Sunday, 12 August 2012

BLOG SPOT #3: The Liebster Award

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Instead of a normal Blog Spot, my monthly feature where I recommend other people's blogs, I'm doing a bumper edition of recommendations having been given a Liebster Award.

The Liebster Award is an award given from blogger to blogger as a recognition of quality. To qualify for a Liebster Award, you must have 300 followers or less, and in order to accept the award, you have to pass it on to fellow bloggers. It's like a chain letter, only it doesn't come with the threat of bad luck.

I received this award from Myerla (http://myerlamoviereviews.blogspot.co.uk/) and am very flattered by it. For the people I'll be tagging below, here are the rules we have to follow:

1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
2. Answer the 11 questions the person giving the award has set for you.
3. Create 11 questions for the people you will be giving the award to.
4. Choose 11 people to award and send them a link to your post.
5. Go to their page and tell them.
6. No tag-backs.



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11 Things About Me
1. I host In The Mood for Mumby on Phonic FM 106.8 in Exeter. My next show is this Sunday 4-6pm, so be sure to tune in via http://phonic.fm.
2. I'm a big cricket fan, particularly test cricket. My all-time favourite cricketers are Muttiah Muralitharan, Kevin Pietersen, Jeff Thompson and Shane Warne. I bowl off-spin and bat as a reckless tailender.
3. My favourite comedian of all time is Peter Cook; I consider 'Miner' one of the all-time greatest sketches, and know it off by heart.
4. I've been a Christian all my life. I currently attend Frontiers Church in Exeter.
5. I'm a huge fan of The Goon Show; my favourite character is Sir Hercules Grytpype-Thynne, as voiced by Peter Sellers.
6. When I'm not blogging on here I write articles for WhatCulture!, a great website which covers films, TV, sport, gaming and even WWE. Check out my articles here
7. I'm a big fan of That Guy With The Glasses, in particularly the Nostalgia Critic (Doug Walker), the Nostalgia Chick (Lindsay Ellis), the Cinema Snob (Brad Jones) and Linkara (Lewis Lovhaug). I own a copy of Suburban Knights, which is really cool if you're a bit of a nerd like me.
8. I am 6'3'' tall and have size 12 feet.
9. My surname is of mediaeval English origin, and there is a village called Mumby in Lincolnshire.
10. My favourite alcoholic drinks are port, English beer and South African wine.
11. My favourite cinema of all time is the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle. I wrote a tribute article on it here.

11 Questions (from Myerla):
1. What is your name? Daniel Jonathan Mumby - or Sir Lancelot, whichever you prefer.
2. What is your quest? To watch and review films, in print or on air, until someone pays me to do otherwise.
3. What is your favourite colour? I'm not falling for that one... black.
4. What is the capital of Assyria? Assur, but it depends how far back you go
5. Have you ever had a whole cinema to yourself? No. Unlike a lot of film buffs I am generally very sociable.
6. What is your greatest cinematic experience (does not necessarily mean greatest film)? Being in a packed 1am screening of Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle, with over 250 people laughing, screaming and shouting "Groovy!" at the opportune moment.
7. What director(s) have you yet to check out? Too many to mention.
8. What do you think of Sight and Sound’s new poll awarding Vertigo number one spot over that Orson Welles film? I think they're both equally good, though I've not seen Kane in a long time. My review of Vertigo can be found here.
9. Who is your favourite author? Aldous Huxley, though I've not read a huge amount of his works.
10 .What is your favourite movie soundtrack? Tricky. The Blade Runner soundtrack is an obvious choice, but I also really like Peter Gabriel's work on Birdy and The Last Temptation of Christ.
11. Have you seen Paris, Texas? If no, watch it. Now! Okay, fine. I love Wim Wenders so I will soon enough.

My Questions:

1. Is 3D the future or a fad?
2. Where will cinema be in 10, 20 or 50 years' time?
3. Which is more damaging, a really bad blockbuster or a really bad art film?
4. Will M. Night Shyamalan ever make another good film?
5. What are your thoughts on digital projection replacing celluloid?
6. What is the worst film you've ever seen and why?
7. What is your guilty pleasure?
8. Is the ending of AI a storytelling triumph or a massive sentimental cop-out?
9. Which books do you consider unfilmable and why?
10. Which film should be remade, by whom and why?
11. Is the ending of Inception a dream or reality (or doesn't it matter)?

Good Blogs
1. A Nerd Goes to the Movies: http://chrislejarzar.wordpress.com/
2. About Movies: http://aboutmovies.webs.com/apps/blog/
3. Geek Juice Media: http://www.geekjuicemedia.com/movies--tv.html
4. Generation Film!: http://generationfilm.wordpress.com/
5. Inner Sanctum Reviews: http://innersanctumreviews.wordpress.com/
6. Jack L. Film Reviews: http://jacklfilmreviews.blogspot.co.uk/
7. Jonny Rowland: Writing in the Dark: http://jonnyrowland.wordpress.com/
8. Movie Martyr: http://www.moviemartyr.com/
9. Now I've Seen Everything: http://mufflermachinegun.blogspot.co.uk/
10. Three Cheers for Darkened Years!: http://witneyman.wordpress.com/

Daniel

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