In recent weeks, this blog has had (more than) its share of entries which are devoted to and/or linked with movies. To those readers who are regulars yet aren't all that into films (like my dear mother!), I apologize even while stating that those posts rather accurately reflect what's often on my mind these days. That said, here's putting up yet another cinema-related blog entry....! ;b
For the record: This one's inspired by an on-going thread over at the Mobius Home Video Forum's Arthouse, World and Hollywood Cinema discussion board started by Mobius regular, William S. Wilson, which he entitled The personal movie quiz, Or how I learned about Mobians. Also, earlier today, I posted my responses to his twenty-three-in-total queries along with some thirty other Mobians already.
However, not least on account of William having -- as he openly admitted -- borrowed those questions from a blog (in particular, that which belongs to fellow Mobian, Marty McKee), here's thinking that it would be a good thing if I "returned" this poll to the blogosphere; with the added bonus that by posting it over on this blog, film fans who are not Mobians can join in on the fun! (And yes, I really do hope -- and would be interested in seeing -- that you do, including by posting your own responses on this entry's comments section. :b)
In addition, what I'd like to do is turn this quiz into a blog meme. And to this end, here's taking the further action to "tag"-- I hope they'll read this post! -- the individuals behind the Falling Stone are not Heavy and just me blogs to respond to take this personal movie quiz over on their blogs; albeit with the proviso that upon their doing so, they alert me to their doing so by doing such as linking back to this entry! :b
Also, in the interests of "playing fair" (e.g., to provide proof that I have indeed taken the quiz myself!), here's copying out the answers I submitted over at the Mobius Home Video Forum and placing them on this post with three caveats: i.e., firstly, that for the sake of brevity, I named just one movie or actor per answer; secondly, I couldn't resist adding a few comments here and there to my original responses; and thirdly, that since the original quiz had two number fives, I thought it would make for less confusion to renumber one of them as 5a.
1. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 times.
Peking Opera Blues -- and I lost count of the times I've viewed it after the first 50 times... ;S
2. Name a movie that you've seen multiple times in the theater.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon -- and to add to this "feat", I saw it in five different cities: i.e., Penang and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Philadelphia, Los Angeles and New York in the U.S.A.! :o
3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to see a movie.
With the idea that actor = male or female here: Brigitte Lin Ching-Hsia. (But of course! ;b)
4. Name an actor that would make you less likely to see a movie.
Zhang Ziyi -- and that there are two films on this list which star her are a testament to how highly esteem I them in spite of her presence in them... :S
5. Name a movie that you can and do quote from.
Cool Hand Luke: For example, "I can eat 50 eggs!"; also, "What we have here is a failure to communicate..."
5(a). Name a movie musical that you know all of the lyrics to all of the songs.
The Sound of Music.
6. Name a movie that you have been known to sing along with.
Since I'm trying not to repeat my answers: Mary Poppins (rather than The Song of Music).
7. Name a movie that you would recommend everyone see.
My Neighbor Totoro.
8. Name a movie that you own.
Beau Travail -- Suffice to say that I own a video copy of more than one movie and it would be a chore to list them all. So I figure that I might as well go ahead here and name the film that people are least likely to know that I own! ;)
9. Name an actor that launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops.
The late Leslie Cheung.
10. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in? If so, what?
Yes, but it was so long ago that I forget the title of the movie(s)!
11. Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just haven't yet gotten around to it.
A Taste of Cherry.
12. Ever walked out of a movie?
Yep, but I've not done so in years.
13. Name a movie that made you cry in the theater.
Hotel Rwanda -- which, didn't just make me cry but, instead, weep loudly at least three separate times over the course of a single screening.
Only for "popcorn" type movies! Put another way: I don't much like hearing the sound of my -- never mind anybody else... -- munching popcorn during the quieter moments of quieter type films!
15. How often do you go to the movies (as opposed to renting them or watching them at home)?
The average is once every two weeks or so over here in Malaysia.
16. What's the last movie you saw in the theater?
Bubble Fiction: Boom or Bust -- over at the Hong Kong International Film Festival. Outside of film festivals, it was Just Follow Law (a Singaporean comedy starring Fann Wong (Shanghai Knights) and Gurmit Singh -- who actually is far more loveable than his sobriquet of "Asia's Jim Carrey" makes him sound!).
17. What's your favorite/preferred genre of movie?
I can't choose just one genre!!!! Also, I really like movies that are multi-genre and/or genre-transcending in nature!
18. What's the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?
Probably The Sound of Music -- Oops, just broke my resolution to avoid answering with the same title more than once! ;(
19. What movie do you wish you had never seen?
Kill Bill 1 -- and since it was banned in Malaysia, I even bought an expensive Australian DVD of it in order to view the movie!
20. What is the weirdest movie you enjoyed?
21. What is the scariest movie you've seen?
The Eye (the Hong Kong original, that is) -- in particular, the elevator scene almost gave me heart failure!
22. What is the funniest movie you've seen?
I tend to love the comedies that throw in a bit of pathos best but the movie that's made me laugh the loudest and most in recent times is My Wife is a Gangster.