1) Second-favorite Coen Brothers movie.
A Serious Man, though with time and a few more viewings it could be my favourite.
2) Movie seen only on home format that you would pay to see on the biggest movie screen possible? (Question submitted by Peter Nellhaus)
The Red Shoes, not only because it’s my favourite film but because it is unquestionably (in my mind) the most beautiful film I’ve ever seen.
Japanese cinema is growing on me, especially more recent work in horror and Sion Sono’s but French cinema is so in tune with my own artistic sensibilities I have to choose it; might very well be my favourite National Cinema.
I love Westerns, so it’s a tough call. Off the top of my head, my favourite is probably in McCabe and Mrs. Miller when the snow starts to fall during the “shootout”. It seems so spontaneous, and yet it works so beautifully for mood and theme.
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?
I couldn’t say which is the most important, I’d say I value painting the most… at least in my own work. And looking and Barry Lyndon, where would it be without Gainsborough? That’s almost reason enough. Music is probably most important though.
6) Most misunderstood movie of the 2000s (The Naughties?).
Honestly, can’t think of a one.
8) Herbert Lom or Patrick Magee?
I think Herbert Lom has a more memorable film persona and for that reason I choose him. I think Magee probably had a better career.
9) Which is your least favorite David Lynch film (Submitted by Tony Dayoub)
Dune, without question
10) Gordon Willis or Conrad Hall? (Submitted by Peet Gelderblom)
I’ll have to go with Gordon Willis, just because I think he directed some more beautiful films, and is also quite good at the aesthetic that I like from Hall (that unmistakable 70s softness). So yea.
11) Second favorite Don Siegel movie.
I’ve only seen three, so yea… The Beguiled
12) Last movie you saw on DVD/Blu-ray? In theaters?
Ce Qu’il Faut pour vivre (2008), which is apparently Canada’s official entry for the 2009 Academy Awards. It’s decent enough, a few rates above typical emotional pandering, but it still fails to be truly gripping or risky. Great performances all around, and it looks great though.
13) Which DVD in your private collection screams hardest to be replaced by a Blu-ray? (Submitted by Peet Gelderblom)
McCabe and Mrs. Miller.
15) Actor/actress who you feel automatically elevates whatever project they are in, or whom you would watch in virtually anything.
There are quite a few actually. I’ll narrow it down to actors still working, which would probably just leave Robert Downey Jr. and Sam Rockwell.
16) Fight Club — yes or no?
I haven’t seen it.
17) Teresa Wright or Olivia De Havilland?
There are few actors or actresses I prefer to Olivia DeHavilland, she is such a dazzling talent and beauty.
18) Favorite moment/line from a film noir.
Another very difficult question, I think I’ll got with Dana Andrews waking up in Laura… and well, he’s more than just a little surprised.
19) Best (or worst) death scene involving an obvious dummy substituting for a human or any otherunsuccessful special effect(s)—see the wonderful blogDestructible Man for inspiration.
20) What’s the least you’ve spent on a film and still regretted it? (Submitted by Lucas McNelly)
There are more than a few films I’ve seen for free that I regret, nothing that jumps out at me right now though
21) Van Johnson or Van Heflin?
Not really familiar enough with either one to say
22) Favorite Alan Rudolph film.
The only thing of his I’ve seen is Buffalo Bill and the Indians; he wrote the screenplay, I’m rather fond of it.
23) Name a documentary that you believe more people should see.
The Fog of War. I know many have seen it, but everyone should.
24) In deference to this quiz’s professor, name a favorite film which revolves around someone becoming stranded.
Can’t think of anything
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.
I don’t think so, sometimes I mention films or join in and make people kinda stop talking, nothing awkward.
26) Ann Sheridan or Geraldine Fitzgerald? (Submitted by Larry Aydlette)
I love Ann Sheridan’s moxy, I think Fitzgerald doesn’t have a particularly memorable screen presence.
27) Do you or any of your family members physically resemble movie actors or other notable figures in the film world? If so, who?
I’ve been told I look like Sarah Michelle Gellar and Diana Rigg. I don’t think it’s any kind of eerie resemblance though, just kinda sorta.
28) Is there a movie you have purposely avoided seeing? If so, why?
29) Movie with the most palpable or otherwise effective wintry atmosphere or ambience.
Black Christmas, and it uses it so well thematically too.
30) Gerrit Graham or Jeffrey Jones?
31) The best cinematic antidote to a cultural stereotype (sexual, political, regional, whatever).
This question is way too smart for me right now.
32) Second favorite John Wayne movie.
Rio Bravo, love me some Howard Hawks, and love his chemistry with just about everyone in this film.
33) Favorite movie car chase.
I don’t do cars.
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)
Bonnie and Clyde with two sexy girls.
35) Barbara Rhoades or Barbara Feldon?
36) Favorite Andre De Toth movie.
House of Wax by default
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)
Honestly, I can’t think of anyone I’d do this too. When someone kicks my puppy, I’ll reconsider.
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.
The Third Man
39) Max Ophuls or Marcel Ophuls? (Submitted by Tom Sutpen)
Max Ophuls is my homeboy.
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?
The Warriors because it’s the sexiest group.
41) Your favorite movie cliché.
Kiss and then credits
42) Vincente Minnelli or Stanley Donen? (Submitted by Bob Westal)
Minnelli is one of my all time favourite and though Donen has two of my favourites under his belt he can’t really compete.
43) Favorite Christmas-themed horror movie or sequence.
44) Favorite moment of self- or selfless sacrifice in a movie.
In Stella Dallas, Stanwyck pretending to run away so that her daughter can have a better life.
45) If you were the cinematic Spanish Inquisition, which movie cult (or cult movie) would you decimate? (Submitted by Bob Westal)
46) Caroline Munro or Veronica Carlson?
47) Favorite eye-patch wearing director. (Submitted by Patty Cozzalio)
Nicholas Ray worked the eye patch best, though I think I prefer John Ford.
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.)
I love a lot, still adore No Country for Old Men’s though.
49) In giving thanks for the movies this year, what are you most thankful for?
I am most thankful for Tarantino not disappointing and for four hour Japanese films about panty porn and evil religious cults.
50) George Kennedy or Alan North? (Submitted by Peet Gelderblom)