1) Your favorite musical moment in a movieThe "I Got Rhythm" number that Gene Kelly does with the kids in An American in Paris.2) Ray Milland or Dana AndrewsNot a huge fan of either but I thought Dana Andrews was terrific in The Best Years Of Our Lives.3) Favorite Sidney Lumet movie12 Angry Men4) Biggest surprise of the just-past summer movie seasonI would say Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight except I'd heard quite a bit about his performance before I ever got to the theater. Possibly that I enjoyed the latest Indiana Jones movie more than any since the first, although I am pretty easy when it comes to fun-stupid movies.5) Gene Tierney or Rita HayworthRita Hayworth, by a wide margin.6) What’s the last movie you saw on DVD? In theaters?Hey, didn't I just answer this? Vicky Christina Barcelona and Rio Bravo, dammit. Pay attention.7) Irwin Allen’s finest hour?Lost In Space, of course.8) What were the films where you would rather see the movie promised by the poster than the one that was actually made?I don't know movie posters ...9) Chow Yun-Fat or Tony LeungPrefer Kung Po Chicken to either of them ...10) Most pretentious movie everProbably one of those candidate biographies at a politcal convention ...11) Favorite Russ Meyer movieI've never seen one.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.”Holiday (1938).13) Marlene Dietrich or Greta GarboGreta Garbo, although I love Marlene Dietrich as well.14) Best movie snack? Most vile movie snack?Popcorn/Raisinetes15) Current movie star who would be most comfortable in the classic Hollywood studio systemScarlett Johansson, playing all the old Carole Lombard roles. Or George Clooney.16) Fitzcarraldo—yes or no?Don't know it.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?Like I'm supposed to know off the top of my head?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…)...19) Favorite Leo McCarey movieDuck Soup20) Most impressive debut performance by an actor/actress.Orson Welles in Citizen Kane.21) Biggest disappointment of the just-past summer movie seasonFailing to win the lottery.22) Michelle Yeoh or Maggie CheungMichelle Yeoh23) 2008 inductee into the Academy of the OverratedGary Cooper.24) 2008 inductee into the Academy of the UnderratedPaula Prentiss25) Fritz the Cat—yes or no?Haven't seen it.26) Trevor Howard or Richard ToddTrevor Howard, if only for The Third Man, but for many other things as well.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?Woody Allen ignores the rules of 2008 which is to say, he writes 90-minute dialogue-laden character studies in an era of fun-stupid blockbusters.28) Favorite William Castle movieNever seen any of his work.29) Favorite ethnographically oriented movieIs that even a word?30) What’s the movie coming up in 2008 you’re most looking forward to? Why?Never know what's coming out until I read a review in the paper.31) What deceased director would you want to resurrect in order that she/he might make one more film?Howard Hawks.32) What director would you like to see, if not literally entombed, then at least go silent creatively?Chris Columbus, but only if he's literally entombed.33) Your first movie star crushJulie Newmar, which explains a lot. Although she was television. Julie Andrews, then. And you put those two together and you probably have the yin and yang of my entire personality.
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