Wednesday, April 27, 2005


When I said everyone loves a pop quiz, I was being kinda sarcastic. But it does seem that most everyone enjoyed Mr. Hand’s Spring 2005 Pop Movie Pop Quiz, despite the fact that it was not a quiz that lent itself to quick and easy answers. Most everybody who took part found at least half the questions had to really be chewed on, for one reason or another, and the chewing resulted in some very interesting and good-natured responses from the movie-loving readers of SLIFR. In fact, I was so delighted with the enthusiastic response to the quiz that, if I can come up with more decent questions, I may try and make this a quarterly bit o’ fun. As far as the Spring 2005 edition, I thought it’d be worth rounding up a few of the more amusing/thought-provoking/unexpected answers in each of the categories in an easily digestible format, now that submission of answers seems to have subsided, just in case everyone hasn’t had a chance to scroll down through the seemingly endless comments section for this post.

To start with, among those who expressed a preference for one classic movie star over another (I realize I’ve just revealed the whole thing to sound about as edifying as the Pepsi Challenge…), here’s how the preferences ranked:

Humphrey Bogart in a walk over Jimmy Cagney—Bogie notched 10 votes to Cagney’s one. (As soon as I read my own answer, I realized that though I’d picked Bogart on the strength of In A Lonely Place alone, I should have taken the opportunity to step up for Cagney based entirely upon One Two Three, and had I known the vote was going to be so lopsided, I probably would have done just that. Oh, well…)

Jimmy Stewart edged Cary Grant by a slender margin, 6-5.

Katharine Hepburn trounced Carole Lombard, 9-3.

Joan Crawford and Bette Davis emerged from their gothic horror Baby Jane catfight dead even, 5-5.


What I hoped for from this question was to get a sense of the range of everyone's individual movie obsessions, and I think you could say that the following list makes a pretty good case that regular visitors to this site definitely march to the beat of their very own drum. How else to explain this wildly eclectic list?

Louis Malle’s Murmur of the Heart
Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy
Carol Reed’s Flap
George Melies’ Les Fromages Automobiles (The Creeping Cheeses)
John Huston’s The Dead

Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Conformist
Steven Spielberg’s Jaws
Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Todd Holland’s The Wizard
Harold Ramis’ Caddyshack

As keen and varied as the responses were, hands down the most interesting answers to question #1 were offered by Blaaagh:

“The one movie you’d drop everything just to see again-- Sicko, the (bad) satire of Psycho which I directed, edited, etc., in high school, along with my friend Bill Helwig. It’s a lost film now, perhaps for the best.”

And PSaga: Manneken Pis.

First of all, I’ve seen Sicko. I know the guy who directed Sicko. And, Sicko, you’re no Psycho. But, hey, Birth of a Nation is no Psycho either. And Psycho is no Birth of a Nation. I don’t know what my point is, exactly, but I will say that I would drop everything to see Sicko again myself.

And Manneken Pis is the only answer given to this question, and I might venture to say to any other answer in this quiz, with which I had not at least a passing familiarity. That one sent me scrambling to the Internet Movie Database quicker than you can say “Greta van Langhendonck” or “Ludo Hoogmartens.” PSaga, please elaborate! And congratulations to all my fellow ignorami who read of it and refrained from admitting, for the sake of a cheap laugh, that the first thing you thought PSaga was referring to was a lost sequel to a bad ‘80s romantic comedy starring Andrew McCarthy and Kim Catrall, all about the adventures of a young man in love with a chronically incontinent (and all the more sexy for it) department store dummy.


Are our aversions more interesting than our attractions? You make the call:

David Lynch’s Wild at Heart (Virgil Hilts)
Roman Coppola’s CQ (Machine Gun McCain)
Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Sharon)
Rob Reiner’s This is Spinal Tap (Murray)
Peter Berg’s Very Bad Things (Blaaagh)
Rupert Wainwright’s Blank Check (look it up!) (Thom McGregor)
Ron Howard’s Ransom (Dennis)

Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York (PSaga)
Anything by Steven Spielberg (The Mysterious Adrian Betamax)
Bryan Spicer’s For Richer or Poorer (Loxjet)
(see Blank Check, or as it is known in the U.K., Blank Cheque— gee, thanks, IMDb!)
Robert Iscove’s From Justin to Kelly (Jonas)
Robert Englund’s 976-EVIL (Jonas)
Rob Reiner’s The Story of Us (Alison)
Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 (Twosctrjns)

Two names jump out at me off this list: Rob Reiner and Steven Spielberg. Again, it’s a measure of how varied are the perceptions within this little group that both the movie many might consider Rob Reiner’s best work (This is Spinal Tap) is included along with one which few would argue is one of the worst (The Story of Us) in a stable of putrid Reinerian contributions to the cinematic form. Makes me wonder what a preferential ranking of the entire Reiner oeuvre would look like, especially if the rankers were Murray and Alison.

As for Spielberg, the Mysterious Adrian Betamax would like to seal up the director's entire filmography in a giant lock box wrapped with chains and drop it into the sea. Okay, but even directors whose work I wish would disappear have made a film or two that I would consider saving— Ron Howard made Parenthood, Tony Scott made Crimson Tide and, yes, even though it’s a film that’s arguably more dependent on performance and writing that any particular sensibility or style brought to it by its director, Rob Reiner made This is Spinal Tap. So for the Mysterious Adrian Betamax to dismiss the entirety of Spielberg’s work out of hand suggests to me that he’s got some serious issues with the director that I’d love to hear about, as I can identify with an impatience with or indifference to some of his work-- the first two Raiders of the Lost Ark films, Hook, Jurassic Park, The Terminal, and the logistical and moral question of whether all those soldiers were worth losing in order to save Private Ryan-- at the same time that I feel all kinds of love for Duel, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 1941, Empire of the Sun, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and, with some major reservations, E.T.-The Extra-terrestrial and Schindler’s List. Mysterious A.B., if you have a desire to elaborate…


The answer on several lists here was Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, so it seems that if our little band of cinephiles has any common ground it can be found in Middle Earth by way of New Zealand.

Other interesting titles that popped up included:

Joe Dante and Allan Arkush’s Hollywood Boulevard (because it seemed like such an unlikely title to feature an audio commentary— thanks, Machine Gun McCain)…

Robert Altman’s Nashville

Jim Jarmusch’s Down by Law (PSaga demanded the Criterion edition, and she got it!)…

The Movies Begin, an early cinema DVD set from Kino treasured by the Mysterious Adrian Betamax…

Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (deluxe MGM version with added footage—thanks, Tuco, I mean, Jonas)…

Andy Tennant’s Ever After (cinematic comfort food for Alison)…

and my favorite answer— Loxjet cites the collected works of the Burt Reynolds-Hal Needham collaboration (Smokey and the Bandit, Smokey and the Bandit II, Hooper, The Cannonball Run, The Cannonball Run II and, of course, Stroker Ace). Why? “For sentimental reasons.”

4)What is the Most Coveted DVD You’d Like to Add to Your Collection?

There’s only approximately 240 shopping days left until Christmas, so, Santa, if you would, keep some of these titles in mind, would ya?

* Machine Gun McCain would love the Buster Keaton set from Kino…
* Blaaagh would love to be swept away by Days of Heaven
* It’s SCTV Volumes 2 and 3 that would make Thom McGregor smile…

* Sharon covets The Americanization of Emily...
* PSaga wants to keep Santa on his toes and see if there’s room enough in his heart for an eclectic double bill of Big Deal on Madonna Street and The Return of Captain Invincible
* Louis Feuillade’s 1915 Les Vampires would keep the Mysterious Adrian Betamax’s mind off of Steven Spielberg…
* Loxjet wants to unwrap the remastered Gimme Shelter
* And Alison thinks “it might be swell to own The Matrix


Interesting double feature-- Annie Hall and Escape from New York get the edge in the voting (they were both mentioned twice).

Virgil Hilts also likes The Warriors; Thom McGregor will take Manhattan; Dennis shouts Dog Day Afternoon (and "Attica!"); Machine Gun McCain unearths the early ‘80s NYC dreamscape of They All Laughed; Murray likes his New York City via Wise and Robbins (West Side Story) and Zwick (The Siege); Loxjet prefers the Joe Buck of Times Square (Midnight Cowboy) to the Joe Buck of Fox Sports; and Alison prefers the Travis Bickle of Times Square (Taxi Driver), period. But probably the most literal-minded and well-rounded response comes from The Mysterious A.B. who picks Ric Burns’ documentary New York: A Documentary Film. Is it on DVD, M.A.B.?


Well, when the first response is Earthquake, I guess there’s nowhere to go but up, right?

M.A.B. comes up a little more middle-of-the-road with his response here (L.A. Story), and Alison says simply that there’s nothing good about L.A. Although I think I’m more in Alison’s camp when it comes to day-to-day life involving freeways and the buttheads that run wild on them, some of the other responses to the question suggest there may be some good about L.A. after all-- good films, that is, that back up Alison’s claim that L.A. is a pretty curdled place after all:

To Live and Die in L.A., Sunset Boulevard, L.A. Confidential, The Long Goodbye, Mulholland Dr. and Chinatown.


Again, Virgil Hilts steals “Best Response” honors with by invoking the Sensurround magic of Earthquake, along with newly respectable director Taylor Hackford’s attempt to make an East L.A. Godfather out of the chaos of Blood In, Blood Out. Coming up a close second, for sheer irreverence (as subject) and sheer irreverence (as choice) is Loxjet, who hails from Montana and cites the double feature of Rancho Deluxe and Heaven’s Gate as the best of the Big Sky. PSaga checks in with Hoosier love for not Hoosiers, but Breaking Away (“Refund? Refund?!”) The Mysterious Adrian Betamax says that he “can’t think of any for New Hampshire that weren’t crap” (would Tanner ’88 count?) so he went with his home country of England and Alberto Cavalcanti’s Champagne Charlie, about the British music hall scene. Jonas pines for the TV version of Fanny and Alexander, Murray thinks The Way West best represents Oregon (and cites some pretty good personal reasons for saying so), while Dennis and Bruce both thought Sometimes a Great Notion captured the state (Dennis also threw in National Lampoon’s Animal House for good measure). But Machine Gun McCain’s response-- “There’s really only one, The Bay Boy, and it’s god-awful”—sent to me to IMDb, due to my unfamiliarity with the title, where Paul Emmons sums up the plot thusly:

"A Roman Catholic teenage boy in Nova Scotia during the 1930s faces various growing-up problems: Should he become a priest? What should he do about the murder he witnessed, committed by a local cop and upstanding parishioner? And how far should he go with his girlfriend, who happens to be the murderer's daughter?”

On top of all that, it stars Kiefer Sutherland and Liv Ullmann. Can anyone find another movie that takes place in Nova Scotia to suggest to Machine Gun, please?


Loxjet asks the question, “Are there any?” I think there was some pretty good evidence in the answers to suggest that, while the remake may more often smack of craven commerciality and bankruptcy of original ideas, there are times when they work out pretty well.

To wit: Howard Hawks’ His Girl Friday, one of the many remakes of Ben Hecht’s The Front Page, was cited twice, and Philip Kaufman’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers, another remake which was not the last word on its original source. Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven is clearly a remake of a movie that few, if any, thought could do anything but improve upon its besotted source material, and probably the same could be said of David Cronenberg’s silken spinning of The Fly from the sow’s ear of the original (I also like PSaga’s props for James Wong’s remake of Willard starring Crispin Glover). Some may not know that The Ten Commandments (1956) was Cecil B. DeMille’s remake of his own silent-era take on the book of Exodus, or that the recent Denzel Washington thriller Man on Fire was also a remake of a 1987 thriller with the same name. And finally, two remakes mentioned clearly weren’t too troubled by the long shadows cast by the originals: John Sturges’ The Magnificent Seven, a western retelling of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, which was itself Kurosawa’s take on some of the grand westerns under whose influence he had fallen, and Gus Van Sant’s rather more notorious remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, an entry from the Mysterious Adrian Betamax that may serve to back up Loxjet’s point.


