MMC! is lamentably late in acknowledging its nomination for a Sunshine Blogger Award by Tony Nash of Movie Fan Man! Cinema fans (particularly those of Euro-crime) should make Movie Fan Man a regular stop as Tony’s valuable appraisals of movies high and low shouldn’t be missed. And, of course, MFM has become a stalwart follower of MMC! and its fantasies, and I am exceptionally grateful for that support!
Now, to the questions!
- Who or what inspired you to take up your passion in life? Movies were always a constant component of my home growing up, although my earliest memory of becoming enchanted with film involves my grade school which used to periodically host a weekend movie screening in its rather impressive theatre. I remember my father taking me to see Disney’s Pinocchio and the event felt so special. (I also remember how my father genuinely thought my school had more comfortable seating than most movie theatres). Despite the fact Pinocchio remains an exceptionally disturbing film in my view, the experience was nearly magical. The choice to go to film school was easily made given a lack of inspiration with my existing career path and having read books like Donald Spoto’s The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock, Nicolas Christopher’s Somewhere in the Night: Film Noir and the American City, and Rudolph Arnheim’s Film as Art.
- What is your favourite language other than English or Spanish? French and Japanese are the two foreign languages that I live closest to in my day to day life. My French is passable, but I’m actively improving it right now and I’m also working toward a basic understanding of Japanese.
- Which of the six lost Wonders of the Ancient world do you wish was still in existence? My first reaction is to pick the Hanging Gardens of Babylon simply because in my head I hear Nick Cave singing it in “Palaces of Montezuma,” but the truth is that I’m not really a fan of ancient classical architecture, I’ve seen lighthouses before, and the Statue of Liberty resembles the Colossus of Rhodes enough for my tastes. The lushly terraced gardens of Babylon would be heaven to my wife, so I’d like her to see them.
- The Blu-ray release of Abel Gance’s Napoleon was one of the Holy Grails of cinema. What film that you’ve seen that has little exposure on home media would you like to see restored to its original glory? The entire MMC! blog is essentially an answer to this question so it makes it difficult to pick just one film. I’m going to give a shout-out here to Fritzi at Movies Silently and her recommendation of Michel Strogoff (Viktor Tourjansky, 1926), an inventive, exceptionally epic adaptation of Jules Verne’s story that deserves to be better known and celebrated as a silent era masterpiece.
- Which European country would you most love to visit? Given that an ideal vacation for my wife and I involves putting on coats and wandering through a city, I’d have to say that any Scandinavian country sounds appealing. We could buy heavy sweaters, mail home postcards with Donald Duck stamps, and bask in reserved contentment.
- If you could rediscover one of the famous Lost Civilizations and/or Cities, which one would it be and why? I’m afraid that my historical/anthropological inexperience makes me cautious about picking one, so I’m going with a Silurian hypothesis, even if that means falling into a Hollow Earth/Tribulations 99: Alien Anomalies Under America scenario.
- Name five actors and/or actresses (living or dead) that you would love to meet in person. Having heard some stories from those involved in the production bond industry, I’m wary about meeting celebrities and ruining their star personae by discovering that they’re actually terrible people. Let’s start safely with my all-time cinema crush, the impeccable Greer Garson. From there, we can add my favourite Japanese actor Tatsuya Nakadai (sorry Toshiro), the lovely Canadian comedian Catherine O’Hara, Tora-san himself Kiyoshi Atsumi, and John Waters, who is more of a director than an actor, but this is my list.
- Which pantheon of gods do you prefer: the Greek/Roman ones, the Nordic ones, or the Celtic one? My love of comic books surely arose from my father’s collection of The Mighty Thor and so the Norse gods are a real soft spot for me. Plus, they have cold weather, furry gear, and horned headwear!
- Which short story or book would you love to see made into a film or which deserves a better film adaptation? So many options come to mind, however my most recent fantasy was imagining that the animation team that made April and the Extraordinary World could work their magic on China Miéville’s The Last Days of New Paris. Miéville’s novella about an alternate history of an occupied Paris and of surrealist artworks come to life begs for form and movement at epic levels.
- Which film genre that you normally don’t watch would you be willing to give a try if a friend recommended a film from that said genre? I have a pretty open mind when it comes to movies. I frequently remind my wife that for every Ichi the Killer in my media collection, there is a 101 Dalmations. One place I’m particularly weak are those romances and romantic comedies of the 1950s and early 1960s. If anyone had a recommendation of solid entries in that genre, I’d happily watch it.
- Give a shout-out on your blog to someone you really admire. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – my wife is the best. She is whip-smart funny, absolutely captivating, astonishingly generous, and a born leader-by-example. Back off everyone; she’s mine!
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