Sunshine Blogger Award * 2, Blogger Recognition * 1…what a 2021 start…

Wow…what a start to my 2021 Blogging Year…bam! not one but 2 Sunshine Blogger Awards together with a Blogger Recognition patiently waiting for me. The perfect motivation after my year-long absence in the Blogosphere.

Thank you so much for thinking of me dear Taking Up Room (Rebecca) and Realweegiemidget Reviews (Gill). The awards are appreciated. I’m going to combine my next round of questions into one post (hope you don’t mind).

So…of course, the required rules for the Blogger Recognition:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  2. Post the award banner on your blog.
  3. Share the reason you started your blog.
  4. Share two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
  5. Nominate a maximum of 15 other bloggers.
  6. Tell your nominees about the award post, so they can participate

and Rules for the Sunshine Blogger:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Taking up Room’s questions:

What’s your hope for 2021?

Well, this is very cliché but I hope that things will get back to some sort of normality, whatever that may be. And, of course the annual hope that they year will be a good, healthy and happy one for family, friends and the natural world we have around us.

What helped you stay sane in 2020?

Well, to be very honest, I was so busy in 2020 that I didn’t have time to think about staying sane. Although, I must say, 2020 was good in bringing me back down to earth…with forced reduced hours and working off of overtime hours, I could find myself again through hiking, reading, watching movies and just having down time in general. I guess that kept me sane…or at least stopped the “I can’t go further” I was inevitably heading for at work.

Are there any movies you’re looking forward to this year?

I really don’t know what is out there. I’ve totally lost touch with the movies to be expected (and even what’s current). I do vaguely know that there is a last Daniel Craig James Bond due to be released so that’s what I’m looking forward to.

You can visit any five celebrity homes from any era. Which ones would you pick?

Oh my…I’m really bad with these type of questions but I’ll give it a go…hmmm…let me think…whew…gosh…I’ll get back to this one…




…sorry, there really isn’t anyone that comes to mind who’s home I’m interested in seeing.

You’re about to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. What, if anything, would you take that the experts might frown on?

Ooooh…oooh…Rebecca, this looks absolutely awesome. Wow…one day I’d like to tackle just a small portion. Well, I’d obviously take whatever is required and maybe, just maybe, sneak in a hot water bottle…I hate cold toes 🙂

Who are your three favorite film critics and why?

I don’t have any here…sorry. I’ve never found (of the few I’ve seen/read) a critic who’s recommendations fit with me. Besides, I always feel we all have such different opinions and thoughts that I’d just prefer making up my own mind. Film critics (in my opinion) tend to overthink movies and often forget about “movies for the sake of movies” and escapism.

When you’re watching stuff other than movies, do you prefer YouTube and streaming services or traditional broadcast TV?

Absolutely…traditional broadcast TV. I don’t like YouTube at all…find the content very random and (sorry) pointless. The only things I do watch on traditional TV though is the odd show that I choose to watch and even then, I don’t watch much at all.

If you could adapt a TV show into a movie, which one would you pick and why?

I can’t really say because I rarely watch TV shows. And things like Graham Norton Show or Would I Lie to You or Strictly Come Dancing work perfectly just as they are.

Which film prop or costume would you most like to own?

No idea…maybe something from one of the classic westerns but even then…I can’t tell you what. It would sit forgotten in a box anyway…

Who is your favorite movie or TV couple? Your least favorite?

I absolutely love Arianne and Centurion Quintus Dias in Centurion as well as, of course you shouldn’t be surprised, Cora Munro and Hawkeye in The Last of the Mohicans. Really irritating, although, that’s part of the role are Johana and Jacques Mayol in The Big Blue. I guess they’re not really my least favourite but just the couple that don’t fit…that’s the movie though.

What was the last album you listened to?

No album…just a random selection of the music on my “Cat’s Mix” playlist. I haven’t listened to an album in years…although, was probably Human by band A Life Divided.


Now for Realweegiemidget’s questions:

Have you ever met a celebrity somewhere random?

Nope. I’ve never met any celebrity. Only seen Gerard Butler from a distance and then some cyclists up close…Jan Ullrich, Peter Sagan, Fabian Cancellara and a few more over the years. None of them I’ve “met”.

Have you ever had a celebrity write to you in response to your fan letter?

I’ve never written a fan letter (I’m not that kind of person) but, I did once write to author Sue Grafton asking her if she knew how I could get hold of her very unheard of book The Lolly Madonna War (turned into a movie I quite like). She answered me with a wonderful letter including wondering why I would want to find a book that she herself doesn’t much like herself. She continued to tell me that she was busy with book S in her alphabet mystery series. I now have that letter tucked into the hard copy of S is for Silence.

What’s your favourite advert with an actor or actress.?

Ahm…I rarely watch TV and don’t noticed adverts.

If you could ghostwrite a celebrity’s autobiography with their permission who would it be?

Once again…I really don’t know. Maybe Daniel Day-Lewis…but I’m really not that phased about celebrity lives.

Have you ever been on telly or in a movie?

Yes…when I was in primary school I was in a Winter Wonderland ballet production that was broadcast on TV. What a long day of takes and retakes and retakes. I also took part two years running in “The 24 Hour Film Project” where I had small role.

Who was your first film or TV love?

John Wayne! John Wayne! John Wayne!

You are allowed to snog, marry or avoid three movie or TV stars.. who are they?

Hahaha…just for fun I’ll go with this one…

Snog…ahm…a young Christian Slater (my film love after John Wayne once I’d discovered newer movies)

Marry…aw…hmmm…ok, Daniel Craig.

Avoid…absolutely wouldn’t go near many stars but for this one…let’s just say Jim Carrey.

