Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Today, because I'm tired, got too little sleep and can hardly think, I thought I'd cut and paste the 30-for-30 E and her bloggy (how did a word that wasn't even a word a decade ago become an adjective?) friends do on Tuesdays. This week's fare is all about movies.

1. If you could watch only one movie for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Dead Poet's Society, just for two moments: when Robin Williams gets a young, introverted Ethan Hawke to speak the poetry of his soul in front of a class, and when, as Robin leaves for good, the boys stand on their chairs and say, "O Captain, my Captain."  Love, love, love it.  Goose bumps just thinking about it.

2. Let's say someone wrote a screenplay about you; what actor/actress would you choose to play you and why?
Who I'd choose and who should are two entirely different propositions.  I'd choose Meryl Streep, and she could probably pull off a chubby woman in her fifties with a longish nose.  Hmm. The only problem is she's entirely too stylish for me.  She'd have to drab up quite a bit.  But she's good at those kind of things, so maybe I'll stick with her.

3. What's the first movie you remember seeing in theaters?
Mary Poppins.  No question about it.  It was stunning.  The whole experience.  We weren't much for seeing movies when I was small.  My dad was a grad student, my mom was a stay-at-home, sometimes-substitute teacher.  Not a whole lot of extra money for things like movies.

4. Did you ever make out at the back of the movie theater in middle school/high school?
Well, if by 'make-out',  you mean sit by and hold hands with a boy, the answer is yes.  If you mean anything beyond that, absolutely not. Gross.  Though, I unfortunately, I was sometimes the beard.  That is, I was the friend a girl was supposedly going to the movie with so she could really sit in back and make out with a boy.  I'd wind up sitting down in front with some boy--also a beard.

5. Are you a Netflix-er, Blockbuster-er or a Redbox-er? (Or none of the above?)
Mostly a Redbox-er at this point, if at all.

6. Name one actor/actress who you would give anything to have a dinner date with.
Tom Hanks (and his wife, of course).  I just watched him on Oprah and he was hilarious.  The whole place was laughing hysterically.  Plus I loved what he answered when Oprah asked why he'd stayed married to the same woman so long: "Because I'm not stupid." I think he would be interesting and funny and Beve and I would both enjoy them both.

7. What's the worst movie you've ever seen?
Oh gracious, how much time do you have?  When I was in college, I went to a whole lot of movies.  There were 99 cent shows at midnight every Friday and Saturday night, plus matinees, so sometimes we saw as many as 7 shows on a weekend.  My personal best...Anyway, I wish I could say I've walked out of some of those stupid ones, but I didn't.  But I HATE movies where you root for the bad guy, also ones where one calamity after another keeps happening, all for comedy's sake.  These make me crazy.  Beve LOVES Trains, Planes and Automobiles, and I really can't stand it, though I concede that there are funny moments.  Beve and I did turn off The Wedding Crashers after about five minutes a few years ago. Our kids shook their heads at us, saying we need to run our choices by them before we rent movies.  Now that's telling

8. Do you sneak snacks into the theater when you go?
Not very often.

9. Movie theater popcorn: love or hate it?
Unfortunately, love it.  Fortunately, I rarely allow myself to buy it.  Easier not to take the first bite.

10. What is the all-time best Disney movie in your opinion?
My sentimental choice is Mary Poppins, even though my kids will groan.  We had a rather regrettable experience with that movie one summer.  A house-guest found all of our other Disney movies too violent for her three-year-old son, so it was all-Mary-Poppins-all-the-time for those weeks.  Our kids practically wanted to burn the movie after that.  And who could blame them?  But you know how violent Little Mermaid is, after all.  One can't be too careful.

And there you have it.  My take on the movies.


E said...

Little Mermaid can corrupt the soul. Seriously.

Elle said...

I haven't even seen Little Mermaid. Tear.

jeskmom said...

We'll have to rectify that when you come over this summer, Elle. Seriously.