Thursday Movie Picks – Oscar Winners Edition: Best Actor and Best Actress

ThursdayMoviePicksHappy almost Friday! It’s TMP time! The Thursday Movie Picks blogathon was spearheaded by Wandering Through the Shelves Blog.

The rules are simple simple: Each week there is a topic for you to create a list of three movies. Your picks can either be favourites/best, worst, hidden gems, or if you’re up to it one of each. This Thursday’s theme is… Oscar Winners Edition: Best Actor and Best Actress

Ok since there’s no rules as to which time period to pick from, I selected one classic and one contemporary actor and actress who I think are worthy winners. For the fun of it, I also picked one actor + actress who I don’t think deserve to win on the year they’re nominated.

In any case, here are my picks:

FAVE BEST ACTRESS WINNERS

Vivien Leigh – Gone With the Wind (1939)

Scarlett O’Hara is not exactly an easy woman to love, she’s practically an anti-heroine which in and of itself is quite revolutionary. Vivien Leigh was primarily a stage actress and was in a few plays with her second husband Laurence Olivier. She’s perhaps one of the first classic actress I’ve seen growing up… I must have been in my pre-teen when I first saw Gone With the Wind, and I’m still in awe of her performance to this day. To think that she almost didn’t get the role as producer David O. Selznick considered her to be ‘too British’ at one time. I can’t imagine another actress in the role.

Helen Mirren – The Queen (2006)

Ok so I pick another British actress, I didn’t exactly plan for that. I wanted to include someone from the 2000s and the one I thought of right away is the Dame’s performance as Queen Elizabeth I. Of course by now there have been another great memorable performance of the Queen in her later years (Olivia Colman in The Crown), but I think Helen Mirren’s portrayal is still an iconic one. Her physical transformation with the wig and glasses, complete with her facial expression and slightly downturned mouth, voice delivery, everything is just spot on. Even the Queen’s OCD behavior was accounted for based on Mirren’s research. Per IMDb trivia, Mirren was so convincing that by the end of production, crew members who had been accustomed to slouching or relaxing when they addressed her were standing straight up and respectfully folding their hands behind their backs.

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Least Fave Best Actress Winner

Gwyneth Paltrow – Shakespeare In Love (1998)

I still think it’s practically scandalous that Paltrow won over Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth. I mean, generally speaking Blanchett can run circles around Paltrow all day long, but I’ve seen both films and in no universe did Paltrow gave a better performance in their respective films.


FAVE BEST ACTOR WINNERS

Gregory Peck – To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)

Is it a surprise I picked this gentleman? If you’ve been reading this blog for a while then you’d know I was obsessed with Mr. Peck a few years ago and have blogged about him repeatedly. This was actually his fourth Oscar nominations following The Keys of the Kingdom (1945), The Yearling (1946), Gentleman’s Agreement (1947), and Twelve O’Clock High (1949). I’ve seen them all and they’re all terrific Oscar-worthy performances, but I think Atticus Finch so tailor-made for him that he practically become the character and be forever be known for that role. It’s no surprise The American Film Institute named Atticus Finch the greatest movie hero of the 20th century and Peck’s performance certainly helped cement that in history.

Jamie Foxx – Ray (2004)

When I first saw this film years ago, I was so blown away by Foxx’s performance. I think this was the first time I saw him in a lead role and man, did he kill it. He was so dedicated to the role that he attended classes at the Braille Institute, and he also had to wear eye prosthetics to make him look authentically blind for the entire shoot. I can’t imagine having to endure something like that, AND have to act at the same time.  Plus the musically-gifted actor also played the piano himself, though it was Ray Charles’ voice that was heard in the film. His win marked the first actor to win Best Actor in a music/musical movie since Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady (1964)

Least Fave Best Actor Winner

Roberto Benigni – Life Is Beautiful (1997)

I loved the film but honestly I didn’t think Benigni’s performance was Oscar-worthy. Especially given he was nominated alongside Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan and Edward Norton in American History X. His Oscar speech was a hoot though irritating at the same time. In any case, his win marked only the second time that an actor had directed himself in an Oscar-winning performance, the first was Laurence Olivier for Hamlet (1948).


So which Best Actor and/or Actress winners are your favorite?

Five Favorite Movie Quotes from Inspiring Female Characters

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I’m taking a bit of a blogging break and throughout the Summer I’m actually going to blog a bit less as I’m working on my novel/script [still deciding which format it’ll end up to be], plus I just need a break from review writing.