If you could give out an Oscar which category would it be for..?

Most historically accurate picture (way too many are so horribly off)

Who would you like to accompany to the Oscars?

I’d rather watch it from home…but I’ll be some fun and say…Daniel Day-Lewis.

Which film would you watch again and again?

Would I? Rather do I…I watch The Last of the Mohicans, Yellow Sky and Catch and Release again and again and again and again and….you get my point 🙂

What’s your favourite TV Movie?

Hmmm…I don’t really know…hang on…let me go check in my collection what was a TV movie…so…The Legend of Butch and Sundance…yes, it doesn’t rate highly but I enjoy it. Actually…that’s an idea of what to watch this evening.


As for the questions required for this award…I find it really difficult coming up with questions I haven’t already asked…and nominating blogs that haven’t already been nominated by the person nominating me…so, I’ll park this part for now and make up for it on a rainy day. Promise.


Moving on to the Blogger Recognition award from Realweegiemidget:

Why did I start blogging? That was purely because I needed to write, to put my thoughts down. Never did I think of making them available to everyone out there in the blogosphere but only by doing so did I make a bigger effort to write. It was also at a time where I had a consulting drought and desperately needed to keep myself busy.

Advice to other bloggers…I always find this such a personal thing because everyone has their own thoughts and opinions so let me just say…write what you enjoy writing about and because you want to – blogging should be fun. And if you don’t want to or feel like it, leave it and write when it all feels right (no pun intended) again. Take a break if you need to…I’ve learnt that your blogging friends are still there when you get back.

And here too, I’m going to save posting it on to other blogs for now. I’ll save it for that rainy day.

Whew…that was quite a post…but I’ve so enjoyed writing it. Thanks Gill and Rebecca.

Liebster Award…overdue answers…


Gosh, Gill (RealWeegieMidget)…I “owe” you a big Thank You for nominating me for a Liebster Award…”Thank You”. And I definitely owe you some answers…rather late than never (and I’m keeping on the lower side of that max 11 of everything)…here goes:

The rules…

  1. Thank the nominator in your award post.
  2. Place the award logo somewhere on your blog.
  3. You must state up to 11 facts about yourself.
  4. Complete the questions that your nominator provided.
  5. Nominate as many bloggers as you’d like (11 is the maximum).
  6. Ask your nominees a series of questions (11 is the maximum).

Some Facts about Me

  1. I have a weakness for Cacti and Succulents. I just recently (yes, at the beginning of winter…how silly) decided I’d give a go at growing them from seed. Of the 14 seeds I’d planted…one appears to be doing ok, the other is hanging on for dear life and the third remaining one…I’m not really sure what’s happening…just too small to see. But…I swore I’d manage to get at least 1 going…let’s see. Otherwise, I have plenty of seed left…will just have to wait for spring like any normal person would do 🙂
  2. I started learning to Snowboard this year. What’s the big deal? Well…a big thing I have you know…I’m not a youngster (in the 40s range) and had never done any snow activities in my life (before moving to Switzerland 3 years ago). So far, so good…and lots of fun. Although, this winter might not happen…
  3. I work as a Business Data Analyst but am actually a music graduate.
  4. My favourite book of all time is Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry.
  5. I have never seen the movie Forrest Gump. And somehow, I don’t think I will…as brilliant as everyone says it is, I somehow just don’t feel drawn to it. Sorry 😦

RealWeegieMidget’s Questions

1. Who would you most like to meet from the world of film?

What a difficult question…I’m not really one to want to meet celebrities but hey…just for fun…I’d like to meet…ahm…gosh…any of the nice, down-to-earth actors/actresses that I’ve enjoyed on screen. As long as they aren’t arrogant or rude.

2. If you could go behind the scenes on a movie or TV Show which one would it be?

Without a second thought…Peaky Blinders. I find it such an excellent series that has put a lot of effort into the outcome. It would be really interesting to see how it all works behind the scenes.

3. What’s your favourite genre…?

Do I really need to answer that? Westerns (the classic, traditional type ones) of course!

4. Who do you think deserves an Oscar nomination who hasn’t had one yet.

Well, most of the people I’ve hoped would get nominated have been nominated. But, maybe Cillian Murphy should be recognised.

5. You are the only survivor on earth with one superhero, who is it? Why?

Maybe I should have answered this post before watching The Boys because now I have absolutely no wish to be left alone with any superhero. But, if I really have to…maybe Hawkeye as he is least like a superhero. Or so I think.

6. What’s your feelings about remakes or reboots?

On the whole, I feel that it is best to leave the originals as they are. Especially the good originals. Having said that though, there have been some brilliant remakes recently. So, I think my answer is…it depends.

7. What’s your fave all time find on those streaming packages…


8. Who would you most like to see in more movies and in what genre.?

I thoroughly enjoyed Michael Fassbender in Slow West and feel he fits the Western genre well. In fact, I’d like to see more of many actors and actresses in some good Westerns.

9. Favourite cake? with cream or ice cream?

I’m not a big cake eater but I do like a good chocolate cake. No cream! No ice-cream! Just plain.

10. What’s your favourite Hollywood era?

The Classic Era brought out some wonderful movies, however, I really enjoyed the early contemporary or modern period with the rom-coms and gems coming from the 90s.

11. If you could go back in time and warn a star about something that happens to them in the future, who would it be and what would you tell them…

Well, lacking on imagination here but I’d tell Brandon Lee that The Crow would be more realistic than he could ever imagine.

