Friday, 15 February 2013

Amateur Reviews' Film Q&A


Amateur Reviews' FILM Q&A

Thought all us movie fanatics could start something a bit like that Liebster Blog Awards tag that went round a few months ago. Us film buffs seem to like rating things and ordering lists so this could be fun and interesting to read other blogs’ responses.
Unlike Liebster there shall be no rules!

-          Answer some, all or non of the questions
-          Feel free to add any you’d like answered by fellow bloggers
-          Pass them onto whoever or no one

1. Top 5 Movies:
2. Top 5 Directors:
3. Top 5 Actors:
4. Top 5 Actresses:
5. Favourite Fictional Character:
6. Favourite Adaptation:
7. Favourite Musical: 
8. First R18 Film You Watched:
9. Your Best Experience Going To The Movies:
10. A Guilty Pleasure:
11. An Overrated Movie:
12. An Underrated Movie:
13. A Movie That Is Worse Than The Book:
14. A Kid’s Movie You Always Watch:
15. A Movie From Your Favourite Director Which You Didn’t Like:
16. A Film You’re Expecting Excitedly:

Here we go... 


1.       Top 5 Movies: taking a brief glance at my DVD shelves, this shall be eclectic
-          Inception
-          The Social Network
-          Inglourious Basterds
-          Dead Poets Society
-          A Single Man

2.       Top 5 Directors:
- Christopher Nolan
- Woody Allen
- Danny Boyle
- Sam Mendes
- Quentin Tarantino
Pains me to leave out Clint Eastwood, Tom Hooper, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese…

3.       Top 5 Actors:
-          Tom Hardy
-          Daniel Day-Lewis
-          Tom Hanks
-          Leonardo DiCaprio
-          Michael Fassbender

4.       Top 5 Actresses:
- Rooney Mara
- Jessica Chastain
- Charlize Theron
- Marion Cotillard
- Grace Kelly (mainly for Hitchcock’s Rear Window)

5.       Favourite Fictional Character : This is a bit difficult! Lisbeth Salander perhaps...

6.       Favourite Adaptation: There Will Be Blood from the novel Oil

7.       Favourite Musical: Les Miserables is stunning for the songs. Nine is equally stunning for Italy and the absolutely stellar cast.

8.       First R18 Film You Watched: I want to say Fight Club but I think it was American Beauty… Neither of which are that bad in comparison to today’s ones, and are certainly not gratuitous.

9.       Your Best Experience Going To The Movies: Definitely Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy from a couple of years ago. Never have I been in a theatre and felt people concentrating so intensely. It’s like the cogs were literally turning.

10.   A Guilty Pleasure: where do I begin? Bond films? Superhero flicks? Awful comedies? Die Another Day, Thor and Horrible Bosses are not films I usually profess my admiration for. Oh and National Treasure 1&2…

11.   An Overrated Movie: Sorry Martin Scorsese… Hugo! Not sure why I didn’t rate that as much as everyone else but it was a bit long winded and nothing happened.

12.   An Underrated Movie: Affleck’s early stuff. Argo’s is incredible, but Gone Baby Gone and The Town especially are fantastic.

13.   A Movie That Is Worse Than The Book: The latest On The Road picture has got nothing on Jack Kerouac’s perfect novel. And I have it on good authority that Sam and Garrett were nothing like Sal and Dean in real life.

14.   A Kids Movie You Always Watch: Not sure about always but no Christmas is complete without The Polar Express and The Grinch.

15.   A Movie From A Director Which You Didn’t Like: Woody Allen’s You Will  Meet A Tall Dark Stranger. I’m sorry but Paris got the fantastical Midnight In Paris, Barca got the searing Vicky Cristina Barcelona and London got You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger; disappointed to say the least.

16.   A Film You’re Expecting Excitedly: Kill Your Darlings undoubtedly. If you have followed Amateur Reviews for a bit you know what a raging Beat Freak I am. Anything Beat Generation related and I’m on it. Jack Kerouac, Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg will all be reincarnated in this movie and it looks amazing. Perfection hopefully.

I nominate:




17 comments:

  1. Thanks for the questions! Here are our answers From Comeuppance Reviews:




    1. Top 5 Movies: Cobra, The Limey, True Romance, The Punisher (1989), and Commando


    2. Top 5 Directors: David Fincher, John McTiernan

    3. Top 5 Actors: Nicolas Cage, Gary Oldman, Sly Stallone, Gary Daniels, and Jason Statham

    4. Top 5 Actresses: Kate Winslet,

    5. Favourite Fictional Character: Marion Cobretti\Frank "The Punisher" Castle
    6. Favourite Adaptation: N\A
    7. Favourite Musical: N\A
    8. First R18 Film You Watched: Blue Velvet
    9. Your Best Experience Going To The Movies: Ong-Bak\Punisher War Zone
    10. A Guilty Pleasure: Pirahna 3-D\Showgirls
    11. An Overrated Movie: Slumdog Millionare
    12. An Underrated Movie: Virtuosity\Haywire
    13. A Movie That Is Worse Than The Book:
    14. A Kid’s Movie You Always Watch: The Incredibles
    15. A Movie From Your Favourite Director Which You Didn’t Like: N\A
    16. A Film You’re Expecting Excitedly: Olympus Has Fallen. Love a fun R-rated Die Hard clone!

