…and the quest to see everything

“Houdini Magic Ticket” Blog-a-thon

I would like to begin this post by saying that today is my birthday! And thanks to Dan Stephens, not only do I get one wish but ten, being a part of this blogathon that asks its…members?… about the fictional movie worlds I would like to enter for specific reasons. This blogathon is inspired by his post on The Last Action Hero. I’ve only seen the trailer for this movie, even if there’s a local cinema that plays this move once in a while. Anyway, let’s begin!

What character would you most like to be sat next to on a plane?

That woman who is one of James Cole’s (Bruce Willis) boss from Twelve Monkeys. Or better yet, any character from Twelve Monkeys.

What character would you most want to enjoy a passionate romance with?

Dotorre Clerici (Jean-Louis Trintingnant) from The Conformist, although it wouldn’t end well.

If you were a cop who would you want as your partner?

In who could also be my answer for the passionate romance question, Billy Costigan (Leonardo di Caprio) from The Departed. Digression, but Leo should have been nominated for here Oscar here instead of Blood Diamond.

What animated feature would you love to walk around in?

 Fantasia, like are you kidding me? The first sequence is Abstract Expressionism avant la lettre! I’ve also drunkenly danced to the ballet dancing hippos, so I guess I have used my ticket for this already.

What adventure based on earth would you most like to go on / OR / What adventure based in an otherworldly, fantasy-based location would you most like to go on? I.e. Would you like to join the Goonies on their treasure-finding mission, or Luke Skywalker in his search for his family’s murderer?

For the earthly one, I’d choose whatever happens in Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. I know that I probably won’t survive but swordplay is an adventure.

When it comes to the fantasy-based place, I’d pick Joel Barrish (Jim Carrey) trying not to erase Clementine Kruczynski (Kate Winslet) froom his memory in Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Because what could be more otherworldly than someone else’s changing brain?

What movie gadget would you love to try out (or steal)?

The Delorean in the Back to the Future films. Are we even allowed to talk about this magic transportation movie in a post about another magical way of transportation? Or can we talk about the art house version of those gadgets, specifically the movie screen in The Purple Rose of Cairo?

What film’s plot would you alter and how would you do it?

Atom Egoyan’s Chloë. I don’t know how and I don’t know if my presence and power would cure the plot from being ridiculous.

What one film would you most want to be transported into, simply to be a part of that world?

The 1860’s in The Leopard. I know it’s unsanitary and heteronormative and that period has religious hypocrisy, but it’s also like Gone with the Wind but in Italian. And the balls and the chance to dance with either Principe Felipe de Salina (Burt Lancaster) or his son’s fiancée (Claudia Cardinale)? Get me my Magic Houdini ticket now.

9 responses

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  2. rtm

    Glad you take part in this, Paolo. Oooh, I’d love to have that movie screen in The Purple Rose of Cairo as well, and I’ll swap the film/actor with my own fave 😀

    October 23, 2011 at 6:21 pm

  3. I also went for the Delorean, which means an endless list of possibilities! I probably would get freaked out if I was a part of some of the Fantasia bits.

    October 24, 2011 at 10:44 am

  4. mettemk

    Nice idea for a blog-a-thon, I think I’ll take part in it.
    At first, I found Chloe quite interesting, actually – but yeah, ridiculous it is. Maybe the original is better.

    October 24, 2011 at 12:27 pm

  5. Love your choices for the adventure question. I like both films and they both would be interesting adventures. And I also agree about Chloe. I was intrigued by the premise but then it just got ridiculously predictable by the end.

    October 24, 2011 at 3:10 pm

  6. Ruth: Such as the hormones lol.

    Nostra: The Delorean is awesome although of course, I wanna use it to go to the wild wild west. And I was drunk while watching Fantasia and it was awesome. I was dancing like/with the hippos.

    mettemk/Sherry: I haven’t heard good things about director Anne Fonatine’s work. Coco Avant Chanel felt really conventional and a French version of a Hollywood Oscar bait and the same with My Worst Nightmare. But she’s fun. I wanna see Marianne, or whatever the original Chloe is. The unfortunate thing about the movie is that the titular character is the worst part. Like Ashton Kutcher in The Butterfly Effect. Or Ashton in most movies/TV shows.

    October 25, 2011 at 12:19 am

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