The first time my husband took me to the cinema was to watch Days Of Thunder (I’m showing my age now). I only agreed so that I could drool over Tom Cruise. I spent most of the film trying to work out what NASCAR stood for and wondering why it felt very much like I was watching a copy of Top Gun (and it seems that I am not alone here as this perception has since been called the ‘The Tom Cruise Picture’ because the over-riding theme is the same for many of his films). The second time my husband took me to the cinema was to see an action movie, the name of which I forget. I fell asleep on his shoulder fifteen minutes into the film.
Things haven’t improved over the years. I’m still crap at watching films but must have stayed awake/alert for some films as I do have favourites. Once you’ve read mine, why don’t you share yours?
My favourite film
Dead Man’s Shoes. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll know why. If you’ve not seen the movie then I can’t tell you for fear of spoiling the plot line. Dark, grim, engaging, shocking.
My favourite movie quote
From Ferris Bueller’s Day Off:
Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while you could miss it.
It’s cheesy and an obvious choice from an 80s chick like myself but one that I’ve learnt to appreciate over the years. I wish I’d done more stopping and looking around over the years.
My favourite song/soundtrack from a movie
I don’t even have to pause to think of this. Somewhere In Time is a time travel move starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour and the line, “Come back to me” is just the most haunting line ever spoken in the opening scene of any film. The main score – Rachmanioff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini – just sets the mood of the whole film and when I hear it now the hairs on my arms and my neck stand on end.
A film that I wanted to star in
I think I’d be Columbia in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. A small part but at least I could show off my tap dancing skills. But in these days of equality, maybe I could play Dr Frank-n-Furter. If Julie Hesmondhalgh can play a bloke who is now a woman in Coronation Street then maybe I can do the same in Rocky Horror? *slaps on heavy eye shadow*
My favourite scene from a film
Basically any dance scene will do for me. My favourites include the dance off from White Chicks, Shake a Tail Feather from The Blues Brothers, the dance scene from The Breakfast Club and Gene Kelly tap dancing on roller skates in It’s Always Fair Weather. But my ultimate is the dance scene in Pulp Fiction and one that I am determined to recreate for my 25th Wedding Anniversary.
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