1. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 times.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. I saw it in theaters, rented it twice for Christmas, bought it (and saw it endless times thanks to that), and accidentally caught it on television at least three times. I’ve probably seen the other two nearly as many times, but this one follows me home. I will defend this movie till I die.
2. Name a movie that you’ve seen multiple times in the theater.
I haven’t seen anything more than twice in the theater, but I have seen the following twice: Jurassic Park: The Lost World, Inside Man, Batman Begins, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Usually once with my mother and once with my friends.
3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to see a movie.
It used to be Christian Bale, but then I saw Equilibrium and that is no longer true. Now it’s probably Viggo Mortensen and Joaquin Phoenix (for a mix of aesthetic pleasure and talent). For actresses, probably Cate Blanchett. It used to be Jodie Foster, but I don’t know what the hell she thinks she’s doing, with the likes of The Brave One. We’ll see if Elizabeth: The Golden Age ruins Cate’s no-fail standard too.
4. Name an actor that would make you less likely to see a movie.
Mel Gibson. Signs was before he had his “breakdown”.
5. Name a movie that you can and do quote from.
I can talk along to The Lord of the Rings movies, clearly, but my favorite quotes come from Jurassic Park.
6. Name a movie musical that you know all of the lyrics to all of the songs.
Evita. It’s a family tradition.
7. Name a movie that you have been known to sing along with.
I don’t sing during movies.
8. Name a movie that you would recommend everyone see.
See my Honor Roll. All of those apply.
9. Name a movie that you own.
Um, I own more than a few. Here’s one I haven’t mentioned: Walk The Line.
10. Name an actor that launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops.
Keith Richards. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. Only thing I can think of.
11. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in? If so, what?
No. No drive-ins exist anywhere I’ve lived.
12. Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just haven’t yet gotten around to it.
See Up Next.
13. Ever walked out of a movie?
Not in a theater. I have wanted to walk out of a few romantic comedies, like Failure to Launch, and some blatantly horrid movies, like The Libertine. But I don’t waste eleven dollars.
14. Name a movie that made you cry in the theater.
Jet Li’s Fearless.
Yes. No butter, no water needed. But watch the movie. It’s absolutely necessary for, say, King Kong, but not for, say, Jarhead.
16. How often do you go to the movies (as opposed to renting them or watching them at home)?
Depends. In Melbourne I’ve only done so twice. In New York, maybe once every two months. In Lincoln, probably once a month or more.
17. What’s the last movie you saw in the theater?
Rush Hour 3. Oh yes. It wasn’t that bad, but you have to go in with no expectations. I’m a fan of the Rush Hour movies. They get away with so much racial innuendos, because the main characters are minorities, and they always team up on the white people. It’s hilarious. I think it’s the half-Asian in me, it makes me think I’m in on the joke. My best friend’s Asian too, and my mother is practically Asian, given how much she knows Indonesia and Japan.
18. What’s your favorite/preferred genre of movie?
Bleak and surreal.
19. What’s the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?
Aladdin. We saw the five o’clock show because the three o’clock show sold out, and the theater people wanted to make us stand in line for the entire two hours, but my mother bullied them into letting us buy tickets at three, and then we went and ate Baskin Robbins on the ground floor of the mall. I was happy, but my parents weren’t. Going to the movies in Jakarta is a very royal pain in the behind – there’s no such thing as buying tickets early, only waiting in lines and running to the correct ticket booth in a frenzy that could only exist in the third world.
20. What movie do you wish you had never seen?
The Producers. There are a lot of bad movies out there, but none worse than this.
21. What is the weirdest movie you enjoyed?
Uh? 4? Mulholland Drive? Being John Malkovich? Oh, wait, Gozu – Takashi Miike, who’s clinically insane.