Where Loxjet wondered in the last category if there even were any good remakes, Alison takes up the call for this question by stating categorically that there is no answer to the question because “remakes are bad.” Even if you subscribe to this point of view, wouldn’t you like to see Trey Parker and Matt Stone remake Earthquake or For the Love of Benji? (Virgil Hilts) Or what about the mouth-watering possibilities of a Love Bug remake starring Gary Busey and directed by Hal Needham? (Loxjet) Rather less facetiously, Machine Gun McCain wonders about the possibility of John Carpenter actually redoing Howard Hawks’ Only Angels Have Wings, Thom McGregor thinks Paul Thomas Anderson would refashion Nashville in an interesting manner,and Dennis would like to see David R. Ellis take a Fantastic Voyage with Clive Owen, Eva Mendes and, yes, the late Donald Pleasance.

But getting back to the Mysterious Adrian Betamax’s obsession with the Gus Van Sant Psycho remake:Psycho should be remade every 10 years and followed shot for shot each time. I don't care who does it next. van Sant again! Chow Yun-Fat as Norman Bates! Tony Leung Chiu-Wai as Janet Leigh! Eddie Izzard as Martin Balsam!” Someone get M.A.B. some Mrs. Fields cookies, and quick…


“Ride of the Valkyries” (Apocalypse Now)
“La Marseillaise” (Casablanca)
“Queen Bitch” by David Bowie (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou)
“Pachelbel Canon in D” (Ordinary People—damn you, Blaaagh!)
“In Dreams” by Roy Orbison (Blue Velvet)
“Ooh La La” by the Small Faces (Rushmore—sorry, PSaga!)
“Jockey Full of Bourbon” by Tom Waits (Down by Law)
“California Dreaming” by the Mamas and the Papas (Chungking Express)
“If You Don’t Love Me, I’ll Kill Myself” by Pete Droge (Dumb and Dumber)
“Big Poppa” (by the Notorious B.I.G.? Sorry, Alison, you may have to educate me here) (Daredevil)


The best answers speak for themselves…

“Well, it’s not typical, but I hate that “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on my Head” montage in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”—Blaaagh

“Well, obviously ‘The End,’ but number 12 wouldn't be completely answered without mentioning ‘How Do I Live Without You’ by Trisha Yearwood in Con-Air.”—Loxjet

“Standing by my utter loathing of Smash Mouth's ‘All-star.’”-- PSaga

“I think of The Sound of Music as one long, boring movie montage filled with unwelcome pop songs.”—Virgil Hilts

“I'd rather not try to recall one.”—Alison


Blaaagh on Gorillas in the Mist: “Not because it was a great movie, but because it spurred me to read the book Farley Mowat wrote about Dian Fossey, Woman in the Mists, which incorporates her journal entries. At the time I was working at a job I hated (sales), not acting, had just moved to a dreary place, etc— and Fossey was a woman with virtually no qualifications who found a way to work with the gorillas, and eventually gave up everything in order to study and protect them. I thought, the least I can do is to find a job that performs some service to someone, and to pursue in some way what I would like to be doing with my life.”

Thom McGregor on Star Wars: “My school friends and I would take the bus to the Chinese Theater all through summer to watch it over and over again. My first cult.”

And just to illustrate the breadth of demographic of this little survey, how about this trio of films cited: Heart and Minds, The Passion of the Christ and the original Planet of the Apes?


My favorite response out of all those submitted came from the always entertaining, as well as Mysterious, Adrian Betamax: “Whatever teen werewolf movie is playing on TBS that night.”


PSaga’s response is my favorite of all those submitted under this number: “An ugly can of worms containing lots of sappy world War II dramas and smarmy swashbucklers.”


Cary Grant gets two mentions in Notorious, and another two for North by Northwest. Otherwise, it’s a sexy dogpile made up of the likes of Clark Gable (Gone With the Wind), Laurence Olivier (Rebecca), Montgomer Clift (Red River), Ewan McGregor (Big Fish), Gregory Peck (Spellbound), Chow Yun-Fat (God of Gamblers 2: Gamblers Return), Errol Flynn (The Adventures of Robin Hood), Brad Pitt (or is that Robert Redford, in A River Runs Through It) and, perhaps most satisfying of all, Jack Elam in Once Upon a Time in the West.


Two women get double mentions in this category: Claudia Cardinale in Once Upon a Time in the West and Rita Hayworth in Gilda.

