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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Liebster Blog Award (Reprise)

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(Firstly, just a big THANK YOU! to all those blogs that participated in The Great Recasting Blogathon! Nat & I had so much fun hosting it and all the entires were entirely creative and fun to read. You all are fabulous.)

I don't know how many of you may remember this, but nearly a year ago I was tagged for a couple of blog awards, one of them being the Liebster Blog Award, which brought traffic over here for the first time and I gained a surge of followers and got to know you all and now we live happily ever after.

Well, about eighty some followers later, I've been tagged for it once again, by Sofia over at one of my favorite reads, Film Flare. Her blog is that perfect blend of new releases and the classics; the interface is also very sleek and professional, so if you haven't checked out her blog yet, I suggest you go click that link up there, go on over to her blog, and hit "follow". Okay? Okay.

Since the last time I was tagged for this award, the rules have changed, and now it's a more elaborate tag. The rules are as follows:
  • I have to tell you eleven things about myself
  • I answer eleven questions written by the previous awardee, aka Film Flare
  • I tag eleven bloggers
  • I hand off eleven questions
Looks fun! I love doing blog tags, even though everybody gets them at some point or another, it always makes me feel really special when I get them. So thanks a billion, Sofia! :) Seeing that this is tag requires a decent bit of work, I guess I'll get on with it.

  1. "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," by Betty Smith is one of my favorite books
  2. I'm not a morning person; I stay up too late
  3. My ringtone is "Whistling Away the Dark" by Julie Andrews (from Darling Lili)
  4. My favorite color is turquoise
  5. I never write in print; always cursive
  6. I am American and have never lived anywhere else (pretty dull, huh?)
  7. I'm a compulsive popcorn addict
  8. I own over twenty books about Lucy
  9. Most recently, I've become addicted to watching Friends 
  10. Lately I've been teaching myself how to play songs on the piano (I took piano lessons when I was little, like everyone does, but never came to anything)
  11. I could listen to Julie Andrews singing the telephone book and yell out "ENCORE!"

