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Rebecca Deniston of Taking Up Room has nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Yay! Let’s get ready to Q&A!

First things first, the rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Answer the eleven questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate eleven bloggers.
  • Create eleven new questions for your nominees to answer.

NOTE: I’ve looked at some other bloggers’ Sunshine posts and they each have different amounts of questions/bloggers tagged, so feel free to alter the number if you can’t get to eleven.

Thanks Rebecca! I really appreciate your shout-out. People, go check out her blog once you’re done reading this. Now on to the questions:

1. Have you picked up any new skills since being in lockdown?

I learned Google Classroom to teach an online class, does that count?

2. What kinds of unique experiences have you had in lockdown, if any?

My sister organized a drive-by with my friends and neighbors for my birthday, and it was a wonderful surprise.

3. You can do a podcast with anyone, living or dead. Who would it be, and what would it be about?

I want to say I’d love to talk animation with Walt Disney focusing mostly on what he would think about what his studio’s put out since his passing, but that feels too easy an answer for me. I’m going with Mary Blair and Tomie dePaola, two of my favorite artists/illustrators who I wish I could have met. I’d love to discuss how they developed their styles, their influences, careers and legacy, and any tips they’d like to pass down to the next generation of creators.

4. Is there a movie or a TV show you feel should never be remade ever?

Frankly, every time I find out a movie’s being remade I think “Really, they’re remaking that?” I’m all for retelling stories, but some are classics for a reason, and stuffing in current A-listers, modern effects and moving the setting up a notch doesn’t necessarily mean it’s an improvement. You’ll see what I mean when I get to the review I’ve planned for the blog’s fifth anniversary…

5. Which historic site would you most like to visit?

I’d love to tour Italy and most of Europe seeing the places that shaped the culture and inspired artists everywhere. Oh, and Notre Dame de Paris once it’s rebuilt, God willing.

6. Which song describes you best at this moment in time? Don’t overthink it–just whatever pops into your head.

Don’t hate me for picking a Pogo song (the guy’s said some cringey things I can’t really condone though his music is amazing) but his most recent remix of Fiddler on the Roof just feels so relatable right now, and not just because it utilizes one of my favorite movies/musicals. It’s upbeat despite being in an uncertain place, takes the drama unfolding and turns it into something beautiful, but near the end reveals a vulnerability in the wake of injustice (if you can’t already tell, it’s been helping me through everything going on in the world as of late). It also utilizes lyrics from the songs wonderfully in regards to the latter: ” You stand around/I stand with him” “My father and my mother said we’d learn to love each other” “I don’t understand what’s happening today…” It’s just beautiful.

Oops, I may have overthought that one after all. Sorry, Rebecca!

7. What film genre do you think we need to see more of?

Honest to goodness musicals. No cheap gimmicks, snide self-awareness or snark to try to appeal to those “too cool to enjoy this”, just ones that fully, passionately, and honestly embraces what they are. Remember what a sensation La La Land was when that came out? That’s because it was something we hadn’t seen in years, especially in musical films. Also, I’d love to see more upbeat fun horror-comedy-adventures the whole family can get into like Ghostbusters or Coraline.

8. Do you have a YouTube channel? Do you think you’d ever start one?

Yes, some of you who knew me from before I started this blog came from my YouTube channel, TheITinFIT. If you ever watched a Disney Random Craziness video, yep, that was me. I still make silly mashups and edits there sometimes.

9. Finish this sentence: “Never have I ever…”

…ridden a roller coaster that goes upside-down. Maybe one day I’ll work up the courage to go on one!

10. Do you have any favorite film critics?

I’m fond of Siskel and Ebert’s reviews, even if I don’t always see eye to eye with them. Most of the other critics I enjoy are on YouTube and far too many to name.

11. You can have your own version of Mary Poppins’ carpetbag. What are you going to stuff in it?

The question is what WOULDN’T I put in there? I’d be prepared for every situation with a bag like that.

And now, the lucky nominees:

Congrats, everyone! Here are my questions for you:

  1. What performance in film, tv, theatre, etc. has moved you the most?
  2. What is your all-time favorite movie-going experience?
  3. What property that hasn’t been touched yet would you love to see adapted into another medium?
  4. Are there any acclaimed movies (Oscar winners, anything on AFI’s Greatest Movies or 1000 Movies You Need to See lists, etc.) that you’ve seen but wished you hadn’t?
  5. If you could switch out one actor with a totally different one in any movie, who would it be and why?
  6. Is there any particular work that inspired you to follow the path you are on now?
  7. Pick a movie you’d love to see a reverse live-action remake of, ie. a live-action movie remade as an animated movie.
  8. If a loved one was to serenade you, what song would you want them to sing?
  9. What genre mashups do you enjoy (horror/comedy, fantasy/sci-fi, etc.)
  10. What story do you believe deserves a proper continuation?
  11. Where do you consider your home to be?

And there you have it. I hope you have fun with these questions. Thanks again, Rebecca, and I hope you all have a great day!