Wednesday, June 03, 2020

The Sunshine Blogger Award

The Story Enthusiast has nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award!  I love her questions -- you're going to too, I just know it.

But first, a bit of business, in the form of the award's rules:

  • List the award’s official rules (doing so now)
  • Display the award somewhere on your blog (hope the above image counts)
  • Thank the person who nominated you (thank you, Story Enthusiast!)
  • Provide a link to your nominator’s blog (did so above)
  • Answer your nominator’s questions (will do so below)
  • Nominate up to 11 bloggers (I'll get there)
  • Ask your nominees 11 questions (what fun!)
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on at least one of their blog posts (of course)

On to the questions!!!  (If I've reviewed a film I mention here, I've linked the title to my review.)

1. What British or international film would you recommend to a friend who has never seen one? 

Hmmmmm.  This is a hard question because it doesn't take into account the fact that people like different genres and so on.  And I'm not sure what friends of mine have never seen an international film!  However, if you happen to be into westerns and/or like unusual retellings of Hamlet, I really dig the Italian spaghetti western The Wild and the Dirty (1968), also called Johnny Hamlet.

2. Which classic film director do you prefer and what is your favorite of their films? 

John Sturges.  I don't love all of his films, but I do love several, especially The Magnificent Seven (1960).  And The Great Escape (1963), Hour of the Gun (1967), and Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957).

3. Which character actor or actress do you think would have made a great lead? 

I wish Gloria Grahame had gotten to play front and center more.

4. What child actor do you believe should have had success as an adult but didn’t? 

Hmm.  Margaret O'Brien did make a lot of things as an adult, but not with nearly the success she had as a child.  (She's still alive, by the way!  So cool!)

5. What film do you love, but dislike the ending? 

Um.  I don't know if I can think of any.  Endings are super important to me.  If a movie doesn't end properly, I'm not going to love it.  I just looked through my entire list of my 100 favorite films, and I don't dislike a single ending on there.

Now, I can tell you a movie that I would like EXCEPT that the ending ruins it for me, so I can't like it, and that's Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961).  I much prefer the ending of the original story by Truman Capote.  And no, this isn't a case of me reading the story first and then not liking the film -- I saw and disliked the movie twice before I ever read and liked the story.

6. Whose onscreen wardrobe do you covet and would like to claim for your own? 

I want to wear basically every dress and bathrobe and pair of pajamas in White Christmas (1954).

7. Which original film do you think could be improved as a remake and who would you cast? 

Hmm.  How about Breakfast at Tiffany's?  We can restore the original ending and all will be well.  I think Alicia Vikander as Holly and James McAvoy as Paul would be interesting.

8. Which classic film actor or actress do you think would be successful in today’s film industry?

Lee Marvin.  Couldn't you see him in modern action movies, menacing and sidewinding and wonderful?

9. What film trope do you never tire of seeing?

Found families.  I eat them up with ravenous delight.

10. If you could adapt a piece of classic literature that has not yet been made into a film, what book would you choose and who would you cast in the main roles?

If I could be in charge of making a movie version of The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery so that it wouldn't get all screwed up, then that would be a very good book to adapt.  But only if it didn't get all screwed up.  I want Elizabeth Henstridge to play Valancy Stirling and Michael Fassbender as Barney Snaith.  If you can't get Fassbender to play Barney, I want no part of it whatsoever, the end.

11. Which of today’s modern actors or actresses do you think would have been successful in classic films and why?

Michael Fassbender.  He has a classical introspection and a wide range, and I think he'd have been fantastic in '60s films.

And now, my questions:

1.  What movie house would you like to live in?
2.  What movie pet would you like to own?
3.  What book do you wish your favorite actor or actress could have starred in an adaptation of?
4.  Are there any movies you like better than the book they were based on?
5.  What's your favorite movie that's set in the decade you were born in?
6.  Do you collect movie memorabilia of any sort?
7.  What actor and actress have never made a movie together, but you wish would have?
8.  What director would you like to have direct a movie based on your life?
9.  Do you ever like a remake better than the original film?
10. What's your least-favorite movie genre?
11.  Are there any movies in your least-favorite genre that you do like?

And my nominees:

Anna and Irene at Horseback to Byzantium
Cordy at Any Merry Little Thought
Eva at Coffee, Classics, and Craziness
Heidi at Along the Brandywine
Jocelyn at Classic Film Observations & Obsessions
Katie at I'm Charles Baker Harris (And I Can Read)
MovieCritic at Movies Meet Their Match
Natalie at Starry Ramblings
Olivia at Meanwhile, in Rivendell...
Paddy at Caftan Woman
Phyl at Phyllis Loves Classic Movies

Play if you want to!


