01. Have you ever had a movie both totally captivate and complete confuse you?
Absolutely, those tend to be some of my favorites. I like films that don't automatically make sense when watching them but still capture my interest, because it's guaranteed a rewatch, or several rewatches, to try and understand what is happening. Confusing isn't necessarily a bad thing, it just means that there are some movies you cannot take at face value. Sometimes the more captivating and confusing something is the more fun to dissect and figure out what the fuck is going on. From The Lobster, Suicide Club (most Asian and foreign cinema, for that matter), to any work by Jan Švankmajer, these are just some of the confusingly captivating things I end up being fascinated by and are among my favorites.
02. When watching a movie, do you prefer things all laid out or to have to 'hunt for your own clues' along the way?
It honestly depends on the genre of film and the type of storytelling they're doing, since every film does this differently to convey the message and meaning. Personally, I like films that don't explain everything that is going on and instead allows the audience to kind of figure out the puzzle as the story goes along, which if directed and written well it can be quite a treat especially upon rewatches where you're looking for those hidden clues or things you might've missed the first time watching. It makes it more fun that way, and I like things that make me think or look at the story from a different perspective. In general though, I do wish more movies wouldn't rely so much on pointless exposition and explaining every little thing. American films do this a lot these days, particularly with info-dumping, and it's not only super annoying it's also incredibly insulting to the audience by treating us as dumb. To be fair, sometimes audiences can be rather dense and will watch something that goes completely over their heads and they complain endlessly about "not getting it", so perhaps it's something that was learned overtime, plus other issues within the industry.
03. Do you want an ultimate ending to your movie or do you prefer to have it open for conjecture and discussion?
Again, this depends on the type of film and the story they intended to tell. Certain films I prefer there being an ultimate ending to give that sense of completion, but others I like there being open for discussion on what happened, what the meaning was, etc. I like both, but it depends on my mood and what I'm in for. Sometimes I'm all for watching something that is open for interpretation while other times I just want a nice story that has a completed beginning/middle/end kind of story. The only open endings I don't like are the ones that are clearly meant to be a sequel hook setup, since that seems to be a common trend these days that any movie will most likely get a sequel or franchise deal and that is just as overdone as the whole remake/reboot trend. Some movies with open endings work better just as stand-alones, thank you very much.
04. Do you talk during a movie (preferably one in your home, not in the theater)?
If I'm alone, I most likely don't except to make the occasional exclamation here and there of what is happening on the screen. If I'm watching with someone else, however, there will more of a chance that there will be some talking or discussion happening, or even some MSTing when it's something we're rewatching. For the theater, there is absolutely no talking during a movie.
05. Have you ever seen a blockbuster movie and not get what was so great about it?
Oh, definitely. I can't recall most but I've definitely seen a fair share of blockbusters or even movies that have been praised as a "classic" and just not understand the big deal about them. But then again, it's just all about personal taste and preferences. I guarantee if anyone looks at my movie collection most will be puzzled at the things I like, lol.