Tuesday, April 13, 2010

“…but in that darkness, Fate moves its huge hand…”

No, this is not going to be a post on The Fugitive—Dennis Cozzalio at Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule has once again concocted another one of his patented head-scratchers, assigned to the students at SLIFR University by megalomaniac Professor Fate of The Great Race (1965) fame.

Normally, I would post my answers over at Dennis’ blog—but since Blogger is still limiting comments to 4,000 characters (or thereabouts) I thought I’d go ahead and present my answers here, where I can be as loquacious as I damn well please. (If you’re curious to take a whack at the quiz, it can be found here.)

1) William Demarest or Broderick Crawford?

Demarest. (There’s really no comparison.)

2) What movies improve when seen in a state of altered consciousness? (Patrick Robbins)

David Cronenberg’s version of Naked Lunch (1991). I watched this one time while hopped up on flu medication and it really made the movie so much better.

3) Favorite studio or production company logo?

4) Celeste Holm or Joan Blondell?

Heavens to Murgatroyd—you mean I have to choose? Well, I pick Celeste…but only because Tom Sutpen and Stephen Cooke have enough love for Joanie to cover everybody.

5) What is the most overrated "classic" film? (Tony Dayoub)

Gone with the Wind (1939). No contest.

6) What movie do you know for sure you saw, but have no memory of seeing? (Patricia Yokoe Cozzalio)

Bad News Bears (2005)

7) Favorite Hammer Film?

Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

8) Gregory Itzin or Joe Pantoliano?


9) Create a double feature with two different movies with the same title. No remakes. (Peter Nellhaus)

Artists & Models (1937) and Artists and Models (1955). (First one that popped into my head.)

10) Akiko Wakabayashi or Mie Hama? (Ray Young)

Kissy Suzuki. I mean, Mie.

11) Can you think of a (non-porn) movie that informed you of the existence of a sexual act you had not known of prior? (Bob Westal)

No. No, I can’t.

12) Can you think of a black & white movie that might actually improve if it was in color? (Patrick Robbins)

See the answer to #11.

13) Favorite Pedro Almodovar Film?

Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, 1988)

14) Kurt Raab or Udo Kier?

I’m not as familiar with either of these actors as I should be, but since Kier scared the snot out of me in The Kingdom I’ll go with him.

15) Worst main title song (Peter Nellhaus)

I’ll go with one of the Bond film tunes and pick A View to a Kill.

16) Last movie you saw in a theater? On DVD, Blu-ray or other interesting location/format?

The last movie I saw in the theater is still Get Smart (2008). On DVD—probably Hard Boiled Mahoney (1947) (home recorded).

17) Favorite movie reference within a Woody Allen movie? (Larry Aydlette)

The Duck Soup sequence in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986).

18) Mary Astor or Claudette Colbert?

If Claudette could ever show the right side of her face I might go with her—but I choose Mary on the strengths of The Palm Beach Story (1942) and Act of Violence (1949).

19) Favorite trailer (provide YouTube link if possible)?

20) Oddest double bill you either saw or saw listed in a theater

I am drawing a blank.

21) Favorite Phil Karlson film?

The Phenix City Story (1955).

22) Favorite “social problem” picture?

One Potato, Two Potato (1964).

23) Your favourite Harryhausen film/monster? (Ali Arikan)

Jason and the Argonauts (1963).

24) What was the first movie you saw with your significant other? (Patrick Robbins)

I don’t have a significant other. I took my prom date to see Blazing Saddles (1974) if that helps any.

25) John Payne or Ronald Reagan?


26) Movie you feel a certain pressure or obligation to see that you have not yet actually seen

Oh, I’m sure there are scads of titles…but I simply do not yield to peer pressure. I watch what I want.

27) Favorite “psychedelic” movie (Hey, man, like, define it however you want, man…)

Psych-Out (1968). (“C'mon, man! Warren's freakin' out at the gallery!”)

28) Thelma Ritter or Eve Arden?

This is a toughie. I dearly love Constance Brooks, but I’ll have to go with Thelma on the basis of never having witnessed her giving a bad performance.

29) Favorite iconic shot or image from a film?

Bogart explaining to Bergman why she needs to get on that plane. I forget the movie title right off the bat.

30) What is the movie that inspired the most memorable argument you ever had about a movie?

Now I remember…Casablanca (1942). (I knew a girl who refused to see this with me because “she gets on the plane at the end of the movie.”)

31) Raquel Torres or Lupe Velez?

Lupe, of course.

32) Favorite adaptation of Shakespeare to a film?

I like Orson Welles’ Macbeth (1948) only because the concept of filming it at Republic Pictures—home of sagebrush and serials—has always tickled me.

33) Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein (in 3D)-- yes or no?

Good God, no.

34) Favorite movie rating?

M. (We should bring it back and use it to replace NC-17.)

35) Olivia Barash or Joyce Hyser?

I think Barash had a bit more range, so I’ll go with her.

36) What was the movie that convinced you your favorite movie genre was your favorite movie genre?

Out of the Past (1947), the quintessential film noir.

37) Favorite Blake Edwards movie?

Experiment in Terror (1962), although Days of Wine and Roses (1962) isn’t far behind.

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Peter Nellhaus said...

I'd love to see that Walsh/Tashlin double feature.

Toby O'B said...

I guess I'm too much of a TV geek, several of those questions just eluded me.

But there were two I'd want to answer - weirdest double feature: "Escape from the Planet of the Apes" and "The Sicilian Clan".

Favorite Shakespeare on film: "Chimes at Midnight". Sure, it's sloppy, but I love the experiment.

Stacia said...

Nooooo!!!! I love "View to a Kill", the song and the movie both! Completely terrible movie, it's like 5 bits of movies smooshed into one, which is awesome like a fox. Also, the lead singer of Duran/Duran mispronounces "phoenix" multiple times. LOVE. IT.