Movie Confessions Blogathon
Well, Nostra over at My Film Views is playing the priest for a while and waiting for all of us cinephile bloggers at his confessionary for a fun new blogathon. After my friends Andy, The Cinemaniac and Ruth came clean about their sins, I thought I’d join in on the fun as well.
Which classic movie don’t you like/can’t enjoy and why?
I know I shouldn’t be embarrassed because film is all about subjectivity and we’re all entitled to our own opinions, bla bla bla, but still I’m ashamed to say I didn’t enjoy Apocalypse Now. I liked some war sequences, the performances, and the last act but all that led up to it I found boring and pointless. Maybe it was an age thing, as I watched it rather young, but I was bored out of my mind. I’ll try to watch it again soon and see if I’m warming up to it.
Which ten classic movies haven’t you seen yet?
Embarrassment all over again. I dont know if it’s just me but I can’t fit nearly enough movies into my schedule. I could plan on watching one a day, and end up only seeing one a week. Am I an extraordinarily busy guy or just a terrible planner? I try to keep track with the latest releases but sometimes by doing that I neglect some of the classics, including:
- Star Wars (the original trilogy)
- Once Upon a Time in America (I actually was thisclose to watching it a few weeks ago but the 269-minute running time scared the shit out of me)
- Les Quatre Cents Coups
- La Dolce Vita
- The Apartment
- On The Waterfront
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Citizen Kane (not all of it, anyway. I saw bits & pieces in class and it was amazing)
- Sophie’s Choice
- The Birds
Have you ever sneaked into another movie at the cinema?
Technically, yes. I’ve done it several times. I walk out of the movie I’ve paid for and sneak into another one, watch for a few seconds from the aisle and get out, feeling guilty. I’m kind of a pussy.
Which actor/actress do you think is overrated?
Two words: Johnny Depp. I mean, he’s a very good actor but, seriously, the praise and the adoration is just too much. Also, he’s been playing the same character since 2003. And he’s not even that good-looking. I am sick of him.
From which big director have you never seen any movie (and why)?
This seems to be a popular response (among my friends at least) but Ingmar Bergman. Why? I really, really don’t know.
Which movie do you love, but is generally hated?
I’ve mentioned the word “embarrassing” a lot, haven’t I? I’m talking about my sins, after all, so there’s bound to be shame in my confessions. I absolutely loved Rat Race, which is probably one of the dumbest movies ever made. I’m aware that it’s very bad (it even holds a 44% Tomatometer rating) but I just have so much fun when I watch it (and I’ve watched it many, many times).
Have you ever been “one of those annoying people” at the cinema?
Ugh, I hate the annoying people at the cinema. Also, I’m a huge hypocrite because I know I’ve been one of them, many times. I don’t bring any babies or chew/sip loudly or talk on the phone or hit the seat in front of me but sometimes when I go with friends, we poke fun at every single thing on screen and laugh like idiots. That must be so irritating for everyone else.
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 an actors’ guy. Most of the time, the thing I enjoy the most about a movie are the performances. So yes, I’ve seen terrible movies just because they feature one of my favorite thespians. The last one was Snow White & the Huntsman, which I saw for Charlize Theron, who was terrible in it, too.
Did you ever not watch a specific movie because it had subtitles?
Well, I’m from Mexico, so I’ve grown up watching subtitled movies; they don’t bother me at all. In fact, if I’m watching an English-language movie at home, I’ll do it with English subtitles. That has helped me a lot in learning the language.
Are there any movies in your collection that you have had for more than five years and never watched?
I don’t know if they’ve been here for five years but there are several films that I bought and then forgot about instantly: Rob Roy, You Can’t Take it With You, How Green Was My Valley, Los Olvidados.
Which are the worst movies in your collection and why do you still own them?
I don’t buy a lot of movies so when I do, I’ve either seen it and loved it or I’m pretty sure I will, based on experience. I once rescued Death to Smoochy from the $3 bin at Wal-Mart. It’s funny and Edward Norton is pretty good in it (as always), but it is also very silly and probably the worst in my collection.
Do you have any confessions about your movie watching setup at home?
I usually watch movies in my room. Nothing fancy going on in there. A modest flatscreen LG TV and a Sony DVD player, that is all. I wish I had Blu-Ray, though. I’ll try to upgrade soon. However, my room has pretty good acoustics and as long as I shut the blinds, there’s no annoying glare on the screen. I don’t usually eat while watching a movie (don’t do it at home or at the theater) so I usually just have a drink beside me, probably a coffee or tea (hot or iced, depending on my city’s insane weather).
Any other confessions you want to make?
I’ll take a cue from my pal Alexander a.k.a. The Cinemaniac and leave it up to you guys. If you have a movie-sin related question in mind, ask it in the comment section 🙂
I felt the EXACT same way the first time I saw Apocalypse Now but I appreciate the second half much more now.
