Despite the fact that I am about half a month behind, I am going to finish the movie meme. Three more entries tonight, and we'll see if I can't finish this thing over the week-end. We'll see.
19) My favourite animated or CG movie.
Monsters, Inc. I enjoy many cartoon films, and there are probably some better in terms of artistic or aesthetic quality than Monsters, Inc., but it's my favourite.
20) My favourite classic movie.
I have seen relatively few classic movies (setting aside how to define 'classic'), but one that I think qualifies which I did see and enjoy, and so consider my favourite, is The Third Man.
21) A scene that makes me cry.
Every time I see it. Hell, my eyes are moistening just looking at the screenshot.
More favourite movies from particular genres. I notice that many film genres are missing, but the meme would be intolerably long were they all to be included.
16) My favourite science fiction movie.
I enjoy many science fiction movies, but my personal favourite is Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
17) My favourite romantic movie.
I enjoy few romantic movies, romantic comedies least of all. The folks who write the film scripts for those things need to re-read their Poetics. There is, however, one which I can call my favourite, because I like it quite a bit, and that is Lady and the Tramp. Yes, I know, it's about dogs; but it is still better put together than many romantic films, both of its time and more recently.
18) My favourite fantasy movie.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
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13) My favourite actor.
I wish, alas, that it could be Patrick Stewart, but no; most of the movies in which I have seen him and his performances therein have not been very good.
My choice would have to be William H. Macy. He's smart, in that he picks good movies to be in and good parts to play (ok, there was Mystery Men, but I like that movie and I'm glad he's in it). He doesn't draw much attention to himself while always making his co-stars look better.
14) My favourite actress.
I'm not sure. A lot of the movies I've watched tend not to have good roles for their actresses. One stand-out is Sigourney Weaver. The difference between her portrayal of Dana Barrett in the first and second Ghostbusters movies helped make the first great and the second mediocre (although still entertaining). Not to mention Aliens (the only of the series I've seen from start to finish), Galaxy Quest; and whatever one thinks of Avatar, she made her character in that film live. So yeah; Sigourney Weaver.
15) My favourite action movie.
I've watched plenty of movies with lots of action in them, but few pure action movies. Does that make any sense? What counts as an action movie? I want to choose From Russia with Love, but it probably counts as a 'spy thriller' (or 'Bond movie', which at this point is its own genre). If I have a favourite, it would be The Bourne Supremacy. It's clever, the fights aren't too choppy (), and despite being apparently invincible and unstoppable, Jason Bourne wears an air of pathos about him that doesn't make you think he's an ass. Still, no matter how much more flashy the fights get, I'll always love Bond's battle with Red Grant on the train.
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10) Favourite movie soundtrack.
I have listened obsessively to a number of movie soundtracks in my time, and am obsessively listening to the soundtrack of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (or parts of it, anyway) right now since I discovered it on YouTube last summer. But my favourite soundtrack, even if I do not listen to it as much as others, remains Star Wars (not any music, really, from the 'prequel' trilogy; 'Duel of the Fates' is good, but that's it).
11) Fictional place in a movie you wished you could live in.
I almost hate to admit it, but the last place from a film in which I consciously wished I could live in (not counting films based on books) would have been the world of... the Fluppy Dogs. I remember enjoying that film (it was, admittedly, a made-for-TV special) with an intensity far beyond its deserts (by which I mean, what it deserved). Oddly, it seems to be the only film for which I can recall any desire to live there (I'm probably fooling myself and really wanted, at one point, to live in the world of My Little Pony: The Movie.)
12) The movie you've watched most recently.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One.
I've fallen behind on this thing. So it's time to work on getting caught up.
7) Worst sequel
I'm not sure. I haven't seen a great many movies, and if I limit myself to films I've seen, which I am trying to do, I won't really touch upon the worst sequel made to a film. But of the sequels I've seen, the worst has to be Star Trek: Nemesis, the reasons for which I once iterated on the previous incarnation of this LiveJournal. That post is long gone, and to go over why it's so bad would take too long; suffice it to say I believe it to be the worst Star Trek movie yet produced.
8) Favourite fictional movie character
Han Solo. Need I say any more?
9) Favourite fictional movie couple
Tough call. I'm not sure if this counts, but one of the most moving relationships I've seen in film is that of Mu Bai and Shu Lien in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, perhaps because it is communicated with such understated skill and the friendship and esteem each has for the other masks but does not entirely hide the passion they feel for each other. Also, it ends sadly.
C. S. Lewis writes somewhere (I believe in An Experiment in Criticism, but I don't have the book at hand to consult) that critics often reveal a lot more about what they think of what they are discussing than about any quality of their subject. And in the same book he says it is often best to let someone who is a fan of a genre (his focus is genres of literature, but the same point could be made of genres in other arts) do the criticising (in the strict sense; i.e., not merely saying mean things about something).
These points seem well made, I think, when one considers some reviews of the newest Harry Potter movie, the first part of The Deathly Hallows.
I will look at two such reviews. One was the review printed in the Ottawa Citizen, by Katherine Monk; the other was for the Globe and Mail, by Rick Groen. Monk gave the movie three-and-a-half stars out of five; Groen two out of four.
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6) Best sequel.
It's rare for sequels to be better than the first film. Some, like Terminator 2: Judgement Day, are better sequels of good films. Others, like Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, are great sequels of bad films (Star Trek: The Motion Picture).
For my money, though, the best sequel in film has to be The Empire Strikes Back.
5) A movie I plan on seeing soon.
That's easy: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1). I may see it as early as today, if I can.
Er, as the lame attempt at a pun in the subject line indicates, the film which I would choose as my guilty pleasure, according to the fourth day of the movie meme, which is:
4) My guilty pleasure movie
.... would be Dude, Where's My Car? Um, I actually haven't seen it since the first time I saw it (or I've only seen it once, perhaps, since that time), but were I to see it again, I know I would enjoy it while being fully cognisant of the fact that it really isn't a very good movie.
My next choice (for which to save everyone's bandwidth I won't include a screenshot) would be Bubba Ho-Tep; but it isn't as enjoyable as Dude, Where's My Car? and appears to have had a budget of ten cents plus whatever they paid Bruce Campbell to be in the movie.
And, oops, posted this a day early. Sorry.
3) My favourite genre.
Admittedly I chose this genre because many of the movies I consider my favourites or else enjoy watching are from this genre. But I wouldn't say I really favour science fiction films over all others generally.
Anyway, here's a screenshot of one reason why I love science fiction: