Another movie quiz from SLIFR.
I reserve the right to give some of these multiple answers. Or none, if I don’t know what he’s talking about.
1) Favorite Biopic: Malcolm X, Patton, Pride of the Yankees, and Mongol (about Genghis Khan) come to mind. Although all have their flaws, and I’m not a huge fan of biopics in general. You’ll notice most of my choices don’t follow the usual recent biopic pattern of focusing on the person’s drug addiction or childhood abuse or whatever. Man I hate that.
2) Dyan Cannon or Tuesday Weld?: Weld. Who the heck is Dyan Cannon anyways? Someone who shows up at Laker games right? And?
3) Best example of science fiction futurism rendered silly by the event of time catching up to the prediction: Kathryn Bigelow’s Strange Days with Ralph Fiennes had people hooking up their brains to vicarious-experience machines. It was set on New Year’s Eve 1999 as I recall. The Terminator series has pretty successfully written around the first two films’ predictions of apocalypse in ’97. There’s always the Pan Am flights to a commercially-functioning space station in the movie 2001. But admittedly none of these seem hugely egregious.
4) Annette Funicello & Frankie Avalon or Troy Donahue & Sandra Dee?: Frankie & Annette
5) Favorite Raoul Walsh movie?: None
6) Sophomore film which represents greatest improvement over the director’s debut: M. Night Shyamalan went from the okay-ish but basically bland Wide Awake to Sixth Sense. Just, let’s not talk about anything he’s done this decade.
7) Ice Cube or Mos Def?: Cube
8 ) Favorite movie about the music industry: The underrated That Thing You Do is coming to mind.
9) Favorite Looney Tunes short (provide link if possible): don’t remember
10) Director most deserving of respect or upwardly mobile critical reassessment: I’m sort of anti-director (I suspect their role is overstated) so I want to say ‘who cares’. How about a guy like Brett Ratner, who seems like the epitome of schlocky hackiness, but has made at least two movies that surprised me when I learned they were directed by Brett Ratner: The Family Man with Nicolas Cage, and After the Sunset with Pierce Brosnan/Salma Hayek.
11) Ruth Gordon or Margaret Hamilton?: huh?
12) Best filmed adaptation of a play: I generally hate filmed adaptations of plays. They make me feel claustrophobic. I just Googled for film adaptations of plays and came across A Man For All Seasons. Let’s go with that.
13) Buddy Ebsen or Edgar Buchanan?: Ebsen of course.
14) Favorite Jean Renoir movie?: The Rules of the Game appears to be the only one I’ve seen (and I don’t remember liking it)
15) Favorite one-word movie title, and why: Unbreakable? Because it’s true?
16) Ernest Thesiger or Basil Rathbone?: huh?
17) Summer movies—your highest and lowest expectations: Highest expectation for Empire Strikes Back. (Met.) Lowest expectation for, oh let’s say, some Rush Hour movie. (Met.)
18) Whether or not you’re a parent, what would be your ideal pick as first movie to see with your own child (or niece/nephew)? Why?: Perversely, Bambi. Because I was told it was the first movie I saw. Just let’s not talk about Bambi’s mom.
19) L.Q. Jones or Strother Martin: Um
20) Movie most recently seen in theaters? On DVD/Blu-ray? Theaters?? What are those? Maybe Borat, I know I saw that in a theater. On DVD, just watched Bob le Flambeur, and it was great.
21) Do you see more movies theatrically or at home? Why? Home. Kids. But even if I didn’t have kids, there is (1) the cost and (2) other stupid moviegoers, especially in certain neighborhoods, who will talk, or laugh at inappropriate times, or just generally won’t STFU.
22) Name an award-worthy comic performance that was completely ignored by Oscar and his pals. Well, #1 is Jeff Bridges in Big Lebowski, by a wide margin. I also completely and totally thought Jack Black deserved the Oscar for The School of Rock that year, and still think so. Let’s look up who won the Oscar that year: Sean Penn in Mystic River? Gimme a break. Like Sean Penn doesn’t have enough Oscars. Quick, I declare you have to watch Mystic River or School of Rock, at gunpoint: which do you choose? Come on.
23) Zac Efron & Vanessa Hudgens or Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart: ROFLOL
24) Name a great (or merely very good) movie that is too painful to watch a second time (Thanks to The Onion A.V. Club): I hope never ever to watch United 93 again.
25) Beyonce Knowles or Jennifer Hudson?: This is kinda unfair
26) Favorite Robert Mitchum movie?: shrug
27) Favorite movie featuring a ‘60s musical group that is not either the Beatles or the Monkees: Sheesh that makes it hard. Let me cheat and go with the Woodstock documentary! Ha!
28) Maria Ouspenskaya or Una O’Connor?: No idea but let’s say Ouspenskaya, just cuz I think that’s a cool name.
29) Favorite Vincent Price movie?: I’ve seen basically none (unless Edward Scissorhands counts) but I suspect I’d pretty much like ‘em all
30) Name a movie currently flying under the radar that is deserving of rabid cult status. I really wish I had a hip unconventional choice here, but I don’t. (Like, saying ‘Donnie Darko’ here wouldn’t work.) Just went thru my Netflix ratings looking at those I’ve given 5 stars and the most ‘under the radar’ ones that jump out at me are lesser-celebrated movies by huge directors: Bringing Out the Dead by Scorsese, and Empire of the Sun by Spielberg (which I think is his best movie). But perhaps the best fit for this question is – the 1991 Australian movie Flirting with young Nicole Kidman, Thandie Newton, and Noah Taylor. GREAT GREAT movie.
31) Irene Ryan or Lucille Benson (or Bea Benaderet)?: Irene Ryan popped to mind. Then I looked her up and she’s just Granny from Beverly Hillbillies.
32) Single line from a movie that never fails to make your laugh or otherwise cheer you up. (This may be obvious, but the line does not have to come from a comedy.): “I was cured all right”, Alex’s last line in Clockwork Orange. “They called me Mr. Glass”, Samuel Jackson’s last line from Unbreakable. Neither of them comedies. And I guess I’m a big fan of last lines.
Also, the entire script of Barcelona.
33) Elliot Gould or Donald Sutherland?: Yuck to both.
34) Best performance by a director in an acting role: Excluding, um, like, Clint Eastwood and other actors-turned-directors? How about Sydney Pollack who was suitably creepy and menacing in Eyes Wide Shut.
35) Favorite Barbara Stanwyck movie?: Double Indemnity (finally, I can give a reasonable answer to one of the classic-moviestar questions)
36) Outside of reading film criticism or other literature about the movies, what subject do you enjoy reading about or studying which you would say best enriches or illuminates your understanding and appreciation of life, a life that includes the movies?: If you had told me three years ago I’d say ‘economics’ I’d have said you were crazy.