Apologies for the tardiness of this post, but I once again find myself humbled to receive a nomination for the Sunshine Blogger Award, another way for bloggers to recognise and celebrate the work of those they follow and whose work they appreciate.
It is to the pseudonymous Red Metal of the Extra Life blog to whom I am indebted for this latest endorsement and as always, in accepting this award one must honour the following rules in both receiving and making their own nominations:
- Post the award on your blog
- Thank the person who nominated you
- Answer the 11 questions they set you
- Pick another 11 bloggers (and let them know they are nominated!)
- Give them 11 questions
And without further ado here are the 11 questions set by Red Metal:
1. Have you ever been involved in an emergency situation (e.g. a burning building/an earthquake)?
Up until a few months ago I would have said no but back in May, there was a tragedy when my next door neighbour’s house caught fire and both parents sadly perished, the mother was burned to a crisp while the father died later in hospital. It was gone 11:00pm and we were only alerted to it when we heard the teenage son yelling for help in the garden, having jumped out of his bedroom window to escape.
His younger sister and parents were still inside, and while my father was calling the fire brigade I went to see what the situation was like at the front of the house. Thinking the family were in the front room, I – perhaps foolishly (but that’s adrenaline for you) – opened the front door and saw the hallway ablaze. I almost went in to see where they were but I was inappropriately dressed and the fire was raging so I stepped back.
As it transpired the father had managed to save his daughter by also jumping out of the window with her but suffered burns and other injuries as a result. So that is the closest I have been first hand to a disaster and not something I am keen to repeat, fingers crossed.
2. What is the worst film you’ve ever seen in theatres?
Or cinemas as we call them here in the UK – theatres are where we perform stage plays! 😉 Semantics aside, I would have to say Green Hornet, Seth Rogen’s abomination reboot of the beloved pulp crime hero – and it was in 3D too which made it worse!
3. What is the best film you’ve ever seen in theatres?
Oh boy. I guess by virtue of it being in my all time top 10 film list, I would have to say Star Wars (as it was known back in 1977 and not Episode IV – yes I am that old!!) though if we are taking a “prestige” film (and most of my cinema trips are mainstream affairs) probably Jet Li’s Fearless or The Shape Of Water.
4. What is the strangest method by which you discovered a work you enjoy?
Nothing to weird to be honest. I suppose the closest would be many, many moons ago when a friend taped a TV show I had missed (told you it was a long time ago) and lent me the tape, but expressly asked I didn’t watch anything else on the tape. Of course, I did so out of sheer obnoxious nosiness and saw that he had taped over some WCW wrestling which I’d not seen before. That piqued my interest in US wrestling (having grown up on British wrestling) and I’ve been a fan ever since as you can probably tell by the WWE reviews on my site.
5. What do you feel is the greatest compilation of collected works in your collection (of games/films/music/books/etc.)?
Hmmm. I really struggled with this question, as I’m unsure if I can simply refer to a favourite compilation album or TV series box set, or whether it is the collated works of someone’s entire output. So, I guess I’ll play it safe and say the Complete Works of Shakespeare (which I’ve not read but it has gravitas so…. 😉 )
6. Have you ever re-experienced a work you enjoyed a long time ago only to determine it has not aged well?
There are a quite a few 80’s rock music videos that fall into that category but I would probably say Weird Science, the John Hughes film I loved as a teen but when I reviewed the Blu-ray re-release last month I found some of its sexual politics a little questionable.
7. Have you ever re-experienced a work you hated (or were indifferent towards) a long time ago only to warm up to it?
Numerous times. Many anime shows I watched when their aired in Japan either went over my head or just didn’t click but then rewatching them for review purposes later and they won me over. That’s the power of the binge watch! But if I had to choose one it would be the films of Charlie Chaplin.
For some reason I just couldn’t appreciate or enjoy what he did, preferring Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd instead and getting annoyed whenever Chaplin was hailed as a genius. But, as my appreciation of cinema and silent movies grew over the past decade I somehow felt compelled to give Chapin another go and I must confess I am glad I did. It might still prefer Keaton and Lloyd but I don’t dislike Chaplin anymore.
8. What is your favourite opening theme to a television show?
No single favourite – Doctor Who (original), Joe 90, Family Guy, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Knight Rider, Airwolf, Only Fools & Horses, The Young Ones, Thunderbirds, The Goodies, The Incredible Hulk, and countless anime theme songs.
9. Excluding Western comic books, what series with a single, ongoing narrative do you feel has (or had) gone on for far too long? In other words, I’m not counting shows or other forms of media with entirely self-contained episodes such as The Simpsons or anthological works such as The Twilight Zone with this question.
I don’t read comic books or watch enough long running TV shows to have this opinion. There are some UK TV soap operas that have been going for year but they’ve become ingrained in the fabric of our society that they could only really stop in the event of a Armageddon.
10. Have you ever been invested in a series only to be heartbroken when it was cut short with no resolution?
There are a couple of anime shows that have ended prematurely or were forced to have a bespoke ending created for it because the source material was still ongoing at the time, like Claymore. I wasn’t necessarily heartbroken but it was a flat ending. However, subverting the question slightly, I was annoyed when I was watching a Finnish fantasy drama Nymphs via a now defunct streaming service called Viewster, which they pulled from their service when I had just one episode left to go! 😡
11. Do you prefer hardcover or paperback books?
Well, paperback books are lighter to carry but hardcover books are better to lean on for when I need to write something down. It’s a tie I’m afraid. 😛
Now my questions:
1. What is your movie monster preference – CGI or man in a rubber suit?
2. Did you have a nickname at school, and if so what was it and why (if there is a reason or story behind it)?
3. What do you have more of in your film collection – Hollywood/English language films or world cinema/foreign language films?
4. If you were to introduce someone to a genre of film or TV they are not familiar with – for example, anime, silent movies, world cinema, sci-fi, etc.- which title(s) would you choose?
5. Do you think there needs to be a moratorium on wildly bushy/hipster beards or is it a harmless fashion trend that is here to stay?
6. Do you play any sports? If so which ones? And if you don’t, is there one you’d like to be good at?
7. Is there a word that you absolutely cannot spell correctly without any help from a dictionary or spellchecker regardless of how many times you’ve written/typed it?
8. How do you pronounce the word “either”? Do you say “eee-ther” or “eye-ther”?
9. What is your all-time favourite music video?
10. For those you who still pay in shops using money, do you ever feel embarrassed paying with loose change – coppers or smaller silver denominations – rather than a pound coin or five pound note (or your country’s equivalent currency)?
11. Have you ever seen a fictional film which strong social themes that has forced you to completely rethink your attitudes towards the issues discussed in it?
Now, I am supposed to nominate 11 people but over the years I have exhausted my list of nominees and I am sure the newer blogger friends I have made since then have had plenty of these posts too so I am limited to my choices.
Therefore I will throw out a few names and, for anyone else reading, extend an open invitation to them to answer the questions if they so wish. My nominations are:
Thanks again for reading, and thanks again to Red Metal for the nomination.