Otherwise, it’s a much sexier dogpile here featuring Ava Gardner (The Barefoot Contessa), Elizabeth Taylor (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman), Vivien Leigh (Gone With the Wind), Juliette Binoche (Blue), Nicole Kidman (Cold Mountain), Audrey Hepburn (My Fair Lady) and Sylvia Bataille (A Day in the Country).

Does anybody have any snappy theories as to why the majority of picks from both the male and female side were “classic” movie stars rather than contemporary actors and actresses? Did they just make 'em more beautiful back then?


Conveniently linked to IMDb are the following names you hopefully will get to know a little bit better upon your survey colleagues’ recommendations—ask for them by name:

Brooke Adams
China Chow
Keith David
Viola Davis
Luis Guzman
Jessica Harper
Regina King
Angela Lansbury, about whom Alison correctly observes, “Everyone knows about her, but few people know how good she is.”
Bruce Lundy
Melanie Lynskey
Gabriel Macht
Sandra Oh
Timothy Olyphant
Michael Parks
Bill Paterson
James Remar
David Strathairn
Shawnee Smith
Pruitt Taylor Vince
David Wenham
Margaret Whitton
Evan Rachel Wood


There’s much hate out there for The Sound of Music, but that didn’t daunt Sharon…

Machine Gun McCain would like to stand up for
Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle

Murray tries to get in good with government by recommending, against all opinions otherwise, Kindergarten Cop

Blaaagh sees something in Gus van Sant’s Psycho that escaped lots of people…

The White Nights of Mssrs. Hackford, Barishnykov and Hines are blissful cover for Thom McGregor…

Dennis is alone in high-fiving Robert Altman’s Popeye

At the risk of associating herself much to closely with Kevin Spacey, PSaga admits a weakness for Pay It Forward

Loxjet: “Good question, as I rely almost completely on other people's opinions... Okay, the movie version of Hair… If nothing else, one gets a peek at Beverly D'Angelo's tummaters."

Twosctrjns is enamored of Adam Sandler as The Waterboy

and Alison finds CQ charming, whereas many others, including Machine Gun McCain, um, didn’t…


Now to the juicy stuff:

Machine Gun McCain just doesn’t get all the huzzahs for the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead

If Sharon hears one more word about how great Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is… well, you’ve been warned…

Jonas and Blaaagh would like to go medieval on Pulp Fiction's ass…

This is Spinal Tap sits most notoriously atop Murray’s cinematic pile of burning tires…

Thom McGregor wishes nothing but harm upon The Wizard of Oz

Alison thinks the floating plastic bag, and the whole of American Beauty, is just garbage…

Attention, Machine Gun: Dennis doesn’t get the love for George Romero’s original Dawn of the Dead, and just what the hell it is that's supposed to be so good about The Shawshank Redemption escapes him too, Sharon…

PSaga would like everyone who enjoyed Rushmore, Kill Bill (both volumes) and Magnolia that you’re all wrong, wrong, wrong…

and Loxjet again (You ever think of getting your own blog, LJ?): “This one'll be easy: Forrest Gump is about as intellectually offensive a movie as has ever been made. Yet it was an enormous triumph, not just as a movie but as a piece of culture. I think nothing defines the stupidity of Americans as succinctly as the overwhelming success of this movie.”


Virgil Hilts (Memorable): “After seeing The Last Detail, asking my father if that's what the navy was like.”

Virgil Hilts (Unpleasant): “My father's silence as my mother, brother and I waited for his answer.”

Blaagh (Memorable): “Sitting in a Westwood movie theatre (the Regal?) on opening night of Blue Velvet, with Lynch himself (or someone who looked just like him) across the aisle in a tux, shaken and stunned as the lights came up. We had been given little comment cards and pencils, and Pattie and I looked at each other over the first question: ‘What is your overall rating for this movie? Excellent,Good, Fair, Poor’ We both shrugged and simultaneously said, ‘Excellent?’ and checked that box.”

Thom McGregor (Memorable): “Standing behind Alfred Hitchcock as he filmed his last movie Family Plot down the street from my parents' house (on Bates Avenue, of course) and, despite the fact that I was a child, his security guard made me move. ‘Mr. Hitchcock doesn't want anyone standing behind him,’ my sister and I were told.”

