Liebster Blog Awards!

This is the third time Amateur Reviews have been nominated for the Liebster award and given the fact this was the first nomination directly related to film, it would’ve been a crime not to take part! Amateur Reviews have been nominated by the lovely Joe and Rosanne from so go check out their answers to the previous round of questions! The rules are as follows:

1. Tell us 11 things about yourself
2. Answer 11 questions the blogger who awarded you asked
3. Pass the award to 11 people
4. Give them 11 questions
5. Tell them about the award
6. Don't award people who are recipients already

Here we go!

11 things about Amaya from Amateur Reviews

1) Inception is the greatest film of recent years without a doubt.

2) So naturally Christopher Nolan is my favourite director currently working.

3) The last DVD I bought was Mulholland Drive by David Lynch and I thought it was fantastic, I like him as a director anyway, but I am ashamed it took me so long to give that movie a whirl.

4) My favourite cinema treat is sweet popcorn, definitely not salt popcorn. It's got to be a big bag or else I'll have none left by the time the film starts...

5) Amateur Reviews will review every film by Tom Hardy because, well, it’s Tom Hardy.

6) My favourite books are the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson (especially The Girl Who Played With Fire) because they are utterly compelling and every single character is multifaceted.

7) And I prefer the American Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to the Swedish one, controversial I know but the cinematography and opening credits sequence blew me away.

8) One film I love that everyone seems to hate is The Chameleon by Jean-Paul Salome – the acting in that movie is outstanding and the grimy photography shots are surprisingly classy.

9) I don’t have a favourite genre, but generally romantic comedies make me want to be sick. Namely ones like Valentines Day and He's Just Not That Into You.

10) The best superhero is Batman, because he’s not even super, he’s just a hero.

11) The film I hate that everyone seems to love is The Wrestler by Darren Aronofsky. Okay, hate's a bit strong but I would like it if someone enlightened me on what all the hype was about!

My answers

1) What's your favorite country outside of the USA to watch movies from?
Britain without a doubt, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Kings Speech anyone? I do like French cinema, but haven't watched enough of it to form a valid answer.

2) Name a cartoon character you had a crush on in your youth.
Fred Jones from Scooby-Doo, I knew that one way too quickly…

3) If forced to choose, do you prefer a badass chick, or a smart chick in a movie?
Preferably both like Lisbeth Salander, but if forced it would have to be badass like Hit Girl in Kick-Ass, on the grounds of it being more fun to watch.

4) Favorite exploitation film from the 70's?
This ones tough but I’ll say The Mack, it's brilliant, and I love the sound track by Willie Hutch.

5) Top 3 supporting characters of all time?
Mads Mikkelson in Casino Royale, Christophe Waltz in Inglourious Basterds and Tatum O’Neal in Paper Moon.

6) What was your favorite movie kill of all time?
As I have just mentioned Inglourious Basterds above, it has to be the moment in the basement tavern when Hugo Stiglitz kills Dieter Hellstrom, the definition of badass.

7) You and 1 movie character are in a western up against a gang of outlaws. Who you got?
Paul Newman or Robert Redford from Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid! But Butch at a push!

8) Name 3 movies you are embarrassed to own?
Only 3? Trespass, Jonah Hex and The Roommate… And it’s not necessarily the fact I am embarrassed to own them, it’s more the fact I'm embarrassed I spent money on them…

9) Which big time actor/actress, in your opinion, has the LEAST amount of talent?
Rachael McAdams would be the number one, she is the same and so one-note in everything. And are we calling Megan Fox big time? Either way, she’s pretty bad.

10) Describe your perfect stay-at-home movie night?

Pizza takeaway and a random independent film, just put one on and have a nice surprise if it stuns.

11) If you could co-direct a film with another director, who would it be and why?

This one will come as no surprise, Christopher Nolan. I love how he manages to get away with making challenging movies which don’t placate the audience, yet his films still get wide release and mass reception. Plus his films look marvellous and his casts are wonderful.
I nominate:

(If anyone else wants a nomination, comment and I will tag you in the post!)

Here are my 11 questions I would like my 11 nominees to answer!

1.      Favourite James Bond and film?

2.      What film has the best sound track ever?

3.      If you could cast one leading lady and one leading man who would they be?

4.      Which is the film you secretly love, but feel you should hate?

5.      If you had the casting vote at the last Academy Awards, which film would you have win best picture?

6.      Who would you chose to play you in a biopic of your life?

7.      What is your favourite movie scene of all time?

8.      In your opinion, who is the most overrated director ever?

9.      Harry Potter or Lord of The Rings?

10.  If you could only ever watch comedies or action films for the rest of you life which would it be?

11.  What was the last movie that made you cry?


  1. Thanks for the nomination!

    1. You are so welcome! Looking forward to reading your answers! :)

    2. Just posted our answers on our site!

  2. Great answers! This was a fun read. When I was still courting Rosanne, I got the keys to the basement auditorium at our University's library, and we screened Mulholland Drive. Hands down my favorite Lynch film!

    1. Glad you enjoyed, and I thank you for the excellent questions. Love your taste in film even more now, that's such a brilliant university idea, bet it was really good!