Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Film: A quiz for real film fans

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The film freaks over at Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule posted this, the "PROFESSOR DAVE JENNINGS' MILTON-FREE, UNIVERSE-EXPANDING HOLIDAY MIDTERM," for all to take. Here are my age appropriate answers. What are yours?

1) What was the last movie you saw, either in a theater or on DVD, and why?
I watched The Abyss on DVD yesterday with my fiancee. We recently got on a James Cameron kick after an airing of Ridley Scott’s Alien spurred us to rent Cameron’s Aliens on DVD. Next up is T2, and then … actually I think we’ll stop there.

2) Name the cinematographer whose work you most look forward to seeing, and an example of one of his/her finest achievements.
There’s a bunch, but I really can’t wait to see what Sergei Trofimov does next. He was behind the camera on Night Watch

3) Joe Don Baker or Bo Svenson?
Baker hands down. He’s from Texas and he was in Joe Dirt.

4) Name a moment from a movie that made you gasp (in horror, surprise, revelation…)
I gotta give it to The Abyss. Even though I’ve seen the flick before, I was on the edge of my seat when Ed Harris was trying to revive Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.

5) Your favorite movie about the movies.
Right now it has to be Bad Education.

6) Your Favorite Fritz Lang movie.
Gotta go with the only one I’ve seen Metropolis,

7) Describe the first time you ever recognized yourself in a movie.
Watching Mikey in The Goonies.

8) Carole Bouquet or Angela Molina?
Molina. She played Mrs. Robinson.

9) Name a movie that redeems the notion of nostalgia as something more than a bankable commodity.
It has to be Field of Dreams. Watch it, it’s better than you think it is.

10) Favorite appearance by an athlete in an acting role.
Hulk Hogan in Rocky III. He’s an athlete, yes?

11) Favorite Hal Ashby movie.
Harold and Maude

12) Name the first double feature you’d program for opening night of your own revival theater.
This is hard. It would have to be something that would pack ‘em in, so … probably Reservoir Dogs followed by Donnie Darko (pictured above)

13) What’s the name of your revival theater?
A Certain Cinema

14) Humphrey Bogart or Elliot Gould?
In blasphemy’s name, I choose Gould.

15) Favorite Robert Stevenson movie.
I choose The Shaggy D.A.

16) Describe your favorite moment in a movie that is memorable because of its use of sound.
I really love the use of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” in that one happy scene in Monster where Christina Ricci and Charlize Theron are falling in love.

17) Pink Flamingoes-- yes or no?
I’ll risk the backlash and say no. Hell no.

18) Your favorite movie soundtrack score.
Danny Elfman’s Beetlejuice.

19) Fay Wray or Naomi Watts?
Watts all the way.

20) Is there a movie that would make you question the judgment and/or taste of a film critic, blogger or friend if you found out they were an advocate of it?
Yes. Paul Haggis’ absurd and hollow crapfest Crash.

21) Pick a new category for the Oscars and its first deserving winner.
Best use of hip hop music in a film. Winner: Office Space

22) Favorite Paul Verhoeven movie.
I assume were talking RoboCop Verhoeven. So, yeah, Robocop.

23) What is it that you think movies do better than any other art form?
Pull you in.

24) Peter Ustinov or Albert Finney?
Finney all the way home.

25) Favorite movie studio logo, as it appears before a theatrical feature.
I’m partial to the Universal globe.

26) Name the single most important book about the movies for you personally.
Spike Lee’s Gotta Have It, Spike Lee.

27) Name the movie that features the best twist ending. (Please note the use of any “spoilers” in your answer.)
Hmmm … Fight Club comes to mind.

28) Favorite Francois Truffaut movie.
Jules and Jim

29) Olivia Hussey or Claire Danes?

30) Your most memorable celebrity encounter.
Scaring Quentin Tarantino in Austin.

31) When did you first realize that films were directed?
Probably in the very ealry 90s when I saw Do the Right Thing on TV and thought, “Who made that?”

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