Wednesday, June 01, 2011

PROFESSOR ED AVERY’S CORTIZONE-FUELED, BIGGER-THAN-LIFE, SUPER BIG GULP-SIZED SUMMER MOVIE QUIZ



Well, kids, it’s been a long time since the staff at SLIFR University has failed to come up with a quarterly film quiz, but this past spring break that’s exactly what happened. The reason, however, is far from mundane. You see, the department heads all decided to go on break together, figuring that they would leave the assembly of the quiz for after the vacation period, as a sort-of-welcome-back-to-the-grueling-reality-of-academia present to the student body. Well, all was well and good for these kind and gentle educators as they enjoyed what was intended to be a relaxing getaway under the warm skies and amid the gentle breezes of Lake Havasu, Arizona. They fished. They swam. They (shhh!) drank beer. Some of them even jet-skied. (Mr. Hand, you are irrepressible and forever young!) But on the day before they were to return, the lake’s big spring break going-away party turned into a nightmare straight out of some B-grade horror picture when something got into the water and, unfortunately, most of the SLIFR staff did not get out of the water in time.

So, after a suitable period of mourning (and mop-up), we surviving staff members decided that cancellation of the proposed post-spring break film quiz was the only appropriate course of action. (Besides, we suspect that the notepad with all the questions on it went down in a dark-red whirlpool along with the lifeless carcass of student favorite Professor Gabe Kotter.)

However, with apologies to Emilio Estevez (and whoever it was that wrote the book), that was then and this, by golly, is now, so on we march. Memorial Day has passed, and we find ourselves, students and teachers alike, on the precipice of a bright, sunny new summer day. And with that in mind, we now present the newest SLIFR movie quiz, this one in memory of our fallen colleagues who dedicated their lives to the betterment of our society through knowledge and who gave their lives so that a pack of mutant piranha would go hungry not a day longer.


Time now for introductions. The young professor who will preside over the administration of this latest quiz is one who, were it not for a pre-existing medical condition, might well have joined that ill-fated group of frolicking faculty in gruesome death on the shores and beneath the waves of Lake Havasu. But he stayed behind, as he was not feeling at all well, and received treatment, which, he assures us, has righted his ship smartly and put him back on the productive road of service to his fellow man. Professor Ed Avery, head of the American History department here at SLIFR, is a hard-working chap who has great love for his students, even if he does seem a bit impatient at times. But faced with willful resistance or (let’s just say it) stupidity, Prof. Avery is not one to let his views go unheard. In fact, since his return from a brief hospitalization, there have been a couple of incidents involving confrontations with parents who, according to Avery and a few witnesses, “didn’t care to hear the truth about their little Susie being a moral midget, the victim of childhood, a congenital disease for which education is the only cure.” Now admittedly, this is a pretty big pill to swallow, and should you have any questions Professor Avery has assured us that since the adoption of his new pharmaceutical regimen he is much calmer, more even, more able to see life as it really is, and he promises that the new outlook will prevent any further such eruptions.

Therefore, we are pleased to present the following exam composed by our highlighted educator, Professor Ed Avery’s Cortizone-Fueled, Bigger-Than-Life, Super Big-Gulp-Sized Summer Movie Quiz! We feel quite confident that you will enjoy it as much or more than any of the previous editions, even if you should be haunted by the images of those who used to tread these hallowed halls, books and papers in hand, whose mangled skeletons lay silent at the bottom of an Arizona lake, stripped of flesh and unrecognizable as the respected members of academia they once were.

As always, we ask that you copy and paste the questions into your word processing program of choice and attach your answers to the questions so casual readers won’t have difficulty processing which witty reply goes with which witty query. We ask that you compose your answers in a word processing program rather than in the comments field underneath the post because of the annoying limit on characters (somewhere around 4,100 per post) that has been imposed by Blogger on lengthy responses.

Other than that, there are no restrictions or limits to your answers. As we here at SLIFR strictly believe, the longer the response, the better and more entertaining. So have at it. And don’t fear if Professor Avery yells at you once or twice. Just encourage him to take another pill and all will eventually be fresh roses and white picket fences once again. (And thanks to the students who have polished Professor Avery’s apple and provided additional questions to be included in this new quiz. Your names have been included below next to your contribution and extra credit points will be added.)

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1) Depending on your mood, your favorite or least-loved movie cliché

2) Regardless of whether or not you eventually caught up with it, which film classic have you lied about seeing in the past?

3) Roland Young or Edward Everett Horton?

4) Second favorite Frank Tashlin movie

5) Clockwork Orange-- yes or no?

6) Best/favorite use of gender dysphoria in a horror film
(Ariel Schudson)

7) Melanie Laurent or Blake Lively?

8) Best movie of 2011 (so far…)

9) Favorite screen performer with a noticeable facial deformity
(Peg Aloi)

10) Lars von Trier: shithead or misunderstood comic savant? (Dean Treadway)

11) Timothy Carey or Henry Silva?

12) Low-profile writer who deserves more attention from critics and /or audiences

13) Movie most recently viewed theatrically, and on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming

14) Favorite film noir villain

15) Best thing about streaming movies?

16) Fay Spain or France Nuyen?
(Peter Nellhaus)

17) Favorite Kirk Douglas movie that isn’t called Spartacus (Peter Nellhaus)

18) Favorite movie about cars

19) Audrey Totter or Marie Windsor?

20) Existing Stephen King movie adaptation that could use an remake/reboot/overhaul

21) Low-profile director who deserves more attention from critics and/or audiences

22) What actor that you previously enjoyed has become distracting or a self-parody?
(Adam Ross)

23) Best place in the world to see a movie

24) Charles McGraw or Sterling Hayden?

25) Second favorite Yasujiro Ozu film

26) Most memorable horror movie father figure

27) Name a non-action-oriented movie that would be fun to see in Sensurround

28) Chris Evans or Ryan Reynolds?

29) Favorite relatively unknown supporting player, from either or both the classic and the modern era

30) Real-life movie location you most recently visited or saw

31) Second favorite Budd Boetticher movie

32) Mara Corday or Julie Adams?

33) Favorite Universal-International western

34) What's the biggest "gimmick" that's drawn you out to see a movie?
(Sal Gomez)

35) Favorite actress of the silent era

36) Best Eugene Pallette performance
(Larry Aydlette)

37) Best/worst remake of the 21st century so far? (Dan Aloi)

38) What could multiplex owners do right now to improve the theatrical viewing experience for moviegoers? What could moviegoers do?

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60 comments:

Peter Nellhaus said...

1. So many cliches to hate. But I'm tired of pop and rock songs that seem like a lazy form of exposition on behalf of the film.
2. I never lie about films that I haven't seen. Really.
3. Horton, for his supporting performances, but also for narration of Fractured Fairy Tales.
4. The Girl Can't Help It. I'm still waiting for a DVD release of Bachelor Flat.
5. Yes to the old ultraviolence.
6. Even though the explanation doesn't really make sense, I got to give it to William Castle's Homicidal.
7. I'm more certain that Mlle. Laurent will be heard from more decisively in the future.
8. Takashi Miike's 13 Assassins.
9. It might be argued that Doris Day has too many freckles.
10. Both. But I really liked The Boss of it All.
11. Silva, because he can do more just being silent and glaring at you.
12. Not totally low profile, but Wisit Sasanatieng should get attention for the films he's written for others.
13. Theater: Cave of Forgotten Dreams, DVD: Too Many Husbands, Streaming: Picasso and Braque go to the Movies.
14. Phyllis Dietrichson as played by Miss Stanwyck.
15. Seeing some films I might not otherwise see.
16. I love Al Capone and that like about Uranus is a high point in Hercules and the Captive Women, but I'm giving it to the woman who played twice on screen with Robert Mitchum and was on stage and space with The Shat: France Nuyen.
17. Lately I've been thinking about The List of Adrian Messenger.
18. Genevieve, with Kay Kendall on trumpet.
19. I'm teetering to Totter.
20. I'd prefer none of the above. It's been downhill since John Carpenter's version of Christine.
21. Lucky McKee should be a better known horror stylist.
22. It's a duel between De Niro and Pacino.
23. My favorite movie theater is the Major Cineplex in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Reserved and comfortable seats, big screen, big theaters, good sound, huge bathrooms, the multplex done right.
24. Hayden, for walking away from Hollywood temporarily.
25. I'll let you know after I see Dragnet Girl.
26. Here's Jack! (Nicholson in The Shining.
27. My Night at Maud's.
28. Gene Evans or Burt Reynolds.
29. Thai actor Somlek Sakdikul is one of the funnies men in movies today. Easily available: Sars Wars.
30. Nothing deliberate, but Colfax Avenue in Denver has been used in a few movies.
31. Ride Lonesome.
32. Corday. She's in The Giant Claw, one of the most reeediculous monster movies of all time. Also Clint Eastwood thought enough of her to cast her in her last movies.
33. Duel at Silver Creek
34. Louise Brooks
35. Always a pleasure to watch, but I'll go with The Cheaters.
36. I didn't like Let Me In as much as some others did. On the other hand, The Beat that Skipped My Heart improved greatly on Fingers.
37. Correct aspect ratios, lighting and better modulated sound for the theaters. Audience: stay home if you're not planning to actually shut up and watch the movie.

Simon Abrams said...

1) When the villain is the hero's loved one and the hero has to talk them down by saying, "Honey, this isn't like you! Fight back! Or some shit!"

2) Probably CASABLANCA though I can't really remember /classics/ I've lied about seeing...

3) Abstain

4) Abstain

5) Yes

6) SLEEPAWAY CAMP counts, right?

7) Abstain

8) TREE OF LIFE

9) Can't think of one so abstain

10) Both

11) Abstain

12) Me, damnit

13) Theater: X-MEN FIRST CLASS
DVD: SHOCK TREATMENT
Blu-Ray: WINGS OF DESIRE
Streaming: RED ROCK WEST

14) Vincent Price's lawyer in LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN

15) It's in my hooooome

16) Abstain

17) OUT OF THE PAST

18) TWO-LANE BLACKTOP

19) Abba-stain

20) SOMETIMES THEY COME BACK

21) Lee Demarbre

22) I dunno, Pacino? Deniro?

23) 68th Street Imax

24) Charles McGraw or Sterling Hayden?

25) LATE SPRING

26) The dude from IT'S ALIVE

27) OCEANS

28) Chris Evans

29) Suet Lam

30) Cannes

31) Abstain

32) Abstain

33) Abstain

34) 3D 3 Stooges shorts

35) Abstain

36) Abstain

37) LET ME IN as best, THE STEPFATHER as worst

38) Lower prices, make quality of theaters better; stop fucking checking their phones in the theater

Samuel Wilson said...

Hmmm...

