Liebster’d once again…

Firstly, THANKS to Jay, Vinnie, Paskalis and Anna for kindly nominating me this lovely award. I’ve done this once before in 2012, but hey, it’s always fun to do these kinds of posts. 



11 things about myself:

  1. I originally wanted to be a journalist, that was initially my major in college (Mass Communication with emphasis in journalism). But after taking a few classes, I decided that I’m more suited to graphic design and so I switched. In hindsight, I think that’s a good decision.
  2. Most people who followed this blog from the start might already knew this, but I originally did this blog because I was constantly emailing my friends and colleagues about my mini review of movies. Some of my co-workers said I might as well start a blog and so one day, whilst designing a blog for a client, I started a WordPress blog myself as a test and FlixChatter was born.
  3. My favorite cuisine (aside from Indonesian of course) is Thai. I’d have Thai food several times a week if I could.
  4. Europe_bandI used to LOVE 80s heavy metal bands like Guns ‘N Roses, Warrant, Skid Row, Poison, as well as the Swedish rockband Europe, which my hubby’s a huge fan of as well. To this day, I still listen to ’em from time to time.
  5. I used to create romantic *graphic novel* in Junior High, which basically were simple black/white pencil-drawn stories with talk bubbles. I think I might’ve made a half dozen of them that would amongst my class mates. It was mostly out of boredom, and I’d often be sent to detention for my drawing hobby 😉
  6. I took French with one of my best friends in High School but we only managed to finish a couple of classes before promptly giving up. It was just too difficult for our tongues, far more difficult than English and even German, which was part of our High School curriculum. I wish I hadn’t given up so quickly, as it’d have come in handy in watching Stanley Weber’s French movies without English subtitles 😦
  7. My taste in music is pretty old fashioned. I basically listen to two genres regularly: classical and soundtrack. I’m also a big fan of Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman. Ocassionaly I listen to contemporary music, currently I’ve been obsessed with Emeli Sandé. I don’t usually like going to concerts but I’d definitely go see her if she comes to town!
  8. I’m not proud to admit this but I was a huge fan of New Kids of the Block when I was 14/15. My room was practically a NKOTB *museum* filled with paraphenaphilia and posters that covered every inch of my room wall. But by the time I saw them in concert, my interest had already waned. In fact, they sort of put my enthusiasm for boy bands for good. I never ever like boy bands ever again since then.
  9. FloppyI used to have many pets growing up, both cats and dogs. One of my favorites is a Pekingese dog named Floppy which was given from one of my late mom’s friends who was a Catholic nun. But since I moved to the US I never adopted a pet, but maybe we will in the future.
  10. Both my hubby and I are Indonesian, and we actually went to the same Jr High. But we didn’t meet until college, thousands of miles away from our home. I never thought I’d marry an Asian guy once I go to the US for school, let alone someone from my own country. But I wouldn’t want it any other way.
  11. I LOVE social media, especially blogging (natch!) and Twitter, but I can’t stand Facebook. I only have a FB account for my blog and I’m rarely on there. I’ve recently taken up Instagram (thanks partly to my French crush Stanley) and been enjoying it so far.

Jay’s Question:

What is the most fun you’ve ever had in a movie theatre? What movie were you watching?

I already answered this on Jay’s blog: One of the most fun I had at the theater was when I saw Pacific Rim on IMAX a while back, that movie was so darn entertaining and it looked great on those huge screens.

I also enjoyed watching The Dark Knight Rises and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation on IMAX, there’s nothing more immersive than watching great action movies in those huge, enveloping screen!