22. What is the scariest movie you’ve seen?
Depends on the definition of scary. The Ring and Ju-On are two movies that I literally could not watch because they were, in a strictly sensual (eyes, ears) way, far too frightening for me. I am not a fan of ghosts or deformities. But in terms of psychologically scary for conceptual reasons, I would say Kairo, which I actually very much enjoyed.
23. What is the funniest movie you’ve seen?
Hot Fuzz. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are ridiculously talented (as is Edgar Wright, their writer). Shaun of the Dead is number two. My roommate and I think they should be required to make two movies a year, and they should do the antique-safari genre next.
24. What is your favorite movie line ever?
“Where you’re going is the only place in the world where the geese chase you.” – Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park: The Lost World.
25. Who is your favorite movie character?
Aside from being far too difficult of a question… I’ll have to say Kurtz of Apocalypse Now, partly because he’s played by Marlon Brando.
26. What movie do you love that most people hate?
The Mothman Prophecies. Random, but true. It’s because most people expect a horror movie and it’s very slow without big shock scares. But it’s a beautiful, haunting, quiet type of horror – there is a horror there. A lot of people don’t like Contact either, though I don’t know why.
27. What movie do you hate that most people love?
Several. I’m a contrarian. The Neverending Story, A Clockwork Orange (although I appreciate what it’s trying to do, I don’t think it does it well). V For Vendetta, too – any political science major who loves this movie should be ashamed. Not only is it terrible as a film – can you say amateur? the dialogue was even worse than Children of Men – but its supposed radical political message is one that revolutionaries and marginalized people everywhere have known and lived by for years. Obviously, the Del Toro and Cuaron twins too: Y Tu Mama Tambien, and Motorcycle Diaries. Maybe I just don’t like the Latin American aesthetic, since I have massive problems with both boys (with the exception of The Devil’s Backbone and Harry Potter: The Prisoner of Azkaban). And don’t forget the Star Wars behemoth.
28. What was the last movie you watched on DVD?
Shaun of the Dead. It was a re-watch.
29. What was the first DVD you bought?
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence. It blew my mind. I was an atheist before I saw that movie. It has a strange kind of benevolent and inexplicable, unknowable mecha-deity, and buildings that take on a life of their own (see, the extinction aesthetic) – very reminescent of Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, a movie that had a similar effect on me. I think it’s the postwar-Japanese aesthetic – philosophical and religious (Cormac McCarthy’s religiosity, though: shaking your fist at God), technologically-advanced and emotionally numb, until the extinction process is complete, an anti-Earth nirvana is reached – but do you want that nirvana at all? (see: Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion) The scenes of New York submerged and then frozen still astound me.
30. What movie have you seen that you never want to see again?
The Host. It wrenched my heart. It started out comedic and then became a total tragedy, and I hate it when movies trick me like that.
31. What is your least favorite movie ever?
I have major problems with a couple movies I’ve never seen: Troy, Gladiator, Braveheart. As for movies I have seen… The Green Berets. It should, for moral reasons, be illegal. It’s a propaganda pro-war movie made in 1968 to silence those who didn’t support the Vietnam War. It’s the only John Wayne movie I’ve ever seen. His Vietcong-killing ways are questioned by a weak-spined embedded journalist, but John Wayne shows the stupid journo who’s boss. Also features a little Vietnamese boy named – I kid you not – Hamchunk.
32. Favorite soundtrack?
Too many. Solaris is really good, though – instrumental, soft, moody… the kind of music that seems at first glance to be relaxing, but is actually hiding a deep fear and unease: “Is That What Everybody Wants?” is the title of one song, and “Maybe You’re My Puppet” is another – matches perfectly with the idea of a sentient god-planet.
33. What classic movie are you embarrassed to admit you’ve never seen?
Many. The Maltese Falcon, 12 Angry Men, Casablanca, The Manchurian Candidate. I don’t watch classic movies, that’s why.
34. Movie that should have won an Oscar but didn’t:
Apocalypse Now. Christ. The fact that the movie that won was about divorce in suburbia says a whole lot about America’s psyche.