When I was invited to take part in the Houdini’s Magic Ticket blog-a-thon, which is being hosted by Top 10 Films, I was very excited. Previously, the only blog-a-thon I have taken part in is Fandango Groover’s LAMMY award-winning A Life in Movies. Over 50 bloggers took part and the posts made for very interesting reading. You can find my post here. I had great fun making my list and it’s something I’d like to do again in the future.
So, to the Houdini’s Magic Ticket blog-a-thon.
Dan’s invitation listed eight questions with the suggestion that you could answer each of them or answer one in more depth. He also suggested writing a post where you could look at one or several films you’d love to be magically transported into and the reasons why plus film or two you that you would dread being transported into.
After some consideration, I decided to tackle the eight questions. So, fasten your seatbelts as we take a journey with my Houdini’s Magic Ticket…
What character would you most like to be sat next to on a place?
Several characters come into my mind but I think I’m going to go for Captain Jack Sparrow. My reasons are three-fold. Firstly, I think he’d be great company. After sailing the seas for many years – and getting into lots of trouble – I’m sure he’d have lots of fantastic stories to tell. Secondly, if the plane was to get in trouble I have every confidence that he would be able to rescue me – he did take on a Kraken after all so I’m sure he’d be able to fight off other sea creatures. Lastly, if we were to make it to a desert island I know we would be able to make it back to civilization. He did make a raft out of sea turtles, don’t you know?
What character would you most want to enjoy a passionate romance with?
If I had to get a little hot under the collar with somebody then it would probably have to be Johnny Castle. After writing my recent Favourites Friday post on Dirty Dancing I started thinking about what a great character Johnny is. Though seemingly cocky and arrogant, Johnny has a heart of gold. He’s extremely talented, too. On the physical side of things he is very attractive and has a wonderful body – all those years of dancing have definitely paid off!
If you were a cop who would you want as your partner?
John McClain, Mike Lowrey, Axel Foley… It’s hard to decide on just one! I think I’d go for Lieutenant Frank Bullitt. If I were to lose my head and start panicking, Bullitt would remain calm and collected. I know that I could rely on him when it came to the driving, too.
What animated feature would you love to walk around in?
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? would be first choice, though it is only part animation. It would be so strange to walk around and see ‘toons’ walking, talking, going on about their day as well. This version of America in the late 1940s looks pretty fun, too.
If that film doesn’t count then I’d go for Shrek. With fairy tale characters in abundance I think I’d have a great time walking about – it really would be a trip to far, far away.
What adventure based on earth would you most like to go on or what adventure based in an otherworldly, fantasy-based location would you most like to go on?
Sooner or later The Lord of the Rings trilogy just had to make an appearance… For my adventure I’d like to join Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli as they try to track down Merry and Pippin. With this question I though it would be a good idea to play to my strengths: I’m a horse rider, I’ve reasonably okay at archery (I’ve had a few attempts) and I know the ins and outs of Middle-earth pretty well. All in all I think I’d be a pretty good addition to the rescue team.
What movie gadget would you love to try out (or steal)?
The sci-fi geek in me wants to say a lightsaber, but for more ‘practical’ reasons I think I’m going to go for James Bond’s ‘Little Nellie’. Used by Bond (Sean Connery) in You Only Live Twice, Little Nellie is a gyroplane that can be assembled and disassembled to fit into several small cases. Though it comes with rocket launchers, air mines, machine guns, rear-mounted flamethrowers and infrared-guided AA smart missiles, I’d use it to go to work, shopping, visit friends… Maybe fire the odd missile at someone I didn’t like!
What film’s plot would you alter and how would you do it?
This has got to be the hardest question to answer… While I’m sure there have been many films that I enjoyed right until the last 15 minutes or so, I can’t really think of any now. One of the most obvious things to change would be in Titanic: Rose and Jack could have shared the flotation device, taken it in turns or found another one!
Unfortunately, I think this is one I’ll have to come back to…
What one film would you most want to be transported into, simply to be a part of that world?
Oh wow, this is a tough question but purely because there are so many I’d like to be part of: The Grid from TRON: Legacy, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, the magical world of Harry Potter and, of course, Middle-earth. If I did just have the one ticket then I would kick myself forever if I didn’t choose to go to Middle-earth. As many of you know, The Lord of the Rings trilogy is my absolute favourite cinematic work. You can find out a bit more about my love for it here.
I’ve always thought that I would be best suited as an elf, as my family and friends can tell you. I could quite happily make my home at Lothlórien or Rivendell. Riding my trusty steed – without a saddle, of course, as elves don’t use them – I would travel to Hobbiton, Gondor and Rohan, visiting those old heroes known as ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’.