ThereWolf’s Movie Confession Thing…
Kloipy and Jarv have had a go at this. I’ll have a go too…
Which classic movie don’t you like/can’t enjoy and why?
ET. Didn’t anyone ever tell the bug-eyed twat it’s rude to point? I loathe this film. Mainly because it pissed unfairly over the likes of John Carpenter’s The Thing and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, out the same year (1982). The ending goes on and on, clearly designed to have as much snot running down peoples’ faces as is humanly possible long into the end credits. Because of ET, folk suddenly wanted bright ‘n’ breezy feel good family fun, rather than dark cloying visions of dystopia and icky flesh-tearing shape shifters, the sick bastards.
Which ten classic movies haven’t you seen yet?
Very, very difficult to decide on what’s considered a ‘classic’ so I’ve gone with ‘highly regarded’. Plus, there’s a possibility I’ve seen one or more of these and just forgotten; I did go through a spell a long time ago when I was playing catch-up with old films (Halliwell’s fault) and I wouldn’t be surprised if, when finally watching these, I suddenly blurt, ‘Shit, I’ve seen this!’ Pandora’s Box is a likely candidate…
- Die Nibelungen (1924)
- The Lost Weekend (1945)
- Seconds (1966)
- Limelight (1952)
- Pandora’s Box (1929)
- Mr. Deeds Goes To Town (1936)
- No Country For Old Men (2007)
- Stalker (1979)
- Gaslight (1944)
- Rashomon (1950)
Have you ever sneaked into another movie at the cinema?
I did, but not to watch an entire film. I’d tiptoe into another screen to see what was playing, usually if I was waiting for ‘my’ film to start (if I got there early, or the ‘B’ feature was cack) and sometimes if I got ‘fidgety’ in the film I was watching – y’know, pretend I’m going to the khazi and detour instead. I’ve not done that since I was a kid though.
Which actor/actress do you think is overrated?
Dunno. Never really thought about it. I suppose I’d have to pick Tom Cruise-face. I mean, now and again he shows some chops (Magnolia) but to be honest I’ve lost count of the Cruise starrers where, by the end of the movie, I’ve speculated on how much better the film might have been with another actor in there. He gets roles coz he’s a box office, opening weekend smash & grab. Seriously… Jack Reacher? Also, can I mention Julia Roberts? She’s rubbish. No, I’m not going to qualify that statement. I don’t like her, she gives me the heebie-jeebies.
From which big director have you never seen any movie (and why)?
I can’t think of any. Is Almadovar ‘big’? If he’s big, then him. Reckon I’ve seen at least one movie from all the big guns.
Which movie do you love, but is generally hated?
Generally hated on Moonwolves, or hated in general generally? Out and about, I can’t find any love for Lifeforce; on here, I’ll go for Armageddon though in reality, on here, dozens more as well…
Have you ever been “one of those annoying people” at the cinema?
No. I’ve been sloshed a couple of times and commented loudly on the action on-screen, but not in a persistent manner and usually as part of an audience participation effect. That’s not counting the Star Trek-athon; they were geeks so that’s different. Plus, my most verbal outburst was during Star Trek V and was therefore more entertaining than anything the movie could summon up.
Did you ever watch a movie, which you knew in advance would be bad, just because a specific actor/actress was in it? Which one and why?
Erm, just about anything starring Michael Biehn after 1989…! Why? It’s The Biehn!
Did you ever not watch a specific movie because it had subtitles?
When I was young and stupid I did. Nowadays it makes no difference. A lot of the big visual films barely need dialogue and I approach them as ‘silent’ movies, I could easily get through those with only one or two explanatory intertitles. I prefer visual storytelling anyway. So, subtitled films don’t worry me and if I miss a few captions coz I’m concentrating on the action I find it rarely hurts the story. REC is a case in point; when I watched that for the first time I often neglected to read the subs yet knew exactly what was going on.
Are there any movies in your collection that you have had for more than five years and never watched?
No. Although I may have bought a film that I’ve already seen and have yet to return to it (Metropolis on blu-ray).
Which are the worst movies in your collection and why do you still own them?
The Fog remake, House Of Wax remake, a few more as well. They’re still in my collection to remind me of my mistakes. Lovefilm now help me to avoid those kind of mistakes.
What film have you watched the most in your collection?
I would say Alien, but I reckon The Thing and Blade Runner are up there too.
Do you have any confessions about your movie watching setup at home?
I try to make it an event, like going to the cinema. Decide on a film at weekend, go out and shop for snacks – chili-coated peanuts, sweet popcorn, beer, red wine, crisps, etc… Draw the blinds, kill the lights. I’ve got a 5.1 set-up, 50-inch plazzy, blu-ray, digital amp… It’s good when the audience reacts; In Stir Of Echoes, The Bacon leaning forward to mess with his telly and when he sits back there’s a ghost sat next to him – watching folk hit the ceiling on that beat; a mate of mine actually screaming during The Descent and I mean a proper double-barreled scream… watching peoples’ eyes get wider, watching them physically plant their feet and push back as far as the seat back will allow when the stricken airplane gets closer and closer in Knowing… You can tell they’ve forgotten they’re sat in an ordinary room in those moments, they’ve been transported away. It’s hard for folk to get that effect; you might be able to hang your telly on a wall now but you can’t push a movie soundtrack through speakers relegated to the rear panel outputting watts you can count on one hand.
Any other confessions you want to make?
I vomited while watching Alien. No, it wasn’t the chestburster scene, though I did perpetuate that myth at school in order to hype up the film even more. I’d eaten too much crap the night before (I was excited). I then continued to eat a lot of crap at the theatre despite feeling unwell – hotdogs, crisps, popcorn, cola, choc-ice… Something had to give. I managed to get out of the seats and honked into a waste bin in the corridor outside. No one was around. So, the exact point of puke was during the ‘cattle prod’ testing scene. I was about 14 at the time.