My questions

  1. Which screen character do you most identify with and why?
  2. Your place to escape and think?
  3. Is there a movie that ranks amongst your favourites yet has been deemed a failure or received low ratings? Which movie is it?
  4. What is the last movie you saw? Thoughts on it?
  5. Dog or cat person?
  6. They often say that the book is better than the movie. There are, in my opinion, instances where the opposite is true. Which movie do you think is better than the book? Why?
  7. Sometimes movies would be much better given a different cast. Re-cast such a movie.
  8. Longest movie ever watched (not series)

So, the nominees…always the hard part…as I’m really trying to find my way back into the Blogging world…I’ll leave this open to anyone who wants to participate. Sorry…but I’m so out of touch…I’ll make it up to all of you soon.

Sunshine Blogger Award…Thank You!

SunshineManiacs and Monsters (here) has nominated my for a Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you so much. For this round though, I’m going to be taken out of my comfort zone. Because, Maniacs and Monsters, I’m such a scaredy-cat when it comes to Horror. Yet, somehow this genre is coming to haunt me these days…recently I entered the Gothic Horror Blogathon where the banner tempted me to watch Crimson Peak (but am totally too scared to start it), I’ve had 28 Days Later on my To Watch list for ages (but am totally too scared to start it) and now, because things come in threes, you’ve given me some horror related questions. I think I need to stop being such a wuss and tackle a genre that, believe it or not, as a teen I had no problem watching (or reading).  (And I’ve just checked my watch list and seen that I’ve watched almost 40 horror movies in my time…so maybe it is simply a matter of getting back into it).

Here goes…

…starting with those rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Answer the eleven questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Nominate eleven bloggers.
  4. Create eleven new questions for your nominees to answer.

…and here we go:

Thanks Maniacs and Monsters. I appreciate the nomination but also for giving me a push to the horror genre. Here are the questions of yours:

  1. Do you consider yourself a fan of horror, adverse to horror, or a patron of any genre including horror if it is entertaining? Well, when I first started writing this post I was a “oh, I can’t watch horror these days. I won’t sleep at night” person, probably the “any genre…if it is entertaining” approach. But, the more I think back and see what I used to watch…I’m actually probably a fan. I just need to get back into it. To stop being scared. To just watch this stuff and enjoy like I used to! But, I just can’t watch those gruesome, blood and guts torture horror movies. That for me, is just sick.

  2. What is the first horror film you remember watching and what was your reaction? This is going to be a very strange answer…because I actually don’t know what it was and I’ve been trying to find recently (another sign that maybe I’m ready for horror again). So…let me explain: my parents had Super 8 movies salvaged back 220px-Candymanposterwhen Video came out. Amongst them was some black and white horror movie with, I think, a vampire. All I can remember is something moving under a floor of straw (later to have may parents say they must have pulled something underneath it to give the effect). Oh, and I’m sure there was a barn of sorts. Someone screaming? What can I say? A black and white movie that has the reels whirring in the background and creepy vampires biting people, that’s got to be scary. But, strangely enough, I’d watch it over and over.
    Then came Candyman…I remember being so damn scared and to this day won’t whisper the name five times while looking into a mirror (that was the summoning, wasn’t it? Or did I remember it incorrectly?). But as a teen, it was awesome!
  3. What is your opinion of real world paranormal activities such as ghosts, spiritualism, UFOs, cryptozoology, or extrasensory perception? I definitely think there is something out there, something we can’t explain, something that doesn’t necessarily conform to the “normal” world as science might try explain. I do also think that many stories and myths had some form of explanation behind them. Possibly many were not as outrageous as we think but there were probably some truths to them. As for spiritualism…yes, there are signs we get that can’t be logically explained and that come with a purpose. I’m not making any sense here…
  4. Have you ever had what you believe to be a paranormal experience or at least an experience you could not explain? As per point 3 above, I have experienced signs or happenings I couldn’t explain, well, the only thing it could possibly have been is something present that I couldn’t see that did whatever it was. Once again, I’m not making sense…but I can’t explain…
  5. If you were cast in a horror movie, which of the following roles would you want and why:
    – last girl/guy

    – killer/monster
    – fodder for the slaughter
    – evil genius/mad scientist/cult leader
    – tortured soul
    – kick-ass hero/military leader
    – creepy caretaker/gas station attendant/neighbour/sea captain
    – member of the faceless zombie/demon/alien horde
    – wise stranger that warned those reckless kids 

    Oh gosh, my imagination is running wild here. I’m going to be cheeky and do a few:
    I’d be the (supposed) last woman, doing my utmost to stay alive, to remain undetected, living mostly on the move while killing off those damn, un-killable monsters. But, I’d find an abandoned (off-course) gas station where I’d make my base. When a group of know-it-all kids (and supposed last people alive) come my way I’ve got to get rid of them, they need to move on, so I’m going to be creepy. But as they finally leave, I’ll whisper a wise warning…because where they are headed, they are doomed. But…I told them so…njahahahahaaaa….
    Abandoned gas station?  Take 2

