May 3, 2010

Stuff You Only Learn Over Drinks

I know, I know. I'm late to the party on this one. There was meme going around the blog sphere, requiring you, in the event you get tagged, to write down ten interesting facts pertaining to your experiences with film. I was tagged by Dylan over at Blog Cabins, so, here goes, I guess.

#10: The first R movie I saw in the theaters was The Matrix Reloaded. I thought it was a big deal at the time. In retrospect, I probably could've done a lot better.

#9: Titanic came out when I was, oh I don't know, seven. When my parents purchased it on VHS, they only let me watch the first half, i.e, the bad half, and even then, they fast forwarded through the more, uhh, revealing scenes. What? It wasn't my choice. I was seven, and my mind was still fragile.

#8: Jumanji scared the shit out of me! It still does.

#7: I can't handle anything with big bugs in it. The spider scene in Jumanji. That whole sequence in King Kong. Hell, even the machines in The Matrix gave me hard time for a little bit.

#6: I don't like popcorn. I just don't like it. I never get it when I go to the theatre.

#5: Top three movies I can recite from with no time to prepare: The Dark Knight, Pulp Fiction, and The Departed.

#4: When we used to get the New York Times on Sundays, I would grab the Arts and Leisure section, and spend about twenty minutes looking at the movie posters in the back. It's one of those childhood antics that you quickly dispose of when you want to start looking mature and dignified, but you always look back on with fond memories.

#3: My favorite movie is The Godfather. My least favorite movie is Armageddon.

#2: I tried, just a few weeks ago, to watch Oldboy. I had to turn it off, not because it was bad, but because it was simply too hard to watch. I'm not one to easily admit defeat, but that was one film that beat me into the ground and just did not let up.

#1: I have never seen (prepare to shun me) The Sound of Music, Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Night of the Living Dead, The Seven Samurai, Vertigo, Taxi Driver, Dr. Strangelove, Casablanca, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Graduate, On The Waterfront, Chinatown, Gone With The Wind, or Unforgiven. I know. It's bad.

Well, that was emotional. Ummmm... This is the part where I'm supposed to tag someone else to keep the chain going, but, all the people I read have already taken part in this, so... I don't know. If there's someone out there who hasn't been tagged, give me a shout. If not... I guess it ends here.


  1. Jumanji was a scary movie and of the movies you haven't seen, I haven't seen at least four of them. Bought a truckload of DVDs over the weekend though, so hope to catch all of those classics and more some time soon:)

  2. Jumanji scared the shit out of me, okay? I was but a wee lass!

  3. I got the creeps just reminiscing about the bugs in Jumanji just now. I would seriously probably like that movie about 3x more if they weren't in it. Okay, maybe that's an overstatement, but the point is made.

    I'm with you on the big bugs. I cover my eyes for the giant spider scenes in HP2 and LOTR3. No way, man. As a kid/teen, even the giant (baby) ant in Honey I Shrunk the Kids kinda bugged me (no pun intended) a bit. Though, for some reason, the giant scorpions in Clash of the Titans didn't really bother me at all.

  4. @Fletch: Well, the scorpions looked really cheap, and Sam Worthington was running train on them, so it was hard to get scared. Whereas Shelob from LOTR is pretty realistic looking and Frodo was pretty helpless throughout that entire series.

  5. 1. The Sound of Music,.. good for a cultural reference, not my favorite
    2. Groundhog Day, .. ok .....
    3. Ghostbusters,.... fun
    4. Night of the Living Dead, .....funny and started a genre
    5. The Seven Samurai, ...classic .. you have 30 days to see it or your life will be like a japanese horror movie
    6. Vertigo,... classic see it right away, and you live in San Francisco??? shame on you
    7. Taxi Driver, ...classic with one of the all time great film quotes... Talking to me!
    8. Dr. Strangelove,... you are a slacker!!! tell my son Alex that i need to lend it to you more great quotes and hilarious!!
    7. Casablanca, you have 1 year to see it watch it when it gets cold at Bard
    8.One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, ... come on!!! you call yourself a film lover, i will call ??Nurse Ratchet on you
    8. The Graduate, see this before you go to college, no excuses!
    9. On The Waterfront, do you wan to make Marlon turn in his grave??
    10. Chinatown, Another great Jack Role and an awesome insight to California water politics, throw in some incest and the polanski touch and you have a winner!
    11. Gone With The Wind, ehh seeee this sometime
    12.Unforgiven. good Eastwood

  6. @postfuture: Don't worry, I intend to see most if not all of them by the time summer ends.

    Also, not to sound rude or anything, but, do I know you, like, in person, cuz I don't think I've divulged the fact that I'm going to Bard on this site. Just wondering...

  7. you do know me my son Alex is also going to Bard and is in your advisory at Urban, i saw the link to your blog in the email you sent with the photos for the grad night party and being film obsessive i checked it out!

  8. Ah, I see! Very cool! Glad to hear that the link in my signature is actually directing people here. Thanks.

  9. Ah, I see! Very cool! Glad to hear that the link in my signature is actually directing people here. Thanks.