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The Liebster Award

19 August 2012 | Others | by David Zou

During my vacation,I accepted this award twice from two of my fellow LAMBs(glad to be one myself!) : Steve from 1001plus,and Tyler from Southern Vision.It consists of 3 parts:1.tell your readers 11 things about you.2.Answer 11 questions your friend passed to you.3.Ask another 11 questions and pass it to other 11 people.

I’m not gonna do 1 and 3,because I’m a movie man,if you want to know more about me,this blog is the best place.Since this meme starts long ago and I saw lots of bloggers already have done it,it is absurd to ask them to post a new one again.So,I will only answer the 22 questions passed to me.

 

 

11 questions from Steve:

1.At a movie theater, what snacks do you buy? Or do you sneak them in? If money were no object, what would be your movie theater snack of choice?

I’m 120% concentrated when I watch a movie,so no distractions including snacks.

2.What’s the first movie that really scared you?

I watched lots of HK ghost films when I was young,but I couldn’t remember the names now.After that,Dario Argento’s Deep Red is the first and only movie that scared the shit out of me.

Deep Red

3.The television show/book/graphic novel/other thing I would really love to see adapted to film is?

The highly controversial life of Mao,I bet if it was as well made by a foreign director(only possible situation) as Bertolucci made The Last Emperor,the Oscar is within reach.

mao

4. If you like horror movies, why do you like them? If not, why not?

Horror movies is the least-liked genre of mine,because I don’t know it very well.

5. If you could be any movie character, who would you be, and why?

Indiana Jones.Cowboy+Intellectual+007,perfect for me.

indiana_jones

6. Why did you start blogging? What keeps you going?

I think I was inspired by Dave Blakeslee from Criterion Reflection,it’s just like after you watched Star Wars,you want to make your own science fiction.It is my love for films and the strong desire to express it that keep me going.

7. What movie would you most like to see again for the first time with no prior knowledge?

I can’t remember any films that didn’t get better during the second viewing.

8. If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say?

Nothing“,the same as Mr. Ozu.

9. What is the best or most useful class in school you have ever taken?

English,it opens my eyes and helps me tremendously in learning film knowledge.

10.  Describe your favorite article of clothing.

T-shirt,the one with Criterion logo on it is even better.

criterion t-shirt

11. If there was one household chore I could get away with never doing again, it would be?

I don’t want it,if I do not do it,my wife has to.I’m an advocator of the idea that men should share domestic responsibilities with his wife.

 

11 questions from Tyler:

1.What’s the best film your favourite director has made?

2001:A Space Odyssey,if he did not make it and made something else,I wouldn’t like him that much.

2: What’s your favourite pre-1930 film (if you don’t have one – and you really should – what’s one you’d like to see?)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,how I wish I could answer a Murnau film,but this film came to my mind first.

the-cabinet-of-dr-caligari

3: What’s the best movie you think not enough people have seen?

A Brighter Summer Day! My fave Chinese language film of all time did not even get a dvd release.

4: What’s your favourite musical album of all time?

I’m nothing near a music fan,OK,I will choose  Beatles -1 Album

5: Gus van Sant said he remade Psycho “so nobody else would have to.” Do you think this is an acceptable reason?

No,it should be “Nobody would have to”.

6: Rank these decades for film: 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s.

60s,70s,90s,80s,00s

7: If you only had a few hours left to live and chose to spend them watching a movie, what movie would you watch?

YiYi,to feel life again.

8: Citizen Kane or Vertigo? (if you haven’t seen one or either, the question for you is Alfred Hitchcock vs. Orson Welles).

Vertigo,I never liked Citizen Kane that much,I love films that are strong on emotional and psychological level.

9: My Dinner with Andre is a film which consists of nothing but two people talking. Le Quattro Volte is a film which contains not a single word of dialogue. Would you rather watch a completely dialogue-free movie or one that’s non-stop dialogue?

I don’t mind watching a film with non-stop dialogues as long as the content is rich,but I can’t imagine a film without dialogues,even silent films need dialogues.

10: Think carefully about this one: what is the worst movie you’ve ever seen?

Plan 9 from Outer Space,but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

plan-9-from-outer-space

11: What’s your favourite film score (not soundtrack)?

Ennio Morricone’s score for The Mission,the Main Theme,hugely overlooked.

the mission score

 

As I have promised,a photo essay about my journey to HongKong and Thailand is next,stay tuned!

 

 

 


   

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  • Suspiria (1977) and Phenomena (1985) actually scared me more than Deep Red, Phenomena gave me a nightmare about creepy crawlies…

    High Five! 2001:A Space Odyssey is a favorite of mine also 🙂
    Never come across The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari before , going to look into it, thanks

    • Actually Deep Red is the only Argento film that I thoroughly enjoyed,the plot is stronger than any others I have seen,also the Goblin score is perfect.
      The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari will not let you down.

  • Great work, I love your clever answers to these questions. A Brighter Summer Day is a superb choice for underrated movie, as is Yi Yi for final movie ever. It’s also awesome to see someone giving some love to Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

    • Thanks Tyler,I know you are also a huge Yang follower,and a lucky one too,if Criterion did not release YIYI,I doubt how many people would know his name.

  • Welcome back. Can’t wait for the photo essay!

    • Thanks Mike,I will try to post it in the next couple of days.Before that,I need to check your post again for reference,hehe.