IN MY OPINION
Books Read in 2007
Work?, part 2"
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
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!)
1. Meryl Streep
Tom Cruise. I never could get the whole "Tom Cruise"
thing, especially now that he's rumored to be Scientology's version of Jesus
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!)
Practically any of the big musicals. Definitely
Music Man, Fiddler, Wizard of Oz, Sound of Music and the like.
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.]
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.
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.
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
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.
Maybe in high school, but I doubt it because I am not that
comfortable with displays of affection in public. I honestly can't
The Queen and most of the Oscar-nominated movies from
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.
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 Sunshine. An Affair to Remember can
wipe me out in 5 minutes, if it's the right 5 minutes.
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.
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.
Night in the Museum. I didn't cry.
Usually something that doesn't make me think too much....and
definitely not action movies.
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
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
An Inconvenient Truth. True or not, it's still a
very scary movie, without a single slasher.
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)
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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