Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Pencil Down! My Answers to the SLIFR Quiz

Dennis Cozzalio's quizzes over at "Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule" are far and away the film blogosphere's premier parlor game, so I couldn't resist answering the most recent one, dished out by none other than Miss Jean Brodie herself.
  1. The classic movie moment everyone loves except me is:
  2. None I can think of, honestly. Until someone starts talking about it, I rarely think of aspects of movies I dislike.

  3. Favorite line of dialogue from a film noir
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    "All that Cain did to Abel was murder him." - Leo Morse (Thomas Gomez), Force of Evil.

  5. Second favorite Hal Ashby film
  6. Bound for Glory, one of his more subdued ones.

  7. Describe the moment when you first realized movies were directed as opposed to simply pieced together anonymously.
  8. Probably the pitch-perfect use of "The Blue Danube" in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

  9. Favorite film book
  10. I did a Next Projection list on this topic, and I'm sticking by The Material Ghost by Gilberto Perez.

  11. Diana Sands or Vonetta McGee?
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    Incidentally, my third favorite Hal Ashby film is The Landlord, so I'll pick Diana Sands.

  13. Most egregious gap in your viewing of films made in the past 10 years
  14. Even after all the #Team hoopla, I still haven't caught up with Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret.

  15. Favorite line of dialogue from a comedy
  16. A tie between Groucho's "Why a four-year-old child could understand this report. Run out and find me a four-year-old child, I can't make head or tail out of it" from Duck Soup, and Bill Murray's "Yes it's true, this man has no dick" from Ghostbusters.

  17. Second favorite Lloyd Bacon film
  18. It Happens Every Spring, one of my dad's favorites.

  19. Richard Burton or Roger Livesey?
  20. The Archers cannot be denied, so Roger.

  21. Is there a movie you staunchly refuse to consider seeing? If so, why?
  22. Nope, and that stance has caused many a worthless viewing.

  23. Favorite filmmaker collaboration
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    If it's a directing duo we're talking about, then the Archers, a.k.a. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger; if it's some other duo, I also did a list on this topic and ended up with Kurosawa and Mifune.

  25. Most recently viewed movie on DVD/Blu-ray/theatrical?
  26. In the theater, Soderbergh's Side Effects; otherwise, Bergman's Summer Interlude via Criterion's DVD.

  27. Favorite line of dialogue from a horror movie
  28. "He has his father's eyes." - Roman Castevet (Sidney Blackmer), Rosemary's Baby.

  29. Second favorite Oliver Stone film
  30. Talk Radio, I suppose.

  31. Eva Mendes or Raquel Welch?
  32. At the risk of offending the star of Bedazzled, Myra Breckenridge, and Mother, Jugs, & Speed I have to say the Eva Mendes of We Own the Night, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, and Holy Motors.

  33. Favorite religious satire
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    The entire oeuvre of Luis Buñuel.

  35. Best Internet movie argument?
  36. For someone whose main hobby appears to be arguing movies over the Internet, you'd think I'd have a ready answer for this, but I don't.

  37. Most pointless Internet movie argument?
  38. Art vs. entertainment; as with most of these questions, the answer is both.

  39. Charles McGraw or Robert Ryan?
  40. Robert Ryan is an axiom of the cinema, while Charles McGraw is merely a really good part of an equation.

  41. Favorite line of dialogue from a western
  42. "We'll find 'em, just as sure as the turnin' of the earth." - Ethan Edwards (John Wayne), The Searchers.

  43. Second favorite Roy Del Ruth film
  44. Lady Killer, after Blonde Crazy.

  45. Relatively unknown film or filmmaker you’d most eagerly proselytize for
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    Juzo Itami was once well-known and now isn't; likewise his mentor Yasuzo Masumura. Recently, Krzysztof Zanussi's Illumination (1973) just blew me away for its philosophical depth and emotional scope in less than 90 minutes.

  47. Ewan McGregor or Gerard Butler?
  48. Is this even a question? Ewan.

  49. Is there such a thing as a perfect movie?
  50. No matter what the local Filmically Perfect hosts think, I don't believe so.

  51. Favorite movie location you’ve most recently had the occasion to actually visit
  52. I don't get to travel too much, so N/A on this one.

  53. Second favorite Delmer Daves film
  54. 3:10 to Yuma, after Dark Passage.

  55. Name the one DVD commentary you wish you could hear that, for whatever reason, doesn't actually exist
  56. Chaplin and Keaton talking over each other and over Limelight.

  57. Gloria Grahame or Marie Windsor?
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    A very tough call, but Gloria Grahame is Gloria Grahame.

  59. Name a filmmaker who never really lived up to the potential suggested by their early acclaim or success
  60. Most recently David Gordon Green, but there's still time; otherwise, I haven't seen the George Lucas of THX-1138 or American Graffiti in a long time.

  61. Is there a movie-based disagreement serious enough that it might cause you to reevaluate the basis of a romantic relationship or a friendship?
  62. I don't like to think so (it hasn't happened yet); as long as there is any other topic we can agree on, I can live with a disconnect in taste.

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