Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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



Can it really have been August 2014 since the last SLIFR movie quiz? An embarrassed look back at the virtual calendar confirms this amazing factoid, and before that one there was a wind-swept, tumbleweed-thick dead zone in between Professor Dewey Finn's outing and the one before that. So, before the student body starts getting restless and demanding some real return on their tuition investment, we here at SLIFR University feel that it’s time to get off the schneid and get back to the fevered pace of full-tilt cinemacademia. (Why did typing out that newly coined word make me suddenly thirsty?)
And who better to end this particular drought than that tall, cool drink of water from the bad side of the tracks, the one teacher on the staff guaranteed to make the class sit up straight, if only to make driving her stiletto heel through the top of the distracted student’s foot just that much easier? Yes, we welcome SLIFR U’s favorite substitute professor, low on positive teaching philosophy but high on shitty attitude, the Bad Teacher herself, Ms. Elizabeth Halsey, to introduce SLIFR movie quiz #24, her very own Rotten Apple, Hot for Teacher Summer Movie Quiz.

Ms. Halsey may not have your best educational interests at heart—she’s more likely to be caught staring out the window than even that distracted student with the perforated hoof. But one thing is for sure—she will keep the test-taking process lively. And she will take no shit from you clowns either, so keep your heads down and offer it not. Just remember the golden rules of SLIFR quiz taking and you will incur neither her wrath nor a bad grade:
1) Be sure to cut and paste the questions into the comments column and write your answers below them. This way, Ms. Halsey will be able to follow which question you are answering and you will be able to avoid her crumpling up your test form and lighting it on fire in the middle of her desk.

And 2) Be sure to be as long-winded and loquacious as the spirit doth move thee, for such logorrhea tends to make for better answers. It also increases the chances that she’ll fall asleep while grading your paper, thus allowing you to sneak out of class early while she snores it up at the front of the room.
So, if you’re ready, Ms. Halsey, heels sharpened and at the ready, has given us the go-ahead.  Get out your blue books, raise your #2s, bite the big apple (don’t mind the maggots), and let’s get started!

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1) Name a line from a movie that should've become a catch phrase but didn't *
2) Your second favorite William Wellman film

3) Viggo Mortensen or Javier Bardem?
4) Favorite first line from a movie

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

6) What is the movie you feel was most enhanced by a variant version? *
7) Eve Arden or Una Merkel?

8) What was the last DVD/Blu-ray/streaming film you saw? The last theatrical screening?
9) Second favorite Michael Mann film

10) Name a favorite director’s most egregious misstep
11) Alain Delon or Marcello Mastroianni?

12) Jean-Luc Godard famously stated that “all you need for a movie is a girl and a gun.” Name one other essential element that you’d add to the mix.
13) Favorite one-sheet that you own, or just your favorite one-sheet (please provide a link to an image if you can)

14) Catherine Spaak or Daniela Giordano?
15) Director who most readily makes you think “Whatever happened to…?”

16) Now that some time has passed… The Interview, yes or no?
17) Second favorite Alberto Calvalcanti film

18) Though both displayed strong documentary influence in their early films, Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog have focused heavily on the documentary form late in their filmmaking careers. If he had lived, what kind of films do you think Rainer Werner Fassbinder, their partner in the German New Wave of the ‘70s, would be making now?
19) Name a DVD you’ve replaced with a Blu-ray. Name another that you decided not to replace. *

20) Don Rickles or Rodney Dangerfield?
21) Director who you wish would hurry up and make another film

22) Second favorite Michael Bay film
23) Name a movie that, for whatever reason, you think of as your own

24) Your favorite movie AI (however loosely you care to define the term)
25) Your favorite existing DVD commentary track *

26) The double bill you’d program on the last night of your own revival theater
27) Catherine Deneuve or Claudia Cardinale?
 
(* Questions provided by long-time SLIFR reader and quiz participant Robert Fiore. Thanks, Bob!)

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And as special bonus extra credit, to commemorate 10 years of movie quiz-taking fun, here’s a compulsively clickable look back at the 23 quizzes that preceded this one-- A COMPLETIST’S GUIDE TO 10 YEARS OF THE SERGIO LEONE AND THE INFIELD FLY RULE QUIZZES


 
MR. HAND’S SPRING 2005 POP MOVIE POP QUIZ  and a follow-up


 


PROFESSOR VAN HELSING’S JUST-BEFORE-SUNRISE WOODEN-STAKE-THROUGH-SPRING-BREAK MOVIE QUIZ and a follow-up


PROFESSOR JULIUS KELP’S ENDLESS SUMMER CHEMISTRY TEST


 


 


PROFESSOR KINGSFIELD’S HAIR-RAISING, BAR-RAISING HOLIDAY MOVIE QUIZ, plus a follow-up


PROFESSOR PEABODY'S HYSTERICAL HISTORICAL WAYBACK SPRING BREAK FILM QUIZ and follow-ups: Part 1  Part 2  Part 3


PROFESSOR SEVERUS SNAPE’S SORCERER-TASTIC, MUGGALICIOUS MID-SUMMER MOVIE QUIZ and a follow-up


 



 


PROFESSOR ARTHUR CHIPPING’S MADDENLY DETAILED, PURPOSEFULLY VAGUE, FITFULLY OUT-OF-FOCUS BACK TO SCHOOL MOVIE QUIZ and a follow-up


Part 1   Part 2  Part 3  Part 4  Part 5



 

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29 comments:

Peter Nellhaus said...

1. "You're gong to die like a frog." Yes, this is a line from one of my Thai DVDs.
2. Track of the Cat
3. Bardem. Some daring choices.
4. "Right." from Karel Reisz's Morgan.
5. Lawrence of Arabia. No, I'm not kidding.
6. The Big Red One, closer to what Sam Fuller had in mind.
7. It's all about Eve.
8. I went on my first streaming binge, the mini-series Hit & Miss. Last theatrical film was Godard 3D.
9. Heat
10. Mario Bava's Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs.
11. Marcello could be effortlessly cool, and unafraid to look foolish or silly.
12. A sense of humor helps.
13. I own a four foot by five foot version of this poster: http://www.christies.com/lotfinderimages/d50433/d5043396r.jpg
14. Spaak.
15. Claudia Weil.
16. I'm in no rush to see this.
17. Nicholas Nickelby
18. After a string of more literary adaptations, Fassbinder would try to return to his roots with low budget indies, with a younger group of actors.
19. The Conformist.
20. Oy!
21. I want to see another film by Martin Brest.
22. Bad Boys, mostly because o Tea Leoni.
23. The documentary Street Scenes, also known as Street Scenes 1970, the only movie that has my name and Martin Scorsese's in the credits.
24. Maria from Metropolis.
25. The conversation between Catriona MacColl and David Warbeck during The Beyond is informative and hilarious. Bob Murawski of Grindhouse revealed that it was recorded only a week before Warbeck's death at age 55.
26. Leave them laughing. Boudu Saved from Drowning and Tashlin's Artists and Models.
27. Denueve may have the more prestigious filmography, but Claudia Cardinale wins for hooking me into watching a film stumbled on, while channel surfing in Italy, without my knowing more than a few words of Italian.

