I’m usually content with a modest number of visits and page views per day so it’s always nice when the blog gets a little bit of extra recognition, so thank you to Gill at Realweegiemidget Reviews for nominating thecraggus.com for a Sunshine Blogger Award.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Sunshine Blogger Awards, here are the rules (as required by the, erm, rules):
- List the award’s official rules. [this is some “Fight Club” level recursion]
- Display the award’s official logo somewhere on your blog.
- Thank the person who nominated you.
- Provide a link to your nominator’s blog.
- Answer your nominator’s questions.
- Nominate up to 11 bloggers.
- Ask your nominees 11 questions.
- Notify your nominees by commenting on at least one of their blog posts.
So, with items 1 to 4 checked off, let’s get in to number 5:
- If you could be in lockdown – and stuck in a house with them for 24 hours a day – with someone famous who would you pick and why…?
I think twenty-four hours would be all too short a time to spend in the presence of someone like Vincent Price. Not only would the conversation be captivatingly laced with dry wit and fascinating anecdotes but the catering would be sublime too.
- A certain streaming service asks you which film franchise to add for lockdown viewing worldwide, which would you pick?
It would have to be the Bond Movies, gathered together in one place for the first? Time, all restored sympathetically to the finest resolution they can stand.
- If you could add all films with one particular actor or actress on this same streaming service, who would you pick and why?
Christopher Lee – what a bumper crop of movies he’d bring and all of them worth watching, if only for him!
- If you could delete all films with one particular actor or actress on this same streaming service, who would you pick and why?
Ray Fisher. Don’t worry, it only means two terrible movies won’t be available.
- If you could pick 5 actors and actresses to be put on TV Live, to live in lockdown together for a month who would you choose?
Miriam Margoyles, Tom Baker, Betty White, Ian McKellan and Julie Walters
- What film do you think deserves more recognition?
I know it’s dismissed by many as twee Disney nonsense, but I genuinely believe that we’re living in the exact world “Tomorrowland: A World Beyond” warned us of, and for the exact reasons the film presents us with. It may have had a muddled marketing campaign and the misfortune to launch in the early stages of the age of mega-franchises but every single year which passes since the movie came out validates its themes.
- What’s your favourite so bad its good movie?
I love a good spoof movie, and I adore a bad one, so pick one out of any of the later “Scary Movies” (not 5), “Superhero Movie”, “Not Another Teen Movie”, “Vampires Suck”…
- If you could give an Oscar to any actor or actress for a lifetime achievement award who would you pick (don’t answer the same person from your no 3 answer)?
Sir Ian McKellan
- What’s your favourite film find since going into lockdown?
I’ve really not watched that many films since lockdown – and certainly very few I haven’t seen before – but the one that does stick in the mind is “Bacurau”.
- What’s your favourite TV find since going into lockdown?
Weirdly, it ended up being “Agatha Christie’s Poirot” starring David Suchet. I remembered it from my teens when my dad used to watch it on a Sunday evening and I always thought it a bit stuffy and boring, but now I’m a similar age I understand: it’s like catnip for Dads.
- Have you binged on any series or franchise since going into lockdown? Which ones?
ITV’s “Poirot” as mentioned above was an early lockdown treat. I’ve devoured “Avenue 5”, “Space Force”, “What We Do In The Shadows”, “Rick & Morty” and “Devs” and then accidentally fell into rewatching later seasons of “Star Trek: Voyager” only to discover that I hadn’t seen – or had completely forgotten – many season six and early season seven episodes.
I’m not going to nominate 11 fellow bloggers, but I will nominate a few without hope or expectation they will undertake the full Sunshine Blogger process. Whether or not they choose to answer the eleven questions, you should definitely add the following blogs to your regular reading rotation:
And here are their eleven questions:
You’ve snagged a ticket to the Oscars and can take any movie star, alive or dead* with you as your plus one. Who are you taking? (*They will be alive for the duration of your time together)
You can erase one (non “Star Wars”) sequel from existence and take the franchise in a completely different direction – which one are you deleting?
Which movie deserves a sequel but never got one?
What would be your dream combination of director, star and genre?
What would be your nightmare combination of director, star and genre?
What cartoon from your childhood (or now) should get a big-budget faithful live-action movie adaptation?
Favourite shark movie that’s not “Jaws” or “Deep Blue Sea”?
If “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” are the top two sci-fi franchises of all time, which title rounds out the top three?
Multi-movie franchises or long-form episodic streaming TV?
What, for you, is a ‘perfect’ movie?
What was the first movie you can remember seeing in the cinema? What was the last?