Aug 062012

Ruth from Splendid and Lovely and Andrew from The Film Emporium have both kindly passed the Liebster Award onto me. As I’m a fan of over-sharing, I decided to take part.


The rules for this award are as follows:

  1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the person giving the award has set for you.
  3. Create 11 questions for the people you will be giving the award to
  4. Choose 11 people to award and send them a link to your post.
  5. Go to their page and tell them
  6. No tag backs.

Answers after the jump

11 Facts About Me

  1. The last film I watched was Griff the Invisable
  2. The last soundtrack I bought was Moonrise Kingdom (a gift, not for me)
  3. This week I’m going to see The Sapphires and Holy Motors at the cinema – also maybe Jackpot
  4. I usually got to the cinema 2-3 times a week
  5. I don’t own any Criterion discs and I want to remedy this
  6. Plane crashes in films make me very anxious (The Grey nearly gave me a panic attack)
  7. My favourite food to eat at the cinema in Japan was a hotdog and beer combo…mmm beer
  8. The only food I buy at the cinema in Australia are icecreams
  9. The last film I saw at the cinema with my family was The Muppets
  10. I’m a sympathetic puker. Sometimes I have to look away when characters puke on-screen
  11. The last film I saw at the cinema that I disliked was Cosmopolis. Wow what a painful experience. I fell asleep a few times


11 questions from Andrew

1. What was the film that made you feel the most terrified watching?

When I was very young (maybe 7 years-old) I snuck into the lounge when my parents were watching Candyman. I hid behind the sofa and became so terrified that I couldn’t move or speak. When it ended I ran back to bed and turned on my nightlight. I had nightmares for weeks.

2. Chaplin or Keaton?

Probably Keaton, but that’s only because I love It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

3. What is the greatest shift/turnaround of opinion, either positive or negative, you have had after a repeat viewing?

Recently it would have to be Tree of Life. I went from finding it frustrating and boring, to finding it quite powerful and beautiful (see here)

4. What is your first memorable trip to the cinemas?

I remember seeing Beauty and the Beast with my Aunt and cousins. She bought me a pottle of sniffters and an icecream. I was quite young so I must have been on a massive sugar high after that.

5. If you were to add one film to last year’s Best Pic nominees to make up 10 what would it have been?

Shame – it isn’t my favourite from 2011 but I think it is the most complete film. Music, editing, cinematography, acting, screenplay, direction – all so strong.

6. What is your single favourite performance ever?

Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski – so so so so funny. I swear he has been ‘The Dude’ in almost every comedy since. I love this performance.

7. What is you favourite animated film?

My Neighbor Totoro

8. What is your favourite era (decade) of cinema?

At the moment the 90s – I’m not sure if it’s because that’s the decade I’ve seen the most films from so far, or it’s actually the best.

9. What is the best film you have seen in 2012 so far?

Holy Motors and I’m not sure how it can be topped, although I will be delighted if it is.

10. Name an underrated television show you feel doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

Happy Endings is an extremely funny comedy which is overflowing with witty pop culture references. Such a great show.

11. Is there a film you feel completely alone in liking/disliking?

Recently I didn’t find much to like about Safety Not Guaranteed. I am completely baffled as to why so many critics and bloggers I respect list it among their favourite films of the year so far. What movie did I see?


11 questions from Ruth

1. What is the first film you remember watching?

See above. I remember Beauty and the Beast although my parents swear it was The Little Mermaid. I don’t remember watching anything at home before I went to the cinema, although I’m sure I did

2. If you could pick one film composer to score your life, who would it be?

Based on The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo I’d have to go with Trent Reznor, and Atticus Ross. My life would certainly sound a lot more exciting that it is if I had those guys create my soundtrack

3. On that note, how much of your music library contains film scores/soundtracks?

A huge percentage. A great soundtrack/score is what makes a film truly special to me. Currently I’m a little obsessed with the Magic Mike soundtrack. Hey don’t judge, it’s really great background music.

4. Do you have a prized film poster on your wall?

Not at the moment. Although a very good friend sent me a Japanese poster for Drive. I can’t wait to get it framed and hang it up.

5. Film (as in 35 mm etc.) or digital?

I think both have their place. It makes me sad to think that 35mm is becoming increasingly hard to find, even at festivals. Can’t they both co-exist?

6. Favourite foreign language film?/10. Favourite animated feature (or short, if you like)?

I’ve combined these as the answer is the same, and Andrew asked the same question. The answer is of course My Neighbor Totoro

7. Not including ‘director’ if you could have any type of role in creating a film, what would you like to do? (Writer, Producer, DOP, Sound Designer – even a production assistant if you like!)

I know nothing so I’m not sure…. I think I’d like to be involved in the music side of things – helping to pick the songs/musical pieces for the film.

8. Desert Island Flicks – pick 5. Go!

Home Alone, The Man with a Movie Camera, Spirited Away, Drive, Fargo

9. If you could only choose to watch either dramas, or comedy films for the rest of your life (and this includes black comedies), which would you choose?

I think I would choose comedies. There can be as many scares, tears, and heart-felt moments in a black comedy as in any other genre. I think it’s the best range of films. Plus who would want to spend their whole life being scared or feeling emotional? I want to laugh

10. First film festival you ever attended (or wish you attend. I’ve only gone to my first this year).

I’ve been attending the New Zealand International Film Festival since I was quite young – early high school aged at least. I will be attending the Melbourne International Film Festival for the first time next week


11 questions from me

  1. Who would play you in the movie of your life?
  2. What is your worst cinema-going experience?
  3. Do you own a blu-ray player? If so, is it better? If not, why not?
  4. If you could attend any film festival in the world, which would it be?
  5. Which three people in the film industry (living or dead) would you have dinner with if you could?
  6. Which book would you like to see adapted?
  7. 3D – A fad or something that could be/is exciting?
  8. Who or what inspired you to write about film?
  9. What is your most anticipated film for the 2nd half of 2012?
  10. Which actor/actress automatically turns you off seeing a film?
  11. What is the most overated classic film?

I’m not going to pass it on to 11 people, but here are 4 people that I nominate and hope will take part: Jordi Kerr, Mark Roulston, Luke Grima and Sam Moore.