I picked up on this latest and very super-duper quiz from one of my favorite movie blogs, A Mythical Monkey Writes About the Movies. M.M.'s answers helped brighten the day.
Don Cozallio's movie blog, SERGIO LEONE AND THE INFIELD FLY RULE is a new one on me. (Check out the link.) I have a suspicion it's more a boy blog than a girl blog, but what the hell, since when have I been afraid to wade into murky waters? The quiz is a great one - the blog looks mighty interesting - and I'm led to understand that these power-house (albeit esoteric) quizzes are an occasional sort of thing. Something fun to look forward to down the line. So, without any further ado, here is: Professor Ed Avery's Cortisone-Fueled, Bigger-Than-Life, Super-Big-Gulp-Sized Summer Movie Quiz:
1) Depending on your mood, your favorite or least-loved movie cliche.
One cliche I most dislike (and which is still in regular use, no one in Hollywood ever having caught on that it IS a cliche) is the one where the hero of a disaster movie (ANY disaster movie) has an ex-wife with whom he's going to be forced to work to save whatever needs saving. Every damn disaster flick I've ever seen seems to have this annoying little marital quirk. I don't even bother to double-check now, I just expect this to be the case.
2) Regardless of whether you eventually caught up with it, which film classic have you lied about seeing in the past?
Since honesty is usually the best policy, I try not to lie unless everyone is dishing a film and not wanting to feel left out, I kind of just shake my head like, yeah, yeah, right, I so know what you're talking about. Not. If pressed, I pretty much admit I've never seen any of THE GODFATHER films - or - RAGING BULL or THE SHINING and have no plans to.
3) Roland Young or Edward Everett Horton?
Hate to say this: Roland Young sort of gave me the creeps. I love Edward Everett Horton in ANYTHING!
4) Second favorite Frank Tashlin movie?
SUSAN SLEPT HERE is my favorite and probably the only one I'm familiar with. It's also one of the few movies in which Dick Powell doesn't make me cringe. I also like the guy who plays the grumbly cop - Horace MacMahon.. Anne Francis is wonderful and even a very young Debby Reynolds holds her own. I remember seeing this in the theater with my mom. Good memory. No, great memory.
5) Clockwork Orange - yes or no?
No. Nope. Never. Zip. Zero. No comment. I plead the fifth. Talk to my lawyer.
6) Best/Favorite use of gender dysphoria in a horror film?
Gender dysphoria? No clue.
7) Melanie Laurent or Blake Lively?
Don't know who either of them are. I'll check google. Okay, I'm back. Blake Lively. Probably because I like the name.
8) Best Movie of 2011 (so far...?)
I haven't seen any new movies so far this year. So my answer is PLAN B, a South American film (with English subtitles) released in 2010 which I saw on Netflix just last week for the first time. An engaging and slightly complicated film about two heterosexual guys who fall in love - the film explores the idea that love is love no matter where you might happen to find it.
Rondo Hatton. He was one scary dude. But there was also something touchingly pathetic about him.
Rondo Hatton.10) Lars Van Trier? Have no clue who that is. Sorry.
11) Timothy Carey or Henry Silva?
Oh, Henry Silva. Silva, at least, had pretensions of being attractive in a mean, sneaky, underhanded sort of way. You could imagine some woman, somehow, somewhere, maybe loving him. Timothy Carey - unfortunately - no.
12) Low-profile writer who deserves more attention from critics and/or audiences.
13) Movie most recently viewed theatrically, DVD, Blue-ray or streaming.
Haven't seen anything theatrically in quite a while. Most recently viewed on DVD: SALT with Angelina Jolie. Surprisingly, I liked it much more than I thought I would. A terrific thriller if you're in a thriller frame of mind.
14) Favorite film noir villain.
Clifton Webb as Waldo Lydecker in LAURA - la, la, la, la, la, la- la, la-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a! (Can't help it.)
15) Best thing about streaming movies.
Well, the immediacy of course. Although I have a feeling that making it that easy to view a film 24/7 sort of takes all the suspense out of it. I mean, it's just too easy to discard a movie - Next!
16) Fay Spain or France Nuyen?
France Nuyen, especially in that Star Trek episode where her tears acted as a love potion. Not that Kirk ever really needed any additional inducement. (Oh, Spain/France - NOW I get it. It takes me a while to catch up sometimes. Ha!)
17) Favorite Kirk Douglas film that isn't SPARTACUS?
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. I was never a fan of Spartacus.
18) Favorite movie about cars.
Don't have one. But my favorite movie car chase was the one in THE BOURNE IDENTITY with the beat-up mini-cooper out-racing police cars on the streets of Paris. Though my favorite car in the history of film is the gorgeously splendiferous vintage Citroen in DIVA.
19) Audrey Totter or Marie Windsor?
Marie Windsor. Except for her hard-boiled voice which was kind of hard to take.
20) Existing Stephen King movie adaptation that could use a remake/re-boot or overhaul?
Something called, I think, THE LANGOLIERS, Never did watch it all the way through. I think it was about - maybe- the only people left in the world stranded at a airport or hanger or whatnot. Excruciatingly boring doesn't quite begin to cover it. I think if I had to choose between watching this and swallowing a bug. I'd choose the bug. Come to think of it, it doesn't deserve a remake or re-boot or overhaul. But it's all I can think of. I'm not a big Stephen King fan except for THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION and THE GREEN MILE which, to my eye, are fine just the way they are.
21) Low-profile director who deserves more attention from critics and/or audiences.
Christian Nyby, the director of THE THING, one of my favorite 50's sci-fi thrillers. He didn't do much else I can name off the top of my head, but he should have.
22) What actor that you previously enjoyed has become distracting or a self-parody?
23) Best place in the world to see a movie?
From a comfy sofa with a plate of snacks nearby.
24) Charles McGraw or Sterling Hayden?
Oh, Sterling Hayden. Though McGraw and Hayden both had great voices.
25) Second favorite Yasujiro Ozu film?
Don't know who this is.
26) Most memorable horror movie father figure?
Probably the ineffectual father played by Gregory Peck in THE OMEN.
27) Name a non-action-oriented-movie that would be fun to see in Sensurround.
Don't think I ever saw anything in Sensurround, so can't think what I would like to see. But if I take the name literally, I wouldn't mind being surrounded by Colin Firth in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. Not a movie I know, but I'm treating it as one.
28) Chris Evans or Ryan Reynolds?
Ryan Reynolds, especially in THE PROPOSAL.
29) Favorite relatively unknown supporting player, from either or both the classic or the modern era.
Roscoe Karns in anything.
30) Real-life movie location you most recently visited or saw.
I haven't been in NYC in awhile, but that would have been the most recent movie location.
31) Second favorite Budd Boetticher movie.
Don't know this guy's work. Never heard of him.
32) Mara Corday or Julie Adams?
Julie Adams in THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, my second favorite monster flick from the 50's. (Or maybe my favorite.)
33) Favorite Universal International western.
BACKLASH with Richard Widmark and Donna Reed..
34) Favorite actress of the Silent Era.
Don't have one. I did like the robotic woman in METROPOLIS.
35) Favorite Eugene Pallett performance.
Friar Tuck in ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD
Couldn't find a good pix of Pallette in Robin Hood.
36) What could Multiplex owners do right now to improve the theater viewing experience for movie goers? What could movie goers do?
Cut prices. Keep quiet - turn off phones.
37) What's the biggest 'gimmick' that's drawn you out to see a movie?
The gimmick that always worked for me when I was a kid: A double feature with 10 cartoons on Saturday afternoon, all for a quarter.