Thursday, May 12, 2016

Liebster Award + Fellow Nominees

Liebster Award blog 2016
Sarah at How To Watch a Motion Picture nominated Oh So Geeky for a Liebster Award. Thanks so much!

1. Answer the 11 questions given by the person who nominated you
2. Nominate other bloggers (up to 11) and give them 11 questions to answer.

Here are Samantha's Questions:

1. Favorite movie genre, and why?
Comedy and drama are pretty equal genres that I love. It's good to have a healthy amount of laugh riots and tear jerkers in our lives. But I also really love movies that feel like plays - limited cast, a lot of the action or conflict is through the talking, so....

2. Favorite movie that's an adaptation of a book you've read?
Not sure it's a favorite but I really like Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire's adaptation. It certainly has it's issues. Moaning Myrtle scene, anyone? But a lot of the book felt like it was dragging out the story, like Hermione's S.P.E.W., so I was happy to see a lot of stuff cut.

3. An actor or actress you're enjoying who you've only recently noticed?
Hayley Atwell. I went full fangirl mode over Steggy / Peggy Carter this Spring. I read all sorts of fanfiction and watched Agent Carter season 1 (so far). Her filmography is something I'll be going through over the summer when my Civil War obsession quiets down.

4. A favorite "unexpected surprise" movie?
Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I was never a big Star Wars fan, and have a post in the works about how the latest installment made me a bigger one. It's technically a remake of A New Hope, or at least has similarities. But it offered a lot of what I thought was a bit missing in the original. *don't hate me*

5. A movie that has a cast catered to you?
The Dark Knight Rises. It was so awesome and hard to hear the casting for Christopher Nolan's last Batman movie. The film was shot in my hometown. All of the awesome actors hung out around my childhood city...but I lived 2,000 miles away. No special sightings for me! It was still pretty cool.

6. An obscure movie that you think is great and you wish more people knew about?
The Odd Couple with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. The film's story has trickled down through the generations, but I'm not sure how many people know or have seen the original. It has such good performances and Neil Simon's writing is phenomenal. It's the type of movie (one of those talkies) that I'd love to see get made more often.

7. A movie that has a great soundtrack?
Anything by Trent Reznor And Atticus Ross is G-R-E-A-T. Everyone needs to just set their lives aside for two hours and do nothing but listen to The Social Network or Gone Girl soundtrack.

8. A movie that reminds you of summer?
Jaws, even though I'm terrified of the ocean/large bodies of going to the beach is kinda out for me. But my family watches it all the time, even when it's not summer.

9. A movie you loved as a kid and still love (not because of nostalgia)?
Hercules. It was the first movie I remember feeling so euphoric when the credits started. Disney released plates with all of the character's faces on them. I had the entire set. I wanted to be Megara. I loved the music. It's still one of my favorites.

10. Plot device pet peeve?
When humor plays to the audience too much. I call it the SNL Effect. Some comedies will play the same joke over and over again to make sure the audience laughs, even though it's not a live production. I guess movies that go overboard in making sure the audience "gets it" are a bit annoying.

11. Ending preference for movies, and why?
Nothing ambiguous. Well maybe nothing ambiguous. Certain movies pull off "cliff-hangers" well like Birdman or The Wrestler. But there are others where it just seems like they didn't know what to do with the ending or just want people to keep the conversation about their movie going after it's done like All is Lost or Prisoners. Sometimes I'd rather an ending be complete than to be forced to use my imagination.

I'd like to nominate these great blogs:  A Space Blogyssey, Rambling Film, Almost Ginger, Big Screen Small Words, Ever So Ethnically ConfusedMettelRay, DePepi, Cuteek, On The ScreenThe Geek Simple, and Paper Fury.

Here are my questions: If you're not interested in filling out your own blog post, feel free to answer the questions in the comments below. Thanks everyone!
  1. Fictional location you'd love to visit or live in?
  2. A character you'd love to have on speed dial/text to get advice when you need encouragement or help?
  3. If you could save any character (movie/book/tv) from dying, would you save someone? If so, who?
  4. If you were a superhero, what superpower would you have?
  5. Is 42 the answer to life, the universe, and everything?
  6. Describe yourself in 3 words
  7. An actor or actress whose films you always see/watch?
  8. What famous person would you like to see get a biopic?
  9. Favorite movie to watch on a rainy day?
  10. An actor you'd love see win an Oscar some day?
  11. A goal you really want to achieve this year?

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