1. "Nooo!..."
2. Can't recall...honest!
3. Horton.
4. Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?
5. Have to say yes to Kubrick, but this comes closest to no except for Eyes Wide Shut.
6. First thing comes to mind is Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs but I don't know if I'd call that a favorite.
7. Laurent.
8. Still catching up with 2010.
9. Does K. Douglas's dimple count?
10. Misunderstood shithead savant.
11. Silva over the long haul.
12. Jose Giovanni, French crime specialist.
13. Theater:Thor; DVD:Holy Flame of the Martial World; Stream: Vampire Circus.
14. Raymond Burr in anything.
15. Don't have to buy 'em.
16. Nuyen.
17. Ace in the Hole.
18. The Great Race
19. Totter.
20. Since I can only judge by the movies: none.
21. Larry Blamire
22. Anthony Hopkins
23. In my experience, the Spectrum in Albany.
24. Tough, but I'll take Hayden.
25. An Autumn Afternoon is the other one I've seen besides Tokyo Story.
26. Gotta go with Nicholson.
27. ???
28. Evans I can stand.
29. Too many to choose from in the past, but more recently Bill Sadler.
30. I work and used to live in the same downtown where The Age of Innocence was filmed.
31. Comanche Station
32. The Gill-Man and I say Adams
33. Winchester 73
34. Blair Witch Project.
35. Brigitte Helm
36. Friar Tuck
37. Best: True Grit; Worst: Clash of the Titans
38. Exhibitors can lower prices; moviegoers can take their feet -- bare or shod - off the back of someone else's chair

Patrick said...

19) Audrey Totter or Marie Windsor?

Pass.

20) Existing Stephen King movie adaptation that could use an remake/reboot/overhaul

I think The Running Man could be revamped into reality-show territory and be all the more relevant today. (Digression: I hear that Frank Darabont has the rights to The Long Walk, one of the Richard Bachman books, and promises to get to it one day. I hope it's true.)

21) Low-profile director who deserves more attention from critics and/or audiences

Tom DiCillo. He makes small films with vision. Box of Moonlight discovered Sam Rockwell. Living in Oblivion is the definitive statement about the tedium of making movies. And one of his movies won a Grammy. That's right, a Grammy. Even Hitchcock can't say that. http://www.tomdicillo.com/blog/

22) What actor that you previously enjoyed has become distracting or a self-parody? (Adam Ross)

The one who comes to mind is Kenneth Branaugh. When I see him acting nowadays, I see nothing but craft being applied. It's the "being applied" part that kills me.

23) Best place in the world to see a movie

I've been lucky enough to see several movies at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The comfy seats, the curtains, the top-notch projection, the knowledgeable audience - it makes for SUCH a pleasurable experience.

24) Charles McGraw or Sterling Hayden?

I love Sterling Hayden so much I won't even bother to find out who Charles McGraw is.

25) Second favorite Yasujiro Ozu film

Sorry - total pass.

26) Most memorable horror movie father figure

Christopher Lee in The Wicker Man. Who on that island didn't love him? Who in the audience wasn't chilled by his manic smile as he sang "Sumer Is Icumen In"?

27) Name a non-action-oriented movie that would be fun to see in Sensurround

You know what leaps to mind? My Dinner With Andre. What if you could hear silverware and conversation all around you and got the sense you were right in the middle of the restaurant with them both?

28) Chris Evans or Ryan Reynolds?

I still gotta hand it to the former Mr. Scarlett Johansson.

29) Favorite relatively unknown supporting player, from either or both the classic and the modern era

So many favorites come to mind - John Turturro, Chris Cooper, M. Emmet Walsh, Luis Guzman, Jeremy Davies, J.K. Simmons, James Rebhorn, Fred Willard - but when I think of them, I can't imagine them being relatively unknown. Relative to what? So I'll just steal Tom Brady's line about his favorite Super Bowl ring: "The next one."

30) Real-life movie location you most recently visited or saw

I often go to Red's Eats in Wiscasset, ME, which is glimpsed (and I mean glimpsed) in In the Bedroom. Best Lobster Roll in America.

31) Second favorite Budd Boetticher movie

That's to rule out Tall T, isn't it? In that case, I pass.

32) Mara Corday or Julie Adams?

Pffft.

33) Favorite Universal-International western

Oh, let's say Winchester '73. "Doesn't the fact that it's universal make it international?" - Crow T. Robot.

34) What's the biggest "gimmick" that's drawn you out to see a movie? (Sal Gomez)

Seeing Terrence Malick introduce Badlands at the Maine International Film Festival.

35) Favorite actress of the silent era

Louise Brooks had it all.

36) Best Eugene Pallette performance (Larry Aydlette)

I do so like Lady Eve.

37) Best/worst remake of the 21st century so far? (Dan Aloi)

I'm the guy who liked the new Ocean's 11. (Not 12; couldn't be bothered with 13.) And I don't have to see the new Wicker Man to know how loathsome it is.

38) What could multiplex owners do right now to improve the theatrical viewing experience for moviegoers? What could moviegoers do?

Multiplex owners: Consider retro nights. Once or twice a month, show a classic movie that everyone has on DVD, just to give them the chance to see it with an audience. Moviegoers: SHUT UP.

Patrick said...

Ohboyohboyohboy...

1) Depending on your mood, your favorite or least-loved movie cliché

My least favorite cliche is the hair salon named Curl Up and Dye. I've seen it in at least three movies (Blues Brothers, Earth Girls Are Easy, Runaway Bride), always in a lovingly lingering shot, and it reeks of shorthand for "Laugh, goddammit, LAUGH."

2) Regardless of whether or not you eventually caught up with it, which film classic have you lied about seeing in the past?

When I was a kid, my folks came back from seeing Tootsie quoting the dialogue. The next day in school, I requoted the dialogue to prove that I'd seen it. (Like my folks'd let me go to an R rated movie at age 11.)

3) Roland Young or Edward Everett Horton?

EEH brought humor to the grace of Fred and Ginger, and grace to the humor of Rocky and Bullwinkle. Even though he narrated the creepiest bicycle safety short ever (http://youtu.be/Ax-li2-MndU), he still gets my vote.

4) Second favorite Frank Tashlin movie

I'm guessing "second favorite" is meant to eliminate The Girl Can't Help It. Sadly, that also eliminates me. (Unless you're counting his cartoons, in which case, Plane Daffy.)

5) Clockwork Orange-- yes or no?

OH yes. One of the best examples of an actor convincing audiences to root for the bad guy.

6) Best/favorite use of gender dysphoria in a horror film (Ariel Schudson)

(consults dictionary and Google) I don't like the limit to horror films, so I'm going to say Chris Sarandon in Dog Day Afternoon. (But thank you for sending me searching and finding a great page about transgender cinema: http://www.cinematter.com/madeleine2.html)

7) Melanie Laurent or Blake Lively?

Even with Blake's nude-pix scandal in full throttle, I can't turn away from what Melanie did in Inglourious Basterds. So Melanie it is.

8) Best movie of 2011 (so far…)

Hangover 2.

Gotcha! I'm going with Hanna.

9) Favorite screen performer with a noticeable facial deformity (Peg Aloi)

Oh, I like this. I've got to go with Robert Redford - even at the height of his beauty, I was always staring at his right cheek, which looked like it had melting candle wax on it.

10) Lars von Trier: shithead or misunderstood comic savant? (Dean Treadway)

I'll get my chocolate in my peanut butter and call him a misunderstood shithead.

11) Timothy Carey or Henry Silva?

Carey, for one reason and one reason only: his delivery of the line "Now you got the edge on him" in Paths of Glory.

12) Low-profile writer who deserves more attention from critics and /or audiences

It seems to me that most writers, when they hit that grand slam, do get notice, leaving their low profile behind. Having said that, I choose Harold Ramis, who people know as a director and forget how much his writing shaped comedy in the '80s.

13) Movie most recently viewed theatrically, and on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming

Theatrically: Hanna. On DVD: The Thin Man. Streaming: Be Hear to Love Me; A Film About Townes Van Zandt.

14) Favorite film noir villain

Robert Mitchum in The Night of the Hunter. "Chillll...dren?"

15) Best thing about streaming movies?

When the thought suddenly occurs to you what movie you want to see, and within three minutes you're watching the opening credits. There's a lot to be said for instant gratification.

16) Fay Spain or France Nuyen? (Peter Nellhaus)

Pass.

17) Favorite Kirk Douglas that isn’t called Spartacus (Peter Nellhaus)

Out of the Past. I swear by my tattoo. Oh, wait - that's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Hmmm... Nope, still Out of the Past.

18) Favorite movie about cars

Was American Graffiti about cars? If not, Two Lane Blacktop.

Flickhead said...

#9: the guy with no cheek nor chin talking to Joey Maddox in Perfomance.

Robert Fiore said...

1) Depending on your mood, your favorite or least-loved movie cliché

As I believe I answered the last time you asked this question, when they pretend they're giving you the sad ending then come back with the happy one, not fooling anyone for a minute. I am utterly fed up with this.

2) Regardless of whether or not you eventually caught up with it, which film classic have you lied about seeing in the past?

When I was in elementary school I told my friends I'd seen all the James Bond movies, when I hadn't seen a one. Don't know why, I've never liked the damned things.

3) Roland Young or Edward Everett Horton?

I ask you, was Roland Young ever on Rocky and Bullwinkle? I adore Edward Everett Horton.

4) Second favorite Frank Tashlin movie

The Girl Can't Help It.

5) Clockwork Orange-- yes or no?

Absolutely. For the record, the following Kubricks leave me totally cold: Lolita, 2001, The Shining and Eyes Wide Shut.

6) Best/favorite use of gender dysphoria in a horror film (Ariel Schudson)

Repulsion.

7) Melanie Laurent or Blake Lively?

Melanie Laurent is the one I've seen in a picture. If you have the occasion, take a look at the title sequence of the TV documentary The World at War and ask yourself whether that's where Tarantino got the idea for the burning face.

8) Best movie of 2011 (so far…)

The Clock. It's a shame it wasn't out when I was out of work last year, so I could have watched more than the 2 and a half hours I managed to catch. Great experience. As far as theatrically released movies, I honestly don't think I've seen one that was worth a shit.

9) Favorite screen performer with a noticeable facial deformity (Peg Aloi)

Didn't Peter Lorre have a scar of some kind? Or am I thinking of makeup for some picture? Do those goo-goo-googly eyes count?

10) Lars von Trier: shithead or misunderstood comic savant? (Dean Treadway)

Completely understood shithead.

11) Timothy Carey or Henry Silva?

Henry Silva. That almost handsome/just a little crazy look of his makes him seem genuinely dangerous.

12) Low-profile writer who deserves more attention from critics and /or audiences

George Axelrod.

13) Movie most recently viewed theatrically, and on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming

Theatrically: A double bill of High Plains Drifter (pretty good) and Pale Rider (pee-you). DVD: My Darling Clementine. Blu Ray: The Mikado from 1939 (one of my favorite movies).

Robert Fiore said...

14) Favorite film noir villain

Kasper Gutman.

15) Best thing about streaming movies?

The perception that you're watching them for free.

16) Fay Spain or France Nuyen? (Peter Nellhaus)

Fay Spain to look at. Don't think I've seen either in a picture.

17) Favorite Kirk Douglas that isn’t called Spartacus (Peter Nellhaus)

Out of the Past. More accurately, favorite movie that has Kirk Douglas in it. Never cared for him.

18) Favorite movie about cars

Death Proof.

19) Audrey Totter or Marie Windsor?

Marie Windsor. Now there's a dame that looked good in Fifties underwear.