Vinnie’s Questions:

  1. Do you prefer watching films in the cinema or at home?
    Depends. If it’s action movies, I prefer seeing them on the big screen. But for dramas, I prefer seeing them at home.
  2. Do you have any tattoos?
    No. Though I’ve always wanted one on my shoulder. Maybe one day.
  3. What is your favourite sport?
    I’m not much of a sport person at all. I always get bored watching any televised sports games.
  4. Who is your man crush or woman crush?
    Right now it’s all about this French Adonis Stanley Weber
  5. How good are you at keeping secrets?
    Very good. But I haven’t had to keep too many secrets in my life
  6. What movie do you love that everyone else seems to hate?
    Ahah, I just blogged about this last week.
  7. What do you enjoy the most about blogging?
    Meeting fellow cinephiles from all over the world, sometimes I get to meet them in person, too!
  8. What is your star sign?
    I don’t believe in horoscopes, but I think it’s Aquarius
  9. How many languages can you speak?
    Two. Indonesian (my mother tongue) and English
  10. What is your most valuable belonging?
    Not sure I have any.
  11. Describe yourself in five words.
    Loner, imaginative, candid, emotional, emphatic.

Paskalis’ Questions:

  1. Please name a movie that can describe you or what you feel now!
    Because my script deals with long lost love and second chances, so that’s what’s been on my mind lately
  2. What’s your all time favorite movie OST?
    John Williams’ Jurassic Park
  3. Choose one: Jurassic World, Terminator Genysis, or Star Wars Eps. VII?
    Simply because it’s the only one I saw that I remember but I don’t think it’s a good movie.
  4. Choose one: annoying cliffhanger or super-twisted bad ending?
    I’d say none, but if I must pick one, at least the latter won’t make me guess what the ending is
  5. Choose one: European movie, Asian movie, Australian movie or South American movie? Name a title!
    I have a fondness for British movies, and I just recently rewatched this wonderful Scottish gem Dear Frankie that’s just been added to Netflix. Everyone should check this one out!
  6. What’s the best Indonesian movie you ever watched?
    I haven’t seen any Indo movie in a long time. The last one I saw was Ada Apa Dengan Cinta which was pretty good.
  7. If your life were a movie, what other movie might look similar to it?
    Unfortunately, I never saw my life reflected in any film I’ve seen
  8. If your life were still a movie, who will portray you best?
    Again, this is a tough one. I don’t think I can answer this.
  9. As a movie blogger, what kind of comment you loathe?
    Comments that clearly prove they don’t even read the post at all
  10. As a movie blogger, do you follow foreign blogger and interact with them? Why yes, why not?
    Ahah yes, most of my blogger friends are *foreign* as a lot of them live outside of the USA. Interacting with my fellow bloggers is one of my fave parts about blogging.
  11. Now, please describe your blog in a sentence!
    A blog of movie musings, commentaries, reviews, artists interviews, top ten lists and more!

Anna’s Questions:

  1. Favorite TV show(s)?
    I hardly watch any TV but the last shows I saw that I REALLY enjoyed was Netflix’s Daredevil and BBC’s Broadchurch.
  2. Last movie you saw?
    Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
  3. Book you’re currently reading?
    None at the moment, but hoping to catch up on The Girl on the Train
  4. Comedy or drama?
    Drama generally.
  5. Classic or contemporary?
  6. SenseSensibilityDvdWhat’s that one movie you always recommend to anyone who asks?
    Sense & Sensibility (1995).
    Even to those who aren’t fans of period dramas as the story is just so beautiful, and it’s superbly acted, writen and directed.
  7. You’re able to go back in time and be an extra on the set of any movie. Which one is it?
    Any movie starring Stanley Weber (for obvious reasons) 😉
  8. Favorite foreign film?
    In terms of replayability value: Cinema Paradiso
  9. Book version or movie version: which is better?
    I know generally book version is better, though I don’t have as much patience for certain books, so in terms of Jane Austen adaptation, I enjoy the film/tv versions better.
  10. Best performance from your favorite actor/actress?
    This is way too hard as I have so many faves. But I just rewatched Mrs. Brown with Dame Judi Dench and I think it’s definitely one of her many best performances.
  11. Watching movies alone or watching movies with someone?
    Depends. I enjoy watching movies alone or with my hubby equally, though I prefer watching my guilty pleasures by myself 😉

Now the easy part… the nominations!

