Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A Borrowed Quiz

I love Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule, a blog run by Dennis Cozzalio devoted to the study and appreciation of film, and the pure joy that can come from movies.

It doesn't hurt that Dennis was an extra who was handed a pledge pin by Bluto Blutarski in 1977 [released just a bit later].

Anyway, SLIFR has provided a few of the movie-based quizzes that I've borrowed before, since I'm interested in the responses you guys offer.

Here's his latest:

1) Best transition from movies to TV (actor, actress, producer/director, movie/show)

2) Living film director you most missing seeing on the cultural landscape regularly

3) Eugene Pallette or Charles Coburn

4) Fill in the blank: “I pray that no one ever turns _____________ into a movie.”

5) Jane Greer or Veronica Lake

6) What was the last movie you saw in a theater? On DVD? And why?

7) Name an actor you think should be a star

8) Foxy Brown or Coffy

9) Favorite TV show still without its own DVD box set

10) Jack Elam or Neville Brand

11) What movies would top your list of movies you need to revisit, for whatever reason?

12) Zodiac or All the President’s Men

13) Using our best reviewer-speak, what is an “important” film comedy? And what is to you the most important film comedy of the last 35 years?

14) Describe the ideal environment for watching a movie.

15) Michelle Williams or Eva Mendes

16) What’s the worst movie title of all time?

17) Best movie about teaching and/or learning

18) Dracula (1931) or Horror of Dracula (1958)

19) Why do you blog? Or if you don’t, why do you read blogs? (Thanks, Girish)

20) Most memorable/disturbing death scene

21) Jason Robards or Robert Shaw

22) A good candidate for Most Blasphemous Movie Ever

23) Rio Bravo or Red River

24) Werner Herzog is remaking Bad Lieutenant with Nicolas Cage—that’s reality. Try to outdo reality by concocting a match-up of director and title for a really strange imaginary remake.

25) Bulle Ogier or Charlotte Rampling

26) In the Realm of the Senses— yes or no?

27) Name a movie you think of as your own (Thanks, Jim!)

28) Winged Migration or Microcosmos

29) Your favorite football game featured in a movie

30) Wendy Hiller or Deborah Kerr

31) Dirtiest secret you have that is related to the movies

32) Name a favorite film and describe how it is illuminated and enriched by another favorite film.

33) It’s a Gift or Horsefeathers

34) Your best story about seeing a movie at a drive-in

35) Victor Mature or Tyrone Power

36) What does film criticism mean to you? Where do you think it’s headed?

6 comments:

Jean Siskill said...

1) Best transition from movies to TV (actor, actress, producer/director, movie/show)

Mandy Patinkin

2) Living film director you most missing seeing on the cultural landscape regularly

Richard Lester? Martin Scorsese?

3) Eugene Pallette or Charles Coburn

Eugene Pallette My Man Godfrey sealed that one in a heartbeat. . .

4) Fill in the blank: “I pray that no one ever turns _____________ into a movie.”

The Godfather

no, seriously -- I loved the book, and the movie doesn't come close for me.

5) Jane Greer or Veronica Lake

Greer, Greer, Greer . . .

6) What was the last movie you saw in a theater? On DVD? And why?

Elegy; Van Wilder

"Elegy" because it was a Sunday afternoon and I wanted to see it and the time was right. "Van Wilder" because I forgot to pay the cable bill on time.

7) Name an actor you think should be a star

Michael Cera
Simon Pegg

8) Foxy Brown or Coffy


9) Favorite TV show still without its own DVD box set

Garrison's Gorillas

10) Jack Elam or Neville Brand

Jack Elam I can't abide Neville Brand.

11) What movies would top your list of movies you need to revisit, for whatever reason?

Kelly's Heroes

12) Zodiac or All the President’s Men

All The President's Men. I've seen it a lot, I know how it turns out, nothing happens -- and I can't turn away.

13) Using our best reviewer-speak, what is an “important” film comedy? And what is to you the most important film comedy of the last 35 years?

An "important" film comedy is one which, while it touches on themes that have already been visited, is not a mere rehash of earlier comedies, but sets both a new tone, and a new meme.
Animal House

14) Describe the ideal environment for watching a movie.