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    1. Thanks for the response! So glad you also thought Slumdog wasn't as good as everyone made it out to be,completely agree with that. And the Showgirls guilty pleasure was surprising and funny in equal measures!

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    2. Happy you liked the answers!

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  2. I'll join in the fun, if you don't mind.

    1. Top 5 Movies: Two-Lane Blacktop, Vanishing Point, Flesh and Bone, Jaws, Junior Bonner

    2. Top 5 Directors: Monte Hellman, Walter Hill, Steve Kloves, Sergio Leone, Sam Peckinpah

    3. Top 5 Actors: Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Gene Hackman, Charles Bronson, Warren Oates

    4. Top 5 Actresses: Michelle Pfeiffer, Meg Ryan, Kim Novak, Scarlett Johansson, Kristen Stewart

    5. Favourite Fictional Character: Atticus Finch

    6. Favourite Adaptation: To Kill a Mockingbird (see above)

    7. Favourite Musical: I can’t think of one

    8. First R18 Film You Watched: I can’t remember!

    9. Your Best Experience Going To The Movies: Winning tickets to see Star Wars as a young boy back in ‘77

    10. A Guilty Pleasure: Steven Seagal’s Out For Justice

    11. An Overrated Movie: I can’t answer that, because I really don’t want to antagonise anyone

    12. An Underrated Movie: Flesh and Bone

    13. A Movie That Is Worse Than The Book: So many to choose from. Of the top of my head…Papillon

    14. A Kid’s Movie You Always Watch: The 1960’s version of The Lost World

    15. A Movie From Your Favourite Director Which You Didn’t Like: Monte Hellman’s The Shooting

    16. A Film You’re Expecting Excitedly: Luc Besson’s Malavita

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    1. Sure thing, the more responses the better! Totally agree with you about Flesh and Bone. Supremely jealous about you winning Star Wars tickets, sounds awesome!
      Thanks for the comment, I will link your blog in the post :)

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  3. Hmm, here's the best I could do without making my brain hurt. The more I think about my favourite films the more I begin to believe that I'm somewhat behind the times.

    1. Top 5 Movies:
    Blade Runner
    L.A. Confidential
    eXistenZe
    Grosse Point Blank
    Ripley’s Game

    2. Top 5 Directors:
    David Lynch
    David Cronenberg
    Baz Luhrmann
    Ridley Scott
    Quentin Tarantino

    3. Top 5 Actors:
    4. Top 5 Actresses:
    5. Favourite Fictional Character:
    6. Favourite Adaptation:
    High Fidelity
    7. Favourite Musical:
    Moulin Rouge! Use of colour, general cinematography etc.
    8. First R18 Film You Watched: Sleeping with the Enemy
    9. Your Best Experience Going To The Movies:
    10. A Guilty Pleasure:
    Star Trek II; The Wrath of Khan
    11. An Overrated Movie:
    Skyfall
    12. An Underrated Movie:
    Grosse Point Blank
    13. A Movie That Is Worse Than The Book:
    I, Robot
    14. A Kid’s Movie You Always Watch:
    15. A Movie From Your Favourite Director Which You Didn’t Like:
    Strictly Ballroom
    Prometheus (Ridley Scott). Looks great – makes little sense.
    16. A Film You’re Expecting Excitedly: The Great Gatsby

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  4. Thanks for the response. I'm the opposite with my favourite films, think they're lacking older ones! Agree with The Great Gatsby, DiCaprio was made for the role, can't wait.

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  5. 1. Top 5 Movies:
    * One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
    * La vita è bella (1997)
    * Almost Famous (2000)
    * Lost In Translation (2003)
    * Into the Wild (2007)

    2. Top 5 Directors:
    * Alfred Hitchcock
    * Woody Allen
    * Quentin Tarantino
    * Wes Anderson
    * Christopher Nolan

    3. Top 5 Actors:
    * Jack Nicholson
    * Daniel Day-Lewis
    * Robert De Niro
    * Sean Penn
    * Ryan Gosling

    4. Top 5 Actresses:
    * Meryl Streep
    * Cate Blanchett
    * Kate Winslet
    * Nicole Kidman
    * Marion Cotillard

    5. Favourite Fictional Character:
    * Will Hunting (played by Matt Damon in 1997's "Good Will Hunting")

    6. Favourite Adaptation:
    * Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

    7. Favourite Musical:
    * Once (2006)

    8. First R18 Film You Watched:
    * Fight Club (1999)

    9. Your Best Experience Going To The Movies:
    * Avatr (2009)

    10. A Guilty Pleasure:
    * Home Alone (1990)

    11. An Overrated Movie:
    * Lincoln (2012)

    12. An Underrated Movie:
    * Dancer In the Dark (2000)

    13. A Movie That Is Worse Than The Book:
    * The DaVinci Code (2006)

    14. A Kid’s Movie You Always Watch:
    * Tarzan (1999)

    15. A Movie From Your Favourite Director Which You Didn’t Like:
    * The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001) by Woody Allen

    16. A Film You’re Expecting Excitedly:
    * Don Jon's Addiction (Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut)
    * The Place Beyond the Pines (Derek Cianfrance's post-Blue Valentine)
    * Twelve Years a Slaver (directed by Steve McQueen)

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    1. I think we have pretty similar taste in films judging by your responses, thanks. Definitely going to do a bit of research on Don Jon's Addiction. And I too cannot wait for The Place Beyond the Pines for Gosling and Twelve Years a Slave for Fassbender.

