Sunday, July 19, 2009



Continuing the Day without Obligation


1) Second-favorite Stanley Kubrick film.

A Clockwork Orange (woulda said Full Metal Jacket, were Full Metal Jacket not two movies with one title....and this behind Dr. Strangelove, of course).

2) Most significant/important/interesting trend in movies over the past decade, for good or evil.

The pay-for-play streaming avenues we've seen pop up online, and the amount of people willing to use them.

That, or the amount of penis nudity that seems to want to show up in comedies nowadays.

3) Bronco Billy (Clint Eastwood) or Buffalo Bill Cody (Paul Newman)?

Bronco Billy.

4) Best Film of 1949.

Honestly, I end up liking The Sands of Iwo Jima quite a bit, and watch it every two or three years...

5) Joseph Tura (Jack Benny) or Oscar Jaffe (John Barrymore)?

Oscar Jaffe

6) Has the hand-held shaky-cam directorial style become a visual cliché?

Yeah. Not a big fan. Needs to be used really well. I don't need the in-game POV THAT much.

7) What was the first foreign-language film you ever saw?

Most likely it was Godzilla, or one of the Godzilla movies, though it'd be a stretch for me to name you which one, exactly.

8) Charlie Chan (Warner Oland) or Mr. Moto (Peter Lorre)?

Mr. Moto.

9) Favorite World War II drama (1950-1970).

Bridge on the River Kwai

10) Favorite animal movie star.

I think I'm going to choose George "The Animal" Steele in Ed Wood....

11) Who or whatever is to blame, name an irresponsible moment in cinema.

Anytime Rob Schneider is cast as a lead in a movie.

12) Best Film of 1969.

You can't do much wrong by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

13) Name the last movie you saw theatrically, and also on DVD or Blu-ray.

I think Transformers 2 was the last thing I saw in the theaters. And I watched Raising Arizona the other morning....

14) Second-favorite Robert Altman film.


15) What is your favorite independent outlet for reading about movies, either online or in print?

I think I'll just throw links to Sheila, Pete and Steve....

16) Who wins? Angela Mao or Meiko Kaji? (Thanks, Peter!)

I'll take the physical challenge

17) Mona Lisa Vito (Marisa Tomei) or Olive Neal (Jennifer Tilly)?

Mona Lisa Vito. C'mon

18) Favorite movie that features a carnival setting or sequence.

I was maybe 12, but the carnival in Something Wicked This Way Comes terrified me.

I also liked both sequences in Big

19) Best use of high-definition video on the big screen to date.

Sorry. Not enough of a gearhead to answer this one.

20) Favorite movie that is equal parts genre film and a deconstruction or consideration of that same genre.

I almost wanna say Blazing Saddles, but can't make enough of a meta-argument...but I dig the answer Unforgiven.

21) Best Film of 1979.

It's neck and neck between Alien and Life of Brian....

22) Most realistic and/or sincere depiction of small-town life in the movies.

I think I'll go with The Last Picture Show....

23) Best horror movie creature (non-giant division).

It's not the big screen, but it's my blog. Pennywise really screws my shit up.


24) Second-favorite Francis Ford Coppola film.

Let's say The Godfather, by a nose over Apocalypse Now

25) Name a one-off movie that could have produced a franchise you would have wanted to see.

I really could have gotten behind a Zero Effect series....but I think my answer's going to be a series of flicks starring Bruce Campbell as Elvis, as followups to Bubba Ho-Tep.

26) Favorite sequence from a Brian De Palma film.

There's not one. They're all tied for last.

27) Favorite moment in three-strip Technicolor.

My snob pants ain't big enough.

28) Favorite Alan Smithee film. (Thanks, Peter!)

Let's say Solar Crisis, though I was under the (apparently mistaken) impression that the second Police Academy movie was an Alan Smithee, though I think you'd have to successfully argue that there was an actual vision behind Police Academy II, before disavowing your association with it....

29) Crash Davis (Kevin Costner) or Morris Buttermaker (Walter Matthau)?

Wow. This one got more thought than I would have thought. I'm going to go with Buttermaker, but there is not a real strong logic behind it....

30) Best post-Crimes and Misdemeanors Woody Allen film.

I like Mighty Aphrodite, but only because I like Mira Sorvino so much.

31) Best Film of 1999.

I really, really like The Iron Giant.

32) Favorite movie tag line.

The only one that comes to mind, and this because a professor had the poster up in his office is from Bride of Frankenstein: "The Monster Demands a Mate!"

33) Favorite B-movie western.

It's not really my bag.

34) Overall, the author best served by movie adaptations of her or his work.

I'm gonna say Michael Crichton, since most everything he wrote was a screenplay without stage direction....

35) Susan Vance (Katharine Hepburn) or Irene Bullock (Carole Lombard)?

Susan Vance

36) Favorite musical cameo in a non-musical movie.

It doesn't qualify, since everybody sings and plays an instrument, but I always dug Gillian Welch asking for the Soggy Bottom Boys record in O Brother Where Art Thou?

37) Bruno (the character, if you haven’t seen the movie, or the film, if you have): subversive satire or purveyor of stereotyping?

Neither, really. He's practically a cartoon. If you're a believer or an're the one with a problem. He's closer to the latter, but I'm saying neither.

38) Five film folks, living or deceased, you would love to meet. (Thanks, Rick!)

Let's say: Christopher Guest, Kevin Smith, Groucho Marx, Moe Howard and Gilda Radner...

Hat tip to Sheila for posting her answers, and to the source material, as well....


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