I’ve been nominated for a “LIEBSTER award” !

When I woke up yesterday [before work at 8am] I noticed my iPod going off saying I have a notification. Sure enough, I had a comment notification from WordPress. [from none other than this individual; THANKS AGAIN!] It read that I’ve been nominated for a Liebster Award . Not knowing what it truly means, I did some research. really is so I did some research before starting this post and came across some info. according to Wordingwell, the Liebster Award exists only on the internet, and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. It has a set of rules [so like Fight Club?], and that you’re meant to follow them. by doing so, you agree to send the ‘award’ to 11other people – so long as they have less than 200 followers. After thanking the person who ‘nominated’ you, you have to answer 11 questions that were posted by the ‘nominator’ and then nominate 11 other people to do the same [with your own questions]

So let’s get on with Tidlidim‘s questions! This ought to be an interesting one, so here goes everything! Please note: the questions will be in bold, and my response will be italicized.

Ready, Set, Go!

1) How would you describe yourself in one sentence?

“weird.” I’d assume that much was obvious.. haha!

2) What’s the worst thing you’ve ever eaten?

Surf Clams. I’ll try anything once – and in this case: once is enough.

3) What’s the best movie you’ve seen this year?

“Guardians Of The Galaxy”. no question; read my reasons why it’s fantastic here!

4) List 3 things that are on your bucket list.

put simply; have a family in the future, have my own ‘basement theater’ & meet Stan Lee.

5) What’s the naughtiest thing you’ve done as a kid?

I totally cheated on a math test in grade 2 and I [and the one I cheated from] were the only ones who got it right. got detention for the week for that one.

6) What’s the item you carry around with you most of the time?

especially when I’m ‘on call’ for work – I have to have my phone on me almost all the damn time.

7) Could you live without the internet? In what ways would your life be different?

honestly, I feel terrible for saying it, but I doubt I could survive without it. I’m just so used to having it at my disposal that without it, I would feel confused. If I didn’t have it though, I think life would be almost simpler, and even that hurts to admit.

8) What’s the best photo you’ve ever taken? Or if you don’t use a camera, what’s the best photo someone has taken of you?

I’m only mentioning this one cause I forgot all about it until I found it on my hard-drive. [I’m the guy on the right] FOLLOW THE GUY ON THE FAR LEFT HERE!

9) What is the thing you’re most afraid of? (physical things)

Clowns. I’ve covered this topic a ton.. next question, please!

10) You’re an actor/actress and you get the role of your dreams. Who would you be?

I always liked the idea of a superhero who has recently retired from ‘superhero-ism’ due to PTSD. I think it’s an interesting concept that should be explored in film. So to answer the question, I’d want to be a superhero, preferably Spider-Man – Superman is a nerd.

So now that I’ve answered all 11 questions – which were harder than I thought they’d be – I’m now supposed to nominate some people to do the same [hopefully I even know 11 people]

The people I’d like to nominate are the following:

movies, film, and flix

watch me watch this

retcon poet

house of geekery

the nerds of color

one life, recorded


Basically, Emily

daves corner of the universe

ink. brush. paper

journey into awesome

Your task is simple, to answer my following eleven questions [which obviously, because it’s me, will revolve around films], and pass your own onto 11 people of your choice. good luck!


What is your favorite film of all time?

least favorite film of all time?

who is one actor that everyone loves but you hate?

Favorite genre of film?

If you were to write your own script/story line for a film, what would the film be about?

continuing off the last question, who would you want to star?

Favorite film from the last 10 years?

which actor would you kill to meet?

What film has the best score, in your opinion?

What’s a trope in a movie you can’t stand?

are you following me on Facebook if you aren’t already? [find the page here] why or why not?

THANKS FOR READING [and once again, thanks to Tidlidim for the nomination!]

film study: how important is the soundtrack in a film??

Imagine you’re watching a really creepy film [for the first time] in the dark, and you know the villain is creeping around every dark corner. The tension is obviously high already but then you start hearing screeching violins as the villain is finally shown in the light, looking right at you. How would you feel by this point? nervous? Would your heart be racing at a million beats per minute? good. then it accomplished what it was supposed to — personally, I’d blame the violins for the heart racing.

For as long as I’ve watched movies, [so about 22 years] the ones that made me feel uneasy either had extremely tensing music as part of the film or even NO sound at all, [I’m looking at you, HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2!] especially at the climax of the film[s].

Imagine watching any of the films above, but without their soundtrack; would the effect/delivery of the movie be the same? I can’t even imagine the film Drive with no music – the movie would be still good.. but it wouldn’t feel like it’s suppose to. But what are the actual fundamentals of music in film? Let’s look into it, starting below.

the Music/Soundtrack in the film is usually there to tell the viewer how they should be feeling and what emotions they should be experiencing: it adds scale and can actually dramatize events, making events more captivating. Here’s an example — a character, who usually ends up being important dies. what happens next? sad, melodramatic music begins to play in the background. Without the melodramatic background music playing, the character’s death doesn’t seem as significant as it should. In that moment, you feel sad/upset that the character has died, because you actually empathize with the people in the movie who cared for the now lost individual.


and now I have ‘My Heart Will Go On‘ in my head..fuck.

Now let’s look at the opposite side to that, the one I suggested at the start of this post [and let’s face it: the one I probably know more about] – the importance of music/soundtracks in horror film! The thing about horror films is they are all becoming similar: whether it’s plot, death scenes, [granted, you can only get so creative now a days?] etc. However, the soundtrack in these films still have an impact on the viewer — look at PSYCHO, the infamous shower scene with the screeching violins: that scene was supposed to silent originally.. would it have worked so well? maybe, but the violins gave it character and made it feel more real. Or even in JAWS, when the shark is silently pacing through the water; when that famous 2-toned tune [which I know you’re humming now] starts playing at a faster speed — you just know the people in the water are fucked.


we’re gonna need some new legs over here, Cap!

At the end of the day, I’ve come to realize that music in films is important. Without it, the film may feel less significant or even – less scary. When I think about it, this may be why my parents didn’t find PARANORMAL ACTIVITY scary at all – being as they’re deaf – they couldn’t hear the creepy sound effects or ‘experience’ the jump scares, while everyone else in the theater had mini heart attacks!!

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