Wednesday, May 6, 2015

I play the rotten apple summer movie quiz

I, too, will return to better days, when I played blogger and responded to polls, surveys, quizzes, and other invitations.


Here, I respond to


MS. ELIZABETH HALSEY'S ROTTEN APPLE, HOT FOR (BAD) TEACHER SUMMER MOVIE QUIZ

from SLIFR













1) Name a line from a movie that should've become a catch phrase but didn't *
And then depression set in . . .

- Stripes

Len Blum

Dan Goldberg
and
Harold Ramis



2) Your second favorite William Wellman film


The Public Enemy.  As much as I like Jean Harlow or Cagney, I like Wings better and think it's a bigger deal.


3) Viggo Mortensen or Javier Bardem?
I like them both, and should vote for Viggo [just because Bardem is nailing Penelope Cruz, who moves me in untold ways].

 But Bardem is world class.  Every time out.  And I havent seen or heard that he "wants to direct. . . ."
  
4) Favorite first line from a movie


Hello, Duke.


- My Man Godfrey






5) The most disappointing/superfluous “director’s cut” or otherwise extended edition of a movie you’ve seen? *



Apocalypse Now Redux.  Revisiting one's "great works" can only bring trouble. . . .



6) What is the movie you feel was most enhanced by a variant version? *
 Pulp Fiction bowdlerized for TV has a certain ugly charm. . . .
7) Eve Arden or Una Merkel?

My Miss Brooks alone cements this. . . .


8) What was the last DVD/Blu-ray/streaming film you saw? The last theatrical screening?
Streaming:  Last Tango In Paris
Theatrical: Ex Machina
9) Second favorite Michael Mann film


Thief.  Tops for me would be Heat.


10) Name a favorite director’s most egregious misstep
Trying to name a "most egregious" misstep by Woody Allen would be like trying to name my favorite orgasm.
Some are better remembered [Soon Yi / that one in the vestibule at the rooftop lounge over Hotel Washington], but there have been so many. . . .





11) Alain Delon or Marcello Mastroianni?


Marcello.  Cary Grant with a funny accent.  Wait; that's redundant. . . .



12) Jean-Luc Godard famously stated that “all you need for a movie is a girl and a gun.” Name one other essential element that you’d add to the mix.
A camera. . . .



13) Favorite one-sheet that you own, or just your favorite one-sheet (please provide a link to an image if you can)







14) Catherine Spaak or Daniela Giordano?
Ne-e-e-e-e-ver heard of 'em. . . .




15) Director who most readily makes you think “Whatever happened to…?”



Mel Gibson.


16) Now that some time has passed… The Interview, yes or no?
Are you fucking kidding me?

17) Second favorite Alberto Calvalcanti film



Are you fucking kidding me?



18) Though both displayed strong documentary influence in their early films, Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog have focused heavily on the documentary form late in their filmmaking careers. If he had lived, what kind of films do you think Rainer Werner Fassbinder, their partner in the German New Wave of the ‘70s, would be making now?
He'd never have lived. . . .

19) Name a DVD you’ve replaced with a Blu-ray. Name another that you decided not to replace. *





Kelly's Heroes.


The Filth and the Fury.




20) Don Rickles or Rodney Dangerfield?
Are you fucking kidding me?


21) Director who you wish would hurry up and make another film







Nic Beery



22) Second favorite Michael Bay film
Are you fucking kidding me


23) Name a movie that, for whatever reason, you think of as your own



Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.




24) Your favorite movie AI (however loosely you care to define the term)
Rachael [Sean Young] in Blade Runner

25) Your favorite existing DVD commentary track *



Roger Ebert's commentary accompanying Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.



26) The double bill you’d program on the last night of your own revival theater
Kelly's Heroes and the Dirty Dozen 
I have little use for films when I can watch movies


27) Catherine Deneuve or Claudia Cardinale?


Jesus, you make it hard on a guy.






Get it?

7 comments:

mister muleboy said...

Special thanks to The Mythical Monkey for getting me out there. . . .

Mythical Monkey said...

12) Jean-Luc Godard famously stated that “all you need for a movie is a girl and a gun.” Name one other essential element that you’d add to the mix.

A camera. . . .


That's fucking brilliant. Wish I'd thought of it.

You often say things that make me think, "Wish I'd thought of it."

mister muleboy said...

No carom after the hand was my best work

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Your favorite bon mot, pithy witticism, smartass wisecrack, wish-i-said-that piece of repartee, what in other words, the news biz (and no one else in the world) for some wicked nails-on-a-chalkboard reason, insists on calling a "quip": "I have little use for films when I can watch movies." Exactly!

mister muleboy said...

I erred in one of my answers. I said that Last Tango IN Paris was my most recently watched streaming movie.

It was not.

Since then, I streamed [and enjoyed] Night Moves starring Gene Hackman.



One observation prompted by watching Night Moves: in the 1970s, before the rise of a newly successful conservative movement and a "moral majority" and a giggling moral indignation about publicly available "indecent" or "immoral" "materials,"

nudity in American films (usually but not exclusively female nudity) was commonplace and, in most instances I have seen, generally reflected human behavior. People in bed didn't have magic "Strategic Sheets" that hid their bosoms, and people changing clothes after climbing out of a pool frequently were naked between outfits.

Nudity now is genuinely prurient, and inserted strictly for effect (in most cases in American movies that depict it).

While I love prurience -- just love it -- it makes me feel childish and cheap.

Almost everything now publicly disseminated or celebrated makes me feel childish and cheap. Twitter, Facebook, YouPorn, White House press releases, news coverage of Congress.


Everything just seems stupid. . . .

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

That's because everything IS BROKEN.

mister muleboy said...

The "correct" answer have been provided to us by Sergio. . . .