The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
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The Movies Tag Q46 + Q47: Most annoying actresses + Movies you love that everyone hates?

QUESTION: Most annoying actresses?

I didn’t want to answer this so much that I took a two month break from blogging. Wow. I just can’t think of any actresses I find annoying. If I do, I’m sure I’ll let you know… For now, let’s combine this with the next question, shall we?

QUESTION: Movies you love that everyone hates?
ANSWER: Maybe The Hobbit? The Visit, The Duff, The House Bunny, Wild Child…

I don’t think any of the films I’ve mentioned in my answer are universally hated, really, but for most of them I’m going by iMDB ratings, as I don’t think there are any films I love that everyone else hates!

The Hobbit is my main answer though, because I seem to love The Hobbit films a lot more than most other Middle-Earth fans. Whenever I hear anyone talk about the trilogy, their opinion is usually that there shouldn’t have been three films, and that each film drags. I disagree completely.

I used to love The Hobbit films more than the Lord of the Rings films (now they’re pretty much equal). I think this is because, before I saw The Hobbit, I wasn’t as big of a fan of LOTR as I am now that I’ve seen The Hobbit, if that makes ANY SENSE AT ALL?! 

Don’t get me wrong, I liked LOTR before The Hobbit, but for some reason I fell in love with The Hobbit, then fell in love with LOTR ten-times over how much I loved it before.

As for the rest of the films – The Visit and the chick flicks – they’re all underrated (in terms of their iMDB ratings at least) and people need to open their eyes to their glory!

I forgot how difficult it is to write these posts sometimes. If you’ve actually read this entire post, well done. If you didn’t, I don’t blame you 😀

The Internship
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The Movies Tag Q45: Most annoying actors?

QUESTION: Most annoying actors?
ANSWER: Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson

It’s another one of those questions from The Movies Tag that I don’t really want to answer!

I don’t find Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson thaaaat annoying… but if I had to pick someone, it would be them, I guess!  Separately and together (sorry guys). I do like some of the films they are in though!

The worst thing is, I can’t even pin down a particular reason why I sometimes  find them annoying… I just do 😦

Bleh let’s just get this Movies Tag question over and done with!

Paul Dano
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The Movies Tag Q44: Weird actor crush?

QUESTION: Weird actor crush?
ANSWER: Paul Dano

There is a whole lot of weird surrounding this question, because what makes an actor crush weird? I’m taking things into my own hands and I’ll interpret it as follows…

My weird actor crush is Paul Dano, because the first film I saw him in was 12 Years a Slave, in which he played a bad-natured character called Tibeats. What makes it weird is that, while I hated what Tibeats was doing, I was strangely drawn in by Dano’s voice and, to put it somewhat bluntly, his face! It was a very conflicting time for me!

Another layer of weirdness comes from seeing him in Prisoners, a 2013 film I watched some time after seeing 12 Years a Slave, but without knowing Dano was in it. His character in Prisoners is very creepy… very creepy. Usually if I am scared enough by a character, I tend to associate that feeling with the actor as well, so it’s unusual for me to crush on an actor who has played that sort of creepy character. Michael Fassbender, for example, held a lot of hatred in my mind because of 12 Years a Slave, and it is only recently that he has gradually gotten back into my good books.*

I haven’t really seen Paul Dano in anything else, but I am very excited to see him in Swiss Army Man, along with Daniel Radcliffe, which I’m sure is just going to add a third layer of weirdness, cause how can any character in Swiss Army Man not be weird?!

*I realise that this sounds like I don’t know the difference between acting and real life. Don’t worry, I do, I think it is a testament to an actor’s skill if they can make me that scared of them, but when it really comes down to it, I’m just having a bit of fun and I don’t actually hate an actor because of how well they played an evil part!

If you read last week’s Movies Tag post, you’ll know I promised you a short answer much like the last. Clearly that promise has been broken! I hope you enjoyed it anyway 🙂

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The Movies Tag Q43: Actor crush?

