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Care to answer some movie questions?

Asked by Pachy (18567points) January 24th, 2013

Here I am at the office, supposedly working, but I’ve got movies on my brain. If you aren’t working too hard, will you answer some or all these questions?
1. First movie you ever saw
2. #1 favorite movie
3. Movie you hated the most
4. Best movie you saw with an S/O
5. Unusual experience at movie
6. Favorite piece of movie trivia

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Pachy's avatar

Here are my answers to get the ball rolling.
1. “Fantasia” – “I think.
2. “The Red Shoes” and the original “The Thing”
3. Any movie with Jack Black in it
4. “Peggy Sue Got Married”
5. Happened in the ‘70s. Police stormed theater during “Last Tango in Paris,” made audience leave
6. Oh, so many. But one of my favorites is, before Bogie was offered the role of Rick in “Casablanca, it was turned down by Ronald Reagan and George Raft.

mazingerz88's avatar

1. Can’t recall, sorry.
2. A Man and a Woman ( Anouk Aimee )
3. Star Wars prequels
4. Cutting Edge
5. necking for the first time
6. Bruce Willis as an extra in a court room scene in that Paul Newman’s movie, The Verdict.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

1 Gone with the Wind
2 Don’t really have a number 1. Depends on my mood.
3 Ishtar
4 The Big Chill
5 Nothing special
6 A lot of films were made in Ithaca, including the early Tarzan movies, the Munsters, and the Little Rascals. I’ve seen the Munster’s house.

Seek's avatar

1. First movie I saw in a theater: Batman Returns.
2. Favourite movie: A nearly impossible question. The Shawshank Redemption is up there, as is The Invention of Lying, A Clockwork Orange, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Rob Roy, I Saw the Devil, all the Lord of the Rings movies, and a kabillion other things.
3. “The Horror of Spider Island” was pretty horrible.
4. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Fountain. Also The Illusionist, the Prestige, The Final Cut.
5. My husband bounced a guy for talking on his phone during a movie. Loudly. The guy got irate when the employees tried to shut him up, so the hubs stepped in. /proud.
6. Up until last year, I lived less than 5 minutes from where “Edward Scissorhands” was filmed. Many of the houses still had all the crazy colours.

Sunny2's avatar

1. A Popeye movie and a Betty Boop movie. I was 3 and it was shown on someone’s bedroom wall.
2. An American in Paris.
3. Dinner with Andre.
4. La Dolce Vita
5. Being the only 2 patrons in a large theater.
6. I can’t think of any right now.

bookish1's avatar

Fun survey.
1) I grew up in a cinephile household, so I can’t recall what the first movie was that I saw! Probably Fantasia, but it might have been an old thriller from the 30s or 40s that my parents were watching when I was very little. I think the first movie I saw in the theaters was Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

2) My favorite movie??? I have favorites from so many genres. My two favorite classic movies are The 39 Steps (Hitchcock pretty much invented the thriller genre with this one) and M (Fritz Lang considered it his best film… The cinematography is so advanced you’d swear it was made last year. And it was Peter Lorre’s feature film debut!), my favorite foreign film is L’Afrance, and my favorite recent Hollywood movie is The Life Aquatic.

3) Avatar. 3 hours of my life I’ll never get back. Neo-primitivism masquerading as self-congratulatory environmentalism. Yegh.

4) Waking Life and Donnie Darko were both really fun to watch with my first girlfriend. As was dressing up for The Rocky Horror Picture Show. (She made a really hot Columbia).

5) I can’t think of any very unusual experiences I’ve had while watching a movie… Except that I watched 2001: A Space Odyssey when I was far too little, and I think it might have affected me adversely…

6) Uhhhh, during the filming of the Life of Brian in Tunisia, Graham Chapman acted as a dispensary and gave out anti-malaria pills, etc., to the whole cast every day. He brought suitcases of medicine from the UK. Also, Peter Lorre in “The Man Who Knew Too Much” had to learn his lines phonetically. Still did a bang-up job!

@Pachyderm_In_The_Room: Why did the police storm the theater???

Pachy's avatar

@Sunny2, great list except for “My Dinner with Andre.” One of my all-time faves. But definitely, it’s one you either love or hate.

Pachy's avatar

Hey, @bookish1, GA !!!

