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Favorite classic movie

Ben Hur, without a doubt. I love that movie, the music, the scenes on the slave ship, the conflict between 2 former best friends. Could have done without the last 45 minutes when Ben Hur's mother and sister are miraculously cured the moment of Jesus' crucifixion... maybe because I don't think the movie really needs that religious facet. It works well enough without it.

Movie with the best soundtrack

Difficult question - and I'm going to ignore musicals and/or Disney movies right now. I'm an absolute fan of John Williams' work, Star Wars, Jurassic Park etc. But his strength is composing strong and memorable themes, but I don't like the "action"-music so much. Then there was James Horner, whose music for Apollo 13 and many others including Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan I absolutely adore. And of course, there's Howard Shore's magnificent soundtrack for The Lord of the Rings.

But somehow, the soundtrack that perhaps matched the movie best, that captured and underlined the mood of the story best, is Hans Zimmer's The Dark Knight-OST. Still get the shivers with those final notes when Gordon explains to his son that they have to hunt down Batman - and the music that comes down like wave, submerging Batman.

A movie that changed your opinion about something

Again, might go with the Batman-trilogy which showed me that comic-adaptations don't have to be pseudo-funny and/or lightweight entertainment, and that, sometimes, it's worth taking a closer look before passing judgment.

Your least favorite movie

Can't really pick one out.

So, that's it for this meme. :)
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A movie that no one would expect you to love

I guess I can't really answer that. But I'd say that no one would expect me to love (or at least enjoy) action movies with plotholes the size of the Atlantic like Independence Day or Olympus has fallen... or even Pirates of the Caribbean because I don't like pirate movies (or Johnny Depp), but I found that one hilarious.

A movie that's a guilty pleasure

Right now, I'd say Sherlock, can't get enough of it. But that's not a movie - well, it sort of is... anyway, moving along. Speaking of movies, I'll go with The Lord of the Rings. I almost always tune in when it's on TV, I just love all three of them.
brabbel123: (Puss in Boots)
Your favorite character from any movie

Well, I guess it's cheating a bit - but I'm going with Leonard Nimoy's Spock, especially in The Wrath of Khan. Love the understated emotions, the dry humour, the strong friendship with both Kirk and McCoy... And sorry, but Quinto's version will never come even close to Nimoy's.

Favorite documentary

I don't think I've ever seen a documentary in the cinema, so I'll pass here.
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I've been remiss in updating this journal... again...

Your favorite actor

The same applies to the favourite actress as well - I don't watch movies just because a certain actor's in it. But of course, some actors draw my attention.

Most recently, that's certainly Benedict Cumberbatch. I absolutely adore his Sherlock, and, as said before, I loved him in The Imitation Game. And I almost for sure will watch Black Mass because of him (because gangster movies usually don't really appeal to me all that much).

And I'm taking a closer look on movies starring George Clooney, Christian Bale, Ewan McGregor, or even Leonardo DiCaprio, just to name a few.

Your favorite actress

More difficult to answer. I quite enjoyed Jodie Foster, Julia Robers or Michelle Pfeiffer's works - but there are hardly any movies with them any more. Right now, I quite enjoy seeing Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway.

The most overrated movie

Hm... Pulp Fiction? Perhaps it's not a genre that I usually enjoy... and I have to admit that I watched that one in a Sneak Preview, and most certainly wouldn't have bought a ticket knowingly for this movie. I just remember being quite bored.

The most underrated movie

Most certainly, Thirteen Days and The Imitation Game... both would have deserved a much larger audience.

Movie-Meme List )
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A movie that disappointed you the most

Well, to be disappointed the movie would have had to raise quite a high level of expection prior to watching it. Again, The Dark Knight Rises comes to mind which certainly didn't live up to the high quality of The Dark Knight. But I can't help ponder what kind of movie that might have been had Ledger not died.

Then there're Star Trek: Generations and Insurrection to which I was looking forward quite a bit - and which both failed to deliver. And let's not forget Star Wars: Attack of the Clones which certainly contained some of the stupidest dialogue I've ever heard in a movie. Not to mention that (previously) independent and moral compass Padme loses all her principles when confronted with Anakin having killed an entire village out of revenge. She just dismisses his actions ("You were angry"... WTF?) instead of seeing the bigger problem. But in a way everyone was just plain blind, stupid and arrogant in that movie. I know that many think Attack of the Clones was a step up after Phantom Menace. But I actually liked that part, especially because of Qui-Gon whose charisma let me forget Jar-Jar or the annoying Anakin... or that 10 year old Anakin who looked like 6 fell in love with 14 year old Padme who looked like 18...

And last but not least, I was quite disappointed by the movie version of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Not that the whole movie series lived up to the hype, but everything that made the book so special, the whole background about the Marauders and their tragic fate was dropped in the movie. All that was left were the Dementor sequences and the overly long Werewolf sequence at the end which was not the focus of the book at all. On the other hand they did manage to squeeze in a few nice scenes with Harry and Remus resp. Sirius but that was little solace for having to witness such a butchering of this fabulous book.

