Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Leibster Blog Award . . . What? Another One?

     Nah, I'm just kidding. I don't mind getting another one. It's like asking someone if they would like a second slice of chocolate cake and they say, "No. One is enough." Generally, that's just not going to happen, especially in my family. Anyways, this time I was awarded the Leibster by a friend from this amazing website, FilmClassics, who just started her own blog Serenade in Blue, and so here we go again. I'll answer her questions and tell eleven more things about myself (like you really wanted to know the first eleven), but I won't be tagging eleven more bloggers; the first time was hard enough.

11 More Things . . .

11. I don't like for a majority of my food to touch. If something touches that I don't think should, I will eat around the parts that touch. (Weird, I know)
10. My favorite colors are blue and orange.
9. I easily remember names, faces, and voices. I'm really good with the voices. So, if sometimes I don't recognize a face, or remember his or her name, you can bet I'll remember his or her voice.
8. I have an Irish temper like you'd never believe.
7. Ireland, next to Italy, is my dream home.
6. I have never broken a single bone in my body. I have rolled down brick stairs (bloodied up my nose), smashed all ten of my fingers in the window, gotten my neck slammed on by the car door (the babysitter didn't mean to), fallen out of a tree, went down a hill, brakes wouldn't work on my bike, and fell in a brier patch (got scratches all over me, a little bloody), along with a slew of other things. NOT ONE BONE I TELL YOU, HAS BEEN BROKEN. Everyone else in my family has gone to the emergency room for something. (And for some strange reason, I'm jealous about this. I feel so left out. ;) 
5. I'm from Georgia, born and raised, and so I have a very southern accent. However, I'm very good at doing an English, French, and Italian accent, which I do to amuse my family all the time.
4. My feet are always cold. Winter, Summer, Spring, it doesn't matter. They're ALWAYS cold.
3. I picked up on Dean's habit of saying "Heaven's to Betsy" and "Hot diggity dirt" (That just shows you how much I watch of him).
2. I can't blow a bubble (as in bubble gum) to save my life. This is the saddest thing in my life. I'm seventeen, and I can't blow a freakin' bubble.
1. I am not a morning person. I'm a night owl by nature and prefer to stay up late, and sleep in the following morning.

The Q&A . . .

1. What was your first classic? The first film I can remember watching that I didn't realize at the time was a classic was North to Alaska with John Wayne. I was about six.
2. Favorite classic TV show? What's My Line (I like the part when the celebrities came out)
3. If you could spend a day with any classic star, who would it be? Cary Grant. Dean Martin. Jean Arthur. They all just happen to be at the same party. Lucky me!
4. Least favorite classic actor? I don't really think he's considered a "classic" star, but I don't care for Steve McQueen too much. I don't see what was so great about the guy.
5. Least favorite classic actress? How many death threats would I receive if I said Grace Kelly?
6. Musical remakes of the 50's: yes or no?:  Got to love musicals, at least I do.
7. Hayes Code: yes or no? Why? Yes. I prefer the Code because everything that's made today just makes me sick to my stomach. It's as though everyone is having a contest to see how many f-bombs they can say in one sentence. The dialogue stinks. I'm a girl who loves the English language, and so when you know how to use it, like the writers did back then when the Code was enforced to get their meaning across, well, how can it get any better?
8. Silents or Talkies? Talkies
9. What do you think of movies like The Artist? I have yet to see The Artist (it's on my list!), but I say they need to make them. A film like that might get some curious in the actual Golden Days of Hollywood, and next thing you know, we've got another classic film lover in the group.
10. What role did your favorite actress deserve an Oscar for?: Ah, my Jean deserved, in the very least, an Oscar nomination for everything she did (the fact that she only received one her entire career makes me steam), but I'd say either: You Can't Take it With You, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and/or The More the Merrier.
11. What role did your favorite actor deserve an Oscar for?: Cary: Notorious, North by Northwest, and the one (out of two) that he was actually nominated for, None but the Lonely Heart. Dean: The Young Lions, Some Came Running, Rio Bravo (a nomination in the very least).

     Well, there we are . . . again.


Rick29 said...

I prefer my food not to touch, too! And what I liked about the Hays Code is it inspired creativity (well, trying to get around it did). Nice to learn a little more about you.

VP81955 said...

1. Hard to say. I loved many '30s films growing up in the '60s.

2. What do you define as "classic"? If the '70s are included, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" is at the top of the list; if not, I'll go for "Dobie Gillis."

3. Put me in a party with Lombard, Loy, Powell, Harlow and Gable, and I think I'd be in heaven.

4. Wallace Beery, who from everything I've read was a pain.

5. She was a great and talented actress, but something about Katharine Hepburn leaves me cold. Too patrician, I guess.

6. If done right, they're fine. If not, then...

7. No, but I might have said yes before I became fully aware of the glories of pre-Code movies -- not so much the ladies in lingerie (though who could complain about that?), but their willingness to explore issues such as gender roles. Movies made after the Code ended in the late '60s used sex for sex's sake, not to advance the story.

8. Talkies, but silents have a "language" all their own. Check out TCM's "Silent Sunday Nights" for proof.

9. Loved "The Artist," and was delighted to see its Oscar success, but it was an anomaly.

10. Lombard deserved the Oscar for "My Man Godfrey" in 1936. Had it been made for MGM rather than Universal, perhaps she would have garnered enough votes.

11. Powell also deserved an Oscar in 1936, though I might have given it for "Libeled Lady." His fishing scene is sublime.

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