Liebster Award – Special Questions-Only Edition


Even though I’ve already been nominated twice for a Liebster, I can’t get enough of it. Somebody you know only online actually solicits your opinions. Heck, my wife hardly does that these days!

Anyway, a woman named Angela runs a blog named The Hollywood Revueand she was recently nominated for a Liebster. She stated that she didn’t want to nominate anyone herself, so she stated her 11 questions and then left them open for anyone to answer. Cue the attention-seeking blogger!

1. Favorite movie blonde bombshell?


Valerie Perrine, a talented and outrageously built actress who, in the 1970’s and early ’80s, seemed to have no compunction whatsoever about posing nude. As a randy college student, I called this a win-win.

2. Do you think Citizen Kane is overrated?

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On the contrary. I first saw it in a college film class 35 years ago and was totally floored by it. I still watch it every so often, checking it on it as if it was an old friend, and it never fails to satisfy.

3. Name your four favorite movies from the 1940’s.

Citizen KaneThe Palm Beach StoryDouble Indemnity, and Fantasia.

4. If you could own a prop from any movie, which one would it be?

I guess it would be the accoutrements of Buster Keaton’s regular silent-film costume, the way it’s shown in the photo on the opening page of Rudi Blesh’s biography Keaton.

5. Favorite non-American film?


Cinema Paradiso, a movie that’s a compendium of all the reasons I love movies.

6. Name a movie you hope they never, ever announce a remake of.

Is it overstating the case to just go with everything? You know the remake craze has gone out of control when they’re re-making superhero movies less than a decade after the first version came out. Go out on a limb and try something original already.

7. If you could have attended the world premiere of any film, which one would it have been?


Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. It’s my favorite movie musical, and I’d have probably been popeyed to see Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell in person — although in retrospect, they’d have probably kicked me out for suggesting to Jane that she dip something other than just her hands in the Grauman’s Chinese cement.

8. What’s your biggest guilty pleasure movie?


Swamp ThingAdrienne Barbeau, braless…Oh, don’t make me rehash this again for my regular blog readers, it’s just too painful.

9. Name a movie you feel doesn’t get as much credit as it deserves.

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Albert Brooks’ priceless 1985 comedy Lost in America. Full of some of the funniest movie dialogue ever, plus a sly indictment of America’s upper-middle-class and the kind of people who claim they want to live life more basically…but not without their creature comforts.

10. What’s your all-time favorite movie quote?

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“There’s always a bigger fish.” It’s from Star Wars Episode I, not exactly regarded as a film classic, yet I find that line fits so many situations in life.

11. If your life were turned into a biopic, who would you want to direct it?

There’s only one person whom I’d deem appropriate, and Ed Wood is long gone.


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