Nostra from My Filmviews has put together another impressive blog-a-thon. Here are the details:
A list of 10 iconic movie characters has been made. That list will be assigned to another blogger who can then change it by removing one character (describing why they think it should not be on the list) and replace it with another one (also with motivation) and hand over the baton to another blogger. Once assigned, that blogger will have to put his/her post up within a week. If this is not the case the blogger who assigned it has to reassign it to another blogger. After you have posted your update leave the link in the comments here and I will make sure it gets added to the overview post.
I was given the baton by my buddy, Eric from The Warning Sign Here’s a full list of everyone who has participated in the Blog-a-thon so far:
Keith & the Movies
A Fistful of Films
The Movie Scrutineer
And So It Begins…
The Cinematic Spectacle
Being Norma Jeane
Lime Reviews and Strawberry Confessions
Girl Meets Cinema
Big Screen Small Words
Films and Coke
Two Dollar Cinema
Dell on Movies
Surrender To The Void
Movies and Songs 365
The Warning Sign
And here is the current list:
Who I’m removing –
As much as I enjoyed “E.T.,” from director Steven Spielberg, upon its initial release, it was that other alien flick that came out in 1982 that made a bigger and more lasting impression on me instead. That film was John Carpenter’s “The Thing.” Over the years, “E.T.” just did not have that hold over me and, even though E.T. is a very heart-warming character, his appeal waned and I think I outgrew the effect he had on me when I was much younger.
“ET” did not hold up for me, like say, the aliens in Spielberg’s other and better E.T. movie: “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” Now those aliens were pretty damn cool. Whenever I watch “ET,” it feels rather manipulative and extremely fluffy. Sometimes I feel I may OD on the schmaltz. I know, I know, I sound like a horrible and cranky old man with an ice cube for a heart. But let me just say that…um, nah, I am a grumpy old man. Sorry, ET, I loved ya back then but I don’t feel the “phone home” vibe anymore. In my opinion, you aren’t that iconic anymore. But you’re still cute as hell!
Who I’m Adding –
“Jaws,” directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the terrifying bestseller from Peter Benchley, is my favorite film of all time, so it was a no brainer adding “Quint.” Getting the role after actor Sterling Hayden (The Godfather) was passed over because of IRS problems, the great actor, Robert Shaw (The Deep) made “Quint” all his own. Shaw brilliantly loses himself in the role as a grizzled, salty and stubborn New England fisherman and Captain of the “Orca,” which is probably one of the most famous sharking boats in Cinema. Not only does Quint famously make a “nail scratching” entrance in “Jaws,” but he self recruits himself to track down and hunt the monster (“3 tons of him”) Great White shark, plaguing Amity, with a memorable monologue that is remarkable to listen to. Shaw solidifies Quint as one of the most dynamic, stern and immediately like-able characters to grace the screen in the 1970’s and after.
Add to this, the incredibly stunning and haunting “U.S.S. Indianapolis” sequence, on the “Orca,” where Quints retells the sinking of the Naval ship (that delivered the “bomb”) and the aftermath of the horrible shark attacks on the surviving men afloat in the ocean. Quint will always remain an iconic character, for me, because of his real, fearless and sometimes abrasive personality (which led many to conclude he was indeed off his rocker) and his larger than life persona and brave actions (which kind of reflects an Ahab quality) while hunting the shark in “Jaws” is legendary. There was method to his madness and when his time was up, he went down fighting against the very same demon that had haunted him so many years before in the Pacific Ocean after the tragic sinking of the “U.S.S. Indianapolis.” Hope you all agree with my addition. Thanks for asking me to participate, Eric!
I will now pass the blog-a-thon baton over to my man, Eric from DeaconsDen I am looking forward to what he has in store. Stay tuned Densters!
why does it not surprise me that you would add Quint 🙂
Haha! 🙂 Yeah, I don’t think it is going to be much of a shocker for most, lol.
Thanks for stopping in!
Very interesting choice. I might have went with the obvious and put in the Roy Scheider’s character, or even the shark itself. I like your pick because it’s an inspired one.
Thanks Wendell, I appreciate you checking in! Glad you liked the post.
Quint had some great dialogue 😀
He surely did.
“Here lies the body of Mary Lee; died at the age of a hundred and three. For fifteen years she kept her virginity; not a bad record for this vicinity.”
Somehow I knew you’d pick a classic character here Vic. But I think Jaws the shark itself is more iconic than the human characters, ahah.
Haha! So true, Ruth 🙂 Bruce the Shark became quite the celebrity all his own, didn’t he?
I had told some readers that they probably wouldn’t be too shocked with my pick, lol. You guessed right, classic character was the way to go this time. Thanks for checking in, Ruth. Always appreciated!
I didn’t know Sterling Hayden got passed over for the role of Quint. Very interesting.
No complaints from me here. Hopefully Quint gets a good run!
Yeah, he was having some troubles with the IRS and his troubles were bleeding over into the contracts that Universal was trying to negotiate for him. At one point he was trying to have Universal buy his stories or novels so he could pay off the IRS. It was just too problematic for Universal to resolve.
Glad you enjoyed the post, Eric! Thanks again for asking me to participate. I had a blast. Appreciate you stooping by 🙂
Wow, what a mess about Hayden. Didn’t know that at all.
Hate to bother you again, but could you swap out Harry Potter for HAL 9000, that way the list keeps my change as well? Not a big deal but I miss seeing that ominous red eye. 🙂
Yes, of course 🙂 I was just about to get on that. Sorry for the goof up, Eric!
Thanks my man! Great writeup once again!
My pleasure, man 😉 Thanks for your help, support and feedback!
You make an interesting argument. Does ET still have the same well known status he had back in the day? I find I cannot directly disagree with you. 🙂