Blog-A-Thon: Danny's Movie Confessions - Can't Stop the Movies
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30Jul/120

Blog-A-Thon: Danny’s Movie Confessions

Danny no longer writes for Can't Stop the Movies, and can be reached at his fantastic site Pre-Code.com

You know what? It's one of those days. I've been having a lot of one of those days lately, so today I'm going to participate in the 'Movie Confessions' blog-a-thon masterminded by the sun-flared blog MyFilmViews.

Which classic movie don’t you like/can’t enjoy and why?
Ever watch one of those movies that leaves you in a stupor? One that slowly begins to aggravate you as it goes along, and by the end you're just stuck staring at the screen in a hazy mix of disbelief and anger? That movie for me is Charlie Chaplin's City Lights, one of the most baffling and clumsy films I've ever seen. It's the definition of the word 'maudlin'. Which ten classic movies haven’t you seen yet?
Well, I've seen a lot, so I apologize if some of these seem odd. I basically just went down the "They Shoot Pictures" list of films and picked the first ten I haven't seen as well as one I really want to see:

  1. The Godfather, Part II
  2. The Mirror
  3. Voyage to Italy
  4. Letter From an Unknown Woman
  5. Abel Gance's Napoleon
  6. Johnny Guitar
  7. Kiss Me Deadly
  8. Senso
  9. Satantango
  10. Safe in Hell

Have you ever sneaked into another movie at the cinema?
I was an usher at a movie theater at one point, so my memories of darting between theaters between shows have blurred together beyond repair.

Which actor/actress do you think is overrated?
I'm not going to get a lot of agreement here, but I don't really like Maggie Gyllenhaal. The worst movie I saw her in was Stranger Than Fiction, where she took a highly unsympathetic character and made it worse. I've just not liked her in anything I've seen her in.

From which big director have you never seen any movie (and why)?
Even though he's been written about extensively on this very site, I have yet to see a film by Hungarian director Bela Tarr. This is because all of his films are hard to find, extremely long, and in Hungarian.

Which movie do you love, but is generally hated?
The fourth Killer Tomatoes movie, The Killer Tomatoes Eat France, is actually pretty funny, even though the series had become quite cartoony by that point.

Have you ever been “one of those annoying people” at the cinema?
As someone who has seen multiple Uwe Boll films in the theater, I would had to have to been.

Did you ever watch a movie, which you knew in advance would be bad, just because of a specific actor/actress was in it? Which one and why?
This pretty much applies to any Rachel Leigh Cook movie made this century, but especially Blonde Ambition.

Did you ever not watch a specific movie because it had subtitles?
There are plenty of times I avoid it simply because I'm not in the mood, but never any specific movie. 

Are there any movies in your collection that you have had for more than five years and never watched?
The Criterion of Eric Rohmer's Six Moral Tales. I made it through the first three and couldn't stand them, and have had no luck convincing myself to finish it off. There are a bunch of other cheap Criterions I've picked up that deserve a watch too.

Which are the worst movies in your collection and why do you still own them?
I have the non-Pre-Code Busby Berkeley collection and those are a bunch of bombs. I'd get rid of it, but they look so nice on the shelf together. I also own bad movies I enjoy, like Xanadu and Cheerleader Massacre, but, you know, I'm not counting those.

Do you have any confessions about your movie watching setup at home?
My fiancee broke down and got me a nice, fancy HD TV because she got sick of watching stuff on my old CRT. I had a blu-ray player and collection for about three years before I had the setup to take advantage of them.

Any other confessions you want to make?
If I'm not enjoying a film and I can't imagine it getting much better, I'll turn off the film. This usually takes about an hour, at which point despair takes over. I'll never review a movie I do this to, but if I'm watching a movie for myself and I'm not enjoying it in any way, I'll happily move onto greener pastures.

Thanks to MyFilmViews for the fun survey. Any of these surprise you? Anything you want to comment on yourself? Leave a comment below!

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