Monday, November 26, 2012

Guest Post by Annalisa Crawford

 
Please welcome Annalisa Crawford!
 
Thanks for having me here today, Livia!
 
In honour of Livia’s love of films, I’m going to talk about my love of films. Because, really, there’s nothing nicer on a damp, dark winter evening to snuggle up and watch a great film. Or, rather, to re-watch a great film. Yes, I love watching films that I’ve seen many times before. Don’t you?
 
It’s a habit from childhood – my sister and I watched Grease and Fiddler on the Roof on a continual loop. There was something comforting about knowing the story, the songs, the next scene. We could leave the room and come back knowing exactly where we were in the story. And we knew we were going to have a good time.
 
When you decide to watch a new film you’re relying on reviews or the opinions of your friends, or just the fact that the premise has intrigued you. You’re paying out money to go to the cinema (you have to buy sweets, and drinks, maybe a hotdog) solely based on what you hope the film will be like; and sometimes you come out disappointed because it hasn’t lived up to your expectations.
 
I concede that there are some scenes which only work on the big screen. I know it’s not the done thing to admit, but I loved watching Darth Vadar’s inception in Star Wars III – I sat on the edge of my seat, open-mouthed. Equally, the scenes in Titanic when the ship was sinking, with the water rushing through the corridors and into cabins were the most claustrophobic I’ve seen. Neither of those scenes have the same impact on a TV. (By the way, Titanic is not a film I have wanted to see a second time.)
 
Watching a good film is like receiving a hug, or slipping into your favourite PJs, or having an evening with friends. Sometimes you notice a subtle expression or movement from the leading man that you haven’t seen before. Other times it’s the sheer anticipation of a romantic scene that helps you select – I love 10 Things I Hate About You and I adore the tenderness on Heath Ledger’s face when he’s trying to stop Kat from passing out. In a different mood, I love the game of working out who kills who in Reservoir Dogs.
 
Those small scenes will always have me going back again!
 
Thank you Annalisa!
 
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I reached one-hundred followers a month ago!
I told you before I'm having a party!
 
The party is...
My One-Hundred Follower Celebration
Dates: Monday, December 17 to Friday, December 21
No celebration on Wednesday because I'm hosting the Finding Claire Fletcher Blog Tour.
Guest Post Topic: What You Learned From Your Followers
 
If you would like to participate, please email me.
I look foward to celebrating with you!

46 comments:

  1. I admit, if I'm flipping channels and come across The Princess Bride, I'm probably going to watch it. (And I have a big-screen, 3D TV, so the big scenes work just as well at home.)
    Sounds like a great party, Livia!

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    1. I'm jealous of your TV! Every time you mention The Princess Bride, I get a real yearning to watch it again. Might have to buy myself a Christmas present this year!

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  2. I love movies too. I just got a couple of old movies at WalMart for 96 cents each. FUN!

    I'd love to participate in the blog celebration, but those days are going to be complete chaos for me and I know I'll forget.

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    1. Old movies are great. I bought The Philadelphia Story (Jimmy Stewart and Katherine Hepburn) - like you say, FUN!

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  3. You know, I'm not a real movie buff. I think it's because I have a hard time sitting still without engaging in something. I think that's why I like reading-- a "movie" in my mind I'm actively engaged with. But, I am a sucker for a good chic flick that is unrealistically mushy with a great ending.

    One of my favorite movie line comes from the movie, Reservoir Dogs: Are you going to bark all day little doggy, or are you going to bite? Reminds me of an awful lot of people I know...

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    1. I love Reservoir Dogs, it's my favourite Tarrantino film.

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  4. Loved Grease! I think I can sing every song; not very well, but I do know the words!!

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    1. I was given the sing-a-long DVD version a couple of years ago - now I can sing along with the lesser known ones too, rather than just blah blah blah my way through it :-)

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  5. Hi Livia and Annalisa .. I'm not a great movie fundi - but I do love feel good movies, and avant garde ones ... also the idea sounds good with our English weather at the moment .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Yes, Hilary, I'll be watching many films while the weather is as bad as it has been.

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  6. Love Grease! It's been a favorite for many years, and yes, I can sing along with every song. I also love 10 Things I Hate About You. Snappy dialogue and great one-liners. And of course, Heath.
    Cameron Crowe movies always have great one-liners. Elizabethtown comes to mind. "I'm impossible to forget, but I'm hard to remember."
    And one from We Bought A Zoo "Their happy is too loud."
    :)

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    1. Heath was a great actor, gone far too soon, he could have been a legend :-( I've not seen Elizabethtown, but I keep meaning to.

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  7. You can't beat good films! Congratulations on reaching 100 followers!

