29 November 2006

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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At 11/29/2006 01:46:00 AM, Blogger Bubs said...

Can I serve drinks at your Hollywood people dinner? Sounds like a good guest list.

At 11/29/2006 02:19:00 AM, Blogger Coaster Punchman said...

Hmmm... Midnight Cowboy is quite depressing, not that that's always a bad thing. I used to love love love Planes, Trains but I can't remember why. It's a goofy 80s farce.

Good answers.

At 11/29/2006 03:16:00 AM, Blogger barista brat said...

i loved reading your answers!

so cool to see someone else out there who loves emma thompson!

and now i must watch 'an affair to remember' because that dress is to die for!

At 11/29/2006 07:14:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

BUBS: Absolutely! We'll need some class added to the table since I'll be drooling and stammering like a dolt.

COASTER PUNCHMAN: I think I've missed seeing Midnight Cowboy because I know it's depressing and I have to be in the mood for it ... but I still want to see it.

BRAT: You've never seen An Affair to Remember? That breaks my heart, child; I bet I've seen it at least twice a year every year since I was twelve. I still have your meme to do; I've been so busy at work, I keep forgetting to write down the songs!

At 11/29/2006 07:43:00 AM, Blogger Ben Heller said...

I love Midnight Cowboy. It's still Dustin Hoffman's best performance IMO. It is depressing but still endearing to see these utter losers try to make a break out of the shitty world they live in.

At 11/29/2006 08:01:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

You've convinced me to rent it by the end of the year, Ben. Speaking of rentals, did you ever see Hedwig and the Angry Inch?

At 11/29/2006 09:54:00 AM, Blogger Johnny Yen said...

Have you seen Bruce Campbell's turn as Elvis in his film Bubba Ho Tep? Ozzie Davis is also great as John Kennedy (yes, THAT John Kennedy).

At 11/29/2006 09:59:00 AM, Blogger Dale said...

Excellent answers, Can I get all liquored up and make an appearance? If you're letting Bubs in to bartend, the least you can do...

At 11/29/2006 10:21:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

JOHNNY YEN: Have I seen Bubba Ho-tep? I have the deluxe DVD, my friend. Bruce made the best movie Elvis ever. And wasn't Ozzie Davis brilliant? Love that movie ... and you scored mega-cool points today.

DALE: Absolutely. You can play the quirky neighbor who crashes my fabulous dinner parties. Wear your white dinner jacket, and I'll supply the martinis.

At 11/29/2006 10:42:00 AM, Blogger haahnster said...

Al Pacino "overacted" in every movie...that's what makes him Al Pacino (and one of my very favorite actors). He's not into subtlety; he's a larger-than-life, over-the-top persona every time (e.g. "I'm out of order? You're out of order...."). It goes way back. However, I will say this: based on my freshman Spanish teacher, Mr. Hernandez (from Cuba), Al's accent in Scarface is dead on. But, there's another larger-than-life, over-the-top character.

At 11/29/2006 10:49:00 AM, Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

Hooo-ahh! An excellent meme, Beth!

"Popcorn. Always popcorn. With a Coke."

I'm just curious and I'm not trying to get your riled up, but do they serve Pepsi in Atlanta?

"Or the Evil Dead trilogy."

Because at Savemart you...

"Same punishment for those a**holes who bring toddlers to 10 p.m. movies."

See, that slipped my mind. The worst parents in the world bring their tykes to R-rated movies. So no one gets to enjoy the film and the therapists will have new Jaguars off the tykes nightmares.

"Produce strong stories about fortysomethings and fiftysomethings."

Allegedly, we don't see movies and this makes me yearn for the seventies when there were films for all.

At 11/29/2006 10:53:00 AM, Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

Um, Beth? I forgot to mention that I tagged you for a different meme, but this one was excellent.

At 11/29/2006 10:56:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

HAAHNSTER: I'll agree with you about Pacino, although I thought he showed some subtlety in The Godfather. But his work in Scent of a Woman wasn't worthy of an Oscar, except for maybe scenery chewing. Let's face it: He got it for being overlooked earlier, and I hate it when the Oscar is awarded for that reason. You really think he was more deserving than Robert Downey Jr. for Chaplin, or Clint Eastwood for Unforgiven, or Stephen Rea for The Crying Game, or Denzel Washington for Malcolm X? I think any of those four were better choices than Pacino that year.

WRITE PROCRASTINATOR: Yes, some bastards do serve Pepsi, and I show my disdain for them every damn chance I get. Why don't you write a great script for my age group, a good vehicle for Bruce Campbell and Emma Thompson? (I'll get to the new meme next week.)

At 11/29/2006 12:40:00 PM, Blogger Johnny Yen said...

My favorite 2 lines from Bubba Ho Tep:
1. "Mr. Kennedy-- I don't mean you no disrespect, but President Kennedy was white.

