Iridium Eye First: Getting an Award! [Liebster Award Post]

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I was recently awarded by Lina at Tiny Ugly Animal where I got the Liebster Award. This is the first time Iridium Eye Reviews has ever been nominated for any award on this platform. Thank you, Lina!

Here are the rules:
Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you

Answer the 11 questions

Nominate 11 bloggers for the same award in the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family

Ask them 11 questions!

Now here I go with these questions.

1. If you could nominate one movie for best movie, what movie would you nominate and why?

This is a tough one, and I have to think about all the things I’ve given a full 10 points to. I might say Before Your Eyes. Part of me is still kicking myself for not watching that movie sooner when I won that DVD from a contest from it’s US distributor Film Movement. Seriously, it’s a great film even though it’s very tragic. Before Your Eyes is certainly more deserving of an Oscar than most other films of the year winners part and present.

2. Do you have an artist that makes your little body wobble around?

That’s a strange usage of imagery, Lina. HAHAHA! I’ve been influenced by various artists, but not enough to wobble. Sorry. I’m just boring like that.

3. Give me a suggestion of a manga one should read. And if you don’t read manga, say an anime that is adapted from a manga one should watch.

I haven’t read as much manga as I used to, but one that I like is Hikaru no Go. Yes, there’s also an anime version, but the manga goes farther. That was one of the first manga series I read and collected, but the story, characters, and unique premise still hold up. I’m not big into Shonen Jump as much as I used to, but this is definitely an exception.

4. I don’t know how you’re going to make it to 11 questions, Lina.

5. I don’t know. Do you know?

6. Have you ever been singing karaoke? What did you sing? If you haven’t, would you like to?

I have sang karaoke before, but it’s been years since I’ve done so. One song I remember singing karaoke for was “Kryptonite” by 3 Doors Down for some weird reason. I don’t know why. I swear I have better musical tastes than that. Most of the stuff I like to sing has no karaoke options available.

7. How do you feel about it [Acapella Music]? As I understand it you need woolen hats and leather straps and a black dude singing really low tones. Is that true? What do you think about it?

I’m not super familiar with it, but I used to be in choir, so we did a ton of that stuff. You don’t necessarily need hats or leather straps to pull that off. Also, any ethnic group can sing low tones. I’m not knee deep into that genre, but I certainly appreciate it. Okay, this is the 90s kid coming out here, but I was a huge Carmen Sandiego fan. There was an acapella group called Rockapella who were the in-house musical group who also did one of my favorite theme songs ever. DO IT, ROCKAPELLA!

8. What’s your favorite pizza?

Margarita pizza or something with lots of olives, spinach, and tomatoes on top. In the words of Jarrod Alonge in his “Every Pop Punk Vocalist” video…PIZZA IS THE ESSENCE OF LIFE!

9. What is the strangest pizza you have ever heard of/eaten?

I haven’t eaten any strange pizza, but the weirdest ones I’ve heard of tako pizza which is literally octopus meat as a topping.

10. Okay…

11. Who is your favorite super hero and why? Also, what would said super hero sing at your night out at the karaoke bar and what would their choice of drink be?

My favorite superhero is Nightcrawler from the X-Men. I first saw him on the 90s X-Men cartoon and thought he was so cool. I was able to sympathize with him being ostracized and assumed he was some kind of demon even though he’s obviously heroic. This part may be a little biased, but both of us have similar names since my name is Curtis and Nightcrawler’s real first name is Kurt…just sayin’. Nightcrawler doesn’t strike me as much of a drinker, so I’ll say he’ll have a soda. For some weird reason, I can actually picture him singing “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman. The lyrics make too much sense given his character and backstory.

Now that I got that out of the way, I hereby nominate the following bloggers!

1. The Zone of Nerders
2. Rodrovich
3. Mechanical Anime Reviews
4. Jon Spencer Reviews
5. Moyatorium
6. The Antidote
7. Shokamoka
8. Jenn
9. Raistlin
10. Emily Curry
11. Medieval Otaku

Here are my 11 questions for you. Since this is Iridium Eye, many of these questions will be film and anime related.

1. What is your favorite independent movie?
2. Which movie or anime series should get a remake despite not having one?
3. Which subject would you like to see a documentary on?
4. Which book/graphic novel/manga should be adapted in film or series form and why?
5. In your opinion, which movie would be the best ever if they could change one thing about it?
6. Who is the most underrated director in you eyes?
7. Which actor or actress should get (more) major roles in film?
8. Which countries do you think have the most fascinating film scenes?
9. If you could hang out with one actor, director, or writer for a day, who would it be and why? What things would you do together?
10. In a perfect world, which non-mainstream movie would win all the awards at the Oscars in your opinion?
11. Which animator, director, or creator is more influential than people give credit for? This has to be someone not as well known, but you feel their works influenced others in direct or indirect ways.

