12 July 2015

Liebster Award

What an honor to be recognized by one of my great new friends in the movie blogging world with this award, a fellow named Wendell, who runs a blog called Dell on Movies. I thank him endlessly for pretty much always reading and commenting on my posts, and I appreciate him further as a partner in the latest Blogger Roundtable over at A Fistful of Films, which is managed another blogger I want to thank one more time in Drew a.k.a. Fisti. He has been a great supporter of my humble little blog as well and really helped me with getting this thing I've got here off the ground last year about this time.

So, here is what Wendell told me to do. I am one of the "uninitiated," well, up to this point. 

For the uninitiated, this is an award bestowed upon bloggers by their fellow bloggers. When you are nominated, there are a few simple rules to follow in order to accept your award:

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.

It's a great way to meet new bloggers and expand horizons within the blogosphere. 

So, thanks again, Wendell. Here we go:

My Questions

1. What movie is most responsible for making you a film buff?
So many shaped me, but one came first: Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather

2. If there were a movie made about your life, who should play your significant other?
Emma Stone. My wife really does kind of look like her in some ways.

3. Name an event you've been a part of that they should make a movie about.
President Obama visiting my small hometown last winter. It would be follow different characters, townspeople, in the days preparing for his visit.

4. Name an event you wish they would stop making movies about.
I don't know. I just wish they'd stop adapting YA novels into two movies.

5. What villain do you think would make a great hero? Why?
Magneto (Ian McKellen/Michael Fassbender). He's always on that fine line. And he truly does respect and admire Professor X (Patrick Stewart/James McAvoy). I would follow him. It would be hard not to as a mutant. He is a great leader, convicted, strong, and confident.

6. What hero do you think would make a great villain? Why?
Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace/Rooney Mara) of Steig Larsson's Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy and its film adaptations by Niels Arden Oplev (in Sweden) and David Fincher (in America). She is wicked smart, highly skilled, hot as hell, badass, and mostly does good. But what if she edged over to the dark side just a bit? She would be impossible to stop.

7. Name a movie you love from a genre you hate.
Tough one. Not a genre I really hate. I pretty much avoid Period Costume Dramas like the plague though, which is odd, considering one of my Desert Island Top Five Favorite Movies is Milos Forman's Amadeus (1984), an Oscar-slaying biopic of the rivalry between Mozart (Tom Hulce) and Italian composer Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham).

8. Name a movie that's so bad it's awesome.
Roadhouse. It's like the fucking best thing ever. And it's so awful and fully nonsensical on almost every level.

9. What is your favorite color?
Big Orange. It looks like this:

Go Vols!

10. Do you prefer dogs or cats?
Cats. They take care of themselves and make you work for their affection.

11. How and why did you become a blogger?
I love to write. I love movies. I had pretty much no one to talk to about either, at least on a certain level. Alas, I can do all of those things here. 

11 Random Facts

1. I teach English in the same middle school I went to as a student.
2. My first car was a 1997 Jeep Wrangler. My current car is a 2012 Chevy Impala. What does that say about me?
3. I'm trying to visit every Major League Baseball stadium. There are 30.
4. Since 2009, I've been to 12 of them. The best was Wrigley Field. The worst was Busch Stadium.
5. I hate the St. Louis Cardinals.
6. My paternal grandfather grew up in Jersey. He is a die hard New York Yankees fan. So am I.
7. I can juggle.
8. I have a cat named Keats after the British poet. I was an English major in college. I love Romantic era poetry.
9. I am obsessed with My Morning Jacket and will be seeing them at least twice on their current tour.
10. I went to college a mere 30 miles from the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. I've been twice. That's where my love for MMJ was sealed back in 2008.
11. My best friend is a 6'6" mortgage broker and former college basketball player. We have been friends since I was born. Our parents were friends. We were each other's Best Man. His favorite baseball team is the St. Louis Cardinals.

Here are My Nominees

All of these are bloggers I read regularly and/or ones that give me tons of love. I appreciate you. 

