Life, Love and the Movies BLOGATHON

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It took me a while to finally get my entry done, and since today is my birthday, I figure it’s as good a time as any to post it now :D

Thank you Nostra for creating another fun blogathon we can all take part in. Also thanks to Karamel Kinema for the awesome blogathon graphic. Now, the idea of the blogathon is to share our personal connection to movies by answering these questions below.

So without further ado, here’s my answers. I think those of you who’ve read this blog for a while already know about some of my answers ;)

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1. What was the first movie you saw in the cinema and what do you remember about that visit?

I’ve shared this on my Superman and Me post, so you guessed it, it was Superman: The Movie. It came to Indonesian cinema months later after it’s released in the US and I remember going to this rinky-dink cinema next to the house I grew up in. I couldn’t remember who I went with but needless to say, even at a wee age of four, I fell in love with Superman … AND the tall, dark and well, super Christopher Reeve. That’s quite a high bar that he set in terms of movie star crushes :D

Ok, my hubby just showed me this video to me of this toddler’s reaction to Man of Steel‘s flying sequence. Ha! That must be how I have reacted seeing Christopher Reeve’s rescuing Lois in Metropolis!

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2. Are there any movies you have very strong memories of which are not because of the movie (for example something which happened at the time you were watching it)?

When I was a young teen my mom brought back three films from a European vacation and those were My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Gone with the Wind.

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I didn’t realize this until much later that each film had a strong female protagonist in it. Out of the three, GWTW perhaps left the most lasting impression as my mom had to pretty much translate a lot of the dialog for me and explained the history about the Civil War era, etc. I guess Hollywood movies served as my early intro to learning English and a bit about American culture as well.

3. Which movies had a big impact on you and changed a (small) part of your view on life?

Hmmm, tough question. I don’t know if there are specific ones but the three films above were inspiring to me as there are a lot of strong women in my own family as well. I think some eye-opening documentaries do change my outlook on certain things, i.e. The Cove discouraged me from ever going to a Sea World-type of places, and Gladiators Football doc about concussion made me think of American football in a whole new light.

4. Do you have any comfort movies which you return to because you are in a specific mood (for example if you are feeling down/nursing a heartbreak)?

The two movies I can always rely on to lift up my up are Return to Me and Sense & Sensibility (both the 1995 and the BBC 2008 version). Both have the kind of heart-warming story that inspires and entertain. Since it’s almost Valentine’s day, I highly recommend Return to Me as most of you probably haven’t seen it. It’s one of the few rom-coms I love, along with You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle & The Holiday that are made by female directors!

5. If a movie would be made about your life, what type of movie would it be and who would you like to portray you?

RashidaJonesWell considering there is barely any Asian actress who resembles me in Hollywood, I really can’t picture who could play me. Maybe Rashida Jones as she’s petite and has olive skin … of course we want someone far prettier than ourselves to play us right? ;)

I had quite a dramatic childhood – sent to a boarding school at the age of 7 for 5 years, then losing my mother on my 16th birthday are pretty unusual for any kid. Let’s just say I saw a lot of funerals growing up, as my uncle took his own life a few months after my mother’s passing, and my grandma (whom I lived with after my mom’s death) also died 3 years later. So needless to say, the movie wouldn’t be a rom-com ahah, maybe a dark comedy as there were times my family reminds me of something out of August: Osage County, ahah.

6. Which existing movie best represents you?

Hmmm, none from that I have seen. I have to think this through a bit and maybe update this post when I have the faintest idea, ahah.

7. If you knew you would die tomorrow, what would be the last movie you would want to see?

Ahah well I don’t want to be thinking about death on my birthday, even if it has happened before (see above). Last movie… maybe Amazing Grace, because it’s such a beautiful and inspiring story and one of those films I’d recommend people to see before they die.

8. If you can spend your life working in the film industry, what would you be and why? (you know, director, producer, actor, cinematographer, costume designer, sound designer etc?)

Ever since I was a kid, every time my teacher asked ‘what would you like to be when you grow up?‘ I always answered screenwriter. So I’m going to stick with that… or casting director would be a fun job as well I’d imagine.

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1. Did you ever have a first kiss with someone while at the cinema and if so which movie was playing?

Nope. I go to the cinema to watch a movie. Thankfully my husband feels the same way.

2. What is your favorite movie relationship and why?

I like the playful banter between Joe and Kathleen in You’ve Got Mail, but in terms of marriage in films, my favorite is between Paul & Julia Child in Julie & Julia as they’re so sweet and supportive to each other. I’m fortunate that I’ve found an equally supportive and sweet hubby in life, hence I dedicated this post to him.

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3. When did your love for movies start and how has it grown?

Film is in my blood as my late dad worked in the film industry before I was born, both as a screenwriter and director. He also did some poster art as well I believe. Though I credit my late mother because since they divorced when I was three, she was the one who introduced Hollywood films to me. I wasn’t that into movies in high school and college however, not sure why, but shortly before I started this blog, I started getting into it again and writing about film definitely fuels my passion for film.

4. If you have to choose one film to watch with your loved one, what would it be and why?

It’s either Captain America or The Rocketeer (both happen to be directed by Joe Johnston!) as we’re such a big fan of both films.

5. If you can choose one character from a movie to be your significant other who would it be and why?

Right of the bat I go with John Thornton from BBC North & South as he’s not only gorgeous but responsible and hard working. Even though he appears tough and even callous at times, he’s a big softie in the inside and he’s capable of loving a woman with all his heart.