@. "Take that you big b*tch cockaroach!"

At 11/29/2006 01:22:00 PM, Blogger haahnster said...

Beth: I couldn't agree more with your assessment of that particular Oscar decision. It just struck me to see "Pacino" and "overacted" in the same sentence, as I think of those words as nearly synonymous.

You have a point about The Godfather (including Part II, although he was in full overacting mode by Part III). I think someone approached him after Dog Day Afternoon and informed him that he needed to outgrow the whiny voice. He was off and running from there.

My favorite Pacino "overacting" moment is from Heat when he says the following to Hank Azaria's character (about Ashley Judd's character): 'cause she's got a GREAT ass! And, you've got your head all the way up it!

At 11/29/2006 04:41:00 PM, Anonymous rcofchs said...

I would choose the bride in Kill Bill as my body guard. The movie was very odd, but very cool. I would not want that chick mad at me.

At 11/29/2006 09:29:00 PM, Blogger mellowlee said...

I agree with your choice of Ripley, but holy hell, did you see Angela Basset's arms in Strange Days. It turned me into a gym fiend for months..well, same as Terminator I guess.

I LOOOOVE the Evil Dead Trilogy!!!!

At 11/29/2006 09:32:00 PM, Anonymous Glassmeow said...

I want Audrey Hepburn's complete wardrobe from Breakfast at Tiffany's (but then I'd need her shape too - to make the clothes work properly...)

Al Pacino was so amazingly beautiful in Godfather I & I was just the right age to notice (though not old enough at the time to get in to see the film! I can't remember now the circumstances that allowed me to see it.)

Wim Wenders
Ang Lee
Sofia Coppola
Jim Jarmusch
Kevin Smith

All Auteurs/directors. All responsible for my top favorite films. If I could add a 6th, it'd be Jonathan Demme.

I'd take them to Il Piatto (my favorite Italian restaurant in Portland) because my place is too small for a decent dinner party.

At 11/29/2006 10:49:00 PM, Blogger Old Lady said...

I just want to see 'Midnight Cowboy' again.

I still like 'Say hello to my little fren'

At 11/29/2006 11:12:00 PM, Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

"Yes, some bastards do serve Pepsi, and I show my disdain for them every damn chance I get."

That is fascinating. I hope that Morgan Spurlock can tackle that in next season's "Thirty Days," it's almost like serving hamburgers in Bombay.

"Why don't you write a great script for my age group, a good vehicle for Bruce Campbell and Emma Thompson? (I'll get to the new meme next week.)"

Mmm, I'd have to get established enough to do a "throw-away" film or whenever the suits decide to leave the movies again to movie people. I could never write Emma-worthy dialogue, she'd be slumming it by doing one of my scripts.

At 11/30/2006 08:13:00 AM, Blogger gizmorox said...

I love that gown. I've never made it all the way through the movie, as it never manages to hold my attention. But that dress is something else.

And I'll totally be crashing the dinner party with Dale. But I'll be leaving with Colin Firth. Just a heads up :)

At 11/30/2006 08:27:00 AM, Blogger haahnster said...

"'Yes, some bastards do serve Pepsi, and I show my disdain for them every damn chance I get.'

That is fascinating...it's almost like serving hamburgers in Bombay."

Riiiight...just like no one sells Japanese cars in Detroit.


At 11/30/2006 03:30:00 PM, Blogger Jeremy said...


At 12/01/2006 12:22:00 AM, Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...


"I forgot to mention that I tagged you for a different meme, but this one was excellent."

Correction, I did tag you for both and I'm looking forward to the other. Sorry it's Tolstoy-esque in size.


"Riiiight...just like no one sells Japanese cars in Detroit."

From what I've heard of Atlanta, whatever isn't owned by CNN, is owned by Coke. Everywhere you go there, Coke is available and even the water fountains, are actually Coke fountains.

It's dentist heaven, right, Beth? Of course I'm exaggerating, but only by so much if what people have told me is true.

At 12/01/2006 04:08:00 PM, Anonymous m said...

you would look fabulous in that dress, darlin'..

At 12/01/2006 06:40:00 PM, Anonymous rcofchs said...

Write Procrastinator,

Coke is everywhere in Atlanta. Coke and the heirs of Coke founder have been extremely generous to Atlanta by continuing to donate to virtually every charity in town. Most recently was a donation to Emery College that was the second largest donation to any institution ever.

CNN, once owned by Ted Turner is now owned by Time Warner/AOL. They have a large office complex, CNN Center,but otherwise they are not any more noticable than other companies headquartered here such as Delta, Georgia Pacific, UPS, and Scientific Atanta.

At 12/03/2006 01:37:00 AM, Blogger lee said...

beth-give me some time to think-it will happen eventually... can't rush these things ;) :).


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