Cinemaniac Reviews – Movie Questionnaire

Time to participate in another blogathon! This time around, the host is Alexander aka Cinemaniac over at Cinemaniac Reviews. More details can be found here.

So let’s get started!

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Movie Confessions Blogathon

Since I haven’t yet had the opportunity to do a blogathon and it’s Monday and I’m hating every second of the day because of that…let’s give this a shot!

Nostra over at myfilmviews.com started this idea for a blogathon, details can be found here if you’d like to participate or see the the other participants.

Without further ado…

Which classic movie don’t you like/can’t enjoy and why?

Since the first movie that came to my mind was West Side Story, I’ll just go ahead and lump other classic musicals in with it. I like music and I like movies so musicals should be a no-brainer for me but for some reason I can barely sit through the majority of them.

Which ten classic movies haven’t you seen yet?

Oh, this is tough…

  • City of God
  • The Wild One
  • Once Upon a Time in America
  • All About Eve
  • Wages of Fear
  • Birth of a Nation
  • Cool Hand Luke
  • Great Dictator
  • Fanny and Alexander
  • The Bicycle Thief

Have you ever sneaked into another movie at the cinema?

I used to go a movie and then sneak into another movie afterward for my own double-features, but I never bought tickets for a movie and then sneaked into a different one.

Which actor/actress do you think is overrated?

George Clooney even though I do enjoy him occasionally, for the most part all I can see is smooth, charming George Clooney. I don’t think there has ever been a role where I can fully accept his character is anyone else but George Clooney. That’s not to say he’s a bad actor, just not much of a chameleon in his roles which takes me out of it. Same goes for Johnny Depp.

From which big director have you never seen any movie (and why)?

I don’t think there is a single “big director” that I haven’t seen a single movie from but I will confess to never having seen a Charlie Chaplin full-length film until last year (the film was Modern Times).

Which movie do you love, but is generally hated?

For a really long time, Starship Troopers was one of my most-watched films in constant circulation alongside Kubrick and Scorsese movies. It seemed that no one else appreciated the film like I did. However, f I was going off of Rotten Tomato scores, then C.H.U.D. takes the top award with a whopping 18%.

Have you ever been “one of those annoying people” at the cinema?

Jeez, I sincerely hope not. Even as a teen, when my friends were acting like morons in the theater I would get irritated.

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?

I saw Righteous Kill because Robert De Niro and Al Pacino were in it, does that count? Oh, and I’ve seen a plethora of pretty weak Charles Bronson movies just because of Charles Bronson.

Did you ever not watch a specific movie because it had subtitles? 

Maybe as a teenager I did this more often but I’ve never shunned black and white or foreign films just for the sake of it. I will admit to picking English-speaking films over foreign ones when I know I may not be giving 100% of my attention just so I don’t miss any dialogue.

Are there any movies in your collection that you have had for more than five years and never watched?

I received Munich as a gift about 5 years ago and it’s still sealed and I’ve never seen it. I think I have True Lies (which I’ve seen) still sealed too, and I got that in like a Wal-Mart $2 bin ages ago. I have many other films in my collection that are sealed, mostly from the Criterion Collection, but I’ve had them for less than 5 years.

Which are the worst movies in your collection and why do you still own them?

I recently purged some of my DVD collection to make room for Blu-Rays so I’m this is a bit tough. C.H.U.D. may take the top spot for this question too since I proudly own that. I also own a Roger Corman collection of films that I’m sure are mostly (if not entirely) crap but I love me some Corman movies so I don’t plan on getting rid of them.

Do you have any confessions about your movie watching setup at home?

I have spent thousands of dollars on a big TV and surround sound for my movie watching in my basement, but most of the time I watch films on the couch in our family room with my wife on a 32″ TV with no surround sound and a lot of light pollution. Oh, I also watch movies with closed captioning on, even if playing at full volume. I just like reading, I guess.

Any other confessions you want to make?

I’m lactose intolerant.
Oh, more movie confessions? Even though Kubrick was my favorite director at the time (arguably still my favorite), the first time I watched Eyes Wide Shut I skipped all of the plot details that didn’t include nudity.