A fellow movie review blogger, MyFilmViews, invited me to be part of a blogathon. In this case the theme are movie confessions. Below are my answers to the questions sent followed by some thoughts:
- Which classic movie don’t you like/can’t enjoy and why? The Night of the Hunter. I know it is meant to be surreal. I know it has one of Robert Mitchum’s greatest performance. I know it is a misunderstood masterpiece. And I know “The Preacher” is one of the most iconic characters of all time. But I also know when I saw this film for the first time my reaction was underwhelming “Ehh”. It didn’t do anything for me. I neither loved it nor loathed it. It didn’t stay with me and pop into my mind from time to time.
- Which ten classic movies haven’t you seen yet? The 400 Blows, The Apartment, Taxi Driver, Gone with the Wind, Do the Right Thing, The Seven Samurai, The Seventh Seal, Some Like It Hot, It’s a Wonderful Life, and Battleship Potemkin
- Have you ever sneaked into another movie at the cinema? To the best of my memory, no.
- Which actor/actress do you think is overrated? Katherine Hepburn. I’m not saying she is a bad actress, but for someone that appears to be acting the same way in all the limited films I have seen her in I can’t believe she has been nominated twelve times and won four.
- From which great director have you never seen any movie (and why)? Ingmar Bergman. I have no good reason why I have never watched any of his films; I just don’t feel any urge to.
- Which movie do you love, but is generally hated? Hudson Hawk. It’s #1 Guilty Pleasure, and I have no idea why it is hated so much. It’s not great art, but it’s a good popcorn movie.
- Have you ever been one “one of those annoying people” at the cinema? Borderline yes. I don’t remember if I was having a conversation with my mother or returning a phone call to my sister with her, but we did it while the end credits were rolling. Since this was done after the film and during the credits, I am not sure if it qualifies.
- 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? In a theatre no, but at home yes. I’ll usually watch anything with Harrison Ford and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I’m a big fan of both and try to watch all their films. Best example of this would be G.I. Joe.
- Did you ever not watch a specific movie because it had subtitles? No
- Are there any movies in your collection that you have has for more than five years and never watched? The 400 Blows. But after a recent review by AndyWatchesMovies I set a goal to myself to watch before Labor Day–first weekend in September.
- Which are the worst movies in your collection and why do you still own them? Though not from my point-of-view, but Hudson Hawk. Also Candy, which is the worse movie ever made starring the most number of famous people. I keep it just for that reason.
- Do you have any confessions about your movie watching setup at home? My TV is small; it is in an armoire with the doors typically closed unless we are watching the TV. As such, and movies I watch with a lot of action I usually watch laying on the floor in front of the TV instead of the sofa behind the coffee table. Otherwise it is difficult for me to see all the details of the action.
- Any other confessions you want to make? I’m typically biased against European films. I stereotype them as being painfully slow and poorly edited. I know this is not true, but I blame a film school professor of mine who loved those types of films for giving me this perception. Most people naturally assume I am a sci-fi film fan, but I have actually seen very few of them. I am not a fan of gross-out horror films. I usually watch comedies as rentals and not in the theatre.
So there you go, my answers to the questions. Overall I had a great time working on this. It reminded me there are still a lot of classic movies I have not watched yet, and reminded me that liking a film is purely subjective. We all have out guilty pleasures that we like to watch and other people will give us an odd stare for.
As a thank you, here is the link to MyFilmViews post on these questions, as well as other bloggers who are participating:
Also, here are some links to earlier posts of mine that touch on some of my responses to the above questions:
- My armoire: http://victorsmoviereviews.com/2011/09/13/armoire-renovation/
- My guilty pleasures: http://victorsmoviereviews.com/2012/01/20/whats-your-guilty-pleasure-movie/
- My favorite Harrison Ford Films: http://victorsmoviereviews.com/2011/07/29/7-best-harrison-ford-movies/