Quite interesting, that the movie disappointments that I now remember most all are part of a series... not stand-alone movies.
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The best movie you saw during the last year

Well, that was without a doubt The Imitation Game. I loved the non-flashy way, it was a movie that focussed more on dialogue and people than on effects and action which is rare nowadays. Cumberbatch was great, he brought Turing to life - even if he has to pay attention to not being type-casted... Knightley was brilliant as well. The movie, especially Cumberbatch would have deserved an Oscar, but as I said in my previous review, maybe the script lacked that final bit of courage to actually demonstrate the plight of homosexuals in the UK, rather than turn it into an innocent youthful crush and only hint at Turing's love life via dialogue and concentrate on cracking the code. I'm not proposing any hot and steamy love scenes, far from it because there's too much already of that in movies/TV-shows. But focusing more on Turing's secret life, the constant fear of homosexuals back then, the injustice of only being pardoned a couple of years ago might have made more of an impact.
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The last movie you saw in a theater

That was Interstellar back in February. I was curious about the hype that movie was getting, and I liked the ending - but it certainly took its time getting there. Nolan's movies, except for the Batman-trilogy which I loved (or at least in the case of the Dark Knight Rises liked), have an interesting effect on me: I'm not that thrilled by them when I watch them or immediately after, but they stick with me. That's been the case with Inception and here Interstellar (though I by far preferred Inception out of the two).

As I said before, I've become a bit lazy about going to the movies, rather waiting to see them on DVD or stream. But in the next couple of months there are quite a few that I'll watch on the big screen again, starting with Mockingjay II, Star Wars etc.
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The first movie you saw in a theater

I remember some Disney animated movie when I was quite young. Then I saw Rain Man which I thought quite good, and Dirty Dancing which I liked back then because of Swayze (loved him in North and South *g*) and the music. But the first movie that really made an impression, that led to me going to the movies at least once a week for quite a few years, was The Dead Poets' Society.

The whole setting in a school (I was 13 back then), outsiders trying to fit in, the fight for independence from (overbearing) parents, it all hit very close to home. In my opinion this is Robin Williams' masterpiece - and it didn't hurt that I had a massive crush on Ethan Hawke back then, even though I can't stand him now. Maybe that's because I'm still embarrassed because of that crush. *lol* And of course, I loved Robert Sean Leonard.

Carpe Diem - and just trying to change your point of view sometimes stuck with me. Williams' death revealed how much of an impact that message had when reporters and people around the world climbed on their desks to pay tribute to him last year. It brought tears to my eyes, just as the movie did 25 years ago.

Josh Charles' character's love story is the minor point of criticism that I have because it drags on quite a bit - which is why the Dead Poets' Society isn't quite up there with my favourite movies. But it's still interesting to see those youthful actors making their way in the movie- and TV-business with Charles in Sports Night and, more recently, in The Good Wife (still hate that they killed him off there).
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A movie that you used to love but now hate

Honestly, I can't think of any movie that fits into that category... *sighs

Which is why I'm going to post Day 14 today as well (and because I missed out on posting yesterday *g*).

Your favorite movie quote

Puh, just one? I'm going to cheat... again... as usual.*g*

Carpe diem! (The Dead Poets' Society)

Luke, I AM your father! (The Empire Strikes Back)

Even the smallest person can change the course of the future. (The Fellowship of the Ring)

The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return. (Moulin Rouge)

And my absolute favourites:

Mine, mine, mine... (Finding Nemo)

I have been and always shall be your friend. (Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan)
brabbel123: (Puss in Boots)
Your favorite animated movie

Classical animated movie? I think that's still The Lion King. Just loved it when right before Christmas the Disney animated movies came out - and it was quite a good time for those with Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Lion King in 3 consecutive years. I loved the music and songs, Scar (Jeremy Irons was just great), and the story. And it's taken 20 years for Lion King to be shown on regular TV... and I think they still haven't aired Aladdin, come to think of it. Strange.

From the more modern computer animated movies - again, Shrek II.
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Your favorite movie from childhood

I think my favourite movie as a child was Heidi, an old Austrian version of it from the 1950s. I loved the scenery, Heidi's not being able to adapt to the city-life and of course, her reunion with her grandfather. Still have that movie. *g*
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Your favorite director

Actually, I don't have one. I just don't pay attention to those credits. Sorry.

30 Day-Meme-List )
brabbel123: (Puss in Boots)
A movie that you know practically the whole script of

Well, I guess there are more movies out there that I know by heart than I can think of now because I have a tendency to rewatch movies quite a few times.

Well, I'll go with the Lord of the Rings-trilogy here, especially Fellowship, its prologue, and Gandalf's discussion with Frodo about Sauron and the ring... I practically speak the words with the actors every time I watch the movie. Oh, how I love those movies!

