My answers to the latest movie quiz at Sergio Leone(&c):
1) Second-favorite Coen Brothers movie.
Favorite=Big Lebowski so this ends up being a referendum on Fargo (which is traditionally considered their best). But if I had to watch a non-Lebowski C.B. movie again it would probably be O Brother, Where Art Thou?
2) Movie seen only on home format that you would pay to see on the biggest movie screen possible? (Question submitted by Peter Nellhaus)
I do not like movie theaters anymore (all those other people – irritating). This question seems mostly about movies with great visual effects. Recent ones coming to mind are animations like Coraline, Wall-E and The Incredibles. Maybe Star Trek. You could also take this in a different direction and go for movies whose directors use the whole frame in a unique/stylized way (i.e. Wes Anderson). But I have seen Rushmore and Tenenbaums in theaters.
UPDATE: Okay here’s an obvious answer – Lawrence of Arabia.
3) Japan or France? (Question submitted by Bob Westal)
4) Favorite moment/line from a western.
Moment: the duel between Charles Bronson and Henry Fonda at the end of Once Upon A Time In The West. Line: Fonda, to the younger Bronson character in flashback as he shoves a harmonica in his mouth: “Keep your lovin’ brother happy.” Chills down my spine just thinking about it.
5) Of all the arts the movies draw upon to become what they are, which is the most important, or the one you value most?
Maybe the music, actually. I can forgive lack of story and a lot of other stuff if the music works well.
6) Most misunderstood movie of the 2000s (The Naughties?).
Easy answer: Mulholland Drive (because nobody could possibly understand it). I’m going to take a different tack however and cite the Ocean’s movies (all three).
7) Name a filmmaker/actor/actress/film you once unashamedly loved who has fallen furthest in your esteem.
Filmmaker – M. Night Shyamalan (much as I hate to admit it, even though I don’t hate him as much as most, he has still fallen very very far in my esteem). Actor – I’m going to go with Vince Vaughn. Remember when he was cool? He’s just in all these dumb movies now.
8 ) Herbert Lom or Patrick Magee?
9) Which is your least favorite David Lynch film (Submitted by Tony Dayoub)
I pretty much hated Blue Velvet.
10) Gordon Willis or Conrad Hall? (Submitted by Peet Gelderblom)
11) Second favorite Don Siegel movie.
Escape From Alcatraz (#1 is Dirty Harry obviously)
12) Last movie you saw on DVD/Blu-ray? In theaters?
DVD: Star Trek gets a second mention
Theaters: Inglorious Basterds
13) Which DVD in your private collection screams hardest to be replaced by a Blu-ray? (Submitted by Peet Gelderblom)
I don’t give a rat’s ass about Blu-ray whatever that is.
14) Eddie Deezen or Christopher Mintz-Plasse?
15) Actor/actress who you feel automatically elevates whatever project they are in, or whom you would watch in virtually anything.
16) Fight Club — yes or no?
17) Teresa Wright or Olivia De Havilland?
18) Favorite moment/line from a film noir.
19) Best (or worst) death scene involving an obvious dummy substituting for a human or any other unsuccessful special effect(s)—see the wonderful blog Destructible Man for inspiration.
Face-melting Nazis in Indiana Jones.
20) What’s the least you’ve spent on a film and still regretted it? (Submitted by Lucas McNelly)
Whatever Blockbuster was charging in the mid-90s. I think I rented Hollow Man then never watched it.
21) Van Johnson or Van Heflin?
22) Favorite Alan Rudolph film.
23) Name a documentary that you believe more people should see.
Waco: The Rules Of Engagement
24) In deference to this quiz’s professor, name a favorite film which revolves around someone becoming stranded.
Cast Away (underrated)
25) Is there a moment when your knowledge of film, or lack thereof, caused you an unusual degree of embarrassment and/or humiliation? If so, please share.
