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Link and movie meme - The Phantom Librarian
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Link and movie meme
Picked up this interesting link from straussmonster--what happens when one of the best musicians in the world plays some of the most beautiful music ever written... in a subway station? Definitely worth some conversation!

Swiped from rotae

1. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 times.
So very, very many. Everyone will say Star Wars, so I'll go with the two ritual ones that my friends and I used to watch every couple of weeks: Stand By Me and The Goonies.

2. Name a movie that you've seen multiple times in the theater.
Are you kidding? Until recently, I never saw much point in only going once to anything. The Phantom Menace is probably the all time champeen, but, well... pretty much anything I care for, I go back to.

3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to see a movie.
Not that many, actually. I checked out a few with Hayden Christensen when he was cast as Anakin, mostly out of curiosity, but that doesn't so much count. For a while, I'd have said that Harrison Ford almost always picked good movies, but now, meh. Will Smith increases my likelihood, but I can't say that I automatically go to WS movies.

4. Name an actor that would make you less likely to see a movie.
Vin Diesel, maybe. I don't like Tom Hanks particularly, but he has never stopped me from seeing one of his movies. Honestly, it's weird--I tend to respect actors more than a lot of people, and think of them as generally being very smart, skilled professionals... but I just don't necessarily care which of them are in a particular movie, as long as they do their parts well.

5. Name a movie that you can quote from.
Star Wars (1-5), Stand By Me, The Goonies... lots.

6. Name a movie musical that you know all the lyrics to all the songs.
Again, with the lots. Sound of Music, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Camelot, etc.

7. Name a movie that you have been known to sing along with.
All of the above--how else would I learn the lyrics?

8. Name a movie that you would recommend everyone see.
I like a lot of blockbusters that everyone has seen, but in terms of ones that people may have missed, I'll go with Lucas, starring Corey Haim, from 1986. Really well put-together teen movie, lacking the snark of a lot of modern teen movies, but not as brainless as a lot of other ones. Nice characterization, and a terrific performance from Haim. Not to mention Winona Ryder before she was famous, let alone a has-been. And actual warmth and decent acting from--are you ready for it?--Charlie Sheen.

9. Name a movie that you own.
Ummm... the latest I bought was Air Force One.

10. Name an actor that launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops.
No brainer, Will Smith.

11. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in? If so, what?
Lots; the drive-in was the closest place to see summer movies when I was a kid (winter releases meant a trip to the next town over, or maybe the city). Though it was so long ago that they're all rolled up together. I'm pretty sure I saw Return of the Jedi at the Silver Lake drive-in, though.

12. Ever made out in a movie?
No. If I'm paying admission, I'm watching the damned movie.

13. Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just haven't gotten around to it.
Until yesterday, I'd have said Mean Girls, but I finally caught it on TV. For current ones, I'll say 300.

14. Ever walked out of a movie?
The Blair Witch Project. This wasn't because I didn't like it (though I didn't), but because the shaky camera made me so motion sick that I had to leave and go home, and had a stomach ache and a headache for the next six hours or so.

15. Name a movie that made you cry in the theater.
I'm a pretty easy mark in a theater.

16. Popcorn?
Buttered.

17. How often do you go to the movies (as opposed to renting them or watching them at home)?
It depends on the season. In the summer, I go a couple of times a month. (Hell, aside from fun movies, it's air-conditioned.) Winter? Well, in March, one of my patrons asked me the last movie I saw, and I realized it had been over the summer. I promptly went out to catch TMNT.

18. What's the last movie you saw in the theater?
TMNT

19. What's your favorite/preferred genre of movie?
Big, splashy gaudy action, as long as someone takes a swipe at characterization.

20. What's the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?
I have a very vague memory of going to see Bambi with my cousins when I was about four, largely because my three year old cousin interrupted Bambi's frantic search for his mother with, "But she got KILT, Bambi!" I also have imagistic memories of Escape to Witch Mountain and The Cat From Outer Space, but the first one I have absolute recall of is Star Wars, 1977, from waiting in a line that stretched around the block to the conversation in the car on the way home.

