Tan Lines

This is another round of questions via the Sunshine Blogger Award. My lovely friend Alex has bestowed this honor upon me and so I will play along. Alex Rafael has a wonderful blog about film, music and pop culture. Be sure to go visit and follow if you aren’t already!

Alex’s questions:

Which literary character would you most like to be? Robinson Crusoe – as long as I had the skills to survive, I would totally love to be marooned on a deserted island. I just have to figure out who I want to play Friday! And I’d need a trunk of books to survive the wreckage and wash ashore, too. And coffee. Unless it was already growing on the island. This is getting complicated.

Which TV character do you find most inspiring? The Doctor – because even though he has all of time and space at his fingertips, he has particular affection for Earth. That’s very nice of him.

If you could choose one specific drink to make healthy, which would you choose? Tough question. If you mean ANY drink then probably one of my favorite potent potables like a Hendrick’s martini, or maybe Irish whisky. Non-alcoholic? Possibly the Starbucks peppermint mocha. It has like a thousand calories so I rarely get one, but if it were healthier I might treat myself more often.

Which actor/actress did you think would become more famous but faded away? Julia Ormond. Absolutely beautiful and a fine actress. She was in demand in the early 90s and then poof! Nothing. Although, she did play a very small role in the last 2 seasons of Mad Men.

What was the first album you bought/downloaded? When did you last listen to it? Alright so, I remember this very clearly. Right after I got my first record player (dating myself here) I bought three vinyl albums at the same time: The Eagles’ Hotel California, Van Halen 2, Fleetwood Mac Rumours. I only repurchased one of those albums as a digital download – Rumours. And I may have listened to it within the last 6 months, but not real recently.

Which famous mystery do you wish you could know the answer to? What happened to Amelia Earhart and her navigator.

Have you ever had a film ruined by a bad cinema experience? If I get there late and get stuck in the front rows? Yeah, that pretty much sucks. 

Which family member are you most like and why? I would like to say most like my father. He was kind, smart and funny. And he had a knack for storytelling. Nevertheless… For years my mother tried to tell me I was most like my psychotic grandfather. (Nice, right?) So who knows?

What’s the most disappointed you’ve been with a film adaptation from a book? I really avoid movies from books that I truly love. I’m always disappointed. In my mind I have already cast the actors for their roles and inevitably, Hollywood chooses someone else. Oh, alright, hold on I just thought of one! I love the Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child. They cast Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher. Ridiculous. Jack is supposed to be like 6 foot 6 and 220 pounds. Cruise is probably 5’7′ and 160. Ugh.

Which famous person do you wish could live next door to you? Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters – he’s having more fun than anyone. Plus can you imagine the parties? He knows everyone.

What would your dream profession be? Dave Grohl’s event planner. Kidding. Shipwreck survivor? Also kidding. Best selling novelist.

As per my custom, I never play by the rules and pass these on. However, if you want to share your answers or opinions on any of the questions, consider yourself nominated. 

Sunshine Daydream

As is my custom when someone nominates me for an award, I try to accommodate if I can, but I never play by the rules. Mostly because these things require you to pass on the award to others who may or may not wish to join in. This is supposed to be the Sunshine Blogger award and I was nominated by the lovely Vinnie H. Do go check out his wildly entertaining film and television blog. These are the questions Vinnie asked and my answers to them:

  1. How often would you say you spend on your blog? I blog nearly every day. Even if I don’t post, I try to visit and comment on all the blogs I follow. Depending on the type of post I’m putting together, I could spend anywhere from an hour to several hours writing and compiling information and composing the text.
  2. What has blogging taught you? Blogging has ‘taught’ me that some of the people you meet, can become very dear friends. This was something I never really expected when I started my blog. Actually, I really didn’t know what to expect when I started blogging. I figured I’d maybe connect with some other writers and get some feedback on the pieces I would post. But I’ve met all sorts of wonderful creative people, had the chance to collaborate with some of them, and I’ve been enlightened by the things they are passionate about which only serves to make my life a little better, you know?
  3. Amy Adams or Natalie Portman? Amy Adams, hands down. No offense to Natalie, she’s a wonderful actress, and very beautiful but Amy is something special.
  4. Walks along the beach or romantic meal inside? Both? How about a walk on the beach and then a romantic meal inside?
  5. Have you ever written in the nude? Silly question. I’m nude right now.
  6. What film had the biggest emotional impact on you? This is a tough one, so I’m just going to go with the very first thing that popped into my head: Planet of the Apes, the original with Charlton Heston. When he finally realizes he’s on earth and mankind has basically destroyed themselves…. Wow.
  7. What is your fondest memory from childhood? I spent a lot of time in the company of my grandmother. She was a painter and used to give me a brush and a pail of water to ‘paint’ the sidewalk with. I could spend hours, believe it or not, painting and repainting the sidewalk with pictures that would dry in the sun and need to be redone.
  8. Is there any scene you would love to recreate from a movie? Yes! I want to be the woman King Kong carries to the top of the Empire State Building.
  9. Where do you see yourself in five years time? This is a question I have never, ever been able to answer. Every time I’ve been forced to answer it, like on a job interview, I’ve had to make something up. I have no clear vision of my future. In one respect, it keeps me spontaneous and in another I live in perpetual uncertainty. Not sure that’s a good thing.
  10. What film have you been meaning to watch for a long time, but just haven’t got the chance to? The King’s Speech. Totally missed it when it was in the theaters and then kind of forgot about it. But having just watched The Crown on Netflix, my interest is rekindled.
  11. And in the style of Stuff and That, do you think I have a nice bum? Yes, you have a very nice bum.

PS – I’m not really nude right now…