Probably happened (both) when I was younger, but can’t remember now. Nowadays I’d never be embarrassed to know about a movie (even a cheesy or ‘shameful’ one in some way), nor to be ignorant of one I didn’t see (even one that ‘everyone’ sees)
26) Ann Sheridan or Geraldine Fitzgerald? (Submitted by Larry Aydlette)
Teresa Wright dammit!
27) Do you or any of your family members physically resemble movie actors or other notable figures in the film world? If so, who?
Someone once told my dad he talks like Sean Connery (which isn’t true).
28) Is there a movie you have purposely avoided seeing? If so, why?
Bruno, because I just feel like I’d be too grossed out.
An Inconvenient Truth, for obvious reasons.
Anything further, ever, by Lars von Trier, because I already tortured myself sitting through Dogville.
29) Movie with the most palpable or otherwise effective wintry atmosphere or ambience.
I was going to give Fargo a mention but I think I’ll raise that with A Simple Plan.
A more classical answer would probably be Doctor Zhivago.
30) Gerrit Graham or Jeffrey Jones?
Jeffrey Jones (Ferris Bueller’s principal).
Looking up these two guys, this question kinda makes sense.
31) The best cinematic antidote to a cultural stereotype (sexual, political, regional, whatever).
I don’t understand the question.
32) Second favorite John Wayne movie.
Hard to choose #1 between The Searchers and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. Thus, hard to choose #2 as well.
33) Favorite movie car chase.
34) In the spirit of His Girl Friday, propose a gender-switched remake of a classic or not-so-classic film. (Submitted by Patrick Robbins)
This question bores me. Next
35) Barbara Rhoades or Barbara Feldon?
Agent 99, duh
36) Favorite Andre De Toth movie.
37) If you could take one filmmaker’s entire body of work and erase it from all time and memory, as if it had never happened, whose oeuvre would it be? (Submitted by Tom Sutpen)
I knew it would pay off to bring up Lars von Trier earlier
38) Name a film you actively hated when you first encountered it, only to see it again later in life and fall in love with it.
Not sure this has ever happened unless you soften up that ‘actively hated’ and ‘fall in love’ stuff.
39) Max Ophuls or Marcel Ophuls? (Submitted by Tom Sutpen)
Not worth the Google time
40) In which club would you most want an active membership, the Delta Tau Chi fraternity, the Cutters or the Warriors? And which member would you most resemble, either physically or in personality?
In personality, Dennis Christopher’s main character (generally, though not in the specifics of loving opera/Italy/etc). Maybe physically too.
41) Your favorite movie cliché.
The bad guy says to the good guy: “You and I, we are not so different, you know.” Happens again and again, makes me smile every time. (h/t to story fanatic (I think) for helping make me aware of this cliche…)
42) Vincente Minnelli or Stanley Donen? (Submitted by Bob Westal)
Donen, if for this alone
43) Favorite Christmas-themed horror movie or sequence.
Not my cup of tea
44) Favorite moment of self- or selfless sacrifice in a movie.
Something about the Dustin Hoffman character’s rescue scene at the beginning of Hero (crappy movie) always stuck with me.
45) If you were the cinematic Spanish Inquisition, which movie cult (or cult movie) would you decimate? (Submitted by Bob Westal)
Comic-book movies/similar and their fanboys. (Not saying I hate them all, but there are certainly way too many. And ‘decimate’ only means one in ten, which would be a start…)
46) Caroline Munro or Veronica Carlson?
Gonna go with Munro
47) Favorite eye-patch wearing director. (Submitted by Patty Cozzalio)
Too much trouble
48) Favorite ambiguous movie ending. (Original somewhat ambiguous submission—“Something about ambiguous movie endings!”– by Jim Emerson, who may have some inspiration of his own to offer you.)
49) In giving thanks for the movies this year, what are you most thankful for?
‘Thankful’ is kind of overkill (generally it was not a great year for movies), but I guess it’s nice that Star Trek lived up to, even surpassed my expectations. Wow, 3 mentions. I am a dork.
50) George Kennedy or Alan North? (Submitted by Peet Gelderblom)
No real reason, I guess.