20) Existing Stephen King movie adaptation that could use an remake/reboot/overhaul

I think there are enough Stephen King movies in existence that they don't need to be duplicated.

21) Low-profile director who deserves more attention from critics and/or audiences

Albert Brooks, though he's gotten a fair amount of attention.

22) What actor that you previously enjoyed has become distracting or a self-parody? (Adam Ross)

Well, I guess Jack Nicholson is the Master of the Obvious choice here.

23) Best place in the world to see a movie

If all expenses were paid, Paris. In the real world, the Arclight Hollywood.

24) Charles McGraw or Sterling Hayden?

Sterling Hayden.

25) Second favorite Yasujiro Ozu film

If I named one I'd be answering question 2 again.

Robert Fiore said...

26) Most memorable horror movie father figure

The Stepfather in The Stepfather.

27) Name a non-action-oriented movie that would be fun to see in Sensurround

I cannot imagine Sensurround enhancing the filmgoing experience in any way.

28) Chris Evans or Ryan Reynolds?

Ryan Reynolds has some comic flair to go along with the abdominal muscles, doesn't he?

29) Favorite relatively unknown supporting player, from either or both the classic and the modern era

Al Bridge, in many a Preston Sturges picture.

30) Real-life movie location you most recently visited or saw

Griffith Observatory, I suppose.

31) Second favorite Budd Boetticher movie

The Tall T.

32) Mara Corday or Julie Adams?

Mara Corday.

33) Favorite Universal-International western

Nothing really leaps to mind, quite frankly.

34) What's the biggest "gimmick" that's drawn you out to see a movie? (Sal Gomez)

I just go for the staples, IMAX and 3D.

35) Favorite actress of the silent era

Clara Bow, I suppose.

36) Best Eugene Pallette performance (Larry Aydlette)

The elder Pike in The Lady Eve.

37) Best/worst remake of the 21st century so far? (Dan Aloi)

Best: True Grit. Worst: Arthur seems to be the most completely misbegotten, not that I or anyone else has actually seen more than the trailer.

38) What could multiplex owners do right now to improve the theatrical viewing experience for moviegoers? What could moviegoers do?

On the one hand, you've got those stadium seating seats that slant back. On the other hand, you've got these big soft drink cups that drip on you when you try to drink from them on back-slanting seats. Solution: Provide bendy straws.

Peter Nellhaus said...

I just realized I missed question 34, so all my answers from that number on are off by a number. My fault. I was plotting the next place to hide Professor Avery's meds.

Anyways the closest to a gimmick would be that seeing the film in the theater would be the only way I could see the film at all, as when several films by Mikio Naruse played in Denver last year.

Harry K. said...

1) Depending on your mood, your favorite or least-loved movie cliché

Being a man of simple pleasures, how can I say no to what may be the longest lasting cliché of all time, the double take? I can’t help it, every time I see it, I laugh. A close second is when a fat man wipes his hand down his face after getting hit with a pie or sprayed with a seltzer bottle.

2) Regardless of whether or not you eventually caught up with it, which film classic have you lied about seeing in the past?

La Strada, with an excuse. I was in the room when it was playing, but fell asleep before my friend slipped it into the VCR. I feel in the presence of only counts as half a lie.

3) Roland Young or Edward Everett Horton?

See my answer to number one. How could it be anyone but the King of Fractured Fairytales?

4) Second favorite Frank Tashlin movie

Artists and Their Models. My Shirley MacLaine fetish will out.

5) Clockwork Orange-- yes or no?

A quiet Yes, I think. It’s one of two movies, the other one being Lolita, where it feels like Kubrick let his hair down and made a sloppy film. I can like it for that alone.

6) Best/favorite use of gender dysphoria in a horror film (Ariel Schudson)

What a strangely near impossible question. There are a ridiculous amount of answers. I think I’m going to go with Homicidal. There are tons of transwomen in horror films, and a surprisingly small amount of transmen. Let then Homicidal be the flag bearer for a new generation of horror films, that now let women be men as equally as men are women.

7) Melanie Laurent or Blake Lively?

I’m sorry Blake, but Ms Laurent never butchered her way through my beloved Boston accent. The French lady takes it.

8) Best movie of 2011 (so far…)
Barney’s Version. And yes, I checked. Limited release date: January 11. Right under the wire.

9) Favorite screen performer with a noticeable facial deformity (Peg Aloi)

Jack Elam. I mean, I have never seen anyone with one eye bigger than the other before him or since.

10) Lars von Trier: shithead or misunderstood comic savant? (Dean Treadway)

I’m not entirely sure there’s a difference. I mean, look at Jerry Lewis, who could easily make it into both categories.

11) Timothy Carey or Henry Silva?

Timothy Carey. He was less tough, but a lot more mad.

12) Low-profile writer who deserves more attention from critics and /or audiences

I’ve been poking around in my brain for a while, but it seems that there’s nothing doing. Alright, I’ll go Budd Boetticher. I always liked Two Mules for Sister Sarah. My Shirley MacLaine fetish will out.

13) Movie most recently viewed theatrically, and on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming

Theatrically, Hangover II, which like many have opined is just not funny. But something that no one seems to have noticed that the cinematography, at least to my eye, is some of the most striking I’ve seen all year. Which is not something you should notice in a comedy maybe. The last film I saw on DVD in its entirety was the 1943 Heaven Can Wait with a group of friends who never saw it. Which needs no extra superlatives from me, I think. Streaming was Coldblooded, which was much better than I expected.

14) Favorite film noir villain

A stereotypical answer, but Kasper Gutman, in all of his glory. If only for the moment right after Wilmer escapes and Greenstreet stalks about the room, and you see him stalking about the apartment. Chills every time.

15) Best thing about streaming movies?

There’s no filter. You end up watching whatever passes under your nose, because there’s no wait and no cost. You end up watching all sorts of things you wouldn’t otherwise. Could also double for the worst thing about streaming movies.

16) Fay Spain or France Nuyen? (Peter Nellhaus)

France Nuyen, for no reason I can divulge in public.

17) Favorite Kirk Douglas that isn’t called Spartacus (Peter Nellhaus)

For my Grandpa, Detective James Mcleod, Detective Story

Harry K. said...

18) Favorite movie about cars

I just watched this again, and again, easy answer, but the original Gone in Sixty Seconds.

19) Audrey Totter or Marie Windsor?

Marie Windsor, because when she was bad she was horrid.

20) Existing Stephen King movie adaptation that could use an remake/reboot/overhaul
Wow, it looks like Stephen King wrote a script for a reboot of Sorry, Wrong Number. Admittedly not the biggest fan of his works, I want another version of this movie, because it’s hard to complain about one more rebooting of a story that’s been done about a billion different ways.

21) Low-profile director who deserves more attention from critics and/or audiences

Critics wise? I have a place in my heart for Gerry Marshall. He may make soppy sentimental drivel, but he means it more than any other director working, so that when his lovers come together, it still seems to mean something. He is the last great studio churner of rom-coms, and when he’s gone, I think people will be surprised by how much they miss him.

22) What actor that you previously enjoyed has become distracting or a self-parody? (Adam Ross)

Mickey Rourke. Since the Wrestler, I think he’s been placed in a series of roles that rehash this sort of depthless tough guy. Rourke has (had?) a range, and he’s not using it right now. Maybe that will change.

23) Best place in the world to see a movie

Any time the screen image fills the borders of my glasses. Because I love seeing pores.

24) Charles McGraw or Sterling Hayden?

Sterling Hayden, because he looks so good with his ceegar.

25) Second favorite Yasujiro Ozu film
Late Spring

26) Most memorable horror movie father figure

Michael Powell, Peeping Tom

27) Name a non-action-oriented movie that would be fun to see in Sensurround

Any movie with Eugene Pallette. Just imagine what would happen when he opened his mouth…

28) Chris Evans or Ryan Reynolds?

Ryan Reynolds, easy.

29) Favorite relatively unknown supporting player, from either or both the classic and the modern era

John Glover. I always cheer when he slides into frame.

30) Real-life movie location you most recently visited or saw
I saw the Castelleon Pharmacy just this morning, and Jason Statham stops off there in one of the early scenes in the Mechanic. It’s the big pink building.

31) Second favorite Budd Boetticher movie
Seven Men From Now. With Two Mules For Sister Sarah number one. My Shirley MacLaine fetish will out.

32) Mara Corday or Julie Adams?

*sigh* Julie Adams.

33) Favorite Universal-International western

Audie Murphy nasty, No Name On the Bullet

34) What's the biggest "gimmick" that's drawn you out to see a movie? (Sal Gomez)

Reign Over Me. The trailer cheated and made it seem like Donald Southerland was all over that movie. That was unfair, trailer dude.

35) Favorite actress of the silent era

It may not be much, but god, was Joan Crawford beautiful then.

36) Best Eugene Pallette performance (Larry Aydlette)

I mentioned it earlier, but Heaven Can Wait. ‘I can’t see how the Captain got out of the Barrel!?!’

37) Best/worst remake of the 21st century so far? (Dan Aloi)

I thought that the Mechanic was actually pretty sweet. Until I get a definitive list so I know what to tell you, I’ll go with my most recent pleasant surprise. As for worst, I was pretty unhappy with the remake of House of Wax

38) What could multiplex owners do right now to improve the theatrical viewing experience for moviegoers? What could moviegoers do?

Well, in New Orleans, some of the multiplexes have slurpee machines filled with alcoholic frozen drinks. Not that I’m a lush, but I’ve found it to be a pleasant surprise. What the audience could do is stop sitting down next to me in hard R rated movies with their six year old children. Not that I’m a prude, but it makes for quite the discomforting viewing.

dave s said...

PART 1

Q1) Depending on your mood, your favorite or least-loved movie cliché.
A1) Favourite: The slasher movie that starts with an inciting incident flashback. Least Favourite: The overturned cart during chase scenes.

Q2) Regardless of whether or not you eventually caught up with it, which film classic have you lied about seeing in the past?
A2) I don’t think I’ve lied about seeing any, but I have tried several times to like Rules of the Game and Hiroshima, Mon Amour and they both bore that hell out of me.

Q3) Roland Young or Edward Everett Horton?
A3) Okay, these are “or” questions are getting to be too much like work. How about Horton because he was in Love, American Style?

Q4) Second favorite Frank Tashlin movie?
A4) One of the Porky Pig Shorts.

Q5) Clockwork Orange-- yes or no?
A5) A bloshy yes.

Q6) Best/favorite use of gender dysphoria in a horror film (Ariel Schudson)
A6) Psycho, because Mother, uh what's the phrase?... isn't quite herself today

Q7) Melanie Laurent or Blake Lively?
A7) Laurent because she’s a basterd.

Q8) Best movie of 2011 (so far…)
A8) Though I’m not sure I’ve seen anything that would make a Top 10 of the Year list yet, I’m gonna have to go with Bridesmaids.

Q9) Favorite screen performer with a noticeable facial deformity (Peg Aloi)?
A9) Richard Lynch?

Q10) Lars von Trier: shithead or misunderstood comic savant? (Dean Treadway)
A10) How about terrific filmmaker who shouldn’t need to bother trying to be controversial in interviews.

