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Two Liebster Awards!!

liebster2Make Mine Criterion and Little Bits of Classics have each nominated me for a Liebster Award and I want to thank them both very much! I am honored.

First, for Make Mine Criterion‘s questions.

1 – What do you pick up at the theatre’s concession stand before going in to see your movie?

I’m actually a follower of the Paleo Diet, so I’m not supposed to pick up anything…though if I’m in a cheating mood, usually I choose something involving chocolate.

2 – What upcoming release are you most excited about? Why?

I’m not sure if this counts, exactly, but I am very excited about TCM’s presentation of The King and I on the big screen August 28th and 31st. The King and I was specifically made to be seen on the big screen and to lure people away from their living room TVs. Can’t wait!

3 – What older film would you most like the opportunity to see on the big screen? Why?

That’s a difficult choice…Singin In the RainThe Band Wagon…or maybe a silent film like The General with Buster Keaton…or any silent film, because I’ve always read that silent films, with the emphasis on the eyes (at least with the good actors) and face, were made to be larger than life. I sometimes wonder what seeing these films on a small computer does to one’s sense of proportion about acting and the impact motions and expressions have.
4 – What’s your favorite movie trailer?

I like trailers for silent movies, though they are usually modern trailers for DVD and Blu-ray releases. But I like them because they give me a sense of films that are often difficult for me to get my hands on. This modern trailer for a DVD release of Intolerance  made me want to see a film that I had long dismissed in my mind as “probably long, ponderous and boring,” though it might partially have been the score by Carl Davis that changed my mind. Unfortunately, I was not able to see this particular release with the Carl Davis score, so I am actually very open to watching it again…with this score.

5 – What’s your favorite Christmas movie?

Remember the Night, with Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray. A lovely blend of screwball comedy, romance, drama and four-hanky-ness…or, in the words of screenwriter Preston Sturges, a little bit of “schmaltz, schmerz and schmutz.” It’s not a film I grew up with, but when I discovered it, it soon became my favorite.

6 – What era of cinema would you most like to have witnessed firsthand?

The silent era, because it’s the era most difficult to fully appreciate today. Most silent films are now lost and many that remain have deteriorated. If I lived in the silent era, I could have witnessed the rapid advances first hand and seen the films in all their original pristine glory.
7 – Who’s your favorite film critic?

I must admit to a relative ignorance of movie critics.
8 – What was your most recent film disappointment?

Birth of a Nation. I shouldn’t have been disappointing; I knew it was going to be racist, but it was more racist than I expected.
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9 – What was your most recent film surprise?

Orphans of the Storm. After Birth of a Nation, I was a little wary, but I was completely drawn into the story, long as it was and melodramatic as it was. Griffith certainly knew how to manipulate emotions…and Lillian Gish held it all together.

10 – Which bear is best?

Panda bears, because they are adorable.

11 – And once again, if your life had narration, who would you want to provide it?

Barbara Stanwyck. I love her voice, not just the timbre of it, but also how vocally expressive she is.

And now for Little Bits of Classics‘ questions.

1 – Which five actors do you wish had played together in a movie once (it’s not a problem if they didn’t live at the same time)?

I keep a record of all the movies I watch, with pertinent information about director, costume designer, cinematographer, composer, cast – but I once accidentally lost a portion of my list. All I could remember was that it involved a lot of movies with John Barrymore, Mary Astor, Errol Flynn, and Humphrey Bogart. And then I thought it was a pity I didn’t see a movie with them together and I tried to devise a plot that could accommodate all four actors. If I could add one actor to the list…maybe Bette Davis. That might have been quite the film!

2 – Which movie do you think should never have made it into AFI’s top 100 list?

Toy Story…it’s a good film, but in the top AFI’s 100?

51XXzm4u0zL3 – Whose life would you like to see a biographical movie on?

I read a book called Dancing to the Precipice about the true story of a woman – an aristocrat named Lucie de la Tour du Pin – who saw the French Revolution, fled to America (where she farmed), and then back to France and witnessed Napoleon. She met an extraordinary array of historical figures (including Napoleon) and always met life with determination. A biographical film would be an extraordinary epic.

4 – Which completed TV series do you wish had another season?

Pushing Daisies. I watched both seasons after they had come out, but it would have been lovely to have another season. They wrapped up so quickly and conveniently.

5 – How early do you start writing an entry for a blogathon?

Usually the night before, and then I finish it the morning of. Though I have been known to start a day before.

6 – Which movie star would you have liked to visit at his or her home?

Myrna Loy’s? I’ve read that she was such an incredibly nice person, it would be a pleasure to visit with her.

7 – What is the favorite movie of your parents?

They didn’t usually like the same kinds of movies, though on one of their first dates they saw Star Wars. My mom gravitated towards musicals and romantic adventures (and comedy) while my dad rarely ever watches a film more than once and leans more towards films of historic or cinematic interest.

