Tuesday, April 03, 2007

A movie quiz

You've all probably seen Professor Irwin Corey's Spring Break Movie Quiz at the Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule blog. I thought they were interesting questions and if anybody wants to answer them, they could. I'll post my answers in the comments section in a few days.

1) What movie did you have to see multiple times before deciding whether you liked or disliked it?

2) Inaugural entry into the Academy of the Overrated

3) Favorite sly or not-so-sly reference to another film or bit of pop culture within another film.

4) Favorite Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger movie

5) Your favorite Oscar moment

6) Hugo Weaving or Guy Pearce?

7) Movie that you feel gave you the greatest insight into a world/culture/person/place/event that you had no understanding of before seeing it

8) Favorite Samuel Fuller movie

9) Monica Bellucci or Maria Grazia Cucinotta?

10) What movie can take a nothing day and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?

11) Conversely, what movie can destroy a day’s worth of good humor just by catching a glimpse of it while channel surfing?

12) Favorite John Boorman movie

13) Warren Oates or Bruce Dern?

14) Your favorite aspect ratio 1

5) Before he died in 1984, Francois Truffaut once said: “The film of tomorrow will resemble the person who made it.” Is there any evidence that Truffaut was right? Is it Truffaut’s tomorrow yet?

16) Favorite Werner Herzog movie

17) Favorite movie featuring a rampaging, oversized or otherwise mutated beast, or beasts

18) Sandra Bernhard or Sarah Silverman?

19) Your favorite, or most despised, movie cliché

20) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom-- yes or no?

21) Favorite Nicholas Ray movie

22) Inaugural entry into the Academy of the Underrated

23) Your favorite movie dealing with the subject of television

24) Bruno Ganz or Patrick Bauchau?

25) Your favorite documentary, or non-fiction, film

26) According to Orson Welles, the director’s job is to “preside over accidents.” Name a favorite moment from a movie that seems like an accident, or a unintended, privileged moment. How did it enhance or distract from the total experience of the movie?

27) Favorite Wim Wenders movie

28) Elizabeth Pena or Penelope Cruz?

29) Your favorite movie tag line (Thanks, Jim!)

30) As a reader, filmgoer, or film critic, what do you want from a film critic, or from film criticism? And where do you see film criticism in general headed?

EXTRA CREDIT: Do movies still matter?

3 Comments:

Blogger Drew said...

1. After repeated viewings, The Talented Mr. Ripley has increasingly amazed me.
2. American Beauty is my most overrated Oscar Winner, but there are so many.
3. In A Clock Work Orange, at the milk bar, there is a 2001 soundtrack for sale.
4. My favorite Powell and Pressburger is film is Peeping Tom although that might have just been Powell. I like Black Narcissus too though.
5. My favorite Oscar moment was when Coppola stood up to receive the Oscar for Godfather II and said “In the future, films will be digitally beamed to your homes over satellites”.
6. I am opting out for this. I’m not a big fan of Guy Pearce or Hugo Weaving.
7. Most insight I gained on a person was Muhammad Ali in “When we were Kings”.
8. The only Sam Fuller movie I own is “Shock Corridor” but I’ve yet to finish it.
9. Those two Latin fireballs actually scare me. Catalina Sandino Morreno is more my speed.
10. I can Watch Lost in Translation anytime and I feel good.
11. I hate American Beauty anytime it comes up.
12. I like Deliverance quite a bit. It’s the only film Burt Reynolds was cool in, before Boogey Nights.
13. Warren Oates is hands down better than Bruce Dern even he wasn’t in Badlands or Stripes.
14. I like my movies wide. I don’t know that I have a favorite aspect ration though. Probably around Superscope, 2.0:1
15. I think Truffaut is right but that time is just starting to crop up with Google Video and the like.
16. I love Herzog’s but nothing is funnier than Grizzly Man
17. The only beast movie I have ever liked is King Kong, but the 1933 version is still the best.
18. Sandra Bernhard is nasty but I love her in King Of Comedy. Sarah Silverman is funny but very dirty and she wasn’t in King of Comedy.
19. My least favorite movie cliché of all time is when two strangers meet, they say hello, and then cut to a sex scene.
20. Temple of Doom is my favorite!
21. I don’t think I’ve seen one Nicholas Ray film although I do want to see King of Kings.
22. Most overrated film is Grease. Most underrated film is Grease 2! Pure camp gold.
23. I can’t think of any good movies that deal with television. I didn’t like network that much.
24. Bruno Ganz is the man.
25. I just saw “My Kid Could Paint That” at Sundance. It’s the best doc on art that I’ve seen.
26. When Brad Pitt falls off the fire escape and jacks up his wrist. It’s looks soo painful.
27. Opting out
28. I don’t understand the question.
29. Best tagline: In space, no one can hear you scream.
30. A film critique is tough to sum up with just a thumb. The best film-critique show is on Filmspotting.org. Listen to the that podcast.

