Movie Confessions Blogathon

A lot of my fellow bloggers have been continuing a thread of posts on Movie Confessions, and I figure why not join in.  It might give some of you a deeper into look about who I am as a moviegoer beyond my reviews themselves.  So, here goes…

Norman Bates: Causing shower paranoia since 1960

Which classic movie don’t you like/can’t enjoy and why?

Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.  There are many classic films which I haven’t enjoyed regardless of their near universal critical praise, but this is probably the first one that comes to mind.  I recognize that had I seen the film when it was released I probably would have viewed it differently, but from the point of a modern movie critic I felt like it was overacted and that it never really felt scary to me in the slightest.  Add in the fact that I wasn’t wowed by the twist at the end and that face that some of the scenes illicited unintended laughs (the staircase falling scene), I just didn’t understand why so many people consider it one of the best horror movies of all time.

Which ten classic movies haven’t you seen yet? (and their positions on the IMDB top 250)

1. Gone with the Wind (1939) #159
2. Casablanca (1942) #23
3. American Beauty (1999) #46
4. Full Metal Jacket (1987) #80
5. Titanic (1997) n/a
6. Raging Bull (1983) #93
7. Deliverance (1972) n/a
8. Schindler’s List (1993) #7
9. One Flew over the Cuckoo’s nest (1975) #13
10. The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (1966) #5

Have you ever sneaked into another movie at the cinema?
Don’t tell Regal Cinemas, but I do this fairly routinely.  Ever since I started this blog about 2 months ago I’ve tried to catch every major release that’s come through theaters, and I’ve caught most of them.  Considering the fact that a great deal of those were not individually worth the price of admission, I have no problem with making a day out of theater hopping.  Never done more than 3 in one day though, and most of the time its only 2.

Anyone who names their child Apple deserves every ounce of shame that is physically possible from the public

Which actor/actress do you think is overrated?
Gwyneth Paltrow.  I know it seems popular to hate her as a person but I dislike her as an actress as well.  I still think Shakespeare in Love is one of the most overrated Oscar winners of the past 20 years, and that’s me talking about the role I enjoyed her the most in.  Between her self-serving (and unsuccessful) attempts to prove that she can sing and the fact that Tony Stark could do sooooo much better, I took a lot of joy in seeing her kick the bucket in such an unpleasant manner in  2011’s Contagion.

From which big director have you never seen any movie (and why)?
Paul Thomas Anderson.  Between films like Boogie Nights, There will be Blood and Punch Drunk Love, I’ve heard nothing but good things about the man’s work but just haven’t gotten around to seeing any of it.  Maybe I’ll catch his upcoming project The Master with Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymore Hoffman this November.

‘Murrcah (Fuck Yeah!)

Which movie do you love, but is generally hated?
I feel a category that applies to this question more than not would be comedy, as there are a lot of movies out there that are easy to bash on a critical level but provide a lot of dumb fun.  Probably my pick would have to be Hot Rod, an unsuccessful 2007 Andy Samberg star vehical which was undeniably ridiculous but  between its surprisingly great supporting cast (Danny McBride, Bill Hader, Ian McShane) and a very SNL-like sense of humor, this is one that I’ll go back to every now and then when I’m looking for a good laugh with friends.

Have you ever been “one of those annoying people” at the cinema?

I am proud to say that I am a very firm practitioner of Theater Etiquette.  That being said, most of that etiquette is reserved for situations in which I’m around strangers in an audience, but when I’m just watching movies with friends I tend to make way too many comments on the movie (Especially if the movie we’re watching is an enormous terd that doesn’t deserve anyone’s full attention)

If I were the star of a children’s show I’d probably be pretty corrupt as well

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? 

I’m a huge fan of Edward Norton, so I figured “hey, here’s this movie with him, Robin Williams and Jon Stewart, what could possibly go wrong?”  And thus I ended up watching Death to Smoochy.  While there were plenty of times in which I found myself enjoying it, overall it could’ve so much better with the talent in front of and behind the camera.