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    2. Don Jon's Addiction got really good critical response during this year's edition of Sundance Film Festival and it stars Gordon-Levitt himself, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore and Tony Danza (and I'm a fan of all them four)

      I think that, right now, I would switch Wes Anderson for Sofia Coppola... Don't know, I guess I have 6 favorite directors XD

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    3. Yeah you're right, that is definitely one I am looking forward to seeing - Gordon-Levitt seems to be one talented man with hitRECord and getting into directing. Poor Wes; but you are now the first person to pick a female director!

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  6. I'm going to put my thoughts in here:
    Top 5 Films:
    1. Aliens
    2. The Shawshank Redemption
    3. The Wicker Man (1973)
    4. The Dark Knight
    5. 12 Angry Men

    Top 5 Directors:
    1. Christopher Nolan
    2. Edgar Wright
    3. Martin Scorcese
    4. Steven Spielberg
    5. Tim Burton

    Top 5 Actors:
    1. Toby Jones
    2. Simon Pegg
    3. Gary Oldman
    4. Robert Downey Jr
    5. Mark Ruffalo

    Top 5 Actresses:
    1. Sigourney Weaver
    2. Meryl Streep
    3. Carey Mulligan
    4. Anne Hathaway
    5. Chloe Grace Moretz

    Favourite Fictional Character - Tony Stark or Red

    Favourite Adaptation - The Shawshank Redemption

    Favourite Musical - The Shawshank Redemption

    First R/18 Film You Watched - Django Unchained (in cinema)

    Your Best Experience Going To The Movies - A Good Friday screening of Monty Python's Life of Brian

    A Guilty Pleasure - Tim Burton's Dark Shadows

    An Overrated Movie - Drive

    An Underrated Movie - Scott Pilgrim

    A Movie That Is Worse Than The Book - Eragon

    A Kid’s Movie You Always Watch - Anything made by Pixar or Aardman

    A Movie From Your Favourite Director Which You Didn’t Like - There has never been a bad Christopher Nolan film

    A Film You’re Expecting Excitedly - The World's End

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    1. Thanks for answering. It's funny you mentioned Eragon because I was looking at the novel today and thought of how disappointing the film was in comparison. And you are so right with the Christopher Nolan comment, so consistent.

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    2. Quick change, made a bit of a cock up with Best Musical, was meant to put Across The Universe, no idea why I put Shawshank Redemption. With directors making bad films, the only bad film I've seen from any of the directors in my top 5 is Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.

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    3. Haha I thought as much! Across The Universe, good shout. I agree with Alice in Wonderland, visually stunning as it is.

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  7. Here's mine from rojomovie.blogspot.com. Ro might come by and offer her opinions a little later.


    1. Top 5 Movies:
    -Pulp Fiction
    -The North Face
    -The Proposition
    -Sunshine
    -The Departed

    2. Top 5 Directors:
    -Quentin Tarantino
    -Jean Pierre Jeunet
    -Darren Aronofsky
    -Lars Von Trier
    -David Cronenberg

    3. Top 5 Actors:
    -Daniel Day-Lewis
    -Guy Pearce
    -Sean Penn
    -Denzel Washington
    -Leonardo DiCaprio

    4. Top 5 Actresses:
    -Isabelle Huppert
    -Cecile De France
    -Meryl Streep
    -Beatrice Dalle
    -Audrey Tautou

    5. Favourite Fictional Character:
    -Roland Deschain (The Dark Tower)

    6. Favourite Adaptation:
    -Currently: Game of Thrones

    7. Favourite Musical:
    -The Nightmare Before Christmas

    8. First R18 Film You Watched:
    -Universal Soldier

    9. Your Best Experience Going To The Movies:
    -Mystic River. That was when I really sat back and reflected on how ridiculously talented Clint Eastwood is. Whew! That was something.

    10. A Guilty Pleasure:
    -Under Siege

    11. An Overrated Movie:
    -Anything Michael Bay Does

    12. An Underrated Movie:
    -Glory

    13. A Movie That Is Worse Than The Book:
    -Pet Sematary

    14. A Kid’s Movie You Always Watch:
    -Clifford (Martin Short, not the big red dog)

    15. A Movie From Your Favourite Director Which You Didn’t Like:
    -Tarantino doesn't make bad films. But...Brad Anderson laid a huge egg with "Vanishing on 7th Street". I was deeply disappointed in that one.

    16. A Film You’re Expecting Excitedly:
    -I'm pretty pumped about Aronofsky's new Noah film.

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  8. Haha I enjoyed the Michael Bay comment, so true as well! Thanks for the response, Audrey Tautou is a good call for actress.

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