Nostra from My Filmviews has done it again, cooking up another fun, engaging blogathon that is equal parts informative and entertaining.
Some of the questions in this Movie Confessions Blogathon were really difficult for me to answer. I’ve spent my entire life watching all kinds of films from every era imaginable, and I honestly have no huge unseen classics that demand to be viewed. (There are plenty of hidden Criterions that I need to check off, certainly, but as far as “classics” go, I’m pretty content with where I am, viewing wise.) I am a film addict, through and through, but at any rate, let’s get this thing going.
I was nearly skewered alive last December when I posted a list of movies I hate that most people probably love. The most traditionally classic of that bunch was It’s a Wonderful Life, which I don’t hate but I think is a two hour encapsulation of the stereotypes of everyone involved (which is not a good thing).
Which ten classic movies haven’t you seen yet?
The 39 Steps (1935)
The Lower Depths (1936)
The Lady Eve (1941)
Henry V (1944)
The Naked City (1948)
The Hidden Fortress (1958)
Andrei Rublev (1969)
Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980)
Sátántangó (1994), that one’s for Tyler
Have you ever sneaked into another movie at the cinema?
Addicts often commit acts of desperation to fulfill their addiction. So, yes.
Which actor/actress do you think is overrated?
Most anyone from the Frat Pack, or what the Frat Pack has become today. Will Ferrell is probably my number one. People think I’m batshit insane for not finding him funny (at all), but alas, I do not.
From which big director have you never seen any movie (and why)?
I’ve spent the better part of this day trying to think of a name to put here, and I honeslty can’t think of anyone “big.” (Seriously, addicted.) Éric Rohmer comes to mind. I’ve never seen a Rohmer, I think.
Which movie do you love, but is generally hated?
There is a time (which, for me, is usually when I’m hungover) to watch absurd, trashy action thrillers. Cliffhanger is the first to come to mind. Some people call them guilty pleasures. I call them fucking awesome. ("IF YOU WANT ME... I'M IN HERE!")
Have you ever been “one of those annoying people” at the cinema?
The only time I’ve been one of those annoying people is in telling one of those annoying people to shut the hell up. But that was usually as I was kicking them out of the theater (In the high school days, I worked at a movie theater for three and a half years. There were perks.)
Did you ever watch a movie, which you knew in advance would be bad, just because of a specific actor/actress was in it? Which one and why?
Several friends warned me that I would not like Greenberg, which I was determined to see it because I love Noah Baumbach. My friends were correct.
Did you ever not watch a specific movie because it had subtitles?
Oh my god, no. If people answer yes to this it would make me very sad.
Are there any movies in your collection that you have had for more than five years and never watched?
Which are the worst movies in your collection and why do you still own them?
Because I own so many movies, occasionally a friend or family member will give me a horrible film as a joke. The Blind Side, The Help, and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, are a few recent ones. I still have The Help and Eclipse, but I threw The Blind Side away. Awful, just… awful.
Do you have any confessions about your movie watching setup at home?
Nope, I’m really happy with it - 55” flat panel plasma, seven speaker 7.1 surround sound, Blu-Ray, DVD, VHS (because you never know).
Any other confessions you want to make?
I’ve done enough sharing in this film addict support group for now.
Great job here, Nostra!