Thanks!

34 comments

  1. Oh, nice answers. I love Nightcrawler. He was/is so misunderstood. He looks creepy but is really nice and kind. As for the leather straps and black dude; the video I linked too, they make fun of (sort of but not) Pentatonix (it’s very clear visually) and yeah, they sing about that. Anyway, I have been singing acapella in my youth as well. It’s fun but it takes a real man to sing those really deep notes. My man Okiayu Ryotaro would do it splendidly. 😎

    Octopus on a pizza doesn’t sound that appetizing.

    Hey, there’s nothing wrong with Kryptonite. I like that song. 3 Doors Down has done some good songs. I tend to listen to music that’s about mental illness and they have some in their repertoire, Kryptonite being one of them.

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    • Thanks, Lina! Nightcrawler was so cool and very relatable as a character. His situation of looking demonic, yet being extremely nice was a tragically poetic bent to that character. A close second for me would be Bishop in terms of X-Men characters.

      I figured it was an obvious parody of Pentatonix given how extremely popular of a group they are. Very true about singing deep notes. The lowest range I sang in choir was baritone, but I can sing a few bass notes. Just not as well as Okiayu Ryotaro, Barry White, or Paul Robeson.

      I didn’t think so either.

      To be fair, that’s one of their better songs and I won’t freak out if I hear it. Another song I kind of like by them is “Be Like That”. I’m not a fan of a ton of radio rock bands. I didn’t know Kryptonite was about mental illness. I might have to listen to that song again to see some of the subtext in it.

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      • A lot of their songs are dealing with or implying depression. I listen to most genres actually since lyrics for the most are more important to me than the genre itself.

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      • I’m not good with favorites. There are so many but if I have to mention one I’m gonna say Trent Reznor. His lyrics are so point on and when he sets the music to the text it’s just amazing. Yeah, I have loved Nine Inch Nails for a very long time. Dan Smith is another amazing guy. He’s the singer and main song writer in Bastille. Billy Joe Armstrong also writes great lyrics. But really, there are so many, these are just three I admirer very much.

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      • That’s fine. Those are interesting choices. It’s been a long time since I’ve listened to Bastille. I remember covering “Pompeii” on the ukulele before it became a hit song in America. For a second, I was almost confused with Dan Smith AKA Listener who’s another great lyricist.

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      • So who’s your favorites? Yeah, Dan Smith isn’t the most unusual name. I haven’t heard of Listener though but maybe I should check them up.

        I’m happy Bastille has gotten the attention they deserve and I don’t think their music has suffered from them becoming bigger and more well known.

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      • Good question. Yeah, Listener is pretty good and I’ve seen him live multiple times. His old stuff is abstract hip hop, but his more recent material has more of an experimental rock sound with spoken word vocals.

        Favorite lyricists? In no particular order, Immortal Technique, LPG, Aaron Weiss From mewithoutYou, Gil Scott-Heron, Brother Ali, Richard Nuttal from Lifestory: Monologue, and I also think Ronnie Martin from Joy Electric can be great in that regard especially with the latter part of their discography.

        That’s good. Bastille makes some good music. It’s definitely poppier than most of the stuff I listen to, but I certainly like some of their songs. I do admit their cover of “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus on the BBC Studio was hilariously awesome.

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      • Well, there’s some names I have never heard. 😎 I like finding new and interesting people so that’s fun. As for Bastille; Dan is amazing at doing covers and mash ups so yeah, that one is awesome. Not the best but it’s good. They have done two cover records that are well worth listening to. Other People’s Heart Aches Pt 1 and 2.

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      • Sure. Feel free to check any of them out. That’s cool. I enjoy giving recommendations on music, movies, and anime (funny, I review the latter two. Hahaha!). That’s true about Bastille’s covers and mashups. I’ll have to check out those albums.

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  2. Hey thanks for the nomination. As you know I am currently not doing posts for these on my site but I’m happy to answer your questions 🙂 Here goes!

    1. What is your favorite independent movie?

    Hmmm, that’s a really tricky one. I know that I’ve seen independent films but for the life of me I can’t seem to recall any of them. Also depends on what definition you are using for “independent movie…” Any way, right now I don’t really have an answer for this one. I just like a lot of movies.

    2. Which movie or anime series should get a remake despite not having one?

    Soul Eater could really do with the FMA: Brotherhood treatment. I’d be completely down for that. The show is pretty solid up until its conclusion where it does its own thing. Man, that ending is just not good. I get why it happens, the manga wasn’t done yet, but that had no right to be so awful. Any way, if it got a redone adaptation like FMA received I think it fans would really like it and that it would do well.