Did you ever not watch a specific movie because it had subtitles? 
Aside from many, many non-mainstream titles on Netflix I didn’t even give a second look at once I saw that they weren’t in english, I’d have to say that the most recent example would have to be the French Comedy The Intouchables.  I know it has received a warm critical response and has been a huge success at the international box office, but I’ve found that comedies don’t translate nearly as well as dramas when it comes to subtitles.  The requirement of splitting your attention between the actors and the words robs a lot of the lines of the strength of their delivery, and as such I usually prefer Dramas or Thrillers when I watch non-english films.

Are there any movies in your collection that you have had for more than five years and never watched?
Seeing as I just moved and the majority of the movies in my collection were my sister’s I can’t say that I do.  I only own 7 DVDs right now and have seen all of them multiple times (The Dark Knight, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Office Space, Anchorman, Return of the King, Hot Fuzz and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2)

Do you have any confessions about your movie watching setup at home?
Nothing special, I use an XBOX with Netlix and a flashdrive hookup for most of my Non-theater viewing.

Any other confessions you want to make?
Probably, not many that I can think of though.  I encourage other bloggers to continue this Blogathon 🙂

In case you’re interested, here are some of my blogging cohorts who have previously Posted entries in this thread:

PG Cooper’s Movie Reviews

The Cinemaniac

My Film Reviews

Andy Watches Movies

Bishop The Reviewer

About r361n4

I'm a student at the University of Washington Majoring Business. I've always loved movies and my goal is to work on the financial side of the film industry. Until then though, I figure I'll spare my friends from my opinions and shout them from a digital mountaintop for anyone who's interested. After all, if a tree falls in a forest and nobody blogs about it, does it really happen?
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9 Responses to Movie Confessions Blogathon

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  2. Believe it or not…I can understand where you’re coming from with Psycho. I guess the difference for me is that I don’t consider it a horror movie. Great read!

  3. Nostra says:

    Thanks for joining! Finally some time to continue reading all the entries and responding…

    It wasn’t too long ago since I saw Psycho for the first time and I really loved it. You make some valid points, but I liked the atmosphere, the unexpected switch halfway to other characters and of course the nice twist at the end.

    Looking at your top 10 classics you have not seen I only have not seen Deliverance, but I just started watching it this morning (I watch a lot of movies on the go, so usually not in one sitting). Out of the others it’s hard to suggest which one to start with. I’d probably would do Gone with the WInd and Titanic last.

    Most people answered they didn’t sneak into other movies, so it’s funny to see someone who does it. I have no need for it myself since I’ve got an unlimited card which, as you probably have read in my confessions, is hardly used.

    Some harsh words towards Paltrow! I do like her, but know not everyone will 🙂

    Have seen Hot Rod and it was entertaining although I wasn’t crazy about it. I still listen to one of the songs used in that movie though, “Gringo like me”…it’s an awesome song.

    I was expecting a lot worse with Death to Smoochy so ended up being positively surprised.

    I suggest you do give The Intouchables a try as it currently is my favorite movie this year. Don’t think the subtitles take anything away from the comedy.

    • r361n4 says:

      Thanks for the response, I do plan on giving Intouchables a try but without my own unlimited card I think I might leave it for a DVD viewing. How dod you have that card btw, sounds awesome

      As far as Psycho, it’s always seemed to me like older films can be a bit of a divisive area for reviewers, especially with movies like Citizen Kane or 2001: A Space Odyssey. I think my personal favorite aspect of older cinema is the greatly heightened level of intelligent dialogue. Sure it wasn’t always realistic sounding but neither is most Aaron Sorkin screenwriting and I’m a big fan of his work. In any case I don’t hate Psycho or loko down on the people who love it, it just didn’t grab me like I thought it would.

      Finally I think the main reason I liked Hot Rod was that it’s sort of an extended inside Joke between me and my sister. I think most of us have those sorts of movies that are much more fun to watch with a specific person than just on our own, but maybe that’s just me talking

      • Nostra says:

        Over in the Netherlands you can just buy an unlimited card, which costs 20 euros (about 24 dollars) a month and gives you unlimited access to all movies playing and gives you a percentage off the price of candy and drinks. Good deal, if only I had more time to use it!

        Understand what you say about Hot Rod. I have that with Kung Pow. A lot of my friends love it and it became a joke to constantly quote it…

      • r361n4 says:

        That sounds awesome, I wound up spending almost as much money on movies as I have on groceries in the past month, lol. I doubt they’ll ever have that sort of deal over here in the states, but a guy can dream

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