Steve S, said...

1) Name a line from a movie that should've become a catch phrase but didn't
Sorry I’m late, I was taking a crap.
2) Your second favorite William Wellman film
No answer
3) Viggo Mortensen or Javier Bardem?
Viggo
4) Favorite first line from a movie
Ponyboy: When I stepped out,into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house,I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman,and a ride home.
5) The most disappointing/superfluous “director’s cut” or otherwise extended edition of a movie you’ve seen? *
Extended cut of Death Proof
6) What is the movie you feel was most enhanced by a variant version? *
That Thing You Do
7) Eve Arden or Una Merkel?
Eve Arden
8) What was the last DVD/Blu-ray/streaming film you saw? The last theatrical screening?
Backdraft on DVD, Paddington at theater
9) Second favorite Michael Mann film
Collateral
10) Name a favorite director’s most egregious misstep
Frank Oz for The Stepford Wives
11) Alain Delon or Marcello Mastroianni?
Marcello
12) Jean-Luc Godard famously stated that “all you need for a movie is a girl and a gun.” Name one other essential element that you’d add to the mix.
A drive-in theater
13) Favorite one-sheet that you own, or just your favorite one-sheet (please provide a link to an image if you can)
Thunderbolt & Lightfoot
14) Catherine Spaak or Daniela Giordano?
No answer
15) Director who most readily makes you think “Whatever happened to…?”
Martin Campbell
16) Now that some time has passed… The Interview, yes or no?
NO, NO & NO
17) Second favorite Alberto Calvalcanti film
No answer
18) Though both displayed strong documentary influence in their early films, Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog have focused heavily on the documentary form late in their filmmaking careers. If he had lived, what kind of films do you think Rainer Werner Fassbinder, their partner in the German New Wave of the ‘70s, would be making now?
No answer
19) Name a DVD you’ve replaced with a Blu-ray. Name another that you decided not to replace. *
Jaws
20) Don Rickles or Rodney Dangerfield?
Don Rickles, you hockey puck
21) Director who you wish would hurry up and make another film
Curtis Hanson
22) Second favorite Michael Bay film
Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The 3rd one
23) Name a movie that, for whatever reason, you think of as your own
Frequency
24) Your favorite movie AI (however loosely you care to define the term)
Lucy, 2014
25) Your favorite existing DVD commentary track *
Kurt Russell & the 2 Bobs for Used Cars
26) The double bill you’d program on the last night of your own revival theater
Grease & The Outsiders
27) Catherine Deneuve or Claudia Cardinale?
Catherine Deneuve

Patrick said...

1) Name a line from a movie that should've become a catch phrase but didn't

"Hey, Malkovich! Think fast!" from Being John Malkovich. As personalized spins on old favorites go, it's right up there with "Anyone home, McFly?"

2) Your second favorite William Wellman film

I've got a favorite, but not a second favorite, I'm afraid.

3) Viggo Mortensen or Javier Bardem?

Viggo, for being Amish as well as a killer.

4) Favorite first line from a movie

"I suppose you think that's very funny, Harold," from Harold and Maude. Not only does it get a laugh, it does a great job establishing character for both Harold and his mother.

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

I wasn't a fan of Badder Santa. It's movies like that which make you realize the value of a good editor. (Nice to see on IMDb that the Director's Cut was in fact the one that was 11 minutes shorter.)

6) What is the movie you feel was most enhanced by a variant version?

The "melon farmer" cut of Repo Man.

7) Eve Arden or Una Merkel?

Una, for being Mrs. W.C. Fields in The Bank Dick.

8) What was the last DVD/Blu-ray/streaming film you saw? The last theatrical screening?

Last DVD: The Killers ('64). Last theatrical: Birdman. My God, has it been that long?

9) Second favorite Michael Mann film

Have to go with The Insider, with Thief a close runner-up to that runner-up.

10) Name a favorite director’s most egregious misstep

1941. Kidding! The Ladykillers by the Coen Brothers. One of the more joyless comedies I've seen.

11) Alain Delon or Marcello Mastroianni?

Marcello. Can't really explain why - I just felt him more, if that makes sense.

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

A guy.

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

Just about anything from Poland is amazing. I'm putting up two: one for The Omen, which is arresting as all hell but NSFW...

http://www.polishposter.com/images/0853.jpg

...and one for Working Girl, which captures what the movie's about in a brilliantly artistic way.

http://all-that-is-interesting.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/PolishMovieWorkingGirl.jpg

14) Catherine Spaak or Daniela Giordano?

Daniela. Humina humina!

Patrick said...

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

I really and truly believed Alek Keshishian was on the road to fame and fortune after Madonna: Truth or Dare came out. Almost a quarter century and two sub-B pictures later, I wonder what went wrong. Something had to have gone wrong, didn't it?

16) Now that some time has passed… The Interview, yes or no?

Yes, strictly for the Voltaire viewpoint.

17) Second favorite Alberto Calvalcanti film

Pass.

18) Though both displayed strong documentary influence in their early films, Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog have focused heavily on the documentary form late in their filmmaking careers. If he had lived, what kind of films do you think Rainer Werner Fassbinder, their partner in the German New Wave of the ‘70s, would be making now?

Keeping in mind that my knowledge of Fassbinder is quite limited, I could see him being a lot like Alexander Payne, only twice as fast (and half as fast as he used to be). Microcosms of his country, with people sad but bearing hope.

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

I've never replaced a DVD with a Blu-ray. Now that everything's switching to digital and streaming, I feel like that was the right choice. My tastes don't run toward the modern epic action film, and that's the only kind of film used to advertise Blu-ray's benefits. I would love to see an ad for Blu-rays featuring movies like Clerks, My Dinner with Andre, The Room, Jackass, Blair Witch Project, Tape, Return of the Secaucus 7, and so on. No explosions, no gunfire, no amazing cinematography, nothing to exploit the hell out of. Just to see what a difference it makes for the little films.

20) Don Rickles or Rodney Dangerfield?

I tend to prefer humor that's self-deprecating to humor at the expense of the inoffensive. So, Dangerfield.

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

Wes Anderson. For me, he's gotten to the point that I feel that way after leaving the theater where I just saw the newest Wes Anderson film.

22) Second favorite Michael Bay film

May I tell you about my second favorite kidney stone instead?

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

I've answered this before with Melvin Goes to Dinner, and I think I'll stick with that. It's very fun to play Johnny Appleseed with that movie.

24) Your favorite movie AI (however loosely you care to define the term)

HAL 9000 is the sentimental choice for me, but I'm going to go with Yul Brynner robot in Westworld. Somehow comforting in its menace.

25) Your favorite existing DVD commentary track

I haven't yet heard the whole thing through, but I love that the commentary track for the horror movie Jack-O has the director and producer getting into a fight and the director storming out.

https://youtu.be/hI_bFkvtYAg

26) The double bill you’d program on the last night of your own revival theater

It would have to be Red River and The Last Picture Show, wouldn't it?

