December 29, 2014

Trollop with a Question #37

This query came up at a dinner party the other night. So I thought I'd toss the question out wide:

What actor or actress have you watched from movie A to movie Z? 

Basically, have you seen every last one of the films made by any single actor or actress? If so—who? If not—who would like to?

The names that came up at the dinner: Robert DeNiro, Kevin Spacey, Daniel Day Lewis, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Nicholson. But honestly, nobody could claim to have watched every film made by any actress or actor, which I thought was interesting.

In other news, I just read a review that was comical (to me) in its style. I'm going to paraphrase here so that no feelings are hurt:

I don't like books. I don't like words on a page. I'm not into erotica. Books of erotica—that is, sentences made of words that have an erotic theme—do not float my boat. If given a choice between watching paint dry and reading a smutty story, I will go for ecru in the sun every time. I'm not a man. I'm not a woman. I'm not both. I'm not neither. Nothing turns me on. If I could be turned on by anything, it would be a book about cold dead fish. But this wasn't. This wasn't a book about cold dead fish. This was an erotica book. I was given this book for free. That is, I didn't pay my money for this book. Money I own was not paid for a book of erotica that was not (by the way) about cold dead fish.

In case you're wondering, I did not like this book. Mostly because there were words in it. And as I covered above, words are not interesting to me. Letters make me very uncomfortable. 

Now that we've established that I am actually a houseplant with a dead-fish fetish—let me use my spider tendrils to write this review. I hated this book. This was a book I hated. Maybe you would like this book. But I doubt it. Mostly because it was a book of letters made into words. And it was erotic, in a non-cold-dead-fish-sort-of-way.

1 star.

And I'm being generous.

I was looking for reviews because I'm actually right on the cusp of reaching my goal. Back in June I got ballsy and asked for 99 New Reviews. The true desire was to introduce my work to new readers. The truth is that I'm no good at promo. So I was leaning on readers to help me spread the word. Thank you to everyone who did so. I absolutely appreciate the positivity you shared!



Jeremy Wright said...

For some reason I ended up with huge crushes bordering on infatuation with Anna Kendrick and Amanda Seyfried. I've watched some terrible movies just because one of them were in it. Looking on IMDb I've seen 14/26 Anna Kendrick movies and 16/25 Amanda Seyfried ... Including Letters to Juliet and Dear John.. Im sure there are ones with a higher % that I've seen. But, Those are the 1st two that came to mind

168d7130-34d4-11e2-91ad-000bcdcb5194 said...

I always use the "but X is in it!" test--in other words, am I tempted to go see something I absolutely wouldn't normally, just because someone's in it. I definitely have seen more of Ewan McGregor's oeuvre than most people (though I lean toward that glorious mid-to-late '90s phase when he was often long-haired and impish and taking his clothes off continuously). I always keep an eye out for Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, too. Even though I can rant for ages on all the things wrong with MAGIC MIKE, I will see the sequel if Alex Pettyfer is in it. There are probably more I'm forgetting, too...


oliviasummersweet said...

I plan on seeing everything with James Franco in it. OMFG.

Cora Zane said...

I can be tempted to watch just about anything if Callum Keith Rennie is in it. The thing is he's usually not the star of the show, just an interesting villain or side character. When he's on screen though, he pretty much owns it. He's a fabulous actor.

dilokeith said...

I try to see everything with Robin Williams but, according to my glance at his filmography, have not come as close to that goal as I would have guessed. I'd also probably watch any film starring Lily Tomlin, but I haven't made an effort to find them all.

Miz Angell said...

I'm with dilokeith - Robin Williams for certain. But also Humphrey Bogart. They sure don't make 'em like Bogey anymore do they?