  1. Horror films, much like comedies, have been historically ignored by the Oscars. What horror film or horror performance do you feel deserved, but did not receive, recognition by the Academy? Strangely enough, all the horror I was going to suggest actually did win Oscars (not for performances though) – Sleepy Hollow (1999) and  Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992). The Others received a Golden Globe nomination for Nicole Kidman so that was probably overlooked. Sorry, I’m no help here but yes, performances should get more attention and not only effects, music etc.
  2. Which subgenre of horror is most appealing to you (noting that these subgenres often overlap):
    • action horror
    • ‘B’ movies/camp
    • body horror
    • comedy horror
    • disaster/natural horror
    • giallo – what is this? I’m so green when it comes to horror…
    • gothic horror – after the recent Gothic Horror Blogathon, I’m tempted by this.
    • horror thriller – sounds good but not sure my nerves will handle it…
    • kaiju
    • psychological horror – this was the last type of horror I watched because it usually all had some explanation to it. And with that, I could cope.
    • science fiction horror
    • slasher
    • splatter
    • supernatural horror
  1. Assuming you observe Halloween, describe a favourite costume (scary or otherwise) that you have worn. Oh, without a doubt my lovely Red Riding Hood Cape that I’ve made from a nice heavy material. It has a hood that covers the face so nicely:
  2. What is your greatest fear/phobia? That our future is going to be like all these dystopian movies (another genre I can’t watch).
  3. You die only to awaken as a ghost, vampire, or zombie. What do you do? I go feed…I’m a vampire after all…but a romantic gritty type take on the vampire. Like Lena in Wir Sind die Nacht (We are the night).
  4. Darkness falls across the land. The alien invasion has begun.  Civilization is collapsing.  The dead are returning from the grave.  Cthulhu is rising from his eternal slumber.  The Horsemen of the Apocalypse are on the ride.  It’s the end of the world.  You are among a small group boarding an experimental starship to escape to another galaxy.  You are allowed to bring any three items of your choosing.  What do you bring (and no fair bringing something ‘useful’)? You said Items…so I’ll stick with that…but hang on…everything cool is useful…that samurai sword, or the kick-butt knife I can gouge an alien’s eye out and watch it oozing gloop. Or that camera with flash that can take photos (and blind the invading alien that is about to bite my head off). I’m going to have to think this one over…

Now to the next bit…the following bloggers (not sure I’ll get 11) get my nomination. I wanted to nominate a few more but you already have the honours from Maniacs and Monsters:


Sam Simon of vengonofuoridallefottutepareti

Jay of Assholes Watching Movies

The Craggus

The Stop Button

The Ü

Caftan Woman

Phyllis Loves Classic Movies


Book Beach Bunny

Wolfmans Cult Film

Here are my 11 questions:

  1. The number of Western movies in my DVD collection far outnumber any other genre. What genre do you have most of in your collection and, well, why?
  2. Where movies are based on books, what is it for you: book before movie, only movie, only book or each is its own medium and not compare?
  3. You have to create a story using a mish-mash of your favourite existing book or movie characters – a good character (your protagonist), a villain, a superhero and a fantastical being, who would you bring together?
  4. Now, which actors would you cast in your story in 3 above?
  5. As this is a Sunshine Award, what is the movie or book that brings most Sunshine into your life?
  6. I’ve recently watched Rear Window and now have a different take on my neighbours. I’m sure you’ve all observed your own neighbours. What is the strangest or most interesting thing you have witnessed?
  7. Is there an actor or actress who’s movies you will watch regardless of the story, genre, content, reviews etc. and why?
  8. Are you an introvert or extrovert?
  9. Favourite movie from your childhood? Does it still appeal today?
  10. Who is the most interesting villain (movie or book) you’ve encountered?
  11. It is a rainy, cold day (as today is)…what do you do…read or watch a movie?




I’m honoured…The Versatile Blogger Award…

versitle-blogger-bw2…Thank you so much Taking Up Room. What really made my day (other than you awarding me this reward in the first place) is a line in your final paragraph: “…because I want to give a shout out to just a few of my blogger inspirations.”. Wow…thank you!

Moving along…I aneed to get the “formalities” out the way…here they be:

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award. (Yep, done)
  •  Include a link to their blog. (Also done)
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.  (Well, this is where it gets hard because my blogging community runs in the same circles…so, we may be nominating each other back and forth…so, no offense if I haven’t nominated you…many of you have already been nominated by Taking up Room or even Pure Entertainment Preservation Society. If I “re-nominate” you, please don’t feel you need to do a second tag): 
    • Daskleinebunte – here
    • What the Craggus Saw – here
    • The Immortal Jukebox – here
    • Book Beach Bunny – here
    • Film 4 Fan – here
    • The Lonely Author – here
    • SindrElf – here
    • Assholes Watching Movies – here
    • Wolfmans Cult Film Club – here
    • Maddy Loves Her Classic Films – here
    • Moon in Gemini – here
    • mf Monika Fülöp  – here
    • Tranquil Dreams – here
    • The Stop Button – here
    • Caftan Woman – here
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award. (see previous comment)
  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself. (see below)
    • I, not having thought myself a “cat person”, was given this gorgeous few week old bundle of fur and bones a few months back…and I’m totally a cat person now. Wow…I never expected the affection, the character that are cats. Yes, it has taken us a mindset change from having had dogs my entire life…but wow, worth it in every way. And…the cat will NOT sleep on my bed…well..I guess the picture shows how well that has gone…
    • My ultimate genre of movie is the Western (so…the more “traditional” ones, those set in the old “wild west”…I really can’t watch these sci-fi and contemporary ones) . And I go through “binge” every couple of years where I pretty much watch all my western DVDs back to back (as much as family and work allows for this) and then feel all disappointed that I have to face the “modern” world again.
    • My love for movies comes from the Super 8 reels my parents rescued from the rubbish dump when video cassettes came out. There was something special about changing light bulbs in projectors, “helping” the stuck film along before it melted, rewinding reels, changing reels (usually 4 to a movie) and just the general experience.Super-8-mm-film-on-a-spool-01
    • My all-time favourite movie is The Last of the Mohicans (1992) and that line “You survive! You stay alive, no matter what occurs! I will find you! No matter how long it takes, no matter how far. I will find you!” is my ultimate quote and declaration of love ever.mohicansposter
    • A little over a year ago I moved country and continent. From the Southern to the Northern Hemisphere. And I’m still getting used to this Christmas in Winter idea…very strange concept 😉 Christmas is swimming pools and days in the hot sun for me.
    • I’ve only discovered the book Pride and Prejudice this year (thus far I’d only seen the movie version). I started it on Audio Tape and couldn’t wait those arduous hours each day/night before my next commute to or from work so I read the book version whenever I could. Ah…it is wonderful!1200px-PrideAndPrejudiceTitlePage
    • After finishing Lonesome Dove in a matter of days I just couldn’t read another book for at least two weeks because I had been so deeply pulled into the characters that reading about anyone else felt traitorous.

