The Liebster Awards is a means to promote blogging and to get people to discover new blogs. Le0pard13 at It Rains…You Get Wet (a pretty cool blog, by the way) nominated FilmVerse for the Liebster. The rules to participate are as follows:
- Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
- Answer the 11 questions the person giving the award has set for you.
- Create 11 questions for the people you will be giving the award to.
- Choose 11 people to award and send them a link to your post.
- Go to their page and tell them.
- No tag backs.
Let the fun begin!
11 Things About Me
- I am an avid herbivore.
- I try to ride my bicycle every day.
- My life is a sitcom, including the occasional “very special episode.”
- Composer John Williams nearly ran me over with his car.
- I have explored caves in four U.S. states (don’t you dare call it “spelunking”).
- If I could go barefoot at all times, I would.
- Once I was left at the top of a mountain.
- One time I had dinner with Steven Spielberg’s mother.
- I attended 2 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, 5 high schools, and 3 colleges spanning 4 states.
- I spent a week canoeing down a river.
- The Helton family is distantly related to the Hiltons, which means that somewhere in my family forest is Paris.
My Answers to Le0pard13’s Questions
1. What is your favorite book about cinema (whichever type of book, covering any kind of film genre)?
Your Movie Sucks by Roger Ebert.
2. What is your favorite piece of music or song (score or the needle-dropped variety) used in a movie?
There are several pieces of music that never fail to move me, and it’s hard to narrow it down, so I’ll make a list (in no particular order):
- The sad score played over Luke’s lightsaber fight with Darth Vader in Return of the Jedi
- Danny Elfman’s main title theme to Batman
- Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” played over the end credits (and sampled throughout the film) in Rob Reiner’s movie of the same name
- “Duel of the Fates” in The Phantom Menace
- James Horner’s battle music during the climactic showdown between Kirk and Khan in The Wrath of Khan
3. Charles Bronson or James Coburn?
Definitely James Coburn. Charles Bronson always seemed to be a one-note tough guy, whereas Coburn had a fantastic sense of humor and charisma.
4. What is your favorite foreign film (one made outside your country)?
Francois Trauffault’s The 400 Blows.
5. When watching a movie at home, what food stuff do you almost always have nearby?
Nothing really. If snack food’s in the house, I might munch on that, but I don’t have to have any food when watching a movie–even in the theater.
6. Vincent Hanna or Neil McCauley (reference this film if the characters don’t ring a bell)?
I have actually never seen Heat, so I can’t answer this question. It’s one of the movies on my Need to See Before I Die list.
7. What movie cliché are you so tired of seeing in film?
I’m sick of having a character’s loved ones killed (or kidnapped, or looked at cross-eyed), so he seeks revenge against those responsible. I’d also love for once to not have the hero’s love interest be put in danger at the end of the film.
8. What’s the scariest scene or image your ever saw on film (and it doesn’t have to be from a horror movie)?
The trailer for Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star.
I love both of these movies. Despite the fact that I have The Howling on DVD and don’t own An American Werewolf in London, John Landis’s comedy-horror is a better film than Joe Dante’s horror-comedy. Plus American Werewolf‘s sequel isn’t as insultingly terrible as the ones for Howling.
10. Ever read the source book of a film adaptation that intrigued you? If so, what’s your favorite?
Of course. I love the entire Harry Potter series and have re-read Jurassic Park several times (though to be fair, I read Michael Crichton’s novel before seeing Steven Spielberg’s film).
11. Have you ever fast-forwarded a movie just to get to the good part?
No, I tend to want to watch a movie as a whole. However, it’s hard for me to get through Empire of the Sun in one sitting. I adore that movie, but it’s easier to enjoy in small chunks, so I find myself skipping to a particular sequence to watch and then turning it off before the next somewhat unrelated event happens.
My Questions for Others
- What movie would you consider changed your life?
- What genre do you avoid like the plague and why?
- If you had a choice, would you prefer to watch a film in a traditional theater, on an IMAX screen, in 3D, or at home on HDTV?
- Are you guilty of talking during a movie?
- Is there a particular actor who you would see in a movie regardless of what the film is?
- Do you read the end credits?
- Who is your favorite author?
- Do you believe that the film/TV/video game industry is responsible for violence in our society?
- Should celebrities be involved in the political process to use their fame as an agent to push specific agendas?
- If cosmetic surgery and Botox were outlawed, would that be an improvement for Hollywood or a detriment?
- What classic film would you like to see remade with modern filmmaking techniques?
My Nominations for the Liebster Awards
These are 11 of a whole bunch of very good blogs that I follow. Check them out, as they’re worth your while. By all means, this is not a complete list of great blogs, but I’m limited to 11 due to the rules. Any of the nominees who wish to participate are encouraged, but it is not required. These are listed in random order.
- Darren at the m0vie blog
- Ruth at FlixChatter
- Andrew at A Constant Visual Feast
- Andy at Andy Watches Movies
- Novroz at Polychrome Interest
- Lily at Lily Wight
- Alec at Alec’s Movie Reviews
- Mark at Fast Film Reviews
- Terrence at Focused Filmographer
- Victor at Victor’s Movie Reviews
- Joan at Never Give Up
Victor at Victor’s Movie Reviews nominated me for the Liebster as well on August 20. Here are my answers to his questions:
1) What’s your favorite film from 1982?
Wow, you mean I have to choose between “E.T.”, “Poltergeist”, “The Thing”, “Blade Runner”, and “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”? Maybe I’ll go with “Grease 2”. Or maybe not. I would have to say “E.T.” if you forced me to name just one.
2) What’s your favorite Peter Seller’s film?
“A Shot in the Dark”, which competes with the best Clouseau films with “Return of the Pink Panther”.
3) What’s your favorite pre-Little Mermaid Disney film?
If you’re referring to animation, I’d go with “Peter Pan”, which is a great boy adventure, and the only princess to be found is the Indian one.
4) Based off their 70′s films only, who’s your favorite: De Niro, Hoffman, or Pacino?
I’ve always been drawn to the earlier work of Hoffman more than the other guys.
5) What’s your favorite sports film?
I’m not a big fan of sports, but there are a few films about sports that are quite good. That said, I’d have to list the original “Bad News Bears”. I saw that repeatedly as a kid, and it still holds up, primarily because it’s so un-PC.
6) For Scorsese, what’s his most overrated, underrated, and your favorite film?
Underrated: “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”
7) What film impressed you the most with its dialogue?
I’m not a huge Quentin Tarantino fan, but I was blown away by the dialogue in “Pulp Fiction”.
8) What film impressed you the most with its musical score?
“Star Wars” affected me in so many ways, especially with John Williams’s amazing score. Just hearing the opening notes still gives me goose bumps.
9) Of filmmakers, actors, writers, etc. that have passed away, whom would you have liked to met and interviewed?
I would have loved to have gotten to know Jim Henson. His passing was one of the saddest days of my life.
10) What film would you have loved to watch in a theatre with an audience when it first came out?
I am still annoyed by the fact that I missed “Superman: The Movie”, “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” and “Aliens” in the theater (though I saw one quick scene of the latter while waiting to watch another film).
11) Goodfellas or The Godfather?
Definitely “The Godfather”, which is artistic filmmaking at its best. It’s simply a beautiful film. I’ve yet to be able to sit through “Goodfellas” in its entirety.
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