AFI Silver Theater No. 1, or lounging in bed with xxx xxxxxxx on a Sunday afternoon.

15) Michelle Williams or Eva Mendes

Michelle Williams I run from the room when Eva Mendez appears; I can't stand her.

16) What’s the worst movie title of all time?

The Making of the President 2000; The Making of the President 2004

17) Best movie about teaching and/or learning

The Opening of Misty Beethoven


18) Dracula (1931) or Horror of Dracula (1958)

Horror of Dracula -- Cushing and Lee rule.

19) Why do you blog? Or if you don’t, why do you read blogs? (Thanks, Girish)

I blog because I can't get chicks

20) Most memorable/disturbing death scene

Kelly's Heroes: When the boys, esp. Cpl. Job, buy the farm in the mine field, after going back to check on their fallen comrade. . . .

21) Jason Robards or Robert Shaw

I like Roabrds for his acreer, but Shaw gave a few of the more memorable performances, so he inches his way to victory.

22) A good candidate for Most Blasphemous Movie Ever

Parenthood

23) Rio Bravo or Red River

Rio Bravo. I love me some Dean Martin and some Walter Brennan. . . .

24) Werner Herzog is remaking Bad Lieutenant with Nicolas Cage—that’s reality. Try to outdo reality by concocting a match-up of director and title for a really strange imaginary remake.

Christopher Columbus remakes A Hard Day's Night with Bo Bice and The Hold Steady.

25) Bulle Ogier or Charlotte Rampling

I only know of one film of Ogier's that I've seen (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie), so it's gotta be Rampling. Although I find Rampling unnerving -- but she did get nekkid. Too bad Robt. Mitchum got that action. . . .

26) In the Realm of the Senses— yes or no?


27) Name a movie you think of as your own (Thanks, Jim!)

Kelly's Heroes . . . although I am willing to share!

28) Winged Migration or Microcosmos


29) Your favorite football game featured in a movie

M*A*S*H

30) Wendy Hiller or Deborah Kerr

Deborah Kerr. I've only seen a few of Ms. Hiller's flicks, and she does not stand out for me.


31) Dirtiest secret you have that is related to the movies

I don't really like them, and can't watch them at home [although that's not really a secret].

32) Name a favorite film and describe how it is illuminated and enriched by another favorite film.

Kelly's Heroes is made ludicrous, but fun, by its twisted play on the WWII films of the '60s. If it weren't for The Battle of the Bulge [that's Battle o' the bug-Liegh to you!], there could be no Kelly's Heroes

33) It’s a Gift or Horsefeathers

Are you high? Horsefeathers


This question offends me. And I'm not easily offended.

Nor am I a huge fan of "Horsefeathers."

34) Your best story about seeing a movie at a drive-in

Sitting shotgun in a maroon MGB in Merrifield, watching movies for free at the Lee Hwy, drive-in with Caputo.

Sorry; it's only a good story to me.

35) Victor Mature or Tyrone Power

Power to the People.

36) What does film criticism mean to you? Where do you think it’s headed?

It's being democratized, and thus both weakened and strengthened. Anyone can do it, so I can finally hear really thoughtful, incisive comments from knowledgeable people who won't suck a dick to get a job for a dying newspaper. But I also have to read a shitload of stupid thoughts, such as my own.


Thums up, mofos!

Little Johnny Jewel said...

5. Definitely Jane Greer

Mister Parker said...

I fully intend to respond to this by Thursday.

But just let me say, JANE GREER!

Mister Parker said...

@#$! long quiz, man! And some pretty obscure stuff. I've seen 4500 movies and never heard of some of this ...

1) Transition from moves to TV? MASH as a series?

2) Living director I miss? I'd say Peter Bogdanovich or Richard Lester except they shot their wads decades ago. Ditto all the dead ones I liked who didn't make movies for a long time and everyone missed, e.g., Billy Wilder. The reason most of these directors fade away is they should fade away ...

3) Eugene Pallette or Charles Coburn? Pallette. See My Man Godfrey and Mr. Smith Goes To Washington. And even some obscure stuff like The Kennel Murder Mystery ...

