With only The Monuments Men taking my fancy in the form of a prospective review this week, it’s looking like a rather quiet few days over here at Oh! That Film Blog. In search of inspiration, I came across a film related survey/questionnaire type post on Cinemaniac Reviews, and never being one to turn down anything in the shape of a check list, decided to give it a go.
1. What is your favourite movie?
As bizarre and varied as it may seem, the two films that are constantly switching place for the honour of being my favourite film of all time are Mary Poppins and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Both pictures were on heavy rotation in my household as a child (questionable parenting choices, perhaps) and they are imbedded in to my consciousness to a frightening degree. They are most likely responsible for my undying love of musicals and my penchant for slightly effeminate men, and I’m not mad about it.
2. What is your least favourite movie?
A tough question because I generally tend to avoid films that I don’t think I am going to enjoy, but I would have to say that a film I felt really let itself down was Ted. Being a huge fan of Family Guy and Seth MacFarlane in general, I had high hopes for the film, but I just found it to be sexist and at times racist. The humour seemed to be much less subtle than in MacFarlane’s animated work, and I found the whole thing to be a chore.
3. Name one movie you loved upon initial viewing but eventually grew to hate.
It was a strange, strange turn of events, but I cried on three separate occasion upon watching Peter Jackson’s adaptation of King Kong for the first time. Something about it really touched me in the heightened atmosphere of movie theatre, but in the handful of times I have seen it since, I have come to realise that it is completely unremarkable and bloated!
4. Name your biggest guilty pleasure film.
I have said it before on this blog, and I’ll say it again, I LOVE Grease 2. It is the sequel history tried to forget, but I absolutely and and without irony think it is fantastic. Michelle Pfeiffer as Stephanie Zinone is the coolest Pink Lady ever to grace the big screen, and that includes Stockard Channing as Rizzo. Give or take the odd dodgy solo, the film’s soundtrack is good enough to rival that of its predecessor, and I will defend it ’till the very end!
5. Favourite line of dialogue from a movie.
A slightly cliche choice I suppose, but it has to be the closing speech of The Breakfast Club. The film really hits a nerve if watched in your early teens as I did, and the final few minutes always manage to give me goosebumps. For the record, I’m team basket case.
6. Favourite real life quote from an actor or actress.
7. What are your three favourite movie scenes?
In no particular order, three that immediately spring to mind are:
8. Four films that should NOT have won the Best Picture Academy Award.
It is not that I necessarily hate these films, but I will list in brackets alongside them the films that I feel were more deserving of the accolade in each respective year.
The King’s Speech (True Grit)
Shakespeare In Love (Saving Private Ryan)
Dances With Wolves (Goodfellas)
Rocky (Taxi Driver)
9. Top five of the year (currently)?
I will go by calendar year, so the best five films I have seen so far in 2014 have been:
August: Osage County
Dallas Buyers Club
The Wolf Of Wall Street
12 Years A Slave
10. Bottom three of the year (currently)?
Slightly unfair given it is only February and we have the usually stagnant summer of terrible blockbusters and not so funny comedies to come, but three I have enjoyed the least so far are:
Inside Llewyn Davis
Out Of The Furnace
All Is Lost
11. What film gets your vote for the worst or most pointless remake?
Absolutely, without a doubt, one hundred percent, Tim Burton’s Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. It may be closer to the book it terms of atmosphere and tone, but it lacks pretty much all of the joy that the 1971 original brings to the screen. I am a fan of Johnny Depp, but Gene Wilder he is not, and that is an obstacle that it is impossible to overcome. Let us just remind ourselves of the brilliance of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.
12. Is there any film you think is actually desperate for a remake?
I have always thought that, if done correctly, a more modern take on Brief Encounter could be an interesting challenge to undertake. There was a version made in 1974 starring Richard Burton and Sophia Loren, but even that feels like a million years ago in cinema terms.
13. Name your three favourite film heroes.
Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver: Alien franchise)
Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster: The Silence Of The Lambs)
Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand: Fargo)
14. Name your three favourite film villains.
Oswald Cobblepot aka The Penguin (Danny DeVito: Batman Returns)
Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins: The Silence Of The Lambs, Hannibal, Red Dragon)
Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest)
15. Best sequel?
Predictable, I know, but you really would be hard pushed to find a better sequel in cinematic history than The Godfather Part II. The film takes everything that made the first so brilliant and expands the themes, characters and intensity of the story, bringing together an extraordinary family narrative that stretches across the generations. The less said about Part III, however, the better.
16. Worst sequel?
The first American remake of The Ring, starring Naomi Watts was well timed and caught the imagination of young teenagers and adults when it was released in 2002. As usual, the studio decided to milk the story for all it was worth and released The Ring 2 in 2005, an appalling cliche filled sequel that fades away with the rush of other mid naughties horror flicks.
17. Best trilogy?
Again, a rather predictable choice but I truly believe there is no trilogy so engrossing and so without flaw as The Lord Of The Rings. Peter Jackson may be doing his very best to stain his previously crystal clear track record in Middle Earth with the rather mediocre, and excessively indulgent, Hobbit movies, but these first three journeys in to Tolkien’s world will always be some of the greatest cinema ever made.
18. Worst trilogy?
The trilogies I hate the most are ones like, for example, Big Momma’s House, in which three films manage to tell the same joke or repeat the same story line about six hundred times and seemingly get away with it. There is absolutely no need for there to be three of these pictures in the world, in fact I can barely make any argument for the merits of one.
19. What is your favourite word to use in a movie review?
I seem to have a penchant for calling a film ‘engaging’ when it holds my interest for any longer than thirty minutes. I need to address a thesaurus to broaden my vocabulary!
20. Anything else?
Nope! Except to say that should you be in the mood to give this questionnaire a go yourself, then feel free to copy the questions, and please let me know in the comments if you have so I can read your answers!