Well it seems that everyone’s been nominated already, but I’ll do it anyway and you can choose to participate or not, it’s entirely up to you.

  1. Cindy @ Cindy Bruchman’s Blog
  2. Margaret @ Cinematic Corner
  3. Jordan @ Epileptic Moondancer
  4. Tom @ Digital Shortbread
  5. Steven @ Surrender to the Void
  6. Alex @ Alex Raphael Blog
  7. Abbi @ Abbi Osbiston Blog
  8. Natalie @ Writer Loves Movies
  9. Andina @ Inspired Ground
  10. Mark @ Three Rows Back
  11. Rodney @ Fernby Films

Should you take part in this Liebster Award meme, please answer these 11 questions*:

  1. Have you ever made a fanfic? If so, what is it about?
  2. What’s your favorite dish/desert to make?
  3. Who’s your favorite movie actor who’s currently starring in a TV show?
  4. If you can only listen to ONE film soundtrack for a whole month, what would it be?
  5. What musical instrument do you play (or wish you could play)?
  6. Name one film you initially love but eventually grow to dislike?
  7. Favorite quote you find inspiring?
  8. Which is your favorite movie writer [could be a journalist, novelist, etc.]?
  9. Has your cinematic crush ever inspire you to do something you otherwise wouldn’t even consider?
  10. Favorite outfit/costume from a movie?
  11. What’s your latest cinematic/music obsession?

*I’m cheating a bit and use a few questions I asked in my last Liebster post, but since I’m tagging new people, I figure that’s ok 😛

Sorry for the super long post! Thanks for reading everyone, now you know a little bit more about yours truly 😀

43 thoughts on “Liebster’d once again…

  1. Amazing, Ruth! You actually did all of these. Not just one chain but from many chains. I highly appreciate your effort.
    Also, I’m pretty glad noticing you mentioned Indonesia several times—which makes me thrilled given the fact that you’re in US now.
    Anyway, I’m quite interested in your answer to my Indonesian movie question. Do you watch Ada Apa Dengan Cinta lately or sometimes ago? I watched it when I was a kid and didn’t understand most of it until I grew. Haha.

    1. Thanks Paskalis! I had time yesterday afternoon so I figure it’d be fun to do this post again, thanks again for nominating me.

      Well, of course I still mention Indonesia, it’s still my home country and I speak Indo every day w/ my hubby. I saw Ada Apa Dengan Cinta years ago, might’ve been a decade ago or so? I thought it was cute, and the kid who was the male lead is pretty cute. Well in Indo, they always cast mixed actors, or we call ’em ‘indo’ so half *bule* ha..ha..!

      1. I’m quite surprised that you still speak Bahasa there. In Bali, people don’t even speak Bahasa at work.
        Well, please give my regards to fellow Indonesian there 🙂
        Anyway, it happens all the time, casting half-Indonesian actors. It’s a Southern East Asian syndrome though, it also happens in Thai, Malay, and Vietnam as well.
        Ada Apa dengan Cinta is having sequel anyway.

        1. Oh I’ll never lose my ‘Bahasa,’ it’s part of who I am. Yeah I think Balinese is very Westernized. I guess I am too but in terms of language, I don’t think I’ll ever stop speaking in Bahasa.

          Yep, it seems that even in non-Western countries, ‘orang putih’ still rules in entertainment world.

          1. Great to know that 🙂 I used to be an Indonesian teacher (for foreigners) before moving to Bali.

            Yeah, I spot several amazing natives though, but first choice is always the half-Indonesian.

  2. Great post Ruth, learned some new things about you. I’d also go for the super twisted bad ending. I actually enjoy when a movie has a bad ending as not too many do.