27) Catherine Deneuve or Claudia Cardinale?

http://ekladata.com/Rxg9Qo65k18HKtAat9YDgq-rOT8.jpg

RobertDaniel said...

1) Watch out for snakes!-Eegah!
2) PASS
3) Bardem just for Anton Chigurrh.
4) "Greetings, my friends! We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives!”-Plan 9 from Outer Space
5) The Warriors was well made, well cut action thriller in its original version. I bought an “enhanced” version that added silly comic-book style paneling between plot points that added nothing and were just a distraction.
6) Carpenter truly enhanced The Thing.
7) Arden for Grease
8)Last theatrical screening was Airplane!, with a Q&A with the Zucker brothers afterward. Wonderful! Don’t remember the last movie we streamed. Since it was recent, it must not have been very good.
9) Heat slightly over Collateral (mainly because he didn't screw up the ending in Heat).
10) Wild at Heart by David Lynch. Another writer aptly described it as an “ugly, trashy, white trash in love” story. I feel it’s his worst personal film (I don’t count Dune) and it’s a shame he left the Twin Peaks series to do this, thus hurting the once great TV show in the process.
11) Mastroianni for La Dolce Vita, 8 ½ and, yes, La Grande Bouffe
12) A cigarette.
13) PASS. Don’t have one favorite
14) Spaak for being in an Argento.
15) Tom Holland. His career started with two exceptional and fun horror-comedies, the original Fright Night and Child’s Play. His career never took off after that, though.
16) Still haven’t seen it.
17) PASS
18) Fassbinder would have focused on social issues. I also suspect he might have moved to television. The loosening reigns on what is shown on TV now would have appealed to him.
19) PASS.
20) Very tough choice. Both hilarious. Rodney by a slight margin.
21) LYNCH LYNCH LYNCH LYNCH LYNCH
22) The one with all the explosions.
23) Eraserhead. No other movie so touched my soul and genuinely changed me. I was at a point in my life that I felt just as trapped in an industrial hell as Henry did. I saw it in the perfect atmosphere, as a midnight movie in Downtown Philadelphia. I have followed Lynch ever since.
24) HAL. Always was and always will be.
25) My Willy Wonka DVD features commentary by the child actors. Their commentary was funny, insightful and a joy to listen to.
26) Melancholia, followed by Dr. Strangelove. If my theater is ending, might as well end the whole damn world with it.
27) If I can’t have both . . .Claudia by a slight margin. Both are classic beauties, but Deneuve is still a bit icy (and yes, I saw The Hunger), while Cardinale is a bit more passionate.

Dennis Cozzalio said...

Okay, Patrick, your answer to #27 gets you the goldest of all gold stars.

wwolfe said...

1) Name a line from a movie that should've become a catch phrase but didn't.

Garry Marshall's definition of what he likes in a TV production: "Peppy and cheap!" That can apply to so many situations. I also like Bruce Willis's self-reflection in "The Whole Nine Yards": "The important thing isn't how many people I've killed, but how the people who are still alive feel about me."

2) Your second favorite William Wellman film

Heroes For Sale.

3) Viggo Mortensen or Javier Bardem?

Viggo. He was terrific in "A History of Violence." Bardem is dull and pnderous, and oddly vain about pushing those very qualities at the audience as hard as he can. The praise for his work in "No Country For Old Men" puzzled me very much.

4) Favorite first line from a movie

"I am the sole white survivor of the Battle of Little Big Horn." - Jack Crabb, "Little Big Man"

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

The re-release of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," in which Spielberg deleted the wonderful scene in which Roberts Blossom talks about seeing a Bigfoot, and makes the terrible mistake of showing us the inside of the aliens' spaceship.

7) Eve Arden or Una Merkel?

Tough question! Both are treasures, but I'll go with Una, just because I love her era of movies a little bit more.

8) What was the last DVD/Blu-ray/streaming film you saw? The last theatrical screening?

"I Will Follow," starring Salli Richardson-Whitfield, on DVD. "The 100-Foot Journey" in the theater.

9) Second favorite Michael Mann film

"Manhunter." ("Last of the Mohicans" is first, by a lot.)

10) Name a favorite director’s most egregious misstep

I haven't seen it, but everything I've ever read about "My Son John" makes me very concerned that it goes against Leo McCarey's best qualities as a director - namely, his empathy, generosity, and humor. If I ever get a chance to see it, I will be happy to be proven wrong.

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

An audience!

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

My framed copy of "The Wrecking Crew" poster. It's very groovy on its own, but mine is signed by the great Hal Blaine, making it priceless to me.

Let's see if this works: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=the+wrecking+crew&view=detailv2&&&id=BD592CE394D68BF5F68EDA8788995AC8E31706AF&selectedIndex=0&ccid=mez6tbF3&simid=608033809069834862&thid=JN.cbjW23xxIMPaFgMU45gFUQ&ajaxhist=0

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

Amy Heckerling. "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and "Clueless" are on the short list of definitive Los Angeles movies. I don't know whatever happened to her, but I'd love to get a third movie like those first two from her.

16) Now that some time has passed… The Interview, yes or no?

Haven't seen it and don't really want to.

wwolfe said...

18) Though both displayed strong documentary influence in their early films, Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog have focused heavily on the documentary form late in their filmmaking careers. If he had lived, what kind of films do you think Rainer Werner Fassbinder, their partner in the German New Wave of the ‘70s, would be making now?

As cynical and bilious as Fassbinder was, I think he might have wound up making tons of money directing TV commercials.

20) Don Rickles or Rodney Dangerfield?

Rodney is enjoyable, but Rickles is epic. Don, in a walk.

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

John Ford, but I think the chances are slim.

22) Second favorite Michael Bay film

After looking at IMDb, I realize that I haven't seen any of his movies. So I can honestly say I like them all equally.

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

"Grosse Pointe Blank."

24) Your favorite movie AI (however loosely you care to define the term)

Paul. By far the most enjoyable Seth Rogan performance (aside from "Freaks and Geeks.")

26) The double bill you’d program on the last night of your own revival theater

I'm going to cheat a little, because this isn't a double bill. Instead, I'd program a night devoted to Beatles-related movies. I'd start with "The World of Henry Orient," which is the best depiction of the New York into which the Beatles arrived in 1964. Next, I'd show "The Hours and Times," a lovely imagining of a weekend that John Lennon and Brian Epstein spent in Barcelona just as Beatlemania was starting in England. Next, "I Wanna Hold Your Hand," which manages to show the band's debut on the Sullivan Show as the epic historical moment that it was. Next, "A Hard Day's Night," naturally. Finally, I'd end with "The T.A.MI. Show," still the best rock and roll documentary ever made, and a perfect illustration of the music scene after the Beatles arrived. Plus, if it's the last night of my movie theater, this would take us out with a bang.

27) Catherine Deneuve or Claudia Cardinale?

Claudia, because of her warmth and humor.

Joe Baker said...

1) Name a line from a movie that should've become a catch phrase but didn't *


After being given a very sexually tempting offer, Lebowski counters with "Uh, I'm just gonna go find a cash machine." I still use that line today, randomly.

