I’ve been running this blog since May 2014, so little over a year. Until around December last year, I made absolutely no effort to read blogs, comment on blogs, hec, even find out about any other film bloggers. I was very much writing for an audience of 1 (hi mum!). Then something changed… I started being active on Bloglovin’ and decided to take part in French Toast Sunday‘s Directors of the Month feature and The Matinee‘s Blind Spot Series. From there, I’ve found a bucket load of awesome movie blogs and they just keep comin’, and some even read mine back.
So thank you ever so, Dell On Movies, for not only nominating me to take part in the Liebster Award, but for reassuring me that I am becoming part of a wider film blogging community and that my mother is not the only person who reads my posts!
This is what happens next:
1. Thank the blog who nominated you and link back to them.
2. Nominate up to 11 other bloggers to receive the coveted award.
3. Answer 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
4. Tell your readers 11 random facts about yourself.
5. Give the nominees 11 questions to answer on their blog when they post their nomination.
11 Random facts about myself:
1. I failed my driving test 4 times, and finally passed on the 5th try.
2. I am in love with the US and all things Americana
3. My middle name is Kathryn
4. The White Stripes have been my favourite band since I was 12 years old
5. I have a tattoo of Bob Dylan lyrics and flowers on my right foot that I got when I was a Camp Counsellor in the states. It’s probably the most spontaneous thing I’ve ever done
6. I can’t cook
7. I’ve been vegetarian since I was 14 years old
8. I’m born on April 10th, which is the 100th day of any year that isn’t a leap year
9. Aside from my mother, Elizabeth Gilbert is the woman I turn to in order to get out of a bad/ungrateful/stressy/overwhelmed mood
10. My elbows are double jointed and creep people out
11. My music taste is absolutely dire
My answers to the set questions:
1. What movie is most responsible for making you a film buff?
I think it’s safe to say the Harry Potter series were responsible for getting me into film, but if we’re talking ‘cinephile’ territory, that would be bestowed upon Amores Perros (2000) as I could talk about themes, cinematography, editing, etc. ’til the cows come home with that film.
2. If there were a movie made about your life, who should play your significant other?
My significant other… Given that I don’t have a significant other at the moment I pretty much have free rein to choose whoever I like, so that would have to be Michael Cera. Unless of course this question actually means which actress I think should play me? In which case that would just have to be Emma Stone.
3. Name an event you’ve been a part of that they should make a movie about.
Gah, something movie worthy?! I’m fairly certain that my life has not been that exciting. I will say that there should be more movies about or set in the area in which I grew up near, the Lake District. It’s beautiful and I think it’s too often overlooked.
4. Name an event you wish they would stop making movies about.
I’m generally pretty sceptical seeing World War I or II epics for the first time, as they’re usually over long and too buried in details, but it’s such a wide scoping and important topic I don’t want them to stop making films about the events, just to think outside the box.
5. What villain do you think would make a great hero? Why?
A good villain turned hero has to not be a complete idiot and has to be very clever with a bit of a soft spot. HAL-9000 is a fantastic example, because he’s such a clever villain but as a super computer has the capabilities to save the day. Machines and robots are great characters to have change alliance because can you really believe them?
6. What hero do you think would make a great villain? Why?
I’d love to see John McClane from Die Hard (1988) be a villain, and I think he’d be a great one because he would have seen plenty of villainy in his time being a cop, plus he’s very resourceful.
7. Name a movie you love from a genre you hate.
I hate horror movies, but I genuinely haven’t watched a lot of them to find a good movie. I don’t really like World War II epics, as stated above, but I do like Saving Private Ryan (1998) as it’s just stunning.
8. Name a movie that’s so bad it’s awesome.
Gotta be Miss Congeniality 2 (2005) I absolutely adore that movie and can watch it over and over knowing it’s really not a good film.
9. What is your favorite color?
Maroon, has been since 2003.
10. Do you prefer dogs or cats?
Got to be dogs, they actually answer their names.
11. How and why did you become a blogger?
Interesting! Before this blog, I had a terrible amateur effort called ohtheplacesihopetogo.wordpress.com and this was back when I wanted to work in TV, so I figured I could write about the experiences I had managed to gain whilst at University, write posts about which TV shows I love and stick the URL on my CV so I could demonstrate my passion.
Then, I decided to get a bit more serious about the whole thing and almostginger.com was born!
My questions to the bloggers (I’m gonna steal Dell’s last Q!):
1. What film do you wish you’d come up with the idea for?
2. Name your favourite classic Hollywood actor/actress.
3. Francis Ford or Sofia?
4. De Niro or Pacino?
5. What’s your favourite time of year and why?
6. Do you remember your first family holiday, if so where was it?
7. If you were Ilsa Lund, who would you choose, Victor Laszlo or Rick Blaine?
8. What TV show does everyone talk about that you haven’t seen and have no interest in ever watching?
9. Is there one particular film that people will be shocked to know you haven’t seen?
10. Have you read a book that you think should be made into a film, if so what is it?
11. How and why did you become a blogger?
My nominees (sorry if you’ve already been nominated/don’t want to be nominated):
These nominees are some of my favourite film blogs (though I do have many, many others)
If you do decided to take part, tweet me @almostgingr so I don’t miss it! 😀