10:35 AM  
Blogger Bryan Summers said...

1) What movie did you have to see multiple times before deciding whether you liked or disliked it?

---- Bottle Rocket. The first time I saw it I was kind of charmed. The second time I saw it I was laughing hard. The third time I saw it I thought it was the greatest movie ever. For over a year and a half, I'd watch it once a week.

On the other hand Dead Poet's Society just kept getting worse everytime I saw it.

2) Inaugural entry into the Academy of the Overrated

School of Rock. For some reason, it just didn't make me laugh.

3) Favorite sly or not-so-sly reference to another film or bit of pop culture within another film.

In Charlies Angels 2, at some crowd event a guy shouted just like the guy at the beginning of Singing in the Rain. That tickled me. I don't remember anything else about the movie.

4) Favorite Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger movie

The Red Shoes

5) Your favorite Oscar moment

When John Wayne attended even though he had cancer.

6) Hugo Weaving or Guy Pearce?

Guy Pearce

7) Movie that you feel gave you the greatest insight into a world/culture/person/place/event that you had no understanding of before seeing it

--- Dead Man Walking helped me understand how people could be against the death penalty. As a matter of fact, shortly after seeing the movie, I was against it.


8) Favorite Samuel Fuller movie

---The Big Red One. Best war movie I've ever seen.

9) Monica Bellucci or Maria Grazia Cucinotta?

Monica Bellucci

10) What movie can take a nothing day and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?

The Dish.

11) Conversely, what movie can destroy a day’s worth of good humor just by catching a glimpse of it while channel surfing?

The Grinch who Stole Christmas

12) Favorite John Boorman movie

Point Blank

13) Warren Oates or Bruce Dern?

Warren Oates

14) Your favorite aspect ratio

Don't have a favorite.

15) Before he died in 1984, Francois Truffaut once said: “The film of tomorrow will resemble the person who made it.” Is there any evidence that Truffaut was right? Is it Truffaut’s tomorrow yet?

--- I can't think of any evidence that he's right.

16) Favorite Werner Herzog movie

Aguirre, the Wrath of God

17) Favorite movie featuring a rampaging, oversized or otherwise mutated beast, or beasts

I love The Edge. I think David Mamet does excellent adventure.

18) Sandra Bernhard or Sarah Silverman?

Sarah Silverman. She makes me laugh more and I loved her new sitcom.

19) Your favorite, or most despised, movie cliché

I hate, hate, hate stories about the bohemian outsider who teaches a stodgy community to let down it's hair. ie. Footloose. Chocolate.

20) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom-- yes or no?

Yes, a thousand times yes.

21) Favorite Nicholas Ray movie

The only movie I've seen is Rebel Without a Cause, and I'm not going to put that.

22) Inaugural entry into the Academy of the Underrated

Neil Labute's Wickerman. I really, really liked it.

23) Your favorite movie dealing with the subject of television

Broadcast News. (I agree with Drew on Network.)

24) Bruno Ganz or Patrick Bauchau?

Bruno Ganz

25) Your favorite documentary, or non-fiction, film

Stevie. The scene where the pedophile talks to his old loving, foster parents brought me to tears.

26) According to Orson Welles, the director’s job is to “preside over accidents.” Name a favorite moment from a movie that seems like an accident, or a unintended, privileged moment. How did it enhance or distract from the total experience of the movie?

In Small Change, the children accidently spill some milk, laugh and then look right at the camera to see if they ruined the take. It is such a sweet, goofy moment. I'm really glad Truffaut left it in.

27) Favorite Wim Wenders movie

Paris, Texas

28) Elizabeth Pena or Penelope Cruz?

Elizabeth Pena for being the voice of Mirage in The Incredibles.

29) Your favorite movie tag line (Thanks, Jim!)

"For Three Men The Civil War Wasn't Hell. It Was Practice!"
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

30) As a reader, filmgoer, or film critic, what do you want from a film critic, or from film criticism? And where do you see film criticism in general headed?

I want to laugh. That's why I love Mike Nelson and Vern.

EXTRA CREDIT: Do movies still matter?

They never did.

5:41 AM  
Blogger Jordan said...

Bryan, for number 26 i thought of that same accidental moment from Short Change. It's great.

10:43 PM  

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