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Questions meme! (part one)

Questions from brilligspoons!

1. What is your favorite novel?

Oh jeez. I'm going to interpret this as "what novel have you returned to the most over the years," because trying to pick a FAVORITE is just too hard.

So, with that in mind: Jumper, by Steven Gould. Ostensibly YA, it concerns Davy, a young man who discovers he can teleport. It's the perfect blend of coming-of-age pathos, action, humor, romance, and genuinely heart-wrenching and dark drama. I can't recommend it enough.


2. If you had to choose between being a director and being a screenwriter, which would you go for?

Director, hands down. A screenplay is a guideline, at best a blueprint, for the finished film. A road map. Very important and necessary, but the film comes alive in the hands of the director. That's where the "magic" happens.

Of course, if I was a screenwriter, I could sleep till noon and work from home, but still.


3. In your opinion, what made X3 an awful movie?

Ha! Y'know, it's been such a long time since I've seen it, so some of my recollections may be a bit hazy. But the script was terrible. Scott and Charles dying didn't serve any story function other than to provide an "oh shit" factor, the humor and the heart of the other films wasn't there, Magneto destroys the Golden Gate Bridge for NO REASON (apparently audiences in San Francisco "boo"ed that scene when it came up in the trailers for the film, which is awesome), the special effects were kinda lame, and it was a terrible mish-mash of two of my favorite storylines from the comic (The Dark Phoenix Saga and Gifted) that didn't live up to the standards and expectations of either.


4. North by Northwest or Rear Window?

Rear Window. North by Northwest is bigger, bolder, and funnier, but it has some script problems I can't get past. Rear Window on the other hand, is small, intimate and creepy, has one of my favorite examples of visual storytelling in the opening shot, and as much as I like Cary Grant, I'll take Jimmy Stewart over him any day of the week.


5. What is your favorite webcomic?

Sam & Fuzzy. Funny, heartfelt, incredibly well-drawn, and with a genuinely deep, suspensful, complicated, and massive plot that never stops being interesting. Think Bone, but with ninjas. And, dare I say, better.

Questions from paper_tzipporah later!

If you would like me to ask you five questions for you to post in your own journal, comment with your favorite kind of fruit and I will oblige you!

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matthewbowers
Jun. 17th, 2011 04:54 pm (UTC)
1. Other than friends, what's your favorite thing about living in Boston?

2. Other than friends and family, what do you miss most about living in New Jersey?

3. The Daleks vs. the Mole Men: Who would win?

4. You have to give up either caffeine or alcohol. Which do you choose?

5. Stealing yours: favorite webcomic?
momebie
Jun. 17th, 2011 04:35 pm (UTC)
PINEAPPLES. Also, I feel like I have a new book I should find now.
matthewbowers
Jun. 17th, 2011 05:13 pm (UTC)
YES DO. The covers are usually terrible and it inspired a really bad movie, but the book itself is SO GOOD.

Questions!

1. Marry, fuck, or kill: Marten, Faye, and Dora.

2. Dick Grayson vs. Dom Torretto: who would win?

3. Not counting people, name five things you like about living in Florida.

4. Now name five things you won't miss when you move.

5. When you move to Portland, will you take fencing classes with me?
gandolforf
Jun. 17th, 2011 04:54 pm (UTC)
Strawberry~
matthewbowers
Jun. 17th, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC)
1. I imagine as a mom it's hard to be objective, but is Emmy like really smart for her age? It seems that way to me from your stories about her, but I don't spend much time around kids.

2. All things being equal in terms of basic training and technology, who would you rather have operating on you: Hawkeye, or Dr. McCoy?

3. What's scarier: squid or shark?

4. Favorite breakfast food?

5. Book you'd most like to see adapted into a film or TV series?
paper_tzipporah
Jun. 17th, 2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
RASPBERRIES.

...I just looked to see what brilligspoons put, and I swear, I did not know she also picked RASPBERRIES in all caps.
matthewbowers
Jun. 17th, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC)
1. Oh shit, it's the end times! On one side, we've got the zombie unicorn army. On the other side, shock troops from the Venusian fleet in orbit. Whose side are you on??

2. Is being in a long-distance relationship kind of a bummer? Or is it a-okay?

3. Name one thing you're better at than everyone else you know.

4. Ethan Frome? Really?

5. Since you and Margaret both answered with the same fruit, I'm re-using one of her questions for you: You have to give up either caffeine or alcohol. Which do you choose?
paper_tzipporah
Jun. 17th, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC)
I require clarification on question 1: is the zombie unicorn army planet-bound, or do they also have flight capabilities?
matthewbowers
Jun. 17th, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
They're planet-bound. Otherwise it would be a zombie pegasus army!
subluxate
Jun. 17th, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC)
Magneto destroys the Golden Gate Bridge for NO REASON (apparently audiences in San Francisco "boo"ed that scene when it came up in the trailers for the film, which is awesome)

Well, yeah! The Bay Area is incredibly sick of the Golden Gate being the target so often. Star Trek, looking at you, too. I mean, I get that it's super-recognizable and iconic, but STILL. Leave the Gate alone, filmmakers.

And mangoes!
matthewbowers
Jun. 17th, 2011 05:36 pm (UTC)
I have a special place in my heart for the Golden Gate Bridge, and I hate to see it trashed as much as any native SF'er. I do appreciate Abrams's restraint in having the drill in Star Trek miss the bridge, though, even if only barely. :D

Questions!

1. How's the midwest compared to the west coast? Better? Worse? Stranger? What's the dealio?

2. Is there a Polyfaceted novel? Like, is there a main storyline with a beginning, middle, and end?

3. Favorite female character in film?

4. Do you play video games? I can't remember. If yes, what do you play?

5. Favorite novel?
sarcasticsra
Jun. 19th, 2011 05:33 am (UTC)
Favorite fruit: the apple! It's just so versatile. It makes juice, sauce, pie, fritters, cake, pancakes...you can do anything with it! Also, it has its own OTP with cinnamon. And it is just as tasty on its own. =P

(...I am surprisingly ardent in extolling the virtues of the most random things.)
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