The Moviegoer: A Meme
The always entertaining Write Procrastinator tagged me while I was livin’ la vida Balm’er loca.
Popcorn or candy?
Popcorn. Always popcorn. With a Coke.
Name a movie you've been meaning to see forever.
Midnight Cowboy. I was a kid when it came out, and I was fascinated by all the X-rated hoopla. Runner-up: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.
You are given the power to recall one Oscar: Who loses theirs and to whom?
Gawd, there are so many. I didn’t think Shakespeare in Love was worthy of Best Picture (best awards campaign, maybe), nor Dances with Wolves or Forrest Gump. And Pacino overacted in Scent of a Woman.
Steal one costume from a movie for your wardrobe.
The white gown with red strips Deborah Kerr wore in An Affair to Remember.
Your favorite film franchise is...
Probably The Godfather. Or the Evil Dead trilogy.
Invite five movie people over for dinner. Who are they? Why'd you invite them? What do you feed them?
The guest list: George Clooney, for his entertaining, intelligent, flirty conversation (is there anyone on earth having more fun than George?) … Emma Thompson, because she’s literary and funny, and I’m sure she has a bawdy sense of humor … Charlie Kaufman, to see how his mind works … and Bruce Campbell and Colin Firth, simply because I love them. What would I feed them? I’d go simple because I’d want the focus on the conversation. Maybe carbonara with lots of wine … or my French farmhouse garlic chicken, again with lots of wine.
What is the appropriate punishment for people who answer cell phones in the movie theater?
Toss ‘em out on their asses, barred forever from the theater. Same punishment for those a**holes who bring toddlers to 10 p.m. movies.
Choose a female bodyguard: Ripley from Aliens, Mystique from X-Men, Sarah Connor from Terminator 2, The Bride from Kill Bill, or Mace from Strange Days.
Ripley, hands down. She’s fearless and kicks serious ass.
What's the scariest thing you've ever seen in a movie?
The body leaning against the wall, its eyes poked out, in The Birds. For a solid year of my childhood, every night after the lights went out I could see that body between my twin beds.
Your favorite genre (excluding "comedy" and "drama") is...
The romantic comedy. We rarely get films as great as those beauties produced in the thirties through fifties, but Richard Curtis gives me hope.
You are given the power to greenlight movies at a major studio for one year. How do you wield this power?
Produce strong stories about fortysomethings and fiftysomethings. And nothing based on old TV shows or video games.
Bonnie or Clyde?
You can’t have one without the other.
I’m tagging …
The adorable Jeremy at Str8jacket … my favorite Aussie, Lee … Peter at Daydream Vaccination … Dayle at Looking for Taller … and Bubs over at Sprawling Ramshackle Compound.
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