Never seen Star Wars?! *faints*
I wonder why so many people haven’t taken the time to watch any Bergman films? There should be like a Bergman Awareness Month or something.
Since this is all about embarrassment…Have you ever cried during a movie that you wouldn’t like to admit crying to?
That’s nice. I’d never met anyone who shared my feelings for Apocalypse Now. Like I said, maybe it’s an age thing and I could wind up enjoying it a lot.
No, I’ve never seen Star Wars. That’s weird, huh? I must be the only one in the world.
Bergman Awareness month? Great idea.
About the crying, I actually was a rock for many years. The first time I cried at a movie was when I was 16 and it was (here’s the embarrassing part) Click, with Adam Sandler. I wouldn’t cry with it now, but at the time it was so affecting. I think Adam’s character blew off his dad (Henry Winkler) and then the dad died or something.
Oh, wow, Fernando….please tell me you had a bad day when you watched Click…?
I don’t know. Don’t really remember the movie, just that it made me cry, which was a HUGE breakthrough. I think I saw Little Miss Sunshine that day as well; that one was WAY better.
Thanks for the shout-out, Fernando!
Shame on you for not having seen Star Wars, The 400 Blows, 2001, Citizen Kane, or The Birds! 🙂 They’re absolutely wonderful (from most to least so, in my opinion: The 400 Blows, Citizen Kane, Star Wars, 2001, The Birds). But I’m right there with you on the other five. I started watching The Apartment, but I got carried away with other stuff, because the friends I had over had no interest.
That scene you included from Rat Race is just plan weird…
I hate the annoying people at the theater, too. But I think yesterday when I went to see Moonrise Kingdom, I found myself being one. There were so many silent moments with a black screen and nobody talking before the movie began. Each time, all you could hear was me with, like, twenty-five colonels in my mouth chewing very, very loudly. Embarrassing.
Great post, Fernando! 🙂
Thanks/you’re welcome! 🙂
I know, shame on me! I really need to catch up on many classics! I’m watching 2001 soon, though, as a friend lent it to me.
That scene is hilarious! I love Kathy Bates’ character!
As a side note…
Thought I might let you know that I’m (finally) watching Silence of the Lambs tonight. The DVD copy is scratched beyond belief, so I only got to the thirty minute mark. Serendipitously, it’s playing on Syfy in 11 minutes! 😀
Haha, destiny is conspiring in your favor. Hope you had fun 🙂 It’s a fantastic movie.
I’m finishing it tonight. Watched Troll 2 today. Best worst movie ever made. Lol.
Thanks for the link love, Fernando, glad you joined in the fun!
Oh I don’t even WANT to see ‘Apocalypse Now’ I probably won’t enjoy it either.
Looks like we share a few classics we haven’t seen but I did see the Star Wars trilogy 🙂
I hear ya about Depp but I’m not as sick of him as I am w/ Pitt, as you already read. At least Depp doesn’t seem smug or self-important like Brangelina!
I’m with you about watching movies, I usually don’t like to eat whilst watching at home or at the movies, not sure why I guess I just prefer not to be distracted by things around me, ahah.
Yeah, after reading three different posts, I couldn’t resist and wanted to join in on the fun!
About Apocalypse, it is not a bad movie, just very boring, haha.
Yeah, we do share a few classics. I think I’m the only person in the world’s who’s never seen Star Wars! haha
I was actually surprised at all the Brad Pitt hate haha. I’m a HUGE fan of his. I actually think he’s quite underrated as an actor and not taken seriously enough.
You’re not the only film blogger, in fact, who has not seen Star Wars. Todayiwatchedamovie.wordpress.com freely admits that he’s never seen it and (he’s CRAZY here!!) he doesn’t plan on it, either.
Wow, nice to know I’m not alone. I do plan on seeing it someday though, at least to know what all the fuss is about.
Fuss!?!?! It’s a phenomenal movie!!
Haha, it’s all a matter of opinion. I won’t know until I watch it.
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Loved reading this, Fernando! It’s nice to hear your confessions although I can’t believe you haven’t seen the original Star Wars trilogy! I have yet to see The Apartment also but am desperate to. I love Rat Race!! It’s always on TV over here and being a huge Rowan Atkinson fan I just can’t resist flipping over to it if it’s on 🙂
Haha, nice! Good to see there’s another Rat Race fan out there!
I totally agree with you about the annoying moviegoer thing. Makes me want to go ‘God Bless America’ on those people. I even wrote a poem to express my irritation, actually. 🙂
Nostra’s confession idea has been a great one, and oh so interesting for the things bloggers have revealed about themselves. Great to see you participating, Fernando. And I do recommend giving Sergio Leone’s OUaTiA a chance. Another fine post.
Thanks for droppig by, Michael! And I’ll make sure to check out OUaTiA soon.
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