Blog-A-Thon: Andrew's Movie Confessions - Can't Stop the Movies
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Blog-A-Thon: Andrew’s Movie Confessions

For those of you tuning in to read my analysis of LOL, I am sorry to disappoint.  My archive search led me astray and the truth is Danny has already reviewed it.  10 minutes of LOL has made me realize a second review would be an exercise in redundancy.

Instead of a full, formal, review of something apparently not worth a second glance, I'm going to do my part with the fun 'Movie Confessions' Danny wrote up yesterday.  Please check out MyFilmViews for the genesis of the project and see many more.

Which classic movie don’t you like/can’t enjoy and why?
This is the second time I've brought it up in the last week, and hopefully I won't have to speak about it for some time, but Last Year at Marienbad is less elliptical, dream-like, film-making at it's finest and more a boring dirge of cyclical dialogue.  I fell asleep the first two times I tried watching the movie because, credit where it's due, Alain Resnais can create hypnotic images but he succeeded in a way that keeps me from staying awake.  It's an eternal joke between me and Danny now, all I need to do is ask, "Do you remember the statue?" and the waves of repetition and yawning come flooding back.

Which ten classic movies haven’t you seen yet?

  1. Apocalypse Now dir. Francis Ford Coppola
  2. Metropolis dir. Fritz Lang
  3. The Invisible Man dir. James Whale
  4. Ugetsu dir. Kenji Mizoguchi
  5. The Apu Trilogy dir. Satyajit Ray
  6. Nashville dir. Robert Altman
  7. Stalker dir. Andrei Takrovsky
  8. Bonnie and Clyde dir.
  9. Shoah dir. Claude Lanzmann
  10. Le deuxieme souffle dir. Jean-Pierre Melville

Have you ever sneaked into another movie at the cinema?
I never have, but I was a projectionist for almost five years so I never really had the opportunity to when I was younger and the idea has always been kind of stupid to me.

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Which actor/actress do you think is overrated?
I do not understand how Anton Yelchin is praised for anything outside of his small role in the Star Trek reboot.  He's taken boyish awkwardness to new levels of aggressive unlikability while still sounding like he's reading his lines from a cue card (the worst example of this is Fierce People.)

From which big director have you never seen any movie (and why)?
I have to look across the ocean for a lot of directors that I haven't sampled, and the one I'm least proud for avoiding is Satyajit Ray.  Danny and I used to live together and I came home to him watching one of Ray's movies.  The exact title escapes me, but I loved the way he pointed out how horribly the elderly are treated in a sad scene where no one would respond to a fragile, nearly blind, old woman.  His films are getting progressively easier to get a hold of, so my reason for not taking the plunge is getting weaker by the day.

Which movie do you love, but is generally hated?
The third Step Up film has the best use of 3D, endlessly creative dance-scenes, a fun use of its narrative between those moments, and a ton of likeable performers.  It's also the movie most people hate as soon as I say the words "Step Up" without actually having watched the blasted thing.

Have you ever been “one of those annoying people” at the cinema?
Not too many times, but one of the few times it happened I suffered a full-on mental collapse watching Disaster Movie.  It was hurting me so badly my only response was to start producing a moaning sound then, when that didn't work anymore, I just cracked and giggle maniacally for about twenty minutes.

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?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, The Dark Knight Rises *rimshot*

All joking aside, no, I've never done this.

Did you ever not watch a specific movie because it had subtitles?
Subtitles have never bothered me so this doesn't happen when I pick a film to watch. 

Are there any movies in your collection that you have had for more than five years and never watched?
Absolutely not.  One of my biggest pet-peeves is unconsumed film in someone's collection.

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Which are the worst movies in your collection and why do you still own them?
I do not have a copy of it currently, but I have owned Boondock Saints three times.  Once because my littlest brother meant well and knows I love film, and twice more because I have friends who play out their vindictiveness through gift giving and exploiting that memory (the feeling is mutual).

Aside from that, the worst film in my collection is Da Hip-Hop Witch, a series of random street and behind the stage shots of rappers talking about the hip-hop witch.  Then Vanilla Ice appears and the credits roll.  It speaks to the depths cinema can go that it's still not the worst thing I've seen.

Do you have any confessions about your movie watching setup at home?
I really miss my two TV setup.  I'd watch a film on one television while playing an especially grindy role playing game on the other.  Right now I'm back to my run of the mill one TV setup, just lacking in any sort of quality sound system.

Any other confessions you want to make?
I have to force myself to sit down and just watch a movie, especially if it's one that I am going to review for the site.  My casual movie watching involves at least one other form of media playing at the same time, be it music, television, video game, or what have you.

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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