Q11) Timothy Carey or Henry Silva?
A12) Both are great, but I’m going with Silva for all his Euro-work.

Q12) Low-profile writer who deserves more attention from critics and /or audiences
A12) Simon Rich – guaranteed laffs.

Q13) Movie most recently viewed theatrically, and on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming
A13) Theatre: The Hangover 2; DVD: Dying Room Only (Terrific 1973 Cloris Leachman TV movie written by Richard Matheson).

Q14) Favorite film noir villain?
A14) Bruno Anthony (Robert Walker) from Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train.

Q15) Best thing about streaming movies?
A15) Availability.

Q16) Fay Spain or France Nuyen? (Peter Nellhaus)
A16) Nuyen – Apes, airplane disaster TV movie.

Q17) Favorite Kirk Douglas movie that isn’t called Spartacus (Peter Nellhaus)
A17) Without a doubt, Paths of Glory, though I’ve got a weird obsession with The Fury.

dave s said...

PART 2

Q18) Favorite movie about cars
A18) Two-Lane Blacktop.

Q19) Audrey Totter or Marie Windsor?
A19) Windsor.

Q20) Existing Stephen King movie adaptation that could use an remake/reboot/overhaul
A20) It! A fantastic novel, but an iffy mini-series. I see it as a black and white 90-minute movie. It starts on that rainy night with Georgie's death at the hands of a child molester, then cuts to the present day when we gather the main characters who join forces to deal with the childhood fears that have haunted them forever. When it's time to face the creature in the sewer, it's only Georgie. This story, to me, has ALWAYS been about the death of childhood.

Q21) Low-profile director who deserves more attention from critics and/or audiences?
A21) Takashi Miike.

Q22) What actor that you previously enjoyed has become distracting or a self-parody? (Adam Ross)
A23) Michael Cera, though he was great in Scott Pilgrim.

Q23) Best place in the world to see a movie?
A23) In a big theatre with an appreciative audience, good sound and professional projection.

Q24) Charles McGraw or Sterling Hayden?
A23) Although The Birds is coming, my answer is Hayden.

Q25) Second favorite Yasujiro Ozu film?
A25) Haven’t seen one yet.

Q26) Most memorable horror movie father figure?
A26) Does Terry O’Quinn in the 1987 version of the Stepfather count?

Q27) Name a non-action-oriented movie that would be fun to see in Sensurround
A27) Avoiding all sex jokes, I’m gonna go with The Exorcist.

Q28) Chris Evans or Ryan Reynolds?
A28) Reynolds for his torso and sense of humour.

Q29) Favorite relatively unknown supporting player, from either or both the classic and the modern era?
A29) Thelma Ritter.

Q30) Real-life movie location you most recently visited or saw?
A30) I live in the Canadian province where the Daniel Day Lewis flick Rose & the Snake (that no one saw) was shot, so I see locations from that everyday. Also the Ellen Paige flick Ghost Cat (aka Mrs. Ashboro’s Cat) was shot here(I worked in the production office), so I see locations from that daily too. And I was recently in Halifax, so I also saw locations from Hobo With a Shotgun…

Q31) Second favorite Budd Boetticher movie?
A31) I haven’t seen one.

Q32) Mara Corday or Julie Adams?
A32) Corday has more work in my favourite genre, so Corday, though Adams has more than enough charms to make a Gillman fall for her.

Q33) Favorite Universal-International western?
A33) Never been my favorite genre and researching this has proven too difficult, so I’m going to make up a title and say: The Thing That Happened at Broken Arrow Creek.

Q34) What's the biggest "gimmick" that's drawn you out to see a movie? (Sal Gomez)
A34) 3-D, but now it’ll keep me away from a movie.

Q35) Favorite actress of the silent era?
A35) Oh my God – Louise Brooks!

Q36) Best Eugene Pallette performance (Larry Aydlette)?
A36) Chick McGann in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

Q37) Best/worst remake of the 21st century so far? (Dan Aloi)
A37) Best: Probably something unnecessary from a country where English isn’t their first language. Worst: Probably a remake of a 70’s or 80’s horror classic.

Q38) What could multiplex owners do right now to improve the theatrical viewing experience for moviegoers? What could moviegoers do?
A38) Owners: Hire projectionists to actually sit in the projection booth and make sure the movies are in focus, the sound is running properly, and that the screen is at its proper ratio. Moviegoers: Respect the “Turn off your cell phones and mobile devices” notifications.

Mythical Monkey said...

I posted my answers over at the Mythical Monkey, here ...

Julie said...

1) Depending on your mood, your favorite or least-loved movie cliché

I'm fed up with aggressive or nontraditionally feminine women in movies having masculine names - Alex, Sam, Max, etc. It's almost a distancing mechanism, as if to say "oh don't worry, we've given them a boy name to make sure you understand that they're witty or know kung fu." Start looking for it, it's everywhere (TV too).

2) Regardless of whether or not you eventually caught up with it, which film classic have you lied about seeing in the past?
I don't think I've ever outright LIED, but I've frequently stayed extremely quiet on the subject of Star Wars so as to avoid the inevitable shitstorm. (I have since seen it).

3) Roland Young or Edward Everett Horton?
Charlie Ruggles!

4) Second favorite Frank Tashlin movie
Having only seen "The Girl Can't Help It" and "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" and preferring the later, then I suppose it's the former.

5) Clockwork Orange-- yes or no?
Bring on the milk plus!

7) Melanie Laurent or Blake Lively?
Can they even be compared? Lively was surprisingly good in "The Town," but come on, Laurent was a Basterd!

8) Best movie of 2011 (so far…)
I'll say "Hanna" for now, though I still have a lot of catching up to do.

9) Favorite screen performer with a noticeable facial deformity (Peg Aloi)
Gene Kelly has that adorable little scar next to his mouth.

10) Lars von Trier: shithead or misunderstood comic savant? (Dean Treadway)
Option C: harmless person who sometimes doesn't think through what he's saying.

12) Low-profile writer who deserves more attention from critics and /or audiences
Owen Wilson deserves more credit for cowriting Wes Anderson's first three films.

13) Movie most recently viewed theatrically, and on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming
Theatrically: The Tree of Life
DVD: Footlight Parade
Blu-ray: Shock Corridor
Streaming: The Blue Angel

14) Favorite film noir villain
Assuming this excludes antiheroes...I have a particular fondness for the unexpectedly icy menace of Hume Cronyn's prison warden in "Brute Force." Oh, and Harry Lime, if that counts.

15) Best thing about streaming movies?
Finding ones that aren't on DVD

17) Favorite Kirk Douglas that isn’t called Spartacus (Peter Nellhaus)
Does his filmography really slant so heavily towards one obvious choice? "Ace in the Hole," people!

18) Favorite movie about cars
Does "Detour" count?

Julie said...

19) Audrey Totter or Marie Windsor?
Windsor, for "The Narrow Margin."

21) Low-profile director who deserves more attention from critics and/or audiences
Noah Baumbach. He has sort of a cult following, but I think it's time he hits the big leagues (he could also count in the writer category).

22) What actor that you previously enjoyed has become distracting or a self-parody? (Adam Ross)
I'll have to second Jack Nicholson.

23) Best place in the world to see a movie
For comfort, luxury, and technical excellence, you can't beat the Arclight Hollywood. For crowd/ambiance, I gotta give it up to the Cinefamily, also in LA.

24) Charles McGraw or Sterling Hayden?
Hayden might just be the best part of "Dr. Strangelove."

27) Name a non-action-oriented movie that would be fun to see in Sensurround
Hmmm...maybe a Morgan Freeman movie so you could really feel that voice. On a related note, the bass was so rumbly at a recent Arclight showing of "Thor" that I'm pretty sure it counts as Sensurround.

28) Chris Evans or Ryan Reynolds?
I call foul on question recycling! I suppose it's particularly relevant, however, in advance of their respective superhero films. It's an apt comparison because both are total charmers who consistently bring an unbelievable level of charisma to their frequently thankless roles. I have to say, though, that I haven't seen Reynolds top his brilliant turn in the long-forgotten sitcom "Two Guys and a Girl." Evans lights up the screen in even the smallest roles (Scott Pilgrim, anyone?), and - full disclosure - he's a native of my otherwise completely obscure town!

29) Favorite relatively unknown supporting player, from either or both the classic and the modern era
Thomas Mitchell

30) Real-life movie location you most recently visited or saw
I live in Hollywood. I am told that a few movies have been shot here (though I know that all the actual studios are in Burbank or Culver City). More specifically, I work right next to Beverly Hills City Hall, which shows up in "Beverly Hills Cop."

34) What's the biggest "gimmick" that's drawn you out to see a movie? (Sal Gomez)
I saw "Buried" because I just had to see for myself how a movie could take place entirely in a coffin. Well, it does. And it's awesome.

35) Favorite actress of the silent era
Although Louise Brooks seems to be emerging as the favorite here, I gotta say that having read her book of essays and knowing about her life I love her all the more. But there's also Falconetti!

36) Best Eugene Pallette performance (Larry Aydlette)
Hard not to live his turn as a patriarch surrounded by nutty dames in "My Man Godfrey"

37) Best/worst remake of the 21st century so far? (Dan Aloi)
Worst? I can't say with authority, since I avoid most of them. One of the remakes that LOOKED the worst though, based on advertising, was "The Women." I do love the 2007 "Hairspray," although that's more an adaptation of a musical based on the original film. I also find Nolan's "Insomnia" and Soderbergh's "Solaris" to be quite good.

38) What could multiplex owners do right now to improve the theatrical viewing experience for moviegoers? What could moviegoers do?
I've long thought that theaters should be rigged up in such a fashion that if somebody crosses a noise threshold, their seat lowers down and moves through a corridor until they are ejected into the lobby, thus sparing their fellow patrons not only their noise but the racket of eviction. Short of that, just giving a crap about projection quality would be nice.

Dean Treadway said...

I have my answers here: http://filmicability.blogspot.com/2011/06/even-more-answers-for-good-professor.html

Dennis Cozzalio said...

Julie: Damn! I thought I'd done a passable job of AVOIDING question recycling this time around (it gets harder as "the professors" get older, nomesane?), but if you say I've presented those two cheerful hunks in competition before, then I believe it. The inspiration was, of course, this summer's GREEN LANTERN/CAPTAIN AMERICA showdown. I favor one over the other, but I won't reveal which one just yet!

Erik Beck said...

1) My least favorite is the slow clap. Oh God. Drives me insane.



2) Never a classic. I lied about reading Scarlet Letter and seeing the horrible 1995 film as an undergrad and wrote a paper on both and got an A. I eventually read it and saw it (much to my regret).



3) EEH by far. Or even Edward Harrimann (sp?) playing an EEH type character in Purple Rose of Cairo.



4) Porky's Road Race (with Porky's Romance as my fav)

5) Yes, yes, yes. I've reviewed the film twice and the book once.


7) Lively is good looking but her good performance in The Town falls behind Laurent's great performance in Inglourious Basterds.

8) Of the three I've seen I go with Midnight in Paris

9) Does Harrison Ford's scar count?

