LIEBSTER BLOG AWARD
It’s always an honor when your fellow bloggers recognize the work that you do. Fast Film Reviews has been awarded the Liebster Blog Award by Fernando at Committed to Celluloid, Alexander at Cinemaniac Reviews and Garrett at Cinema Train. Thanks fellas. This award is also sort of a “chain letter” that entails a few responsibilities.
- Each person must post eleven things about themselves.
- Answer the eleven questions the person giving the award has set for you.
- Create eleven questions for the people you will be giving the award to
- Choose eleven people to award and send them a link to your post
- Go to their page and tell them
- No tag backs
11 things about myself
- I was born in Washington DC, but have lived most of my life in California.
- I’ve been to Canada, France, Italy, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Egypt.
- I own several Armani suits which I wear on a daily basis. (This sounds more impressive than it really is but to explain why would mean revealing classified details.)
- I think The Simpsons is one of the greatest TV shows ever produced. I’ve been watching since its inception in 1989.
- Despite the fact that the highly rated TV drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation has been on for 12 years, I’ve never watched a single episode of the police procedural (nor the spin-offs CSI: Miami and CSI: NY for that matter.
- I love a wide variety of musical genres, but I’ve got a particular weakness for the electronic dance music of artists like The Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk, and Justice.
- I can name the artist of any song that has ever hit #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen is the current titleholder.
- No matter how many times I hear it, Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings ALWAYS gets my emotions.
- I think Mother Teresa is on the short list of most incredible people that have ever lived.
- I’m a frequent guest on 2 movie related podcasts: Out Now with Aaron and Abe and MGCTv: Movies, Games, Comics & TV. Check them out!
- I honestly hate talking about myself which made completing this especially difficult.
- Favorite scene in a film? Just before Han Solo solo is dropped into the carbon freezing chamber in The Empire Strikes Back, Princess Leia tells him she loves him and Han responds, “I know.”
- Worst performance by your favorite actor/actress? Robert DeNiro in The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle.
- Favorite drink (alcoholic or not)? Mojito
- Any interesting rituals before/during/after watching a movie? I (almost) always write a review after I watch one.
- Oscars: agony or ecstasy? Ecstasy obviously.
- Name your top 10 actors and actresses. Audrey Hepburn, Bette Davis, Cary Grant, Cate Blanchett, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Nicholson, James Stewart, John Malkovich, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro (ok that’s 11)
- Favorite musical scene from a movie? You probably mean from a musical, but I’m going to pick the climatic scene in Close Encounters of the Third Kind where they communicate with that enormous alien mothership.
- Name 3 movies with great cinematography. Black Narcissus (Jack Cardiff), 2001: A Space Odyssey (Geoffrey Unsworth), Schindler’s List (Janusz Kaminski)
- Favorite film poster? Silence of the Lambs
- Coolest thing in your movie collection? Citizen Kane (70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition) [Blu-ray] 3 discs of stuff!
- Favorite city/country you’ve never been to? England
- What movie do you wish you had never seen? Audition a 1999 Japanese horror film by director Takashi Miike. So disgusting it psychologically scarred me.
- What movie have you heard nothing but praise for, but still have absolutely no desire to see? The English Patient
- Have you seen the entire filmography of one director? If so, who? Off the top of my head, Gary Ross. He’s only directed 3 films: Pleasantville (1998), Seabiscuit (2003), and The Hunger Games (2012).
- Have you ever been to a film festival? Yes, the Cinequest San Jose Film Festival
- What was the first movie you saw in theaters? Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
- Have you ever met a famous filmmaker/actor/actress? If so, who? Shirley Temple, Michele Pfeiffer, Jeff Goldblum, Tina Fey
- What Academy Award winning film(s) do you not particularly care for? The Last Emperor (1987). It just bores me to tears.
- What is your favorite quote in a movie? A tie between “Well, I’ve wrestled with reality for 35 years, Doctor, and I’m happy to state I finally won out over it.” from Harvey and “Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops!” from Arsenic and Old Lace. Sense a theme?
- What is the most confusing movie you’ve seen? Primer (2004) a science fiction drama about time travel.
- What is your vote for the most pointless movie made thus far? Andy Warhol’s Empire, a 1964 silent, black-and-white film which consists of eight hours and five minutes of continuous slow motion footage of the Empire State Building in New York City. That’s it. Enjoy!
- Do you talk during movies? Never. That would be rude. It’s one of my pet peeves.
- What is your favorite genre of film? Drama
- Who is your favorite director (or one of them)? Alfred Hitchcock
- In your opinion, should Citizen Kane be known as the greatest movie ever? No, but it’s a great film nonetheless.
- Do you have a favorite professional movie critic? If so, who is it? I enjoy reading Roger Ebert, but only after I’ve seen the film. Too many spoilers.
- What was the last movie you watched? The Bourne Legacy
- What was one of your favorite movies as a child? Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
- Have you ever met a famous person? If so, who was it? Since I kind of answered this before I’ll mention non-actors this time: Joe Montana, Barry Bonds, Ronnie Lott, Jerry Rice, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Condoleezza Rice.
- What is your favorite movie-watching snack? Popcorn
- Who is your favorite musical artist? The Beatles
- What is one of your favorite movie trilogies? The original Star Wars trilogy
- Would you rather attend the Cannes festival or the Oscars? The Oscars and it’s not even close.
11 questions I’ve created for my award recipients:
I liked the questions I was asked, so I’m going to appropriate a few of them. Thanks guys.
- First movie you remember seeing in a theater?
- I once adored the movie________, but I detest it now.
- What critically revered film do you hate?
- Movie you’re ashamed to admit you love? (a real guilty pleasure where admitting it actually makes you worried people will think less of you.)
- What’s the worst film to win Best Picture?
- Name a movie most people would be shocked to hear you’ve never seen.
- What’s the most confusing movie you’ve ever seen?
- Most visually stunning film?
- Most disgusting film/scene that turned your stomach?
- Worst film from a great director?
- Name your 5 favorite actors and 5 favorites actresses of all time?