4) "I pray no one ever turns ___ into a movie." The White Album, after what they did to Sgt. Peppers ...

5) Jane Greer or Veronica Lake? Jane Greer is the only femme fatale in movie history I would let shoot me.

6) Last movie in theater? Vicky Christina Barcelona -- because I like Woody Allen. On DVD? Rio Bravo. If you need an explanation, you're taking the wrong quiz.

7) Actor who should be a star? Ian Hart. Great character actor, did some stellar work in a movie called Aberdeen.

8) Foxy Brown or Coffy? Never seen either.

9) Favorite TV show without its own box set? Are there any? It'd have to be pretty obscure.

10) Jack Elam or Neville Brand? This is a trick question, right? Jack Elam.

11) Movies I need to revisit? All of them. Most recent one would be Juno.

12) Zodiac or All The President's Men? Have never seen Zodiac although All The President's Men is vastly overrated.

13) "Important" film comedy? "Important" and "film" is an oxymoron. Movies are wonderfully entertaining and moving, but important? You know, my wife is important, staying alive is important, but when you start taking the rest of this seriously, you need help.

14) Ideal environment to watch movie? Napping on couch with my wife.

15) Michelle Williams or Eva Mendes? Williams, for her work in "Dick."

16) Worst movie title? Who knows. It Could Happen To You didn't sell any tickets whereas its original title, Cop GIves Waitress $2 Million Tip, might
have.

17) Best movie about teaching/learning? Horse Feathers?

18) Dracula or Horror of Dracula? Dracula, not that I'd give you nine cents for it.

19) Why do you blog or read blogs? Safer than speaking to the Mule in person.

20) Most memorable death scene? Hal 9000's in 2001? I can't remember ...

21) Jason Robards or Robert Shaw? Robards for acting, Shaw for chewing scenery.

22) Most blasphemous movie ever? Wouldn't know. The Last Temptation of Christ which wasn't blasphemous was dreary and uninvolving. Life of Brian which wasn't blasphemous was very funny ...

23) Rio Bravo or Red River? Rio Bravo, although I rate both as 10/10 on imdb.com.

24) Strange remake? zzzz

25) Bulle Ogier or Charlotte Rampling? Who is Bulle Ogier?

26) In The Realm Of The Senses, yes or no? Never heard of it.

27) Movie I think of as my own? My wife recently mentioned that if I ever wanted to see "Fletch" again, I'd have to watch it alone. Does that count?

28) Winged Migration or Microcosmos? Never seen either of them.

29) Favorite football game in a movie? The clip of the real Gale Sayers returning a kickoff for a touchdown in Brian's Song. Juxtaposed as it is with the scene where Brian Piccolo's wife learns a little girl she wanted to visit in the hospital has died, the clear implication is that when you die and go to heaven, if you're lucky you get to watch Gale Sayers run a football. I agree.

30) Wendy Hiller or Deborah Kerr? Deborah Kerr, although I love them both.

31) Dirtiest secret re: movies? None, that I know of.

32) Favorite film and how it is illuminated and enriched by another favorite film? Huh?

33) It's A Gift or Horse Feathers? Horse Feathers. Aside from the fact that Horse Feathers is prime Marx Brothers, I can't abide W.C. Fields ...

34) Your best story about seeing a movie at a drive-in? First movie I remember seeing, The Ghost And Mister Chicken, was in a drive-in.

35) Victor Mature or Tyrone Power? Tyrone Power, although Mature's My Darling Clementine is the best movie either was in.

36) What does film criticism mean and where is it going? When Roger Ebert dies, film criticism dies with him.

rodger eburt said...

My wife recently mentioned that if I ever wanted to see "Fletch" again, I'd have to watch it alone. Does that count?

"You got the whole fist up there, Doc?"


"Moon River. . . ."

Ian Hart was an excellent Lennon in Backbeat -- a thankless role, really, in that Steven Dorff could suck up air and suck eggs, and people thought "maybe Sutcliffe was a lame American piece of dung, and *that's* why he got kicked outta the Beatles!", while Hart had to be true to someone worshipped by millions. And he did it.