10) definitely the former

11) Timothy Carey

12) I'll go with me

13) theatrically - Midnight in Paris

DVD - Alias the Doctor

streaming - Ratatouille

14) The Fat Man - no question

15) that Miramax's all just went to Watch Instantly just before I got to the 90's in my Best Picture series

17) Paths of Glory by far

20) Salem's Lot

21) Cary Fukunaga

22) Tom Cruise

23) Mission Pub in Portland

24) are you kidding? Sterling Hayden robs the bank and protects my bodily fluids and takes one in the eye from Michael Corleone - he is the man

25) Late Summer (Tokyo Story is #1)

26) I've always seen Van Helsing as a father figure - so I go with Peter Cushing as Van Helsing

27) Trainspotting

28) My urge to punch the DC guy who gave approval for Ryan Reynolds to play Hal Jordan is greater than my urge to punch the Marvel exec who approved Chris Evans to play Captain America

Aaron Eckhart would have been great as either, but especially as Steve Rogers

29) Michael Maloney in many of Branagh's films

30) I live in Boston - I see a lot

31) The Tall T (with Bullfighter and the Lady as #1)

32) What is it with all the soap opera actressess? I'll go with Corday because she was in the enjoyably bad Tarantula (with Eastwood)

34) free showing of West Side Story at the Mission before they played the Oscars live on the big screen

35) Norma Shearer

36) The Lady Eve

37) Best - The Departed
Worst - Benigni's Pinocchio

38) theaters could ban popcorn (sorry - the smell makes me nauseous)

moviegoers could stop going to such horrendous films (like Transformers and its sequels) so that studios would stop making them

Greg said...

I shall take one or two of these and answer them at Cinema Styles. Ever since my layoff and then new job, all encompassing some two years now (laid off July 2009) I haven't had the time online I used to. First there was looking for a job, then getting one and needing to hold on to it. I've got a heavy workload but, dammit, I've missed, like, the last two or three of these quizzes and, by God, I'm not missing this one!

God as my witness, and all that. I'll re-comment here when my answer is up.

W.B. Kelso said...

Quiz is a GO!

http://microbrewreviews.blogspot.com
/2011/06/meme-leech-quiz-or-die.html

Stacia said...

whose mangled skeletons lay silent at the bottom of an Arizona lake, stripped of flesh and unrecognizable as the respected members of academia they once were.

Marrow sucked from their bones? Neat.

I'll be posting my answers to the blog in due course and respond with the link, as is tradition.

Ned Merrill said...

1) Depending on your mood, your favorite or least-loved movie cliché

Maybe this isn't exactly a "movie cliche"...Perhaps because I lost a parent at a young age, the fact that mainstream films continually mine this situation for "deep" pathos and emotion elicits more eye rolls and groans than others.

2) Regardless of whether or not you eventually caught up with it, which film classic have you lied about seeing in the past?

There are many such voids in my viewing history, but I've always been on the level about these shortcomings.

3) Roland Young or Edward Everett Horton?

Horton, particularly for TROUBLE IN PARADISE, DESIGN FOR LIVING, and TOP HAT.

4) Second favorite Frank Tashlin movie

One of those aforementioned gaps in my viewing history.

5) Clockwork Orange-- yes or no?

Yes, but not as enthusiastically as it might have been when I was a younger lad.

6) Best/favorite use of gender dysphoria in a horror film (Ariel Schudson)

7) Melanie Laurent or Blake Lively?

"Putting Out Fire" with Ms. Laurent.

8) Best movie of 2011 (so far…)

MEEK'S CUTOFF.

9) Favorite screen performer with a noticeable facial deformity (Peg Aloi)

Carole Lombard.

10) Lars von Trier: shithead or misunderstood comic savant? (Dean Treadway)

Gosh, can't really say I care too much. I think if I actually liked some of his recent films, such as ANTICHRIST, I'd have more feeling on the issue.

11) Timothy Carey or Henry Silva?

Ouch. Have to pick one, eh? Well, after seeing a rare screening of Carey's TWEET'S LADIES OF PASADENA last year, it's Carey by a hair, for now.

12) Low-profile writer who deserves more attention from critics and /or audiences

Alexander Jacobs.

13) Movie most recently viewed theatrically, and on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming

a) MEEK'S CUTOFF b) RITUALS c) INFERNO d) ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE.

14) Favorite film noir villain

Harry Powell.


15) Best thing about streaming movies?

The not-on-home video rarities showing up on Netflix Instant, Crackle, etc.

16) Fay Spain or France Nuyen? (Peter Nellhaus)

Another abstain.

17) Favorite Kirk Douglas movie that isn’t called Spartacus (Peter Nellhaus)

ACE IN THE HOLE.

18) Favorite movie about cars

TWO-LANE BLACKTOP.

19) Audrey Totter or Marie Windsor?

Totter, particularly for TENSION. Happily, she's still with us at 92.

20) Existing Stephen King movie adaptation that could use an remake/reboot/overhaul

Got no feeling on this one. Revisited CHRISTINE recently and enjoyed most of it.

Ned Merrill said...

21) Low-profile director who deserves more attention from critics and/or audiences

Mitchell Leisen.

22) What actor that you previously enjoyed has become distracting or a self-parody? (Adam Ross)

De Niro and Pacino continue to vie for the honor.

23) Best place in the world to see a movie

My long-delayed LA trip will happen this summer so that I can finally say I've been to the great venues on that coast. Living in NYC, I do love having easy access to BAM, Anthology, Walter Reade, MoMI, Film Forum, MoMA, and the IFC Center.

24) Charles McGraw or Sterling Hayden?

Hayden, not just because he was born in my hometown (Montclair, NJ).

25) Second favorite Yasujiro Ozu film

TOKYO STORY.

26) Most memorable horror movie father figure

Not very original here...Jack Torrance.

27) Name a non-action-oriented movie that would be fun to see in Sensurround



28) Chris Evans or Ryan Reynolds?

I got nothin'.

29) Favorite relatively unknown supporting player, from either or both the classic and the modern era

Very hard to pick just a one. The first face that popped into my head after reading this question belonged to Ed Lauter.

30) Real-life movie location you most recently visited or saw

I work across the street from Madison Square Garden, site of many pictures, including the last scene of Ferrara's BAD LIEUTENANT.

31) Second favorite Budd Boetticher movie

THE TALL T.

32) Mara Corday or Julie Adams?

Julie Adams.

33) Favorite Universal-International western

WINCHESTER '73.

34) What's the biggest "gimmick" that's drawn you out to see a movie? (Sal Gomez)

At a loss here, Sal.

35) Favorite actress of the silent era

Louise Brooks.

36) Best Eugene Pallette performance (Larry Aydlette)

Alexander Bullock in MY MAN GODFREY.

37) Best/worst remake of the 21st century so far? (Dan Aloi)

Have avoided most of 'em, but THE MECHANIC was surprisingly decent.

38) What could multiplex owners do right now to improve the theatrical viewing experience for moviegoers? What could moviegoers do?

Owners: Not turn completely over to digital projection so that there is at least an option to see something that was shot on 35mm projected in that format. When actually projecting film, make sure to do so correctly, i.e. scope lens on a scope film.

Moviegoers: Fully turn off the portable electronic devices and resist your inner Tom Servo.

Ned Merrill said...

Forgot to answer the question about Sensurround, something that doesn't hold a lot of appeal for me, so I guess that answers it.

le0pard13 said...

Like Staci (and tradition), I'll post my answers to the blog and leave a linkback here. This also affords me receiving f/u emails to the great answers already landing here. Thanks, Dennis.

tragedyman said...

1). The "outrunning the fireball" shot.

2). SUSPIRIA.

3). Edward Everett Horton.

4). Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

5). Yes.

6). HAUTE TENSION?

7). Melanie Laurent, without a doubt.

8). 13 ASSASSINS.

9). Pass.

10). His Cannes comments made me think he was off his meds, and I can't call someone in that state a shithead.

11). Henry Silva.

12). Dean Riesner.

13). Theatrically: 13 ASSASSINS. DVD: BLACK DYNAMITE.

14). Eli Wallach as Dancer, from THE LINEUP.

15). Easy availability.

16). Fay Spain.

17). Detective Story.

18). DEATH RACE 2000.

19). Marie Windsor.

20). THE RUNNING MAN, but only if the ending is more faithful to the novel. (While I'm dreaming, I'd also like an unrated remake of BATTLE ROYALE starring the cast of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 4.)

21). Dave Payne.

22). Does Al Pacino even care anymore?

23). The Music Box Theatre, Chicago, IL

24). Sterling Hayden.

25). Pass.

26). Grandpa Sawyer, from THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE.

27). WATTSTAX.

28). Ryan Reynolds.

29). Snitz Edwards.

30). Underneath the Lake Street Elevated tracks in Chicago (THE DARK KNIGHT).

31). Pass.

32). Mara Corday.

33). WINCHESTER '73.

34). IMAX.

35). Louise Brooks.

36). HEAVEN CAN WAIT.

37). Best? Another vote for Nolan's INSOMNIA. Worst? I generally try to avoid remakes, so I have no answer for this.

38). Like someone else said, brighter screens and quieter audiences.

Beveridge D. Spenser said...

I posted my answers on my blog - but I am not a whore! (I don't have a heart of gold, for one thing.)

http://coolbev.blogspot.com/2011/06/pencils-down.html

cole roulain said...

i just posted my answers on the ol' blog as well: http://vitagraphamerican.blogspot.com/2011/06/quizzical.html

Trent Daniel said...

