All right, the SLIFR University staff has simply had it with my hemming and hawing and have pushed me and my answers to Professor Russell Johnson’s quiz aside. This is not to say that I won’t attack them later on this week, out of a raging fit of heretofore frustrated completism. But I must make way for the changing of the seasons. Some of you still have snow on the ground for your spring break, and to you I say, in all sincerity, congratulations. Here at SLIFR there is a very rare tip of the meteorological hat to the demarcation of spring, summer, fall and winter—though we did have some very nice, gloomy skies and wet weather over the last week or so. We take what we can get, and so too does the unflappable student body of SLIFR U, ready and willing as they are for another foray into the unfathomable well of personal responses that make up our seasonal quizzes here. This one is being unleashed by one of our most Machiavellian maestros of calculated madness and pent-up fury (albeit in a slapstick vein). Behold the 37-question beast that is the work (with a little help from our noted friends) of physics professor and chairman of the SLIFR Department of Ne’er-Do-Wellery, Professor Fate, not so fresh but still running the Great Race to ultimate film knowledge and discovery. Should you join him on this quest, just be sure to copy and paste the questions into your comments and answer them with the questions attached, so we bewildered students and faculty will know to which pithy question your brilliant response belongs. As always, there is no deadline except that to which your own conscience tethers you. Having set my own conscience free over that last quiz, I wouldn’t worry too much about deadlines were I you… but just don’t tell the testy Professor Fate I ever said that. He has been known, in the past, to, um, go off. So, with that warning, er, encouragement in mind, let us press ever forward into the mind of a brilliant madman and begin scratching out the answers to Professor Fate’s Spring-Loaded, Great-Racing Spring Break Movie Quiz! Go, go, go, go, go! (And many thanks to the students who offered up questions to the professor. If he didn’t use yours this time, don’t be discouraged! There’s always the summer, assuming we all survive this one!)
1) William Demarest or Broderick Crawford?
2) What movies improve when seen in a state of altered consciousness? (Patrick Robbins)
3) Favorite studio or production company logo?
4) Celeste Holm or Joan Blondell?
5) What is the most overrated "classic" film? (Tony Dayoub)
6) What movie do you know for sure you saw, but have no memory of seeing? (Patricia Yokoe Cozzalio)
7) Favorite Hammer Film?
8) Gregory Itzin or Joe Pantoliano?
9) Create a double feature with two different movies with the same title. No remakes. (Peter Nellhaus)
10) Akiko Wakabayashi or Mie Hama? (Ray Young)
11) Can you think of a (non-porn) movie that informed you of the existence of a sexual act you had not known of prior? (Bob Westal)
12) Can you think of a black & white movie that might actually improve if it was in color? (Patrick Robbins)
13) Favorite Pedro Almodovar Film?
14) Kurt Raab or Udo Kier?
15) Worst main title song (Peter Nellhaus)
16) Last movie you saw in a theater? On DVD, Blu-ray or other interesting location/format?
17) Favorite movie reference within a Woddy Allen movie? (Larry Aydlette)
18) Mary Astor or Claudette Colbert?
19) Favorite trailer (provide YouTube link if possible)?
20) Oddest double bill you either saw or saw listed in a theater
21) Favoite Phil Karlson film?
22) Favorite “social problem” picture?
23) Your favourite Harryhausen film/monster? (Ali Arikan)
24) What was the first movie you saw with your significant other? (Patrick Robbins)
25) John Payne or Ronald Reagan?
26) Movie you feel a certain pressure or obligation to see that you have not yet actually seen
27) Favorite “psychedelic” movie (Hey, man, like, define it however you want, man…)
28) Thelma Ritter or Eve Arden?
29) Favorite iconic shot or image from a film?
30) What is the movie that inspired the most memorable argument you ever had about a movie?
31) Raquel Torres or Lupe Velez?
32) Favorite adaptation of Shakespeare to a film?
33) Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein (in 3D)-- yes or no?
34) Favorite movie rating?
35) Olivia Barash or Joyce Hyser?
36) What was the movie that convinced you your favorite movie genre was your favorite movie genre?
37) Favorite Blake Edwards movie?