But as I mull over the topic presented by guest blogger Izzy on this post about Gender & Hollywood Screenwriting, it made me feel compelled to write a reaction post of sort. Izzy’s post made me ponder of some of my favorite movie quotes uttered by female characters. As Izzy pointed out, there are far fewer of memorable movie lines by female characters than the male counterparts, even fewer when it’s not romance related or about wanting something from the male co-star of the film. For example, take these two quotes from one of Hollywood’s biggest leading ladies, Julia Roberts:

“I want the fairy tale.” – Vivian, Pretty Woman

“I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.” – Anna Scott, Notting Hill

For me, some of the truly memorable quotes are those that represent the strength of the character, those that display their feisty-ness, survival prowess or willful defiant against what society dictate them to be.

Well, after raking my brains, here are five quotes I love from some of my favorite female characters of all time:

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All About Eve – It was based on the 1946 short story The Wisdom of Eve by Mary Orr, although screen credit was not given for it (per Wiki)

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Gone With the Wind – 1939 American epic historical romance film adapted from Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer-winning 1936 novel of the same name.

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Now, this one I had to put the scene before it to put it in context. Eowyn is perhaps one of the most well-rounded supporting female characters in blockbuster films. It’s no doubt one of the highlights of the final Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Return of the King:

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Both Sense & Sensibility and Mansfield Park were based on Jane Austen’s famous novels, which always feature strong female protagonists. I LOVE how both Elinor and Fanny are not defined by romance nor the men in their lives. Though they are in love with men who seem to be unattainable due to the societal norm of the day, they stick to their principles even if they have to emotionally suffer from it.

It’s no surprise that four of the films above are based on narrative stories written by women. And nobody could argue that there’s a shortage of female screenwriters [or female anything for that matter] in Hollywood. It’s a pity because just in the past few years, the movies that made a big impression on me happen to be written and/or directed by women, i.e. In A World, Belle, Beyond the Lights, Brave, Gone Girl, Girlhood (Bande de Filles), not to mention these three French films I saw recently that are women-centric: Thérèse Desqueyroux, Violette and Pour Une Femme (For A Woman). I like them because the protagonists break the female archetypes of women being defined by men, but show women as being the complicated, flawed and conflicted beings that we are.

As my friend Cindy wrote in her comment in Izzy’s Post, women are as complicated as men and their characters should represent that. Let’s hope we’ll see more women being active parts of Hollywood filmmaking process, both in front and behind the camera.

 


So what are some of YOUR favorite movie quotes by female characters?

Thursday Movie Picks #32: Oscar-Winning Movies

ThursdayMoviePicksHappy Thursday everyone! I’ve been seeing posts on the weekly Thursday Movie Picks that’s spearheaded by Wandering Through the Shelves Blog, but I haven’t been able to participate. Well until now that is.

The rules are simple simple:
Each week there is a topic for you to create a list of three movies. Your picks can either be favourites/best, worst, hidden gems, or if you’re up to it, one of each. Today’s topic is…

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The Oscar-winning movies can include winners of Best Picture, Best Animated Film and Best Foreign Film, but I ended up sticking with the main Best Picture winners. As I was thinking of doing a Top 10 list on this topic, you could say that these films would make my Top 5.

So, here are my picks of three films that deserve all the accolades they’ve received and I don’t hesitate calling each of them a masterpiece.

Casablanca (1942)

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Oscar Facts: Won 3 Oscars out of 6 nominations

I had the good fortune of finally seeing Casablanca for the first time two years ago (as I documented here), as part of TCM Theatrical re-release. Robert Osborne, the longtime TCM host, introduced the film and gave some background, which is cool. Unfortunately, he also spoiled the plot – I think he just assumed everyone had seen the film. But even with that snafu, I was so engrossed in the story right from the start. It’s got everything you could want in a movie – intrigue, romance, humor, great music, exotic setting, etc. But most importantly, at the heart of it is the engaging and unforgettable love story, beautifully-realized by Humphrey Bogart & Ingrid Bergman. There’s really so much to appreciate in this film that I can’t possibly write in a paragraph or two.

The world will always welcome lovers ♬ As time goes by ♪

 The world will always welcome beautiful stories, too and that’s why Casablanca will always stand the test of time.