1)I hate, hate, hate the cliché where the boyfriend (Mulroney, Wilson, Reynolds) somehow finds himself consoling the smoking hot best friend of his fiancé (Anniston, Hudson, Barrymore), only to have the fiancé barge into the room while he has the hottie in his arms. He always stammers “Honey, it’s not what you think!” while she storms out. I hate this cliché for it not means the next half hour of the film will be wasted on him groveling over something he didn’t do, not to mention it usually makes the fiancé look mean and stupid.
2) I tried to sound chic one time by saying I’d seen Fellini’s 8 ½, but to be honest, I’ve never made it through the first half hour.
3)Horton because he narrated the Fractured Fairy Tales on the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.
4)First: The Disorderly Orderly (hysterical) 2nd: The Private Navy of Sgt. O’Farrell, has its moments, plus it has the gorgeous Gina Lollabrigida.
5)YES, definitely. Though not Kubrick’s best, it’s better than most.
6)Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs (a slightly more accurate translation than what poor Norman was going through in Psycho).
7)Laurent simply because of Inglorious Basterds.
8)Rango maybe?
9)Stacy Keach’s cleft palate
10)Shithead (though I admire Antichrist).
11)Carey
12)Vince Gilligan. He is doing some amazing work with Breaking Bad.
13)Inception
14)Noah Cross (John Huston) in Chinatown. One of the most vile old men ever committed to celluloid.
15)I get to see movies somewhat hard to find theatrically in Birmingham, such as Winter’s Bone, with the press of a button.
16)Lean to France Nuyen
17)Paths of Glory
18)Vanishing Point. Love that white Charger.
19)Windsor
20)It. I think the novel is one his most effective and scariest works. Tommy Lee Wallace actually did a good job with 1990’s miniseries, yet even he admitted the TV adaptation ending was a bit of a disappointment because budget limitations (the novel’s powerful ending ventures into bizarre, HP Lovecraftian territory that was simply too large in scope for TV). I would love to see a big budget adaptation of the novel with either Guillermo del Toro or Peter Jackson at the helm.
21)Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury hit a home run with their horrifying debut Inside (which only got a Dimension Extreme release stateside) I can’t wait to see what they do with Livid.
22)So sad to say, but DeNiro. He is still one of my favorites, but how could the genius behind Travis Bickle, Jake LaMotta and young Vito Corleone find himself is such dreck as Meet the Fockers and Righteous Kill?
23)South Street in Philly
24)Hayden definitely
25)Can’t do it.
26)John Baxter (Donald Southerland) in Don’t Know Now. His doomed quest to chase down his young daughter’s “ghost” is both moving and terrifying.
27)2001: A Space Odyssey
28)Reynolds
29)Patrick Magee (A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, Marat/Sade, The Masque of the Red Death)
30)In 2008, I went to the 30th Anniversary Halloween movie convention. I saw the original Myers house, plus the two houses where the climatic scene occurred. I totally geeked out.
31)Can’t do it.
32)Adams for doing Creature from the Black Lagoon and Lost.
33)Can’t do it.
34)3D I guess)
35)Maria Falconetti in The Passion of Joan of Arc. It truly is one of the greatest performances of all time.
36)Friar Tuck in The Adventures of Robin Hood
37)Black Christmas (2006). The 1974 original is IMHO one of the scariest movies ever made. The putrid remake took out EVERYTHING that made the original scary, needlessly amped up the gore and was an absolute incoherent mess. It is not only the worst remake of the 21st century, but one of the worst movies I have ever seen, period. It is such an insult to the original that it actually angered me.
38)Reduce the number of screens showing Hangover 2 from 20 to 19 so that something more thought provoking like Tree of Life could get at least one screen.
What could moviegoers do?
Don’t line up like sheep for the next big, heavily promoted movie when all signs point to it sucking.

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

It's been a while since I answered one of these...this isn't going to affect my grade in this class, is it?

http://thrillingdaysofyesteryear.blogspot.com/2011/06/new-slifr-exam-is-bigger-than-life.html

Yvette said...

Just discovered you through A Mythical Monkey Writes About the Movies Blog (I love quizzes!) and am thinking that I should post the answers on my own blog. So I probably will. I'm dragging my feet and my brain today - ALLERGIES!

But maybe working out some smart answers to your quiz will help shake me loose from the worse attack of dunderheadedness I've had in a while.

Robert Fiore said...

27. name a non-action-oriented movie that would be fun to see in sensurround?

The campfire scene in Blazing Saddles.

Stacia said...

27. name a non-action-oriented movie that would be fun to see in sensurround?

The campfire scene in Blazing Saddles.


HA!

Dennis Cozzalio said...

Robert, I'm with Stacia. Your #27 is the answer to beat so far!

le0pard13 said...

My answers can be found here, Dennis. Many thanks.

Mark said...

Holy crap, Blazing Saddles. Brilliant!

Anyway, as always, thanks for posting these quizzes - I love em. My answers here:

http://kaedrin.com/weblog/archive/002031.html

Ivan said...

Hey Mr. Cozzalio! I've taken the quiz (and given a tale of my own Animal House-related collegiate hijinx);
please visit us at The United Provinces of Ivanlandia:
http://ivanlandia1.blogspot.com/2011/06/whatever-happened-to-konan-vegetarian.html

Sorry, my html skills are confounded by the machines at work...
Great stuff/keep up the good work!
--Ivan

Jerome Wilson said...

Hi,

I've taken a stab at your quiz and posted my answers at my blog, Out Where The Buses Don't Run No More.

Here is the page. Sorry but I don't know how to do a direct link to it.

http://comingup4.blogspot.com/2011/06/taking-quiz-slifr-style.html

Edward Copeland said...

1) Depending on your mood, your favorite or least-loved movie cliché
The hero/heroine relaxing, assuming villain is dead when villain never is. Enough already

2) Regardless of whether or not you eventually caught up with it, which film classic have you lied about seeing in the past?
Honestly, I don’t remember lying about seeing something. Sometimes I’ve forgotten I’ve seen something or thought I’ve seen something but was confusing it with something else

3) Roland Young or Edward Everett Horton?
Edward Everett Horton

5) Clockwork Orange-- yes or no?
Yes, with many reservations

7) Melanie Laurent or Blake Lively?
Melanie Laurent

8) Best movie of 2011 (so far…)
Haven’t seen any theatrical releases

10) Lars von Trier: shithead or misunderstood comic savant? (Dean Treadway)
shithead savant

11) Timothy Carey or Henry Silva?
Timothy Carey

12) Low-profile writer who deserves more attention from critics and /or audiences
Paul Brickman

13) Movie most recently viewed theatrically, and on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming
Theatrically: The Social Network, DVD: Back to School; Streaming: Absolute Beginners

14) Favorite film noir villain
Phyllis Dietrichsen (Double Indemnity)

15) Best thing about streaming movies?
Ready when you want it

16) Fay Spain or France Nuyen? (Peter Nellhaus)
France Nuyen

17) Favorite Kirk Douglas movie that isn’t called Spartacus (Peter Nellhaus)
Paths of Glory

18) Favorite movie about cars
American Graffiti

19) Audrey Totter or Marie Windsor?
Marie Windsor

21) Low-profile director who deserves more attention from critics and/or audiences
Bong Joon-ho

22) What actor that you previously enjoyed has become distracting or a self-parody? (Adam Ross)
Ryan Gosling

24) Charles McGraw or Sterling Hayden?
Sterling Hayden

25) Second favorite Yasujiro Ozu film
Floating Weeds

26) Most memorable horror movie father figure
Terry O’Quinn in The Stepfather

27) Name a non-action-oriented movie that would be fun to see in Sensurround
Saturday Night Fever

28) Chris Evans or Ryan Reynolds?
Ryan Reynolds

29) Favorite relatively unknown supporting player, from either or both the classic and the modern era
Paul Stewart

32) Mara Corday or Julie Adams?
Julie Adams

33) Favorite Universal-International western
Winchester ‘73

34) What's the biggest "gimmick" that's drawn you out to see a movie? (Sal Gomez)

35) Favorite actress of the silent era
Gloria Swanson

36) Best Eugene Pallette performance (Larry Aydlette)
The Lady Eve
37) Best/worst remake of the 21st century so far? (Dan Aloi)
Best: True Grit, but generally I won’t even watch a remake unless the original had room for improvement so I’m sure there are lots of possibilities for worst that I haven’t seen. I’d start with Fame or Arthur or anything else that’s completely unnecessary.

38) What could multiplex owners do right now to improve the theatrical viewing experience for moviegoers? What could moviegoers do?
Ushers with stun guns. Moviegoers could turn cell phones off, leave kids at home with baby sitters and shut the fuck up.

Damian Arlyn said...

Here are my answers, Dennis!

http://cinememories.blogspot.com/2011/06/latest-slifr-movie-quiz.html

Always a pleasure! :-)

wwolfe said...

1)Depending on your mood, your favorite or least-loved movie cliché

The interrupted first kiss. Do doors not have locks in the Land of RomComs?

2) Regardless of whether or not you eventually caught up with it, which film classic have you lied about seeing in the past?

Haven’t done this - yet.

3) Roland Young or Edward Everett Horton?

I love both, but I’ll cast a lonely vote for Roland Young, just so I can recall the pleasure of Leila Hyams teaching him to play drums in “Ruggles of Red Gap.”

4) Second favorite Frank Tashlin movie

Believe it or not, “The Glass-Bottomed Boat.” I’m not arguing for its greatness, but the only other Tashlin I’ve seen is “The Girl Can’t Help It.” The latter has to rate higher, if only for Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Little Richard, et al.

5) Clockwork Orange-- yes or no?

A heartfelt no. The memory of the “Singin’ in the Rain” scene still makes me angry.

6) Best/favorite use of gender dysphoria in a horror film (Ariel Schudson)

I can’t think of much beyond “Trans-America.”

7) Melanie Laurent or Blake Lively?

Unfamiliar with either’s work, aside from about two minutes of “Gossip Girl.”

8) Best movie of 2011 (so far…)

“Too Big to Fail,” on HBO.

9) Favorite screen performer with a noticeable facial deformity (Peg Aloi)

Carole Lombard.

10) Lars von Trier: shithead or misunderstood comic savant? (Dean Treadway)

Just a garden-variety fool.

11) Timothy Carey or Henry Silva?

Silva.

12) Low-profile writer who deserves more attention from critics and /or audiences

Sadly, I can't think of one. Now *that's* low profile!

13) Movie most recently viewed theatrically, and on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming

The Kings Speech, The T.A.M.I. Show, and N/A.

14) Favorite film noir villain

Joan Bennett in “Scarlett Street.”

15) Best thing about streaming movies?

I have yet to do this.

16) Fay Spain or France Nuyen? (Peter Nellhaus)

I know the latter’s work, but I love this write-up of the former at IMDb: “She was your typical B-movie drive-in bad girl - sometimes blonde, sometimes brunette, always bodacious. A tease, a taunter and a temptress throughout most her career…”

17) Favorite Kirk Douglas movie that isn’t called Spartacus (Peter Nellhaus)

“The Bad and the Beautiful.”

18) Favorite movie about cars

“Bullitt.”

19) Audrey Totter or Marie Windsor?

Marie, for “Narrow Margin.”

wwolfe said...

20) Existing Stephen King movie adaptation that could use an remake/reboot/overhaul

“The Langoliers.” At 180 minutes, it was way too long – “The Twilight Zone” told a similar story in one-sixth the time. It also was very cheap-looking, in the worst kind of made-for-TV way. This could be a fun 80-minute B-movie, with the right director.

21) Low-profile director who deserves more attention from critics and/or audiences

Joseph Rubin. (Based on all the mentions of the original “Stepfather,” it looks as though he has some fans here.)

22) What actor that you previously enjoyed has become distracting or a self-parody? (Adam Ross)

John C. Reilly.

23) Best place in the world to see a movie

The old Regency Theater on Broadway at about 68th. Their summer series of Warner Brothers movies in 1980 remains a high point of my movie-going life.

24) Charles McGraw or Sterling Hayden?

McGraw, also for “Narrow Margin.”

25) Second favorite Yasujiro Ozu film

I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t seen any.

26) Most memorable horror movie father figure

Another vote for Terry Quinn in the original “Stepfather.”

27) Name a non-action-oriented movie that would be fun to see in Sensurround

“Jazz On a Summer’s Day.”

28) Chris Evans or Ryan Reynolds?

Reynolds. I was impressed by his willingness to convey his character’s disappointment in himself in “Definitely Maybe.”

29) Favorite relatively unknown supporting player, from either or both the classic and the modern era

Roscoe Karns.

30) Real-life movie location you most recently visited or saw

I work in Los Angeles City Hall, so I’m inside one right now.

31) Second favorite Budd Boetticher movie.

The Tall T.

32) Mara Corday or Julie Adams?

Julie. No one takes a swim like her.

