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This Day in My History

2000: Videotapes and Web Cams
2001:  Who Invited All These Tacky People
2002:  Impatience is a Virtue
2003:  Wack-a-Mole
2004:  Growing Old is NOT for Sissies
2005 Fairy Revels

2006:  Show Off

"Let's Murder Marsha"

Books Read in 2007

Updated 3/21:
"The Cat Who Turned Off and On"


" Work?, part 2"

Work? Part 2
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Mefeedia Video Archive

My Favorite Video Blogs

Desert Nut

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Longest Elevator in Europe
Scary Mary
10 Couples: Dick and Bob
10 Couples: Heather and Carol
10 Couples: Eric and Stan

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Walt's Retirement

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21 March 2007

Ooooh...this one was right up my alley.  Thanks, Alexandra!

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

Well, could there be any question? If this were a list of five movies I have seen more than once, it would top the list.  I would name the same movie if you asked "name a movie that you have seen more than 100 times.  A Star Is Born tops the list every time.  But if I were to list other movies that I have seen more than 10 times, I would add:

2.  An Affair to Remember
3.  Cabaret
4.  The Music Man
5.  Dave  (I don't know what there is about that movie that I like so much--wishful thinking, perhaps, that a truly good man could become president (even if not elected), and actually work for the good of the people without fear of political ramifications.)

2. Name a movie that you've seen multiple times in the theater.

Again, A Star Is Born.  At one point it played in a little movie house on the cable car line in San Francisco, where admission was 50 cents.  I was taking a class at the University of San Francisco Evening School and rode the cable car home.  This particular theatre ran A Star Is Born a lot, and whenever it was running, I would get off the bus where I was supposed to transfer to the cable car and go in to see the end of the movie before heading home.  Every night.  (And I don't even like the end of the movie!)

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

1. Meryl Streep
2. Robin Williams (his movies are inconsistent, but I would want to check the latest out).
3. Hugh Grant
4. Judi Dench
5. Christopher Guest (more for his directorial work, but he's usually in the shows too)

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

Tom Cruise.  I never could get the whole "Tom Cruise" thing, especially now that he's rumored to be Scientology's version of Jesus Christ.

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

We have often said in this house that we have lost the ability for original speech.  We quote from movies all the time.  Lots of movies.  Oddly, I don't quote from A Star Is Born because people around here wouldn't get it.  But we quote from shows that we have been involved with a lot.  (And trust me, it's difficult to work "anvils have limited appeal" into your daily conversation!)

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

Practically any of the big musicals.  Definitely Music Man, Fiddler, Wizard of Oz, Sound of Music and the like.

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

I don't never sing along with movies in a theatre, and never if anybody else is around, though if I have a CD on in the car, I have been known to warble a note or two.  [If I am in a theatre and there is music on the screen or on stage and you are sitting next to me singing, I might have to kill you.]

8. Name a movie that you would recommend everyone see.

Well, until I made my friend Diane watch An Affair to Remember (I know better than to make people watch A Star Is Born), assuming she would love it and then had her make fun of it and fall asleep in the middle of it, I would have recommended that movie.  Now, I'm not sure if there is "one" movie that I would recommend everyone see.  People's tastes are so varied.  But I did hear someone say once that she had never seen The Wizard of Oz and I think that's a crime.  Everyone should see The Wizard of Oz at least once.  And anybody who has ever been involved in theatre must see Waiting for Guffman; anyone who has ever loved a dog must see Best in Show and anybody who lived through the folk song era must see A Mighty Wind.

9. Name a movie that you own.

Jeez--at one point I would have answered this "name a movie that I don't own," since at one point I had over 1,000 videotapes, most with 3 movies on them and I had recorded every movie I liked, thought I liked, thought I might like, or thought if I watched it enough I could learn to like.  But I gave most of those away.  I'm still left with far too many videos.

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

I'm sure there are lots from which to choose, but I can't think of anybody except Madonna--and I certainly am not going to put her in that category.

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

When I was growing up, we went to the drive-in several times. Since I've been an adult we've gone once or twice, when the kids were little, though I can't think of any movies that I saw in a drive-in now.  Walt and I and another couple parked outside a drive-in on the outskirts of Davis some 30+ years ago and watched a few minutes of a porn movie once because we had never seen one before.  We didn't stay long.

12. Ever made out in a movie?

Maybe in high school, but I doubt it because I am not that comfortable with displays of affection in public.  I honestly can't remember. 

13. Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just haven't yet gotten around to it.

The Queen and most of the Oscar-nominated movies from this year.

14. Ever walked out of a movie?

Yes.  Dr. T and the Women, which Peggy and I went to see because she liked Richard Gere.  Half an hour into the movie she claimed "this is rubbish," I agreed, and we walked out.

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

Since I cry at supermarket openings, it doesn't take much to get me to cry.  I become a blubbering idiot at sad things, tender things, beautiful things.  The last movie I cried in in the theatre was probably Little Miss SunshineAn Affair to Remember can wipe me out in 5 minutes, if it's the right 5 minutes.

16. Popcorn?

Love it; never order it because (a) it's too expensive, (b) I need it like I need a hole in the head, and (c) Walt's dentist told him not to eat popcorn.  I never could understand people who have to buy something to eat in a movie.  I never do.  Evidence to the contrary, my body is capable of going 2 hours without food.

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

I don't go nearly as often as I'd like.  We saw 6 movies in both 2005 and 2006, and haven't seen any in 2007.  But I love going to the movies; I just never think to do it.

18. What's the last movie you saw in the theater?

Night in the Museum.  I didn't cry.

19. What's your favorite/preferred genre of movie?

Usually something that doesn't make me think too much....and definitely not action movies.

20. What's the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?

Show Boat.  I don't know if that was the first I ever saw, but my grandmother took me to see it and I still remember that vividly.  For some reason I remember entering during the scene where Magnolia and Gay are just coming into the hotel for their honeymoon.  I think they are singing "You Are Love," but I could be wrong about that.  That particular vision is permanently etched in my brain, for some strange reason.  I don't know why the first movie wouldn't have been a kid's movie, but apparent it was not.

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

The Stunt Man.  It was nominated for 3 Oscars, but I hated it.  The kids, at the time, gave me a terrible time for renting it.

22. What is the weirdest movie you enjoyed?

Well, I can't think of anything specific.  There was a movie about tomatoes rolling down the street that we saw in college, but I don't remember what it was.  I tried to think of the videos I've seen since we got Netflix and decided the weirdest movie I've seen on DVD had to be The Road to Wellville, which will change your opinion about corn flakes forever.

23. What is the scariest movie you've seen?

An Inconvenient Truth.  True or not, it's still a very scary movie, without a single slasher.

24. What is the funniest movie you've seen?

There is no such thing as "funniest" movie.  Best I can do is a list of 5 (I don't even know if they are the top 5).

1. A Mighty Wind (or anything by Christopher Guest, like Best in Show or Waiting for Guffman)
2. The Fatal Glass of Beer
3. The Great Dictator
4. Mrs. Doubtfire
5. The Frisco Kid

By the way, "pollybear," I wrote to you following your kind note in my guestbook, and the note was returned as a bad address.  Just wanted to let you know that I tried.



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