July 29, 2012

Blogathon – Movie Confessions

Filed under: Blog-a-thon,Film - General — Rodney Twelftree @ 3:07 pm

Nostra over at My Film Views invented this sweet little blog-a-thon to keep us all occupied. Here’s my input into it.

Which Classic movie don’t you like/can’t enjoy and why?

Gone With The Wind. It’s the granddaddy of all classic Golden Age films and I still haven’t sat through the entire thing. I don’t know, perhaps I’m just annoyed with the stagey style of it all, or the acting, or the dialogue, but this film just puts me to sleep.

Which ten classic movies haven’t you seen yet?

I’m ashamed to say “plenty” – here’s the ten most important.

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

The Red Shoes

The Searchers

Triumph Of The Will (nah, just can’t.)

Raging Bull

Seven Samurai

The Battleship Potemkin

Rebel Without A Cause

The Graduate

The African Queen

Have you ever sneaked into another movie at the cinema?

No. But I was once “ticket checked” by an overzealous employee at the local cinema when I wandered across the hall into my next film (it was The Astronaut’s Wife, and I had purchased a ticket, I just didn’t want to walk back down to the stall and show it to the dude) – by the look on his face, I think he was expecting to be kicking me out….. he he he….

Which actor/actress do you think is overrated?

Rene Zellweger. Chipmunk Cheeks, I call her. She looks like she’s swallowed a lemon and hasn’t passed it yet, and I’ve endured every film she’s been in since she showed up with Jim Carrey in Me, Myself & Irene. About the only film in which she’s appeared have I enjoyed her performance was Chicago.

From which big name director have you never seen any movie (and why?)

Ingmar Bergman. Never seen one of his films.

Which movie do you love, but is generally hated?

Armageddon. Yeah, I know. But I loved it from day one.

Have you ever been one of “those annoying people” at the cinema?

No. I f*cking hate “those” people. If you’re one of “those” people you lose the right to stay in the cinema, as far as I’m concerned.

Did you ever watch a movie, which you knew in advance would be bad, just because of a specific actor/actress was in it? Which one and why?

I think I went to see Batman & Robin because Alicia Silverstone looked hot as Batgirl. Yeah, like you’ve never done that before.

Did you ever not watch a specific movie because it had subtitles?

Not at all – while I don’t actively seek out many foreign films since I lack the time to get past the plethora of English-language films on offer, I’m not afraid to read a film either. Purchased 13 Assassins sight unseen and watched it after a recommendation from a trusted source – and loved it. So no, subtitles don’t bother me.

Are there any movies in your collection that you have had for more than five years and never watched?

I don’t think so. It’s a big collection. I’m pretty sure some of my wife’s films I’ve never watched, and never will, but I’m too lazy to get up off my chair and go over and figure out which ones they are. They’re chick films, so they’re low on my “must watch-o-meter”.

Which are the worst movies in your collection and why do you still own them?

Vampyros Lesbos. Got it on a whim (for the kitsch factor) and detested it – of course, you try explaining that film to your wife and selling it on eBay.

Do you have any confessions about your movie watching setup at home?

I have 5 subwoofers, one for each audio channel. I can make even a Woody Allen film move my house foundations if I so desire.

Any other confessions you want to make?

I don’t watch anywhere near enough pre-1970 films. I watch a few, but not enough.

Normally detesting these kinds of bios, Rodney’s keen love of film more often outclasses his ability to write convincingly about them.

Never blessed with a body worthy of a porn star, nor being the heir to a wealthy industrialists fortune, nor suffering the tragedy of having his parents murdered outside a Gotham theater, Rodney is, contrary to popular opinion, neither Ron Jeremy, JD Rockefeller, or Batman.

As a serious appreciator of film since 1996, Rodney’s love affair with the medium has continued with his online blog, Fernby Films, a facility allowing him to communicate with fellow cineasts in their mutual love of all things movie.

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  1. […] Want to read more confessions? Check out these great movie blogs who have joined this blogathon: Today I Watched a Movie Southern Vision PG Cooper’s Movie Reviews Polychrome Interest Cinematic Katzenjammer The Focused Filmographer The Cinematic Spectacle Cinematic Corner The Warning Sign Morgan on Media Time Well Spent Two Dude Reviews The Soap Box Office Ticker Talks Film Journeys in Classic Film Inspired Ground Let’s be splendid about this… Viral Infection Cinemaniac Reviews Andy Watches Movies This Man’s World Kloipy Speaks Pictures in Motion Flixchatter Bishop the Reviewer Rorschach Reviews Lime Reviews and Strawberry Confessions Victor’s Movie Reviews Rambling Film Cinematic And So It Begins… Duke & The Movies Banana Oil Cinema Train At The Back Film Actually Eternity of Dream Northwest Movies Cheese Cake Summer GMan Reviews Film Flare Werewolves on the Moon The Frame On Page and Screen Flights, Thights and Movie Nights Impassioned Cinema Louise Reviews… Public Transportation Snob FernandoRafael HT Schuyler’s Movie Confessions (on PG Cooper’s Movie reviews) Deep Red Rum Ramble Film Cinema Schminema Entertain Yourself The Cameraman’s Revenge Movie Reviews from James The Film Emporium Terry Malloy’s Pigeon Coop Written in Blood Keith & The Movies MC Wishchitz’s Movie Confessions (on PG Cooper’s Movie reviews) Head in a Vice Marked Movies An Online Universe Exiled from Contentment Stuff from P.D. Wide Weird World of Cult Films JJ Silf’s Movie Confessions (on PG Cooper’s Movie reviews) The Great Katharine Hepburn Dirk Malcolm’s World of Film Fernby Films […]

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  2. I think your final confession is brilliant! I have long argued that everything that you need to know about cinema is available after 1977! http://dirkmalcolm.wordpress.com/2010/05/12/chris

      dirkmalcolm — July 30, 2012 @ 6:29 am

  3. Thanks for the props, Dirk. I just clicked over to your site to make sense of that last sentence – nice stuff. I'm gonna head back and read more quite soon! Thanks for dropping by!!

      Rodney — July 30, 2012 @ 7:41 am

  4. It's amazing how many times I keep seeing Gone With The Wind and Ingmar Bergman showing up on these 'confession' lists :) Ahah, poor Renee, but she does look like she's constantly sucking on a lemon, ahah. I can see 'Armageddon' as being a guilty pleasure type of movies, it's one of those so bad it's good movies!
    My recent post Special Birthday Post: Ranking Christopher Nolan’s 7 Feature Films

      rtm — July 31, 2012 @ 10:02 am

  5. Yeah, I'm surprised with the GWTW & Bergman coming out as confessions across the board – I've seen a good half-dozen others say the same thing. I'm not sure what it is with Bergman in particular that stops people watching….

      Rodney — July 31, 2012 @ 11:39 am

  6. haha. a great post here. Love your confessions man.

      scarletsp1der — August 4, 2012 @ 1:21 am

  7. Thanks man! Glad you found them okay!!

      Rodney — August 4, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

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