Friday, October 14, 2016

Liebster on a Deserted Island

Kate Gabrielle at Silents and Talkies answered my Liebster Award questions a while back, and she posed such fun questions herself that I've answered hers in return! I first answered them in her comments, but I had such a good time with them that I've decided to post them here too so I can illustrate them :-D

1. If you were stuck on a desert island with one actor, who would you pick? 

 John Wayne. He probably brought lots of books with him, so we wouldn't be bored for a long time. Also, he did know how to do a fair number of useful things like fishing and sailing a boat. Also, except when drinking, he was a quiet guy, so it's not like I'd be super annoyed by some chatterbox.

2. If you were stuck on a desert island with one actress, who would you pick? (Note - this is not necessarily your favorite actor/actress, but someone you'd want to spend months, years, possibly the rest of your life eating coconuts and building sandcastles with)

 Emma Thompson! She is such an intelligent, fascinating, funny person.

3. If you were stuck on a desert island and could only watch one movie on repeat for the rest of your life, which would you pick? 

Branagh's Hamlet (1996), as it's 4 hours long, and I always notice new things to think about when I watch it (well, that's true of all Hamlet adaptations, even bad ones, but his is longest, so hey, it would kill more time.)

4. If you were stuck on a desert island with any movie character, who would you pick? 

Illya Kuryakin, as played by Armie Hammer in The Man from UNCLE (2015).  I feel certain we would survive, and have fun doing so.

5. If you could watch a movie with any two actors/actresses stuck on a desert island together, who would you pick? If you've got some free time, elaborate a bit on the plot! 

Well, I would happily watch a movie in which Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) and Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) are stuck on a desert island. I expect that they were on a top secret mission to board an enemy submarine and rescue a kidnapped dignitary, but it went horribly awry, and now they've washed up on a deserted island with nothing but each other and their witty wits. Much bickering ensues, along with both Illya and Solo one-upping each other with their survival skills. All goes relatively well until Solo's surprise dessert of bananas en flambe sets all the banana trees on fire (for a special agent, Solo's not having a very special day), but that serves as a beacon for Mr. Waverly to rescue them with his helicopter. Gaby has already rescued the dignitary while the boys were stuck on the island, but she's very happy to have them back because their next mission is in the Arctic and she's not very good at driving dogsleds.

6. Who is the last actor you would ever want to be stuck on a desert island with (cough, Tyrone Power, cough)?

Colin Farrell. Gag.

7. You're stuck on a desert island with Edmund O'Brien. What actor shows up in a giant pirate ship to whisk you away to safety and/or a life of adventure on the high seas? 

Alan Ladd.  Obviously.  And I'll opt for the life of adventure on the high seas, thank you!

8. If you were stuck on a desert island with a movie cook, who would you choose -- Felix from Christmas in Connecticut or Mildred from Mildred Pierce? Who would make the most out of all the coconuts and tree bark? 

Felix :-D

9. If you were stuck on a desert island with me, what movie would you force me to watch? I can't get away! I can't escape! I HAVE TO WATCH IT! 

Haha! How about Branagh's Hamlet since I already have it with me?

10. You're on a life raft with Herbert Marshall, Joel McCrea and Laraine Day but your weight is sinking the raft. Do you: a) sacrifice yourself to save these three amazing actors or b) push one of them into the water. If you chose b, who did you push and why?! 

Save Joel McCrea! DKoren would never forgive me if I didn't. I probably would just jump overboard and swim to some other bits of wreckage.

11.If you could choose any movie animal to be stuck on an island with, who would you pick? Some ideas -- Asta, Lassie, Pongo, Perdita, The Pie, Cat (from Breakfast at Tiffany's) 

The Black Stallion. Every time.  The original book is the whole reason I'm obsessed with deserted islands!


  1. So when will your UNCLE desert movie be coming out? I can't wait to see it!! ;) *forwards idea to Guy Ritchie*

    1. Phyl, wouldn't that be a dream come true?!?

  2. You hate Hamlet. I can tell. ;)

    1. Charity, phooey, it shows?

    2. Yes. :P

      (Emma Thompson is HILARIOUS. I love her too.)

