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06/18/2004 Entry: "The MI5"
The MI5 this week is courtesy of Dave Clarke, whose blog isn't working right now.
1. What is your favorite alltime movie?
Star Wars, A New Hope. To me, it will always be known as "the first one." The sheer inventiveness of making those effects is crazy. So, it may look a little "dated" to some. But I don't think most CGI effects look real. Modern, maybe, but not real. The effects in Star Wars have an honesty about them.
David picked some runners up, so I will too. I love Citizen Kane. The first time I saw it, I watched it again. It's the only time I've watched the same movie twice in one day. I like Francis Ford Coppala's version of Dracula, too.
2. What is your preferred method of watching a movie?
I like movies at home better than the theater in general. The theater has great aesthetics, and I love that. What I'd really love is an old movie palace, where they did it up right. I can't wait for the Strand to reopen, hopefully with balcony intact. But most of the old movie houses aren't up to date, sound and video wise. That's why I like home better--the sound adds so much to the experience. So if you took the aesthetic of an old theater, and updated with the modern Dolby Digital Surround like I get at home, that'd be the best. Well, having my own home theater with lots of mahogany and blue velvet would be best--my dream theater, The Indigo.
3. How many movies do you watch a week?
Not many. Maybe one. I just don't have two hours to sit and watch. And my tastes are not Susan's and Julia's taste, so there's a bit of finagling that needs to be done. That being said, I took Julia to the theater to see Shrek 2 last night, and since I don't have a gig tonight or tomorrow night, a movie will probably be in store for this weekend.
4. What are your favorite movie genres?
Dramas. Seems odd that of the three movies I mentioned as favorites, only one is a drama. Star Wars is my favorite, but I'm not a sci-fi buff. Horrors are not my thing either, but one did make my top three (though it's not really that scary). But if you were to look at my DVD/LD collection, you'd see The Browning Version, The Madness of King George, Dead Poets Society, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, West Side Story, that kinda thing.
5. What movie type do you dislike?
Whoops. See #4. I should've looked down.