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1959)

Oscar Facts: Won 11 Oscars out of 12 nominations

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Here’s another Hollywood epic that shall stand the test of time. This is one of the first American films I saw as a young girl with my late mother and it made a huge impression to me then. I was in awe of the visual grandeur and all the epic action scenes, especially the chariot race. I have re-watched it countless times since and even with the technological advancement of movie-making, few scenes from today’s movies could match the intensity and the panoramic spectacle of the chariot scene, it’s 40-min of pure adrenaline rush that I wish I could witness on the big screen one day.

But visuals alone doesn’t make a movie and the personal redemptive story of Judah Ben-Hur is just as riveting. I love that it tells the story of Christ through the eyes of the protagonist and how an encounter with Him ultimately transforms his life in a profound way. It’s truly as epic as a film could get, a feast for the eyes as well as for the soul. Though it’s 3.5-hours long, it’s so well-worth your time and I know it’s one that I appreciate more and more every time I watch it. Both Charlton Heston in the title role and Stephen Boyd as friend-turned-foe Messala are superb, with a supporting cast

But this is truly William Wyler‘s towering achievement. He’s considered by his peers as a master craftsman of cinema, and rightly so. I just read on IMDb that Wyler was an assistant director on the 1925 version of Ben-Hur, who knew he’d go on to surpass that film in so many ways three decades later.

Gladiator (2000)

Oscar Facts: Won 5 Oscars out of 12 nominations

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I have dedicated a post for Ridley Scott’s magnum opus a few years ago and even today he still can’t reclaim the glory of this Roman epic. I’m going to self-plagiarize myself here as I still carry a torch for this film and each repeat viewing reminds me just spectacular it is. Gladiator is a visceral spectacle that offers a thrilling blend of intellect and physical strength.  Massively entertaining and memorable, it lived up to the promise of Maximus himself: “I will give them something they have never seen before.“ Oh yes, we’re definitely entertained.

I LOVE that both the hero and the villain are equally-matched in terms of how intensely they’re portrayed on screen. Both Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix gave tremendous performances, culminating to a thrilling and emotional finale worth cheering for. Like the two films I mentioned above, this film ticks all the right boxes to be considered a classic. Visually and emotionally satisfying, it also boasts one of the greatest soundtracks ever by Hans Zimmer. It’s the soundtrack that’s been copied many times over but never surpassed.

BONUS PICK:

Gone with the Wind (1939)

GWTW_OakTreeI just had to include this film as it’s also one of my earliest intro to Hollywood films and even eight decades later, this film is still being talked about. I’d call it a monumental classic, showing the best and absolute worst of American history during the civil war era. Some people didn’t care for the melodrama and it seems overindulgent at times thanks to producer David O. Selznick‘s constant meddling, but few films are as beautifully-shot and wonderfully-acted as this one. There are just too many iconic scenes and dialog from this film, some of them I have highlighted here on its 75th anniversary. Whether you’d end up liking it or not, this is one of those cinematic gems every film fan should be compelled to check out.


What do you think of my picks? Have you seen these films?

A Conversation with one of my favorite film characters – Part of Kid In The Front Row Blogathon

About a week ago, Kid from Kid In The Front Row asked everyone to join in on his Character Dialogue Blogathon. The idea?

Have an imaginary conversation with the film character of your choice.

I took a blogging & computer break yesterday but since I promised him I’d take part, I figure it’s better late than never [right Kid? :D] Well, the hardest part is narrowing down which favorite character to interview! I mean, there are too many to choose from… but after some deliberations, I’d go with Scarlett O’Hara as I’ve always had this question in my mind every time I watched Gone with the Wind… perhaps some of you feel the same way?

So here goes …

RTM:
Hello miss Scarlett, how are you?

Scarlett [too busy counting her cash to look up to me]:
Fine, how are you?

RTM:
Oh I’m doing well, thank you. Um, business going well?

Scarlett:
[shrugs] Could be a lot better I suppose, people just ain’t spendin’ like they used to. Oh darn, now I forgot where I was at.
[She glares at me with her piercing blue eyes]
You’re distracting me, is there anythin’ you need help with?

RTM:
Oh sorry, ok I just have one naggin’ question that’s always bugging me… if you’d be so kind as to answer, I promise I’ll get out of your hair.

Scarlett:
Ok, ok, just make it quick. [She’s back to countin’ her cash]

RTM:
Well, I’m just wonderin’… you’ve got every woman’s dream man in Rhett Butler. He’s handsome, wealthy, charismatic and best of all, he loves you very, very much. So why on earth are you still in love with Ashley who’s married to your best friend?

