New Year's Movie Meme

December 28, 2011

The Girl with the White Parasol has a little movie meme for New Year's and I thought it would be fun to participate! I haven't done one of these in a while (I think the last one I participated in was the one I co-hosted with Millie) and I really enjoyed it! So, here are my answers, and Happy New Year!!

1. What is your all-time favorite Grace Kelly costume?

I love the blue gown she wears in To Catch a Thief! In a way it also reminds me of the one Deborah Kerr wears in An Affair to Remember.

2. What classic film would you nominate for a remake?

None of them... modern remakes give me the heebie jeebies! Although, that being said, I love some classic remakes like The Maltese Falcon, An Affair to Remember (no idea how this keeps coming up), and His Girl Friday.

3. Name your favorite femme fatale.

Barbara Stanwyck in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers. I know most people, if choosing Stany's best femme fatale role, would pick Double Indemnity but goodness, that hair. I will never get over the hair. (I don't even care if it was part of the character, intended to look cheap, etc. It distracts me like ca-razy)

Runner up: Audrey Totter in Lady in the Lake!

4. Name the best movie with the word "heaven" in its title.

This is one of my all-time favorite romances! Also, I think it's a terrific example of powerful acting. It's absolutely amazing what Charles Boyer and Bette Davis can convey without speaking. You get the impression that their love is deeper than any other love that ever existed, yet they never speak of it and they never express it. It's left unspoken, but oh-so-palpable.

5. Describe the worst performance by a child actor that you’ve ever seen.

"Shaaaayyyne! Come back Shaaaayyyyne!" Ahh that little kid annoys the heck out of me!

6. Who gets your vote for most tragic movie monster?

I know it's not technically an old movie (at least I hope not, since I was already 3 years old when it was released) but I think it's a classic nonetheless. And I really can't think of a more tragic movie monster.

7. What is the one Western that you would recommend to anybody?

The Ox-Bow Incident. Westerns aren't my favorite genre, but I could watch this one a dozen times. It's not a typical western... more debate about law and order than cowboys and Indians, but I think it's a must-see western and a must-see classic film.

8. Who is your ideal movie-viewing partner?

My cat. I'm not a huge fan of watching movies with other people, just because I like to lose myself in the film. I like to be able to stare goofily at my screen when there's a happy ending or start bawling with mascara running down my cheeks during sad scenes without feeling self-conscious.

9. Has a film ever made you want to change your life? If so, what was the film?

Movies in general changed my life, but I don't think any particular movie made me want to change my life (if that makes sense?) Overall film has had a huge positive influence on me, but I can't think of one single movie that made me alter anything about how I live.

10. Think of one performer that you truly love. Now think of one scene/movie/performance of theirs that is too uncomfortable for you to watch.

Dirk Bogarde. With the most dreadful mustache in movie history (and that's including all of THESE.) It makes the last part of Esther Waters unbearable for me to watch!

11. On the flip side, think of one really good scene/performance/movie from a performer that you truly loathe.

Really not a fan of Edmund O'Brien as a leading man, but I think he did a fine job in The Barefoot Contessa.

12. And finally, since it will be New Year's soon, do you have any movie or blogging-related resolutions for 2012?

I need to watch more movies! In 2011 I watched a pitiful amount of movies because my schedule was so hectic, but I intend to make up for that in 2012. It seems like a small goal, but at least one a week would be an improvement!


Audrey said...

This was really fun! I love memes and enjoyed reading your answers. I completely agree about watching movies alone. I prefer that, too. It's easier for me to my immerse myself in the setting...and like you said, not feel self-conscious if I cry or smile or whatever.

Kailey said...

Fun meme! I watched a pathetic amount of movies this year as well, so I will be definitely trying to fit more into my schedule for 2012!

Aubyn said...

You get major points from me for listing Martha Ivers as your femme fatale. And I love that blue gown. The most beautiful thing she wears in To Catch a Thief, for my money.

NoirGirl said...

Ooooh marvelous!! I'm surprised by the Strange Love of Martha Ivers pick. I never realized you were a fan of that film! It's such a fascinating, twisty plot - and AMAZING clothes! I love her hooded jacket in the scene where she goes after Van Heflin with a club. ;)

And I busted out laughing over the Double Indemnity hair thing. LOVE.

HURRAH Lady in the Lake! :D

I'm AMAZED to see Barefoot Contessa, here too!! Isn't Eddie O marvelous in that role? I think you may actually like him in the Noir TCM just played with Virginia Mayo and Gordon MacRae. I'll send it to you!

Millie said...


EOB DID RIGHT?! Say it isn't so! hehehe

And that mustache is most disconcerting.


And, Casey, Noir with EOB, Mayo, and Gordon? Sounds intriguingly crazy. haha. You must tell me about it.

Aubyn said...

I'm just getting to know your blog and it's been really enjoyable. So glad you decided to respond to the meme. And I love Martha Ivers. Fascinating character/performance.

The Gal Herself said...

I just got here via the meme and I love your answers. I love Audrey Totter in Lady in the Lake! What campy fun that performance is! And I totally appreciated your answer about watching with your cat. I feel the same way.