At the movies - another passion of mine
April 24th, 2007

We just returned from a fabulous trip to the Côte d’Azur, still rhapsodizing about it, it’s back to business as usual. Quickly skimming across my favorite blogs, I stumbled over a movie-related questionnaire last night and being a movie buff par excellence, nothing could have kept me from letting it pass by unanswered. Anke, Kaltmamsell, thanks for the inspiration!

At the movies

no.1 – Name a movie you have seen more than 10 times
Impossible mission, oops, well not the movie, but it’s really tough to name just one: L.A. Confidental, The Thrill of It All, Jo, What’s up, Doc?, Delicatessen, The Graduate, La Boum, Heat, Something’s Gotta Give, Dead Poets Society, How to Marry a Millionaire, One, Two, Three, Sabrina, A Simple Plan, All the President’s Men, The Ice Storm, Jackie Brown and probably many more

no.2 – Name a movie you’ve seen multiple times in the theater
Delicatessen, The Big Blue, Alien, From Dusk Till Dawn, Paris, Texas

no.3 – Name an actor who would make you more inclined to see a movie
In no specific order: Kevin Spacey, Maggie Gyllenhall, Zooey Deschanel, Anthony Hopkins, Robert De Niro, Amanda Peet, Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson, Cate Blanchett, Edward Norton, Laura Linney, Marion Cotillard, Sean Bean, Ewan McGregor, Peter Sarsgaard, Greg Kinnear, Martin Sheen, Jean Reno, Judi Dench, Kevin Kline, Alan Rickman, Ian McKellen, Sean Connery, Louis de Funés, Lauren Bacall, Doris Day, Liselotte Pulver

no.4 – Name an actor who would make you less likely to see a movie
Sylvester Stallone, Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Jessica Biel, John Cusack

no.5 – Name a movie you can and do quote from
I never quote from movies, but there are a couple of movies I can … ahem could recite small passages of the movie. See no. 1.

no.6 – Name a movie musical in which you know all of the lyrics to all of the songs
Don’t like musicals. 80’s movies with great soundtracks are a different story, start with Flashdance, Footloose, Staying Alive, Pretty in Pink. Or take Muriel’s Wedding, The Graduate, The Virgin Suicides, …

no.7 – Name a movie you have been known to sing along with
Billy Elliot – The Style Council rules! Love Me If You Dare – La Vie en Rose in multiple versions.

no.8 – Name a movie you would recommend everyone see
K-Pax, American History X, The Insider, The Constant Gardener, The World’s Fastest Indian

9 – Name a movie you own
I would sit here tomorrow morning, if I’d try to type them all down.
(But I still own more cookbooks…)

no.10 – Name an actor who launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops Perhaps Jennifer Lopez? I liked Out of Sight, but maybe I was blinded by Clooney the cutie and the addictive soundtrack.

no.11 – Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in?
Every summer at Munich’s Königsplatz traffic gets blocked for a week or so and a huge movie screen is installed. Last time we went to see Misson Impossible III, it was even worse than anticipated, but the whole experience was great fun again. Like a big picnic with food, drinks and cosy blankets under a starry sky.

no.12 – Ever made out in a movie?
Not that I remember. But at *sneak preview* we can watch the same couple making out almost each Friday night, they even share one single seat!

no.13 – Name a movie you keep meaning to see but you just haven’t gotten around to yet
To Kill a Mockingbird, Forrest Gump

no.14 – Ever walked out of a movie?
Since we only go to *sneak previews*, it happens probably once every two months. The last ones I remember I walked out on were The Exorcism of Emily Rose (too scary) and Marie Antoinette (lulling to sleep).

no.15 – Name a movie that made you cry in the theater
When I’m not in the mood for crying, I won’t. No matter what the screen serves me. I did shed a tear or two though for Billy Elliot, Veronica Guerin, The Green Mile, The Life of David Gale, Freedom Writers, The Way We Were, …

no.16 – Popcorn?
Rarely. Besides I don’t like people who can’t manage to eat their popcorn quietly!

no.17 – How often do you go to the movies
On a weekly basis. We have a movie-crazy circle of friends who we meet every Friday for dinner at Volksgarten and later on for a *sneak preview* movie at Cinema. Meanwhile we’re completely addicted to our sneak preview routine and easily can do without the whole regular movie going. If you’ve never attended a *sneak preview*, try it, they are great fun. If you’re lucky, you get to see the one or other movies even before its world premiere!

no.18 – What’s the last movie you saw in the theater?
Sunshine – too loud, too bright, far-fetched twists and turns. I liked the music though.

no.19 – What’s your favorite/preferred genre of movie?
Everything, depending on my mood. If I’m to choose only one, probably drama.

no.20 – What’s the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?
Something among The Jungle Book, Lady and the Tramp, The Rescuers, 101 Dalmatians, Das fliegende Klassenzimmer

no.21 – What movie do you wish you had never seen?
Mr. & Mrs. Smith. I knew it would be bad, but I didn’t know how bad. Bad in the sense of terrible, pointless, uninspired, stale – I could go on and on.

no.22 – What is the weirdest movie you enjoyed?
Just recently: Smokin’ aces and Stay. Besides: All movies directed by David Lynch, favorite: Mulholland Dr.

no.23 – What is the scariest movie you’ve seen?
The Exorcist – So scary I never watched it to the end, even at daylight with the sun shining outside…

no.24 – What is the funniest film you have ever seen?
One, two, three, What’s up, Doc?, Analyze this, Meet the parents, As Good as It Gets, What About Bob?, Keeping Mum, Spanglish


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