Scarlett [Stops counting but doesn’t look up at me]:
You’ve got some nerve asking me that, you know that… and there’s no short answer to such a question.

RTM:
That’s ok, I have all night.

Scarlett:
[Scoffs] Yeah well I don’t. So all I’m gonna give you is this… I’m a complicated woman, all right? I don’t think the likes of you will understand. 

RTM:
Please, indulge me.

Scarlett:
You’re not gonna take no for an answer do you?

[Pause] People think I don’t love Rhett but I do. I love him because he understands me and we’re alike in many ways… but Ashley… well, I’ve loved him for as long as I can remember.
And just ’cause I’ve been married twice and he’s married someone else doesn’t mean I love him any less. Love like that don’t just simply go away…
[She almost lost her composure but gains it back quickly]
You know the terms ‘love defies all reasons’ don’t you?

RTM:
I’ve heard the term, yeah.

Scarlett:
Well then, I’m afraid that’s the only answer I can give you.

With that, miss Scarlett swiftly puts all the money on the table into a wooden box and left.
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Don’t forget to check out Kid’s conversation with Alvy from Annie Hall


Now your turn. Which movie character would you like to speak with and how’d you imagine that conversation go?

MGM filed bankruptcy: What are your five favorite MGM movies?

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to everyone that MGM finally filed Chapter 11 yesterday after all the money troubles the studio has been in. Back in July, I lamented about the next 007 film being canceled as a result of MGM’s financial woes. According to The Wrap, last week MGM’s creditors approved a plan to waive its $4 billion debt in exchange for large ownership stakes in the once-mighty studio. After the plan is approved by the court, MGM will be run by Spyglass Entertainment.

Coincidentally, just a couple of days ago I saw a roadblock skin advertising on IMDb about TCM’s Moguls and Movie Stars series that is currently running. As you probably know, Turner Classics Movies cable channel is owned by Turner Broadcasting System, which also owns the MGM library. The History of Hollywood program is an original, seven-part documentary that marks the channel’s most ambitious project to date and the most comprehensive chronicle of the birth and dramatic growth of American movies ever produced for television. I wish I had cable as it’d be so fascinating to watch the stories behind Hollywood’s power elite and all the drama behind the scenes that surely rival whatever they’re putting up on screen.

MGM was no doubt one of the most powerful Hollywood studios in its day, and it’s also got one of the most iconic logos of Leo the Lion. When I was a kid I used to love seeing Leo roars before a movie started, surrounded by a ring of film reels with the studio’s motto Ars Gratia Artis, a Latin terms which means arts for art’s sake (per Wiki). It evokes the grandeur and glamour of Hollywood’s golden age, though perhaps not as fresh and edgy as some newer studio logos such as Focus Features, Pixar or Lionsgate.

The studio has released hundreds of movies since its inception in 1924, though it never quite reclaim its glory and box office prowess it had in the 30s. Many of their movies remain beloved classics to this day, such as 12 Angry Men, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Ben-Hur, Doctor Zhivago, Gone with the Wind, North By Northwest, Singing in the Rain, West Side Story, and of course, those James Bond movies.

If I have to list my top five favorite MGM movies, I’d probably go with this:

  • Ben-Hur
  • Casino Royale
  • Gone with the Wind
  • Return to Me
  • The Living Daylights

You can see all of MGM movies either on their official site or on Wikipedia. Now tell me what are your top five favorite MGM movies?

Films That Define Us Blog-a-Thon

Marc from Go-See-Talk invited a bunch of movie bloggers to take a trip down memory lane to list movies that ‘define’ our taste in movies. The films in question are those I saw at a young age and the ones I constantly refer back to as ‘classics.’ Not having grown up in America, I didn’t have as much access to movies when I was a kid, so without a doubt my taste was highly influenced by what my late mother exposed me to. In fact, three of the movies listed here I saw with my family before I could barely speak/understand much English, so she had to translate most of the story for me. I’ve since gone back and re-watched them as adults, and found that they are still as enjoyable and meaningful to me then as they did before. I will forever treasure these movies for years to come!