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Fred and Ginger in Swing Time

8 – During which movie’s shooting would you have liked to be a fly on the wall?

Anything with Fred Astaire. It would be mesmerizing to watch him work on his dances.

9 – Is there an actor or an actress who you’ve seen in every single movie they’ve ever appeared in?

Not yet, though I am very close to seeing every film where Fred Astaire danced. I just need Finian’s Rainbow and Lets Dance.

10 – Whose Oscar ceremony speech is your favorite?

The only one I’ve heard is Bob Hope’s opening speech for the 1953 Oscars, which was the first televised Oscars. He begins around 2:28 on the video. He has quite a lot to say about the extreme newness of television, mentions the new phenomenon of 3D and eyes the table full of Oscar awards (“looks like Bette Davis’ garage”).

11 – Who did you receive your latest Liebster Award from?

My previous award came courtesy of The Cinematic Frontier.

My thanks again to Make Mine Criterion and Little Bits of Classics for the nomination and the great questions!

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2016 in Movies

 

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Liebster Award!

liebsteraward 1I want to thank The Cinematic Frontier for nominating me for the Liebster Award! I am sorry it took me so long to write my response, but I am honored by the nomination.

The rules are as follows:

1) Link back to the blog that nominated you

2) Answer the eleven questions

3) Nominate several more blogs (5-11) and ask eleven questions of your own. Make sure you contact the blogs that you have nominated.

Here are the questions from Cinematic Frontier:

1 – What is your favorite new release of 2016 so far? I confess that I have not yet seen a movie this year. I wanted to see Love and Friendship, but it’s not showing in a theater near me. 😦

2 – Do you prefer 3D or 2D? 2D, though it can be fun to occasionally see 3D.

3 – What is your favorite film from the year you were born? – The 1980s are actually a bit of a cinematic void for me. I’m not sure if I’ve seen any movies the year I was born.

4 – Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Wars! At least, the original three Star Wars films. I like to pretend the prequels, sequels and spin-offs never happened and kind of make it all up in my own head.

5 – Which Comic-Con have you most recently attended (or, if you’ve never been to one, which one do you plan or wish to attend)? I fear I’m revealing myself to be massively ignorant, but I am not very familiar with Comic-Con.

6 – Blu-ray or streaming? Blu-ray. I’m very excited about blu-ray, because I just got my first blu-ray player and new TV last week. It’s amazing how much better everything looks when you make that transition from tube to flat screen TV.

7 – Name your favorite ’80s song in a film. Unfortunately, the 1980s in music are almost as big a void for me as the movies.

Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller in Pygmalion

Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller in Pygmalion

8 – What is your favorite film based on a book? Possibly the 1995 Pride and Prejudice, though that is really a mini-series. The 1938 Pygmalion? Though that is based on a play.

9 – What is your favorite (or least favorite) Nicholas Cage haircut? I have not seen him in many films, though I did see him in Guarding Tess and his hair seemed to fit his character well as a security guard.

10 – Which film recently made you reflect on it long after the credits were over? The Jazz Singer. It has greatly influenced my reading of late and I now have a history of blackface in America (Black Like You: Blackface, Whiteface, Insult & Imitation in American Popular Culture), a biography of Jolson (Jolson, the Legend Comes to Life), and a history of the transition between silent and sound films (The Speed of Sound: Hollywood and the Talkie Revolution 1926-1930) on my reading shelf.

11 – Who is your favorite composer? That is a hard one. It really depends on my mood at the time. Rachmaninoff, Dvorak, Jerome Kern, Puccini, Richard Rodgers, George Gershwin, Bernard Herrmann, Scott Joplin, Frederick Loewe. They are all my favorite!

My nominations are:

Love Letters to Old Hollywood

Define Dancing

Vienna’s Classic Hollywood

Phyllis Loves Classic Movies

Classic Reel Girl

My questions are:

1 – Book you would most liked to have seen Alfred Hitchcock turn into a movie.

George Burns, Gracie Allen, Fred Astaire in A Damsel in Distress

George Burns, Gracie Allen, Fred Astaire in A Damsel in Distress

2 – Book you would most like to see turned into a musical.

3 – Favorite movie musical score or soundtrack?

4 – Stars you would have liked to have seen paired in a musical.

5 – Least favorite musical.

6 – If your life was turned into a musical biopic, would you rather be played by a singer or dancer?

7 – Classic movie you would most like to see on the big screen.

8 – Movie you would most like to see remade today.

9 – Best book you’ve read in the last year.

Here are two questions that were also asked by Cinematic Frontier:

10 – “Which film recently made you reflect on it long after the credits were over?”

11 – “Who is your favorite composer?”

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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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!

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Books, Movies

 

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