Sunny2's avatar

@Pachyderm_In_The_Room I found it an all time bore, but I understand there are those who loved it. Perhaps I didn’t ‘get’ it.

gailcalled's avatar

Re; My dinner with André; I loved the movie and have always had a huge crush on Wallace Shawn’s voice.

Pachy's avatar

@Sunny2, not to drone on about it, but for me, it was basically a debate between two exact opposite points of view: to live is to constantly search for meaning, new experiences and truths vs. to live is to play if safe. I saw it as a debate not really between two men, but between two aspects of my our own lives… at least mine. Guess I saw it at a time in my life when I needed to deal with that question. Hey—but I still love ya.

gailcalled's avatar

It was also a discussion about the use of language…elegant, spare, lucid.

Sunny2's avatar

I thought of an answer for #6. Harpo Marx was illiterate. I found his autobiography a good read.

livelaughlove21's avatar

1. First movie ever? Who knows? In theaters it was Titanic.

2. One movie I can watch over and over and never get sick of would have to be Forrest Gump.

3. Pretty much anything starring Will Ferrell.

4. Law Abiding Citizen…or maybe The Hangover

5. Seeing the midnight premier of each Twilight movie was always an unusual experience, thanks to certain fans.

6. Can’t think of anything.

Coloma's avatar

1st movie: Mary Poppins, I was 3 or 4 and insisted my mother sit through it twice. She did, I always was a persuasive little thing. lol

Favorite movie…Oh my, far too many but the most recent is “Bernie” with Jack Black and Shirley Maclaine…brilliantly funny and based on a true story. I highly recommend it!

Most hated…I don’t know, usually very slow and hard to follow films get a thumbs down from me.

Best movie I saw with a S/O: again, my memory fails me, too many movies with forgettable dates. lol

Unusual experience at a movie: A kid throwing up on my neck at a showing of one of the Ice Age movies. Really special.

Fav. movie trivia…hmmm….unremarkable, it’s still too early over here for my brain to scan the archives of movie moments. haha

wundayatta's avatar

The Red Balloon.

I can’t answer any of the rest of the questions. Sorry. I am a bad movie person.

ucme's avatar

1. That’s a tough one, I remember watching Spielberg’s first film Duel as a kid & loved it, still do.
2. Impossible for me to say, but I love Tarantino’s movies, maybe Pulp Fiction.
3. Valkyrie stank the bloody place out.
4. The wife & I don’t go to the cinema other than with the kids, so the last one would’ve been Cliffhanger.
5. I got nothing.
6. If you watch Steve McQueen closely in The Magnificent Seven, you can see him constantly fiddling with his hat in the background when Yul Brynner leads a particular scene. He later claimed this was to draw the audiences eye away from the established actor & onto the up & coming star in the making, namely himself…very clever.

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

My Best Friend’s Wedding
That’s tough. At the moment, it’s The Dark Knight.
Haven’t had an S/O.
The only 3 people in the theatre were me, and my 2 sisters. We spread out into the three different sections.
I don’t know. One I can think of right now is that all the actors actually sang while filming Les Mis the movie, instead of using studio prerecordings.

Pachy's avatar

Lots of points to everybody. Let’s go see a movie and consume copious quantities of popcorn and Milk Duds !!!

Seek's avatar

I want Junior Mints! and jujubes! And Dr. Pepper!

picante's avatar

1. First movie you ever saw: “Old Yeller” (brutal)

2. #1 favorite movie: “Raising Arizona” for fun; “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” has been my long-standing favorite drama; and in modern times, “The Sessions” has won my heart

3. Movie you hated the most: Pretty much anything Nicolas Cage directed or acted in since “Raising Arizona;” and dear God, please erase any memory of “Wild at Heart” from my aching head

4. Best movie you saw with an S/O: “2001: A Space Odyssey”

5. Unusual experience at movie: Several – fainting in the lobby (no, I wasn’t drunk); evacuating a theater for a bomb threat in 1973; being all alone in a big theater viewing “March of the Penguins.” When mama realized her egg had frozen on the ice and that sad, slow narration by Morgan Freeman reported, “She was bereft,” I cried like a baby and let the snot run down my face. That one’s for you Janbb (except the part about the snot)

6. Favorite piece of movie trivia: The sound effects for EMARAC, the computer in “The Desk Set,” were used in various movies and TV shows including “Fantastic Voyage.”

downtide's avatar

1. First movie you ever saw
Snow White, I think (not at first release, I’m not THAT old)

2. #1 favorite movie
Blade Runner

3. Movie you hated the most

4. Best movie you saw with an S/O
Mad Max 3 – Beyond Thunderdome. It was my first date with my current partner.

5. Unusual experience at movie
When I went to see “Elizabethtown” there was only me and one other guy in the theatre. We ended up sitting together and chatting about the movie and its amazing soundtrack all the way through.