So sayeth I

rodger eburt said...

here's how I responded to SLIFR's LATEST quiz:

Okay -- I'll finally dive in and comment. Thanks, Dennis!



1) Your favorite musical moment in a movie

As the trucks pull away with the gold in Kelly's Heroes, to the joyous strains of Burning Bridges . . .
has any film ever ended so sublimely?

2) Ray Milland or Dana Andrews

Ray Milland. He worked with Rickles . . . [see X]

3) Favorite Sidney Lumet movie

12 Angry Men. He cast Klugman, and those other joys. . .


4) Biggest surprise of the just-past summer movie season

The depth of issues confronted by The Dark Knight . . .


5) Gene Tierney or Rita Hayworth

Hayworth. Hayworth Hayworth Hayworth

6) What’s the last movie you saw on DVD? In theaters?

DVD: Van Wilder [Unrated]. Forgot to pay the cable bill. Theater: Elegy, with Cruz and Kingsley.


7) Irwin Allen’s finest hour?

Getting Groucho Marx to bankroll Lost In Space . . .

8) What were the films where you would rather see the movie promised by the poster than the one that was actually made?

The Meaning of Life

9) Chow Yun-Fat or Tony Leung

Chow . . .

10) Most pretentious movie ever

I am personally responsible for that [thankfully] unidentified piece o' dreck. Hollywood? I could go on for days. . .


11) Favorite Russ Meyer movie

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, 'natch. . . .

12) Name the movie that you feel best reflects yourself, a movie you would recommend to an acquaintance that most accurately says, “This is me.”

Kelly's Heroes . . .

13) Marlene Dietrich or Greta Garbo

Hmmmm. Garbo. No easily-understood reason.


14) Best movie snack? Most vile movie snack?

Best: Heavily-salted popcorn. Most vile: brie accompanying wine at the tony city houses. . .

15) Current movie star who would be most comfortable in the classic Hollywood studio system

Demi Moore. If you could call her a "star."

16) Fitzcarraldo—yes or no?

Sorry, but
yes.

17) Your assignment is to book the ultimate triple bill to inaugurate your own revival theater. What three movies will we see on opening night?

The Opening of Misty Beethoven,
Kelly's Heroes,
Duck Soup


18) What’s the name of your theater? (The all-time greatest answer to this question was once provided by Larry Aydlette, whose repertory cinema, the Demarest, is, I hope, still packing them in…)

The Half-Full . . .


19) Favorite Leo McCarey movie

Why, we were just discussing that . . . .

20) Most impressive debut performance by an actor/actress.

JoAnn Pflug in M*A*S*H

Hubba hubba . . .

21) Biggest disappointment of the just-past summer movie season

shouldn't this be "just-passed"?

Anyway -- Get Smart? Not sure.


22) Michelle Yeoh or Maggie Cheung

I'm not familiar with their fine work.

23) 2008 inductee into the Academy of the Overrated

Martin Scorsese

24) 2008 inductee into the Academy of the Underrated

Gene Hackman

I know that he's wildly celebrated, but he's still underrated.

25) Fritz the Cat—yes or no?

No more. No.

26) Trevor Howard or Richard Todd

Todd.

27) Antonioni once said, “I began taking liberties a long time ago; now it is standard practice for most directors to ignore the rules.” What filmmaker working today most fruitfully ignores the rules? What does ignoring the rules of cinema mean in 2008?

I would be a fool to comment: I don't know the rules, so I don't know who flouts them.


28) Favorite William Castle movie

The Night Walker


29) Favorite ethnographically oriented movie

Wanda Whips Wall Street

30) What’s the movie coming up in 2008 you’re most looking forward to? Why?

City of Ember

Interested in some applied Bill Murray. . . .

31) What deceased director would you want to resurrect in order that she/he might make one more film?

John Lennon. I would then encourage him to make a record or two during the resurrection . . . .


32) What director would you like to see, if not literally entombed, then at least go silent creatively?

Tim Burton

33) Your first movie star crush

The broad in the TV production of Babes in Toyland

Hubba hubba.

After that -- probably Hope Lange {I think I had a MILF thing going even then . . . ].