The Life, Love and the Movies Blogathon

January 31, 2014

Brought to you very splendidly by My Film Views and KaramelKinema is another awesome blogathon. After seeing this float around at several of my favorite blogs, and knowing how much I cannot resist a good questionaire when I see one (if you could only see my ex-livejournal), I had to give this a whirl!

1. What was the first movie you saw in the cinema and what do you remember about that visit?
My mom took me to so many movies as a kid, it's hard to keep track at which age I saw what. Michael starring John Travolta is the first movie that jumps out to me. Back when Quicktime took forever to upload and you could only watch movie trailers, I used to watch the one for Michael (and later on Titanic) religiously. At seven years old, I actually dragged my family to take me to see Michael in the middle of the night to our tiny local movie theater. With the huge Travolta kick I was on, I loved it.

2. Are there any movies you have very strong memories of which are not because of the movie (for example something which happened at the time you were watching it)?
I think the moment I realized how much I loved movies a little too much happened before There Will Be Blood. My mom and sister were in the cinema next to mine seeing North by Northwest (which isn't my favorite Alfred Hitchcock movie). It was in the middle of the day, and I was alone in my theater all by myself waiting for it to start. Right before the previews began, the screen minimized from fullscreen to widescreen. And, I totally lost my cool. This was the first independent movie I'd seen in theaters, so that was the first time I'd seen the screen do that...I don't know why but it was the most awesome thing ever.

3. Which movies had a big impact on you and changed a (small) part of your view on life?
I think the movies that have a big impact on me are usually the ones that most people don't like but I do. The Tree of Life is a perfect example. I remember finally seeing this at a very sold-out movie marathon after a year of waiting for its release. Once the credits hit, it was like a wave of "What the @#$% was that", but I turned to my sister and told her how much I was head over heels in love with it. Listening to everyone about how much they hated it taught me that everyone's tastes are different. I always knew that in some way, but this was the first time I realized that there are some movies people will love or hate, and no amount of verbal explanation might fully express either feeling.

4. Do you have any comfort movies which you return to because you are in a specific mood (for example if you are feeling down/nursing a heartbreak)?
You've Got Mail is my go-to all year around movie. It's eternally entertaining and watchable throughout all the seasons. It's the perfect movie for any day. Bridget Jones' Diary is my go-to rom-com because unlike all other rom-coms she doesn't end up with the a-hole. When I'd like to watch something sensory-driven I usually turn on 127 Hours but that doesn't happen often. I also really have to be in a specific mood to watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. I have to watch that one when I'm doing nothing else, but all the other ones in the series I don't mind playing them as background noise.

5. If a movie would be made about your life, what type of movie would it be and who would you like to portray you?

Oh, Lord have mercy to the audience that attended a movie about my life. I think it would feel as trippy as Wolf of Wall Street for all the things I've been through. It could also be something a bit like Juno where all of the family obstacles could be handled in a offbeat comedic way since my humor is very dry and sarcastic. If the character and film was set around my age now, I think Rooney Mara would fit best. The fluffy mod-fantasy version has to be directed by Wes Anderson, or a darker honest version helmed by Darren Aronofsky.

6. Which existing movie best represents you?
Midnight In Paris. Wandering into the past with my love of history, feeling disconnected with the present society, and escaping into other places and stories through movies - yeah I'm Gil Pender through and through...And as much as I delve into my nostalgic love of the past, I strive to make the present as pleasant as possible too.

7. If you knew you would die tomorrow, what would be the last movie you would want to see?
Whichever one is closest to me - You've Got Mail, Midnight In Paris, The Darjeeling Limited, The Artist - is what I'd probably watch. If anything like this did happen, I'd like to go out on a really happy, joyous note and I'm sure one of the indie comedies I have lying around would be the first thing I'd grab.

8. If you can spend your life working in the film industry, what would you be and why? (you know, director, producer, actor, cinematographer, costume designer, sound designer etc?)
Sadly, I am sorta doing that right now. Acting. Going nowhere but it's all good. I'll get somewhere eventually.

1. Did you ever have a first kiss with someone while at the cinema and if so which movie was playing?
I'm married to movies, so I can't cheat on them with a real person - sorry. (My answer is also known as No.)

2. What is your favorite movie relationship and why?
George and Mary Bailey in It's A Wonderful Life. It's not an epic film romance. They are an ordinary couple with kids, a home, and trying to make it through a cruel greedy world. It's the full-length version of Carl and Ellie from Up! as I can imagine.

3. When did your love for movies start and how has it grown?
I think my love for movies started when I was a teenager. For a passionate movie goer as everyone in my family are, I was raised very greatly by my mom and aunts who let me decide what I liked and disliked, and they didn't let me think that I was ever wrong for doing one or the other. They let me watch everything and make up my own mind. Over time, it's grown very passionately where that's all I really want to do is; watch movies, be apart of the production of them (or at least one), teach and share about them as much as I possibly can.

4. If you have to choose one film to watch with your loved one, what would it be and why?
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - is that depressing in some way?

5. If you can choose one character from a movie to be your significant other, who would it be and why?
It was hard to pick any character that didn't end up tragically dead or with a partner that they coveted. I also considered if I should pick pure hunks or someone that might actually be compatible with me because honestly it's my pick of a very hot litter of actors. I went for someone who is a mix of all: Neville Longbottom - heroic, quirky, interesting.

6. What was the first movie that made you fall in in love with film and cinema?
The first movie that made me fall in love with film and cinema might be a tie between That Thing You Do! and October Sky. The former is about a bunch of young adults who become one hit wonders in the 1960s, and the latter follows Homer Hickham as he drives to take his passion for rockets out of his small town of coal-mining. At the time when I was a pre-teen and first saw them in theatres, I just thought they were such awesome movies I wanted to both in a rock band and a rocket scientist. Looking back I think it was the affect of how both films told a story about following your dreams in very different ways that resonated with me so strongly.

7. How did your passion for movies turn you into a movie blogger?
My passion for movies into a movie blog...I'm not quite sure to be honest. It was during a time in my life where I guess I felt I had something more to say Not having many offline friends because I've always pretty much lived in the middle of nowhere, I felt like it was a perfect way to start getting things off my chest by writing (which has turned into just as a big of a passion) about films I was watching.

8. What is your favorite date from a movie?
April 25th. Because it's not too hot and it's not too cold. All you need is a light jacket.

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