6. Favorite piece of movie trivia
The 2004 remake of “Alfie”, starring Jude Law, was set in New York but filmed on location in Manchester. For six months we had American street signs in the northern quarter of the city. I also saw Jude Law standing at the catering van one night, eating his supper.

tups's avatar

1. I really can’t remember.
2. I don’t have one favorite, but these two are up there: Life of Pi, La Vita é Bella.
3. Lots
4. I’m Not There

Bellatrix's avatar

1. First movie you ever saw
I can’t remember. I remember going to see Born Free at the cinema. Nothing before that. I remember watching

2. #1 favorite movie

That’s like asking me to choose my favourite child. I can’t. Films I have really enjoyed include Silence of the Lambs, Midnight Express, Glory, The Party.

3. Movie you hated the most

Recently, Les Mis. I don’t like popcorn movies generally. One that stands out is The Fast and Furious. I went with my husband and daughter and within about two minutes was wishing I had brought a book with me so I could sneak out and read.

4. Best movie you saw with an S/O

We go to the cinema and watch films at home all the time. I think my partner was very sweet to go and see Titus Andronicus with me. He later admitted it wasn’t his cup of tea at all but he wanted to impress me. The film was… okay and I was impressed.

5. Unusual experience at movie

The time the rather large lady needed to sit in seats passed ours in the row. We stepped out of the row and she managed to flip the cup of hot coffee that was in the cup holder onto her seat and then dropped down on it. Ouch… not good. She was okay apparently.

Oh! Can I add the weirdness of going to see The Exorcist when it was released and seeing priests and the like outside the cinema. That was strange. The film freaked me out but watching it now I can’t believe how scared I was then.

6. Favorite piece of movie trivia

I have visited quite a few of the Lord of the Rings sites. Helms Deep is a quarry near Wellington. The nook under the road where the hobbits hide. The forest they run through to escape after hiding in the hollow. The river Sam and Frodo row across at the end of the first? film amongst others.

Bellatrix's avatar

^I remember watching… something. I must have been distracted while writing that sentence :D
Some great answers up there and fabulous films. I want to go to the cinema with you all too! I will have a magnum and coffee rather than popcorn.

diavolobella's avatar

1. Can’t remember
2. Too many to name one, but I like Cold Comfort Farm and Enchanted April a lot.
3. Any horror movie
4. Titanic, I guess. I really don’t remember
5. Ran into 2 former classmates from a high school I’d attended in KY at a movie theatre in TN.
6. I got nothing.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

@diavolobella I think you’re the only other person I know who has seen Cold Comfort Farm! “I saw something nasty in the woodshed!”

1. I don’t remember my first movie

2. The Princess Bride

3. Saw one movie based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, now I refuse to watch anything else from him. He’s a mean bastard who likes making women cry! :D

4. I’m going with Passion of the Christ, simply because it was so moving for us both.

5. Since theater personnel didn’t remove her, I hit a woman with popcorn for repeatedly texting during a movie.

6. Did you know that while making Passion of the Christ, Jim Caviezel was struck by lightning, got hypothermia, and had skin ripped from his back, despite all the padding? He really did suffer to make that!

gailcalled's avatar

I also loved Cold Comfort Farm and occasionally rewatch it on DVD.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Yay! Someone else!

Bellatrix's avatar

I’ve read the book, does that count?

