Jandy, over at her wonderful blog The Frame, talks about a survey / meme entitled "My Movie Confessions", where you answer a series of questions about possibly controversial subjects. I figured I would give it a try myself.
My Movie Confessions
Which classic movie don't you like/can't enjoy and why?
I'm not sure if you could consider them "classics" but they are movies that are very well thought that I just really disliked. And those are Martin Scorsese's two "Mafia" movies, Goodfellas and The Departed. The latter one I almost couldn't finish watching while the former one I found hackneyed and boring. Neither of them made much sense and, to me, included some laughably over the top performances. Blech.
And as a bonus, I will throw in the "modern classic", Tree Of Life. Even without its annoying religious overtones, it was slow and dull.
Which ten classic movies haven't you seen yet?
Well, leading the list is Sight & Sound's Best Movie of all time, Vertigo. Not really all that familiar with the Hitchcock oeuvre, and that one has just slipped by me. Listing the first ten in the S&S list that I haven't seen, it would be:
- Tokyo Story
- The Searchers
- Passion Of Joan Of Arc
- 8 1/2
- Late Spring
- Au Hasard Balthazar
Obviously, I have to get better at the foreign language films! But the oddest one in this list is The Searchers, as I am a huge fan of Westerns, especially John Ford Westerns. Not sure why this hasn't shown up in front of me.
Have you ever sneaked into another movie at the cinema?
I've never sneaked into a cinema but I have sneaked into a drive-in movie theater. A friend and I slipped in the exit at a showing of David Cronenberg's Rabid, featuring the adult film star Marilyn Chambers. Wow, was that movie ever bizarre, about a woman who kills her lovers via something weird coming out of her armpit, and they turn into zombie's. Yikes. Good thing it was free!
Which actor/actress do you think is overrated?
From which big director have you never seen any movie (and why)?
Despite not listing Breathless as a classic I haven't seen yet, I'm going to include Jean Luc Goddard here, as I haven't really sat down and watched Breathless, nor any other Goddard movie. What pieces I have seen of Breathless seemed to me to be triumphs of style over substance and never resonated, so I haven't been in a big hurry to see it or any other. And that pretty goes for all of "French New Wave", really.
Which movie do you love, but is generally hated?
Not sure I can think of any in this category. My movie watching is pretty limited, so I don't generally waste it on movies that aren't that highly considered. Maybe the closest would be the Adam Sandler movie Happy Gilmore. Maybe it's because he wears a Boston Bruins uniform, but I find it pretty funny. The sound the golf ball makes when he tees off (by running up to it!) with his hockey stick just cracks me up. What a brilliant sound!
Have you ever been "one of those annoying people" at the cinema?
Never. Just never would occur to me.
Did you ever watch a movie, which you knew in advance would be bad, just because a specific actor/actress was in it? Which one and why?
Going back to the previous question about watching movies that aren't very good, I just don't have enough time dedicated to watching movies to watch a movie generally thought of as bad, or will be bad, just because it stars someone in specific. Again, just not enough time to focus on an actor as opposed to a movie I'd like to watch.
Did you ever not watch a specific movie because it had subtitles?
As Jandy says, while I have never not watched a movie because it has subtitles, I have definitely put off watching one because of it. If I'm tired or just need a more passive experience, I will skip a movie with subtitles.
Are there any movies in your collection that you have had for more than five years and never watched?
These "collection" questions (this one and the next one) are a little odd in this day and age of streaming movie content. I do have a fairly extensive collection of DVDs (and a few VHS tapes, although I don't even have anything that will play them any more I don't think!), but I just don't buy too many of these any more because lots of what I want to watch is available in other places, like the Amazon Prime Instant Video or, of course, Netflix. And so for that matter, most of my DVDs are at this point at least 5 years old, because, as I said, I don't really buy them much any more. But let me take a minute to scan through my collection that is here, in order to do this literally, and see what I come up with.
My mom gave me Harvey and, while it is a "classic" Jimmy Stewart movie that I would like to watch at some point, I just have never gotten around to putting it in the player. I think I'd like it, but maybe because I don't have the emotional attachment of having actually bought it, means I haven't watched it yet. I should do that soon though!
Which are the worst movies in your collection and why do you still own them?
Probably the Heavy Metal discs. The original Heavy Metal was something I watched a lot when I was a teenager but the DVD doesn't really hold up quite as well. One reason is the fact that the Devo song "Working In A Coal Mine" isn't on it, which is a drag. And most of the humor (tits, sex and misogyny), just doesn't appeal to me any more. But there are still plenty of interesting animation styles and stories so I keep it around. But I don't think I have ever watched Heavy Metal 2000 - I just happen to have bought it in a set withHeavy Metal.
Do you have any confessions about your movie watching setup at home?
I still have my HD DVD player. I put an early bet in on HD DVD, bought a dozen or so HD DVDs and then, just as I was getting interested in the format, it folded. I still say Unforgiven on HD DVD is the finest looking disc I have in my collection. I have the player but it no longer is even hooked up, as I ran out of HDMI inputs on my A/V receiver. But I have some of my favorite movies on HD DVD (the aforementioned Unforgiven, The Sting (my final HD DVD purchase), Bladerunner, Pan's Labyrinth, one of my nearly infinite copies of Casablanca), so I'm loath to get rid of it, as I haven't replaced all of those.
Any other confessions you want to make?
I don't like the "classic" musicals. Not interested in seeing Singing In The Rain, or pretty much any other Kelly/Rogers musical. Cabaret - si. Meet Me In St. Louis? Non.