Book and Movie Meme

I got tagged by Jonathan at The Ivy Bush.

Movie Meme

1. One movie that made you laugh.

Nacho Libre—Jack Black cracks me up in just about everything he does, but that baptism scene… I’m still laughing about that one. Oh! And Darjeeling Limited.

2. One movie that made you cry.

The Namesake—I loved it. Jhumpa Lahiri is an amazing writer.

3. One movie you loved when you were a child.

The Muppet Movie—A banjo-playing frog chasing his dreams from the swamp. Now what’s not to love about that plot? 

4. One movie you’ve seen more than once.

Room with a View—I had a complete E.M. Forster addiction when I was in high school, and after that followed a fascination with Merchant Ivory.

5. One movie you loved, but were embarrassed to admit it.

Waterboy—I was living in South Louisiana when it came out. We saw it in a theater in New Iberia. I kept bursting out in laughter, and then I’d want to crawl under the seat because I felt so bad about laughing so loud. 

6. One movie you hated.

Punch-Drunk Love–Adam Sandler’s a little sick in this one. 

7. One movie that scared you.

There was an image in Titus that always creeps me out when I think of it. It was of Lavinia, after she was raped, her tongue and hands were cut off. Julie Taymor vividly depicts her with branches coming out of her wrists. 

Then there was Female Perversions

8. One movie that bored you.

I took my daughter to see the Hannah Montana movie. It was even boring in 3D.

9. One movie that made you happy.

The first one that comes to mind is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I’m not sure why this made me happy, but I love movies that have themes of memory and memory loss. Like Momento or Be Kind, Rewind.

Waitress made me happy.

10. One movie that made you miserable.

Did I mention Punch-Drunk Love? Oh yeah, I did… it sucked. Loved Magnolia, hated Punch-Drunk Love.

11. One movie you weren’t brave enough to see.

I never saw Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay or Stop-Loss. There are a lot of movies that I don’t see because they just feel too much like work, or they’re too real, too sad. I generally see movies for entertainment.

12. One movie character you’ve fallen in love with.

Most recently, Robbie (James McAvoy) in Atonement. Yikes! He’s eight years younger than me. I’m reading the book and I like it a lot more. Cecilia’s warm and lovely in the pages, unlike her icy movie-screen counter-part.

13. The last movie you saw.

Speedracer. It was cotton-candy fun. A little too long though. 

14. The next movie you hope to see.

Well, I’m going to see Prince Caspian tonight, but I wish I was going to see Baby Mama, because Tina Fey is a genius.

Book Meme 

1. One book that changed your life.

Pride and Prejudice—Jane Austen just wrote about such noble women. I read this in junior high, and it led me to quickly devour all of Austen’s novels, and then the Bronte sisters. They changed my whole perspective.

2. One book that you’ve read more than once.

Basic Philosophical Writings—I find myself going back to Emmanuel Levinas over and over again.

3. One book you’d want on a desert island.

A thick collection of Meister Eckhart.

4. One book that made you laugh.

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. Funniest book ever. 

5. One book that made you cry.

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpar Lahari.

6. One book that you wish you had written.

The Collected Works of Flannery O’Connor.

7. One book that you wish had never been written.

The whole James Dobson love-must-be-tough diatribes. They’ve just screwed up so many families. Exhibit A.

8. One book you’re currently reading.

I’m on a globalization kick, so right now I’m reading, Globalization and Its Discontents by Joseph E. Stigletz.

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read.

Next on the stack is Globalization and Social Change: People and Places in the New Economy by Diane Perrons. 

8 thoughts on “Book and Movie Meme

  1. Love the books…I must admit I love Punch-Drunk Love. It makes me very uncomfortable. I first saw it on the worst date ever. So I bet that has a lot to do with my like of the film.

  2. Paul Thomas Anderson has definitely mastered the Uncomfortable genre. I haven’t seen “There Will Be Blood” yet, but Brian says that I must.

    Jesse, I’m so glad you’re reading it! I’ll be in your neck of the woods in July… I’ll email…

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  4. I love, love, LOVE the Muppet Movie. Ryan actually took me to a “Muppet Movie Sing-a-Long” at the Alamo Drafthouse here in Austin. That’s when I knew it was love…

    But I digress. I think that the Muppet Movie is actually one of the best examples of “Call” in Christian theology. Kermit is “called” to leave his swamp (by the improbable appearance of a Hollywood agent who happens to row by Kermit’s log), and, through the help of friends, providence, and belief in a greater good, he somehow makes it to Hollywood. I also like that Kermit wants to go to Hollywood, not because of dreams of stardom, but because he wants to “make people happy.” How’s that for altruism?

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