SuperMouse's avatar

1. I do not remember the first movie I ever saw.
2. The Godfather is my favorite movie of all time.
3. It is a three way tie for the movie I hated most: Ghost, Forest Gum and Titanic.
4. The best movie I have seen with my man was probably Zach and MIri Make a Porno, but we see tons of movies so it is a tough pick, I went with that because it was one of the first we saw together.
5. Once at the drive-in my ex and I had brought and were drinking beer. An employee came up and asked to search the car for alcohol. When we refused he kicked us out. We didn’t even get our money back!
6. My favorite piece of movie trivia is probably that along with Al Pacino and Diane Keaton, Sophia Coppola was in all three Godfather movies. She was the baby being baptized in the first, she was a child on the boat to Ellis Island in the second and she had a poorly acted turn as star of the third.

Brian1946's avatar

1. First movie you ever saw
2. #1 favorite movie
3. Movie you hated the most
4. Best movie you saw with an S/O
5. Unusual experience at movie
6. Favorite piece of movie trivia

1. I think it was The Bride of Frankenstein.

2. Probably Forbidden Planet.

3. It’s a two-way tie:

Red Dawn. This wad of jingoist refuse was released in 1984. By that time I already had 12 years more of Reagan and 19 years more of Cold War propaganda than I wanted.

Tidal Wave. The FX for the “tidal waves” seemed to consist of placing the miniature plastic buildings used for Monopoly, in the sand and in front of some 6” waves at some beach.

4. I guess it was The 6th Sense, which I saw with my wife.

5. When we went to see The Exorcist, Richard Kiel was in front of the theater talking to a ticket agent. My brother thinks he was asking the agent if he could sit in the back row, so that the upper portion of his 7’2” frame wouldn’t be blocking anyone’s view.

During the movie, I heard some dude a few rows to our rear yell at someone next to him, “Don’t touch me, trying to make me think you’re possessed!”. :-o

6. Jamie Lee Curtis, my ex-wife, and I saw Halloween together. However, she wasn’t really with us, we just saw her going into the theater at the same time we did. ;-)

In the Prisoner of Second Avenue, there’s a scene where 50-years-old Jack Lemmon unknowingly mugs 28 YO Sylvester Stallone.

filmfann's avatar

1. First movie you ever saw: My family went to the drive-ins, but I don’t remember any of those movies. The first one I remember was Mary Poppins.

2. #1 favorite movie I think Citizen Kane is the best movie ever made, but my favorite to watch is Casablanca.

3. Movie you hated the most: It would be hard to find a movie I hate as much as Birth of a Nation. Maybe The Deer Hunter.

4. Best movie you saw with an S/O: Pulp Fiction. My wife hated it.

5. Unusual experience at movie: I have had a lot of them, but for some reason the one that comes to mind was when I was watching “I Love Trouble”, and in the middle of the film the projectionist accidently turned on the music that usually plays before a movie. That went on for about 10 minutes, when I went back and complained. The thing is that the movie was so bad no one cared.

6. Favorite piece of movie trivia: While shooting Casablanca, the script was written the night before shooting each scene by Howard Koch, then Bogart would rewrite it over breakfast. Koch was dumped with the project when the Epstein brothers abandoned it. Koch had no idea how it was going to end while he wrote it.

diavolobella's avatar

@WillWorkForChocolate yeah, but did it see you, baby? best line ever

@ucme Duel is a great movie

poisonedantidote's avatar

1— The Goonies or The Jetsons Meet The Flintstones

Those are the two earliest ones I recall, age 3–4. I had them on VHS, along with some half hour cartoon tapes.

2— Fight Club

3— Dragon Ball Z The Movie. (A very recent one, but it was just such a pile of shit it gets this slot.)

4— The Thing (Original)

I have watched lots of movies with her, some very great ones such as Leon The Professional and other great movies. While The Thing is not the best one, it was the best experience.

5— I got told by the cinema staff, “sir you can’t smoke in here… well, I mean you can’t smoke weed in here.” Back when you could still smoke in the cinema, and no I would not normally do that, but we were totally alone in the cinema, it was just me and some friends who were also smoking the stuff, it had been cool in the past, we had even smoked there with other members of staff in the past. While it was normal at the time, looking back on it, I guess it was a bit weird/strange.

6— The movie The Hulk was directed by Ang Lee. This is my favorite piece of trivia, because Don’t get him angry, you would not like it when he is Ang Lee.

ucme's avatar

@diavolobella Sure is, less is definitely more when it comes to dialogue, in that film at least.

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