My colleague Paula, over at Paula’s Cinema Club, nominated moi for a blogging award (my second of these) that’s been making its way across the blogging world: The Liebster Award. And she did this knowing I don’t speak German ;-). Either way, this stuff never gets old. I am honored, my friend, and thank you. Here are the rules for the Liebster Award:
- Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
- Answer the 11 questions the person giving the award has set for you.
- Create 11 questions for the people you will be giving the award to.
- Choose 11 people to award and send them a link to your post.
- Go to their page and tell them.
- No tag backs.
11 About Me
- While I absolutely hated living through (I say, surviving) the 70s, it’s probably my favorite decade for movies.
- My favorite (meaning I watched every episode then and would watch any today) TV series from the 80s would be: St. Elsewhere, Magnum P.I., WRKP in Cincinnati, Miami Vice and Hill Street Blues.
- I never could eat hot and spicy food (there, I said it — to the lament of my first-gen Mexican grandmother).
- I have the same birthday as Alfred Hitchcock.
- I suck at any of today’s video games — the last one I was any good at was Donkey Kong.
- Like Elle Driver, “You know, I’ve always liked that word… “gargantuan”… so rarely have an opportunity to use it in a sentence.”
- Just about any blog post I’ve ever written has had multiple drafts, and been edited almost endlessly (even after it was published).
- My favorite college course was the Philosophy class on Symbolic Logic.
- I dream in color.
- As author Don Winslow once wrote, I think everything tastes better on a tortilla.
- I’ve watched Breaking Bad since its initial début, when viewers weren’t on the bandwagon ( and am sad this will be its final season).
My Answers to Paula’s Questions
- What is your guilty movie pleasure?
This I’m sure this will draws howls. I recently showed Alex Proyas‘ end-of-world thriller to my wife and daughter. She-who-must-be-obeyed threatened to trash my Blu-ray Disc of it afterwards (she hated the film so). I guiltily find the father-son relationship touching (likely because Nicholas Cage’s excesses are toned down) and the science/religious aspects intriguing (along with its stunning visuals).
- What mediocre classic-era film would you like to see remade?
What a question! I’m kinda stumped. Hmm… how about Juarez (1939)?
- Are there are any modern actors you think could have held their own in the classic era?
Russell Crowe immediately springs to mind. I like Paula’s answer for George Clooney, too. On the actress side, Meryl Streep is probably too obvious. But, Sigourney Weaver would hold her own in whatever era you’d place her, I think.
- What movie(s) do you always, without fail, stop to watch if you happen upon it/them while flipping channels?
- Which actor’s or director’s work do you like in spite of yourself?
- Who would play you in the movie of your life story (classic or modern)?
John Cusack would be my modern pick — James Stewart for classic.
- Mac or PC?
- What’s your (astrological, not traffic!) sign?
- What five people (living or dead) connected with film (modern or classic) would you invite to dinner?
This is both easy and hard. Easy because getting to five took two seconds, max. Hard because of the multitude I’d have to leave off:
- Cary Grant
- Audrey Hepburn
- Bette Davis
- Barbara Stanwyck
- Humphrey Bogart
Oh, the stories they could tell.
- Favorite movie snack.
- Craziest G/PG-rated thing that ever happened to you at a movie theater.
Here then are the questions…
(Feel free to be as brief or expansive as you wish in your answers.)
- What was the last reference book (regardless of subject or genre) you used?
- What pop song from your youth, used in movie, immediately got you to react, “Oh, no you didn’t!”?
- Steve McQueen or Paul Newman?
- Which foreign country, known for its cinema, have you yet to watch a movie from?
- Favorite film with Samuel L. Jackson in it? (whether he’s starring, supporting, or cameo)
- Favorite over-the-top performance from Face/Off: John Travolta as Sean Archer/Troy Castor or Nicholas Cage as Troy Castor/Sean Archer?
- Ketchup or Salsa?
- What clearly dramatic scene from a movie made you inexplicably burst out laughing in reaction?
- Wyatt Earp or Tombstone?
- What was the latest, or earliest, movie screening you’ve ever attended?
- Who is your favorite writer? (can be author, film or TV screenwriter, or director/writer)
… for my Liebster Nominees
(If you can, great; if you cannot, no worries.)
- Jen of Jens Book Thoughts
- Elizabeth of Book Reviews by Elizabeth A. White
- Elyse of Pop Culture Nerd
- Naomi of The Drowning Machine
- William of The Paxton Configuration
- Jeremy of Moon in the Gutter
- Rachel of Scientist Gone Wordy
- Bryce of Things That Don’t Suck
- Shell of Shell Sherree
- SFF of Musings of a Sci-Fi Fanatic
- Morgan of Morgan on Media