2) Your second favorite William Wellman film


"Battleground"

3) Viggo Mortensen or Javier Bardem?

Mortensen because I'll never forget how intense he was in those first roles in "The Indian Runner" and "The Reflecting Skin." Bardem, instead, made little impression in his skin flicks with Bigas Luna.

4) Favorite first line from a movie

my gosh, been thinking about this for five minutes now and nothing has jumped to mind

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

Coppola's "extended" version of "Apocalypse Now". So excited for it, then found out its about 90 minutes of weird castles and Playboy bunnies that deserved to be on the cutting room floor. Perfect example of something that adds no dimension to a perfect film.

6) What is the movie you feel was most enhanced by a variant version? *

Wim Wenders five hour "Until the End of the World", Already loved the 2.5 hour one I saw way back in '93, but that one truly adds complexity and intelligence to his masterwork.

7) Eve Arden or Una Merkel?


Arden

8) What was the last DVD/Blu-ray/streaming film you saw? The last theatrical screening?

at home- Oshima's "Death By Hanging". Working my way through is entire ouevre. Theater- Olivier Assayas "Clouds of Sils Maria"


9) Second favorite Michael Mann film

"Thief"

10) Name a favorite director’s most egregious misstep

Joseph Losey's "Modesty Blaise". Though I read he sort of gave up halfway through and decided to make it bad for a reason. He gave up on alot of films during or after their release it seems, judging by David Chute's exhaustive book on him.


11) Alain Delon or Marcello Mastroianni?

Hands down, Delon. "The Burglars", "Mr Klein", "Joy House", all those Melville films. Great stuff!

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

imagination.

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

I own this: www.drnorth.wordpress.com/2013/02/07/things-you-need-to-know-about-le-mepris/

14) Catherine Spaak or Daniela Giordano?

It's a toss-up when you deal with giallo starlets. They all look great covered in fake, orangish blood squibs! Kidding.


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

Nick Gomez. Incredible 3-4 first features in early to mid 90's with "Laws of Gravity", "New Jersey Drive" and "illtown". Dabbled in TV work since then so its not like he evaporated from the scene, but just... wow... such great movies then nothing on the big screen.

Joe Baker said...

16) Now that some time has passed… The Interview, yes or no?

Honestly never saw it and have no desire. I'm kinda over Rogen and the crew of long, drawn out fary and penis jokes. Call me old.

17) Second favorite Alberto Calvalcanti film


looking over his filmography, can't say I've seen anything. Gasp.. a blind spot for me now.

18) Though both displayed strong documentary influence in their early films, Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog have focused heavily on the documentary form late in their filmmaking careers. If he had lived, what kind of films do you think Rainer Werner Fassbinder, their partner in the German New Wave of the ‘70s, would be making now?

I have no doubt he'd be the biggest proponent of New German mumblecore or the guy who created that awesome new wave of films called West German absurdism.... the style of film that combines garish pornography lighting, lushly designed interiors and stilted acting where European hipsters, junkies and free lovers film themselves in aimless conversations or protesting in the streets and the "film" we see is their anachronistic, handheld footage. BY the way, if anyone decides to do this, I claim copyright infringement.

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

I've replaced both "Casino" and "Heat" about 3 times, first on DVD, then HD DVD (yep, I chose wrong) and then Blu ray.

20) Don Rickles or Rodney Dangerfield?

Dangerfield.

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

One of my very fav films from last year was Nana Ekvtimishvili's "In Bloom". Absolutely startling debut. Big career in front of her.

22) Second favorite Michael Bay film

Ugh. I guess since I really loved "The Island", I'll say.... "The Rock"?


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

Okay. 1999. I grew up in a smaller town and would drive into Dallas about once a month and spend all day (usually three movies) at the various art house and multiplexes that played films I couldn't see in my hometown. Took a chance on an unknown movie called "The Lovers of the Arctic Circle" by the great Julio Medem and was blown away. Only one in the theater, and, routinely, one of the few people who seem to have not only seen it, but LOVE it. I consider it my first great discovery of the art house.

24) Your favorite movie AI (however loosely you care to define the term)

That rolling ball robot in "Interstellar"


25) Your favorite existing DVD commentary track *

Scorsese does a TERRIFIC commentary for "Casino".

26) The double bill you’d program on the last night of your own revival theater

Because it encapsulates so much of the terrain and people I grew up with, "The Last Picture Show". And because it primarily deals with not only the death of cinema, but the awkward haze of leaving adolescence behind. Then, to brighten the mood and go out with, essentially, what cinema provides me (which is complete joy), I'd do Tati's "Playtime".

27) Catherine Deneuve or Claudia Cardinale?

Oh God Cardinale. I can watch anything she's in. THose lips, those breasts, that olive Italian skin. I need to go now....

Robert Fiore said...

1) Name a line from a movie that should've become a catch phrase but didn't *

From The Shout: "I'll shout you dead!"

2) Your second favorite William Wellman film

The Public Enemy. Favorite would be Nothing Sacred. Someone whose work I can take or leave.

3) Viggo Mortensen or Javier Bardem?

Bardem. Viggo I think of as a kind of giant Swedish meatball.

4) Favorite first line from a movie

More of a book thing than a movie thing, aren't they, first lines? The first one to come to mind is the one about Manderley, and that's from a book. Favorite opening shot would be more to the point.

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

I think The Professional was one of those rare cases when Hollywood was right. Given a premise like this what you want is to give the audience as little time to think about it as possible. Leon, as Luc Besson's version is known, not only makes it utterly clear that the prepubescent participates in assassinations, which on top of being utterly sick is insane, but is sentimental about it.

6) What is the movie you feel was most enhanced by a variant version? *

Touch of Evil. It could qualify if it did nothing more than take the credits off the opening shot, but the Welles Memo edit really makes it a much deeper film.

7) Eve Arden or Una Merkel?

Una Merkel, walking cliché though she may have been. Eve Arden truly came into her own on television.

8) What was the last DVD/Blu-ray/streaming film you saw? The last theatrical screening?

If watching something that's been sitting in the DVR for months counts as streaming, The Most Dangerous Game. On Blu Ray, the Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Vol. 2. At a theater the lackluster-but-a-few-nice-elements animated picture Home.

9) Second favorite Michael Mann film

The only one I actually like is The Last of the Mohicans. The man has an untapped flair for costume pictures.

10) Name a favorite director’s most egregious misstep

Preston Sturges leaving Paramount. He was one of those artists that the classic studio system truly worked for, and he could never quite make his magic without it. Though you'd probably have to say Orson Welles going to Brazil to make It's All True was, however, the lulu of all time. Killed his career and what probably would have been his best movie in one shot.

Robert Fiore said...

11) Alain Delon or Marcello Mastroianni?

Mastroianni.

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

A sense of humor. Not something you'd expect to occur to him. There was a film critic named Dean Cohen who was a cab driver in New York in the 60s. One day he has a fare with a French accent. They get to chatting and Cohen says what a film buff he is. The fare asks him the filmmakers he particularly admired, and he starts raving about this Jean-Luc Godard. The fare says, "Do you know who is riding in your cab?" They stop at a bar, Cohen puts up his Off Duty flag, and they stay to close the place. Cohen died of Alzheimer's, and I'd hate to think it made him forget that night.