  3. Awesome you answer ’em all!

    Thanks Ruth! I have been picked before I guess. So I am going to answer it here if it’s okay
    1. No, I’ve never made a fanfic. Never really much a fan to make such fiction.
    2. Good question, since I recently been cooking a lot. I love cooking spaghettis. Been thinking of making an alternative recipe
    3. Hmm, I can only think of Rachel McAdams (currently on True Detective) or Laura Dern (Enlightened)
    4. Wow for a whole month. Maybe 500 days of Summer (2009) or Once (2006)
    5. I learned to play keyboard when I was in junior high. Wish I can play guitar
    6. Can’t think of anything. Possibly some teen flick I used to love when I was a teenager.
    7. Always will Dead Poets Society’s ‘Carpe Diem, Seize the day’
    8. Cameron crowe, I guess, who always directed his script too
    9. Never. I usually just get high on their looks and charm :))
    10. Well I love Stoker’s wardrobe. Ex machina’s costume was unbelieaveable
    11. I don’t really obsess on anything now. Just still love listening to some soundtracks like Paper Towns or Before I Disappear

    1. Hi Andina! Oh it’s totally cool that you answered it here.

      I’ve never made a fanfic either but I have written stuff inspired by my crushes, but not their characters. Somehow I knew your answers about the soundtrack. I finally saw ONCE earlier this month and loved it!

      Carpe Diem is a great quote, I have a sweater w/ that written on it 🙂

      Oh I love Stoker’s wardrobe too, it’s a fun retro style.

  4. Ruth, thank you for the nomination. I knew some of your answers, such as anything having to do with Stanley;). I loved the film Mrs. Brown! You are right, it was a great performance? I still see the opening sequence of Albert’s possessions all set in place as if she is waiting for him to return. A decade of mourning. And then, Billy Connolly! He was wonderful, too. Congrats on your liebster love!

    1. My pleasure Cindy! It’s ok if you’re too busy to participate though I would love to read your answers to your questions 😉

      Yes, my obsession w/ the Frenchman is still going strong. I just found a new-to-me film of his on Amazon Prime, wahoo!!

      Yes, Mrs Brown is lovely. I saw it years ago thanks to my crush on Gerry Butler (he played Connolly’s younger brother), but now I watch it for Dame Judi and Billy.

      1. Oh you more than merited it because of your fantastic blog. On another note, I should be watching the Honourable Woman this week. Then I’ll review it.

      1. Europe was funny. They have one of my hair favorites (Rock the Night), an arena classic (The Final Countdown), and one I think is one of the worst hair songs ever (Cherokee).

            1. Oh yay! I mean that ending when Slash practically *making love* w/ his guitar, classic!! Plus the music video cool factor is off the charts, it’s played constantly on tv when I was growing up. I know all the boys were drooling over Axl’s then-girlfriend Stephanie Seymour, am I right Keith? 😉

    1. Hi Dell! Hmmm, well maybe some aspects of my life is reflected sometimes, like when I see characters who lost their parents early in life, but generally it’s pretty rare. There are more of what I aspire to be that’s reflected in film, but not so much in reality, if that’s making any sense.

  5. I also got Liebster’d over the summer but my post wasn’t as extensive as yours.
    Didn’t know you used to love 80s heavy metal! I’ve been listening to some of those bands this year. Cherokee by Europe is really good.
    You say you can’t stand Facebook, what do you dislike about it?
    Maybe I should eventually watch Sense & Sensibility (1995), even though looks very girly 😉

    1. Hi Chris! Yeah the metal bands were popular in high school growing up. I can’t remember which one is Cherokee, I think my faves from Europe were Final Countdown and Carrie.

      As for FB, I guess from what I’ve been using so far, it’s just not intuitive and you’re constantly bombarded by ads.

      YES please do check out S&S. It’s actually not girly… it’s a love story that is universal and timeless.

  6. Awesome job, Ruth! Haha, it’s ok about liking New Kids on the Block – I used to be a fan of the Backstreet Boys and NSync. Though, they’re probably more acceptable boy bands than NKOTB. 😉

    1. Ahah well I think BB and NSync both have a few nice songs but nah, I can never get into boy bands ever again. I shudder even hearing about One Direction, ugh.

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