Wednesday, 19 March 2014

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Films of your life: Blogger and Podcaster @DannyUK

In this #FOYL Blogger and Podcaster @DannyUK gives us his answers

Films of your life is a series of posts where certain people get a chance to tell us a little about the films that have affected their lives. I have asked people from the Film world, other bloggers and people associated with the Podcasts.

In todays Films of your life #FOYL I asked Blogger and Wafflepod Podcaster Danny UK. Dan is a fellow Chelmsfordian, who I have never met in person(!), and excellent blogger at

A Film from your Childhood that sticks with you
This has to be ET, but not for the reasons it sticks out for other.  I wasn't allowed to see it in the cinema, as I was only at infants when it came out, and this was in the days before being able to pop into Blockbuster to grab a VHS copy a few months later.  The adverts for it were everywhere though, and this included tv shows that featured clips of the film.  My main memory is having a nightmare aged around 6.  ET was ripping up the train track that ran at the back of my house, which was scary enough, but in the nightmare he was about 30ft tall, and I knew - JUST KNEW - that he was coming to kill me.  I saw the film about a decade later, and the memory of that dream has stuck with me to this day.  I'm now confident that I could take the short-arse in a fight though, if necessary.

A Film that you could watch on a loop
Easy peasy.  Pretty Woman.  I love it.  Always have done.  I saw the adverts for it before it was released when I was 11 and knew I wanted to watch it and when I finally got around to seeing it I bought it on video and watched it over and over.  Did you know that the working title for the film was $3,000?  Fans of the film will get the reference, though I'm sure it would have been far less successful with that title.  Oh, and incidentally, if I am in a group of people that I don't know, and the subject of favourite films comes up, I normally answer with Pulp Fiction.  Y'know, cos, rarrr, manly, etc.

A Film that still makes you cry
Here, Adam, why not take the rest of my masculinity as you strip it layer by layer with each question... Monsters Inc. Yes, it's a cartoon, and no, I never understood why people cried at Bambi.  When Boo gets lost towards the end of the film and they all look like they will never see each other again, it breaks my heart.  My middle daughter was always nicknamed Boo, and she was so bloody similar to the character it was always hard not to compare them, so naturally if it happens to Boo in the film, then in my head it happens to my baby.  Now pass me a tissue.

A Film you would most like to have been the main character in
Probably Grease.  Another film I saw to infinity as a kid.  Danny Zucko was such a cool guy, and he had a great name too. If I could have been the main character in anything that had been filmed (a subtle switch, I'm sure you'll agree) it'd be Blackadder. Cool yet annoying, funny and witty but also a pratt.  Equally down on his luck as he is riding someone's coattails, it's a character that I love and would love to have been able to play that character myself

A Film that you love but others hate
This is the toughest question.  I've lost count of the amount of times people have raved about a film only for me to feel spectacularly let down by it.  Heat, Usual Suspects, Scarface.  I've seen them all and thought they were all very meh. I loved Romeo and Juliet (the Di Caprio version) which very few people seem to like.  The only film I can remotely think of that people either dislike or haven't heard of, which I loved, was Valentine with David Boreanaz.  Bit slow, but it had a twist from memory that made me like it.  

Thank you Danny for taking part in #FOYL. Check out his Blog and Podcast 
@DannyUK @Wafflepod


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