33) Favorite Universal-International western

Winchester ’73.

34) What's the biggest "gimmick" that's drawn you out to see a movie? (Sal Gomez)

When “Dial ‘M’ For Murder” was shown in 3-D in Manhattan sometime circa 1980-81. (I think this might even have been an illegal showing, which was itself a gimmick that drew me to the theater.)

35) Favorite actress of the silent era

I really enjoyed Eleanor Boardman in “The Crowd.”

36) Best Eugene Pallette performance (Larry Aydlette)

“My Man Godfrey.”

37) Best/worst remake of the 21st century so far? (Dan Aloi)

Assault On Precinct 13 deserves mention among the worst.

38) What could multiplex owners do right now to improve the theatrical viewing experience for moviegoers? What could moviegoers do?

I agree about proper lighting. As far as other moviegoers, I think their parents needed to teach them manners when they were young. Now, it’s too late - for them, and for us.

Tony Dayoub said...

Anyone who's interested can find my answers here. I posted it there because I came up with some neat photos.

yourblindspot said...

1) Depending on your mood, your favorite or least-loved movie cliché

The unwrapped baguette periscope in every bag of groceries.

2) Regardless of whether or not you eventually caught up with it, which film classic have you lied about seeing in the past?

It was 'Star Wars.' And I was seven. So sue me.

3) Roland Young or Edward Everett Horton?

Horton. But to be fair, he was also considerably more prevalent; I don't think I've seen more than just a few Young performances.

4) Second favorite Frank Tashlin movie

'The Glass Bottom Boat'

5) Clockwork Orange-- yes or no?

Yes to seeing it? Absolutely. But I don't think it's one that begs repeat viewing; much more a club than a scalpel.

6) Best/favorite use of gender dysphoria in a horror film (Ariel Schudson)

Sort of a pat answer, but I'm a sucker for Ted Levine as Buffalo Bill.

7) Melanie Laurent or Blake Lively?

Melanie, Melanie, Melanie.

8) Best movie of 2011 (so far…)

Right now it's a dead heat between '13 Assassins' (which was technically a 2010 release) and 'Attack The Block' (which, incredibly, hasn't yet found US distribution). Hopefully we can let the technicalities slide. Right, professor?

9) Favorite screen performer with a noticeable facial deformity (Peg Aloi)

Stacy Keach

10) Lars von Trier: shithead or misunderstood comic savant? (Dean Treadway)

Shithead. Who occasionally makes really amazing movies in spite of himself.

11) Timothy Carey or Henry Silva?

Okay, this question is just mean. I love Henry Silva, but I think I have to give it to Carey. Blame 'One Eyed Jacks.'

12) Low-profile writer who deserves more attention from critics and/or audiences

It never ceases to amaze me how low-profile John Sayles has remained over the years. (Sayles could also double for an answer to #21, and vice versa.)

13) Movie most recently viewed theatrically, and on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming

'Attack the Block' (theatrical screening) and 'Cry Danger' (Netflix streaming)

14) Favorite film noir villain

Lawrence Tierney as Sam Wilde in 'Born to Kill'

15) Best thing about streaming movies?

I spend a lot less money on dvds. A LOT LESS.

16) Fay Spain or France Nuyen? (Peter Nellhaus)

Fay Spain, holy crap.

17) Favorite Kirk Douglas movie that isn’t called Spartacus (Peter Nellhaus)

'Out Of The Past'

18) Favorite movie about cars

'Vanishing Point.' Because I am sane.

19) Audrey Totter or Marie Windsor?

Totter. For 'FBI Girl' alone. if nothing else.

20) Existing Stephen King movie adaptation that could use an remake/reboot/overhaul

'Salem's Lot,' with a bullet.

yourblindspot said...

21) Low-profile director who deserves more attention from critics and/or audiences

Bill Forsyth (though, as previously stated, Forsyth could also double for an answer to #12, and vice versa.)

22) What actor that you previously enjoyed has become distracting or a self-parody? (Adam Ross)

I used to have quite a lot of affection for Mel Gibson; after seeing 'The Beaver,' it's obvious the guy's still got the chops, but when I see him now it's definitely more difficult to be objective.

23) Best place in the world to see a movie

I'm a sucker for a drive-in and am lucky enough to have the Starlight in Atlanta less than an hour away. Nothing fancy, to be sure, but every show's a double feature, and tickets are $7 for adults and a buck for the kids. Add popcorn and you still get a full night of family entertainment for a twenty. Sounds like heaven to me.

24) Charles McGraw or Sterling Hayden?

Sterling Hayden, without a doubt.

25) Second favorite Yasujiro Ozu film

'An Autumn Afternoon' is incredible - could've been written by Chekhov.

26) Most memorable horror movie father figure

Does Jason Miller as Father Damien Karras break the rules?

27) Name a non-action-oriented movie that would be fun to see in Sensurround.

'Enter The Void'

28) Chris Evans or Ryan Reynolds?

Chris Evans continues to surprise me.

29) Favorite relatively unknown supporting player, from either or both the classic and the modern era

Murray Hamilton

30) Real-life movie location you most recently visited or saw

At the behest of my 7-year-old son (the burgeoning etymologist), our family recently took a trip down to the little town of Juliette, Georgia to witness the mass emergence of the Magicicada from its 13-year hibernation. Juliette has been used for several films, including 'Fried Green Tomatoes' and, more importantly, Monte Hellman's 'Cockfighter' with Warren Oates.

31) Second favorite Budd Boetticher movie

'The Killer Is Loose.' Or 'Ride Lonesome.' This is hard.

32) Mara Corday or Julie Adams?

Corday. Makes me dizzy.

33) Favorite Universal-International western

I'm not a big Audie Murphy fan, so I'd say either 'Bend of the River' with Jimmy Stewart or 'Backlash' with Richard Widmark. Probably 'Bend of the River.'

34) What's the biggest "gimmick" that's drawn you out to see a movie? (Sal Gomez)

IMAX and 3D projections don't do much for me, so barring that, I'd have to say the last time a gimmick drew me to a movie was 'Clue' (though it is worth noting that it was the quality of the film, not the promise of alternate endings, that brought me back to the theater for a second viewing).

35) Favorite actress of the silent era

Louise Brooks made a huge impression on me. What a beauty.

36) Best Eugene Pallette performance (Larry Aydlette)

I haven't seen nearly all of them, but he's pretty flawless in 'My Man Godfrey.'

yourblindspot said...

37) Best/worst remake of the 21st century so far? (Dan Aloi)

'Clash of the Titans' was a close second, but Steve Martin's wretched 'Pink Panther' remake takes the prize for one of the worst things I've ever seen, period. Best would likely be Miike's '13 Assassins,' which is excellent, but I haven't seen the original, so that should probably discount the validity of my answer.

38) What could multiplex owners do right now to improve the theatrical viewing experience for moviegoers? What could moviegoers do?

I'd love to see a predominant return to revival showings. I think people would pay much closer attention to the goings-on at their local multiplexes if they were regularly changing up old prints and giving folks the opportunity to see both old and new classics. Moviegoers just need to be spending their money on better movies.

lrobhubbard said...

1) The Tired Old Hand on the verge of retiring who gets pulled back in on One Last Whatever...

2)THE GODFATHER I & II ; I've seen them, but only in bits here and there - never have been able to sit down and watch them uninterrupted.

3) Edward Everett Horton

4) THE GIRL CAN'T HELP IT

5) Definitely yes - one of those films which will (sadly) always be relevant

6) HOMICIDAL. I know there are more recent examples, but I'm not a fan of slasher films, so I haven't seen a lot of 'em.

7) I have no idea who either of them are...

8) RUBBER

9) Pruitt Taylor-Vince

10) Both!

11) I'll take 'em both, thank you very much...

12) The way scripts are now, it's hard to say exactly who's actually responsible for what in a movie...

13) Theatrically: Earthwork

DVD: TOMMY (R2, with commentary by Ken Russell & Mark Kermode)

14) Robert Mitchum's Preacher in THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER

15) Other than making the truly obscure obtainable again, really nothing. Don't like waiting on the buffering, and not a fan of watching movies on the computer for over an hour.

16) France Nuyen

17) DETECTIVE STORY - Kirk as King Bastard!

18) CRASH (David Cronenberg)

19) Marie Windsor

20) FIRESTARTER. Would've been interesting to see what John Carpenter would've done with it originally.

21) Rian Johnson, though arguably, most of the attention he's gotten is from critics.

22) Robert Downey Jr. - now that he's become an accepted money-maker, I get the distinct whiff of 'phoning it in' on his last few roles.

23) The Castro Theater, SF, CA

24) I'll take both of them; but I've been noticing McGraw popping up in a lot of films where I'm not expecting him to be. Hayden is usually Hayden, no matter what he shows up in.

25) I haven't seen much, if any, Ozu films, sad to say.

26) Jack Nicholson in THE SHINING

27) I can't even think of an action movie that was fun to see in Sensurround...

28) Meh!

29) If I write their name down, then they wouldn't be unknown...

30) I usually drive past locations for the films SUSPENSION. THE ONLY GOOD INDIAN and AIR: THE MUSICAL almost every day...

31) Haven't watched much Boetticher.

32) Tough call.... but I'll go with Julie Adams.

33) Pass...

34) 3D, but that was during the 80's and I learned my lesson well after watching both SPACEHUNTER: ADVENTURES IN THE FORBIDDEN ZONE and METALSTORM: THE DESTRUCTION OF JARED-SYN to be sucked into the current resurgence.

35) Louise Brooks

36) Friar Tuck in THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD

37) Best: Still looking...

Worst: Far too many to mention

You could've also included the category Unneccessary...

38) Multiplex owners could start to give a damn again - quality control on projection, getting tough with talkers, texters and other scum out to ruin the viewing experience.
Moviegoers - grow a brain! You're not in your living room, so don't act like you are - shut down the phone and your mouths and watch the movie. Also, don't use the movie as a babysitter; if the kids are too young, leave them at home.

Dean Treadway said...

Why am I the only one who admits to, at one time, lying about movies that they've seen? Does this mean I'm the biggest liar, or does this mean I'm the only one that's telling the truth?

Dennis Cozzalio said...

Dean, you are not alone. I am prepared to come clean with the cinema lies I have told in my life-- all predating the beginning of this blog. of course! My answers coming soon! And that's the truth!

Kevyn Knox said...

Another fun quiz. Thanx. I have posted my answers over at my blog, The Most Beautiful Fraud in the World

http://themostbeautifulfraudintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/06/professor-ed-averys-cortizone-fueled.html

p.saga said...

Greetings from slackerland, Dr. Dennis. Now, if your pop quiz were Bollywood-oriented, I would be all over that sucker!

Ooh! wait...

5) Clockwork Orange-- yes or no?

YES.

(Thank goodness it wasn't an essay question...)

David Robson, Proprietor, House of Sparrows said...

Answered this abotu a month ago, over on my own blog - cleared some cobwebs I gotta say, so thanks!

http://houseofsparrows.blogspot.com/2011/06/this-is-only-test.html

Weigard said...

1) Depending on your mood, your favorite or least-loved movie cliché
The car that explodes after going over a cliff. Extra credit if it explodes before hitting anything. Strangely, I think it does depend on my mood whether I find it annoying or entertaining.

