The WordPress family are out enjoying the sun – Awards


Many thanks to Fernando over at Committed to Celluloid for awarding me two awards! This is actually second time I have receieved the Sunshine Award as Vinnieh also made me a recipient a short while ago, so many thanks to him as well!

As always with these things, there are rules:

  • Include the award’s logo in a post or on your blog.
  • Link to the person who nominated you.
  • Answer 10 questions about yourself.
  • Nominate 10 bloggers.
  • Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated

So, now for my ten questions!


Which Ten Guests Would I Like to Attend My Fantasy Dinner Party?

Julianne Moore, Kate Bush, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Marilyn Monroe, Virginia Woolf, Angela Carter, Jack White, Patti Smith, Franz Kafka & Johnny Depp. I have no idea what the group dynamic would be like, but I like to think it would be interesting to observe!
Dinner Party

Favorite Movie Ending?

Magnolia’s – I’m not going to spoil it for those who haven’t seen it, but if you have seen the film then drag your mouse over this next period of white to reveal my thoughts! There’s some barely explainable magic to that last shot, after all of the pain, suffering, and down right crazy apocalyptic events of the film have taken place, we are given this very grounded quiet scene with which to finish on. Aimee Mann’s ‘Save Me’ covers and blurs the dialogue so that we can only hear snatches of what is going on and then Melora Walters raises her head and smiles straight at us. That smile seems to just break through everything which has gone on in the film, it’s full of a curious kind of hope, and it’s directed straight at the heart of the viewer. Apparently it’s the scene which Paul Thomas Anderson first thought up when writing the film, and I find it to be uniquely powerful. If you haven’t seen the film, then I really urge you to!

Favourite City?

Berlin. There are many city’s in competition for that top spot including Warsaw, Osaka and Prague, but none of them can beat Berlin’s combination of history and current freshness. The entire place is a mixture between old and new, and it’s as exciting as it is beautiful.

Favourite Performance of 2013 (so far)?

Ryan Gosling in The Place Beyond the Pines. Here Gosling displays all of the magnetism which could make him a legend in film history; he has a particular power to fix your attention and not let go, and in this performance he manages a complex and memorable character who is easily the best element of the entire film.


Which movie villain would I least want to encounter?

The shark (aka Bruce) from Jaws. It’s one of my absolute favourite films and I’ve watched it a million times, and yet my longtime fear and fascination with sharks still means that I am deeply affected by Jaws. If I ended up in the water with one, any fascination that I have for them would evaporate and I would thrash around until it bit me in half. Especially if that theme song started up. Once that starts you know you’re dead.
Jaws Swim

Which blogger would I choose to help me fight them off?

Tyson Carter from Head in a Vice – on his honeymoon he jumped into the water with sharks (read about it here), so he’s clearly less fearful than I am regarding them. He may be crazy, or maybe he is just good with sharks – either way, I want him on board.

Favourite Song?

Naturally this is one hell of a tough question, but I usually go with Nancy Sinatra’s Bang Bang. It’s very simple and yet loaded with an extraordinary amount of emotion I find.

Which movie hero would I not want to accept help from?

There are a lot of bumbling, idiotic heroes out there that I wouldn’t really want help from, but I’m going to say Clint Eastwood’s man with no name. Sure he will get the job done efficiently, and yet I wouldn’t want to owe a debt to this man. In fact what’s to stop him siding with my enemies, whichever side gets him the most cash wins after all.
Man With No Name

Fantasy job?

Directing films, and writing many scripts for a whole host of actors that I admire is the ultimate fantasy, but if I could write a script and have either Julianne Moore or Alfred Molina speak the words that I have written – that would be enough.
Molina Moore

Which actor would I most like to meet?

Tom Hardy is, in my opinion, the most exciting actor working today. He is flexible in his role choices but always does his best with a part, and normally far exceeds what’s on the page. Whether he is dangerously quiet, shrieking in heartbroken pain, or just playing it cool – Hardy always delivers.
Tom Hardy Stuart

My Blogger Choices:

Right, and now for the ten blogs which I shall be passing this along to. For those who want to take part, feel free to change the questions if you would like to, or stick with mine! Here are my picks:

Film Hipster
Fog’s Movie Reviews
Head in a Vice
Keith & the Movies
Mettel Ray Movie Blog
Not Now I’m Drinking a Beer and Watching a Movie
Rhino’s Horror
Terry Malloy’s Pigeon Coop
The Bishop Review

Thanks for reading!


  1. theipc · · Reply

    Very nice!

    1. Cheers! 😀

  2. Very cool! Amazing questions and answers! 🙂

    1. Thanks buddy! And thanks again for passing this on to me 😀

      1. No problem 🙂 You deserve it!

        1. I don’t, but thank you!

  3. Congratulations!

    1. Thank you!

  4. Why thanks so much James!! Since I’ve done this post already, I’ll just answer your questions on the post, if that’s ok. I’ll return with the answers 😀

    1. No problem Ruth, looking forward to hearing your answers!

  5. Nice answers man!!!! Thanks for the nomination. 🙂

    1. Cheers buddy!! No problem 🙂

  6. Congrats you deserve it, and thanks for the mention.

    1. You’re too kind! No problem 🙂

  7. Hi James, here are my answers to some of your questions:
    Favorite Movie Endings: Hmmm, right at the top of my head: Roman Holiday – as it’s pretty realistic but still sweet in a poignant way

    Favorite City: London – I’d love to go back and visit one day!

    Favorite Performance so far? Mads Mikkelsen in The Hunt. Second fave: Henry Cavill in Man of Steel.

    Which movie villain would I least want to encounter? Kaiju! ‘Cause I’ll be crushed!

    Which blogger would I choose to help me fight them off? Oh boy, I don’t know if any of my blog friends could stand against one to be honest!

    Fantasy job? Film screenwriter or casting director.

    Which actor would I most like to meet?

    Male: Alan Rickman
    Female: Cate Blanchett

    Come to think of it, I’d like to invite those two to dinner! 😀

    Thanks James!

    1. Roman Holiday is a good choice!

      I do like London, but I think that living relatively nearby takes away from some of its allure for me.

      I really need to see both of those films!

      Haha, that’s fair enough. I can’t think of anybody either who could take out one of those 🙂

      I bet Alan Rickman would be great at a dinner party!

      Thanks for those Ruth 😀

  8. Congrats! Magnolia has an amazing ending for sure, though I know it throws some people off.

    1. Thank you, I’m glad you agree. Yeah that movie divides people pretty sharply!

  9. Thanks James! Much appreciated 🙂 Some great answers there!

    1. No problem, and thank you! 😀

  10. Apologies this is late, but Im finally allowed to venture back onto WordPress!!

    Great answers, and I would definitely help you against sharks. I am crazy 🙂

    Thanks for the award & mention buddy, and congrats 🙂

    1. No problem, good to hear that you’re through that problem!

      Cheers, and I appreciate the help 😀

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