QUESTION: Actor crush?
ANSWER: Orlando Bloom

It’s got to be. Orlando Bloom as Legolas is everything I’ll ever need. Honourable mentions: Channing Tatum, and Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack Dawson.

Gosh, that was one of the longest, most difficult posts I’ve ever had to write. Look forward to more heavy reading in the form of the next Movies Tag question: Weird actor crush?

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The Movies Tag Q42: Film that started your interest in film?

QUESTION: Film that started your interest in film?
ANSWER: Aladdin

My first thought is that it has got to be an old Disney film, as that would have probably been the first film I ever watched. There was never a moment where I ‘became’ interested in film, it has just always been there since I became old enough to remember watching films.

As for which Disney film, it’s tough to recall. I may have to consult my sister…

So I spoke to my sister, and we’ve narrowed it down to the following: Aladdin, Mary Poppins, The Snowman, and Snow White. What’s that I hear you say? They aren’t all Disney films? No they’re not! 

I’m going to go with Aladdin, cause it would be very difficult to find out which film it is for sure. So yeah, there’s no interesting story behind the beginning of my love for film, I just watched Aladdin when I was little, and loved it.

Do you remember what got your interest in film started? Ooh and what was the first film you ever watched?

The Revenant
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The Movies Tag Q41: Most beautiful film?

QUESTION: Most beautiful film? (In terms of cinematography)
ANSWER: The Revenant… I think

Damn! I kind of gave this one away in my last answer. But I can’t help but think I am missing a really beautiful film… Let me get back to you.

Nup, all I could think of was the Dark Knight trilogy, which I am trying to avoid using for any more Movies Tag answers, otherwise it would be the answer to everything!

So, let’s go with (still got that naggling missing something feeling) The RevenantI’m sorry, I’m sorry, I know how annoying it is when someone flip flops around! So The Revenant

Its beauty starts with the location. Snow and nature, snowy nature if you will, is beautiful before you even begin to consider what else you could do with it. I’m not talking about eating it or ploughing through it like an angel (apparently), I’m talking about capturing it at its utmost awe! In its prime! When it is the most beautiful-est! Yes?!

Natural light. This is another key part in making this film strike you in the eye! Ouch. Snowy nature has nothing BUT natural light! And natural light is much more beautiful than artificial light, even if the natural light has been created by artificial light. It makes sense!

Take snowy nature and naturficial light, stick an Emmanuel Lubezki in there and BAM! He does some magical voodoo and KAPOW you got luxury cinematic chocolate melting right in your mouth. It looks beautiful, real, and did I mention BEAUTIFUL!

Yes, it’s jibberish, but it’s also right. I think? Okay time for a nap.

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The Movies Tag Q40: Favourite cinematographer?

QUESTION: Favourite cinematographer?
ANSWER: Emmanuel Lubezki

I can’t say there are many films I’ve seen that make me go ‘wow’ at the look of the film. I can say ‘wow’ at the action, or at the story, or the acting, but it takes a lot for me to remember a film for its cinematography (for some reason).

The first and pretty much only films that come to mind when I think of visual gravitas are Gravity and The Revenant. Perhaps more so The Revenant, but that might just be because I’ve seen it more recently. You could say it’s a happy coincidence that both films were cinematographed (yes, that’s definitely a word) by the same person: Emmanuel Lubezki. Or maybe you could say I just like his style, whatever floats your boat!

Speaking of style, I’m not sure I can go into too much detail as to what exactly I love about Lubezki’s work, because, quite frankly, I often get all the toes of the director and the cinematographer crossed (save that image in your mind album). I understand the differences between their roles, but when I watch a film I find it hard to distinguish completely between the disciplines… Which, if you think about it, is probably a good thing because it means they work well together.

Let’s just say, Lubezki makes things look good. What more do you need to know?

What are your thoughts on Emmanuel Lubezki’s cinematography? Who is your favourite cinematographer? Let me know in the comments 🙂