Chris at moviesandsongs365 was kind enough to pass on the Liebster Award to me a couple of weeks ago. It’s a film-related meme that asks bloggers to answer questions about themselves and then pass it on to other bloggers. I’ve adapted it slightly, but here's my response to the excellent questions that Chris set.
1. When and how did you become interested in movies?
I’d been taken to films from an early age, and the occasional one - such as Return to Oz - made a big impression. But the turning point in terms of seeing films not so much as a pastime but as a way of life was Home Alone in 1990, age 10.
2. Who is your favourite director, and why?
I kind of surprise myself by saying this, because there are several of his movies that I think are very bad indeed. But for taking American cinema in directions no-one else ever had, I'm going to go for Robert Altman. I sorely miss getting new films from him. Hitchcock, John Sayles and Claire Denis would all be alternative candidates.
3. What is your favourite movie discovered in 2012 (old or new), and why?
Toss-up between The Kid With A Bike, Martha Marcy May Marlene and Keyhole.
4. If you had to recommend any movie that you think everyone should watch, what would it be, and why?
This question kind of makes me want to say Problem Child 2 or something. But to that classic I’ll add Dziga Vertov’s Man With A Movie Camera. For being so inimitably thrilling, and my favourite film in the Sight & Sound "Greatest Films" Top 10.
5. Have you been to film festival, and how was the experience?
Yes, London numerous times. Always a good experience.
6. Which soundtrack or score do you keep going back to?
Lost in Translation. Also Wojciech Kilar’s overwhelmingly beautiful score for Jane Campion's The Portrait of A Lady.
7. What films do you find yourself daydreaming about every so often?
Well, at the moment, it’s all about Mr. Maddin’s maddening and marvellous Keyhole.
8. Who do you talk about movies with in real life, outside of the blogosphere?
Friends, family, colleagues, students.
9. Favourite film poster?
The one for Alain Resnais’s Wild Grass.
10. What movie is the record holder that you have seen the most times, and why?
It’s either Home Alone, or Paradise, which I wrote about recently.
11. Which movie websites (not blogs) do you visit?
Too few, I must confess, these days. But http://www.rogerebert.com/ and http://www.guardian.co.uk/film fairly regularly
So here’s 11 questions for: Michał at Last Seat on the Right, Jason at Popsublime and John Gray at Going Gently, should they have the time/inclination.
1. What was the first movie that had an impact on you?
2. Where is your favourite place to see a movie?
3. What is your favourite film of 2012 so far, and why?
4. What is your favourite Meryl Streep performance, and why?
5. Which film do you consider to be overrated?
6. How many DVDs do you own, and which is your favourite?
7. Do you have a favourite film-related book? (Of criticism, biography, whatever.) Which one, and why?
8. Best use of a song in a (non-musical) movie?
9. A film that scared you?
10. Favourite French film? And why?
11. Complete the sentence: I love movies because …