Monday, 23 February 2015

ABC Movie challenge

After reading Katy's brilliant film blog, Girl Meets Cinema and loving the ABC film challenge, I had to take part and create my list.

Anticipating Movie of 2015 -  Jurassic World 
 The Park is open. And Chris Pratt will be there, with dinosaurs. I'm excited.

Book Adaptation I'd Love To See - Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov

I have to admit, the title caught my eye and the blurb made me read this. A struggling writer agrees to take a job at a newspaper writing obituaries for famous and important people. These are only to be printed in the event of these deaths. Soon many people do start mysteriously dying. The writer becomes involved in a conspiracy that isn't fully clear as it always involves his pet penguin. It would make a great film.

Celebrity I'd Most Like To Meet - Tina Fey

She has been my idol since the very first article I read about her back in 2007. I read about 30 Rock being shown in channel 5 (in the UK its a terrible channel) and about the creator being the first female head writer for SNL. That same week I became obsessed with 30 Rock.  

Dream Director/Actor Pairing - Wes Anderson and Steve Buscemi

Not exactly clear choices but I love them both and I think it would interesting to see Buscemi in an Anderson film, not playing a villain, weirdo or side character. Buscemi is an amazing character actor, the pairing would be beautiful! 


Essential Classic Film - A Night at the Opera
This film is actually in my top 10 favourite films of all time. My parents love the Marx Brothers so my sister and I have been a fan of them for decades. More film fans should exposed to these geniuses. 

Favorite Film Franchise - The Hunger Games
 Gearing up to the DVD release of Mockingjay, I'm getting more and more excited about Part 2. Rereading the books and listening to the audiobooks.

Genre I Watch The Most - thriller 

I tend to watch more thrillers, comedies and dramas.
Hidden Gem - The Fall

Epic in scale but seen by few. It hasn't, as I had hoped, become a cult hit. Tarsem's epic small scale story about a stuntman, hospitalised after an accident/suicide attempt during a film ends up telling a story to a little Romanian girl to pass the time and enthrall her enough to help in his next suicide attempt. From the picture below, you were not excepting that. The stuntman uses people the girl sees day to day an incorporates them into the story which is seen on epic scale and every shot is beautiful. It is definitely worth seeing.

Important Moment in My Film Life - When I first saw The Fellowship of the Ring at the cinema for the first time

I actually wrote a blog post about this experience, you can read about it here.

Just Right for A Rainy Day - Rear Window

This is usually my 'feeling unwell' film to watch, this or 'Soapdish'. When I was at University, I always seemed to watch this when it was raining or to try an unwind.

Kiddie Movie I Still Shamelessly Enjoy -Return to Oz

For ages this was my go to film to watch while I was drunk. I come back at whatever time in the morning and put it on. I would usually end up falling asleep around the time Dorothy discovers Tik-Tok. But I can enjoy this classic children's film anytime.

Location I'd Most Like To Visit - Hobbiton, its the dream
One day I will make it to New Zealand and I will finally fulfill the dream I have had ever since 2001. 

Marathons I Watched - Lord of the Rings, X-MEM, Marvel Superheroes

I have had my own marathons at home. While trying to sort out my room I ended up watching all of the X-Men movies, including the X-3. I sat and watched all the Marvel Superhero movies I had (at the time).

I went to the Prince Charles Cinema in London with my friend to see the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It was amazing. It felt like we were camping out, complete with food and my all important flask of coffee. I tried to do it again a year later, but I was by myself, it wasn't the same. The room was extra cold and whole group of children were behind me making noises throughout, I ended up leaving after two films. 
Last year though, I planned and watched all extended editions of The Hobbit AND The Lord of the Rings, it actually took me three days and this wasn't included 'The Battle of the Five Armies'. That was intense.

Netflix Movie I Actually Watched - She Devil

Hilarious gem I watched many times while it was on Netflix. I think its been removed though.