Dancin' Dan on Film
Ever So Ethnically Confused
Film Actually
Flick Chicks
Mysterious Bibliophile

11 Questions for Them to Answer

1. (Stealing this one from Wendell) What movie is responsible for making you a film buff?
2. What's your earliest movie memory?
3. What was your most cherished title you owned on home video as a kid?
4. What is your current favorite Blu-ray or DVD that you own?
5. Who is your all-time favorite movie character?
6. What is your favorite TV drama?
7. What is your favorite TV comedy? 
8. What is the last movie you watched? 
9. Favorite food? 
10. Any pets?
11. (Stealing this one as well) How and why did you become a blogger?  

Thanks again to Wendell, and congrats to all of my nominees. I hope you choose to accept this award as I look forward to reading your responses.




  1. Awww! You're the best, Kevin! I'm so glad that we've become such awesome blogging buddies this past year!

    And I freaking love that you named your cat Keats. Like, I'm not lying here...we bought the kids a guinea pig, and I literally told my wife to name it John Keats, but one of my best friends is named John...and he already has a really big head.

    So we named it Russell Crowe.

    1. Thanks so much, brother! Me too!

      Russell Crowe is a great name for a guinea pig. My cat's full name is John Keats Powers. He is fine British gentlemen somehow born in a valley in East Tennessee.

  2. Love your answers. Particularly like your responses to questions 5 & 6. I was also an English major so naming your cat Keats is all sorts of awesome to me.

    I hope you gey to visit all the MLB parks. It's something I would love to do. Even if I had the means I wouldn't have a willing travel partner. My wife hates baseball with a passion. Question on Busch, though: is it the worse stadium because you hate the Cards or was it really that bad?

    Thanks for accepting the award. This was an awesome post! And I am certainly happy to have found this place.

    1. Thanks, man. And thanks one more time for acknowledging me with this.

      We're gonna do it. It's a matter of time. I am lucky to have married a woman who loves sports, a truly rare thing. As far as Busch Stadium, my disdain for the Cards is certainly part of it. But many things contributed to me not enjoying my visit there. It was HOT! 100 degrees that day in St. Louis. Our seats were not what I thought I had bought. It's a confusingly laid out stadium, which made it difficult to get to concession stands. And, for being so close to Budweiser's brewery, they sure didn't mind charging more than any other stadium I've been to for a cold beer. Also, Matt Holliday hit an easy out ground ball late in the game and didn't even try to get to first. He literally walked. Nothing makes me sicker than seeing a man who gets paid millions of dollars a year to be baseball not give it his all. What kind of message does that send to the young boys and girls who admire him and his team?

      No problem, man. Thanks for your continued support of what I do here.

  3. Aw Kevin, you've made our day! Thanks ever so much for nominating us :)
    - Allie

    1. No problem, Allie! I love your blog and what you ladies bring to the movie conversations around here.

  4. Thanks for nominating me, Kevin! I was going to nominate you, too, but you beat me to posting LOL!

    That's AWESOME that you can juggle! I took a clowning course in college and juggling was the one thing I just could not master. I can do it fine for about 10-20 seconds, and then it always falls apart somehow.

    Also: GO YANKEES!

    But BOO VOLS! (The UT/UCONN rivalry is deeply rooted in me. College basketball is the only sport where I've ever felt a stake in the outcome, since UCONN has been so dominant. Connecticut has no other teams of note, being caught between NY on one side and Boston on the other.)

    1. Your welcome, man! How could I not? Thanks for thinking of me.

      Juggling took years of practice. One day it just clicked. All timing. My Mom went to Ringling Brothers Clown College in its first year of operation (1976). She was a Ringling Brothers clown for a little over a year and did some clowning for local parties when I was a kid. I was constantly encouraged to learn clown gags and skills.

      Um, yeah! Go Yankees! I miss Derek Jeter something terrible.

      I was born into that rivalry as well, from the Lady Vols' side of course. We love our Vols here! I live 20 miles form UT campus. I bleed Big Orange! UCONN is always tough at basketball. We're a bit more of a football school when it comes to men's sports, but our women have perennially great basketball and softball.

  5. Oh Emma, please play me!

    I like your villan you would make a hero pick. If only he would channel his powers for good, which he does, in the end.

    1. You are my Emma! And Magneto's awesome.

  6. Thank you for the nomination!! Got my work cut with the questions :) I learnt that you have a friend that is very tall AND you can JUGGLE!! Skills!

    1. No problem. Yeah. I have skills alright. Just take the questions one at a time. That's what I always say.