15 Movie Questions Meme

This one has been doing the rounds for a while and I was finally caught, bagged and tagged by my good friend Custard over at Front Room Cinema. So, ever the dutiful taggee and Mememeister, here are my astounding and mildly amusing answers to 15 seemingly random movie questions.

Enjoy.

 

1. Movie you love with a passion

Raiders of the Lost Ark

For me, Spielberg’s first outing for Harrison Ford’s archaeologist and mercenary is one of the finest pieces of celluloid ever made. This is the reason why cinemas were invented. Some movies make us think, some movies teach us stuff and some movies just give us a ride. This one has a little bit of everything. Pure cinema, no pretensions. Perfect.

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2. Movie you vow to never watch

Anything with ‘Movie’ in the title

Scary Movie, Epic Movie, Date Movie, Disaster Movie, etc. Dreadful, lame, unfunny spoofs churned out to make a quick buck without actually making anyone with a brain larger than a popcorn kernel laugh. Mel Brooks could spoof, Jerry Zucker could spoof but Jason Friedberg and his gang can kiss my pink ass. Kiss it!

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3. Movie that literally left you speechless

Antichrist

Hang on, was that Willem Dafoe’s….? Did Charlotte Gainsbourg just grab a pair of scissors and cut off her…? Did Willem Dafoe just…? Why’s that fox talking? I’ve seen horror movies and I’ve seen porn movies, but nothing quite prepares you for Lars von Trier’s bizarre mix of both, with added talking mammals. Don’t watch this with your mum.

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4. Movie you always recommend

Fight Club

I recommend some movies simply because they are great movies, but I recommend Fight Club because it’s a movie that has something very important to say and says it with David Fincher’s singularly brazen style. For anyone who lives and endures the myriad banalities of Western culture, watch Fight Club.

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5. Actor/actress you always watch, no matter how crappy the movie

George Clooney

Not only do I respect him as an actor who has managed to rise above the limitations of his good looks, and as a director and producer of great movies in his own right, but also because Clooney very rarely picks a bad project. He just seems to have the knack for picking interesting, challenging roles for himself.

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6. Actor/actress you don’t get the appeal for

Jason Statham

Give me a break. How did this wooden, boring, zero-charisma, no-talent pudding with a phoney accent that is neither English nor American manage to get to where he is? I just don’t get it. He’s like a throwback to the action heroes of the 80s, before filmmakers realised that they were better when they could actually act.

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7. Actor/actress, living or dead, you’d love to meet

Christopher Walken

How could that ever be a boring meeting? It would be impossible. Walken is incapable of being boring. The guy is like a force of nature. We could talk about his amazing career, about all the movies I watched just because he was in it for five minutes (Gigli, for one) and when the conversation ran out, he could teach me some wicked dance steps.

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8. Sexiest actor/actress you’ve seen. (Picture required!)

Tina Fey

Sure, there are plenty of good-looking actresses out there but sexy is a lot more than just that. Sexy is brains, beauty, talent and a great sense of humour and Tina Fey ticks all the right boxes. It also doesn’t hurt that she seems to be completely oblivious to her sexiness. And that’s also very sexy. It’s a sexy win/win!

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9) Dream cast

Star Wars Episode VII

Okay, so it’s a bit cheesy, it’s exceptionally geeky and it’s wholly unrealistic given that they all have a collective age of about 900 (the ones that are still alive, anyway), but how cool would it be to have the original Star Wars cast together again for a new episode? Huh? Can I get an Amen? No? You got a problem with old people or something?

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10) Favourite actor pairing

Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart

Okay, there are actors and then there are British RSC actors. It’s not really my style to blow the trumpet for Blighty but the truth is we really do produce some of the greatest thespians know to stage and screen and when X-Men director Bryan Singer decided to cast two of my favourites in a superhero movie (of all things), he was having a very inspired day. Hurrah and huzzah!

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11) Favourite movie setting

New York

It’s magical but commonplace, grubby but pristine, antique but brand new. It can be an equally comfortable home to the most whimsical fairytales and the bleakest horrors. Six million movie sets rolled into one. Few places on Earth are as versatile as The Big Apple. And I’ve still never been there.

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12) Favourite decade for movies

The 80s

It’s probably got very little to do with the level of quality, although this decade delivered some of the best movies ever made. But this was the decade I grew up in, and the decade where my love of cinema truly blossomed. Raiders of the Lost Ark, Ghostbusters, Gremlins, Back to the Future, Terminator and the peerless The Breakfast Club. This was the decade when cinema got its imagination back.

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13) Chick flick or action movie?

You’re a troublemaker

I’m not falling into your nefarious trap, my friend. You can try to sow the seeds of despair and drive a wedge between the sexes with your loaded questions but you will not succeed! Evenings can be comfortably arranged to accommodate one of each, right? Yes, I am the bringer of harmony. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called big, fat couch potatoes.

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14) Hero, villain or anti-hero?

