I was thrilled to discover I recently received a Liebster award from one of my favorite Twitter gals and fellow blogger/cinema soul mate Kellee over at Outspoken & Freckled Thank you Kellee!!! The Liebster award is given to bloggers with less than 200 followers. It’s a great way to promote bloggers and find new ones. I am excited about this so, on with the show.
Here are the Rules:
1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
2. Answer the 11 questions the person giving the award has set for you.
3. Create 11 questions for the people you will be giving the award to.
4. Choose 11 people to award and send them a link to your post.
5. Go to their page and tell them. Kellee let me know on Twitter, loved that!
6. NO TAG BACKS. Although I will answer my own questions.
And my eleven questions:
1. What is your earliest classic film memory?
My earliest film memory was kind of a two part answer, My grandfather loved the Three Stooges and always had my sister and I staying up late with him to watch if they were on. (That is one of my best memories) around the same time, my dad would sit up and watch silents if they on late. I never joined because at the time I found them creepy, which is funny because now they are a work of art in my eyes!
2. Who are your top favorite directors (modern or classic)?
George Cukor. The man was a genius in every sense of the word! He directed two of my all time favorites. The Philadelphia Story & The Women….and a little bit of Gone with the Wind, but that is for another day. He was just amazing and so beloved by the Actresses. His list of films answers this question for me.
3. How has your love of movies (classic or modern) influenced other areas of your life?
(Classic) It has introduced me to some of my now closest friends, it has brought so much joy into my family. Movie nights are now a thing we have. We all curl up and watch something like “Bringing up Baby” as a family. My love has led us to take a few family trips to film showings or festivals, which in turn creates amazing memories for my son and myself. I cant really described how much or how beautifully it has influenced my life but, it has in so many ways.
4. What film/s (classic or modern) do you think has the best music score?
Hands Down, The Third Man. The Harry Lime Theme is what runs in my head as my own personal soundtrack and also provides my iPhone with one amazing ring tone! The Third Man Theme aka The Harry Lime Theme is an instrumental written and performed by Anton Karas. According to legend, the different variations of this theme have sold 40 million copies since its release in 1950.
5. Who are your favorite character actors (modern or classic) and why?
It is hard to just name a few but, if I had to say some of the best (Thomas Mitchell would be numero uno but, ended up being a heavier character later on) So, I would say S. Z. Sakall in my all time favorite Christmas film Christmas in Connecticut. Next, Edward Everett Horton with Hepburn & Cary Grant in Holiday….Such an UNDER ESTIMATED AND UNDER APPRECIATED FILM!!! Charles Coburn in pretty much anything! The only way he is any better is if it is a Jean Arthur Film. There are so many more, now I question whether Thomas Mitchell would be a full on classified Character Actor…think about it and let me know.
6. Which films have made the most impact from a fashion perspective in your opinion and/or are simply your favorite/s from a fashion/style/design perspective (modern or classic)?
Gold Digger’s of 1933 made me totally rethink EVERYTHING I knew about fashion in the 30’s. When I thought it was pinned up, long skirts and boring hats this film opens with the “We’re in the Money” montage and boom, there is sex. Those outfits were bonkers and sexy and I loved every second of that opening! So, what I learned from that and from broadening my 30’s film knowledge is really they were sexy and not everyone was as prude as Aunt Katherine in Another Thin Man.
7. Who are your favorite villains (modern or classic)?
I don’t know really. I like the guy who you kind of fall in love with then BAM he is the bad guy. To reference Another Thin Man (again) Jimmy Stewart. I was like WTF?! I think I actually yelled, WTF. Or, Lon Chaney in “The Unknown” He is clearly a bit evil but you fall for him then BOOM he is the bad guy trying to kill someone, then BOOM again….he is the good guy who dies for the woman he loves happiness. I like those guys. Maybe villain is the wrong word to use here but, Vivian Leigh in Waterloo Bridge, you love her so much but, she turns out to be her own villain. sad. If we have to go, like real life villains…Edward G. Robinson in Key Largo. He is bad ass smoking his cigar in the bath with a fan blowing on him. You know he is one bad ass mofo…then you find out he is scared of storms (humanizes him a bit) then he tries to kill my fake boyfriend (Soldier! Hey Soldier) and again, he is back to being a total bad ass mofo. Love it.
8. If you were in a classic film, who would play you, your best pal and your significant other?
I think I would like Norma Shearer to play me, if not her maybe Myrna Loy. My significant other, Cary Grant or Bogie and my best pal….Katie Hepburn or……Irene Dunne. Its a tough decision. Ok, now that you have read this, am I the only one who thinks that maybe Norma and Bogie wouldn’t have gotten along? Something to ponder.
9. If you could choose any television show (modern or classic), which show would you do a remake of and feel free to add who would star (modern or classic/dead or alive) in it.
Hilarity will now ensue. Sex and The City.
Ginger Rogers (Sexy, smart and level headed) as Carrie,
Joan Fontaine (a little virginal, sweet and almost naive) as Charlotte,
1939 Joan Crawford would work but we all know Norma and Joan didn’t see eye to eye so for less drama Mae West who better for Samantha right?
Rosalind Russell (smart, sexy and quick witted) as Miranda.
Supporting Cast would include; Cary Grant as Aiden, the man who we all love and wanted Carrie to end with but Tony Curtis as Mr. Big has that broad sexy personality and is good at the chase. William Powell would have to be Steve, Funny, Sweet and Adorable, Harry? Harry would have to be Dennis Morgan. Cute, and he has those eyes that when he looks at a woman he loves, you can tell and he would be great for Joan.
10. What’s your favorite sassy/snarky come-back line from any film?
“Want me to spit in her eye? You’re passing up a swell chance, honey. Where I spit no grass grows ever” Miraim Aarons in the Women.
11. Who are your favorite comedy actors?
Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, William Powell, Clark Gable, Rosalind Russell, Jean Arthur, Barbara Stanwyck, Irene Dunne, The Three Stooges (Top ones!) Harold Lloyd, Keaton, Chaplain, Harry Langdon, etc. This list could seriously go on FOREVER!
This was a total Blast!!! Thank you Kellee! I love it.
My list of questions? All of mine will be Classic film related, so from 1960 and below. (sorry thats my strong era)
1) Favorite 1910 thru 1950’s film of all time and why?
2) Most under appreciated actor and actress of the classic era.
3) 5 Classic films you would show if you got to host TCM for a night.
4) Movie that scares you the most?
5) Classic Star you never quite became a fan of or understood?
6) Most under appreciated film of the classic era?
7) Favorite Musical and why?
8) What was the first classic film you saw that made you “get it?”
9) What is your “Guilty Pleasure” film?
10) Fake Dinner, 8 classic film actors/actresses GO!
11) Favorite Film Noir?
I award this Liebster Award to…(Drum Roll Please) I only have a small list, as I dont know a lot of film bloggers yet. Im still a newbie!
Angela over at The Hollywood Revue
Aurora at Once Upon a Screen
Trevor over at A Modern Musketeer
Jessica over at Comet Over Hollywood
Raquelle over at Out of the Past