I'm suffering a little from blog fatigue right now. Since last September, when I really started to ramp up my efforts here, I've been on kind of a tear and it's starting to burn me out. I didn't even write about all of the queer films I saw this month. There are three that I chose to leave be, mainly because all I had to say about them was that they starred cute boys with a certain idealized "look" and what does that say about the gay male gaze? I never got around to writing my exegesis of gender construction in Looney Tunes, either, though I may come back to that in the future because I've actually done a lot of the preliminary legwork on that. It's a matter of will at this point, and I don't have the will to do the rest. I've also had some real-world things rearing up to bite me in the ass.
So I need to pause for a bit to catch my breath. As a stopgap, I thought I'd answer a movie meme I've seen rattling around the blogosphere. I first saw this over at The Girl with the White Parasol (and pay Rachel a visit, she's a terrific blogger), but I've seen it elsewhere, too. It's fifteen questions about my movie habits. So without further ado...
1. Movie you love with a passion.
The Invasion of the Body Snatchers is so central to my love of movies that I can't imagine life without it, but it's hard for me to say that I love it with a passion. It's not a lovable movie. As a result, my answer is a cliche:
2. Movie you vow never to watch.
Fight Club is one of my very best friend's favorite movie, so I feel bad for slotting it here, but I so despised David Fincher's first three movies that I made a vow never to watch another of his movies, ever. I've inadvertently broken that vow once (I saw Panic Room a few years ago not realizing that it was Fincher; I hated it). In the meantime, Fincher has become one of the lions of American cinema and I'm told that his last three movies are legitimately great movies, that I'm needlessly depriving myself (and, yes, I DO know how unreasonable I'm being). But fuck it, I'm not going to give in. If I cave on Fight Club (or The Social Network or whatever else) I'm headed down the rat hole. I'd prefer not to go there.
3. Movie that literally left you speechless.
I was a complete wreck after seeing In the Mood for Love for the first time, but there are a LOT of movies that I could slot into this spot. I'm an easier mark for great movies than I let on.
4. Movie you always recommend.
5. Actor/actress you always watch no matter how crappy the movie.
That's easy: Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman. Helpfully, they made several movies together! Also fortunately: they didn't make very many unwatchably bad movies. In fact, their very presence makes ANY movie watchable. THAT'S star power for you.
6. Actor/actress you don't get the appeal for.
Also easy: Julia Roberts. And not just because she's made more than one movie with Joel Schumacher. She just rubs me the wrong way.
7. Actor/actress, living or dead, you'd love to meet.
I'm sure I'd regret meeting Tallulah Bankhead, but, boy howdy, I'm sure I'd have stories to tell afterward. And who WOULDN'T want to meet George Sanders?
8. Sexiest actor/actress you've seen. (Picture required)
Ooh. This is a toughie. Do I go with Julie Adams in that white one-piece, maybe? Catherine Deneuve is the most inhumanly beautiful actress I've ever seen, but that's not the same as "sexiest." And I'm already on record as saying I'd kill for Jane Greer, but I'll give that a rest. Let's go with this:
Claudia Cardinale, who was "European in the sixties" sexy while being a brunette. That's a hell of a combo for me.
For men? Well, I wouldn't kick Gregory Peck out of bed for eating crackers, that's for sure! And that voice! I'll just leave my panties over in on the chair to dry.
9. Dream cast.
This is completely free-associated:
Plucky girl reporter: Joan Bennett
Male sidekick photographer who secretly loves her: James Cagney
Her acerbic editor: William Demarest
Stiff who's her boyfriend of record: Ralph Bellamy
Her sarcastic mother: Marjorie Main
Sinister femme fatale: Hedy Lamarr
Evil Mastermind: Conrad Veidt
Conflicted scientist: Boris Karloff
Lead police detective: William Powell
His wife: Myrna Loy
Saloon Keeper: Joan Blondell
Weasly informer: Peter Lorre
Miscellaneous thugs: Mike Mazurki, Rondo Hatton, Jack Elam
Screenwriters: Ben Hecht and Jules Furthman
Director of Photography: Nicholas Musuraca
Director: Howard Hawks
10. Favorite actor pairing.
As if there were ever any doubt:
12. Favorite decade for movies.
Oddly enough, the current one.
13. Chick flick or action movie?
This didn't use to be an either/or choice...
14. Hero, villain, or anti-hero?
Villainy! If ever a good deed I did in all my life I do repent it from my very soul!
15. Black-and-white or color?
You're asking me to pick between this: