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Kreativ Blogger Kudos

Avid bloggers Vanessa over at The Movie Ness, Steph at The Flick Chick and The Mad Hatter, kind and obliging souls that they are, have seen fit to present me with Kreativ Blogger awards. So without making this sound too “I’d like to thank the Academy, my dog and the Lord Almighty”-ish, let me say thank you, Vanessa, Steph and MH, for reading what I’ve lovingly dubbed my “movie scribbles” and finding something interesting and worthwhile in them. I’ll extend the same appreciation to all the readers who keep dropping in, reading and offering your always insightful comments, which more often than not provide me with fresh ways to think about my favorite (and most hated) films.

Now, on to the rules of the award. They are as follows:

1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
4. Name seven things about yourself that people might find interesting.
5. Nominate seven Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to the seven blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they have been nominated.

In accordance with KB code, I offer up seven interesting (*crosses fingers behind back*) factoids about M. Carter @ the Movies:

1. At two separate points in my life, men have proposed to me solely because I can sing all the words to “The Ballad of Brave Sir Robin” from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

2. Even though I’m a middle-class (at best) white woman who considers herself something of a feminist, I really like gangsta rap (particularly Notorious B.I.G.).

3. Once I had my breasts autographed by the world’s premier Country/Western Vampire Troubador.

4. Though I still don’t like clowns, “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” helped cure my fear (fun fact: that’s called “coulrophobia”) of them.

5. I have to watch Food Network when I work out. Go figure.

6. Flying is one of my favorite things to do, and I love navigating new airports, changing planes, the teensy seats — the whole bit.

7. I have a B.A. and an M.A. in English, but I hate Shakespeare. That’s blasphemy for an English major, but I said it. The only things he wrote worth anything to me are his history plays.

And here’s a shoutout to seven blogs I can’t wait to read every time I log on to the Interweb:

1. Cut the Crap Move Reviews — Nobody breaks it down quite as wittily as Aiden R., who always buries intelligent insights amongst all the humor.

2. Movie Mobsters — Heather’s labor of love is one of the coolest-looking review blogs out there, not to mention the fact that she and her crack team post fantastic lists, concise reviews and loads of inventive content.

3. Not Just Movies — Jake consistently blows my mind with his amazingly well-written, astute reviews and the wide variety of films he chooses.

4. The Film Reel — Will’s funny, perceptive blog Film Reel has become my go-to source for all things horror, and more than once he’s encouraged me to give the genre (not one I’ve favored) a go.

5. The Robot Who Likes Pretty Things — I can’t think of another blogger who reviews a wider variety of films (this guy watches everything, and I mean everything) with more candor. Come for the writing, stay for the “lessons learned” … always priceless.

6. 1000 Movies I Must Comment On Before I Die — Edward has undertaken a massive project — reviewing all the films listed in the book of the same name — with energy and heart, and we should support him.

7. FlixChatter — This site, written and maintained by Ruth, is a veritable font of up-to-the-minute movie news, thoughtful musings, great lists and cool movie trivia.

25 Responses

  1. Ironic about Shakespeare indeed. As someone who LOVES him his History plays are actually the only things of his I don’t like.

    Of all the great rappers you like Biggie? 🙂

    • Oh, there are others — including 2Pac and the man himself, Dr. Dre — but I’ve got a special place in my heart for Biggie. Something about the tragedy of his death at the apex of his career mixed with the fact that “Ten Crack Commandments” has become my unofficial guide to life.

      “Richard III” is my all-time favorite Shakespeare play because Richard III is such a kickass villain. “Henry IV” brings up the rear on the strength of Falstaff, my favorite foul-mouthed character since The Miller in “Canterbury Tales.”

  2. Sweet, a shiny award to show off on my site! Thanks for hitting the blog up even though the majority of stuff that runs happens to be in a genre that you’re not a big fan of!

    Maybe, just maybe, I can change your mind! HAHA!

    • That “HAHA!” was intended as Evil Movie Laughter, wasn’t it? I just had a feeling.

      I’m coming around to horror, and that’s mostly because of your blog. You highlight such a wide range of horror movies — classics to indies (if there’s such a thing as a “horror indie”) — that it’s piqued my interest.

      • Yes, evil movie laughter!

        And it’s good to hear you’re coming around to the horror flicks. At the very least I always try to make sure that everyone knows the gore factor involved in a flick. Then you can either steer clear or be prepared!

  3. You know the words to Brave Sir Robin too?!?! I think I foresee a third proposal in your future. I haven’t watched that in like three years and when I read Sir Gawain last semester for my World Lit class I just found myself humming and singing the lyrics to myself. When I casually went online to check the lyrics, I found that I got them 100% correct. It was the saddest moment of validation ever.

    I can certainly understand the lack of Shakespeare love. I mean, for me the problem is that EVERYTHING is a pun, which makes him clever and witty but impossible to read now that none of his jokes are evident. If you have to explain the joke, it isn’t funny, and you have to stop every third line with Shakes to read a footnote. Then again, Othello is probably my favorite piece of literature I ever read in all my learnin’ days. For the most part, though, I love bold and experimental adaptations of his work (Throne of Blood, Ran, Chimes at Midnight) over having to essentially read more notations than the actual text.

    And thank you so much for nominating me. I’ve got a few reviews backed up from a recent binge (I still can’t believe The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus got such a wide release, but I suspect Ledger’s role saw to that, which is about the only positive thing to come from that tragedy). Once I clear them out I’ll get around to my own post.

    • Not only do I know all the words, I have the chorus as the RINGTONE for my PHONE. (Whoa. Did I just ascend to a new tier of Monty Python geekdom?) And there is not one thing sad about a 100% accuracy rate on Python lyrics. I really wanted to put that on my resume, but the career counselor thought better of it.

  4. you (shudder) like airports?!

  5. WOW, I’m speechless… no verklempt (sp?) is more like it (fanning myself)… what an honor coming from you… it’s no secret I look up to you as you really set the bar high in movie bloggin’. Terima Kasih Seribu for picking me, Meredith! (that means thanks a million in Indonesian).

    Btw, it’s cool to know more about you. I hate clowns too, absolutely abhor it… but I don’t mind flying either (it typically takes about 18+ hours of total flying time from here to Jakarta, but it doesn’t bother me much). This is such a cool award not for just the obvious reason but really for the sense of community in this blogosphere. I’ll definitely participate in this! Thanks again.

  6. Apparently your blog is the place to be – I nominated you, too!

  7. M. Carter, consider yourself nominated from Movie Mobsters as well. If there is a woman who kicks the world webs ass it’s definitely you. I have the utmost respect and appreciation for your writing.


    And thanks for all the kind words about Movie Mobsters too. 🙂

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  9. Congrats on your well-deserved award!

  10. No love for the Shakespeare tragedies?

    I can think of worse reasons to propose! But I think you need the lumberjack song as a ringtone to reach the higher echelons of Monty Python geekdom!

  11. Alright, I’m sending the Kreativ Blogger love back your way now. I love reading the blog here so it only makes sense to send the award back at ya!


  12. I think you need to eat a lot of spam and join the People’s Front of Judea first but I’m sure you are on your way! And you might get a “and nice red uniform”

  13. Wow…I was caught a little off guard signing in to my blog today. I feel honored that you nominated me for this. It is especially cool, because I enjoy reading your blog quite a bit, although I don’t comment nearly as often as I’d like.

    I must admit that I secretly envy your assured writing style, and comfortable knowledge of film.

    Thank you very much!

    • Aw shucks. You’re making me blush. Thank you for the kind words, and I really hope more and more people will find your site. I have immense respect for the massive project you’ve undertaken. But once it’s done, you have to keep blogging! That’s the only stipulation that comes with the award! 🙂

  14. Since I would have nominated you anyway…I’ll just go ahead and do it. You’ve just been notified! 🙂

    P.S. I like gangsta rap too, although I’m afraid I lean towards westside rap, with a smattering of east cost and dirty south. Ice Cube, Dre, Snoop, Jay-Z, Lupe Fiasco, Outkast…

  15. I see I’ve been beaten to the punch (repeatedly), but I’ve also nominated you for the award. You’re one of the best bloggers out there, so keep up the good work.

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