    3. Which subject would you like to see a documentary on?

    As long as it is done in an interesting way, I’d watch a documentary on just about any subject. While technically not your question, the documentary I currently want to see most is about competitive tickling. It’s called: Tickled. Just look up the trailer, nothing else, and watch the whole thing. I promise you will not expect what it ends up being. Note, this is a real documentary, which is crazy.

    4. Which book/graphic novel/manga should be adapted in film or series form and why?

    Oh jeez, another tricky one. I really have no answer for this one. I’m too far out of the loop when it comes to written stuff. Anything I thought up immediately already has one too. So don’t know.

    5. In your opinion, which movie would be the best ever if they could change one thing about it?

    Asking the hard questions, I’m sorry I don’t have great answers right now. I looked around at the movies I could see on my shelves and didn’t really come up with anything.

    6. Who is the most underrated director in you eyes?

    I don’t really know many directors outside of anime. I wouldn’t say that any of the ones I like a fair deal would be considered underrated though.

    7. Which actor or actress should get (more) major roles in film?

    Specific people; no idea. However, I would love to see more diversity in casting. For example, actual people with disabilities playing a roll for somebody with a disability, stuff like that. Adds more realism to the film and gives a lot of different people a shot at making something great.

    8. Which countries do you think have the most fascinating film scenes?

    You just made me think of the film, “The Fall.” All the locations are real places and the film took a super long time to film. It’s a cheat to choose it, but I would say that film in general. To answer the actual question, I think a lot of European countries make for great filming locations because there is a ton of variety in settings there.

    9. If you could hang out with one actor, director, or writer for a day, who would it be and why? What things would you do together?

    Assuming I had a translator and could choose a dead person, I would love to talk to Satoshi Kon. His films are really fantastic and it would be fun to talk with him about them. I’d also like to thank him for making such great movies. Not sure what we’d do, but I’m sure it’d be a good time.

    10. In a perfect world, which non-mainstream movie would win all the awards at the Oscars in your opinion?

    Anything that isn’t “Boss Baby.”

    11. Which animator, director, or creator is more influential than people give credit for? This has to be someone not as well known, but you feel their works influenced others in direct or indirect ways.

    Oh man, I have no idea. Most the people I could name have clearly influenced their respective mediums. So…. ????

    Hope you enjoyed my answers, even if they weren’t great.

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    • 1. It’s cool you like a lot of movies. I referred to films that were made/distributed by studios aren’t part of the Big Six let alone get major theater play.

      2. I’m not too familiar with Soul Eater (go ahead and boo me, anime fans), but that sounds like a good point. If it were me, I’d pick Whistle!, I’ll/CKBC, or Shinesman and I’m a huge fan of that last one.

      3. A tickling documentary? WOW! I would’ve never guessed that and I’ve reviewed some documentaries with atypical subjects on this blog.

      4. I see. I’m sorry if some of my questions were too vague or too specific. One thing that could be interesting if it got adapted would be Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean’s Black Orchid graphic novel. That would be better than a ton of DC’s other movies or shows. Heck, I think it would be better than most of Marvel’s stuff if done right.

      5. Good point. A lot of the movies I gave 9s to would fall under that category.

      6. My answer: Jafar Panahi.

      7. That’s an awesome idea. People with disabilities (physical or mental) should get a fair shake at having good roles.

      8. Interesting. I’ve certainly seen and reviewed a ton of European films. I’ve also been trying to watch African films since I haven’t covered that continent as much. Expect a review from a movie from that continent next month…just sayin’.

      9. If Satoshi Kon came back to life and hung out with you, that would be freaking amazing. I’m sure there would be a ton of fun and thoughtful conversations. Just make sure you don’t mention Inception in front of him. HAHAHAHAHA! XD

      10. HAHAHAHAHA!!

      11. I see. For me, I think it would be either the aforementioned Satoshi Kon or Yoshitoshi ABe even though the latter stems from my biases.

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      • Love your response to my response lol XD While we have some different opinions here, I’m glad we at least could come together and agree on number 10.

        Seriously though, for number 3, watch the trailer and tell me that isn’t something you want to see.

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      • Yeah, that was fun. I definitely agree about #10 here.

        I just finished watching the trailer and my jaw dropped. I can’t believe this is a real thing and there is a “tickling empire” going on. That movie sounds so weird and out-of-left-field enough to warrant a review for it. I was shocked that Magnolia (Mark Cuban’s movie company) are distributing it and I’ve reviewed two of their movies so far (I Am Not Your Negro and Life’s a Breeze).

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      • No kidding right? I’m going to get the chance to see it soon and am so excited. I actually didn’t know that Mark Cuban’s movie company distributed it but that’s pretty cool.

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