  1. YES and AMEN to Michael Fassbender as Barney! ;)

    1. Caitlin, AWESOME! Maybe we should start a petition or something.

  2. Oooooh thank you for tagging me! I might do this one! :D

    I looked up the original ending to Breakfast at Tiffany's and I can see why you like it better ;) as you didn't like the romance in the original movie. I'm honestly not sure how I'd feel about the movie romance if I watched it again today. However, I ADORE Holly Golightly, she's a favorite female character of mine, and I'd have a hard time seeing anybody except Audrey Hepburn playing her (even though Alicia Vikander could probably come closer than anyone else).

    Nice questions, I like them!

    1. Katie, I hope you do! I'm woefully behind in reading blogs, but I'm trying to catch up.

      I know you love Holly Golightly -- I think she's a real cool cat, I just can't dig her with Paul. She's not going to be happy with him, IMHO, and I want her to be happy, that's why I don't like the ending, you know?

    2. She is! She is a real cool cat <3

      I think that's a fair criticism. I don't think Paul is anywhere near as interesting or deep a person as Holly is, she could probably do much better in terms of a partner.

  3. I thoroughly enjoyed reading all your answers Rachel and am so glad you participated. I liked all of your casting choices you mentioned. I think the re-make and re-casting of Breakfast at Tiffany's is spot on

    The Blue Castle is definitely one of those classics begging to be adapted...but only if done right.

    1. Oh and I forgot to say yes and amen to Margaret O'Brien and Gloria Grahame.

    2. Story Enthusiast, glad you had fun reading this! And agreed with me on several things, even :-) Yay!

  4. Great answers! Margaret O'Brian was so cute as a little girl, but a good performer, too.
    I really need to see more classic movies, so I can have more to say.
    I'll steal this tag if you don't mind.

    1. McKayla, thank you! Yes, Margaret O'Brien had more to her than just her cuteness. Classic movies are always worth pursuing! If you ever need recommendations of things to watch, hit me up.

      Steal the tag! Do it! That would be fun! If you do, come back here and leave me a link so I can read your answers :-)

  5. I've never seen the original Breakfast at Tiffany's, but man, I want that remake to happen! I'm currently reading The Blue Castle, and yes, yes, yes to Michael Fassbender as Barney!!

    1. Oh, and thanks for tagging me! Those questions are great! I'll have a ton of fun answering them.

    2. MC, it's an okay movie. I don't hate it, I just don't like the ending. At all. I reject it. Lol!

      I LOVE that you're reading Blue Castle right now! Have you read it before? I can never imagine anyone but Fassbender as Barney. He's just exactly right.

      Have fun with the questions!

    3. It was my first time reading The Blue Castle and even the writing had me loving it!

      Thanks again for the tag! I finally filled out my answers a couple of weeks ago here:

    4. MC, oh, yay! I'm so glad you loved The Blue Castle :-D It's such a quirky, special, magical book.

      Thanks for the link to your post! I will read it forthwith.

  6. I enjoyed getting to know you through this post.

  7. Okay, now I am VERY interested in how the original "Breakfast at Tiffany's" ends. There are things I don't love about the movie, but there are a lot of things I do like, so. *shrugs*


    Ahh, "White Christmas" is such a fun film. The costumes are great. :D

    Thanks for the tag! :) <3

    1. Olivia, it's actually a short story, so I'm sure you could find some collection of Capote's that it's in. Wouldn't take long to read. His writing style is very cool.

      Alicia Vikander is my current queen of elegant sass.

      Have fun with it!

  8. Oh my goodness, the bathrobes in White Christmas are divine!
    Thanks a lot for tagging us. Anna and I just finished completing the tag :D

    1. Irene (& Anna), aren't they the best? If I ever find one like those, I'm snatching it up and not letting go.

      I'll have to pop over and read your answers! I've been soooooooo bad about reading blogs these past couple months cuz my hubby's working from home and monopolizing our desktop computer, heh. Hoping to get back to reading them regularly soon!

  9. Aw, thank you -- these'll be fun! <3

    1. Hee, loved your post too, great answers! (Especially on The Blue Castle, but y'know I have the same rather intense bias on that subject. ;D)

    2. You're welcome, Heidi! Enjoy :-) And thanks! I'm forever grateful to you and Kara for demanding I read Blue Castle :-D

  10. Mine's up!

    Thank you, it was a lot of fun! :)

    1. Heidi, yay! Just what I need to read to take a break from the latest round of book edits. Glad you had fun with it :-)

  11. I adore your casting choices for Breakfast at Tiffany's

    1. Aww, thanks! I just want to see Alicia Vikander in more things....

  12. I'm late to the party but thanks for the nomination! I love your questions and I'm working on a post -- stay tuned :-)

    1. Jocelyn, awesome! I hope you have fun with it :-)

    2. Here it is! :-)

    3. Jocelyn, how jolly! I shall pop over and read it right now :-)


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