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

I have one of those mother big French kiosk posters for Kurosawa's Ran, which I would defend as Lebowski defends his rug. I almost never discover things before everyone else, but I stumbled across a shop that had a cache of Polish movie posters before anyone had ever heard of them. I only bought three of them (Godfather II, Night Moves and Day of the Locust), and kick myself for not buying more.

14) Catherine Spaak or Daniela Giordano?

This is one I had to look up, and according to IMDB there are about five different Daniela Giordanos, so I guess you could detail two of them to keep that other little cat in the closet.

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

Thomas Ince. Ha ha, just joking. It used to be George Miller, and then I'd say to myself, "Oh wait, he made Babe and the one with the Penguins." It was like a different person with the same name. My theory is that after Thunderdome he married an animal rights activist, but now he's divorced, broke and bitter, and can make Mad Max movies again.

16) Now that some time has passed… The Interview, yes or no?

Of course not. The goddamned thing screamed Piece of Shit in every atom of its being.

17) Second favorite Alberto Calvalcanti film

Dead of Night, though it seems more stylish than spooky to me. Favorite is Went the Day Well?

18) Though both displayed strong documentary influence in their early films, Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog have focused heavily on the documentary form late in their filmmaking careers. If he had lived, what kind of films do you think Rainer Werner Fassbinder, their partner in the German New Wave of the ‘70s, would be making now?

If he made a documentary it would be about the Weimar Republic. His themes seem consistent, and I think he would have continued in the same vein until he could continue no more.

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

One thing I'll particularly upgrade are silent comedies, because I want to get the most out of what remains of the source material -- for example, Lobster Films' restorations of Chaplin's Mutual shorts and Max Linder's American features. By and large though, I'm somewhat less likely to upgrade comedies, I guess on the assumption that image quality doesn't make them funnier. Groundhog Day is one I didn't upgrade. I'm one of the last holdouts for physical media. I just like the idea of a personal film library.

Robert Fiore said...

20) Don Rickles or Rodney Dangerfield?

Don Rickles is practically a god to me, which should tell you something about my church. Not really so much in movies, though Crapgame is immortal. Rodney was probably better in more pictures.

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

George Miller made another Mad Max, so that prayer is actually answered. It'll take time to reload.

22) Second favorite Michael Bay film

His second to last one, whatever that might be.

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

Peter Cook's The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer. It's a utterly ruthless satire about the fascist potential of stage managed politics, rarely shown in the States. It's god ice water in its veins, so even when it is seen nobody really warms to it.

24) Your favorite movie AI (however loosely you care to define the term)

Gotta be HAL. In all media it's Marvin the Paranoid Android, but that was really from the radio Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and not the movie.

25) Your favorite existing DVD commentary track *

Kevin Smith and the other guy on Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. I think Smith's commentary tracks are consistently better than his movies. It's the only form he's mastered.

26) The double bill you’d program on the last night of your own revival theater

How dare you, sir. Though the Hidden Fortress does not truly exist, it nevertheless will never die. Were it to go on hiatus the au revoir would be Sullivan's Travels and Hail the Conquering Hero. The cartoon would be One Froggy Evening.

Fun Fact: George R.R. Martin, the Game of Thrones guy, owns a revival house in Santa Fe called The Jean Cocteau Cinema.

27) Catherine Deneuve or Claudia Cardinale?

Deneuve. While Claudia Cardinale is breathtaking, she is merely a human being.

Robert Fiore said...

Oops, forgot the poster links:

Ran:

http://tinyurl.com/n5nuuo7

Godfather II:

http://tinyurl.com/kssburu

Night Moves:

http://tinyurl.com/or3zgly

Day of the Locust:

http://tinyurl.com/qj8moya

Jeff Gee said...

1) Name a line from a movie that should've become a catch phrase but didn't *
“Sorry I’m late, boys, I was buried in a beaver.”

I’ve always been surprised that “I’ll buy THAT for a dollar,” the staggeringly inane catch phrase from the TV show within the movie in the original Robocop, didn’t catch on.
2) Your second favorite William Wellman film
Pubic Enemy. # 1 is Nothing Sacred. But good grief, there’s a lot of gold in that filmography.
3) Viggo Mortensen or Javier Bardem?
Steve Buscemi.
4) Favorite first line from a movie
"After I killed him, I dropped the gun in the Thames, washed the residue off me hands in the bathroom of a Burger King, and walked home to await instructions." –In Bruges.
5) The most disappointing/superfluous “director’s cut” or otherwise extended edition of a movie you’ve seen?
Nothing comes immediately to mind.
6) What is the movie you feel was most enhanced by a variant version? *
I guess the original version of “The Big Sleep,” with the inexplicable veil covering Lauren Bacall’s face half the time. You watch that and you think, well, sometimes the suits knew what they were talking about.
7) Eve Arden or Una Merkel?
Eve.
8) What was the last DVD/Blu-ray/streaming film you saw? The last theatrical screening?
Cat Soup was the last streaming film (this morning, in fact). Holy shit, I have no idea what the last theatrical screening was!
9) Second favorite Michael Mann film
Last of the Mohicans. Manhunter sits at number one.
10) Name a favorite director’s most egregious misstep
Now About These Women.
11) Alain Delon or Marcello Mastroianni?
Didn’t this pop up on another quiz? I said Marcello that time. I’m saying Marcello this time. I’ll say Marcello next time.
12) Jean-Luc Godard famously stated that “all you need for a movie is a girl and a gun.” Name one other essential element that you’d add to the mix.
Two pounds of Ex-Lax and a tuba.
13) Favorite one-sheet that you own, or just your favorite one-sheet (please provide a link to an image if you can)
Pretty Maids All in a Row. Two of the girls in the poster—located at http://www.cinemasterpieces.com/prettymay08.jpg —upper right, lower right—looked so much like two of the girls in my high school that my friend Chuck and I took the bus to the Willowbrook Cinema to see if it was actually them, figuring ONE lookalike was a coincidence, but TWO had to be they saw an ad in Variety or something and went for an audition together. (Second girl from the right, bottom row, also looked more than slightly like yet another girl at school, although the nose was wrong). Anyway, it wasn’t them. Nonetheless, within weeks of the opening Chuck had acquired the poster, and it hung in his room for years.

Jeff Gee said...

