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.

  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! 🙂

Everyone’s a Critic: Sports Edition

In honor of Superbowl Sunday, I thought I’d enlist my friends for some of their picks of sports-related flicks, whether current or old favorites. In addition, I also receive some DVD picks of football movies that I decided to post separately due to its length. Special thanks to Corinne and Becky for their kind generosity!

The Wrestler (2008)
by Corinne Olson

I was never a big sports fan and up until this year I could have cared less about watching football. However, Brett Favre was so fun to watch I found myself watching every Viking game this year. But when I was a wee 16 or 17 years old, my dad used to take my brother and I to the All Star Wrestling matches every once and a while. I got to see people like Jessie The Body Ventura (He was actually more obnoxious then) and Adorable Adrian Adonis, Andre the Giant, Ken Patera, Wahoo McDaniel, Verne Gagne (boring), and of course Hulk Hogan when he was young. Those were the days, hey. Boy, have things changed. So I was pretty geeked when I heard about The Wrestler starring Mickey Rourke. Mickey Rourke plays this character named Randy “The Ram”.

It’s a very good inside look at the highs and very lows of Randy’s life as he is now past his prime. He was once a very popular celebrity in the wrestling world where he could sell out huge arenas such as Madison Square Garden. Now, with his health declining, and living in a trailer park, he tries to survive on his past celebrity by signing autographs and working part-time at a grocery store. There are some real brutal scenes of how some real hardcore matches are done and a really interesting scene on how easy it is to get steroid’s. There’s also the behind-the-scenes rituals that include hair-bleaching, tanning, wound mending. I always thought it was fake and they really never got hurt. That’s not true. The hyped fights between the two wrestlers is faked. But the blood is real and people get hurt. Mickey Rourke does such a brilliant job playing Randy that I truly felt like a fly on the wall watching this poor guys life struggle. It seemed very personal, Like, I shouldn’t be watching this. But of course I couldn’t stop.

Heaven Can Wait (1978)
by Becky ‘Prairiegirl’ Kurk
Overview from Netflix: Quarterback Joe Pendleton (Warren Beatty) is nearly killed in an accident when an overanxious angel takes his soul before its time. Reincarnated as a millionaire whose wife (Dyan Cannon) and secretary (Charles Grodin) have plotted his murder, Joe falls in love with environmentalist Betty Logan (Julie Christie) while leading his old football team back to the Super Bowl. This Oscar-nominated romantic fantasy marks Beatty’s directorial debut.

That being said, this is not a very deep movie–it is a pure fantasy comedy–but the film has great comedic energy, and also manages to touch the heart with its message. It is s a beautiful story wonderfully told. It keeps you smiling throughout, and laughing out loud in a good number of places. Warren Beatty’s subtle portrayal of the uncomplicated and naive Joe Pendleton is spot on. Dyan Cannon and Charles Grodin as the plotting wife and personal secretary are hysterically funny.

The plot sounds strange–and it is–but the script is well-written, the characters are believable and Warren Beatty, as the star of the movie, is in his prime. Football is the big underlying theme, but is not the main focus of the movie. From beginning to end, this was a fun film. The guys will like the football metaphor and the gals will like the romance. Amazingly, it had nine Oscar nominations (including Best Picture) and one win (Best Art Direction). A football fairy tale, and a classic, it stands up well to the test of time. The perfect movie to celebrate the Super Bowl with–see it!