Tuesday, January 19, 2010


A memes, the lazy bloggers mana.

As taken from Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule

1) Second-favorite Coen Brothers movie.

Raising Arizona (following a Miller's Crossing, Big Lebowski tie)

2) Movie seen only on home format that you would pay to see on the biggest movie screen possible? (Question submitted by Peter Nellhaus)

Easy, Lawrence of Arabia. I got the itch when I saw a trailer for the restored print in front of Raiders. Everyone cheered including me. I've kept a lookout ever since.

3) Japan or France? (Question submitted by Bob Westal)

As of right now in my viewing history, Japan. But I plan to go deep into Rohmer and Godard soon so that might change.

4) Favorite moment/line from a western.

God is not on our side because he hates idiots also. -Blondie in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

It ain't like it *used* to be; but it'll do. -Sykes, in Wild Bunch

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?

Which limb is the most valuable to you? Come on.

6) Most misunderstood movie of the 2000s (The Naughties?).

Speed Racer. Wait and see.

7) Name a filmmaker/actor/actress/film you once unashamedly loved who has fallen furthest in your esteem.

Harrison Ford. What happened man?

8) Herbert Lom or Patrick Magee?

Lom, Inspector Dreyfuss all the way.

9) Which is your least favorite David Lynch film (Submitted by Tony Dayoub)

No Lynch film I've seen I would consider bad, but I'm in no rush to return to Eraserhead.

10) Gordon Willis or Conrad Hall? (Submitted by Peet Gelderblom)

Willis. I think he was the first DP's name I ever learned and I've never forgotten.

11) Second favorite Don Siegel movie.

Two Mules for Sister Serra

12) Last movie you saw on DVD/Blu-ray? In theaters?

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. The Messengers.

13) Which DVD in your private collection screams hardest to be replaced by a Blu-ray? (Submitted by Peet Gelderblom)

The Third Man.

14) Eddie Deezen or Christopher Mintz-Plasse?

I had to look up Deezen and he's certainly had a fuller career. But come on, McLovin actually has SOME game in the movie. Eugene has zero game in both Greases (Greasii?)

15) Actor/actress who you feel automatically elevates whatever project they are in, or whom you would watch in virtually anything.

It changes from year to year. Though right now I'd be hard

16) Fight Club -- yes or no?

Yeah sure, but not when frat boys are too into it and missing the point.

17) Teresa Wright or Olivia De Havilland?

De Hallivand has the superior CV but Wright's performances have hit me harder.

18) Favorite moment/line from a film noir.

Oooo many contenders but it's got to be the end of Double Indemnity what a perfectly brutal final moment.

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.

That melty guy getting hit by the car in Robocop. Glorious.

20) What's the least you've spent on a film and still regretted it? (Submitted by Lucas McNelly)

Free screening to Fun with Dick and Jane. Hated every second of it.

21) Van Johnson or Van Heflin?

Van Heflin. I like more of his films. Simple as that.

22) Favorite Alan Rudolph film.

I suck, haven't seen any.

23) Name a documentary that you believe more people should see.

The Corporation is a must for navigating the twenty-first century. Also everyone should see Grizzly Man because it perfectly codifies what Werner Herzog is all about.

24) In deference to this quiz’s professor, name a favorite film which revolves around someone becoming stranded.

I haven't seen Moon yet so for now I'll say E.T.

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.


26) Ann Sheridan or Geraldine Fitzgerald? (Submitted by Larry Aydlette)

Ann Sheridan-hello, Angels with Dirty Faces and The Man Who Came to Dinner

27) Do you or any of your family members physically resemble movie actors or other notable figures in the film world? If so, who?

My Dad has the bearing (but not the appearance) of Robert DeNiro.

28) Is there a movie you have purposely avoided seeing? If so, why?

Anything with the subtitle of Squeakquel.

29) Movie with the most palpable or otherwise effective wintry atmosphere or ambience.

Let the Right One In was pretty damn wintry. The Ice Storm is another solid contender.

30) Gerrit Graham or Jeffrey Jones?

Jeffrey Jones , I'll have to separate the art from the artist though. Yeesh.

31) The best cinematic antidote to a cultural stereotype (sexual, political, regional, whatever).

Can we count The Wire?

32) Second favorite John Wayne movie.

Rio Bravo (following The Searchers)

33) Favorite movie car chase.

Everyone talks about Bullitt and French Connection but for me it's To Live and Die in L.A.

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)

I'd like to see Humpday switched and not just for prurient reasons.

35) Barbara Rhoades or Barbara Feldon?

Long time Get Smart fan, so Feldon.

36) Favorite Andre De Toth movie.

House of Wax. Delightful.

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)

Todd Solondz. Sorry, I get it, but not for me.

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.

Zoolander and The 400 Blows

39) Max Ophuls or Marcel Ophuls? (Submitted by Tom Sutpen)

Earrings of Madame de... gives it to Max.

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?

Warriors come out to play-ay. But I probably belong with the Deltas.

41) Your favorite movie cliché.

The meanest, grumpiest guy secretly has the heart of gold.

42) Vincente Minnelli or Stanley Donen? (Submitted by Bob Westal)

Argh. Don't make me choose. Ummm, ummmm, Minnelli. Gah. No wait, agh. Move on.

43) Favorite Christmas-themed horror movie or sequence.


44) Favorite moment of self- or selfless sacrifice in a movie.

Spoiler alert: 5 of the 7 Samurai

45) If you were the cinematic Spanish Inquisition, which movie cult (or cult movie) would you decimate? (Submitted by Bob Westal)

Fucking Avatards or Twi-hards.

46) Caroline Munro or Veronica Carlson?

Hmmm which bosomy Hammer regular? Ummm Munro, less of a butter face.

47) Favorite eye-patch wearing director. (Submitted by Patty Cozzalio)


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.)

Does the Wrestler count?

49) In giving thanks for the movies this year, what are you most thankful for?

Christoph Waltz and Tarrantino finding his maturity again.

50) George Kennedy or Alan North?

Kennedy because he gave Frank Drebbin his marching orders.

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