14) Catherine Spaak or Daniela Giordano?
Gotta pass.
15) Director who most readily makes you think “Whatever happened to…?”
Amy Heckering.
16) Now that some time has passed… The Interview, yes or no?
Haven’t seen it. Probably no shittier than a lot of other stuff I haven’t seen, and almost certainly less shitty than some stuff I have seen. Is that a yes?
17) Second favorite Alberto Calvalcanti film
I’ve only seen his segment of Dead of Night. I’m ashamed.
18) Though both displayed strong documentary influence in their early films, Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog have focused heavily on the documentary form late in their filmmaking careers. If he had lived, what kind of films do you think Rainer Werner Fassbinder, their partner in the German New Wave of the ‘70s, would be making now?
He’d be directing episodes of “Hannibal.” We’d all pretend to be sad about it.
19) Name a DVD you’ve replaced with a Blu-ray. Name another that you decided not to replace. *
I don’t own a Blu-ray player. However, if the Blu-ray of Searching for Bobby Fisher manages to preserve the look of the original film—the *only* movie I know of that caught the real light peculiar to NYC in the later decades of the 20th century—I would get one. The VHS tape transfer was beyond unspeakable, always been afraid to check out the DVD. (The DP was Conrad Hall).
20) Don Rickles or Rodney Dangerfield?
We’re just talking movies, right? A harder choice than I initially suspected. Rodney is funnier, made me laugh out-loud a couple times in Caddyshack. Despite that, Don has provided me with a lot more pleasure. Don for “X, the Man with the X-Ray Eyes,” “Casino,” The “Toy Story” series.
21) Director who you wish would hurry up and make another film
Whit Stillman was my answer for a long time, but he seems to be reasonably busy these days. Tom DiCillio?
22) Second favorite Michael Bay film
I liked Pain & Gain enough to claim it as my unironic favorite Michael Bay movie. I guess The Rock is my choice for second place, since I actually saw it.
23) Name a movie that, for whatever reason, you think of as your own
Brewster McCloud
24) Your favorite movie AI (however loosely you care to define the term)
Akira Ifukube, who composed the music for the Toho Godzilla movies, including Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II.
25) Your favorite existing DVD commentary track *
Does Rifftrax count? If not, I like all the Eddie Mannix noir tracks, especially the ones where he’s paired with James Ellroy. I’m also fond of Vincent Sherman’s late-in-life commentary on “Return of Dr. X,” where he starts off puzzled and quickly moves into ‘Oh God, what have I done??’ territory.
26) The double bill you’d program on the last night of your own revival theater
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and… Hallelujah I’m a Bum.
27) Catherine Deneuve or Claudia Cardinale?
Catherine. But, Jeepers. What’s the opposite of Hobson’s Choice?

Mark said...

Thanks, as always, for posting these. Love them! Posted my answers here:

http://kaedrin.com/weblog/archive/003139.html

Here's to hoping there's another quiz soon!

Beveridge D. Spenser said...

OK, mine is done. Posted at my blog: http://coolbev.blogspot.com/2015/05/me-me-call-on-me.html

Now I want to go back and answer all the old ones I missed.

W.B. Kelso said...

Always late but never delinquent, here are my answers for the latest Quiz-Bowl-O-Rama.

Josh K. said...

1) Name a line from a movie that should've become a catch phrase but didn't *
A little long for a catchphrase, but I don't care. Walter Matthau in A New Leaf: "Madam, I have seen many examples of perversion in my time, but your erotic obsession with your carpet is probably the most grotesque and certainly the most boring I have ever encountered."
2) Your second favorite William Wellman film
I have many Wellman films on my to-watch list, but I'm embarrassed to say I haven't seen any yet.
3) Viggo Mortensen or Javier Bardem?
Viggo gets the nod, but I'm a fan of both.
4) Favorite first line from a movie
"This boy and this girl were never properly introduced to the world we live in." -- They Live By Night
5) The most disappointing/superfluous “director’s cut” or otherwise extended edition of a movie you’ve seen? *
Any film marketed as a "director's cut" that isn't, which happens way too often

6) What is the movie you feel was most enhanced by a variant version? *

I think Cassavetes' two versions of The Killing of a Chinese Bookie enhance each other and deepen both experiences
7) Eve Arden or Una Merkel?
Una Merkel had an energy and a sparkle in her eyes that moves me more than Arden

8) What was the last DVD/Blu-ray/streaming film you saw? The last theatrical screening?

DVD: Haxan: Witchcraft through the Ages Blu-ray: Love Streams Streaming: The Source Family Theater: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
9) Second favorite Michael Mann film
Thief

10) Name a favorite director’s most egregious misstep

I'm a big Gus Van Sant fan, but he's not known for his consistency. I forgive most of his missteps, but I can't work up even a sliver of enthusiasm for Finding Forrester.
11) Alain Delon or Marcello Mastroianni?
I like Mastroianni better as an actor, but film-for-film, Delon's been in way more of my favorites.

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

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

N/A

14) Catherine Spaak or Daniela Giordano?

Spaak, only because I haven't seen any Giordano films.

Josh K. said...


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

Terry Zwigoff has been missing in action since the interesting mess that was Art School Confidential, and I've missed him. I really hope he makes another movie.

16) Now that some time has passed… The Interview, yes or no?

Still have no interest in seeing it.

17) Second favorite Alberto Calvalcanti film
Haven't seen any Cavalcanti yet

18) Though both displayed strong documentary influence in their early films, Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog have focused heavily on the documentary form late in their filmmaking careers. If he had lived, what kind of films do you think Rainer Werner Fassbinder, their partner in the German New Wave of the ‘70s, would be making now?

I can't imagine him living this long or enjoying the budgets, distribution, and freedoms he had at the end of his career in the current climate, and I have no idea what he'd be doing now, but I'd love to see it.
19) Name a DVD you’ve replaced with a Blu-ray. Name another that you decided not to replace. *

N/A

20) Don Rickles or Rodney Dangerfield?

Rickles the actor, Dangerfield the comedian.
21) Director who you wish would hurry up and make another film
Elaine May. She should have been able to make 50 films. I wish she'd at least get the chance to do one more.

22) Second favorite Michael Bay film

Bad Boys
23) Name a movie that, for whatever reason, you think of as your own
Can't think of anything. There's always somebody else it belongs to.

24) Your favorite movie AI (however loosely you care to define the term)

Wall-E
25) Your favorite existing DVD commentary track *
Schwarzenegger's unintentionally hilarious Conan the Barbarian commentary

26) The double bill you’d program on the last night of your own revival theater

A couple of movies set in movie theaters: Tsai Ming-Liang's Goodbye Dragon Inn and Bigas Luna's Anguish

27) Catherine Deneuve or Claudia Cardinale?

Love Cardinale, but I'm going to have to go with Deneuve for a filmography overstuffed with great movies.

Mythical Monkey said...

My answers are here.

L. Rob Hubbard said...

1) Name a line from a movie that should've become a catch phrase but didn't *

“Things ain’t workin’ out for me, today.” – Harry Dean Stanton in DILLINGER

2) Your second favorite William Wellman film

Unfortunately, I’m not too familiar with Wellman’s works – sad, I know.

3) Viggo Mortensen or Javier Bardem?

Viggo ultimately has more range, but Javier is unforgettable with the right hairstyle for the character.

4) Favorite first line from a movie

“If they move, kill ‘em!!”

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

EVENT HORIZON

6) What is the movie you feel was most enhanced by a variant version? *

DUNE - The Alternative Edition Redux fanedit

7) Eve Arden or Una Merkel?

Una Merkel… Eve’s good, but Una’s unforgettable.