Well…that’s it for now.

John and Jeff are Rooster…

How cool is this…two of my favourite actors, in my favourite genre playing the same character and both being nominated for an Oscar. Pretty awesome right?

TrueGritYep, the amazing John Wayne and Jeff Bridges were nominated for their respective roles as lawman Rooster Cogburn in the 1969 and 2010 versions of True Grit. That is, of course, actor in a leading role (or however the award is phrased at any given time). Pretty much…some pretty darn good acting by an actor in the lead role.

As it would be totally wrong to compare the two and their take on this iconic role, I’m not going to do so. To ensure this, I’m only going to re-watch the 2010 True Grit after I’ve written up my 1969 True Grit bit. (No way…already 8 years old!)

Let me start with John Wayne purely because I only just watched this last night (well, by the time I post this it will be “three nights ago”). I’ve had the DVD in my collection for years. Yes…years. And I can’t believe I put it off so long. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

RoosterCogburnJohnWayneAt first, I thought John Wayne was…..well…John Wayne. Then, as the story unfolded, I realised that, actually, yes, it is John Wayne being John Wayne but that’s the whole reason why he’s my Western movie hero. Some fantastic acting. As he had more and more screen time, I noticed that it was more than that. Something different, something grittier, something Oscar-deserving. He took on this role with enough grumpiness and seeming indifference to make it believable yet under it all managing to subtly show a tender side. And, the unintentional comic moments and/or witty lines are perfectly timed – for a second here and there, that is. Then back to pure grump again. Never before had I been aware of small facial expressions like I was here. Absolutely perfect.

The other thing I noticed was that, despite being the legendary man he was (and still is), he never once overshadowed his co-stars. Now that is great artistry.

True-Grit-2Did he win? Yes, third Oscar nomination lucky (2nd nomination for actor, the other in 1950)…in 1970 John Wayne received an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role (his 3rd nomination had been for directing in 1960). Very, very well deserving. He likewise won a Golden Globe (same role, obviously).

Slightly off-topic, while watching the outlaw at different points I had this feeling of “I know this face” with two of them. I just couldn’t pinpoint who….until the credits rolled and hey! of course! Robert Duvall and Dennis Hopper. I couldn’t believe it. Keep an eye out for them if you watch this.

So…save post…and…off to watch Jeff Bridges

Gruff and no-nonsense roles require actors who can portray such traits naturally, without seeming “acted”. Jeff Bridges achieves this spot on in the “newer” version. What I appreciate is that he hasn’t tried to “copy” John Wayne‘s role at all. Granted, some of the lines are the same but that’s purely because it is based on a book (by Charles Portis and superb reading if you haven’t yet done so). He breathes life filled with the perfect balance of  “grump” and disillusionment into Rooster Cogburn. But underneath it all, still caring, albeit not obviously so.

His Rooster is the man who is not used to being with anyone else. Who does his own thing, makes his own decisions, fighting his daemons. There is no light relief in this portrayal and had there been, it just wouldn’t have worked. Am I allowed to repeat “Absolutely perfect.” that I used a few paragraphs earlier? Definitely Oscar deserving.

RoosterCogburnJeffBridgesAnd did he win? Unfortunately, in this second nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, he wasn’t as lucky as in the year before when he won for Crazy Heart. Overall, this was his 6th of 7 total nominations.

Having watched these two fantastic movies within 3 days of each other…and I’m not about to compare…do I have a preference? No, I don’t. The two roles are so totally different that they can’t be compared. John Wayne and Jeff Bridges bring us outstanding performances and are equally deserving of their Oscar nominations. Besides, 2010 as opposed to 1969 is a new age of movie making, a new era of actors, a new approach to roles. How could I possibly put them side by side? So, no, absolutely no preference.

Although, I do favour one of the movies over the other, but that is totally besides the point here. And has nothing to do with Rooster Cogburn or the actors playing him.


This is my entry for the 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon hosted by Paula’s Cinema Club, Outspoken and Freckled and Once Upon a Screen.

For my previous entries, The Sting and The Piano, click here and here.


Another Mystery Blogger Award – from Kira!


Thank you Kira of Film and TV 101 for nominating me for my second Mystery Blogger Award. This award, created by Okoto Enigma, is greatly appreciated.

For those of you who read my answers (and questions) from Drew’s nomination a few days ago, I’ve changed the content…no repeats 😉

Here are the rules:

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

Three things about me:

  1. I have an Excel Spreadsheet (or, as I like to call it…a small database) in which I list all the DVD and BluRay discs in my collection. In it, I have things like: Genre, Language, Country, Release Date, Film Date, Director, Music By, Bar Code, Rating (mine and IMDB) and a column for each year in which I mark the number of times watched. I know…I’m such a techie…
  2.  I’m a keen cyclist although these days I don’t manage to get out as much as I used to. I used to enter at least four 100km plus social races each year.
  3. angusI make a point of only adopting rescue dogs…currently I have one very grumpy and opinionated Scottish Terrier called Angus (yes, what else would you expect…although I didn’t name him) and a very lazy Mini Schnauzer who thinks he’s a cat. He’s called Seppi and I drove roughly 400km (one way) to go fetch him (so 800km).

