it doesn’t have to be from a horror movie)?

    » That damn kid’s wheelchair appearing at the top of the stairs in ‘The Changeling’ (1980).

    9. The Howling or An American Werewolf in London?

    » Another difficult choice as I really admire both, but it’s John Landis’ ‘An American Werewolf in London’.

    10. Ever read the source book of a film adaptation that intrigued you? If so, what’s your favorite?

    » It’s Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.

    11. Have you ever fast-forwarded a movie just to get to the good part?

    » Nope. I always give any movie a chance to pull me in on his own merits — even the god-awful ‘Transformers’ travesties by Michael Bay.

    There you go ;-).

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    • ruth

      Awesome answers! Great idea to do this Michael, it was fun to read yours. Wow, a FILM NOIR encyclopedia, how awesome is that. I’d love to read it, is it available on Amazon? Oh I so agree about your pick of movie cliché, sooo sick of seeing that, it’s just too predictable. I think horror flicks especially are full of trite scenes like that.

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      • le0pard13

        Oh, yes. The image to the FILM NOIR encyclopedia is linked to its Amazon page, Ruth. Many thanks for participating in the suggestion :-).

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  5. Paula

    Cool post, Michael. The Liebster is such a cool way to learn more about people. I’m working on mine right now. Glad you mentioned astrology, I like it too and I talked about it in my post. (I’m Taurus, with Moon in Leo and Scorpio ascendant.)

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  6. Eric

    Thanks again for sending this my way, Michael. I just added my own post, complete with 88 questions answered. 😀

    I enjoyed reading your responses, though I am a little jealous you got to see Marvin Gaye perform! That must have been amazing.

    Also, thanks for the tip on that Film Noir book. Sounds like a great read.

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