At the movies

I’ve borrowed this meme from Delicious Days but have reduced the number of questions:

1. Name a movie you have seen more than 10 timesmovie-meme.jpg

I can’t think of any movies that I would have seen that many times. I’m a Hitchcock fan so I’ve seen some of his films several times – Rear Window, Vertigo, To Catch a Thief

2. Name an actor who would make you more inclined to see a movie

Cate Blanchett, I find she disappears into her roles, so you see the character first rather than the actor. And she’s an Australian!

3. Name an actor who would make you less likely to see a movie

I would probably stay away from any movie starring Madonna, it’s not usually a good sign.

4. Name a movie you can and do quote from

My grandmother was a big fan of Gone With the Wind, so I’ve seen that several times. But ‘frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn’ about quotes.

5. Name a movie musical in which you know all of the lyrics to all of the songs

I’m not sure if I know all the lyrics, but I think my best bet would be The Sound of Music??

6. Name a movie you would recommend everyone see

The Lives of Others, which I have posted on previously, was really impressive and quite topical in the current political climate. Little Miss Sunshine, Lost in Translation, and the Russian movie The Return also come to mind.

7. Name an actor who launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops

This might be controversial but Adam Sandler who started out in comedy. My boyfriend is a big fan of his movies which are silly but entertaining. However, Sandler really stepped out of his comfort zone in Punch Drunk Love and is absolutely fantastic.

8. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in?

I remember going to see Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom at the drive-in as a child (Supergirl was being shown on the other screen). Sadly, like most Australian drive-ins, it no longer exists.

9. Ever walked out of a movie?

No, I’d find it very hard to walk out of a movie, I like to judge things in their entirety. I certainly wouldn’t do so to make a critical statement. But if the movie was sadistically violent I’d consider leaving.

10. Popcorn?

No, I’d prefer a choc top.

11. What’s the last movie you saw in the theater?

Last night my boyfriend and I went to see Sunshine which was quite good. It sits at the intelligent end of the sci-fi spectrum – a bit like Alien crossed with 2001 Space Odyssey.

12. What’s your favorite/preferred genre of movie?

I like to mix it up bit. I do sway a bit towards arthouse films but I enjoy a good thriller or a period drama. I would also throw in a harrowing drama, a ‘feel-good’ flick and a teen comedy for good measure.

13. What’s the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?

E.T. I think. I would have been about six or seven years old at the time. I remember thinking how steep the rows of seats were in the cinema.

14. What is the scariest movie you’ve seen?

One that stays with me is the incredibly unsettling The Comfort Strangers which is set in Venice (based on a novel by Ian McEwan). I watched it on TV years ago. It was late at night, I was home alone and I absolutely terrified myself. I must go back and read the novel though …

15. What is the funniest film you have ever seen?

Little Miss Sunshine is probably the funniest, ‘feel-good’ movie I’ve seen lately.

I also have quite a black sense of humour, so I found Drop Dead Gorgeous hilarious whereas some people might just find it to be in bad taste. I quite enjoyed the zombie movie send-up Shawn of the Dead also.


I’m not going to tag anyone but please join in if you feel so inclined.


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7 responses to “At the movies

  1. I agree completely about Cate Blanchett! She’s wonderful. I fell in love with her in “The Gift” and she’s been fantastic every time since then…

  2. Punch Drunk Love is the only thing I’ve been able to watch Adam Sandler in without being distracted by the fact that it’s Adam Sandler.

    My husband and I saw Sunshine a week or so ago, and really enjoyed it (even when the nods to Alien and 2001: A Space Odyssey were a little too obvious). The effects were spectacular…

  3. What is a choc top?! I feel like I am missing out on something great…

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  5. Courtney: I’m glad you share my admiration for Cate Blanchett, after all not just any actor can pull off playing characters such as Queen Elizabeth 1 and Katherine Hepburn! She was fantastic in The Gift also, playing a completely different type of character altogether.

    Kerryn: yes Adam Sandler is very ‘Adam Sandler’ the majority of the time which is why Punch Drunk Love pleasantly surprised me.

    I thought Sunshine had some creaky moments but overall I enjoyed it.

    Caroline: A choc top is a bit of an Australian cinema institution. It’s an ice cream scoop, in a cone, with a hard chocolate topping. They come in different ice cream flavours and some are sprinkled with coconut etc. They also vary in quality, depending on the cinema in question, some are mass-produced (for the cinema multiplexes) others are hand made.

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  7. thank you for dropping by my blog :)
    hmmm…my prints on linen tea towels – you know, i haven’t actually considered it but it’s such a great idea! i have to look into that ;)

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