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Houdini’s Magic Ticket: MOVIE BLOGATHON

Posted on the 25 October 2011 by Tjatkinson @T_J_atkinson

Houdini’s Magic Ticket: MOVIE BLOGATHON

Over at Top 10 Films, the guys have come up with their own interesting blogathon which I think is a fantastic idea. The idea is based on the film Last Action Hero, and brings to life the speculation: “What if you could actually jump into the world of one of your favourite movies?” This simple question prompted the guys to start their blogathon, featuring nine great questions which I’ve answered here:

What character would I most like to be sat next to on a plane?

Houdini’s Magic Ticket: MOVIE BLOGATHON

Col. Kurtz (Marlon Brando) in Apocalypse Now. Just from his amazing monologue in that film, I am already deeply fascinated by this disturbed man, a truly unforgettable nightmarish person whose brain I’d love to pick. Seriously, I can’t be the only person who just skips to the last 30 minutes occasionally just to hear him speak from the darkness with that cold, sharp voice.

What character would I most want to enjoy a passionate romance with?

Houdini’s Magic Ticket: MOVIE BLOGATHON

That’s easy. I’m going to cheat and put two characters here, both played by the same actress in films by the same director. I think they’re pretty much the same character anyway: Veronique (Irene Jacob) in The Double Life of Veronique and Valentine (Irene Jacob) in Three Colours: Red. They are two very similar people, and in case you’re wondering, I am not trying to imply a threesome. I would take either one of these two, but as they’re so goddamn similar it’s impossible to choose between them.

If I were a cop, who would I want as my partner?

Houdini’s Magic Ticket: MOVIE BLOGATHON

Easy. Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) in the Lethal Weapon movies is a hell of a cop, a funny guy, and a generally great person, so I’d definitely choose Riggs. I am not too old for this shit! Though preferably without Leo Getz, if possible. As much as I’d like to meet Joe Pesci, just… not in this movie.

What animated feature would I love to walk around in?

Houdini’s Magic Ticket: MOVIE BLOGATHON

As much as I hate the movie Avatar, I would have to pick Pandora. It’s a movie that fails in terms of plot and sense, but visually it is undeniably spectacular, and who would not want to go there? Seriously, people… it’s a perfect world.

What adventure based on Earth would I most like to go on?

Houdini’s Magic Ticket: MOVIE BLOGATHON

I’d probably like to experience what Gil experienced in Midnight in Paris. Just to experience a world with all those famous figures, get to talk to them, and chat up Marion Cotillard… ahh. Such a happy movie in such a delightful place.

What adventure based on an otherworldly, fantasy-based location would I most like to go on?

Houdini’s Magic Ticket: MOVIE BLOGATHON

The stargate sequence in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Seriously, to experience the last 40 minutes of that movie in real life would be… astonishing. Breathtaking. Beautiful. All the adjectives I can think of to describe it and it is still not enough. This is probably the easiest question for me in this whole blogathon. That sequence = fuck yeah.

What movie gadget would I love to try out (or steal)?

Houdini’s Magic Ticket: MOVIE BLOGATHON

This is a hard one, mainly because I cannot really think of an answer at all (I’m probably not thinking hard enough). But I think I’m gonna go with one of the totems from Inception. It’s not really a gadget, per se, but I’d just love to have a spinning top that could tell me whether I was dreaming or not.

What film’s plot would I alter and how would I do it?

Houdini’s Magic Ticket: MOVIE BLOGATHON

Mouchette, by Robert Bresson, is one of the most heartbreaking, sad movies I have ever seen. I am glad I saw it, but I would give anything to be able to enter that movie and stop Mouchette from meeting that man in the woods, as well as taking her out of that godforsaken town, away from her awful family to a nicer place, a safer place. Anything to prevent that film’s disturbing, saddening ending from happening.

What film would I most want to be transported into, simply to be a part of that world?

Houdini’s Magic Ticket: MOVIE BLOGATHON

Simple. The rich, wonderful, beautiful home of the titular characters in Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander. That film is definitely the most visually beautiful film I have ever watched, and to live in that amazing world would be just… sublime. Perfect. The film’s opening prologue alone makes me yearn to be there and experience it. If I had to spend my life lost inside one movie, it would have to be this one.

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Those are my answers to the questions raised in Dan’s blogathon, which you can find here. Check some of the other bloggers who’ve participated out as well… they’ve all done some really fabulous work. Let me know in the comments below which world you’d like to be transported into, or if you’ve done a post on this yourself, leave a link to it so I can read it. Thanks.


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