Apparently, it's awards season in the blogosphere once again. Blogging buddy MovieNut14 at Defiant Success saw fit to nominate me for a Sunshine Blogger Award, like I'm a good blogger or something. Obviously, a huge mistake, but I'll take it anyway. Jia at Film and Nuance made a similar blunder and nominated me for a Liebster. Despite their obvious lack of judgement, both are excellent bloggers. I highly recommend swinging by their places to see what they've got going on.
These awards have pretty much the same rules. They are simple:
- Post the award on your blog
- Thank the person who nominated you
- Answer the 11 questions they sent you
- Pick another 11 bloggers (and let them know they are nominated!)
- Send them 11 questions
Fair enough. Let's do this, starting with my answer's to MN14's questions for the Sunshine:
Favorite movie not many people have seen?
I racked my brain for an actual good movie, but nah, gotta be me. Gotta go with something so ridiculously bad not many of you would enjoy it. That film is Raw Force from 1982. It's a glorious piece of exploitation that has a little bit of everything - martial arts, gangsters, cannibal monks, zombie samurai, loads of gratuitous nudity, and man-eating piranhas. What's not to love?
Same question but with a TV show.
I'll go with a show Fox ran in the early 90s called Roc. Charles S. Dutton played the titular character, a sanitation man just trying to raise his family in Baltimore. It's an excellent how that managed to run for three seasons (I think) based almost solely on quality and potential because audiences never quite took to it in large enough numbers to justify its existence.
Who do you want to see a biopic of and whom would you cast?
Richard Pryor, but I have no idea who I would cast. I suppose Michael B. Jordan would be my top candidate.
Any movie(s) you're looking forward to?
For this year, I'm looking forward to Star Wars: Rogue One.
Have you attended a film festival?
Black and white or Technicolor?
Depends on the material. Some films work better in black and white, especially when we're dealing with something that's supposed to be a gritty affair. Something meant to be more vibrant requires the eye-popping colors Technicolor provides. For instance, Citizen Kane and color do not go together, but I couldn't imagine 1966's Batman: The Movie without it.
What's your favorite book?
The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley. It really is an amazing book and it has stuck with me in pretty good detail even though I haven't read it in years. Have to throw a book of poetry in the mix, as well. That book would be The Father by Sharon Olds. It's a wonderful book about her relationship with her father from her youth until his death. You will grow to hate, then later, pity this poor man.
Star Wars or Star Trek?
Western or film noir?
Sci-fi or musical?
Sci-fi, by a wide wide margin.
Comedy or drama?
Usually drama, but it depends on my mood. Some days you just wanna laugh.
Now, on to Jia's questions for the Liebster.
1.What is your favourite movie in your least favourite genre. And why?
The genre is musicals. I don't automatically hate them, I just find myself disliking them more often than other types of films. The movie is Grease. I don't think it's the best musical ever, but it's one I grew up with and have passed on to my children through multiple viewings so it's become a family fave.
2.If you had to favour a certain style (for directing a film,writing a book or any other art form of your choice), would you prefer a no-frills and direct approach, or an artistic and ambiguous one. Why?
I rather let the content dictate the style. Some material calls for a no-frills approach, while other material would benefit from an artsy-fartsy one. I'm the say way with reviews. Some films warrant precise, to the point reviews while others invite you to be more cerebral, possibly abstract in my thinking, and ambiguous in my opinions,
3.Name a movie you can watch any day.
Do the Right Thing.
4.If you could keep an object that you had previously but by now either lost it,sold,misplaced,had it stolen or destroyed, what would it be?
I have two: my comic book collection or my baseball card collection. Either one would surely have garnered me a few extra bucks by now had I taken care of them.
5.Pick an era to live in.
As many problems as we're having right now, I'd still pick the current era because we have progressed greatly from where we've been. Of course, if the future is an option I'd like to live during that era when we finally achieve a global utopian society. Fingers crossed.
6.The best film you’ve seen this year and an unreleased 2016 film that you think might beat it.
Deadpool. I haven't seen a lot of this year's critically acclaimed movies just yet. As for what might beat it, I'll totally cop out and say something released between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
7.Name a memory you would keep till your death.
Lots to choose from. I'll pick the night I met Mrs. Dell. (go ahead: AWWWWW.)
8.Ice-cream or popsicles?
9.Where do you stand on the Harambe case?
I don't. I wish we would all move on from this, really.
10. Favourite type of music? And what does it mean to you?
Hip-Hop. I literally grew up with it and within it. We are roughly the same age and have developed alongside one another. Therefore, it has become part of my identity. It's not my entire identity, mind you, but it is a sizable chunk of it. And yes, what it is now disheartens me.
11. How do you cool off after being upset/angry?
See #10. In other words, I recede into my own world by donning headphones, picking out one of the genre's classic albums, pressing play, turning the volume up loud as I can stand it, and rapping along.
Now, I have to choose 11 bloggers. Here, is where I will be a bit lazy. Rather than nominating 11 for each award, I'm going to split you guys up. Some of you will be nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award, while others will be nommed for The Liebster. I'm going to nominate bloggers I (don't think) I have nominated before, so please, if you're one of my long-time blogging buddies don't get your panties in a bunch.
Nominees for The Sunshine Blogger Award
Let's Taco 'Bout Film
Nominees for The Liebster Award
Nominees for The Liebster Award
And...your 11 questions (of course they're the same for both awards):
Who should direct the film about your life?
What movie do you claim you hate, but secretly love?
How many movies do you watch in a normal week?
How do you watch most of those movies? (DVD, Netflix, theater, etc.)
What TV series would you like to see be made into a movie?
What movie would you like to see be made into a TV series?
What band would like to see get a biopic?
Have you ever lied about seeing a movie? Why or why not?
What movie did you have to be dragged to, but ended up loving?
What movie were you excited to see, but ended up hating?
If you were exiled to a desert island and could only take one movie, one book, one album, and an unlimited supply of just one food, what would you take?
Have at it, bloggers.