    3. Ever since I read her diary she kept while making Sense and Sensibility, she has been catapulted from "someone I enjoy seeing crop up in a movie I'm watching" to "someone whose films I actively seek out." She's endlessly talented, and while I don't agree with many of her views, I love how she expresses them.

  3. *GASP* You don't like Colin Farrell??? May I ask why? :)

    I admit he annoyed me in Saving Mr. Banks, but I ended up liking him a LOT in Minority Report, which I guess is weird, but whatever. Anyway, I'm just curious as to why you dislike him so much. :) (You actually sound a lot like Mom when she talks about George Clooney...she's always like "He's so arrogant!" whenever I mention him. Makes me laugh.)


    1. Eva, um, yeeeeeeeeeeeah... about that... Colin Farrell makes my skin kind of crawl. Good as he was in Saving Mr. Banks, his character was pretty creepy. That riding the horse backwards with his daughter on his lap thing, how he's totally focused on one of his daughters and doesn't have any time or consideration for his wife... and his daughter Pamela then takes his first name as her nom de plume? It's kinda weird. And Colin Farrell was the perfect casting choice, cuz he is kinda icky in real life.

  4. #6. Its a tossup between Tom Cruise and Kevin Costner. #9 in reverse, if I'm stuck with you on a deserted island and you're going to force me to watch a Cruise or Costner movie, I opt for drowning...

    1. Oh, and going back and reading the list again: #2 Dianne Wiest, especially if she is anything like her characters in the movies I've Seen.

      And #4 I want Macgyver. Yes he's TV, but he could probably figure out how to get us OFF the damn island.

    2. Quiggy, awww, really? You hate Cruise and Costner that much? They've both made films I quite enjoy, though they're not actors whose works I seek out.

      I really liked Dianne Wiest in Practical Magic.

    3. Go read my post titled "Oh No! Not Costner Again!" You'll get some insights on how I feel about KC. I'm still holding off on doing a Cruise related post.

      As far as Wiest goes, I've been more or less in love with her since her role i "Footloose". Its all about the eyes. Those eyes just entrance me.

  5. I'm gonna do this too! Looks like fun :-)

    1. Ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh . . . I'll go with David Morrissey. BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY. ;-)

    2. Maggie Smith. I want her to tell me EVERYTHING SHE KNOWS ABOUT EVERYTHING; and if we were stuck on a desert island together, I'd have a perfect excuse :-)

    3. Gosh, that's a tough one--I honestly wouldn't want to watch ANY movie, even my favorites, too many times in a row. *thinks hard* Probably "Hunchback of Notre Dame" because at least it has SINGING.

    4. Captain America . . . obviously! :-)

    5. I want Christian Kane (Eliot) and Beth Riesgraf (Parker) stuck together on a desert island, so they can have sufficient time to actually figure out that THEY BELONG TOGETHER. *shakes head*

    6. Clark Gable. I don't like his face. At all.

    7. Sean Bean. (Y'know. Boromir, and all that sorta thing. ;-) )

    8. I don't know either of those movies . . .

    9. "Bernadette." (Hey, I want more people to watch it!!)

    10. MUSHU. NO QUESTION. ALWAYS MUSHU. (From Mulan . . .)

    1. Jessica, Maggie Smith is a good choice!

      Clark Gable is an acquired taste.

      Sean Bean would make an AWESOME pirate!

    2. An acquired taste, huh? Like wine? ;-)

      We need to start a petition, don't we . . . "Give Sean Bean his own pirate film." With lots of swashbuckling and sword fighting and pretty girls and all the rest of it. This needs to be a thing. #goodtimes

    3. We'll, I'd consider Gable more like strong coffee, but yes. For a long time I didn't see what all the fuss was about, but after I'd seen more than just one or two of his films, I began to understand. He does have a roguish charm all his own.

    4. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm . . . I see . . .

  6. I looove these questions because they make you think - and they're a bit random as well. Nothing beats that combination! I um tagged you for a tag - please don't feel like you have to fill it out, I was just honouring the tag question and tagging someone ;) FYI you can find info here:

    1. Elf, I know! They're a little random, but they have a theme, and I really did have to think on some of them.

      Thanks for the tag! I'll get that one up soon :-)


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