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But in terms of feature film character, I’d go with superhero [hey why not right?]. Instead of Batman or even Superman, I’d choose Captain America/Steve Rogers because even with all that power and being THE first Avenger, he remains humble and a gentleman. Plus it’d be interesting to hear his retro stories from his pre-frozen days and helping him adapt to the new world.

6. What was the first movie that made you fall in in love with film and cinema?

I think this has been covered by a couple of earlier questions above (see #1 & #2 under Life). I think the Disney Princess movies also made me love film at an early age and appreciate the beauty in its creativity and power of escapism. Thankfully it didn’t skew my outlook on romance though, I knew even early on there’s no such thing as a Prince Charming.

7. How did your passion for movies turn you into a movie blogger?

Well, I’ve always been talking about movies in a very passionate way to my friends and co-workers that some of them urged me to just start a blog. But it didn’t take an assignment to help design a WordPress blog that finally push me to start one. This blog is the perfect outlet to combine my love for writing AND movies.

8. What is your favorite date from a movie?

I know I already said I wouldn’t have chosen Superman as my significant other, but if it were just for a couple of dates, nothing beats flying with the most powerful and gorgeous alien in the universe. So for the ultimate fantasy, I’d go with the Can you read my mind scene from Superman: The Movie, but in terms of something closer to earth, I’d go with Roman Holiday. Ok so it’s not a *date* per se but I’d love to explore a romantic city like Rome with a gorgeous creature like Gregory Peck as my date ;)

Well, that’s my answers! Click on the logo below to the main Blogathon Overview page.

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56 thoughts on “Life, Love and the Movies BLOGATHON

  1. Happy birthday, Ruth!

    The Roman Holiday “date” is tough to beat. As is Gregory Peck. :-)

    And I live Captain America, too, so I’ll support those answers as well.

  2. Happy birthday Ruth! And good read, love what you said here “of course we want someone far prettier than ourselves to play us right?” Ha ha. It’s so true, I remember seeing the real Erin Brockovich and she looks nothing like Julia Roberts. I thought an actress that looks closer to her is either Melanie Griffith or Daryl Hannah, of course those two aren’t A-list like Roberts and so they didn’t get the part.

    • Thanks Ted! Ha..ha.. well it’s all fantasy so why not find a good looking actor to play us right? I’m still realistic that I didn’t answer someone like say, Charlize Theron, ahah.

      • If there’s going to be a movie about me, I want Tom Cruise to play me, I mean we’re around the same height. He just needs to gain more weight and of course figure a way out how he can look like an Asian person. LOL.

  3. Happy birthday Ruth.
    I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before but we share a love of Superman on the big screen, and Joe and Kathleen from YGM. Good call on those two!

    • Hi there Paul! High five about Superman… and of course our appreciation of lovely ladies Pfeiffer and Ryan. I really wish Meg would come back doing something like YGM one day.

  4. Happy, Happy day, virtual friend! :) We share the same comfort films. Anything Gregory Peck and Pride and Prejudice. l loved Julie and Julia and agree, what woman wouldn’t want that marriage? Love to you, friend! : )

    • Thanks Cindy! It’s rare to see such an inspiring depiction of marriage in Hollywood films, I think if people l only have those to go by they’d think EVERY marriage on earth is horrible. Glad to see there are a few that didn’t follow that stereotype.

  5. Great answers. You’re certainty a bona fide movie fan! And Happy Birthday!

    P.s: If Rashida Jones played a movie about your life, I definitely rush to see it!

  6. Happy Birthday plus one, Ruth!

    Some very interesting questions from Nostra. And even more intriguing answers from you.

    Gregory Peck?… I wouldn’t have come to that conclusion in a hundred years! :D

    Good answers with ‘Captain America’ and ‘The Rocketeer’.

    • Thanks Jack!! Some of these are pretty hard questions, I was obviously stumped by one of them. Ha..ha.. well you know me too well but Mr. Peck is kinda timeless isn’t he? Hard to top a man like that!

  7. Happy Belated Birthday Ruth! :D

    Being a casting director does sound like a lot of fun, and I forgot your father worked in the film industry. That’s so cool!

    • Thank you Josh!

      Yeah that was ages ago before I was born though, but I remember they were filming at my grandma’s home when I was about 3 and there were lights, equipments & people everywhere. Wish I had more recollection of that day :)

  8. Very nice post, Ruth! Superman is my latest comic book/movie franchise, I can’t wait to check out some of the earlier installments. Paul and Julia’s relationship in Julie & Julie was the best parts of the movie. I’m not going to lie I cried at the end when she received her published book. :D

    • Thank you Katy! Oh glad to hear you’re into Superman now, well he’s always been the TOP superhero for me. Yeah, Paul & Julia’s marriage is really sweet, I’m not super fond of the movie itself but that is truly the best part about it.

    • Glad we agree on Roman Holiday and Julie & Julia! Ha..ha.. well I can’t think of anyone else in Hollywood who even remotely resembles me… not that Rashida does but she’s as close as I can get, ahah.

  9. Sorry I’m late to this Ruth. Definitely an interesting little insight to how you tick. Excellent post. I really wish I had the time to enter this Blogathon. Sadly, I can’t.

    Oh, and a belated Happy Birthday by the way. :)

  10. I’m late to the party, but congratulations on your birthday!

    Also had the same reaction as you after watching The Cove. Don’t think I have seen your comfort movies Ruth. Rashida Jones is a nice actress…have not done a Many Faces of… post of her yet! Have not watched Amazing Grace.Nice to see you pick Roman Holiday, you know how I feel about that one.

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