Writing Wrongs

March 26, 2007

Itís alliteration Monday: Movie Meme from Marianne!

1. Name a movie you have seen more than 10 times.

The original Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Arc, Casablanca.

2. Name a movie youíve seen multiple times in the theater.

The original Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Arc. Star Wars played at the dollar matinee just about forever and I probably saw it, in the theater, fifteen times. Itís probably why the heroís journey is so ingrained in my mind (oh, look, thereís the inmost cave! And return with the elixir. Sweet.)

3. Name an actor who would make you more inclined to see a movie.

Iím not sure. See, Iím still not talking to Ralph Fiennes after that Maid in Manhattan J-Lo vehicle, which by the way, I never saw. But from the trailers, Iím pretty sure Mr. Fiennes sleepwalked through the whole production. Poor Ralph is taking it pretty hard, too, Iím sure. So, while Hottie McHottie might not be a surefire draw for me, he can piss me off. Hugh Jackman, youíve been warned.

4. Name an actor who would make you less likely to see a movie.

It depends. I like Hugh Grant when heís being bad (ala Bridget Jones), but when heís in a romantic lead, thereís something smarmy about him that makes me want to slap him upside the head.

5. Name a movie you can and do quote from.

We used to quote from Monty Python and the Holy Grail all the time. Ditto Apocalypse Now. And Spies Like Us. And Top Gun. Okay, the list is getting too long and too embarrassing.

6. Name a movie musical in which you know all of the lyrics to all of the songs.

Singing in the Rain, High School Musical, Grease.

7. Name a movie you have been known to sing along with.

Singing in the Rain, High School Musical, Grease. We sing and dance to High School Musical around here, itís this generationís tween version of Grease.

Speaking of HSM, the other day, Kyra wanted to know why the ďbad girlĒ Sharpay was so mean. My explanation included the word ďstory,Ē to which Kyra said, no it wasnít a story. Why? Because weíve seen the real kids. On stage.

Thatís right. We have. We even met the ďrealĒ Troy and Gabriella at the autograph session. Kyra sighed wistfully and said, ďI wonder where they are now. Maybe Canada.Ē

8. Name a movie you would recommend everyone see.

I donít do this anymore. Once upon a time, I recommended Moon Struck to a friend. She nearly throttled me for it. (I guess she didnít like it.) Youíll just have to take a chance and pick your own movies.

9. Name a movie you own.

All of them, however many that is.

10. Name an actor who launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops.

Iím drawing a blank here. I guess I could say Cher (see Moon Struck, above), but otherwise, nothingís occurring to me.

11. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in? If so, what?

The drive-in where I grew up would do a dusk to dawn over Memorial Day weekend. The only film I actually remember seeing was American Werewolf in London. I was sitting in my friendís truck, passenger side, when I guy we knew tapped lightly on the window. I screamed. She screamed. Even funnier, he screamed--like a schoolgirl. We spent the next thirty minutes laughing. Then he swore us to secrecy about the schoolgirl thing.

12. Ever made out in a movie?

Smooches, maybe, but yanno, you pay that much for a movie, you should probably watch most of it.

13. Name a movie you keep meaning to see but you just havenít gotten around to yet.

The Matrix. (Ha. Ha. We were talking about this last night, and how I have not seen it.)

14. Ever walked out of a movie?

Not even Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo

15. Name a movie that made you cry in the theater.


16. Popcorn?


17. How often do you go to the movies (as opposed to renting them or watching them at home)?

Ha, ha, ha, ha. This is a joke question, right?

18. Whatís the last movie you saw in the theater?

Monster House.

19. Whatís your favorite/preferred genre of movie?

Like reading, I donít have one preferred genre. You miss a lot of good stuff if you insist on only watching/reading one genre.

20. Whatís the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?

I donít know. Andrewís was Tarzan and he fell asleep. Kyraís was Wallace & Gromit: Curse Of The Were-Rabbit.

21. What movie do you wish you had never seen?

All the scary ones.

22. What is the weirdest movie you enjoyed?

I was going to say The Gods Must be Crazy, just to bug Marianne, but since I saw it on HBO after having my wisdom teeth pulled, I canít say whether I enjoyed it. I canít say whether I remember it for that matter.

23. What is the scariest movie youíve seen?

I donít do scary movies at all, but I did have the misfortune to see both Silence of the Lambs and Manhunter.

24. What is the funniest movie youíve seen?

Blues Brothers? Yeah. Blues Brothers. Or Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Charity Tahmaseb wrote at 1:30 p.m.