And the tags keep on coming! This time, the culprit is Fed, who runs a great personal blog called Fed’s Life. And away we go.
1. Do you have a favorite movie?
There are several films I could use to answer this question, but the one I’m going to go with is a slightly lesser-known one: Akira Kurosawa’s High and Low. Seven Samurai, Rashomon, and Yojimbo are also masterpieces, but I was really blown away by High and Low. The themes and character arcs are truly incredible, and the storyline itself has a dynamic quality with a level of nuance you just don’t get with today’s films. It’s a shame it doesn’t get more attention because it really is one of the greatest films ever made.
2. What type of music do you enjoy listening to?
In all honesty, I have a large variety of music I enjoy listening to. If you were to go through my music collection, you’d find genres such as punk rock, metal, rap, and classic rock represented. Just about the only genre I don’t particularly like is country music, and even then, I have Johnny Cash in my collection. I strongly suspect that growing up with video games is the primary cause for my eclectic music preferences when you consider the many styles the average gamer is exposed to in order for developers to evoke certain moods.
3. If you were stranded on an island with only one book to read, which one would it be?
That’s a difficult one because most of my favorite books are in a series. I think I’m going to have to cheat and choose a Lord of the Rings omnibus.
4. If you could learn the answer to any mystery, what would it be? (I’ve asked this before but I like this question!)
I think I would learn the mystery of how to safely travel faster than the speed of light. The applications for this knowledge are obvious.
5. What restaurant (or home cooked meal) would you recommend to readers?
I would recommend jian dui to readers. They’re fried sesame pastries often served for breakfast or dessert in China. I had quite a lot of them when I visited the country six years ago.
6. If someone visited the area you live in, what would be the number one main attraction they should see before leaving?
Truth be told, I live in a pretty boring town with few points of interest. If we’re talking about the nearest metropolitan area to where I live, then I could easily recommend visiting the waterfront.
7. What do you most look forward to doing when you get home?
Getting to play a game, of course.
8. Do you have any irrational fears? For example, something that most people would consider harmless?
I’m not sure if I have a consistent irrational fear, but I can say that, as a kid I was very strange in that when playing certain games, I would be freaked out by subtle details while shrugging off the overtly scary elements. For example, in Majora’s Mask, the earthquakes on the final day would freak me out, but the mask transformations scenes didn’t faze me at all.
9. Have you ever had an experience at the cinema that was so memorable that you still remember it fondly?
I remember grinning like an idiot when watching the opening text crawl in The Force Awakens. While I have to admit the novelty has worn off a bit (mostly thanks to The Last Jedi), I still think the film was of above-average quality – even if it was basically going through the same motions as A New Hope.
For a cinema experience that has held up with any kind of dignity, I’d go with Avengers: Endgame. It had been a long time since I had gone to a film that felt like a capital-E Event, and it absolutely delivered on all fronts, easily being the best MCU installment thus far.
10. What is your favorite time of the year?
Oh, that’s easy – summer. I enjoy warm weather much more than I do cold weather. You don’t have to worry about slippery roads and there are usually far more attractions open during that time. There’s just a lot more positive energy in those months.
11. Is there any jewelry and/or tattoo you wear that has special meaning to you?
I don’t have much in the way of jewelry and I don’t intend to get a tattoo, so my answer to this one is N/A.
And that’s the end of this one; I’ll elect not to tag anyone this time. Thanks again to Fed for the tag!