Monday, September 5, 2016

11 Answers to 11 Questions

I have been busy working on a post for the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, not to mention the 50th anniversary of The Monkees is a few days after that, so I really don't have time for any other long, complicated posts. I noticed on Millie's blog ClassicForever that she answered 11 questions that Hamlette of Hamlette's Soliloquy tagged her with, so I am simply going to answer these 11 questions for this blog post.

1.  Is there a movie that has really yummy-looking food in it that you'd love to eat?

I have to confess that I don't really notice food in movies, not even when it plays a big role in the plot. I do have to admit that the Thanksgiving turkey in Giant (1956) looked pretty tasty. Sadly, I am more inclined to notice drinking in movies. I would love to drink with Nick and Nora Charles from the Thin Man movies! I am not an alcoholic by any stretch of the imagination (I can't even remember the last time I had a drink), but I do think it would be interesting to drink with some of my favourite movie characters.

 2.  What era do most of your favourite movies take place in?

This is an easy question to answer. It's the Sixties. On the list of films on Letterboxd that I have watched, everything since 1970 is on about one page. Compare that to the Sixties, which occupy a page and a half alone! What I love about Sixties films is that they are so often wonderfully off-kilter. There is only one decade during which such movies as Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) and The Loved One (1965) could have been made. Even more mainstream movies in the Sixties, such as Cat Ballou (1965) and The Great Race (1965), were slightly left of centre. And, of course, it was the decade of The Beatles, so one had A Hard Day's Night (1964), Help! (1965), and Yellow Submarine (1968). Don't get me wrong. I do love movies from the Silent Era, the Pre-Code Era, the Thirties, Forties, and Fifties, but the Sixties is my all time favourite decade for film.

3.  What two actors/actresses have you always hoped would make a movie together, but didn't/haven't yet?

I think it would have been cool if Dean Martin and Steve McQueen could have made a film together. Of course, it may be a good thing that they did not. The world could well have imploded with that much coolness concentrated in one place!

4.  If money and time and supplies (and crafting ability) were not considerations, what movie character would you love to cosplay or dress up like for Halloween?

There really aren't any movie characters I would love to cosplay or dress up like for Halloween, but there is one television character. I would love to dress up like John Steed from The Avengers. Sadly, while I could probably get a bowler and an umbrella cheaply enough, I suspect his suits might be very expensive!

5.  Have you ever cosplayed or dressed up like a movie or TV character for Halloween?

Being a Gen Xer, the answer to this is a definite, "Yes". TV and comic books characters were sort of the "in" thing for Halloween when I was a kid. I went as The Lone Ranger when I was in sixth grade. When I was a teenager I went as a Vulcan Starfleet officer one year and then as a Romulan Centurion the next year. I made my own costume for The Lone Ranger and the Romulan, although my sister made the Starfleet uniform. As a kid I never did have one those costumes made by Ben Cooper or Collegeville (which were pretty cheap looking anyway)!

6.  What movie would your friends/family be surprised to learn you truly enjoyed?

My tastes are pretty diverse, so I don't think there is much that would surprise them. Many people are surprised to learn I actually like Hudson Hawk (1991). No, I do not think it is a good movie. I do think it is an enjoyable movie. It is just so over the top and so, well, bad that I can't help but laugh at it.

7.  What's one book you hope no one ever makes into a film?

I would say Twilight or Fifty Shades of Gray, but that's already happened. I'll then go with any of the Shanarra books by Terry Books. I tried reading them multiple times and never could make it through them. I can only imagine how dull a film adaption of any one of them would be!

8.  Do you know the Wilhelm Scream when you hear it?


9.  When a character onscreen has to hold their breath, to you try to hold your breath to match theirs?

I really don't like holding my breath, so I never have tried.

10. What upcoming movies (or TV series) are you excited about?

As far as TV shows, I am looking forward to the Iron Fist TV series coming on Netflix in 2017. Other than that everything I'm looking forward to are all old shows that are returning:  Longmire, The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, The Blacklist, and so on. As far as movies, I'm looking forward to The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years, Doctor Strange (even if I am unhappy with the casting of and change to the Ancient One), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Allied.

11.  What are some of your favourite movie-oriented blogs?  (Or just blogs that post movie reviews sometimes.)

A Classic Movie Blog
Comet Over Hollywood
Immortal Ephemera
Laura's Miscellaneous Musings
Once Upon a Screen
Out of the Past
The Retro Set
Virtual Virago

I wasn't tagged for this, so I won't tag anyone. If you want to do it, go right ahead and let me know!


Millie said...

HEY, TERRY! How are you doing? It was great to see your comment.

I so agree about the weird amount of varied films in the '60s. So much great, odd stuff that just thrived in that decade.

John Steed is a good choice. ;-D

Looking forward to your post about The Monkees!

Terence Towles Canote said...

Hey, Millie! I'm doing fine, although I'm very busy right now. As a TV historian and nostalgia critic I'm really beginning to hate September though! So little time, so much to write about!

Hamlette said...

It's funny you mention food in Giant, because I have always wanted to try that steak they have for breakfast when Bic & Leslie first return to Reata.

Enjoyed your answers :-)