Friday 5: Movies!
Where possible, I've included links to my reviews of these movies! (If not possible, they go to the IMDB entry.)
1. What's your favorite line from a movie, and why?
Oh, man; I have a hard time choosing a “favorite line” from only “Princess Bride”, let alone choosing across all movies I’ve ever seen. I’m very fond of “Someone out there has a sick sense of humor,” from “Romancing the Stone.” And “Mongo just Pawn in Game of Life,” from "Blazing Saddles." If I was threatened with being forced to watch “Garfield: The Movie” repeatedly until I chose my most favorite line of all time, I’d probably go with “That’s like closing the barn doors after the horses have eaten the children!” from “Saturday the 14th.”
2. Who's your favorite villain from a movie, and why?
No need to make me watch “Remains of the Day” repeatedly until I answer this: Tim Tomerson as “Lester” in “Cherry 2000.” I don’t think I’ve seen anyone else do such a wholehearted portrayal of an Evil New-Age Villain. He talks about his feelings, gratuitously kills people and advises his henchmen “Keep the sun out of your eyes, and be yourselves.” It’s weird, yet he makes it work.
3. Name one movie everyone else loves that you hate.
I’m hard pressed to say I hate a movie; usually the worst description I’ll give is that I was bored by a film, like “English Patient.” I suppose there are times that I find little or no redeeming qualities in the characters and story, like “Rules of Attraction.” Or if you threatened to make me watch “Igby Goes Down” until I chose one, I’d say that I really dislike movies just about people living their lives badly (which is too much like Real Life for my tastes), like “Igby Goes Down.”
4. Name one movie everyone else hates that you love.
“Hell Came to Frogtown.” Rowdy Roddy Piper vs. giant talking mutant frogs. Really. No, it’s not a good movie, but it’s campy and fun. And has Sandahl Bergman in it. And under threat of being forced to watch “Good Burger” until I admitted this, I’d say I actually liked “Kung Pow: Enter the Fist” and “Cherry 2000” as well.
5. What's your favorite Pixar film, and why?
Pixar? Why Pixar? This isn’t some sort of covert marketing campaign, is it? I’d hate to support that sort of thing. I’m actually fairly impressed with Pixar films, but I think if I was forced to watch “One Night In Paris” until I chose just one, I’d select “Toy Story.” It has great story structure, likeable characters and satisfying animation. I’m a little uncomfortable with the statement it makes about a Unified World Government, but I can mostly overlook that.
Friday Fiver: TV!
1. How much TV do you watch?
It varies, but as an Intellectual, I’m not supposed to approve of commercial television, let alone watch it. But I don’t care. I watch TV. There, I said it, and I’m not sorry.
I generally tape specific shows during the week, and watch them for an hour or two a night as part of my winding-down process before going to bed. I’m not one to turn on the TV when I get home and leave it on, except when I’m just too tuckered to do anything else. So to answer the question, probably about the equivalent of 3-7 hour-long shows per week.
2. What type of show is your favorite?
Science/Nature shows. Like Mythbusters. When they’re well done, I find them much more fascinating than fictional shows.
3. Which talk show host do you hate?
Hate? I’m no Hater. Well, I have a blood feud with Craig Ferguson, but that’s not because he’s a talk-show host and it’s a personal matter. I really shouldn’t talk about it. I quite enjoy the Letterman show, but almost never watch it anymore. All the others, I just have no interest in them.
4. Are you looking forward to any new season premieres?
Veronica Mars. If you haven’t seen it, it’s “Nancy Drew” for the New Millennium, and it rocks. I hope the writers can maintain the high standards set by the first two seasons; they managed to keep things moving along last year without a Sophomore Slump. And it doesn’t hurt that Kristen Bell is just the cutest little Pixie EVAR.
5. Which show is your guilty pleasure?
Survivor. Potato Chips for the brain. No nutritional value, yet I find it fascinating. It became less annoying when I realized that the producers don’t choose contestants who will do well, they choose the ones won’t won’t. Think about it; if they had a competitive selection process where prospective players had to win preliminary rounds to advance, they’d end up with physically strong and mentally-stable people with experience to confidently and competently survive in primitive conditions. Then it would be “Ex-Special-Ops Survivor,” and a totally different show. No, they choose people with the sort of flaws that will make good TV; arrogance, impatience, stubbornness, mood swings, poor communication, lack of forethought and inexperience in the wild. These are people who have never been camping, yet they think they’re qualified for this show. Put twenty of them together on a desert island, and hilarity ensues!