A Post In Which I Answer A Load Of Film-Related Questions That Someone Asked Me In the Comments Section Of A Different Post I Wrote

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It’s Thursday, which in recent months has been the day I have posted an unnecessary review of a film I watched when I was younger. But this week I’m posting something a little different. Because a few weeks back, in the comments section of one my Tuesday ‘James Explains’ features, I found a load of film related questions from a fellow blogger called Paul S. It seemed rude not to answer them, but as there are so many and as they are so film related, I thought I’d answer them on a Thursday, when I tend to write about films, as opposed to on a Tuesday, when I tend to write about…erm…well other stuff…

So, here are the film-related questions and my film-related answers:

1. What film has been sitting on your shelf for the last six months waiting to be watched?
Alas, more films than I care to mention. Thor Ragnarok and Baby Driver are two recently acquired movies that I really should already have seen, but still haven’t quite managed to find time to watch. I’ll probably get around to watching them soon though. There are others that I bought a while back that I still haven’t managed to watch. Logan is the most surprising of those. I bought it when it first came out and still haven’t seen it, even though it’s exactly the kind of film I would definitely enjoy. I’m quite particular about the conditions needed for the first time I watch a movie, so on the rare occasions I do have a spare two hours, I’m as likely to put on a film I’ve already seen, on the basis that I’m slightly less irritated by interruptions if I already know what’s going to happen.
2. What is the one film you know word for word?
There’s more than one I fear. I’m pretty good on all three of the original Star Wars Trilogy as well as The Princess Bride, the first Die Hard movie, Airplane, The Commitments, and the first Austin Powers movie. Also quite a lot of Christmas films.
3. What screen character breaks your heart?
While I tend to towards the often-quite-mindless blockbuster, I have watched a few more worthy films in my time. La Vita è Bella has always stuck with me and the character of Guido Orefice is definitely heart-breaking.
4. If you could bring an actor back from the dead, and had to pair them on screen with a current actor (who is no older than 40), what would your combo be?
Not sure about actors under 40 – they all look under 40 but turns out most of them aren’t. Emma Stone is pretty good though. As for dead actors – there are lots of those I could choose from too, (although turns out some I thought were dead are very much not). Maybe James Stewart. That could work right?
5. How often do you check your phone in the cinema?
Never! People who do that are beneath contempt.
6. What film do you love which no-one else quite seems to ‘get’?
I’m fairly mainstream in my tastes so there aren’t many films that I ‘love’ that are generally lambasted by others. Having said that, I definitely don’t hate The Phantom Menace as much as most people seem to, but it’d be a stretch to say I love it. I love Star Wars in general too much to hate it though. There’s loads wrong with it, but if you ignore the excessive CGI, annoying characters and unnecessary plot-devices, there is a good film hiding in there somewhere. It’s just really well-hidden a lot of the time.
7. What is your favourite Al Pacino film?
A lot of my friends would say Scarface, but I think for me it’s probably Heat, as much for when it came out as anything else. Movies from the mid-nineties tend to have a special place in my heart.
8. Why do they always manage to make us go one size bigger with the popcorn?
It’s because they call the middle-size ‘regular’ and when you order pop-corn, they ask you if you want ‘regular’, as if that’s the ‘normal’ one to go for. It’s really hard to then ask for ‘small’, without seeming a bit miserly. Even though ‘small’ is usually still massive. I never have any trouble eating it all though…
9. Share one memory from a cinema visit long ago
To be fair, most cinema experiences are pretty unmemorable. The film might be good, but the rest of the experience is often not much to write home about. That said, I do remember going to see Groundhog Day with a friend back in the early nineties and we accidentally walked into the wrong screen. By the time the film started and we found ourselves watching 3 Ninjas we were too embarrassed to leave. To be fair we were stupid teenagers and therefore we did quite enjoy 3 Ninjas, but I’ve never watched it again since. We went back to watch Groundhog Day the following week (is there irony in there somewhere?) and that continues to be one of my favourite films of all time.
10. Have you ever used a line from a movie, in your life, without anyone knowing you stole it? Give details.
Almost certainly. Probably more than I’d like to admit if I’m honest. Back in the early days of our courtship when my now-wife but then-girlfriend told me she loved me, I’d sometimes reply with “I know”. These days she knows I’m just channelling my inner Han Solo, but I think she used to find it quite perplexing at the time. She still married me though…

So that’s all those questions answered. I think the world is now a more knowledgeable place. It’ll be back to the rubbish film reviews next Thursday (as in rubbish reviews of films that may or may not also be rubbish) but I’ll be answering questions on a range of topics on Tuesday, as is my way.

  12 comments for “A Post In Which I Answer A Load Of Film-Related Questions That Someone Asked Me In the Comments Section Of A Different Post I Wrote

  1. March 16, 2018 at 12:30 am

    Ha, love the irony with Groundhog Day. You even learned from your previous “day.”

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    • March 20, 2018 at 8:42 pm

      I really did. Although 3 Ninja’s will always have a special place in my heart despite being an obviously terrible film…


      • March 20, 2018 at 9:26 pm

        Sometimes it’s more than what’s on the screen. 🙂

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  2. March 16, 2018 at 10:01 am

    With you on ranking the 1995 Al Pacino movie HEAT a masterwork.
    Every frame of that movie was a feast and Michael Mann as director,,, well, he was definitely the man!

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  3. March 16, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    I think you have quite a future with these reviews, or was that yesterday?

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    • March 20, 2018 at 8:44 pm

      I feel like we’ve been here before

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  4. March 16, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Love your answers, James! And even though you didn’t ask, I’m compelled to answer some of them myself.
    1. I loved Baby Driver. You should make a point to watch it soon.
    2. Ditto The Commitments. A classic with a killer soundtrack.
    4. I’d definitely watch an Emma Stone/Jimmy Stewart flick.
    5. Amen!
    6. Valley Girl has always been my guilty pleasure that few of my friends have seen. It also has a killer soundtrack. (And a young Nicholas Cage sporting a freakish chest hair pattern… you’d have to see it to see what I mean.)
    9. As teenagers, my friend and I went to the theater where Stripes and Xanadu were playing. Lord help us, we chose Olivia Newton John in Xanadu! haha!

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    • March 20, 2018 at 8:45 pm

      Thanks for playing. Should I watch Xanadu?

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      • March 20, 2018 at 8:58 pm

        Well, it’s an Olivia Newton John roller disco fantasy, so who wouldn’t want to see it?! Seriously though, even as a teenager, I knew it was awful. Are you familiar with rottentomatoes.com? It rates a whopping 38%. https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/xanadu

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      • March 20, 2018 at 9:08 pm

        Oh that’s fine. I’ve watch many a movie with a worse rottentomatoes rating. I’m writing about a seven percenter this week as it happens…

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      • March 20, 2018 at 9:17 pm

        7%? Yikes! You are a brave man.
        If you do watch Xanadu, you’ll recognize some songs. ELO did most of the soundtrack.

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