8) What was the last DVD/Blu-ray/streaming film you saw? The last theatrical screening?

DVD – FREQUENCIES, Darren Paul Fisher

Blu-Ray – ZARDOZ, Twilight Time release

Theatrical – LOST SOUL: THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY’S THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU and WOLFCOP.

9) Second favorite Michael Mann film

HEAT – some would put this over THIEF, but I think that HEAT is pretty thin, once you get past the heist.

10) Name a favorite director’s most egregious misstep

Walter Hill’s recent reworking of THE WARRIORS.

11) Alain Delon or Marcello Mastroianni?

Marcello…

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

Danger. Gotta have some danger…

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

http://www.impawards.com/1974/posters/klansman_ver2.jpg

14) Catherine Spaak or Daniela Giordano?

Not that familiar with either…

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

Walter Hill

16) Now that some time has passed… The Interview, yes or no?

Ultimately, THE INTERVIEW is no worse – and unfortunately, no better – than the previous THIS IS THE END, except for the real political boogeyman involved – no one was too concerned with Satan being irked by being made fun of…

That so much was made over what turned out to be so little -

17) Second favorite Alberto Calvalcanti film

Still have yet to see WENT THE DAY WELL (sitting on the DVR), so my only Cavalcanti that I’ve seen is DEAD OF NIGHT

18) Though both displayed strong documentary influence in their early films, Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog have focused heavily on the documentary form late in their filmmaking careers. If he had lived, what kind of films do you think Rainer Werner Fassbinder, their partner in the German New Wave of the ‘70s, would be making now?

He’d probably would’ve done more mini-series/ long-form projects for television.

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

PSYCH-OUT, which is finally intact, although the DVD is still kept for the featurette, which the Blu-ray does not have.

Not upgrading everything into Blu unless there’s a good reason to (like improved extras), or if I haven’t previously bought it on DVD.

20) Don Rickles or Rodney Dangerfield?

Rickles.

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

Terry Gilliam

22) Second favorite Michael Bay film

I don’t even have a FAVORITE Michael Bay film…

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

SHOCK TREATMENT (1981), if for the fact that I liked & championed the movie from the time it came out – it just took 20 years for everybody else to catch on…

24) Your favorite movie AI (however loosely you care to define the term)

Colossus from COLOSSUS: THE FORBIN PROJECT

25) Your favorite existing DVD commentary track *

John Boorman’s track on ZARDOZ

26) The double bill you’d program on the last night of your own revival theater

THE DEVILS (Russell)/THE DEVIL (Zulawski)

27) Catherine Deneuve or Claudia Cardinale?

Catherine Deneuve

Charles Gee said...

1) Name a line from a movie that should've become a catch phrase but didn't *
“You Wanna Buy a Monkey?” – Cabin Boy

2) Your second favorite William Wellman film
The Ox-Bow Incident

3) Viggo Mortensen or Javier Bardem?
Viggo Mortensen

4) Favorite first line from a movie?
“Here you are, sir, main level please.” – 2001: A Space Odessey

5) The most disappointing/superfluous “director’s cut” or otherwise extended edition of a movie you’ve seen? *
The Special Edition of Close Encounters of the Third Time. Maybe the first time I realized that a director doesn’t always know what’s best.

6) What is the movie you feel was most enhanced by a variant version? *
The re-cut of Raising Cain by Peet Gelderblom which put the scenes in the original order intended.

7) Eve Arden or Una Merkel?
Una Merkel

8) What was the last DVD/Blu-ray/streaming film you saw? The last theatrical screening?
On the Beach on DVD/Lucy on Blu-Ray/Fear in the Night on Streaming. Ex Machina in the theater.

9) Second favorite Michael Mann film
The Last of the Mohicans

10) Name a favorite director’s most egregious misstep
Skidoo by Otto Preminger though I’ve heard that Rosebud is worse.

11) Alain Delon or Marcello Mastroianni?
Marcello Mastroianni

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

13) Favorite one-sheet that you own, or just your favorite one-sheet (please provide a link to an image if you can)
This beautiful & large one-sheet for 3 Women: http://www.impawards.com/1977/three_women_ver2_xlg.html

14) Catherine Spaak or Daniela Giordano?
Pass.

15) Director who most readily makes you think “Whatever happened to…?”
Steve De Jarnett. The director of Miracle Mile who followed that up with sporadic TV work over the years.

16) Now that some time has passed… The Interview, yes or no?
Pass.

17) Second favorite Alberto Calvalcanti film
Went the Day Well

18) Though both displayed strong documentary influence in their early films, Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog have focused heavily on the documentary form late in their filmmaking careers. If he had lived, what kind of films do you think Rainer Werner Fassbinder, their partner in the German New Wave of the ‘70s, would be making now?

MGM Musicals?

19) Name a DVD you’ve replaced with a Blu-ray. Name another that you decided not to replace. *
None though I’m really thinking about getting the Criterion Blu-Ray of Don’t Look Now.

20) Don Rickles or Rodney Dangerfield
Don Rickles

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

22) Second favorite Michael Bay film
If I squint real hard I could see how Con-Air could be my favorite but after that…

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

24) Your favorite movie AI (however loosely you care to define the term)
Hal (The one from 2010 not 2001).

25) Your favorite existing DVD commentary track *
Spy Kids. A 4-year degree in film school in under 88 minutes.

26) The double bill you’d program on the last night of your own revival theater
Tess of the D’Urbervilles/Hardly Working.

27) Catherine Deneuve or Claudia Cardinale?
Catherine Deneuve

NateDredge said...



1) Name a line from a movie that should've become a catch phrase but didn't *

"Get away monkey!"- The Rundown

2) Your second favorite William Wellman film

Night Nurse (1931)


3) Viggo Mortensen or Javier Bardem?

Mortensen

4) Favorite first line from a movie


"This is the universe.
Big, isn't it?"- A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

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

Dune


6) What is the movie you feel was most enhanced by a variant version? *

True Grit, both versions are just great but you get more story with the second.




8) What was the last DVD/Blu-ray/streaming film you saw? The last theatrical screening?

The Hindenburg (1975) Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

9) Second favorite Michael Mann film

Public Enemies (2009)


10) Name a favorite director’s most egregious misstep

M. Night Shyamalan for refusing to stretch himself.




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

A little talent


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

Richard Kelly







20) Don Rickles or Rodney Dangerfield?

Rickles

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

Alexander Payne

22) Second favorite Michael Bay film

Pearl Harbor (2001), I've only seen two Michael Bay movies, the other was The Rock.

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

One is a Lonely Number (1972), I saw it on TV late one night, and every time I bring it up nobody else has ever heard of it.


24) Your favorite movie AI (however loosely you care to define the term)

The obvious choice is David in A.I. but I also quite liked TARS in Interstellar (2014)

25) Your favorite existing DVD commentary track *

That's hard, maybe the Richard Kelly/ Kevin Smith commentary on Donnie Darko, Smith keeps Kelly form getting too serious. There was also an audio commentary on an episode of Sledge Hammer that was interrupted by an earthquake, that was fun.


