1. What was the last movie you watched on theaters?
Tinker Tailor for the second time. BUT this time was back in the town I now live in where there’s a gorgeous old Art Deco theater with an organist before the film. In other words: the location one should see all films. Always.
2. What was the first movie you ever remember watching on theaters?
I don’t actually remember it, but my mother told me that my sister and I got so scared we cried during Snow White. And, no, it wasn’t at the Evil Middle Aged Woman character, thankyouverymuch #Disneyhasgenderissues, but when Snow White opens the door to the Dwarves’ cottage. My sister and I were really upset by the trespassing.
3. Top 5 movies
In no particular order (except for the first one is TOTS the top): History Boys, Some Like It Hot, Devdas, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and—if we’re being totally honest here—probably something trashy like Four Weddings and Funeral or Hot Fuzz.
4. Top 5 directors
Frank Kapra, David Fincher, Joss Whedon, Howard Hawks, and (again, in the name of total honesty) Jon Favreau. I love the way he blows things up. I just do.
5. A favorite adapted movie
I think the 2004 adaptation of Gaskell’s North & South might actually be better than the book. It ends better, that’s for sure. Also: the adaptation of Wives & Daughters ends better. (But that’s because the book is unfinished.)
6. Your best experience on going to the movies
My mother loved to watch stuff get destroyed in films. My favorite moment in any movie theater was when we saw Terminator 3 together. There’s a scene where a crane just takes out a string of cars parked on the side of the road. My mom high-fived me right after.
7. A guilty pleasure
Notting Hill. You are not allowed to tell anyone EVER that I love that movie. Or that I watch it every couple of months. And have for years.
8. An overrated movie
The Tree of Life had to be the silliest, most nonsensical movie I have ever seen. And people cried. I saw them do it. Like…what? Was I actually watching a different movie than everyone else? Did no one else see this dude’s rampant Mommy Issues (and I mean full-scale, Hamlet would be proud and Freud would just spontaneously orgasm, kind of Mommy Issues) and the comparison of his singular tragedy to the extinction of the dinosaurs? Was that just me?
9. An underrated…
OK, let’s go with “rom com.” I lovedlovedloved Morning Glory. Rachel McAdams is romcom GOLD. She should always be comedic. I don’t know why she’s been typecast as “tragic woman who can’t remember her love interest.” Like….what. How do you get typecast as that? That’s so very niche. And she’s such a charmingly funny actress.
Also. Secretary. Yes, I’m calling it a romcom. (But don’t watch it with your parents.)