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Seven Movie Questions About Me

May 8, 2010

Thank you to Olive at Movie News First for tagging me in this meme, Seven Movie Questions About Me!

What was your first movie-going experience?

In a strange coincidence with Olive, at about six years of age, my first cinema-going experience was also “The Addams Family”.  Christopher Lloyd was highly disturbing as Uncle Fester, so I ended up turning around on my seat and facing the back of the cinema for most the film.

How many DVDs do you own?

I’ll be asking them to stand for a head count later.

What is your guilty pleasure movie?

This has to be….Twilight Saga.

Please don’t judge me.

There’s something about pale vampires in an incredibly mediocre film (with a decent soundtrack) that I just can’t resist.

Earlier this year I tried reading the book, but it’s worse than film. I did make it as far as Page 225, which I’m quite proud of.

You’ve compiled a list of your top 100 movies. Which ones didn’t make the cut?

“The Saddest Music in the World”. I watched it just one time in 2003 and loved it. I fear that love may have been a reaction of my unschooled and impressionable youth, so I will be watching it again before including it on any list. Another “Róisín Fact” is that I have yet to meet anyone else who has seen that particular Guy Maddin creation.

I once watched a short film based on Charles Bukowksi’s “Horseshoe”. It was an extra on the Factotum DVD. My high regard for the short film may have been influenced by my low regard for Factotum, so I shall also be retaining this one for future lists!

Which movie(s) do you compulsively watch over and over again?

Mainly short films, such as…

1) A Trip To The Orphanage

2) Lift

3) Guy Maddin’s Dracula

4) The Cat With Hands

5) There are many other shorts that I have viewed almost as many times as this selection, but the final one which I’ve probably watched a few more times than most is: Vincent

Classics you’re ashamed relieved to admit you haven’t seen

The Breakfast Club.

What movie posters are hanging in your room?

I no longer have posters on my walls (That will change when I win the National Lottery and build my game room). I don’t know if it counts, but I do have a Vincent Price DVD collection on display. When I say “on display”, I mean it won’t fit into my literal treasure chest of hoardings. I also have High School Musical 3 Kleenex on my desk.

And now, in the long tradition of memes, I would like to pass this to the capable blogging hands of Filmplicity.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. May 8, 2010 9:10 am

    I must watch “The Saddest Music in the World.” Yet another DVD to watch!
    I think you’d like The Breakfast Club and I could use some of those High School Musical Kleenex for the cold I have!

  2. May 8, 2010 10:03 am

    You could get the classy Disney Princess tissues that they’re selling in Super Valu 😉 Would love to know what you think of that Guy Maddin film. I love the film poster – Glass legs and beer: I promise to watch The Breakfast Club before the end of May!

  3. May 8, 2010 11:18 am

    The saddest music in the world … never heard of it but this sound really intriguing… I wonder how sad will it be. Western movie that can bring endless tears to my eyes was Lorenzo’s Oil , as for Asian there’s a TV drama called 1 Liter of Tears which literary made me cry out 1ltr of tears.

  4. May 8, 2010 11:29 am

    @Novroz The Saddest Music in the World is quite quirky, but don’t worry – It does live up to the title of sad music! When I was in secondary school, we had to watch Lorenzo’s Oil – It’s so sad, that I’ll never watch it ever again 😦 After reading your comment, I looked up 1 Litre of Tears on Wikipedia – It sounds equally as heartbreaking!

    • May 8, 2010 12:16 pm

      Is it an old movie? if it this, the only way I can watch it is by downloading it.

      1 ltr of tears is based on true story…I’ve watched the 30th anniversary of her book and I cried again. Aya (the main character) recorded her last wish in her dying voice :'(. I’ve just bought its DVD because I want to watch it again (the 1st time I watch it, I borrow it from my friend)

  5. May 8, 2010 2:26 pm

    @Novroz No, it’s quite recent 🙂 Be warned, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea! This is the trailer: I mainly enjoyed the trademark Guy Maddin “low tech” filming, the wackiness of the plot and the music!

    • May 8, 2010 11:03 pm

      Thx for the link 🙂 I’ll check it out as soon as I use a PC (right now I’m using cellphone).

  6. May 9, 2010 2:31 pm

    Lorenzo’s Oil is a great film, so heartfelt and interesting, with great performances. I particularly like Peter Ustinov as the doctor. I always remember the bit where Nick Nolte is reading about the effects of Lorenzo’s disease and then he breaks down in the stairwell. Its pretty tough to watch. But I like the ending. Never heard of The Saddest Music In The World, the poster looks weird.

    Let me know when your game room is up and running, I’ll bring my Twilight wallpaper. 😉

  7. May 9, 2010 8:25 pm

    @Ronan Excellent. I’m sure an Edward Cullen decor won’t look too OTT 🙂

  8. Darren permalink
    May 12, 2010 8:23 am

    Yep – I must be the only person in the world who thinks that The Breakfast Club isn’t all that. Though I adore Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

    And Vicnent is incredible – there’s just something about his voice paired with the claymation.

  9. May 12, 2010 12:36 pm

    @Darren Burton’s love of Price definitely helped him create a perfect piece of stop-motion – Vincent Price is like Burton’s creative style personified, albeit deceased…just like Burton’s creativity at the moment.

  10. August 17, 2010 1:46 pm

    Burton’s short Frankenweenie (1984) is also worth watching. A remake is coming in 2012 I’m told.

    Not animation, but I think “Paris, je t’aime “(2006) is a great compilation of short films.
    I also enjoy some of the short segments in the comedy “Amazon Women on the Moon” from 1987, if you can find that movie. There are more shorts I know, but I can’t think of them just now.

    The breakfast club is great, I also recommend it

    • August 29, 2010 10:48 am

      Since May, when I wrote this post, I’ve sat down and watched The Breakfast Club – I loved Judd Nelson’s John Bender! It was definitely one of those films where I had no particular expectations prior to viewing, but was very much pleasantly surprised.

      Thanks for your recommendations – I haven’t watched any of “Amazon Women on the Moon” yet, so I’ll certainly try and track it down!

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