31-Day Movie Meme: by Peter Eramo
September 8, 2010 22 Comments
I see that all of my fellow film bloggers have been participating in the 31-Day Movie Meme, and it looked too fun NOT to participate, so I came up with my own responses to the “lightning-round” type questions being posed. Readers of this site might see some repeat answers, but if it’s a film favorite, I have to be consistent. I have no idea who started this particular Meme, but it’s been very entertaining reading everyone’s answers to the prompted questions thus far. I still have no idea what a “meme” is, but the ones I have taken part in have been quite enjoyable. Anyway, here are my own responses, for better or for worse:
1. A Sequel That Shouldn’t Have Been Made:
Caddyshack 2 (was this truly necessary? A disastrous follow-up to a comedic classic.)
I think everyone should see the documentary, Young @ Heart. Absolutely uplifting and inspiring. You laugh one minute and cry the next.
3. Favorite Oscar-Nominated Film from the Most Recent Ballot:
District 9 (For my money, the best film of 2009.)
4. A Movie That Makes Me Laugh Every Time:
5. A Movie I Loathe:
Donnie Darko (a film for teenagers and college students who think that, by saying they love this film, it makes them intellectual and profound human beings. It’s junk people.)
The hospital scene in She’s Having A Baby, played to the sensational Kate Bush track, “This Woman’s Work.” Kevin Bacon is spectacular here and the beautifully edited montage of moments between husband and wife is gut-wrenching. Perhaps every husband’s nightmare, leaving him crippled and feeling helpless.
7. Least Favorite Movie by a Favorite Actor:
My favorite actor without question is Marlon Brando. Except for the hefty paycheck, I’m still not sure why he ever stepped near The Island of Dr. Moreau.
As long as a proper lesson unit is created, with in-depth follow-up discussion, I think Edward Zwick’s Glory is a fine choice.
9. Best Scene Ever:
The juxtaposing scenes in The Godfather, where Michael Corleone’s (Al Pacino) men are assassinating the heads of the five families as he stands in church, godfather to his nephew, renouncing Satan.
Fantastic Mr. Fox, the first Wes Anderson film I actually enjoyed.
11. A Movie That Disappointed You:
I love Oliver Stone’s work, but was severely let down by W.
12. Best Music Used in a Scene:
The way that Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” is incorporated into the bus scene in Cameron Crowe’s amazing Almost Famous is sheer brilliance — very moving and cathartic.
There are so many great films to pick from, but I think Brad Bird’s The Iron Giant (1999) has to be my favorite.
14. Favorite Black & White Film:
I’ll stick with earlier films here. A toss-up between The Bicycle Thief and Charlie Chaplin’s Limelight.
16. Favorite Guilty Pleasure Movie:
Serendipity (it’s friggin’ adorable…what can I tell ya?! Right Tara???)
17. Favorite Series of Related Movies:
The Godfather Trilogy (what is the debate here?)
18. Favorite Title Sequence:
I think the opening sequence of Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers is brilliantly shot and cleverly edited. It surely sets you up for what you’re in for during the next two hours — a masterpiece of a film that is one of the decade’s very best films.
19. Best Movie Cast:
Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alan, Arkin, Jonathan Pryce, Ed Harris, Alec Baldwin, and Kevin Spacey all shine in Glengarry Glen Ross. Everyone on top of their game and they speak the words of David Mamet like pure poetry.
20. Favorite Screen Kiss:
You know all the anxiety and over-thinking that we go through before our first kiss with someone? Alvy Singer has come up with a working solution to this problem. Alvy and Annie are on their very first date. He is going to watch her sing at a small NYC club and later they’ll grab a bite to eat. Here is the classic exchange in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall:
Alvy: Hey listen, gimme a kiss.
Alvy: Yeah, why not, because we’re just gonna go home later, right, and then there’s gonna be all that tension, we’ve never kissed before and I’ll never know when to make the right move or anything. So we’ll kiss now and get it over with, and then we’ll go eat. We’ll digest our food better.
And they kiss. It’s nothing glorious; just a quick kiss on the lips…and relieves all the tension.
21. Favorite Romantic Couple:
I am always touched by the purest form of love that is felt between Adrian (Talia Shire) and Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) — throughout the entire Rocky series (Adrian’s presence is overwhelming even in her absence in the final film).
Phil Alden Robinson’s Field of Dreams…
Ray Kinsella: Hey Dad, you wanna have a catch?
Ray’s Father: I’d like that.
23. Best Action Sequence/Scene:
The brilliant helicopter attack in Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece, Apocalypse Now.
24. Film Quote I Use Most Often:
In A Bronx Tale, Lorenzo Anello (Robert DeNiro) tells his young son: “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.” It’s always stuck with me.
25. A Movie I Plan on Watching:
I have so many in my rental queue….I’ll just go with the newly released Red Riding Trilogy…looks awesome!
26. Freakishly Weird Movie Ending:
Since everyone is going with Mulholland Drive, I will choose The Rapture (one of the very best film endings I have ever seen…I distinctly remember not moving a muscle in the theatre as the end credits simply rolled with no musical accompaniment)
27. Best Villain:
28. Most Over-Hyped Movie:
Did I hear something about an upcoming Avengers movie? Does anyone really think this will live up to the hype? (I could have easily went with Inception here too.)
Selma (Bjork) in Lars von Trier’s depressing and magnificent Dancer in the Dark. At the end, she is strapped to a board and carried to the gallows after being convicted of murder she did not intentionally commit. She is hooded, and screams in panic, “I can’t breathe!” as the noose is being drawn around her neck. When she finally accepts her death, and, while waiting for the floor to fall out from under her, she begins to smile and sing. Haunting and terribly moving.