The Five questions I’ve received from Kira:

What do you know now that you wish you had known 10 years ago? Oh my…I have thought and thought and thought and I just can’t come up with something. Great question…I just don’t know…

What film or TV series would you say is your guilty pleasure? Northmen: A Viking Saga. I enjoy watching this one for the story (or lack of, as some say). It isn’t a big budget movie but for a Swiss, German and South African production filmed largely in South Africa it isn’t a bad attempt.

If you could pick any two famous people to be your parents, who would they be? I don’t want famous parents. I am happy with my own. Besides, there’s nobody famous who I could possibly want…famous people are in the limelight too much.

If you were to start a Film Club, what film would you show at the first gathering and why? Pulp Fiction. Can’t tell you why, just so…it seems like a good choice to start a Film Club. And it’s a pretty darn good movie.

What would you call your own talk show? Catherine’s Yackety Yack (That just came to mind on a whim so I’ll leave it at that)

As per my previous Mystery Blogger award…I wasn’t sure what to put down as my best post…is it the best “performing” or my best as in the one I think is my best. But this time, I’ll go with the one that I’ve had such wonderful responses to: Delightful…The Grand Seduction.

Now for the hard part – the 5 questions. Here they are:

  1. What do you prefer…the smell of freshly baked bread or freshly mowed grass/lawn?
  2. If you could delve into the life of one book and live it as if you were a character in it (not necessarily the main one)…i.e. if the world of a book could be visited, which book would it be? (Ahhh…I can “see” this so clearly in my mind…hard to explain)
  3. Are you a good cuppa tea or perfectly brewed coffee person?
  4. Most unusual food you have eaten (by your standards)?
  5. Silly/weird question: Take your current state of mind – if you had to pick a piece of music to represent where you are right now…what would it be?

Here are the bloggers I’d like to award this to (in no particular order) and if they would like it. I’m going to do a mix of new bloggers I’ve just discovered and the ones I’ve interacted with a fair amount.

Marta (Ramblings of a Cinephile)

Paul (Pfeiffer Films and Meg Movies)

Wednesday’s Child (Seven Doors of Cinema)

Kristina (Speakeasy)

Thom (The Immortal Jukebox)

Debbie (Moon in Gemini)

Charlene (Charlene’s (mostly) Classic Movie Reviews)


















Mystery Blogger Award from Drew!


Thank you Drew of Drew’s Movie Reviews for thinking of me for the Mystery Blogger Award. This award was created by Okoto Enigma.

Here are the rules:

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

Three things about me:

  1. I painted the flower of which my blog displays a portion of near the top. It is oil on 2m by 2m canvas. The bee is not meant to look dead (as someone pointed out) – it looked fine on the original photo I took. Here it is:flowerwatermark
  2. Believe it or not, I grew up without a television in the house. That was out of choice by my parents and I never missed it. Instead, I grew up with boxes and boxes of Super 8 movies that my parents had salvaged from a “Video Store” when they moved to Video Cassettes. Oh, and books. Lots of books. I still rarely watch television unless I pop a DVD in the player.
  3. I’m a techie (noun: a person who is expert in or enthusiastic about technology, especially computing) from a job perspective…BI (Business Intelligence) specifically. BUT…I completed my studies in music as a composer. Piano and Organ were my main instruments. I’ve barely touched them since 😦

The Five questions I’ve received from Drew:

  1. What is your favourite place you have visited? This is always a tricky question because I’ve seen so many fabulous places – each one is special in its own way. So…I’m reusing an existing answer of mine: I love Switzerland (when I can afford it), Thailand is just special, the Kruger National Park (South Africa) is always wonderful, New York has an amazing energy. Don’t have a favourite.
  2. What would you do if you had a time machine and didn’t have to worry about the ill effects of time travel? I’d transport myself back to the Wild West (but the one as depicted in the movies) and be a no-nonsense cowgirl 😉
  3. What was your favorite film released last year? I don’t watch too many new releases, but of those I’ve watched, Ballerina (aka Leap) and Jane Got a Gun were the ones that stood out from last year. Ballerina was just magical. Jane Got a Gun, despite not receiving good ratings, is one of those I just enjoyed.
  4. Why did you start blogging? Purely as a means of expressing myself, as an outlet for whatever came to mind. For nobody but myself but in a “public” forum so that I needed to make an effort.
  5. If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose? Well, this one probably goes hand-in-hand with question 2…the Wild West as depicted in the movies is a fictional one. So yes…that’s the fictional world.

Wow…I don’t know what to put down as my best post…is it the best “performing” or my best as in the one I think is my best. So…my “best performing” with number of views is here (wow…didn’t expect that one), with number of likes is here and my best post is here.

Now for the hard part – the 5 questions. Here they are:

  1. What is the most out-of-character thing you have ever done?
  2. Name one of the things that you haven’t gotten around to but still want to do/see in your life.
  3. Are you an introvert or extrovert?
  4. What is your “guilty pleasure” movie or book?
  5. Silly question: if you had to create a story using a mish-mash of existing book or movie characters – a good character (your protagonist), a villain, a superhero and a fantastical being, who would you bring together?

Here are the bloggers I’d like to award this to (in no particular order) and if they would like it:

Moody Moppet

Tim Neath

Fiction Fan (see it as a birthday blog gift)

Traveller Dave

Front Porch, Sweet Tea and a Pile of Books

Dysfunctional Literacy

Jason’s Movie Blog















Sunshine Award Number 2

SunshineI’ve neglected both writing and reading others’ blogs for a few weeks now due to…well…galavanting with overseas guests (ah, but it was wonderful). So what a super surprise to read Film and TV 101’s Sunshine Award post and see my blog listed in her “nominees” section. This is just what I needed to get back into some sort of normality after an awesome but hectically busy holiday. Thank you Film and TV 101.