1. Most embarrassing moment in a movie theater 
A couple months ago, The Avengers (2012) came out. That movie isn't my cup of tea at all. It's not so much the new movie thing, it's more that it's simply one genre I just can't come to appreciate. However, my whole class was planning to see it together, and not wanting to be let out of the memories, I went along. We were sitting in the third row, which is never a good idea. I tried for a while to pay attention but it became useless and I kept dashing out for popcorn and the bathroom, crawling all over people as I got out. Finally, I produced my iPod and decided to close my eyes and listen to some music. But my friends thought it would be funny to take my iPod off my lap and turn the volume all the way up high. I jumped in my seat and yanked my earbuds out; the music was so loud you could hear it in the surrounding seats. I must've been some nuisance that day.
2. Favorite book to film adaptation 
Either Now Voyager or Gone With the Wind, though the James M. Cain novels (The Postman Always Rings Twice, Mildred Pierce, Double Indemnity) were all transferred very well, too.   
3. An actor/actress whose wardrobe you'd steal
I'd love the wardrobe of any classic actress, really. Some no brainers would be Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Natalie Wood, Lucy... any classic movie goddess would be fine by me.
4. A film that scares/scared the hell out of you
I don't really watch scary movies that often. Okay, fine, I don't watch them at all, though my friends are always trying to get me to. I'll go with The Innocents (1961). I can't deny that it did creep me out. The song was eerie and I was nervous for Deborah's welfare the whole way through. 
5. A scene from a film that has popped into your mind - just now!
The Long Long Trailer (1953) - going up the mountain at the end of the movie, with Lucy and Desi making nervous pitter patter in the yellow convertible  and the trailer creaking like there's no tomorrow. 
6. Is there a review/article that has been lying around in your drafts for a long time?
Yes! I've had a post entitled "In Defense of Audrey Hepburn" in my drafts ever since May. It's all set to post... I don't know why I haven't done it yet... and my post log is filled with drafts that are half finished, too. 
7. A film you're looking forward to watch (unreleased)
Can't think of anything, really. Hope Springs with Meryl Streep might be interesting, but I probably won't watch it in the theater. 
8. Musicals: yay or nay? 
Yay - sort of. The thing about musicals and I are that when I like a musical, I really love it. In fact, so many of my favorites are musicals: The Sound of Music (1965), Singin' in the Rain (1952), West Side Story (1961), Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) ... But otherwise, I can be pretty lukewarm about them. Still, I do think I enjoy them, most of the time. 
9. What was for you the most memorable use of sound (song or effect) in a film?
The SOUND of Music (1965). Lots of musicals I love, but that one sticks with me. 
10. A little known actor or actress you love
I love the character actresses Thelma Ritter & Mildred Natwick. Also, she's not little known but definitely underrated: Anne Bancroft. 
11. Whose life you'd like to see depicted in a film?
Lucy's, but I'd like to see it done properly. I would like to see it be a big budget movie for theaters done with a lot of hype. I'd like to see a actress chosen because she can embody Lucy, not because she has fair skin and blue eyes. And obviously, a good supporting cast that bears at least some physical resemblance to the real life people as well as a nice script that would include plenty of real life anecdotes. 
I had to, okay? Not my GIF.
Okay, so tagging winners for these awards are always an ordeal for me. It's not because it's hard to find people to give the awards to (well, it's easy to find options but so hard to narrow down!), but I often feel I tag some of the same people over and over and I feel like a nuisance when I have to go over and comment with a, "I tagged you for something... for the tenth time!" So as usual: This tag is optional, don't feel like you're compelled to do it, etc. If I've tagged you - especially if it's for the second or third time - just know that its because I adore your blog to bits and pieces, okay? (What can I say, I'm super shy. Even online. When you can't see my cringing, blushing face.) 
Since I did a survey a few months ago and as this is a lengthy tag, I've done "this or that" questions for my round. Feel free to explain your results or just pick one or the other and keep on going. 
  1. Ingrid Bergman or Greta Garbo
  2. Humphrey Bogart or James Cagney
  3. Julie Andrews or Judy Garland
  4. Cary Grant or Clark Gable
  5. Deborah Kerr or Greer Garson (HA. HA. HA - I couldn't even answer this one myself)
  6. Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire
  7. Ava Gardner or Lana Turner
  8. Errol Flynn or Tyrone Power
  9. Myrna Loy or Carole Lombard
  10. Montgomery Clift or James Dean
  11. Katharine Hepburn or Bette Davis 
Okay, that's it for my side of this tag. I *love* getting tags, thank you so much, Sofia!


Marcela Costa :} said...

You are amazing! I'm gonna do this right now! :D

Sofia said...

Great answers, Rianna! And thank you for all those kind words. I already follow some of the blogs you tagged, I must check the others!

Natalie said...

Ah! Thank you so much, Ri! I'm going to try to do this ASAP, but I'm not sure how soon I'll actually get it done. <3 Thanks so much, though.

Laura said...

Thank you, Rianna! Once again I've been suffering from writer's block, so this'll be great to get me going again! Most honored.

Kevyn Knox said...

I suppose it is pretty redundant now (and I suppose since you already did respond, there is no need to write another post) but still consider yourself awarded with *another* Liebster Award.

Rianna said...

Kevyn: Oh, wow, thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

Can you recommend Anne Bancroft films? I've only seen her in "The Graduate" so far. Thanks!

Rianna said...

Hi! Sorry for getting back to you late. Unfortunately I haven't seen nearly as many Anne movies as I would like to because they aren't all available. But I would suggest to you The Miracle Worker (1962)- for which she won an Oscar - and The Slender Thread (1965) which can be seen here: The Turning Point (1977) is another one you might want to check out. Also, I'm pretty sure The Pumpkin Eater (1964) is great but I haven't seen it because it is yet to be available on Netflix (I'm pretty tempted to just buy it, though.)

Hope these helped!

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