1. Top film of all time. Convince me why I should buy it.
I'm going to interpret "top film" as my favorite film (or one of my favorites; I've got several). If I were more of a cinema conoisseur, I'd probably be choosing something foreign and artsy, or maybe something by Alfred Hitchcock. But, being rather unsophisticated in my movie watching, I've got to go with something more pedantic: Office Space.
I must have seen this movie at least five or six times. When I taught ESL and office skills, I used to show it to my class. This movie embodies what is wrong with our lives--how people slave away in office jobs they hate under asshole bosses because that's what society tells them they're supposed to do. AND it's fuckin' HILARIOUS. I can personally identify with a lot of the shit that goes down in that movie. I had a boss who was kind of similar to Lumbergh, for example. Every morning, he'd leave a round of voicemails for people, and it was always the same shit, day in, day out, in that Lumberghish sort of tone: "Hi, Jan? This is...uhhhhh...Mark Millian* calling...uhhhhh...."
* Names have been changed to protect the
Watching this movie is the best catharsis ever for anyone who ever had a job, office or otherwise, that they hated, that they felt trapped in. All of the office stereotypes (as well as some restaurant worker stereotypes) are played up to hysterical effect. If you've ever had a shitty office job, you will watch this movie and think, "Finally! Someone understands!" It's full of bad words (always a plus in my book). And it'll have you fuckin' ROLLING on the floor with laughter. It's the kind of movie that will have you in stitches no matter how many times you see it. It's not just a good movie; it's a classic for Gen X and Yers. It's worth the purchase, because you will want to show it to all your friends and to watch it whenever you need a pick-me-up. Damn, it feels good to be a gangsta, man. Fuckin' A.
And on a more serious note, I think it's the kind of movie that makes you think about what your purpose in life is, whether you want to come to the office and sit down in front of a computer every day for the next thirty years. It makes you think about what society's expectations of you are and whether that's OK with you or whether you are the kind of person who would rather say, "Fuck it all, I'm going to work in a construction job because I want to be outside all day, because I want to work with my hands, because, even though I went to college and society expects me to 'become someone,' I will never be that someone. I just want to be happy and follow my bliss, man." See? It's pretty deep shit, yo.
Then again, I'm the person who insists that 50 First Dates is extremely profound. (It is!)
2. Threesomes. Why are they so hot? Explain.
Wow, I never thought about this question, because I never saw myself as a big threesome supporter, never having actually been in one myself or actively having sought out threesome fic (until recently, that is). But the OT3s of Remus/Sirius/Tonks and Remus/Sirius/James are friggin' smoldering, dude (and I'm thinking James/Lily/Sirius might be, too). Why? I guess part of it is that they symbolize an openness that most people don't feel about their sexuality, both because there is a same-sex partnership involved and because they are an act that is considered deviant by large segments of most societies. They also represent something spontaneous to me. Anyone who's ever seen the Will and Grace episode where Grace's ex-boyfriend invited her into a threesome will understand why I suspect that spontaneous threesomes are much more likely than planned threesomes to work out.
And the fact is, three sets of body parts, three people lavishing sexual attention on each other, is possibly more intriguing than two sets, two people. And there's possibility for so much more, like voyeurism and more STUFF going on at one time.
And shit, if my babbling hasn't convinced you, just go read daylightsparks's The Kings Play With the Queen and gunderpants's Sucking the Lemon. That shit is HOT, yo.
3. Where is the one place you would want to live for the rest of your life?
London. London. LONDON. LONDON! Oh, London, how I love thee! It's strange, because before my trip there a couple of months ago, I probably would have said somewhere warm and tropical, or maybe just the good ol' DC area, because that's where I'm from. But London's got it all, baby (alas, except for the weather). Friendly people, amazing food, delightful culture, quality products, convenient transportation, really cool mix of old and new, major diversity, aesthetically pleasing EVERYTHING.... Yeah, London's where it's at, baby.
4. Fandom Wank. A boil on the arse of fandom or the best thing since sliced bread?
Oh, most definitely the best thing since sliced bread. I love me my Fandom_Wank. Life ain't fun if you take it too seriously. And I'm the kind of gal who looks forward to events requiring formalwear because they're an excellent opportunity to laugh at all the bad dresses. Don't get me wrong--I am a very nice person. In fact, many people who know me in RL say that I'm too nice, that I often allow myself to be taken advantage of because I don't want to hurt other people's feelings. But when it comes to being snarky and irreverent, I can't contain myself. I truly mean no harm by it. And look, if I'm wearing a shitty dress, you're welcome to point and laugh as well. I can take it. I may even look down at my dress and go, "Damn. Yeah. You're right. I must've been half-asleep when I put this piece of crap on. HAHAHAHA, I look stupid!" The point is, Fandom_Wank is teh awesome. I like drama. I like humor. I like laughing at dumb shit.
5. Most underrated book?
Hmmm.... This is a tough one, since I don't really know what people consider popular and what they don't. Narcissistic me, I just assume that whatever I'm reading is loved by everyone else, too. But if I had to choose something, I think I'd go with the Oz series--you know, The Wizard of Oz and all the gazillions of books that came after it. I read them avidly such a long time ago, and they were brilliant. But I just don't see people saying much about them these days (not that I'm tuned into what people are saying about books, but...), especially with all the new literature out there, like Harry Potter. Of course, I'd be the first to say that Harry Potter soooooooo deserves all the accolades it's getting and all of its popularity. C'mon, what kind of a fangirl do you think I am? But I do think that some of the better literature of earlier times, like the Oz series, has been neglected as of late, and that's a shame.
All right, people, that's it for this installment. Now I'm going to go catch up on my newly ballooned-out flist. Any of all y'all new folks who wants to ask me something, be it one question or five, are welcome to do so in the comments under this entry, just so we can get to know each other better. :)