Another Movie Meme

1. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 times.

Not sure I’ve seen ANY movie more than 10 times. MAYBE the Wizard of OZ on TV, but the first several times was on a B&W set. “Annie Hall” I’ve seen a lot. Also Le Roi de Coeur, which played in my college town annually for a while. There tend to be scenes, usually because TNT/TBS is running the movie over and over, that I’ve seen a lot: the end of Animal House (from “the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor”), e.g.

2. Name a movie that you’ve seen multiple times in the theater.
At least three times, and possibly many more: Le Roi de Coeur. Four times: Annie Hall, Midnight Cowboy. Twice: the first Planet of the Apes, Help!, Yellow Submarine. Woodstock, I sat through twice in a row. Catch-22: 1 1/2 times – there’s a story there.

3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to see a movie.

Meryl Streep, apparently. Saw, in the movie theater, two of her movies (Prada, Prairie Home Companion) in 2006. James Cromwell (Babe, L.A. Confidential, The Queen). There are probably others.

4. Name an actor that would make you less likely to see a movie.

Rob Schneider. Actually about a third of the SNL alums (David Spade among them) who are making movies.

5. Name a movie that you can and do quote from.

Quote on a regular basis like in my everyday life? Midnight Cowboy: “I’m WALKIN” here!” I try NOT to quote “The Wizard of Oz”.

6. Name a movie musical that you know all of the lyrics to all of the songs.

“West Side Story”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, “The Sound of Music”

7. Name a movie that you have been known to sing along with.

I don’t sing along with movies. Takes me out of the film.

8. Name a movie that you would recommend everyone see.

With the caveat that I don’t think there’s such a thing that everyone MUST see: Schnidler’s List.

9. Name a movie that you own.

I own a number of VHS tapes. One of them is Stuart Little, which I’m pretty sure was a gift. We started watching it, but the cat was too scary for Lydia. I didn’t know that Hugh Laurie, who I only know from the TV show “House” was the father in that movie or that M. Night Shyamalan co-wrote the screenplay; the movie was released the same year as The Sixth Sense.

10. Name an actor that launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops.

Will Smith, Chuck Connors.

11. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in? If so, what?

Saw lots of movies at the drive-in as a kid. The last time that I can remember the films were all five Planet of the Apes films (I fell asleep during the last one, which, apparently, is just as well).

12. Ever made out in a movie?


13. Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just haven’t yet gotten around to it.

Office Space. Actually went to the library to seek it out last month, then didn’t have time to watch it before it was due back.

14. Ever walked out of a movie?

No, but got awful close with Fellini’s Satyricon.

15. Name a movie that made you cry in the theater.

I cried at the end of The Pursuit of Happyness, I cried at the end of Brokeback Mountain. I can be a sucker for a weeper. Oh, and – do I want to admit this? – I got a little misty in Toy Story 2, when Jessie the Cowgirl sang When She Loved Me.

16. Popcorn?


17. How often do go to the movies (as opposed to renting them or watching them at home)?

Not nearly as often as BL (before Lydia), when it was twice a month, at least, and a lot more in the winter. Now it’s usually every two months, at best.

18. What’s the last movie you saw in the theater?

Notes on a Scandal.

19. What’s your favorite/preferred genre of movie?

Intelligent comedy.

20. What’s the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?

State Fair

21. What movie do you wish you had never seen?

I don’t remember the title. It was a double feature with some old Francis the Talking Mule film. The story involved this woman who was old and/or homely but became lovely through this potion. Men found her irresistible, but if they kissed her, she’d revert to her former self. She had to kill them, using some ring to the jugular, and blow some powder to return to her beautiful self. I was about 10 or 11, so this movie came out before 1964. The thing gave me nightmares for MONTHS. It was, quite literally, a pain in the neck.

22. What is the weirdest movie you enjoyed?

I don’t know: Life of Brian, The Sixth Sense, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Any of these weird?

23. What is the scariest movie you’ve seen?

That I can remember the title to? Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia.

24. What is the funniest movie you’ve seen?

Young Frankenstein, which I can quote in part, but it doesn’t make any sense out of context.
So I’m going through the list of bloggers I check out, and I come to the site of my buddy Fred Hembeck and what do I read on March 1? “I blame Roger Green.” What?

Seems that the idea Tom the Dog had to list all of the Oscar-winning movies he’d seen I expanded on somewhat to mention the circumstances. Well, Monsieur Hembeck took the concept much further, not only with far greater detail than I could possible muster about who he saw films with, but also about a dozen responses to MY posts, plus nearly as many pictures. A real bang-up job that you should see here.
Hey, Albany: The Oscar-winning “On the Waterfront” at the Palace Theater, Wednesday, March 7, 1 and 7 pm, $5.

Author: Roger

I'm a librarian. I hear music, even when it's not being played. I used to work at a comic book store, and it still informs my life. I won once on JEOPARDY! - ditto.

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