26) The double bill you’d program on the last night of your own revival theater

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) and The Legend of 1900 (1998)

27) Catherine Deneuve or Claudia Cardinale?

Cardinale

Weigard said...

1) Name a line from a movie that should've become a catch phrase but didn't *
“I’ll always have a place at the Dairy Queen.” -- Waiting for Guffman

2) Your second favorite William Wellman film
I’ve only seen one all the way through, Nothing Sacred, which I liked a lot. Have been meaning to watch Battleground for some time

3) Viggo Mortensen or Javier Bardem?
That’s a hard one. Mortensen seems consistently good, if not necessarily the most noticeable or “interesting”, while Bardem usually sticks out, sometimes in a bad way (Skyfall). I think I’ll choose the steadier Mortensen.

4) Favorite first line from a movie
Not the sort of thing I typically remember, but I found a website that reminded me of two I like:
1. One, Two, Three -- “On Sunday, August 13, 1961, the eyes of America were on the nation’s capital, where Roger Maris was hitting home runs #44 and 45 against the Senators. On that same day, without any warning, the East German communists sealed off the border between East and West Berlin. I only mention this to show the kind of people we’re dealing with -- real shifty.”
1a. Rebecca -- “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”

5) The most disappointing/superfluous “director’s cut” or otherwise extended edition of a movie you’ve seen? *
The original Star Wars trilogy, for the same reasons everyone already knows.

6) What is the movie you feel was most enhanced by a variant version? *
Recently saw the extended version of The Big Red One, and while I didn’t see it when it came out, I have trouble imagining anyone wanting to drop the scenes excised for the original theatrical release.

7) Eve Arden or Una Merkel?
Double Merry Widows is pretty impressive, but Eve Arden is just a fixture from my childhood, so she wins.

8) What was the last DVD/Blu-ray/streaming film you saw? The last theatrical screening?
Theater: Avengers: Age of Ultron -- fun, but a bit of a letdown after the first Avengers film. I like Whedon’s approach to these, though. With these humongous, world-threatening villains that require all these superheroes, there’s something rather humorous and ridiculous to them. OK, it’s a superhero movie, but the “dark knight” approach seems like it would be a little deadly with these. A light touch and some witty repartee goes a long way. This one could have used a little more of those, and a little more visual clarity. But I enjoyed it.

DVD: Jupiter Ascending -- ugh. I think the Wachowskis ought to try to do a little intimate picture for a change, to get them back to thinking about making a complete film, without worrying about stunning visual effects.

Streaming: The Great Escape -- because I could!

9) Second favorite Michael Mann film
My goodness, I’ve only seen 2! The Insider was great, so that’s # 1; Public Enemies was tiresome, and therefore # 2.

10) Name a favorite director’s most egregious misstep
Got to copy off someone else’s paper and say the Coens’ version of The Ladykillers. The original is one of my favorites, and this was so much less in so many different areas.

11) Alain Delon or Marcello Mastroianni?
Well, I still haven’t seen any Mastroianni movies. :) Delon it is.

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

13) Favorite one-sheet that you own, or just your favorite one-sheet (please provide a link to an image if you can)
Don’t own any. The ones that stick in my mind seem to come from childhood, perhaps this one the most:
http://illustractiongallery.com/1130-1130-thickbox/island-at-the-top-of-the-world--the.jpg

Weigard said...

14) Catherine Spaak or Daniela Giordano?
Probably.

15) Director who most readily makes you think “Whatever happened to…?”
Christopher Guest. Avengers, assemble!

16) Now that some time has passed… The Interview, yes or no?
No moral objections, but I watched part of This Is the End, which feels all too similar to this, and I’m just not that interested. Maybe I should watch some Mastroianni movies instead.

17) Second favorite Alberto Calvalcanti film
Oops. Well, looking them over, I’d like to see Tour de chant.

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

19) Name a DVD you’ve replaced with a Blu-ray. Name another that you decided not to replace. *
Got the Blu-Ray player. Still have an old humongous non-HD TV. So I haven’t bothered yet.

20) Don Rickles or Rodney Dangerfield?
It doesn’t seem to fit me, but I love Don Rickles.

21) Director who you wish would hurry up and make another film
Godfrey Reggio. Lucky me – just checked IMDB and saw that I missed one!

22) Second favorite Michael Bay film
I’ve seen two! The Rock wasn’t too bad, which I guess means # 2 is Armageddon.

23) Name a movie that, for whatever reason, you think of as your own
The Lives of Others. Es ist für mich.

24) Your favorite movie AI (however loosely you care to define the term)
I really miss Majel Barrett.

25) Your favorite existing DVD commentary track *
I often listen to them, at least with films I really like, but none seems to stick out.

26) The double bill you’d program on the last night of your own revival theater
The end of a movie theater? Hmm .. maybe start with Cinema Paradiso, finish up with Inglourious Basterds.

27) Catherine Deneuve or Claudia Cardinale?
Catherine Deneuve, probably for film-related issues too, but particularly for her beautiful recording of Claude Debussy’s Chansons de Bilitis.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQWX2Sd8Y5M

le0pard13 said...

I'm so, so late, Dennis. Still, wouldn't miss this for the world. As usual, my answers are on Ye Ol' blog site:

http://le0pard13.com/2015/08/04/im-not-missing-a-summer-movie-quiz-by-dennis-no-matter-how-late/

Many thanks. :-)

le0pard13 said...

From my colleague Jack Deth:

#1: “Are my eyes really brown?” Rick Blaime (Bogart) to Major Strasser (Conrad Veidt) and Captain Renault (Claude Raines) in ‘Casablanca’.

#2: Toss up between ‘Battleground’ and ‘The Story of G.I. Joe’.

#4: “What was that?”: Opening line of ‘Serenity’.

#5: Any of the interim spate of cluttered up and “reimagined” editions of the ‘Star Wars’ franchise, Chapters IV through VI.

#7: Eve Arden. For her dry, wry humor and quips.

#9: ‘Heat’. With ‘Thief’ at Number One. And his debut, made for ABC TV, ‘The Jericho Mile’ close behind.

#10: Can’t argue with ‘Deal of the Century’.

#11: Money… Lots of money.

#15: Jonathan Liebsman. After ‘The Killing Room’ and ‘Battle: Los Angeles;, Both showing promise and the ability to adapt. He directs ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’???!

#20: Don Rickles. Because he brought life to the characters he played. Exceptionally good as a slimy, blackmailing Carny Barker in ‘X-The Man with the X-Ray Eyes’. And his brief role in ‘Casino’.

#23: Can’t argue with ‘All That Jazz’. A well executed, prescient and sadly overlooked gem!

#24: The “Colossus” super computer in ‘Colossus: The Forbin Project’, The great grandfather of ‘Sky Net’.

#25: The Ladies in Attendance of ‘Firefly’ commenting on its ‘Shindig’ episode. Interesting insights into the costuming, set design and other tricks employed throughout.

#26: ‘Deep Cover’ and ‘Bad Company’. For their story lines, execution and Lawrence Fishburne in his prime “Bad ass” era.

#27: Yes! [for Claudia]