21. What movie do you wish you had never seen?
Most of the ones I dislike just slip out of my head, thankfully.

22. What is the weirdest movie you enjoyed?
I totally enjoyed Shattered Glass, which I went to in order to get a look at Hayden Christensen. It's a movie about heroic copy editors. Sincerely. They have to unmask a liar. There's even a stunt double listed, though I can't imagine how dangerous it was to film the montage of examining articles and double-checking facts that didn't exist. And yet... it was good.

23. What is the scariest movie you've seen?
Dreamscape creeped me right the hell out, for some reason. Way scarier than the only Freddy movie I ever saw.

24. What is the funniest movie you've seen?
Not a great one for big funny movies. I like understated ones, and they're all about the same level.
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katinka31 From: katinka31 Date: April 8th, 2007 05:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the link -- that was a fascinating read.
petitecrivan From: petitecrivan Date: April 8th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
That article was fascinating. I've seen Joshua Bell in concert, and for a while he was my brother's hero (we both played violin). It's interesting...I'm surprised in a way, but then again I'm not. I was trying to decide what I would have done. Being a violinist, I think I might have stopped and listened for a bit. When I was watching that first clip (before they said who it was), I looked at him and thought it was Joshua Bell, but thought no way. It must have been shocking and humbling for him to play like that. I can't imagine what it was like not having applause, and people mostly ignoring you. Now I feel like I should give money to street players whenever I see them.
maple_clef From: maple_clef Date: April 8th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the link - what an extraordinary read! Really interesting.
tdu000 From: tdu000 Date: April 8th, 2007 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
That was a fascinating article. I suppose it does reflect how busy people are. It was interesting that all the children wanted to listen to him. I'd like to think I'd stop but I'm not sure that I would if I was on the way to work and running late.

It is possible to do very well out of busking if you pick the right place. A friend of mine used to go to Frieberg, West Germany, in the summers when she was a student and made a very good living out of busking. She was good (ended up playing in a professional orchestra) if not as good as Bell. But that was playing to tourists who had time to listen and in a town that had a culture of very talented buskers playing classical music.

Thank you for the link.
rabidsamfan From: rabidsamfan Date: April 8th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I occasionally stop for buskers, if I like what they're doing, or they do something unusual. I definitely say something or throw money in the pot if I want them to come back to the stations where I'm commuting again.

I wonder what would happen in Boston instead of DC? I've seen the Harvard Glee Club stop and sing at Park Street, and believe me, they drew a crowd!
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 9th, 2007 02:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Interesting. I live in DC and I ride the Metro, though not through that station. I don't usually give money to the street musicians, but then again I'm never terribly moved by what they're playing, and I have been moved by some of the pieces he performed. I'm sad to say that on any given morning, with my mind on getting to work, I probably wouldn't stop, which kind of makes me sad.
lilacsigil From: lilacsigil Date: April 9th, 2007 03:18 am (UTC) (Link)
That's a fascinating article! I used to busk with a string quartet when I was in high school, and even though 3 out of the 4 of us weren't particularly talented, we made a lot more money than Joshua Bell did! This was well before the age of the cellphone and iPod, though.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 9th, 2007 07:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the link. Sad but some glimmers of hope. I wonder if this were done in other cities what would happen. New York, San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, etc?

Katsulas
matril From: matril Date: April 9th, 2007 03:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very interesting article. I suppose it's not really suprising. People do depend on context to appreciate art. Perhaps they shouldn't, but they do.

One thing I have to dispute, though - I wouldn't assume that the children had an inherent appreciation for great music that had been squashed out of the adults. Children have an inherent appreciation for music, period. My kids always want to stop and listen to musicians on the street or in the subways, even if they're...er, not very good. I doubt any of them had some special sixth sense telling them "Oo, here's a virtuoso." They just heard pretty music and wanted to stay and listen. And good for them!
miseri From: miseri Date: April 9th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I almost never go to the movie theatre, but something at the back of my mind says there must have been at least one movie that I've seen more than once in a theatre.

I think there's just one movie that I remember crying at. It's also the first movie I remember seeing in a theatre, mainly because it made me cry. Also also, it's the only movie I ever walked out on (sort of), again because it made me cry. The movie was "Superman". I was three years old, I'd begged my mother to take me to see it, and then Krypton got destroyed and I cried so hard I had to be taken out of the theatre. It would be several years before I ever saw the rest of it.
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