Thom McGregor (Unpleasant): “At the New Beverly Cinema, watching some old movie, and suddenly feeling poked from behind through the opening at the base of my chair. Poke. Poke. I kept turning around. Five minutes later, a stream of unidentified liquid flowed down the floor past me toward the front of the theater. I changed seats immediately.”

Dennis (Unpleasant): “Tricking my dad into taking me to see Deliverance when I was 13 years old, then realizing Mom wanted to come along and that I’d have to sit between them for the entire movie.”

PSaga (Memorable): “Standing with the paparazzi (the Italian paparazzi!) and watching Woody Allen arrive with Soon-Yi Previn to the world premiere of Everybody Says I Love You in Venice and then getting to sit and watch the film in the grandest cinema I'd ever seen. (Ehm. Unfortunately, it didn't turn out to be the grandest of WA's films.)”

The Mysterious Adrian Betamax (Unpleasant): “When the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian omitted a reel (20 minutes) of a film and then played it at the end afterwards.”


Several of you felt compelled to remind us of Mr. Creosote’s spectacular meal, and the evacuation of same, from Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life...

But others found plenty more to be disgusted by…

Virgil Hilts likes Robert Morley being fed his poodles in Theater of Blood

Murray and Twosctrjns like Bluto’s self-applied acne treatment in National Lampoon’s Animal House

Thom McGregor and Dennis share a distaste for Sean Connery shlurping—smack, smeck—and shwallowing his shupper in The Hunt for Red October

Incredibly, only PSaga pointed out Divine’s dog-doo dinner in Pink Flamingos (Shows you where her mind’s at, huh? The gutter…)

The M. Adrian Betamax thinks someone downing a bowl of live ants in Jet Li’s My Father is a Hero is less than appetitizing…

And again, Alison demurs: “I’d rather not think about these things…”


Once again, some interesting responses that bring up some unexpected, and in one case nearly forgotten, titles:

Hoosiers, Grand Prix, Hard Times for Virgil Hilts, and he makes special mention of the nearly forgotten (there it is!) Number One—“When Chuck Heston dies on the field at the end… that’s special for lots of reasons.”

Alison goes Bollywood for the cricket match in Lagaan

The Longest Yard takes a hit for Loxjet, Twosctrjns and Machine Gun McCain…

Hockey gets props in a couple of movies: Miracle (Jonas, Twosctrjns) and Mystery, Alaska (Murray)… What, no Slap Shot?

Sharon finds Field of Dreams dreamy, and Blaaagh and Dennis make Bull Durham a seasonal treat, though Dennis gives the edge to The Bad News Bears, as does T McG…

PSaga makes sure cycling is represented by Breaking Away and (this is my favorite answer from this category) The Triplets of Bellville

And the Mysterious Adrian Betamax continues his ways of mystery by citing John Huston’s 1981 soccer/prison camp picture Victory, but surely only because Pele was in it…

(I thought it was amusing that lots of people thanked me for having asked…)

Sharon liked it hot and sticky in Body Heat

Bruce swoons for the woodsy outdoors in Ryan’s Daughter

Thom McGregor digs the comic fornicating of Jeff Goldblum and Emma Thompson in The Tall Guy

Dennis prefers his eggs raw and swapped between lovers in Tampopo

Don’t Look Now is PSaga’s sweaty number-one choice…

A Catherine Breillat movie made it onto this list courtesy of The M.A.B.—it’s Dirty Like an Angel

and Loxjet likes the sisters doing it for themselves: Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly in Bound, and Kim Basinger vs. Kim Basinger in 9½ Weeks


The chases from The French Connection and Bullitt were well represented by Virgil Hilts, Machine Gun McCain, Jonas and Blaaagh…

Thom McG and Dennis agree on the 1969 Italian Job...

