If random but revealing observations from a movie fan will entertain you for fifteen minutes of your time, then please keep reading. For anyone who is reading this I strongly encourage you to leave one or more comments in the comments section, and anyone who wishes, consider yourself tagged!Hamlette's Soliloquy for tagging me with the 'Liebster Award'. This blogging award challenges me to answer 11 questions about my movie passions. Alright, let's go!
1. Is there a movie that has really yummy-looking food in it that you'd love to eat?
Well, I can eat anytime and anyplace, so there are very few movie meals that don't look good to me! That said, I have to perhaps go with something obvious: the meal in BABETTE'S FEAST (1987). This is a lovely quiet Danish film about two unmarried sisters in a remote 19th century Danish village who take in a French expatriate down on her luck to be their servant. It turns out she is a gourmet chef and in the final scenes of the film, she prepares a meal that all the villagers will never forget. The irony is that they have no idea what they're eating!
|This is just the first course!|
One of the most memorable scenes in the film for me was when a French opera singer comes to give lessons to one of the sisters in her younger years, and the two have a connection while singing Mozart's luscious duet 'La ci darem la mano' from Don Giovanni (in French). The singer was portrayed by actual opera star Jean-Philippe Lafont. Below is the scene from the film . I can remember when this film came out, rewinding and watching this scene over and over on my poor VHS tape.
Oh my gosh, this is a tough one, as my favorite films span many decades. If I think about those classic films that I recommend to people, probably more of them are set in the 1930s than any other single decade. So much art deco loveliness, and class comedies, screwball comedies, and melodramas. Think MY MAN GODFREY, TROUBLE IN PARADISE, UNION DEPOT.
3. What two actors/actresses have you always hoped would make a movie together, but didn't/haven't yet?
Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess of Grantham in 'Downton Abbey' would give George Sanders as Addison DeWitt in ALL ABOUT EVE a run for his money in the snark department. Both of these British actors dominated the big and small screen whenever they appeared and I would have loved to see them co-star in a film.
4. If money, time, and supplies (and crafting ability) were not considerations, what movie character would you love to cosplay or dress up like for Halloween?
One rarely gets a chance to dress like a 18th century French queen, and so why not take the opportunity to be the center of attention by being Norma Shearer as Marie Antoinette in the lavish 1938 production? If as a bonus Ty Power becomes infatuated with you, I would probably never take that outfit off.
|Wondering how much that headdress weighs!|
OK, once in graduate school I dressed up as Winnie the Pooh. (Yeah, OK, it's lame.) Dressing up isn't really my thing, and because Halloween usually falls during the World Series I've been known to impersonate my favorite baseball player. This year it might have to be David Ortiz, aka Big Papi, the Red Sox slugger who is retiring after this season.
|Good excuse to post a Big Papi pic, right here.|
My family and friends have been trained to expect any number of varied film recommendations from me. From Russian silent films to modern Westerns, I enjoy so many. I'm not a huge fan of Action/Sci Fi blend pictures, so perhaps it might be a surprise that I enjoyed BLADE RUNNER. Then again, it's been seen as a Western in disguise, young Harrison Ford is in it (woo!), and now it's considered a classic of sorts, so I suppose wouldn't be a complete surprise that I loved it. I probably can cite many more films that others loved and I didn't (I sense a new topic for a blog post!).
7. What's one book you hope no one ever makes into a film?
I think most any good book, in the hands of the right director and production, could a good movie make. I think the question is more about what book do I love so much that I would hate to have my own imagining of the tale ruined by assigning a real production to it. As a child I adored the 'Little House' books and hated how the TV series distorted that universe. The illustrator, Garth Williams, was so good in capturing the mood of Ingalls Wilder's text, that I would have a hard time appreciating a film version even if the story was not altered. That said, I might enjoy a biopic about Laura Ingalls Wilder, or her daughter Rose Wilder Lane, both of whom had very interesting lives.
|Garth Williams' illustration of 'Pa' fiddling for his daughters Laura and Mary|
in Little House in the Big Woods.
9. When a character onscreen has to hold their breath, do you try to hold your breath to match theirs? I honestly can't remember ever doing this. However, I suppose one can do it completely unawares! I believe my breath was coming raggedly for the entire 92-minute running time of the ultra-suspenseful Western, the original 3:10 TO YUMA, and especially in the scene in the hotel where Glenn Ford and Van Heflin are holed up together. If you've never seen it, watch watch watch!
|Van Heflin tries to keep Glenn Ford at bay during 3:10 TO YUMA|
I haven't yet seen the remake, but I can almost guarantee: it isn't better.
Speaking about remakes, I just read in the Boston Globe here about the upcoming release of THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN -- a 2016 remake with Denzel Washington and other assorted modern stars. While advance reviews have been mixed, I am excited about this for the sheer fact that it may make people who haven't watched the original film, or the earlier Japanese film it's based on (SEVEN SAMURAI by Kurosawa) discover these films and become classic film lovers themselves. What may be most fascinating is Peter Sarsgaard as the villain. Check out the trailer below. (In the comments section -- who wants to see this, and who wants to avoid it like the proverbial plague??)
11. What are your favorite movie blogs? I've listed these in my 'Recommended sites and blogs' list on the lower right side of my blog home page, but I want to also call out the wonderful writers at two of my local cinemas: Brattle Blog and Harvard Film Archive series pages -- check out the latest here about Russian Silent cinema.
So, I will ask anyone who is interested to answer one or more of the questions below, either in the comments section or as a separate post.
1. Who was your first movie crush that you can remember?
2. Who is your current or most recent movie crush?
3. Is there a film you refuse to see? If yes, why.
4. If you could travel back in time to visit the set of one of your favorite films and tell the director in real time to change something, what would it be?
5. What is a comedy that most everyone loves and that you don't find the least bit funny?
6. What is the classic film stereotype that you hate the most?
7. How do you attempt to debunk said stereotype?
8. Provide a link to one blog post that you really enjoyed and think others would, too.
9. Name a film director that should be better known, and your favorite film of theirs.
10. What upcoming film or TV series are *you* most excited about?
11. What keeps you motivated to continue blogging?