  1. My Fair Lady (1964)

    This is the movie that made me adore Audrey Hepburn. I was in awe by her beauty and grace, even when she was playing a lowly flower girl who encountered a misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor Higgins and his buddy Col. Pickering one fateful night. It’s a fairy-tale musical, with wonderful tunes, affecting performances and whimsical scenes that stay with you for years (who could forget Eliza yelling “Come on, Dover, move yer bloomin’ arse!” and the lady next to her fainted!). George Cukor’s masterpiece is truly one of Hollywood’s best musicals, though this movie easily transcend just one genre, it’s a comedy/romance/drama that will delight anyone of all ages.

    On a related note, I know Hollywood’s still circling the remake of this, last I heard John Madden might take the helm with possibly Carey Mulligan as Eliza? Well, I think Alan Rickman might make a great Professor Higgins wouldn’t you think? He’s got that pompous air about him (a la Professor Snape in Harry Potter) and that voice… I wouldn’t mind him as my phonetic teacher! 😀
  2. Gone with the Wind (1939)

    Interestingly enough, George Cukor almost directed this movie, but a dispute with the shrewd but brash legendary producer David O’Selznick dismissed him from the production. Is this a chick flick? Even Clark Gable himself reportedly dislike his most famous movie, calling it a ‘woman’s picture.’ Well, I never see it that way the many times I’ve seen this movie, I’ve always regarded it as an epic drama. The first time I saw this, despite my mother translating it extensively, I had no idea what it was about, yet it didn’t stop me from being dazzled by it… and Rhett Butler 🙂 For the life of me I could not figure out what it was that Scarlett see in Ashley, and upon repeated viewings later I just figure that the only reason she was crazy for him was because she couldn’t have him. The production, the costume, the sets, one iconic scene after another, everything about this movie is done in a grand scale. A quintessential classic in every sense of the word, one might dislike this movie, but it’s hard to dispute its key place in the history of cinema. On a related note, here’s my Top Five Favorite GWTW scenes.
  3. The Sound of Music (1965)

    Another musical that sets the bar for future movies decades later, this movie never cease to delight me. It has become ‘my favorite things’ I’ll treasure forever. It’s hard not to be dazzled by the lush opening scene, the highly uplifting Reverend Mother’s Climb Every Mountain, cheerful Do-re-mi, patriotic Edelweiss and the romantic Something Good. I seriously think this movie is extremely tough to remake, so I hope Hollywood would never attempt no matter how dry their creativity well is. The musical genre is a tough one to do well at (I mean look at Nine that even all those actresses and Daniel Day-Lewis could not save), which makes Robert Wise’s masterpiece all the more impressive. The music is as much the star of this movie as Julie Andrews, but Christopher Plummer and all seven kids deliver wonderful performances to support the inspired screenplay and top-notch direction.

  4. Superman: The Movie (1978)

    I’ve mentioned several times that this is the first movie I saw a the theater… and I think I’ve gone more than once. I remember my uncle finally buying me the VHS as I kept renting it over and over again. This is probably what makes me love the superhero genre, so even if the technology looks dated now, it’s got all the ingredients that makes this one stand the test of time: the perfect actor to play Superman, a rousing score and epic, memorable scenes that truly made us believe that yes, a man can fly! To this day, Hollywood still has yet to capture the indelible charm that the first Superman movie had. The inspiring John Williams’ score is pretty much the only thing intact in Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns, but not much else comes close to matching the beauty of this classic superhero movie.
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    This chopper scene is one of my faves of all time, never fails to get me clapping and cheering as I watched it 🙂  As I said in that post, Christopher Reeve will always be Superman in my heart, inimitable and unrivaled to this day.
  5. Sleeping Beauty (1959)

    This wasn’t the first Disney Princess’ flicks I saw, but it’s one I still love to this day. I used to doodle as a kid which often got me sent to detention, and I remember always using Princess Aurora as my model. I thought the illustrations were so beautiful then, but as I just watched it not too long ago, I was still dazzled by it. The colors are so vivid and gorgeous, and I love Mary Costa’s voice as the Princess, easily one of Disney’s best voice work. I also love the fact that Prince Philip has a bit more screen time than the other love interests in previous Princess’ flicks. And who can forget one of the best Disney villains, the self-proclaimed Mistress of all Evil, who’s as graceful as she is sinister. Reportedly, Tim Burton and Angelina Jolie are interested in a spin-off adaptation of the evil queen. In any case, though the sub-genre of Animated Princess Movies might not be as popular these days, this stands as at the top of that genre.
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  6. Ben-Hur (1959)