Dennis also chimes in, along with Loxjet, for Ronin

PSaga and the M.A.B. think The Blues Brothers is car chase-and-crash ne plus ultra, although PSaga put a mysterious (even for the M.A.B.) question mark after the title…

Twosctrjns fondly recalls the bent metal and smoking rubber of his youth in H.B. Halicki’s rock-‘em-sock-‘em tour guide to the South Bay, the original Gone in 60

And once again, Alison racks up my favorite response in the category, The Dead Pool, wherein Dirty Harry and his partner give chase to a remote-controlled toy car what just happens to have a bomb strapped on it…


Alison also gets a little queasy over my choice of the word “favorite” for this category, before listing Takeshi Kitano’s exit from Battle Royale as her favorite (It’s in my queue, and it just moved up a few spaces…)

Wouldn’t be a category without acknowledgement of Janet Leigh’s Hershey’s Syrup- smeared demise in Psycho, and Blaaagh kindly provides it…

Loxjet likes Tony Montana on top of the world in Brian De Palma’s Scarface

Dennis also tips his Dodger cap to De Palma by including Piper Laurie's orgasmic crucifiixion by kitchen implements in Carrie...

Virgil Hilts salutes Robert Duvall’s poignant death in Walter Hill’s Geronimo, which is very similar in tone to Thom McG’s choice: Slim Pickens sitting in the creek waiting to die in Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

and Blaaagh, Virgil and Dennis team up to acknowledge the slow, agonizing death scene enacted by Richard Jaeckel in Sometimes a Great Notion


Few opted to stoop to this level, but those who did found unity in their love for jackass: the movie (Dennis, Blaaagh, Twosctrjns),

John Hurt’s indigestion problem in Alien (Thom McG), Regan’s bad behavior in The Exorcist (Loxjet) and Lionel’s upended lawnmower treatment in Dead Alive (or BrainDead, or, if you saw it in Italy, Splatters: Gli Schizacervelli—thanks, PSaga!). The M.A.B., God bless him, skirted the line by citing Salo: The 120 Days of Sodom


As expected, "R" was very big here, as was "PG-13." But Blaaagh reached back to Jack Valenti’s awe-inspiring “M” (Suggested for Mature Audiences), and Dennis wanted to make sure that “M”’s inexplicable cousin, “GP,” got some attention as well. However, PSaga likes the fact that a David Lynch movie got a “G” rating (that’d be Lost Highway, right?), and the M.A.B., never at a loss, loves “Passed by the British Board of Film Censors.” But my favorite answers come from Twosctrjns (“Huh?”) and Alison (“What, like 'R'?”), two responses that really get to the heart of this pointless question…


For exotic locales, how about the Lumiere in Bologna, Italy (PSaga), the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (The M.A.B.) and the Casino on Catalina Island (Twosctrjns)?

In the Guess You Had to Be There department, notch two for the Alger Theater in Lakeview, Oregon (Dennis and Murray)… In fact, we’ll also put PSaga’s pick of the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Dennis’ pick of the Bijou in Eugene, Oregon,

and Blaaagh’s pick of the Paramount in Portland, Oregon (pictured here in 1938), in this subcategory too…

In the Feels Like I Have Been There department, how about Loxjet’s nostalgia fo the Sky-Hi Drive-in in Helena, Montana, a frequent haunt where he actually watched movies once or twice…

In the Gone But Not Forgotten department, much love from PSaga for the UC Theater in Berkeley

And Los Angeles favorites include the Rialto (Virgil Hilts),

the Pasadena Playhouse (Thom McG), the Arclight (Thom McG), the Nuart (PSaga), Grauman’s, then Mann’s, and now again Grauman’s Chinese (Sharon),

and the Vista (PSaga, Dennis, Alison)…


Not much room for controversy here…

Gummi Bears!
Red Vines!
Milk Duds!
Miller Lite!

Boy, I really know how to push those buttons, don’t I?


Virgil Hilts: “Harry Lime on black marketeering in The Third Man, John Qualen squatting in the dust in The Grapes of Wrath…”

Sharon: Michael Douglas at the end of The American President, and Alec Baldwin’s “God” speech in Malice (surprised nobody mentioned Baldwin’s steak knives speech in Glengarry Glen Ross...)

