3. Talk about a movie, or an aspect of one that you think people don’t get or misunderstand
I’ve ranted about this before, but The Dark Knight Rises. On one hand, I think most of the criticism is totally legitimate because let’s be real, the movie is kind of a mess plot-wise, and some of the themes seem to contradict The Dark Knight. But I find the notion that Christopher Nolan has no sense of humor or fun completely absurd. Yeah, his movies are incredibly earnest, which is one of the things I like about him, but if you think he’s not in on the joke, you’re just not paying enough attention. Characters often point out how ridiculous Batman is (i.e. the blackmailing scene in TDK). There’s a frigging flying bat machine. So, long story short, while The Dark Knight Rises is flawed and there are a few things I wish they did differently (mostly, I still get occasionally irritated thinking about how they did the Batman-Catwoman romance), I find it a hugely enjoyable, comic book-y movie. I probably think about it similarly to how most people think about The Avengers or Guardians of the Galaxy.
4. Talk about a film you think is underrated.
It’s hard to come up with a film I think is actually underrated, as opposed to just under-appreciated, but I’ll go with something kind of random: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. It’s so cheesy and honestly, I only vaguely remember the plot, but it has a carefree, roguish yet sincere tone that lots of blockbusters aim for but don’t achieve. I dug all the genre homages and the attempt to use entirely computer-generated sets and such is interesting, even if it doesn’t completely work.
16. What’s a movie you didn’t expect to like but ended up loving
Probably the biggest example of this is Contact. My dad chose to watch it and I didn’t want to because I’d never heard of it before and had no idea what it was about (so naturally, I assumed it would be bad). But it ended up not only being a fantastic movie (Jodie Foster 4eva), but it helped shape a lot of my worldview, especially in terms of spirituality. I have also never not cried watching it.
26. What do you think is the saddest show ever?
So tempted to say Arrow because I’m pretty sure no show has ever made me cry more than the second season of Arrow. But in terms of the actual show, I would probably go with Game of Thrones. Nothing good happens on that show.
Thanks! I love talking about movies and TV so much. <3