Another good example is Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan ("I have been and always shall be your friend" *sniffle), or even Star Wars ("I AM your father").
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A movie that makes you sad

Hm, another category up to interpretation. *g* Does "sad" mean bawling my eyes out? Because let me tell you, it's not a satisfying movie-experience for me if I don't get teary-eyed at least once. Or does it mean ranting at the injustice of it all?

The Dead Poets' Society comes to mind - but I'll get into that movie in a later category. I remember crying quite hard at the end of Sommersby which was particularly embarrassing because I watched that movie with my brother who, prat that he sometimes can be, quite enjoyed being the only one left dry-eyed among all the sniffling going on around him. Then there was Braveheart which I didn't enjoy overall, but still couldn't help but be moved at the execution scene.

And last but not least, The Man without a face also left me feeling teary-eyed and sad - in the movie it's just the injustice of prejudice because of McLoud's solitary life, but I had the chance to read the book it's based on as well which goes quite beyond what's depicted in the movie.
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A movie that makes you happy

I think I unwittingly covered that with yesterday's "feel-good" category.

Just last weekend I rewatched The Dark Knight Rises - which I don't actually like but for the last 45 minutes or so. But the moment when Bruce donned mask and cape again and appeared for the first time as Batman I had a huge smile on my face. So, it's not the whole movie (it rarely is), but single scenes that usually make me happy, and this one's a good example for that.
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Favourite comedy movie

Another difficult category because, as with horror movies, I don't really watch mere comedies. There always has to be some drama as well because if not I get bored... so I'm going to count dramedies and rom-coms in this category, and I'm going to rename it the favourite feel-good movie.

Love Actually is such a movie. First of all it's got a terrific cast, the whole who-is-who of British film, I guess. And even though the substories are only linked loosely it doesn't get boring. It's fun, it's about love in its various forms, it's about disappointment and moving on. And it's a movie to get you into that Christmas-cheer.

Honorary mentions go to When Harry Met Sally, Notting Hill, Dave and, of course, Shrek, especially the second part... which has me practically in tears with all the allusions to Lord of the Rings etc. And well, there's the cat... *points to avatar
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Sorry for dropping off in the middle of this meme, but I was on vacations... *g*

Favorite drama movie

Puh, that's a difficult one since I practically almost only watch drama-movies. So, it would correspond with the favourite overall movie, I guess.

I'm going to go with Thirteen Days here right now. I love political drama, I love Bruce Greenwood (still very annoyed they killed him off in ST: Into Darkness!!), and I love history. And it helps that I graduated from school specializing in the Cold War, Kennedy and the Cuba Crisis. This is a gripping movie although it's mostly talk, not much action or even a change of scenery.

Schindler's List certainly deserves being mentionned here as well. Honestly, I hated that movie when I first saw it, because it was sort of compulsary to watch it back in school during a WWII-focus - and being forced to watch a movie doesn't really help to enjoy it. A couple of years later I watched it again, this time voluntarily, and I was equally horrified and moved by it. Certainly up to this day Steven Spielberg's master piece.

And of course, speaking of drama, The Lord of the Rings is right up there as well. Still get that lump in my throat when Frodo says good-bye and boards the ship... everytime. *sighs
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Your favourite horror-movie

I don't watch horror movies because thrillers already have me peeking through my fingers... Having said that, I'm going with The Silence of the Lambs, a fantastic psychological thriller, an engaging quid-pro-quo between Hannibal Lector and Clarice Starling who were both simply stunning - and yes, a bit of nail-biting, "can't watch that" horror elements right at the end when Clarice went looking for the serial killer in the dark. I also enjoyed Red Dragon and, of course, the Hannibal-series, but this was the start of Hannibal, the Cannibal, and I usually still tune in when it's aired on TV 20 years later.
brabbel123: (Puss in Boots)
Your favorite action/adventure movie

That's a difficult one since I don't really watch action and/or adventure movies. But I'll broaden the definition a bit and name "The Dark Knight" since it undoubtedly contains quite a few action sequences. Of course, it's more about the psychological warfare between Batman/Bruce and the Joker but it fits into this category just as well. And the final half hour of this movie is just stunning, and I find myself speaking Gordon's final monologue right along with him every time. Just love that movie!

Honorable mentions go, of course, to the various Star Trek-movies, especially the newer ones (and ST II, I guess, but I wouldn't put that one in this genre).
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The last movie you watched

Well, that was Les Misérables. I love the musical, so it was fun to see it turned into a movie. I was especially impressed by Anne Hathaway's rendition of Fantine. Who knew she had such a nice singing voice? She definitely deserved the Oscar she got. Hugh Jackman as Valjean was okay, Russell Crowe certainly isn't much of a singer, though. *g* Overall, quite an impressive cast with lots of big names.

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