Murray: George C. Scott addressing the troops at the beginning of Patton

Blaagh: Uncle Charlie’s “Women keep busy out here… not like in the cities…” from Shadow of a Doubt

Thom McG: Bill Murray’s “It just doesn’t matter!” from Meatballs

Dennis: Otter’s “We’re not gonna stand here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America! Gentlemen!” from National Lampoon’s Animal House

PSaga: The POTUS to Alan Arkin’s drunken and disheveled superhero in The Return
of Captain Invincible
(can you hum a few bars, PSaga?)…

Loxjet: “Because it’s so bad it makes me cringe, the bit in Rocky III on the beach, where Rocky confesses to Adrian that he don’t believe in himself no more…”

Alison: Dennis Hopper in True Romance

Twosctrjns: “Be the Ball” from Caddyshack


Cinema Paradiso (Virgil Hilts)
The Big Knife (Machine Gun McCain)
Bowfinger (Sharon—good one!)
Sunset Boulevard (Blaaagh, Dennis)

Ed Wood (Loxjet)
Singin’ in the Rain (Thom McG, Alison)
The Player (PSaga… again with that question mark)
(The Mysterious Adrian Betamax)

(Again, among those who stooped to conquer…)

Horror of Dracula (Machine Gun McCain)
Brides of Dracula (Blaaagh)
Frankenstein Must be Destroyed (Dennis)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (PSaga)
One Million Years B.C. (Alison)
“I’ve only seen The Quatermass Experiment, and it sucked!” (The Mysterious Adrian Betamax)


Much love for The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes from Machine Gun McCain, Murray, Dennis and Sharon,

whereas Blaaagh and Thom McG dig Now You See Him, Now You Don’t, Twosctrjns gets clever and cites Miracle, and Alison speaks up for “the one with the monkey”-- That’d be The Barefoot Executive, which Dennis also has a soft spot for.


The Love Bug was the easy favorite, getting raised hands from Twosctrjns, Machine Gun McCain, the M.A.B., Dennis, Loxjet and Thom McG (“Though he’s brimming over with hostility in every Disney movie he’s ever been in, not that I blame him…”) But no one’s exactly in lockstep here— Blaaagh likes Blackbeard’s Ghost, Dennis digs That Darn Cat!, Sharon speaks kindly of The Shaggy D.A., Alison likes “the one with the monkeys” (Monkeys, Go Home), and Murray refuses to discriminate—“I like ‘em all!” (Even Snowball Express?)

Thanks, everybody! Please put your pencils away and your hands on your desktops and sit quietly until the bell rings… And put away that pizza, Mr. Spicoli!


Anonymous said...

This is a blast. I especially like the great photo of the Paramount in Portland, with the venerable old Broadway across the street. Also the pictures of Kurt Russell as Snake Pliskin and Dexter all you need is one of him in "Dark Blue" and the circle will be nearly complete. Thanks!!!

Alison said...

I would read the questions and then start thinking 'what did I answer to this?'

Big Poppa is in fact Biggie, good going Dennis! That answer was literally the first one that came to me. The only good thing about a terribly bad movie.

but yeah, reading this reminds me how fun the quiz was despite how fast I did it =)

And hey, Vista party!

Dennis Cozzalio said...

Thanks, guys! Everyone seems to have enjoyed the wrap-up as much or more than the quiz itself-- a lot less sweat involved, huh? And it really is fun to see the answers gathered together in some form, and much easier to get a sense of how everyone responded this way.

In fact, Alison, your comment regarding L.A., and the thing that occurred to me about what the good/great L.A. movies seem to be saying about the city spurred me on to another brief idea that I'm gonna try to get to tonight before I completely crash.

Oh, and before you go thinking me too hip with the Biggie Smalls references and all, I don't know why I got that, but it really was just a wild guess, based on the title of the song. I don't remember the song from the movie, and as Blaaagh is my witness, I've tried very hard to forget I ever saw that movie, which he and I paid to see once, and then I ended up being paid to see yet again!

And you too, Blaagh, should keep an eye on the page in the next couple of days. The response to your Nitty Gritty Dirt Band-esque rumination may be forthcoming...

I really do think I'm gonna do another one of these quizzes once we get into the midst of the summer movie season. I'd better start thinking now if I'm gonna be able to cough up another 40 questions!

As for that Vista party, it's on! Now all we have to do is wait for a good movie...

Anonymous said...

In response to one of your questions, "New York: A Documentary Film" is indeed on DVD and available for rental from Netflix under the title "New York (8-disc Series)"

- The Mysterious (Ad)ria|n B))eta]ma(x)