Sarah at How to Watch a Movie nominated me for a Liebster Award :-) Thanks, Sarah! All her questions are movie-themed, which makes this especially fun for me.
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.
1. Favorite movie genre, and why?
Westerns. That's where my heart roams free. Basically, I love all the possibilities present in that world -- people can grow and change in endless ways. You can have a lot of characters from very different backgrounds thrown together and have to work with one another when ordinarily, they wouldn't have anything to do with each other. I find that fascinating. Also, I love horses and wide open spaces.
2. Favorite movie that's an adaptation of a book you've read?
The Lord of the Rings trilogy, most likely.
3. An actor or actress you're enjoying who you've only recently noticed?
Alan Ladd. "Enjoying" is not a deep enough word, here. "Enthralled with" might come close. In a good way. I'd seen him in a couple things over the years, but never paid a huge amount of attention until I watched Whispering Smith (1948) this spring. Since February, I've watched him in 9 different movies, many of them 2 or 3 times each...
4. A favorite "unexpected surprise" movie?
As in, a movie I didn't expect to like, but then ended up loving? I'm going to say Tangled (2010), because I didn't watch it until about a year ago, and I had to watch it in two parts, so the first night, I watched until just after the "Kingdom Dance" scene and quit there, and I was like, "Oh, this is nice, but I'm just not clicking with it." The next night, I picked right back up with "At Last I See the Light," had tears running down my cheeks by the end of that song, and flat-out loved the movie. Definitely a surprise.
5. A movie that has a cast catered to you?
Probably Hell is for Heroes (1962). When I found out Bobby Darin made a war movie with Steve McQueen, Fess Parker, and James Coburn -- there's no way I wasn't going to love that. I was right.
6. An obscure movie that you think is great and you wish more people knew about?
So many!!! Gunfight in Abilene (1967), Across the Great Divide (1976), Mrs. Winterbourne (1996), And Now Tomorrow (1944), It's Always Fair Weather (1955) -- I love a lot of obscure movies.
7. A movie that has a great soundtrack?
I have to choose one? Hmph. Um... well... I talk a lot about soundtracks, and one I consider an absolute masterpiece is Miklos Rosza's score for Ben-Hur (1959).
8. A movie that reminds you of summer?
10 Things I Hate About You (1999) specifically reminds me of the summer between my sophomore and junior years of college. I first saw it toward the end of my sophomore year, then went home over the summer, rented it, showed it to my brother (I was 19, he was 15), and we watched it every night for like 5 nights running. I just kept renewing it. Man, we loved that movie.
9. A movie you loved as a kid and still love (not because of nostalgia)?
Well, The Man from Snowy River (1982) has been my favorite movie since I was 2 years old...
10. Plot device pet peeve?
I can't stand "near-misses." Where characters are searching for each other and they come super close to finding each other, but don't because of some tiny circumstance. Those frustrate me to no end.
11. Ending preference for movies, and why?
I prefer for a movie to end with moral balance restored to the universe. Good guys win, and bad guys lose. This can be either a happy or a sad ending, but gotta have that balance back.
Now, I shall tag:
Of Bookshelves and Daydreams (Ashley)
Castles in the Air (Abigail)
Coffee, Classics, and Craziness (Eva)
Fiction Prediliction (Lynn M)
Healthy Simplicity (Jennifer)
A Lantern in Her Hand (Emma Jane)
An Odd Blog (Laura)
Sidewalk Crossings (DKoren)
Sunshine and Scribblings (Mary)
You, Me, and a Cup of Tea (Lois)
And here are your 11 questions:
1. Are there any movies you like better than the books they were based on?
2. Have you ever liked a remake better than the original film?
3. What movie do you enjoy introducing other people to?
4. Do you identify strongly with any movie characters?
5. Do you have any favorite film score composers?
6. What's the oldest movie you've ever watched?
7. What's the newest movie you've watched?
8. Do you have any favorite movie-watching snacks?
9. Whose movie recommendations do you tend to trust?
10. What was the last movie you watched?
11. What's the next movie you plan to watch?
Yeah, I decided to do a movie-related theme for mine as well. If I didn't tag you, and you want to answer these, go ahead and do so on your blog too, or in my comments here, whatever. Play if you want to!