    I tagged you in the You've Got the Look Meme. If you'd like to do it, please visit my blog, Mama Diaries.

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  8. I LOVE Reservoir Dogs! Tarantino is simply amazing. I just watched Inglourious Basterds the other day and was reminded as to why I love him so much :) I can't wait for Django Unchained!

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    1. I'd forgotten Inglourious Basterds - that might be second on the Tarrantino list. I've obviously had my head in the sand because I haven't heard of Django Unchained - off to investigate, thanks!

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  9. Loved Grease as a young girl. Actually, I thought I would grow up and be Olivia Newton John. Truth is, I couldn't fit my fanny in a pair of black hot pants if I tried! Oh well. Nice to meet you, Annalisa! Hi, Livia!

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    1. She was scarily skinny in that last scene. I believe she had to be sewn into them! I like a little bit more room myself :-)

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  10. so many films, so little time. I'm more Pulp Fiction, not Resevoir Dogs. I love The Big Chill. And this time of year - Love Actually is so great. Cheers!

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    1. Love Actually is a film that always gets watched when I'm feeling Christmassy - last watched in September, next watched sometime very soon!

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  11. Ooo. I saw Star Wars on the big screen. The Hunt for Red October, too. It's true. Some scenes are just better that way.

    Nice post. :)

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  12. Yay, I love re-runs and watching box sets for hours at a time. I remember doing a marathon with hubby (before kids) of Lord of the Rings and The Godfather, and of course whenever James Bond marathon is on TV, we've got to watch it.
    Great Post!

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    1. Hubby and kids have a Lord of the Rings day every couple of years at Christmas time. I disappear to write, we have turkey sandwiches and a takeaway in the evening - good times :-)

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  13. I love movies. Love, love, LOVE them! And you're right - nothing better on a cold dreary winter day!

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    1. Yep, and there's been plenty of those already in the UK this year :-(

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  14. Great post! I'm a big movie buff. I don't get nearly as much time to watch them as I use to. I can't wait until my son is old enough to start watching movies.

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    1. Then you'll definitely end up watching the same films over and over - although that'll probably be five times in one day!

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  15. LOVE Grease and really love 10 Things I Hate About You!!! I love movies. Don't have as much time to watch them as I used to!

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    1. The best thing about watching films you've already seen is you can do other things at the same time - writing, ironing... erm, yeah writing and ironing :-)

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  16. It was so funny when Fiddler first came out. My dad and new stepmom went to see the San Francisco premier, and Dad came singing one of the songs: If I were a rich man, Ya ha deedle deedle, bubba bubba deedle deedle dum. I thought he just didn't know the words. Ha! Those were there words. =D

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    1. Hehe, that's funny. I was singing that song today. I only know the chorus and one verse though, so I end up going round and round and can't stop!

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  17. I love going to the movies. I especially like going to the movies on the weekdays because there are fewer people in the audience and as a result there are fewer people on their cell phones. Whenever I go to a movie I haven't seen before, though, I'm always nervous I'm going to miss an important scene if I leave the theater for a minute to get a drink or something.

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    1. Never leave! Make sure all needs have been met before you get to your seat! :-)

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  18. Annalisa - I am EXACTLY the same! Grease was one of my overwatched films from my childhood, and I can't kick the habit!

    Livia - I am so sorry for being slow to get to your blog. I could have sworn I was following you, but it turns out, I was wrong! I've fixed that now! :D

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    1. I have the singalong version of Grease ;-)

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  19. those were some great movies you listed and i concur not watching titanic again, but grease & star wars ver & over. and poor heth ledger =( i miss him.

    lovely post!

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    1. It's always worrying when you start to list favourite things that you're the only person in the world who likes them. So thank you :-)

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  20. Hi Annalisa!

    There's so many films I love to watch, just for certian scenes!

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  21. We watch V for Vendetta every year on Nov 5th so I can understand you liking to rewatch old favourites.

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    1. That's another film I'm not sure I've seen - although it does ring a bell...

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  22. That Titanic scene you mentioned is something many people do not want to think happened. Sad.

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  23. I love movies every bit as much as books. If anyone ever wanted to torture me, just take away one or both. I couldn't live without my TV & all the good movies, with the exception of Liz & Dick, the single worst movie EVER!

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  24. I love re-watching movies. My family does too. It's wonderful to see different nuances, and to find comfort in the familiarity of a story.

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  25. I love it when I read a book then see the movie adapted from the book and the screenplay is better than the book. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, it's EPIC. (I'm thinking LOTR, ya know. I'm hoping The Hobbit is even better!)

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  26. Thanks for having Annalisa here today, Livia! Really great. I love all the different people we get to meet on your blog. Such a great idea. :D

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