A Mid-Summer Afternoon’s Quiz

Dennis Cozzalio over at Sergio Leone & the Infield Fly Rule has posted another movie quiz for your time-wasting pleasure. Check it out. My answers are below:

1) Second-favorite Stanley Kubrick film.

2001: A Space Odyssey

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

DVDs and the internet making so many films available for so many people regardless of where they live.

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

Wild Bill Hickok (Keith Carradine).

4) Best Film of 1949.

The Third Man over Late Spring.

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?


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

I really don’t remember, it might have been The Seventh Seal if Dances With Wolves or The Gods Must Be Crazy don’t count.

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


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

The Great Escape over Cranes Are Flying. EDIT: Unless Hiroshima, mon amour counts.

10) Favorite animal movie star.

Bugs Bunny.

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

The elevation of Birth Of A Nation to a status far beyond its actual achievements.

12) Best Film of 1969.

A Touch Of Zen easily over Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid.

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

Harry Potter VI, Made In USA, Zulu

14) Second-favorite Robert Altman film.


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


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

Cheng Pei-pei.

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

Mona Lisa could fix my car.

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

Sunrise: A Song Of Two Humans

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

Still Life, I think.

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

Singin’ In the Rain

21) Best Film of 1979.

Manhattan over Apocalypse Now

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

Jacques Tourneur’s Stars In My Crown comes to mind.

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

Max Schreck in Nosferatu, A Symphony Of Horror

24) Second-favorite Francis Ford Coppola film.

The Godfather, Part II

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

The Sword Of Doom or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon probably shouldn’t count, since they’re based on longer works. But they’re my pick anyway.

26) Favorite sequence from a Brian De Palma film.

The end credits.

27) Favorite moment in three-strip Technicolor.

Kathleen Byron freaking out at the end of Black Narcissus.

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

A Burns For All Seasons

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


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

Sweet And Lowdown over Mighty Aphrodite.

31) Best Film of 1999.

Eyes Wide Shut over Magnolia and The Matrix.

32) Favorite movie tag line.

“The smart one isn’t wearing any pants” – See Spot Run

33) Favorite B-movie western.

The Quick & The Dead

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

Daphne DuMaurier

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


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

The “Le Marseillaise” scene in Casablanca.

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

Not-especially-subversive satire.

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

1. Orson Welles
2. John Ford
3. Yasujiro Ozu
4. Alfred Hitchcock
5. Jean Renoir

Movie Roundup: Trade Deadline Edition

Between unhealthy amounts of work, various travels around the state a rewatchings of Deadwood and Mad Men, and reading Infinite Jest (I’m halfway through! It’s great!) I haven’t had much time for movie watching over the last month, certainly not for writing about movie watching. Coming up, as we’re all on the edge of our seat with anticipation over how the Mariner front office will reshape the team in the next week, is the opening of Metro Classics. There’s a lot of good stuff on our blog over their, including an appreciation of our opening film, Stanley Donen’s Charade, by our friend Ryland Walker Knight.

In the meantime, here’s a list of what I’ve seen, and where each film ranks on The Big List:

Yolanda And The Thief: 12, 1945
The Harvey Girls: 18, 1946
You Were Never Lovelier: 15, 1942
A Married Woman: 7, 1964
In This Our Life: 19, 1942
You Only Live Once: 7, 1937
Muriel: 7, 1963
The Crowd Roars: 21, 1932
Father’s Little Dividend: 22, 1951
The Girl Can’t Help It: 6, 1956
Midnight: 12, 1939
Public Enemies: 2009
Up: 2009
1939: Hollywood’s Greatest Year: 2009
Manhattan Melodrama: 13, 1934
Man Push Cart: 15, 2005
Shogun Assassin: 11, 1980
Harry Potter VI: 2009
The Long, Long Trailer: 26, 1953
The Adventures Of Prince Achmed: 2, 1926
Beau Geste: 20, 1939
The Good Fairy: 8, 1935

Metro Classics Returns!!!

While I’ve been all over the Northwest the last couple of weeks, my partner in Classic-making was busy setting up a new blog for all kinds of nifty Metro Classics related news and posting and general nonsense-making. The new series (“Liars, Thieves and Cheats”) starts in less than a month (August 5th, in fact) and up-to-the-minute details on what’s playing and when can be found over there. Check it out, add it to your bookmarks, subscribe to the RSS feed and make it your new homepage posthaste!