Here are the questions I received:


Movie Reviews 101
And my questions for you are:
Who would play you in a movie of your life? Téa Leoni as she looked in Bad Boys purely because (and I hate when people say they look like some celebrity and I don’t want to sound all stuck-up) someone commented that I looked very similar to her when the movie came out. I wish I did.

What is your favourite sport? (to watch or play) Cycling both watching and doing, although I’ve neglected doing it purely due to time constraints. Love watching those long lines of racing peletons – they look so elegant. And watching the Tour de France on TV just adds that extra something with all the places of interest dotted along.

What is your favourite movie genre? I don’t have a favourite, however, Westerns and Drama are the dominant ones in my movie collection…by far.

If blogging wasn’t a thing, what would you do instead? Read more, watch more movies, which I do anyway 😉 But if I wasn’t blogging, I’d have a little more time. Oh, and I’d have time to paint which I’ve neglected since I’ve been blogging.

What are your Halloween film essentials? None really – I’m too scared to watch horror movies and don’t really watch anything Halloween specific.

If you were trapped on a desert island, which three celebrities would you most like to be stuck there with? Aw, man, these questions always throw me…don’t want to seem shallow…hmmm…let me think about this one a bit. Sigh…this is so hard. Ok, just for the fun: Daniel Craig so he could walk out the ocean the same way he did in Casino Royale, Josh Lucas so I could kiss him anytime I want to as per Sweet Home Alabama and Jean-Marc Barr for long dives in the ocean like he does in Le Grand Bleu. I could always swap one of them out for Tom Hopper for protection like he proves he can in Northmen: A Viking Saga. I’m sorry but I just couldn’t think of a female character beach-related (that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it)

Scorsese has DiCaprio, Tarantino has Jackson – which actor would you team up with if you were a director? Hmmm…so many brilliant actors…I’d team up with Daniel Day-Lewis but he doesn’t seem the “type” to team up in this way. Maybe Kate Beckinsale for a female duo? Not sure really…

What’s the best holiday you’ve ever been on? Ah, this is a tough one. I love Switzerland (when I can afford it), Thailand is just special, the Kruger National Park (South Africa) is always wonderful, New York has an amazing energy. So, can’t pinpoint a best…many have been equally memorable.

What type of music do you like? I like a variety – it is more about a particular piece for me, rather than a type. It just has to “speak to me” regardless of genre or type. Although, great big epic film music is fantastic!

What is your favourite movie soundtrack? Ah, no need to even think about this one – The Last of the Mohicans soundtrack. All-time favourite movie, all-time favourite soundtrack.

What will you do if Donald Trump becomes president? Nothing. Firstly, I don’t live in the country and secondly, there isn’t really much one can do but carry on with life.

Now my turn:

The rules for this award are

  • Post the award on your blog (Done)
  • Thank the person who nominated you (Done)
  • Answer the 11 questions they set you (Done)
  • Pick another 11 bloggers (and let them know they are nominated!) (hmm, I can’t manage 11)
  • Set them 11 questions (Done)

Now for the hard part – coming up with my 11 questions and deciding on the nominees. Here goes:

The Questions

  1. What time of the year is “sunniest” (most pleasant) to you?
  2. What is the most “out of character” thing you’ve ever done?
  3. When a movie is based on a book do you read the book before watching the movie?
  4. Is there any movie re-make that you feel is better than the “original”?
  5. Which character (book or movie) is the most inspiring?
  6. Which actor/actress always brings sunshine/brightens the screen with their roles?
  7. Abstract Art or Realistic Art?
  8. When you read, is it Fact or Fiction?
  9. Just because I like asking this: what is your favourite movie of all time?
  10. And, because this is a Sunshine Award, what book or movie lifts you up when you need a bit of sunshine in your day?
  11. And one more…what brings the biggest ray of sun to your day?

And the nominees are (in no particular order):

Vinnie (I know I’ve given it to you before but your posts always make me smile. Always)

Le (Your comments always make me smile. Your posts are also always lovely to read)

FilmsCine (I always enjoy reading your posts)

Christina Wehner (Your posts are so well written and always interesting)



Liebster Award…Another First

liebsterawardI’ve been blogging for just over a year now and have had so much fun doing so! The community of bloggers and the “conversations” are the best. I’m really grateful for everyone who takes the time to read my blog. I especially enjoy the the interaction with fellow bloggers. When I started out, I honestly did it purely as a medium for me to simply write…for myself (“publish” was a check for me to make sure I had put effort into the post). Little did I know how I’d enjoy the world of other bloggers so much!

I’ve received my first nomination for a Liebster Award from Film and TV 101. Thank you so much!

Here are the 11 questions I received:

  • What has been the best film you’ve seen this year? Das Finstere Tal (The Dark Valley)
  • What has been the worst film you’ve seen this year, or the one that has disappointed you the most? Ah, gosh, I’ve had a few. Let’s say Rabbit Without Ears 2 and Fish Tank disappointed me most. The worst films I’ve seen this year are The Boy Next Door and Diablo.
  • Who is your favourite actor/actress? I don’t have a single favourite but if I must choose, then it will be Daniel Day-Lewis.
  • Who is your favourite director? Now this one is tricky because I don’t have one…but, if I run a query on my little movie database of the movies I own then the directors I have most movies in my collection of are: Ridley Scott and Lasse Hallström. Hmmm, probably Ridley Scott (even some movies I don’t own I thoroughly enjoyed)
  • What is your favourite film quote?  “You survive! You stay alive, no matter what occurs! I will find you! No matter how long it takes, no matter how far. I will find you! ” (The Last of the Mohicans)
  • Who is your favourite film character? I have no idea…never thought about this before. I honestly can’t think of any character that stands out in my mind. Sorry.
  • If there was one film you yourself had the chance to remake, which would you choose? I’m not a fan of remakes because if I like a movie then it is that particular one I enjoy. But, to be a sport…hmmm…maybe Seven Brides for Seven Brothers although the movie as it stands holds a very special nostalgia which I’d hate to change.
  • What would be your dream cast? Kate Beckinsale, Cillian Murphy, Sam Rockwell, Timothy Olyphant, Guy Pearce and Keira Knightley (not sure I can picture them all together though)
  • Dinosaurs or dragons? Neither really…but dragons bring on so much more fantasy to the mind than dinosaurs. Ok…dragons it is.
  • And finally, out of all the creatures that walk this earth, which would you least like to be? Of those that walk…I’d least like to be the person I’m not.

