23 July, 2012

Movie Confessions Blogathon

It's blogathon time and this one was suggested by my good fellow film blogger Nostra whose blog www.myfilmviews.com is one of the few blogs I read frequently. Thankfully Nostra didn't go too deep into the confessional part, maybe because he has some deep-dark secrets of his own, but reading my answers will likely raise a few eyebrows, especially the fact that I am yet to see the Godfather trilogy.

Which classic movie don't you like/can't enjoy and why?   
I honestly can't think of any film that I have seen and don't like from the classics. I usually like them for one reason for another. But for the movies I have not seen, Gone with the Wind for some reason has never intrigued me enough to want to watch it. In other words, frankly my dear I don't give a damn!

Which ten classic movies haven't you seen yet?  
8 1/2
Some Like it Hot
Roman Holiday
It's a Wonderful Life
Citizen Kane
On the waterfront
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
The Godfather Trilogy
Raging Bull

Have you ever sneaked into another movie at the cinema?
Thought about it many times, but no I have been a chicken when it finally comes to that. Also in India the tickets are checked at the entrance of each screen. Although, once a friend knew some people at the theater and they let us in for free to watch a film.  

Which actor/actress do you think is overrated?
Oh! there are many and now that you have asked I can't seem to remember. Adam Sandler comes to mind. I also think some of the actors get typecast in a specific role (action, comedy) and spend most of their lives doing similar films and eventually it gets boring and that irritates me.

From which big director have you never seen any movie (and why)?  
Again I can't think of anyone off my mind, but on Twitter I come across people discussing movies and directors I have never heard of, so I know there are quite a few, especially ones who made film before the 70s. Also my world cinema viewing has been limited to newer releases and more pop-culture films.

Which movie do you love, but is generally hated?
That would be Transformers and all three of them. I grew up watching the cartoons and Transformers:The Movie (animation) has always been one of my favourite films, so I cannot help but love them. I did however initially not like Transformers 3, but then when I viewed it again at home, enjoyed it a lot more.Also, and I know this will get me in trouble, Michael Bay as a director doesn't bother me as much as he does a number of people. 

Have you ever been "one of those annoying people" at the cinema?
I want to say no, but i'm sure as a school kid when we would go for movies in large groups we were obnoxious. It's the typical group mentality, so i'm sure I was one of the annoying ones during those times. I did however once spoil The Usual Suspects for a couple of friends of mine, so I was definitely one of those annoying people "outside" the cinema.  

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?   

Most of Adam Sandler movies that have come out in the last 3-4 years. I've never seen them in the theater but sometimes when it will come on TV, even knowing it will be bad, i'll sit through it. Examples would be First 50 Dates, Click and other unmemorable films of his.

The other person would be Jim Carey who again have done a number of duds off late, but then again watching Mr. Popper's Penguins I quite enjoyed it, so in the back of my mind that is the reason I watch movies I think I will not like, because there is always a little hope that I might like it instead.

Did you ever not watch a specific movie because it had subtitles?
Yes and No. Yes in the sense that I am extremely moody when it comes to watching films (and other aspects of my life), and for a subtitled movie I just have to be in the right frame of mind. So I am sure I have skipped a film because of that reason at some point. Having said that I have never skipped a film just because it is subtitled.     

Are there any movies in your collection that you have had for more than five years and never watched?
Five years is too long a time so the answer to that would be no. But, I do have movies like 8 1/2, La Haine, The Outsiders, and No Direction Home which I have had for a considerable amount of time and I am yet to see them.

Which are the worst movies in your collection and why do you still own them?
That would be a number of films, especially Hindi films which I have bought at one time or another just to spend time or out of curiosity not knowing they would be this bad. I think Mission Istanbul (Hindi) would top that chart as being one of the most ridicules films ever in my collection. Why do I still have it you ask, well because no one is dumb enough to buy it off my eBay shop... honestly (and I hate to just throw films away).

Do you have any confessions about your movie watching setup at home?
I am lucky to have a nice little room dedicated to movie watching, a sort of a mini-home theater. The only confession worthy aspect of the room would be that when our house was being built it was one of the first few rooms that was completed, even before most of the bedrooms were ready. Other than that the fact that at my age I have to sneak in small film memorabilia to "decorate" the room from time to time as my family thinks that most of it is a waste of money.

Any other confessions you want to make?
Not really. I don't know if it's a confession, but I prefer to watch movies late at night and alone partly because I hate to be disturbed and at night everyone is asleep so no disturbances from phone calls either, and secondly it saves the embarrassment if an adult scene were to come up.   


  1. I haven't seen the Godfather trilogy either. When the "what famous movies haven't you seen yet" question comes up it's kind of surprising how often those movies get mentioned.

    1. I'm glad there are others like me :-) Thanks

  2. I regularly read yours as well. I might not comment as much as I should, but I have a subscription to your posts and always enjoy reading them.

    Gone With the Wind is an impressive movie, but in my opinion you don't miss out on much :)

    Out of those ten classics my favorite is Some Like It Hot, really funny movie. Check it out as soon as possible ;)

    I really can't understand Adam Sandler keeps making movies, obviously some people actually do enjoy the stuff he is putting out.

    I'm not a big fan of the (Michael Bay) Transformers movies, but I will readily admit that I enjoyed watching them.

    Wow, spoiling the ending of Usual Suspects is an evil one!

    It took me a long time before I watched 8 1/2 too and I ended up not really liking it, so I'm not running out to get more Fellini movies.

    Hahaha, you had your priorities right when building that mini-home theater ;)

    1. Thanks Nostra and thanks for the oppertunity to do the blogathon. I really do need to catch up on some of the classics and am making an effort to do just that.

  3. I love the fact that the mini-home theater was one of the first rooms you built in your house. You definitely have your priorities straight! :)

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    2. I was still un-married then so I actually slept on a bed made of just mattresses for a year, but hey I was able to watch films in luxary from the start :-) thanks

  4. Man, I am surprised every time I see Some Like It Hot on the to watch list. I took for granted that everyone has seen it, while it turned to be untrue :D

    I like the first two Transformers movies, too.

    1. I know you really like Monroe and I just haven't seen any of her films. I need to change that and after everyone mentioning Some Like It Hot, i really need to check it out.

  5. My friend, who likes all sorts of movies, particularly anime, rates the original Transformers film as the greatest of them all. So you;re not alone! ;)

    ...that watching films alone thing is interesting. I too like to watch films late at night, under the cover of darkness, and alone. Whenever I watch a film with my wife, particularly in genres she's not fond of, I'm constantly think - oh, she won't like this, or is she bored? When I'm on my own, none of those worries crop up!

    1. Trandformers is really amazing. I recommend watching it if you haven't. In fact I think I will watch it tonight. It has great voices, great animation and a story and best of all amazing music. Thanks

  6. Nice :) And I see you've got so many movies to catch up :) And I agree with you on Adam Sandler movies which have been horrible offlate :(

  7. You have picked up thee best classics...Oh, citizen kane. I have the cd..have watched it innumerable times. Gone with the wind, trio-godfather..are some of the blockbusters!
    Lovely n interesting post!

    1. Thank you... i know I have a lot of catching up to do. Soon!!