Sunday, April 21, 2013

Liebster Award

First off, I want to note how much I appreciate being nominated for this award.  Well here are eleven random facts about me:
   1.  My favorite song right now is probably "In the Mood" by Glenn Miller and his band.
   2.  I will be doing my student teaching in the fall and then hopefully teach US History to 11th graders.
   3.  I am a vegetarian.
   4.  I am reading Rebecca and Mrs. Danvers might actually be creeper in the book than in the film.
   5.  I like Bill Haley a lot more than Elvis and Buddy Holly.
   6.  I like Harold Lloyd more than Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.
   7.  My favorite author is F. Scott Fitzgerald. (My favorite thing written by him is the short story "Bernice Bobs Her Hair.")
   8.  My favorite I Love Lucy episode is the one with William Holden and Eve Arden--"L.A. at Last."
   9.  One of my favorite museums is the Smithsonian American History museum.  I lived in Washington, DC one summer and that was my 'hangout.'  (For some reason, my room mates rarely joined me.)
   10.  I like Greta Garbo better in her silent films.  She plays too over the top for my taste in her talkies, though few things are as awesome as Garbo saying "Put that in your pipes and smoke it" in Anna Christie.
   11.  The reason I have written so little this semester is because I had two papers that I had to have original research for.  I wrote both on movie related topics; one about the generational conflict about movies in the 1920s between young women and their parents and the other about Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks' honeymoon and how it fits in the larger picture of the rise of honeymooning and companionate marriage.  I turned them in Tuesday, but I am kind of sad that I won't need to do any more official research on the topics.

Now for the questions provided by Aubyn at "The Girl with the White Parasol":

1. Olivia de Havilland or Joan Fontaine?
    I prefer Joan Fontaine as an actress, but Olivia seems like she would be a more pleasant person to meet and talk to, as Joan seems kind of bitter.

2. What are your top 5 favorite movie scores? (I limited it to ones that I could remember what they sound like and ones that came to my mind first.)
        the traditional Metropolis score- it always gets stuck in my head
        It (the Kino edition)
        The Best Years of Our Lives
        The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (again Kino)
3. What film gets your vote for "most perfect casting?"
      Dinner at Eight (especially Billie Burke, Jean Harlow, Marie Dressler, and Wallace Beery)

4. Do you watch the Oscars?

5. Mother's Day is next month. Name 5 of the most memorable movie mothers (note that I did not specify good or bad). [This is a very random list but these are some of my favorite mothers in movies.]
Cary Grant's mother in North by Northwest

     John Gilbert's mother in The Big Parade
     Mildred Pierce in, um, Mildred Pierce
     Irene Dunne's character in My Favorite Wife
     Myrna Loy's character in The Best Years of Our Lives
6. What is your favorite "comfort movie" for when you're feeling blue?

7. What is a movie star/director collaboration that you wish had happened but never did?
     Clara Bow and Ernst Lubitsch (in a silent film)
8. If you could choose any movie star, past or present, to star in the biopic of your life, who would you choose? 
     Well since about 3/4ths of my life has been spent in school, hopefully this biopic would significantly alter the story. But I'll say Myrna Loy.

9. Name an author that deserves more film adaptations of their work.
     I don't read much fiction so I'll go with Fitzgerald.  I wish there were more adaptions besides The Great Gatsby.  I like a lot of his other work more and wish it got more attention.

10. Do movie remakes make you cheer, shrug, or shudder?
     Shudder because I have had the experience that if someone sees the remake they will not want to see the original. Also remakes generally don't show any imagination, staying too close to the original and not being inventive enough.  They also choose peoples' favorite movies to redo, in lieu of something that could be improved upon.

11. What is your favorite "so bad it's good" movie-watching experience?
       I really don't like deliberately watching bad movies because it feels like a waste of my precious viewing time.  However very occasionally I will watch a poor movie, like 10,000 B.C. and Van Helsing with my siblings and make fun of it the entire time, which is pretty fun.

I am sorry, but I am not going to nominate anyone as I would spend too much thinking and worrying anxiously about it.  


  1. Myrna Loy is a good choice. You'd be portrayed as sophisticated and patient with a bedrock of good common sense ... and a terrific wardrobe.

    Here are my Liebster responses:

  2. 2. I love Chariots of Fire, it helps me get out of bed in the morning so I can run.