The wonderful and insightful Dell over at Dell on Movies has nominated me for a Liebster Award! As has the honorable Kevin of Speaks in Movie Lines! I'm honored, humbled, and honestly flattered.
ANYWAY, the Liebster Award (in case you didn't know, because I didn't...) is an award bestowed upon bloggers by their fellow bloggers. When you are nominated, there are a few simple rules to follow in order to accept your award:
1. Thank the blog who nominated you and link back to them.
2. Nominate up to 11 other bloggers to receive the coveted award.
3. Answer 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
4. Tell your readers 11 random facts about yourself.
5. Give the nominees 11 questions to answer on their blog when they post their nomination.
These are the questions Dell asked of me, and my answers.
1. What movie is most responsible for making you a film buff? The film that truly made me a movie buff was Wong Kar-Wai's In The Mood for Love. Saw it in a film course in college, fell in love, decided I HAD to own it on DVD, got introduced to The Criterion Collection, and I was a goner.
2. If there were a movie made about your life, who should play your significant other? Hmmmmmmmmmm... doing a quick search of IMDB for actors over 6' tall, I'd have to say Ray Stevenson (Porthos from the most recent Three Musketeers film), although my current significant other is a bit more of a goofy, gentle giant type. But the resemblance is striking.
3. Name an event you've been a part of that they should make a movie about. A few years back I went to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Rally to Restore Sanity (and/or Fear) aboard the Huffington Post buses. That would make for a pretty interesting movie. I've never seen DC so mobbed; from the minute we got into the subway we could barely move!
4. Name an event you wish they would stop making movies about. That moment when a woman gets pregnant accidentally, doesn't want a baby at this point in her life, but decides to keep it despite the fact that there are plenty of other options available to her.
5. What villain do you think would make a great hero? Why? To quote one of my favorite plays: I'm not a fan of this modern mania for turning bad people into good people at a moment's notice. So I'll pick one that has already been redeemed by history a bit: Shylock. The man is basically attacked for adhering to the terms of a contract and persecuted for being a Jew. He stands up for what he believes in and against an irresponsible kid, and gets a terrible punishment for it. He should be a hero.
6. What hero do you think would make a great villain? Why? Sherlock Holmes. Super-smart guy who works with Scotland Yard, but also outside their jurisdiction. WHAT IF he was actually working against the police the whole time? His motives are largely unknown, PLUS he's a drug addict.
7. Name a movie you love from a genre you hate. Oooooooooh this is a good one... I don't like westerns much, but I LOVED the Coen brothers' True Grit.
8. Name a movie that's so bad it's awesome. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm... gonna have to be obvious and go with Showgirls. Or Conan the Barbarian. The original Schwarzenegger one.
9. What is your favorite color? Orange and/or green, depending on the day.
10. Do you prefer dogs or cats? Cats. Dogs are too eager for your love and attention, whereas you have to earn a cat's trust first. Plus dogs slobber. EW. But I'm allergic to both, so can I say fish instead?
11. How and why did you become a blogger? LONG story, but the short version is that I wanted to participate in The Film Experience's Hit Me With Your Best Shot series, and I needed a place to do so.
...and because I'm a masochist, here are the questions Kevin asked of me, and my answers:
1. What movie is responsible for making you a film buff? Asked and answered! See above.
2. What's your earliest movie memory? Seeing Disney's The Little Mermaid in theaters.
3. What was your most cherished title you owned on home video as a kid? Hmmmmmm... I mean, pick any Disney animated classic LOL. Probably Beauty & the Beast, because it's my favorite.
4. What is your current favorite Blu-ray or DVD that you own? Oh jeez.... the Criterion Collection Jacques Tati box set that I just got sure is pretty!
5. Who is your all-time favorite movie character? Indiana Jones. When I was younger I wanted to be an archeologist. I have no doubt that Harrison Ford was at least part of the reason why.
6. What is your favorite TV drama? Currently: The Americans. Or Game of Thrones. Or Masters of Sex. Or Orange is the New Black. All-Time: The X-Files.
7. What is your favorite TV comedy? Currently: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Or Jane the Virgin. All-Time: Will & Grace. Or Friends. Or Absolutely Fabulous. Or Fawlty Towers. Yeah, the last one.
8. What is the last movie you watched? Oh dear lord... Minions. It was cute.
9. Favorite food? Literally anything barbecued.
10. Any pets? Not currently. When I was a kid there was a guinea pig and then a cockatiel.
11. How and why did you become a blogger? Asked and answered! See above.
AND NOW! For 11 facts about myself.
1. I started dancing when I was 10 years old, after seeing Singin' in the Rain.
2. At my very first dance competition (at age 12) I won a Gold medal. A monster was born.
3. My biggest achievement in six years as a competitive dancer was placing third overall at a national competition in Walt Disney World.
4. I was the Editor-in-Chief of my high school yearbook.
5. I read the second Harry Potter book (Chamber of Secrets) before I read the first one. I didn't know it was a series at the time.
6. My Top Three favorite books are: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Ready Player One.
7. My favorite book series is the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde.
8. In addition to dance, I'm also a trained mime.
9. I can read Hebrew.
10. I'm semi-fluent in French (enough to understand spoken/written, but not quite enough to carry on a full conversation without lots of stops and starts).
11. Animal has always been, and always will be, my favorite Muppet.
I would like to nominate....
Jenna and Allie, The Flick Chicks
All of the Assholes Watching Movies
Big Screen, Small Words
Irene, the Mysterious Bibliophile
The amazing John at Hitchcock's World
...and I WOULD nominate the ever-inspiring Drew (Fisti) at Fistful of Films and the awe-inspiring Tim Brayton at Antagony and Ecstasy, but I think they possibly might be too popular to actually meet the criteria for this award. Also, shout-out to everyone's favorite commenter extraordinaire, joel65913, who does not have his own blog but should.
I don't have much time to spend reading other blogs, but when I do, these guys are reliably well-written and fun to read. If you're not reading any of these blogs, you should be.
The questions for my nominees (some of which I stole because they're just too good) are:
1. What's the movie that made you love movies?
2. Do you get concessions when you go to the movies, and if so, what's your snack of choice?
3. What was your favorite subject in high school?
4. Who is your favorite Muppet?
5. What's your favorite movie trilogy (or series)?
6. What makes you feel better when you're feeling blue?
7. What movie did you most unexpectedly love?
8. What movie did you most unexpectedly hate?
9. What is your favorite place you've ever visited?
10. What's your Zodiac sign, and do you believe it fits you?
11. What made you start blogging?