The Big Movie Quiz
1) Does film best tell the truth (Godard) or tell lies (De Palma) at 24 frames per second?
Truth. Though at times De Palma’s lies reflect a truth about society, film is often at its best when raw and unflinching. Then again, who the hell knows what Godard is on about sometimes?
2) Ideal pairing of actors/actresses to play on-screen siblings
Brad and Angelina
3) Favorite special effects moment
Wow. First time I saw a light saber in action. The long fan service in Star Trek: The Motion Picture when we saw the new design for the Enterprise. The shark. Sadako coming out of the television. Lon Chaney’s transformation into the wolf man. King Kong knocking down bi-planes, or alternately, King Kong knocking down Jessica Lange’s top.
4) Matt Damon or George Clooney?
Clooney. Matt Damon is playing striker for Chelsea, yet even that can’t make me like him.
5) What is the movie you’ve encouraged more people to see than any other?
I thought at first probably the original Ring, or Audition, however I wonder if I actually encouraged people to go in that I exclaimed, “You gotta see this movie!!” or just told people about it. Jon and Jim disabused me of the “must see” attitude anyway.
6) Favorite film of 1934
7) Your favorite movie theater*
8) Jean Arthur or Irene Dunne?
9) Favorite film made for children
Hmm. I’ve had a discussion about this phrase “made for children” with other anime aficionados, and we go back and forth about target audiences. Regarding animation (or “anime”) specifically many people believe the phrase “made for children” is inaccurate and reflective of some Western bias. I think that the target audience in the main is youth, even though many, many adults enjoy animation, or entertainment “made for children.” So it is not so easy to say which films fit this question and which don’t. I’ll go with Waterboy.
(actually, Tonari no Totoro)
10) Favorite Martin Scorsese Movie
Sorry to be so pedestrian. Goodfellas. I was with Verb in Brooklyn and we stopped into Spike Lee’s now closed down clothing store. Goodfellas was running. Everyone in the store knew every line in that movie.
11) Favorite film about children
Tonari no Totoro again.
12) Favorite film of 1954
HA! Do I even have to put this down? Shichinin no samurai
13) Favorite screenplay written by a writer more famous for literature than screenplays
er . . . uh . . . . none. Such a small category to chose from, and not all the resuls have been smashing. Goldman was not known for literature, but he did Princess Bride as a novel first, then did the adaptation. Tennessee Williams . . . Bradbury . . . nothing stands out.
14) Walter Matthau or Jack Lemmon?
Perhaps the toughest question in the bunch. Me and Psychick go with Jack, though. Tommy DeVito would call him a stutterin’ fuck. Glengarry/Glenross + China Syndrome, and no Dennis the Menace.
15) Favorite character name
16) Favorite screenplay adapted from a work of great literature, either by the author himself or by someone else
What are you invoking the canon here? If I said How Stella Got Her Groove Back would I get clowned? How about we go with The Tin Drum and leave it thus.
17) Favorite film of 1974
I wonder how many people are saying Godfather II? You know, I was watching that recently, and Diane Keaton was so bad in that, shrill, working so hard to drop a progressive feminist bomb and just wasn’t up to it. Wonder how Fonda would have worked that? With anything from Ashby or Fukasaku out of the running, what’s left? Blazing Saddles? China Syndrome? Chinatown?
18) Joan Severance or Shannon Tweed?
19) jackass: the movie– yes or no?
OH HEEEYALLL NAW
20) Favorite John Cassavetes Movie
Faces. That shit was real.
21) First R-rated movie you ever saw
In a theater? Probably Alien. Let’s not count the stuff I saw on HBO when my parents thought I was asleep. 🙂
22) Favorite X-rated film (remember that, while your answer may well be a famous or not-so-famous hard-core film, the “X” rating was once also a legitimate rating that did not necessarily connote pornography)
This is a trick! Night of the Living Dead.
24) Describe a moment in a movie that made you weep
The last 10 minutes of Rudy. When I’m not laughing. From the moment the fans start chanting his name until he makes the sack, I was a wreck. Glad I didn’t see it in the theater. Hotaru no haka, when the sister dies and the brother dumps the body. FORGET ABOUT IT.
25) Ewan McGregor or Ewan Bremner?
26) One of your favorite line readings (not necessarily one of your favorite lines) from this or any year
Exclude all Tarantino movies because he gives line readings obviously. I have to go with MC Eiht from Menace II Society. “Come’own, niggaz!” as if he’s a knight calling his men to arms.
27) What, if any, element in a film, upon your hearing of its inclusion beforehand, would most likely prejudice you against seeing that film or keeping an open mind about it?
When I learn a character’s race was changed from a person of color to white. Would turn me off instantly.
28) Favorite Terry Gilliam Movie
Time Bandits. Cleese playing Robin Hood as a member of the royal family, brilliant.
29) Jean Smart or Annie Potts?
30) Is it possible to know with any certainty if you could like or love someone based partially on their taste in movies? If so, what film might be a potential relationship deal-breaker for you, or the one that might just seal that deal?
No, as I have learned with great certainty.