…and the quest to see everything

Movie Meme

Via FlixChatter via Encore’s World of TV and Film via SortaThatGuy (can I use your first names if we’ve talked to each other on Twitter or commented on each other’s blog) is a 31 Day Movie Meme. I downloaded movies up to the eighth day, I spreadsheeted it, I mapped out all the movies I saw so that every period got representation in proportionate to how many I’ve seen in said era, or tried to anyway. But I had no time. Thankfully, FourofThem did it in short form and I decided to do the same.

Day 01 – Sequel that should not have been made

American Psycho II: All American Girl (2002). I saw the ending and it was enough. Poor Mila Kunis.

Day 02 – Movie that you think more people should see

Ballast (2008). I was alone in the theatre watching this. With a whopping 1000 votes from iMDb. See it, nerds, what are you waiting for?

Day 03 – Favorite Oscar-nominated movie from most recent ballot

Bright Star (2009). Never changed my opinion on it once. Bu then I’m an English/Art History double major so this was up my alley.

ph. Apparition

Day 04 – Movie that makes you laugh every time

In Bruges (2008). Someone should bar me from watching Harry Potter, because if I go and every time Voldemort comes on screen, I’ll scream “Don’t facking talk to me about my cunt facking keeds!”

Day 05 – Movie you loathe

Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005). Fucking hate Tyler Perry and his sensationalism.

Day 06 – Movie that makes you cry every time

A Star is Born ’54. Judy’s monologues make me remember that I have a soul.

Day 07 – Least favorite movie by a favorite actor or actress

Revolutionary Road (2008) for Kate Winslet. Made her pretty only on the outside.

Day 08 – Movie that should be required high school viewing

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936). Weird choice, but lets the freaks know that they can fight back. Also Mysterious Skin (2004).

Day 09 – Best scene ever

–The argument between the titular Malcolm X (1992) and his wife. Fences can’t be as good as that.

Day 10 – A movie you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

Breaking and Entering (2006). Apparently Minghella’s worst film, but so emotionally resonant.

Day 11 – A movie that disappointed you

Nine (2009), but as a good gay boy I had to haul my ass and my sister’s to see it anyway.

ph. TWC

Day 12 – Best soundtrack/background music in a scene

Vertigo (1958), especially the Prelude and Rooftop scene, judging by my iPod play count.

Day 13 – Favorite animated movie

Up (2009), or if parts of Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003) count. I’m not good at my animation after I turned 13.

Day 14 – Favorite film in black and white

Waterloo Bridge. It has that one scene that does wonders for black and white cinematography, but what I care about is the content.

Day 15 – Best musical

Chicago (2002), again, judging by my iPod count. And because it’s really slutty.

Day 16 – Your guilty pleasure movie

Clueless (1995). When you look at it, it’s really a movie about Rodney King and OJ.

Day 17 – Favorite series of related movies

The Godfather (1972, 1974, 1990), because I’m boring, and because the last one’s cute.

Day 18 – Favorite title sequence

Twelve Monkeys (1995), then the tapestry-like The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943).

Day 19 – Best movie cast

Gosford Park (2001). Rarely do you see Kristin Scott Thomas and other great British actors and actresses together.

Day 20 – Favorite kiss

Before Night Falls (2000), when a random man takes his glasses off and kisses the audience. Reminds me of many I’ve had.

ph. Artisan

Day 21 – Favorite romantic couple

–Woody and Diane in Annie Hall (1977). Woody’s disgusting, but their chemistry is ideal.

ph. UA

Day 22 – Favorite final scene/line

–“Adios,” by the Marlene Dietrich character in Touch of Evil. (1958) Fierceness.

Day 23 – Best explosion or action scene

The Big Heat (1953). No fire, all camera movement. I could feel my walls shake.

Day 24 – Quote you use most often

–“My art has been considered vaginal by critics, which bothers some men. Vagina.” The Big Lebowski (1998). Imagine  medium-sized gAsian say that, and then laugh before the next line.

Day 25 – A movie you plan on watching (old or new)

Get Low (2010), a movie about a swan song, because I’ve seen a lot lately. If I stay in the country, that is.

Day 26 – Freakishly weird movie ending

Fat Girl (2001). Doesn’t even prepare anyone.

Day 27 – Best villain

Mieko Harada in Ran (1985), then Angela Lansbury in The Manchurian Candidate ’62.

ph. Toho

Day 28 – Most over-hyped movie

No Country for Old Men (2007). This started the iMDb thing of giving ten stars to any male centred movie that just came out.

ph. Alliance/Miramax

Day 29 – Movie you have watched more than ten times

–The closest is Gone with the Wind (1939), with at least four.

ph. MGM

Day 30 – Saddest death scene

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)

Day 31 – Scene that made you stand up and cheer

–The explosion in The Thing (1982), aided by the crowd.


9 responses

  1. rtm

    WOW Paolo, I have to go back and read your list more closely. Good for you for doing all 31 days, I can only do some of ’em due to previous commitments and other stuff I’ve got in the pipeline.

    Woo hoo on Day 29, I LOVE GWTW but I don’t think I’ve seen it more than 10 times ’cause it’s so darn long! 🙂 Seriously I had no idea there was American Psycho II?? Yeah, should never have been made is right.

    August 9, 2010 at 9:51 am

  2. 31 Days seems like the hardest meme ever, but then it’s my first. Hope you get through it, eventually.

    Gone with the Wind feels shorter than most two hour movies I’ve seen. It’s one of those that would make me drop anything else I was doing that day.

    August 9, 2010 at 11:54 am

  3. Before Night Falls? Never would’ve thought of that.

    Haven’t seen Ballast, can’t seem to find it anywhere. And Kill Bill Vol 1 totally counts.

    August 9, 2010 at 2:49 pm

  4. Totally didn’t see that happening for Ballast, although I’m not surprised. Robert Redford, if you’re reading this right now, help us get Ballast on DVD. Or give Lance Hammer and Tara Riggs jobs.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:45 pm

  5. Richard

    You’re right about American Psycho II. Not even The Shat could save that one.

    Great list. Love the romantic couple. Damn. 🙂

    September 10, 2010 at 5:16 pm

  6. Captain Kirk was in that movie? Memory fail for me :(.

    September 10, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    • Richard

      Not exactly his finest hour. 😉

      September 10, 2010 at 6:17 pm

  7. Ha, can’t believe I missed this…it gave a much needed laugh, especially the portion about the spreadsheet, which I hope was said in earnest (because I’ve done that before too).

    Just a few specific comments, we gave the same answer for two days…BRIGHT STAR: Sigh, absolute brilliance and GOSFORD PARK’s cast. So sizeable, and yet almost everyone gets their “moment”.

    Favourite Days, #4 and #8 – love the accompanying write-up, and as a big Minghella and Jude Law fan I’m so embarrassing that I’ve not seen BREAKING AND ENTERING. I should get on that,

    December 26, 2010 at 5:52 pm

  8. Follow-up: I haven’t seen the new Harry Potter yet. I always thought it was because the Metacritic ratings are lower than Tangled’s, but I read this again and remembered why.

    In Ebert’s review, he talked about how lazy the writing was because characters in one family paralleled the other. I guess it’s the acting that was the ace player in the movie. And Juliette Binoche. Love.

    December 26, 2010 at 8:31 pm

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