2) Regardless of whether or not you eventually caught up with it, which film classic have you lied about seeing in the past?
I don’t recall ever doing this, although I’m enough of a bandwagon jumper, I wouldn’t be surprised if I had. So if it’s all right, I’ll just embrace the guilt on speculation, and move on.

3) Roland Young or Edward Everett Horton?
I like them both, but Horton seems more distinct in his roles, so I’ll go with him.

4) Second favorite Frank Tashlin movie
I think I’ve only seen two (except for the cartoons, probably, but I can’t remember them by name!). I may actually be thinking of The Paleface rather than Son of Paleface, but I’ll put that first making Susan Slept Here second.

5) Clockwork Orange-- yes or no?
It’s been a while since I’ve seen it, and it was hard to take, but I still enjoyed it when I was younger and a lot easier to be freaked out by a film, so I guess that means yes.

6) Best/favorite use of gender dysphoria in a horror film (Ariel Schudson)
I’ll agree with Silence of the Lambs.

7) Melanie Laurent or Blake Lively?
I’ve seen each in one film (Inglourious Basterds, The Town). I remember Melanie Laurent. Boy, do I remember Melanie Laurent.

8) Best movie of 2011 (so far…)
The Illusionist came out here in 2011, although of official 2011 films, Super 8 is probably my favorite.

9) Favorite screen performer with a noticeable facial deformity (Peg Aloi)
Marty Feldman?

10) Lars von Trier: shithead or misunderstood comic savant? (Dean Treadway)
Definitely not the latter, although I do hope he’s misunderstood.

11) Timothy Carey or Henry Silva?
Gotta go with the High Gorgon himself, Henry Silva.

12) Low-profile writer who deserves more attention from critics and /or audiences
If I’ve heard of them, then they’re high profile.

13) Movie most recently viewed theatrically, and on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming
Theater: Captain America (a lot of fun, if not profound. My first experience with modern 3D – please take it away.)
DVD: The Tourist (preposterous and wonderful)
Streaming: Mad Men I.7 (hardly ever watch movies that way, since it means sitting in my office chair at the computer for 2 hours)

14) Favorite film noir villain
Another vote for Harry Lime in The Third Man.

15) Best thing about streaming movies?
Instant availability is about the only thing I like about them. Where are the streaming special features? Where is the comfy couch? Why does my computer screen keep turning itself off?

16) Fay Spain or France Nuyen? (Peter Nellhaus)
I actually remember France Nuyen in South Pacific.

Weigard said...

17) Favorite Kirk Douglas movie that isn’t called Spartacus (Peter Nellhaus)
The List of Adrian Messenger

18) Favorite movie about cars
Genevieve!

19) Audrey Totter or Marie Windsor?
Recently saw The Narrow Margin, and I thought Marie Windsor was the best thing about it. For being the best thing about a pretty good film, she wins.

20) Existing Stephen King movie adaptation that could use an remake/reboot/overhaul
Not being a big horror movie fan, I haven’t seen all that many, but I did see the TV version of It, and wouldn’t mind a better version – pretty good book.

21) Low-profile director who deserves more attention from critics and/or audiences
See answer to #12.

22) What actor that you previously enjoyed has become distracting or a self-parody? (Adam Ross)
Jack Nicholson is probably the main one. Even when he takes a role seriously now, it just doesn’t have the energy and commitment of his roles from the 70s.

23) Best place in the world to see a movie
That would be Lake Chelan in Washington, since that is the best place in the world. But that’s probably not what you meant. Hmm, I do enjoy the wonderful people (and wonderful audiences, and wonderful films) at the Darkside Cinema in Corvallis, OR. The Pix Theater in Albany is great too.

24) Charles McGraw or Sterling Hayden?
I’ve seen several films with McGraw (some recently) and I can’t even place him – so I guess it’s Hayden.

25) Second favorite Yasujiro Ozu film
I actually have Tokyo Story sitting down on the coffee table, ready to be watched – and then I’ll have a favorite (a least favorite too, I suppose!).

26) Most memorable horror movie father figure
Michael Moriarty’s character in Island of the Alive

27) Name a non-action-oriented movie that would be fun to see in Sensurround
I’m thinking some rock concert film – maybe The Kids Are Alright.

28) Chris Evans or Ryan Reynolds?
Chris Evans – I haven’t seen Reynolds in anything where he didn’t come off rather boring.

29) Favorite relatively unknown supporting player, from either or both the classic and the modern era
John Fiedler

30) Real-life movie location you most recently visited or saw
I could see Mackinac Island (Somewhere in Time, maybe more) in the distance briefly this summer. I’m sure it would have been beautiful at that time of year.

31) Second favorite Budd Boetticher movie
All I might have seen are the Maverick episodes, a show I enjoyed a lot, but haven’t seen in a long time.

32) Mara Corday or Julie Adams?
Julie Adams

33) Favorite Universal-International western
Alas, I haven’t seen a one.

Weigard said...

34) What's the biggest "gimmick" that's drawn you out to see a movie? (Sal Gomez)
Not technically a gimmick, but I went to see The Passion of Joan of Arc largely because they were going to have a pianist improvising a score for the silent film. The “score” ended up being rather disappointing, but the movie sure wasn’t.

35) Favorite actress of the silent era
I’ll go with Mildred Davis, from an awful lot of Harold Lloyd pictures.

36) Best Eugene Pallette performance (Larry Aydlette)
My Man Godfrey

37) Best/worst remake of the 21st century so far? (Dan Aloi)
My favorite is probably Ocean’s Eleven. I certainly hope I haven’t seen the worst one (I skip a lot of them), but the one I’ve liked least is probably the Coens’ version of The Ladykillers (but since the original is perfect, what were the odds it would be better?).

38) What could multiplex owners do right now to improve the theatrical viewing experience for moviegoers? What could moviegoers do?
Owners: Get concessions back to where there’s less than a 300% markup. I think they’d make it up with more people being willing to buy them again. Also, at a lot of music auditions now, you’re required to check your cell phone at the door. I’d be willing to pay an extra quarter on my ticket to pay for a new employee: Phone Check Person.
Moviegoers: Clean up after yourselves.

Bemis said...

1) Depending on your mood, your favorite or least-loved movie cliché

In horror movies, the fakeout scare followed three beats later by the real thing. I love or hate it depending on the execution and my mood.

2) Regardless of whether or not you eventually caught up with it, which film classic have you lied about seeing in the past?

I'm a terrible liar, so I don't bother.

3) Roland Young or Edward Everett Horton?

Roland Young

4) Second favorite Frank Tashlin movie

The Girl Can't Help It

5) Clockwork Orange-- yes or no?

Yes, definitely.

6) Best/favorite use of gender dysphoria in a horror film (Ariel Schudson)

My first thought was The Silence of the Lambs, but as Hannibal Lecter explains to us, Jame Gumb isn't actually a transsexual. So let's go with Dressed to Kill.

7) Melanie Laurent or Blake Lively?

How can I not go with Melanie Laurent?

8) Best movie of 2011 (so far…)

The Tree of Life. Overwhelming, challenging, sometimes frustrating, beautiful and ultimately awe-inspiring.

9) Favorite screen performer with a noticeable facial deformity (Peg Aloi)

Michael Berryman

10) Lars von Trier: shithead or misunderstood comic savant? (Dean Treadway)

I wouldn't say "savant," but I thought the "Hitler" press conference was hilarious. He just kept digging himself deeper and deeper.

11) Timothy Carey or Henry Silva?

Henry Silva

12) Low-profile writer who deserves more attention from critics and /or audiences

Although Albert Brooks is certainly well-known, his work as a writer/director deserves the same attention given to Woody Allen. Modern Romance and Lost in America, in particular, are perfect screenplays.

13) Movie most recently viewed theatrically, and on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming

Theatrically: Fright Night. It's a blast, and worthy of the original. On DVD: Fiddler on the Roof. Way more entertaining than I remembered (though I last saw it when I was about five years old).

Bemis said...

14) Favorite film noir villain

Noah Cross

15) Best thing about streaming movies?

The ease and availability of titles encourages people to be a little more adventurous in their movie-watching choices.

16) Fay Spain or France Nuyen? (Peter Nellhaus)

Fay Spain

17) Favorite Kirk Douglas movie that isn’t called Spartacus (Peter Nellhaus)

Paths of Glory

18) Favorite movie about cars

Two-Lane Blacktop

19) Audrey Totter or Marie Windsor?

Marie Windsor

20) Existing Stephen King movie adaptation that could use an remake/reboot/overhaul

It is one of the best books about childhood and the most terrifying book Stephen King ever wrote. The TV movie is creepy, the entire cast is strong and Tim Curry is of course outstanding as Pennywise. But it was limited by the restrictions of network TV, not just in content but in condensing some of the more esoteric aspects of the book's mythology. A three-hour movie or, perhaps better yet, an HBO miniseries that is more faithful to the book could be one of the all-time great horror movies. But the plans I've heard for a proposed remake (updating the timeline to present day, shooting for a PG-13) aren't very encouraging.

21) Low-profile director who deserves more attention from critics and/or audiences

Keith Gordon makes consistently interesting movies aimed at smart adult audiences that barely receive any attention. At least he's been busy in recent years directing episodes of Dexter.

22) What actor that you previously enjoyed has become distracting or a self-parody? (Adam Ross)

De Niro is the obvious answer, unfortunately.

23) Best place in the world to see a movie

The Brattle!

24) Charles McGraw or Sterling Hayden?

Sterling Hayden

25) Second favorite Yasujiro Ozu film

Floating Weeds

26) Most memorable horror movie father figure

Jack Torrance

Bemis said...

27) Name a non-action-oriented movie that would be fun to see in Sensurround

Moulin Rouge

28) Chris Evans or Ryan Reynolds?

I worked as an extra on a Chris Evans movie, and he seemed like a pretty good guy. And he's great in Scott Pilgrim ("That's actually hilarious.")

29) Favorite relatively unknown supporting player, from either or both the classic and the modern era

Dick Miller

30) Real-life movie location you most recently visited or saw

The first one that comes to mind is the Whately Diner, which I used in my movie and, I found out later, was also used extensively in In Dreams.

31) Second favorite Budd Boetticher movie

I'm ashamed to admit I have to pass on this one (see #2).

32) Mara Corday or Julie Adams?

Mara Corday

33) Favorite Universal-International western

Winchester '73

34) What's the biggest "gimmick" that's drawn you out to see a movie? (Sal Gomez)

Probably the time Images Cinema had a 3D Porn Night.

35) Favorite actress of the silent era

Louise Brooks

36) Best Eugene Pallette performance (Larry Aydlette)

Friar Tuck in The Adventures of Robin Hood

37) Best/worst remake of the 21st century so far? (Dan Aloi)

Best: Solaris Worst: The Fog

38) What could multiplex owners do right now to improve the theatrical viewing experience for moviegoers? What could moviegoers do?

Owners: Take a cue from a good theatre chain like Cinemagic or Cinemark and make perfect presentation a priority (forgive the alliteration). Moviegoers can turn off their fucking phones.