One Movie I Saw In Theaters More Than Once - The Hunger Games, saw it three times, totally worth it.
Preferred Place To Watch A Movie (Cinema or at home) - cinema

Home is comfort and you have everything around you, plus you can pause if needed, but nothing beats the big screen and if you have the right snacks if needed, its perfect.

Quote that Inspires Me - Cate Blanchett, at the Oscars when she won her award for Blue Jasmine. 

"... And thank you to Sony Classics, to Michael and Tom for their extraordinary support, for so bravely and intelligently distributing the film and to the audiences who went to see it and perhaps those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences. They are not. Audiences want to see them and, in fact, they earn money. The world is round, people."

Remakes (Friend or Foe?) Foe
Mostly foe. There are a few exceptions like 'The Girl with the Dragin Tattoo' but in that case both of the films are brilliant. 
Snack I Enjoy Most - coffee

  Technically not a snack but it's my cinematic choice. I always have a coffee in the cinema and sometimes at home, just for watching a film, unless its a drinking game film.

Thrilling Movie That Blows My Mind - Sin City

Sin City is actually my favourite film. I was blown away from it when I first saw it at the cinema. At the time, 2005, no one had seen the technology being used this way. The added comic book effect and the fact it was a series of graphic novels just made it even better.

Unapologetic Fanperson For - Tina Fey and the Coen Brothers

Loved Tina Fey since 2007 but oh, the brothers Coen I am a huge fanperson for. I have their whole collection, including Crimewave which they wrote the screenplay for and The Ladykillers reamke which I don't agree with. I even have Ethan's poetry, short stories, plays and audiobook.

Very Excited For Award Show Season? Yes, I am this year

Wish I Never Watched... Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland 
XXX Movie I First Watched At A Young Age (R or NC-17!) High Plains Drifter, rated 18 and I was 11. I was ill and had been for a few days. I was alone as everyone was at work or school and I had already watched all early morning TV, seen most of the videos we had already and needed something new. High Plains Drifter was right at the back of the cupboard in the 'forbidden' area along with some late night sketch shows that had been taped. I knew who Clint Eastwood was so thought it would be ok. T
o be honest, it wasn't that gruesome and as I recall, not that great either.

Your latest movie-related obsession - Inherent Vice

ZZZ-Catchers (name a movie that has put you to sleep) - Gremlins

Saw this film at University when loads of people came round our house. I think we ran out of seats so I was on the floor and I think we had all been drinking because I fell asleep pretty quickly. I preferred Gremlins 2 anyway.


  1. Thank you so much for participating in my ABC Movie Challenge! Your answers are so great!
    Death and the Penguin sounds really intriguing and would make an interesting adaptation. I'm adding it to my reading list. Wes Anderson & Steve Buscemi is such a cool choice for a director/actor pairing. I'm surprised they haven't worked together yet. I definitely have to see Lord of the Rings, The Fall, and A Night of the Opera. :D

  2. Thanks! I loved doing this challenge :) So glad its on on your reading list, there is a sequel but I've read its not as great the Death and the Penguin. I'm also surprises about Wes and Steve, I'm hoping now that Ralph Fiennes has worked with him, it will encourage more character actors. You will not be disappointed but any of those films (I hope). But a special mention to the Marx Brothers, their films are pitch perfect as they used to test out jokes and timings on stage before filming them. Great creators. Hope you enjoy them. Is your challenge list up?

  3. I'm happy you had fun doing the challenge! :D Ralph Fiennes was amazing in The Grand Budapest. I had really hoped he would squeeze in an Oscar nomination. That's really cool about the Marx Brothers; it definitely shows that persistence and practice makes perfect. My family and I are huge Classic Hollywood fans but I always seem to miss out on their movies. My challenge page is up but it's a little dated. I may have to update it soon! :D

  4. I was hoping too! I had also hoped that Wes Anderson would bring home the award for originally screenplay but Birdman was amazing so I'm happy enough with the results. Aha! The Marx Brothers definitely made some classics :) I'll have a look at your ABC challenge now!