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Liebster Award!

liebsterawardI would like to thank Film Music Central for nominating me to the Liebster Award!

There are only a few rules:

Answer the eleven questions asked by the blog that nominated you.

Link back to the blog that nominated you.

Nominate several other blogs and ask them eleven questions of your own choice. Be sure to tell them on their blog that they have been nominated.

Here are the eleven questions from Film Music Central

1 – What is your favorite animated film (anime counts)?

That’s a tough question. If asked that several years ago I would have said Beauty and the Beast, but now I believe Sleeping Beauty is the one.

2 – What is your favorite film soundtrack?

Hmm…this is another one that seems to change frequently, but currently I have to say the soundtrack for Love Me or Leave Me, which I’m not entirely sure counts, because it only features singing. For soundtrack for a non-musical, I would say The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, by Bernard Herrmann.

3 – Favorite snack to eat at the movies?

Anything chocolate.

4 – What’s the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?

The 1993 The Secret Garden.

5 – What is your favorite movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

X-Men, because it features Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen facing off.

6 – The Enterprise meets an Imperial Star Destroyer in a battle: who wins?

I must admit to being slightly biased in favor of anything Star Wars, but I have to pick The Enterprise. They win so often and so creatively and we’ve seen more than one Star Destroyer bite the dust during the Star Wars saga.

7 – If you could travel to any place in the world (all expenses paid), where would you go?

Germany. I’ve always wanted to explore Germany, see the birthplaces of all the composers. Or maybe Constantinople and check out all the remnants of the Byzantine Empire.

8 – If you could watch only one tv show for the rest of your life, which would you pick?

Stargate SG-1.

9 – Who has played Batman the best?

This is embarrassing, but the only Batman I’ve seen is Adam West in the highly cheesy movie from 1966 (it had classic movie stalwarts like Cesar Romero, Burgess Meredith, Alan Napier and Reginald Denny). I’m not sure if I should show my face after that admission.

10 – If someone made a movie of your life, who would play you?

Doris Day? Then it could be a musical! Okay, so she doesn’t look or sound like me, but that didn’t stop her from playing Ruth Etting.

11 – Favorite weekend activity

Either a BBQ or a walk/hike.

My nominees are:

My Live Action Disney Project

Diary of a Movie Maniac

Wolffian Classic Movie Digest

Mike’s Take On the Movies

Prince of Hollywood

If you are unable to participate, there is no pressure, I completely understand.

Here are my eleven questions

  1. Favorite movie adaptation of a book
  2. Least favorite movie adaptation of a book
  3. Book you wish Alfred Hitchcock could adapt into a movie
  4. Book you would love to see turned into a musical
  5. Movie you would most like to see remade.
  6. Song that most often gets stuck in your head
  7. Favorite swashbuckling hero
  8. Which legendary hero do you prefer: Zorro or Robin Hood?
  9. Name at least three or four actors from the classic movie era who you would cast in a Golden Age of Hollywood movie version of The Lord of the Rings
  10. Preferred movie watching weather ambiance: sunny, cloudy, rainy, blizzard, hurricane, overcast, daylight, midnight?
  11. And because it’s such an intriguing question: the Enterprise meets an Imperial Star Destroyer in a battle: who wins?

What are your thoughts? I would love to hear what everyone thinks about any (or all) of the 22 questions!


Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Books, Movies


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Trying to make a top ten list of my favorite movies and failing utterly

I often read lists of people’s favorite films and periodically I try to make my own list, which I’ve discovered is more difficult than one would suppose. I can’t seem to decide. I’ve tried making top ten lists, but they usually bleed into top thirteen or fourteen and it gets unwieldy. Sometimes they grow as big as top twenty-five or even fifty. My holy grail is to someday narrow it down to five.

Perhaps one problem is that I need more time. As a teenager, any list of my favorite movies would have been 70% costume dramas and miniseries. In the past three years or so, I have discovered classic films in a big way and I’m not sure enough time as passed to really see which films will endure and which are mere flash-in-the-pan phases. And there are some films I’ve seen only once, but I’m sure they will become favorites (but then, perhaps not).

For me, another trick was to decide what makes a movie a favorite and I’ve come up with a few guidelines (because I LOVE guidelines) to help me.

1 – It has to be something I’ve watched often and would happily watch again tomorrow. Most movies I have to be in the right mood for, with the right weather outside and so on.  So a favorite movie is the movie I am eternally in the mood for.

2 – It has to be something I would watch alone. I don’t actually watch movies by myself often. If left to myself, I would probably read a book over watching a movie. Movie watching is primarily social for me. Not social in terms of using the movie as an excuse to hang out with people and eat food and chat (though that can be fun, too), but social in terms of watching it with one or two like-minded people and really entering into the film together, to discuss and experience it jointly. Somehow, a movie doesn’t feel quite complete if I don’t have someone to talk about it with.

But with a favorite movie, I would watch it alone anytime and be perfectly happy.

Of course, in making a list there is also a little trouble with the ego. I find myself wanting to make a list that I feel would do me credit and I have to catch myself and be really honest. Is this really a movie I love more than others? Hmm…difficult. So, in all honestly and humility, here is a list of what I (currently) believe to be my top (fourteen) favorite films.

Pride and Prejudice (1995) – My first introduction to Jane Austen. I remember when my mom brought home the VHS set from Costco years ago when I was so young that I actually thought it was boring. All anybody seemed to do was talk! But then I fell in love and essentially I grew up with this version. It has always been one of my favorite and dearest films (even though it’s really a miniseries).

Double Indemnity –  I knew I loved it the moment I first saw it and made me a passionate fan of all three lead actors.

The Band Wagon – I’ll watch Fred Astaire in nearly anything, but this is the one I revisit most often and it never fails to leave me with a huge smile. The movie is my equivalent of “Shine on Your Shoes.”

Show Boat (1936) – For years I was cherishing my disintegrating VHS and was so relieved when it came out on DVD, even if it is a Warner Bros. Archive release.

King Kong – I don’t know why, but I never do tire of seeing it.

The Sound of Music –  It’s been called corn, sentimental, cloying, but I’ve always loved this one. To me, it expresses a joyous reaction to life that cannot be expressed any other way except through music and dance.

I Know Where I’m Going – I so wish Wendy Hiller had made more movies; I’ve liked her in everything I’ve ever seen her in – one of my favorite romances.

Pygmalion – I am obsessed with all things “Pygmalion” and My Fair Lady.

Love Me Or Leave Me – Gangster drama meets musical – James Cagney and Doris Day are a superb match.

Midnight – One of my favorite screwball comedies and one of the funniest films I’ve ever seen

The Lady Eve – ditto

Shadow of a Doubt – Also my favorite Alfred Hitchcock; I keep trying to get other people to watch it, too

The Maltese Falcon – That ending gets me every time – the pleasure is in watching the cast interact, circle each other warily, the lies, the unspoken truths; like Double Indemnity it’s nearly a perfect movie.

Rebecca – not a typical Hitchcock, because of how closely Selznick made him adhere to the book, but for me that is partly what makes it so great.

What are you favorite films? What makes a film a favorite for you?


Posted by on March 7, 2016 in Movies


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