When I woke up today, I was informed that about a week ago, I was nominated for a Sunshine Blogger Award by Monday Morning Movie Quarterback. So, thank you very much, buddy! He and I had some great discussions about the Raimi Spider-Man films recently, and it’s great to hear that he enjoyed those discussions as well.
Okay, so, for the first ten minutes, or so, after I was notified of the nomination’s existence I was left wondering what a Sunshine Blogger Award was. Basically – it seems – that it’s a way for bloggers to give you a ‘pat on the back’ for the creative and positive writing you’ve done.
It’s also very much like a blogger’s version of a chain letter. So, today, I thought I’d answer the questions that I’ve been asked, and nominate a new batch of bloggers for the award. But before going any further, here are the rules of the award nomination:
- Post the award on your blog.
- Thank the person who nominated you.
- Answer the 11 questions they sent you.
- Pick another 11 bloggers, and let them know they are nominated.
- Finally, give them 11 questions to answer.
So that’s all rather simple and easy. So, without further ado, let’s get to Monday Morning Movie Quarterback’s questions.
- #1 – Best trailer (even if the film ended up being terrible)?
Of all-time? Well, the original trailer for The Phantom Menace was pretty incredible, but the movie didn’t turn out all that well. Also, I’d say that the best trailer I’ve seen so far this year has been the 10 Cloverfield Lane announcement trailer. And that film was pretty great.
- #2 – How long should a film be?
Well, I think a straight-up comedy shouldn’t be longer than 100 minutes long. I like pretty long biopics, and most superhero movies can work if they’re longer than two hours long. But you should never aim for your movie to be longer than, I guess, 150 minutes, after that it gets pretty tough to sit through.
- #3 – Scariest movie experience?
Well, I remember that I couldn’t fall asleep after I saw The Shining for the first time. When I saw The Strangers for the first time, it was around midnight – I think – every window in my house was open, and I didn’t have lights on. I remember sleeping with a baseball bat that night. The Grudge also messed me up pretty badly. But if I can change the question a little bit, I remember being absolutely terrified of the Rose Red miniseries when I was younger. I didn’t want the DVD-cover near me.
- #4 – Name a ‘guilty pleasure.’
I love A Knight’s Tale and Armageddon.
- #5 – Most disappointing film of the past few years?
It would have to be Independence Day: Resurgence. I remember being so disappointed and angry with the film when I was writing my review.
- #6 – Best David Fincher movie?
Probably The Social Network, but my favorite Fincher film is Zodiac.
- #7 – Is Christopher Nolan a good action director?
Well, I don’t think that action is a strength of his (at least not based on what we’ve seen from him so far). The action sequences are never the best parts in his films. Nolan isn’t perfect. But who is?
- #8 – Where do you fall on the Batman v Superman/Suicide Squad fans versus critics divide? Are Marvel movies better, or are critics harder on DC? Or are they all for nerds?
I don’t think critics are much harder on DC films. I do, however, think that the DC Cinematic Universe doesn’t feel well planned. If Marvel movies are ‘better,’ then it’s because they know what works, and because they actually have a plan for each film. Nothing has been rushed over at Marvel Studios.
- #9 – Movie you loved but now are embarrassed about? Movies you loved as a kid don’t count – we all had bad taste.
I don’t know. I really don’t. I feel like the vocal minority on the internet always try to make you feel embarrassed for liking The Dark Knight Rises or Age of Ultron. I still enjoy those, though.
- #10 – A corny or overrated film that you still passionately argue is great cinema?
Does Armageddon count? If so, then that one. I don’t think it’s a great film, but if you don’t enjoy that cinematic ride then I don’t know why.
- #11 – Best movie so far this year?
So that was really fun to answer. Now, here are my eleven questions:
- What are your thoughts on the ‘Superman’ character?
- Was the summer of 2016 a bad summer for movies?
- What film are you most excited for?
- Will the superhero genre go ‘the way of the western?’
- What is your favorite Martin Scorsese film?
- What is your favorite book or graphic novel?
- What is the greatest city on Earth?
- What is the greatest movie trilogy of all-time?
- What is your favorite television series of all-time?
- Did Leonardo DiCaprio win his first Academy Award for the right movie?
- Who is your favorite female film director?
Here are my nominees:
- Geek The Frak Out!
- Dan the Man’s Movie Reviews
- Gareth Rhodes Film Reviews
- An Odyssean Miscellany
- White Walls and Wanderlust
- Let’s Go To The Movies
- The people at Faster and More Intense
- Writing Suzanne
- Marked Movies
If you don’t feel like answering the questions, then it’s alright with me. No pressure. It also doesn’t matter to me if you answer them in the comments below, or in a separate blog post on your blog.
Jeffrey Rex –