    If you read my blog long enough, you’d know how much I LOVE Gladiator. I guess you could say that Ben Hur is the reason I have a penchant for swords and sandals epic. The first time I saw this, I was not only dazzled by the visual effects and grandiose scale of this movie, but I was tremendously moved by the story as well. It’s a fictional story of a Jewish prince falsely imprisoned and came back with a vengeance, intertwined with a true story of the King of Kings who was also falsely sent to His death but came back to forgive. There isn’t many movies out there that moved me as much as this one, two of the scenes in particular are on this list. Even with all the advanced CGI technology of the movies today, the chariot race scene is still a tough one to match! I have not yet seen the TV adaptation, but from what I heard/read so far, it’s nowhere close to this masterpiece on so many levels.

So that’s my list of films that defined me. So what about you?

The meme goes around: 10 Movie Facts About Me

Internet meme (pronounced meem): an idea/concept that spreads quickly from person to person via the Internet

Fresh out of the fun blog event Desert Island DVDs, I’ve been tagged by Castor, Marc, and Meredith (who interestingly enough are the same kindhearted friends who nominated me for Kreatif award earlier this year, thanks again all!) I’ve also found out this morning Andy tagged me as well, so THANK YOU! I always love a chance to ‘get to know’ fellow bloggers a bit better, so in the spirit of community, I give you my ten movie tidbits:

  1. The three movies that made a huge impression on me as a young girl were The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, and Gone with the Wind. My mom brought those VHS home from a European trip when I could barely understand English, and she had to translate most of them to me. I’ve since re-watched them several times since, and they remained one of my favorites!
  2. Click to see both autographed photos

    I’ve only written a fan letter to one actor in my entire life, which was to Christopher Reeve. I was in my Junior High and it took nearly a year to receive a reply, but I ended up getting not one, but two autographed photos from him (arrived separately).

    He’s also my first ever movie crush as I said in yesterday’s post.
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  3. My most-watched flick has got to be Sense & Sensibility. It’s amazing that it never failed to move me every time I watch it. That’s why I had to bring it to the island if I’m ever stranded.
  4. Borrowing from Castor’s list, I too have not seen classics such as Clockwork Orange, Citizen Kane, nor Casablanca. In fact, out of AFI‘s Top Ten list, I’ve only seen two of them: Gone with the Wind and Schindler’s List.
  5. Despite my affinity for swords & sandals movie (one of my all time faves are Ben Hur and Gladiator), I don’t care for Spartacus at all. I found it boring and preposterous, plus Kirk Douglas just wasn’t convincing nor sympathetic enough as the hero. Thanks to William Wyler for not casting him as Ben Hur as I don’t think I’d have liked the movie as much without Charlton Heston!
  6. As my hubby and I are going to London in mid May (God willing the volcanich ash situation won’t delay our trip!), I’ve started to jot down the movie locations I want to visit, such as this Pemberley mansion from Joe Wright’s Pride & Prejudice. Would you all do me a favor and help me out on this one by suggesting a movie location worth a visit? Mostly in the London & vicinity area as we’re only going to be there for 7 nights.
  7. I’ve got a few soundtracks that I play in my car from time to time: P.S. I Love You, Sense & Sensibility, Phantom of the Opera, Gladiator and Moulin Rouge. Oh, and the James Bond theme songs!
  8. I’ve just watched Kill Bill vol. 1 for the first time this past weekend, partly inspired by MadHatter’s comment on this post as well as the fact that Uma Thurman’s The Bride character is picked by Empire magazine as one of the Icons of the Decade.
  9. The scariest movie I’ve ever seen to this day has got to be The Exorcist. Regan’s face still makes me shudder in terror every time I come across it or when it happens to cross my mind. My hubby’s aunt who was a flight attendant have actually met Linda Blair on an airplane and said ‘oh you look familiar, where have I seen you?’ Blair obligingly gave her the Regan spine-chilling smile and his aunt immediately recognized who she was.
  10. My hubby and I obviously have an affinity for film trilogies. We don’t have a huge dvd selection, but we’ve got boxed sets of The Lord of the Rings, X-Men, Indiana Jones, and Star Wars. We’ll inevitably get the Bourne trilogy set once we get our Blu-ray player 🙂

Ok, now it’s my turn to tag people to keep this going. Castor, Marc, Meredith & Andy, as you’ve done your meme duty, I’m going to pick those I haven’t done their meme post yet as I’m writing this post:

Don’t drop the ball, ok guys! 🙂