Thursday, September 21, 2006

Tagged: Morgen's Movie Meme

Morgen of It's a Blog Eat Blog World tagged me and some of his other blogger buddies with his very own movie meme. Here are my answers to his questions.

1. The last movie you saw in a theatre, and current-release movie you still want to see.
I'm not much of a movie-goer. I prefer to watch movies on cable or DVD. The last one I saw in the movie theater was Superman Returns. And I saw it in the new IMAX theater here (they had some 3D scenes
in the movie, very cool!)

I also heard a rumor that the crotch area of Brandon Routh's Superman costume had to be retouched digitally because he bulged
just a little bit too much there. Superman, indeed!

Western films currently showing in movie theaters here are: Step Up, the Breed, DOA: Dead or Alive, and Kinky Boots. I have no
yearning to see any of them right now.

2. The last movie you rented/purchased for home viewing.
I don't rent, I usually buy when I venture out into the city (since
DVD's are soooo cheap here, haha!).

Elizabeth I. Borrowed the DVD from a friend. I like historical books and films, and I think the Elizabethan period is a fascinating era. Virgin queen, my ass. Lizza I (if she had existed) would have had a ball! (literally and figuratively speaking)

3. A movie that made you laugh out loud.
So many of them, but I'll name two:
Kung Fu Hustle. Man, this is one funny action/comedy. You don't have to be a fan of Chinese movies or martial arts to enjoy it, and you
don't have to know Chinese to appreciate the film's sublime aspects.

The Full Monty. Now who didn't laugh at this one? I thought it was
funny as hell. I like British humor. Errr, humour.

4. A movie that made you cry.
Good heavens, there have been so many. Okay, I'll be good and just name one. I Am Sam. I feel a lump in my throat just thinking about it.

5. A movie that was a darling of the critics, but you didn't think lived up to the hype.
Titanic. Some critics hated it, but quite a few wrote glowing reviews about it. I like a good love story, but I just thought this one was just cheesy. And special effects notwithstanding, all the hype about it just put me off. I've watched bits and pieces of it on HBO, but not the whole movie. I'm glad I didn't spend money to see it on the big screen.

6. A movie that you thought was better than the critics.
Dr. Seuss' Cat in the Hat. Sure, a talking cat with magical powers sounds mighty strange, but I had fun watching it. I think Mike Myers is funny. And I think the dynamics of the brother-sister relationship were explored in an engaging way in this movie.

7. Favorite animated movie.
Monsters, Inc. It was funny and heartwarming. If only all monsters were as adorable as the ones in this film.

8. Favorite Disney Villain.
Gaston, in Beauty and the Beast. He was such a loveable, pompous ass. Kind of like some men I know.

9. Favorite movie musical.
The songs in The King and I are fun, and I liked the Tuptim-Lun Tha love story.

Grease was also an enjoyable movie musical. I think I still know most of the songs.

10. Favorite movies of all-time (up to five).

5:Silence of the Lambs -- Anthony Hopkins was superb in this one, as was Jodie Foster.

4: Godfather I -- a classic. It has sex, murder, money, love; everything but the kitchen sink.

3: Rurouni Kenshin: Ishin Shishi No Requiem (anime) -- conflict between two men in 19th-century Japan, both standing up for what they believe is right. I'm enthralled with Kenshin's character. He's an ex-slasher who tries to find redemption for his sins by defending the helpless with his sword...which is kind of hard since he's sworn never to kill again.

2: Chocolat -- seems simplistic at first. But if you look deeper, you'll find some interesting yet universal conflicts: man against woman, sin and religion, daughter against mother, etc. Plus, Johnny Depp's in it. And chocolate.

1: Lord of the Rings trilogy -- not quite up to the books' excellence, but a superb adaptation nevertheless. I thoroughly enjoyed watching them on the big screen, and I watch them whenever they're shown on cable.

*** Tag five bloggers to answer the movie meme:

Yaxlich, Irene, Terra Shield, H, Kiyotoe

You guys are now IT. Everybody else is welcome to play too. Hey, it's a brand-new meme created by Morgen, and it's fun. Thanks again, Mo!


Julie said...

I love Monsters Inc! Esp. the moment where Sulley goes back into Boo's room for the very last shot of the movie. Just the look on his face! Waterworks!!!

Lizza said...

I know, Julie. That scene tugged at the heartstrings.

derekcarney said...

I also loved Monsters, Inc. and Elizabeth.

I don't buy too many DVDs, but Elizabeth is one of the few on my shelf!

Lizza said...

Hi, Derek. They're great movies. Good film selection you have too! I haven't seen a great many of the films you mentioned, though. I have a lot of catching up to do.

Photo Cache said...

Nice choices. I havent seen Silence of the Lambs, coz I am terrified of Sir Anthony Hopkins. Nothing can make me see that movie. Although I love him in other roles, but this one is a must not see movie.

Chocolat is wonderful. I love it a lot. There are a lot of great foreign movies (french, italian, eastern european, etc). Ditto for LOTR trilogy.

Mimi Lenox said...

Lizza....I love The King and I, too. Tuptim's love story and her play, based on Uncle Tom's Cabin, is truly an aesthetic masterpiece. I could watch that 'play-within-a-play' over and over again.

Lizza said...

Photo: Hannibal Lecter is one chilling character and the role was excellently played by Sir Anthony, I must say. Can't blame you for finding him creepy. :-)

Mimi: Yes, Tuptim's adaptation of Uncle Tom's Cabin took my breath away too! Wonderful movie.

Reeholio said...

I laughed so hard during Monsters Inc that when I walked out of the movie theatre I had saw tummy muscles. Great Movie.

Lizza said...

Hi Rhys! Oh yes, it's a fantastic film that both the young ones and the young-at-heart enjoyed. :-)

Kiyotoe said...

Okay, I've done my part. This was my first time doing one of these. Only for you Lizza.

And even though i'm a big Johnny Depp fan, we go way back to 21 Jump Street. I just couldn't stay awake on Chocolat.

Lizza said...

Thanks, Kiyotoe! Now that wasn't too painful, was it? :-) I remember Johnny Depp on 21 Jump Street too!

Anonymous said...

Chocolat is one of my top twenty -- but then of course, what's not to love about the Deppmeister?
Speaking of chocolate, have you seen Like Water For Chocolate? Now there's another movie that made me cry (even though the book is better, ultimately) --- I should have had a book v/s movie adaptation question on this meme. Like "Fried Green Tomatoes" is just as good in book & movie form, in my opinion, but "Gone With The Wind" is better than the book.
Gaston is a great villian, too -- good choice!
Thanks for playing with my new meme and helping give it new life out there in the blogosphere! I look forward to reading the movies of your tagees!
cheers ~mo

Lizza said...

I haven't seen Like Water for Chocolate, but I've heard good things about it. A movie adaptation meme sounds interesting. :-)

Natalie said...

I can't believe I forgot The King and I in my post about how much I loe musicals. netflix to the rescue!

Lizza said...

Natalie, it's such a fun, wholesome musical. :-)