With my second place in the Lammies for best blogathon I thought it was a good idea to kick off a new blogathon. This time it’s about you confessing your “movie sins”, time to speak about the things you might have kept secret for years. Of course I have my own confessions as well…
Which classic movie don’t you like/can’t enjoy and why?
There have been several movies that are considered classics which I didn’t like on first viewing (and usually a second viewing doesn’t change my opinion). The one that always immediately jumps to mind though is 2001: A Space Oddyssey. I will admit that it all looks stunning, but it’s slow pace just isn’t for me. I remember the last time I even fast forwarded big parts of it and still didn’t like it. Think of that what you like.
Which ten classic movies haven’t you seen yet?
There are so many classic movies I have not seen, some because they don’t seem interesting and some because, well, basically I’d rather watch a newer film. Of course there are newer classics, but I almost instantly think of older movies and those usually are different in either their speed or the way society was at the time. It requires a different mind set and I’m not always in the mood for them.
These are ten movies I still not have seen, but think I really ought to be watching:
3. The Shining
5. La Strada
6. Fanny and Alexander
7. Three Colors:Red
8. Three Colors:White
9. Three Colors:Blue
10. In the Mood for Love
Have you ever sneaked into another movie at the cinema?
Although I really thought about this when I was younger, I actually never did so. As I have an unlimited ticket at the local cinema chain now there is no need to do that in the future.
Which actor/actress do you think is overrated?
In the past I already spoke about Meryl Streep and Sam Worthington, so I’ll talk about someone else.
Ryan Reynolds. I’m not saying that he is a bad actor, but if you would ask me to name an amazing performance of him I would probably just give you a blank stare. I honestly would have a very hard time naming movies he’s been in even though IMDB lists over 50 titles to his name. Seeing how he seems to be in a lot of movies every year it seems he is a very popular actor, but why? I really don’t know.
From which big director have you never seen any movie (and why)?
First I will have to confess that with some directors I only saw one of their movies for the first time in the last year. Ingmar Bergman, Truffaut and Fellini are three examples. You might think the reason I had not seen any of their movies is because of the language, but this is not the case. It’s just that I hadn’t been exposed to their work at all until I read about them on other blogs or saw one of their movies in the IMDB top 250.
This is also the case with Krzysztof Kieslowski and if you look at my answer to the ten classic movies I have not seen yet it will come as no surprise. The movie blogging world is a great teacher though and I will try to watch at least one of his movies this year.
Which movie do you love, but is generally hated?
It’s hard to decide which movies are generally hated, so I decided to do a search on movies on Rotten Tomatoes to see if some movies I liked had low scores. Pretty soon I had found a perfect candidate with a RT score of just 11%.
That movie is Kung Pow! Enter the Fist. For those who don’t know the movie, it is based on an old Chinese Kung Fu movie which was completely dubbed badly (on purpose) by Steve Oedekerk (who did almost all the voices) and he also inserted himself into the movie resulting in a very weird, but to me extremely funny movie. I understand the low score, but I can watch this endlessly.
Have you ever been “one of those annoying people” at the cinema?
Yes, I have been when I was a teenager. This probably included talking loudly (although I don’t remember it), but for sure included throwing candy to the seats in front of me. Not proud of it, but I have changed my ways.
Did you ever watch a movie, which you knew in advance would be bad, just because of a specific actor/actress was in it? Which one and why?
This is something I do a lot for various actors, but there is one which probably stands out, because most of his recent movies haven’t been great. Nicolas Cage. There is somethin about him that makes me watch almost anything he’s in even though I’ve seen bad reviews. If he brings the crazy version of himself I can quite enjoy just that. One where he didn’t and I still watched was Bangkok Dangerous. I just wanted to see how bad it really was…suffice to say everyone was right about it.
Did you ever not watch a specific movie because it had subtitles?
Since English is not my first language I grew up with them and therefore don’t mind them at all. I will stop watching something though if it has bad subtitles (and the movie is not in English).
Are there any movies in your collection that you have had for more than five years and never watched?
Do I! There are quite a lot of them, so I’ll just pick a couple of them.
First thing that comes to mind is my Alien Quadrilogy: Alien Head Limited Edition Box Set. I bought it in 2006 and it looked awesome in my collection, but I had never seen the Alien movies. Last year I watched the first two movies and last month I watched the third one, but I still have to watch the fourth movie (even now I know in advance it supposedly isn’t very good).