So, here are my questions followed by the Blogs I’d like to nominate.

Liebster is a German word for Dearest. Dearest is defined by the Collins dictionary (remember those? I still have one on my bookshelf) as “regarded with affection and tenderness“. So, I’m going to base my questions around this idea (not favourite but dearest…special…tender…):

  1. What is the dearest/most special movie you watched in the 90s?
  2. What is the dearest/most special movie you watched in the 2000s?
  3. What is the dearest/most special movie you watched in the 2010s?
  4. What is the dearest story you’ve read or watched ?
  5. Which movie do you find yourself watching at least once a year because it is just special?
  6. What book is special to you?
  7. And the dearest foreign language movie you’ve watched?
  8. What is the most affectionate/tender scene you’ve watched in a movie or read in a book?
  9. When you need “me time”, what do you do?
  10. What time of the year is your most special?
  11. What brings that “something special” to your day?

Nominating Bloggers is tricky as I believe I’m meant to nominate blogs with less than 200 followers. It isn’t always easy to see the number but Flapper Dame you always have wonderful posts and definitely less than 200 followers so here’s to you!





My first…and I’m honoured…

Wow, thank you so much Plain, Simple Tom Reviews for my first Sunshine Blogger Award. I really, really, really appreciate your nomination. Hope I get this all right…apologies if I don’t.


The rules for this award:

  • Post the award on your blog
  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer the 11 questions they set you
  • Pick another 11 bloggers (and let them know they are nominated!)
  • Set them 11 questions

Here be the questions and the answers:

  1. What would you do with £1 million? I’d take the family to experience that amazing city that is New York which I’d also love to see again. Ooh, and get my own private cinema. In reality, I keep asking myself do I really need to buy X or Y and would probably leave it sitting in my account while I procrastinate and the prices go up.
  2. What’s the best way to spend a Friday night? With the family and friends sitting outside on the patio on a lovely summer evening with good food, a nice glass of red wine and some chilled music playing in the background.
  3. What is your favourite animated TV series? I’m not really into series (except Peaky Blinders) or animation (with the odd exception in movies). Sorry 😦 I’m so boring….
  4. What are your 3 favourite drinks? A good cuppa (tea) for suitable for every situation and any day, a nice glass of wine for the weekend,  Rivella when I’m visiting family overseas.
  5. What do you enjoy most about blogging? Being able to express myself with regards to my passions instead of work and by doing so being part of an amazing blogging community! I just love it.
  6. Which famous person would you most want to slap in the face? I’ve been thinking and thinking about this one…I can’t be bothered to waste my time and energy on slapping famous people who must have done something to peev me off. Besides, I’d get into trouble…it would inevitably be a politician or someone like that…
  7. Bionic arm or Bionic leg? I can see myself fleeing the bad guys, taking a huge lunge-leap-type-step forward landing on that bionic leg thus propelling me up to the closest rooftop, cape billowing behind me, where I land and turn to face my adversaries with samurai blades at the ready…(have I been watching too many movies?)
  8. What’s your favourite Disney song? If I’m going to be technical, then “Man Out of You” from Mulan is really great and catchy, however, my favourite Disney theme comes from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
  9. What is the best film to watch for when you’re feeling low? I can’t pinpoint one but something light for sure. Often those high school ones help brighten things up…10 Things I Hate About You, Sorority Boys. And R.E.D always makes me smile.
  10. Chocolate or sex? What a cruel question….oh well…hmmmm, sex, no, chocolate, no, sex, no…chocolate. Oh come on…do I have to decide?
  11. And finally, a favourite: Which 5 actors/actresses would you have at a dinner party? Kate Beckinsale, Karl Urban, Cillian Murphy, Michael Fassbender and Imogen Poots.


These are the Blogs/Bloggers I’d like to nominate for bringing Sunshine and smiles my way. There so many awesome Blogs and Bloggers out there that this was really difficult to narrow down:

Drew’s Movie Reviews


Epileptic Moondancer

Film Music Central

Let’s Go to the Movies

Michelle, Books and Movies Addict




Serendipitous Anachronisms



And here are my 11 questions:

  1. If you could somehow transport yourself into a movie and be a character, who would you be?
  2. A good book and a good movie are lovingly waiting for you at the same time. Do you read or watch a movie?
  3. Do you find yourself quoting movies (or books) or singing lines of songs to colleagues (or friends) when an opportune moment presents itself in a conversation or situation?
  4. Night owl or Early bird?
  5. Which movie from your childhood will you always have a soft spot for even if it isn’t as great as you remember it?
  6. What languages do you speak?
  7. What is your perfect holiday destination?
  8. Have you ever met anyone famous?
  9. Vampires or werewolves?
  10. What is your guilty pleasure (book, movie or series)?
  11. If you could transport yourself back in time to live in another era/age, which would it be?