Villain (and enjoying it)

It’s a tough one, this one, but ultimately there’s something irresistible to me about the irredeemable bad guy who takes genuine pleasure in his work. Hannibal Lecter, The Joker, Richard III, or any villain played by Gene Hackman. They make being evil seem far more appealing than the sober, brooding heroes make being good.

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15) Black and white or colour?

Dumbass Question

Do me a favour. I am neither pompous enough to say I prefer black & white movies nor pedestrian enough to say I prefer colour movies. What kind of person dismisses a movie because of the colour it is? That’s like celluloid racism. Are you encouraging celluloid racism? Shame on you with your silly question.

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  1. Custard

    HAHA Love it! And we have some similar (well one or two) choices.

    You know I am never going to see Anti Christ not in a million years!!

    Very witty choices too!! Love the B&W answer!!

    Good stuff!!

    C

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    1. Richard Post author

      Thanks, C. Yeah, we have one or two similarities there which is comforting. And now you’re reviewing horror movies, who knows what you may end up watching. ;-)

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  2. Marc

    We totally see eye to eye your number 2 answer. But Raiders yes! And I’m right there with you on the 80′s for sure!!

    I’m with Custard, your send off answer for the BW vs Color made me smile. Nice answer…you cinematical politician you:)

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    1. Richard Post author

      Thanks, Marc. I try to think outside the box whenever possible to do so without getting a headache. ;-)

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  3. Anna

    Awesome picks buddy! Right there with you on Raiders, Fight Club and Walken. I’ve found the actor you’d like to meet thing to be one of the most interesting questions on this, I think the answer says a lot about the person writing ! : -)

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    1. Richard Post author

      I can’t imagine what wanting to meet Christopher Walken says about me. Except that I got a fever, and the only prescription is more Walken. ;-)

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  4. Deborah

    Loved your list, Richard. Am totally with you on Raiders and Star Wars VII – I say do it while SOME of them are still alive. But that New York thing – you absolutely do have to get here, because unlike anywhere else I’ve been, it is exactly like the movies about it (well, I’ve never actually seen Godzilla climbing the Empire State Building, but I have run into an elephant wandering down my street.)

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    1. Richard Post author

      Thanks, Deborah! One day I will stand in various locations around New York and bore everyone to tears by telling them which movies each location has been in. I have a special Ghostbusters tour all planned out. :-)

      One day, I want to hear that elephant story.

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  5. lynns

    What an excellent post. I really enjoyed reading this and totally agree with a number of your choices. Particularly Christopher Walken – I love him – Pulp Fiction and True Romance especially – he just has such presence. Very diplomatic answer about Chick Flick or Action and LOL re Jason Statham.
    Lynn :D

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    1. Richard Post author

      Why, thank you. Glad you enjoyed it, Lynn. :-D

      I was particularly proud of the Chick Flick answer, but then I can be a very diplomatic person. Just ask anyone. Except people who know me. Leave them out of it. :-)

      Thanks for reading.

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  6. Novroz

    I am going to say you have the best answers to this 15 question meme!!

    I enjouy all the answers. Fight Club has been nominated by so many people, maybe I should watch it and just ignore the fact that Brad Pitt is in it…I’ll try.

    Same with you, I will not watch those stupid not funny parodies. I have watched Scary Movie once and I was left laughless….even smileless.

    We are on the different page for Clooney.

    80s was really fun…great movies and very creative

    I didn’t do this meme, I only make a post of actors I will always watch and pllanning to write actors with no appeal to me next month.

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    1. Richard Post author

      Wow. Thanks, Novroz. That’s quite a compliment! :-)

      I look forward to the post of actors with no appeal to you. Sounds interesting. ;-)

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  7. sundryandco

    If you thought you couldn’t dislike Jason Statham any more than you already do, watch “The Mechanic” – I watched it with three other people and not one of us could understand most of what he is saying. It’s mumble mumble, so you turn up the volume and then pow pow pow, so you turn the volume back down, then thirty seconds later, mumble mumble…and so it continues…..

    I only found out recently that Christopher Walken is actually Ronald Walken. Ronald doesn’t quite have the same “cool” factor.

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    1. Richard Post author

      I did toy with the idea of watching The Mechanic, but then I realised there was a bit of dirt under the fingernail on my right index finger and figured I’d have more fun trying to remove it with my teeth. :-)

      I didn’t know Walken was actually a Ronald. You’re right, it doesn’t have the same ring to it. And it’s not like Christopher is an exotic name.

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  8. rtm

    Hi Richard, how’ve you been? I love that you put ‘Raiders’ as number 1, I so love that movie, too! And the original Magneto and Xavier… right on! Great list!

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    1. Richard Post author

      Hey, Ruth! I’ve been well, but busy as all Hell. It’s been a struggle to get posts done so I apologise if I’ve been more absent than usual from your own blog. I will get over there soon. :-(

      I knew I could count on you to back me up on the English actors. :-)

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