As you can see, Re-enchantment got its first blogging award 😉 Big thanks to bookorbit for the nomination!
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in a 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/or on your blog.
I received only one question, thankfully, so I will answer it and then proceed in bending the rules even further 😉
What’s your favourite movie of all time?
Here’s a surprise 😉 For all my love for fantasy and science fiction, my favorite movie is actually far from the regular hunting grounds of this blog. I don’t claim it’s a grand, groundbreaking piece of cinematic art, nor the best movie I’ve seen – but it’s a wonderful, lyrical, small film which never fails to lift me up.
David Lynch, The Straight Story (1999)
As the title suggest, the story is straight as an arrow – a chronicle of a journey of a seventy-something man on a lawn mower through the US Midlands, from Iowa to Wisconsin, to visit an ailing, estranged brother. It’s also a story of one Straight, Alvin Straight. That’s all there is to it, really – and, I dare say, if not for an accomplished director and an incredible performance of Richard Farnsworth in the titular role, it would have been a forgettable experience the type of, say, The Bucket List.
But Lynch took a leap of faith and believed in the strength of simplicity, transmitting the message of the movie with surprising restraint, without his trademark darkness, quirks or embellishments, while the handful of supporting actors skilfully did their job and let Farnsworth become Alvin Straight. In this movie he behaves as if he doesn’t act, but just is on the screen, creating a truly extraordinary, wonderfully memorable role. Exquisitely filmed rolling vistas of the Midlands are accompanied by hauntingly beautiful music of Angelo Badalamenti, and everything conspires to make it a genuinely unique cinematic experience (provided you don’t fall asleep or leave the room in the first fifteen minutes! ;). Because, let’s be honest, after all it’s a movie about an old man traveling on a lawnmower with the terrifying speed of 5 Mph through the least exciting part of the US!
All right, now to bending the rules ;). For those poor souls that I nominate I have only one question, but it can have up to 11 answers :D.
Name (and, if you wish, describe) up to 11 books which influenced you the most.
Clarification: They don’t need to be the best books you’ve read – they should be the ones that stayed with you for years, changed your views on a subject, irritated you to no end… In short, the good, the bad, and the ugly. And the beautiful too!
And here’s the list of nominees (feel free NOT to do it ;)):