Which classic movie don’t you like/can’t enjoy and why?
I watched Godard’s ‘Weekend’ as part of my uni course and just didn’t get it. Apparently it’s a big deal French surrealism/New Wave cinema but it did nothing for me. ‘La Règle du jeu’ was also one that I couldn’t get on with. I haven’t watched them again since though, so maybe I should revisit them, or maybe I’m just culturally inept. I also can’t stand The Sound of Music.
Which ten classic movies haven’t you seen yet?
Wow, this could get ugly. There are a number of classic films that still haven’t found their way into my eyes, and I really need to remedy that.
1. Schindler’s List
3. The Godfather: Part II
4. 12 Angry Men
5. Dumb and Dumber
7. To Kill a Mockingbird
8. The Great Escape
10. The Deer Hunter
I intend on starting a new feature soon entitled ‘Films I Should Probably Already Have Seen But I’m Only Just Getting Around to Watching’. Or something like that. Hopefully a few of these can make it onto that.
Have you ever sneaked into another movie at the cinema?
I can’t say I have to be honest. How very boring.
Which actor/actress do you think is overrated?
I think maybe Johnny Depp, but that could be due to his playing virtually the same character in every film over the last few years. I think he’s a good actor but needs to diversify a little. I’m not a fan of Jude Law, but I don’t know whether he’s rated enough to be classed as overrated. In terms of actresses, I think Julia Roberts is overrated. Good in ‘Erin Brokovich’ but I’ve not seen much else to convince me of her greatness. Happy to be proved wrong though.
From which big director have you never seen any movie (and why)?
I have never seen a George Romero film, probably because horror isn’t my favourite genre, and I haven’t seen anything by David Lynch, Federico Fellini or Akira Kurosawa. There are also a few other directors whose catalogue of films I have barely scratched the surface, such as Woody Allen and David Cronenberg. Need to get cracking.
Which movie do you love, but is generally hated?
Well when I was younger I loved ‘Armageddon’ and I still would probably watch it if it came on TV. Could be to do with Liv Tyler though. Back off Affleck.
Have you ever been “one of those annoying people” at the cinema?
Never. I don’t even like my friends talking to me when we’re watching a film. I seriously don’t understand people who go to the cinema and spend their time talking or checking their phones. Go. Home.
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 don’t really pay a huge amount of attention as to who is in a film in terms of deciding whether to watch it or not, but I may have watched ‘One Night at McCool’s’ because of the aforementioned Liv Tyler.
Did you ever not watch a specific movie because it had subtitles?
The only time I have done this is when I’m tired and can’t be bothered reading the subtitles. Other than that, I’m more than happy to watch a subtitled film.
Are there any movies in your collection that you have had for more than five years and never watched?
Quite a few I think. I tend to purchase films on a regular basis purely because I will probably want to watch it at some point in the future, but then never get round to it. I bought Hitchcock’s ‘Strangers on a Train’ after I got in trouble at uni for missing the screening of it, but still haven’t watched it.
Which are the worst movies in your collection and why do you still own them?
I have ‘Broken Flowers’ with Bill Murray that I thought was terrible, and there are a few others that made me want to hurt small animals, including ‘Changing Lanes’, ‘Hard Candy’ and ‘Closer’. I don’t like getting rid of films just in case I have a sudden urge to watch them. I’m a bit of a hoarder in that way.
Do you have any confessions about your movie watching setup at home?
No confessions as such. I used to have all my films in alphabetical order but I got fed up of people deliberately mixing them up. I tend to try and watch Blu-Ray more than standard DVD if I can now after watching ‘Alien’ on Blu-Ray and being blown away by the quality of it.
Any other confessions you want to make?
My cinema snack of choice is chocolate covered raisins.