MacGuffin Movies has received its first form of recognition: A Liebster Award from R.C. at The Shades of Black and White.
The requirements for receiving such an honor include sharing information about myself and selecting others to also be honored. This all happens in sets of 11. So to start, 11 things you might not know about me:
- I love cats and am borderline crazy cat lady.
- I’m getting married next year on Oct. 12 to that Ryan guy I sometimes mention in my posts.
- I tend to hold grudges over silly things, especially of celebrities. It took me a long time to get over creepy pictures The New Yorker ran of Katharine Hepburn upon her death and finally accept the woman as a great actress.
- I ideally would like to name my children after favorite actors. Marlene is at the top of my list.
- Eric Blore is my favorite character actor, followed by Edward Everett Horton.
- I love kissing scenes and am always disappointed in old movies when they end without sealing the romance with a smooch.
- I’ve gotten really into birding recently, and love that movie The Big Year.
- I’m an avid shopper of ModCloth.com where I can actually find fashions that remind me of those I see in classic movies.
- I watched Bridesmaids constantly this spring when it was playing on HBO. The same is starting to be true of What’s Your Number.
- As possibly indicated in the previous note, I have a slight guilty pleasure streak with crappy and predictable romantic comedies.
- I have what might be deemed a collection of hats. I can’t help but buy cloche-style and other bygone-style hats from places such as Goorin Bros. I only wear them in the winter.
The next task is to answer 11 questions posed by my nominator, R.C.
- Who is your least favorite actor? Clint Eastwood. Although I admit I have avoided his movies like the plague, I think his performances have always appeared to be rather the same, and annoying.
- Despite the fact that you don’t like the actor, do you have a film that you really like with him starring in it? I can’t name any performances, but I do love Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which he directed.
- A popular film that you’ll never be able to understand why it’s so popular? Any of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and West Side Story.
- A film that you really, really want to see, but haven’t yet had the chance to? Up until recently the answer would have been Wings, but its release on Blu-Ray has meant DVD access for me. Now that distinction goes unexcitedly to the Audrey Hepburn movies that are out of print, such as Love Among Thieves and Bloodline, which are necessary to complete my viewing of all her movies!
- What film of your favorite actress is your least favorite? Audrey Hepburn’s The Unforgiven. Her prim French-English accent does not work for her half-white-half-American Indian character.
- A favorite actor or actress who didn’t make as many films as you wished that they had? Grace Kelly, no question.
- Do you have a film that, if not anything else, you love the dialogue? Probably Charade. It’s full of wit and romance. Any of the Thin Man movies are also dialogue gems.
- Favorite film composer? Bernard Hermann. He did a lot of Hitchcock flicks, and who doesn’t love those scores.
- Do you have a film that you love, but didn’t like the way it ended, and so you wish you could remake the ending to suit what you believe should have happened? I know Splendor in the Grass had to end with Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty unable to get back together, but did it HAVE to be that way!?
- In your opinion, who do you think is the most underrated actor and/or actress? Joseph Gordon Levitt. I think people are starting to catch onto his talent now that he is doing more mainstream flicks. I’ve been watching his indie stuff for years, and he’s picky enough with his role selections that you know you’re in for a good movie if he’s in it.
- A film that no matter what, you’ll never watch it? Any of the follow ups to Paranormal Activity. The first one destroyed me for any horror movie involving demon-like creatures.
Now for my 11 picks to receive the award:
- Tales of the Easily Distracted
- Classicfilmboy’s Movie Paradise
- The Lady Eve’s Reel Life
- Via Margutta 51
- The Great Katharine Hepburn
- My Love of Old Hollywood
- Carole & Co.
- Classic Film and TV Cafe
- Silver Screenings
And the questions they must answer:
- Who is your favorite character actor and your favorite movie of his/hers?
- If there is one locale from a movie you could visit or live in permanently, where would it be?
- What is your least favorite movie genre and what is your favorite movie that falls into that category?
- Is there any movie star whose offscreen life you would want to lead?
- Which actor/actress’ life outside of movies do you find the most tragic?
- What is your favorite biopic/docudrama?
- What fashion seen in classic movies do you wish would resurface?
- Have you ever met a celebrity, and if not, who would be a priority person to bump into?
- What movie do you love but would like to recast.
- Are there any actors whose films you avoid? If so, why?
- If you could live your life inside a movie, what genre would it be?
Thanks, R.C. and best of luck to my honorees!