2nd Blog-a-versary Special: 15 Questions Movie Meme

Anna from Defiant Success blog first came up with this movie meme back in May, I’ve been wanting to participate but haven’t got around to it. Other bloggers have since participated in this, here are a couple that I like: I Luv Cinema and My Film Views. Well, I figure it’s fitting to reveal more about my movie tastes as part of my blog-a-versary ‘celebration.’ Here goes:

1. Movie you love with a passion:

Sense & Sensibility. Yes this is an utterly predictable answer as I talk about this Ang Lee film so much on this blog. I love everything about it… the story, the direction, the acting, the score from Patrick Doyle that I often listen to in my car, and last but not least, the wonderful Jane Austen characters coming to life in the most beautiful way. As you know, I have a special fondness for Alan Rickman’s Col. Brandon, one of my all time fave period drama heroes!

2. Movie you vow to never watch:

The Last Temptation of Christ. I know a lot of movie bloggers adore Scorsese, but I’m not one of them. I appreciate The Age of Innocence but that’s the only one of his film I like. I’ve seen the trailer and read about it, but I know I won’t be entertained nor enlightened by this. Whether the director meant to do so or not, I find the whole idea utterly blasphemous.

3. Movie that literally left you speechless:

The Passion of the Christ. This isn’t the kind of film you can easily watch with a bucket-load of popcorn. I’ve mentioned it in my Easter movies post how much this movie spoke to me in a profound way. I have to admit the brutality gets to be too much, but that is the point the filmmaker was trying to make… to show the length of Christ’s sacrifice for humanity. I remember how quiet the cinema was and people didn’t move as the end credits rolled…

4. Movie you always recommend:
Return to Me. I just love this movie so much… I dare say it’s one of the most enjoyable and well-written rom-com out there but most people have never seen it! I even dedicated a post for it a couple of years ago. It really is a poignant chick flick that anyone of any gender and any age will enjoy, I love Bonnie Hunt’s writing and David Duchovny & Minnie Driver’s sweet chemistry. Give it a chance, you won’t be disappointed!

5. Actor/actress you always watch, no matter how crappy the movie: 

You probably expect to see Gerry Butler’s name on here, right? 😉 Well I love the guy, but there are some movies of his I still refuse to see (i.e. Gamer, and I was quite reluctant to see The Ugly Truth). But Russell Crowe is ALWAYS excellent even in terrible movies (Rough Magic, Heaven’s Burning) and always make any movie watchable for me. I’m curious to see how he fares in directing, which he reportedly is in negotiation.

6. Actor/actress you don’t get the appeal for:

Ok, perhaps it’s not fair for me to mention him as I’ve never seen Channing Tatum‘s work (other than Public Enemies but I don’t remember seeing him in it). I just zero interest in seeing his movies and every time I hear his name mentioned I just think ‘pretty boy with that stoic expression.’ Even when I saw The Eagle trailer, I kept thinking ‘why didn’t they give the lead role to Jamie Bell who’s a much better actor?!’ Who knows maybe one day he’ll change my mind, but for now I just don’t see his appeal at all.

7. Actor/actress, living or dead, you’d love to meet: 
My late mother was a fan of Audrey Hepburn, that’s why she introduced me to My Fair Lady at a young age. I’ve seen a number of Hepburn’s movies since and absolutely admire not only her beauty, but also her graceful and kind spirit. She’s involved in a lot of charitable causes in her later years, which exemplifies that true beauty is inside and out. She’s a true Hollywood icon.

8. Sexiest actor/actress you’ve seen. (Picture required!):

Another predictable answer, right? 😀 But seriously, I’ve been a fan of Gerry Butler for over 5 years now ever since I saw him in the form of my favorite anti-hero The Phantom of the Opera. People think I like him for his 12-pack or whatever in 300 but truthfully, I don’t care for guys THAT buff, I find it rather off-putting actually every time I see guys this ripped at the gym. Sure it fits the role in that movie but I much prefer his much leaner and rugged look with clothes ON! The 41-year-old Scot has a swagger that I find irresistible, as well as intelligence and sense of humor to complement his good looks. He seems to get better with age, too. I recently saw a photo of him at the Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards a couple of days ago, and boy doesn’t he look like a superhero in this suit!

9. Dream cast:

That would be the cast of my romantic thriller Hearts Want with Helen Mirren and Timothy Dalton as the leads, and full of British cast I adore 😀

10. Favorite actor pairing:

I have two kind of answers to this question. If it’s romantic pairing, I’ve got a top ten list of favorite movie couples. But for non-romantic pairing, the first thing that came to mind is Sean Connery & Harrison Ford as father/son duo in Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade. Can’t imagine a funnier and more riotous pairing than these two! I love the scene above when they’re both tied up together by the evil nazis. This movie is so darn entertaining because of this genius casting match! On a related note, here’s my dream on-screen duos I posted last year. Feel free to add to the list!

11. Favorite movie setting: 

Italy is one of my favorite countries to visit, it’s just so beautiful and full of history. I always enjoy seeing Italian setting in movies, too, whether in the countryside or in the cities. I specifically adore Venice, the enchanting city on water… even in bad movies like The Tourist, it never fails to charm and delights. In fact, it almost always become a ‘character’ in the movie itself. I also adore Rome whether in contemporary setting (Roman Holiday) or ancient (Gladiator).

12. Favorite decade for movies:
Hmmm, this is a tough one. I assume this question is about movies released in that era (not ones that are set in that given period, which is a different thing entirely). I guess my answer would be a tie between 1990s and 2000s as I’ve enjoyed a bunch of movies from the past two decades, as you can see in this list.

13. Chick flick or action movie?
My initial reaction is ACTION all the way. Especially in the cinema, I always prefer to see an action/thriller/sci-fi over a chick flick. Though of course there are always exception to be made, i.e. I saw Jane Eyre in the theater, but generally, I’m more of an action gal 😀

14. Hero, villain or anti-hero?

I appreciate a good ‘ol valiant hero as much as the next gal, but generally, anti-heroes are just sooo much more interesting to watch. Scarlett O’Hara is a great example of an iconic anti-heroine (who says it has to always be a guy?) who uses her beauty for her own gain. Yet she is not malicious, just a deeply flawed character we love to hate.

15. Black and white or color?
I’d have to say color because I’ve become so accustomed to it. But since I prefer contemporary cinema But every now and again, I’ll see a movie in black and white and it just looks so artistic! I think today’s filmmakers should experiment with it and do it well, like what Spielberg did with Schindler’s List.

Well that’s my answers. Thoughts/comments are always welcome! 😀