Another movie I’ve owned for ages but still have not watched is Four Rooms, which I bought because of Quentin Tarantino’s involvement. I just never seem to be in the mood to see it, so it’s still a permanent resident in my “to watch” stack.
High Noon I’ve had for a long time as well. I know I will probably watch that somewhere this year since it is part of the IMDB top 250. The reason I have not watched it yet because I’m not the biggest fan of westerns.
Which are the worst movies in your collection and why do you still own them?
I guess there are always movies that you buy which you might think are amazing, but end up disappointing you. For those movies I got a special place in my DVD closet, right at the bottom. I have just picked three random ones, just know that there are more then those mentioned here (for example I won’t go into details about my DVD showing a fireplace).
P.S. I Love You
One day I decided I’d buy a romantic comedy so I could watch it with my girlfriend in the evening. My choice was this movie and what a horrible one it was. For those who don’t know the movie, it’s about a woman whose husband dies and who tells her what she should do. It was such a creepy concept that we weren’t able to laugh about any of the humour in it. We turned it off way before the ending and it’s been collecting dust ever since.
A movie I was able to buy very cheaply at the rental store. The cover and back story made it look like a very cool movie. It actually wasn’t and remember that the bad editing made it impossible for me to understand what was going on. I didn’t finish this one either.
Land of the Lost
In general I think Will Ferrell is a pretty funny guy, so when I saw this DVD for a cheap price (again at the rental store) I just had to pick it up. I had heard the CGI was pretty bad, but I didn’t know the whole movie was horrible. Although I did watch all of it I still regret buying it, even if it was cheap.
So why do I still own them? Well, I don’t want to throw them away and I really can’t give them away, because I wouldn’t want to responsible for someone else also having to watch these horrible movies. So they will stay in their place of shame on the bottom shelf.
Do you have any confessions about your movie watching setup at home?
As I’m a big movie fan you probably would expect me to watch all my movies in high defition. You would be mistaken. I don’t even own a Blu Ray player and I even don’t own a standalone DVD player. I watch movies either on my Xbox 360 (which isn’t perfect) or I’ll stream movies from my NAS using an Apple TV. The time I watch anything in HD it’s when I rent from iTunes, which I hardly do.
Any other confessions you want to make?
I have an “Unlimited” card for the cinema which allows me to see as many movies I like every month. I pay 20 euros a month for it, which is a very good deal if you use a couple of times a month. The reality is that since I bought it at the beginning of the year I’ve used it a total of 7 times.
Although it’s very rare for me to tear up while watching a movie there are at least two movies which do manage to do so:
E.T. – The scene in E.T. where he’s dying
Black Swan – The ending
Want to read more confessions? Check out these great movie blogs who have joined this blogathon:
Today I Watched a Movie
PG Cooper’s Movie Reviews
The Focused Filmographer
The Cinematic Spectacle
The Warning Sign
Morgan on Media
Time Well Spent
Two Dude Reviews
The Soap Box Office
Ticker Talks Film
Journeys in Classic Film
Let’s be splendid about this…
Andy Watches Movies
This Man’s World
Pictures in Motion
Bishop the Reviewer
Lime Reviews and Strawberry Confessions
Victor’s Movie Reviews
And So It Begins…
Duke & The Movies
At The Back
Eternity of Dream
Cheese Cake Summer
Werewolves on the Moon
On Page and Screen
Flights, Thights and Movie Nights
Public Transportation Snob
HT Schuyler’s Movie Confessions (on PG Cooper’s Movie reviews)
Deep Red Rum
The Cameraman’s Revenge
Movie Reviews from James
The Film Emporium
Terry Malloy’s Pigeon Coop
Written in Blood
Keith & The Movies
MC Wishchitz’s Movie Confessions (on PG Cooper’s Movie reviews)
Head in a Vice
An Online Universe
Exiled from Contentment
Stuff from P.D.
Wide Weird World of Cult Films
JJ Silf’s Movie Confessions (on PG Cooper’s Movie reviews)
The Great Katharine Hepburn
Dirk Malcolm’s World of Film
Alvin’s Adventures in Pop Culture
Can You Dig It?
Man vs. Horror
Unpublished for a Reason
Can’t Stop the Movies
The Velvet Cafe
Can’t Stop the Movies (Andrew’s confessions)
Martin Teller’s Movie Reviews
Movie Review Warehouse
You are free to participate as well. Please send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or post a link to your confessions in the comments and I’ll add it to the post!