I’m lazy I wanted to have them all in one place, I’m pulling my earliest movie quiz posts from the old blog archive and placing them on my current. After the one I published last Friday I realized it was the follow-up to the very first movie quiz I ever did, from April 2009. Might as well get this entry out there, too. The answers will remain the same with the exception of a handful here, which I HAD to update. Think on this as a summer re-run ;-).
Answering (or lifting… sounds so much better than stealing) the wonderful movie quiz blogger Dennis Cozzalio put forward (thanks again Steven Hart for linking his way) — Professor Peabody’s Hysterical Historical Wayback Spring Break Film Quiz — I’m posting my answers here.
1) Favorite Biopic
2) Dyan Cannon or Tuesday Weld?
» Dyan Cannon
3) Best example of science fiction futurism rendered silly by the event of time catching up to the prediction
» Is it any wonder:
4) Annette Funicello & Frankie Avalon or Troy Donahue & Sandra Dee?
» Annette Funicello & Frankie Avalon (I have a thing for brunettes…)
5) Favorite Raoul Walsh movie?
6) Sophomore film which represents greatest improvement over the director’s debut
7) Ice Cube or Mos Def?
» Mos Def
8) Favorite movie about the music industry
» Be Cool
9) Favorite Looney Tunes short (provide link if possible)
» You can play this short here.
10) Director most deserving of respect or upwardly mobile critical reassessment
11) Ruth Gordon or Margaret Hamilton?
» One of the best villains…ever, Margaret Hamilton. This one role makes me pick her every time, even if I remain a fan of Ruth Gordon’s.
12) Best filmed adaptation of a play
» Hamlet (Branagh’s uncut version)
13) Buddy Ebsen or Edgar Buchanan?
» Buddy Ebsen
14) Favorite Jean Renoir movie?
» (aka Léon) The Professional
15) Favorite one-word movie title, and why
» Chinatown – can’t say it better than what post commenter Bill R. espoused:
“It’s mysterious, and yet somehow a perfect symbol. Perfect, probably, because no one ever talks about it.”
16) Ernest Thesiger or Basil Rathbone?
» There was never a better villain swordsman than Basil Rathbone…period.
17) Summer movies—your highest and lowest expectations
18) Whether or not you’re a parent, what would be your ideal pick as first movie to see with your own child (or niece/nephew)? Why?
» WALL•E — because not only was it a highly entertaining movie, with loads of spectacular visuals, fun references to other film classics, and had a dystopian outlook initially, its story was one of optimism. A journey of how one learns to love. It displays how one’s soul was more than the physical parts that make us human. I defy anyone who views the sequence where E.V.E. tries her damnest to bring her WALL•E back online, literally from the dead, and says they did not feel anything while viewing it. The film will stand multiple viewings, and the test of time, I reckon.
19) L.Q. Jones or Strother Martin
» Both are great character actors, but L.Q. Jones always came off way cooler to me.
20) Movie most recently seen in theaters? On DVD/Blu-ray?
21) Do you see more movies theatrically or at home? Why?
» Home – because, as my wife can attest, I have a whole lot of discs and tapes 😉
22) Name an award-worthy comic performance that was completely ignored by Oscar and his pals.
» Steve Carell, The 40 Year-Old Virgin
23) Zac Efron & Vanessa Hudgens or Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart
» Sorry, but I don’t know these kids…
24) Name a great (or merely very good) movie that is too painful to watch a second time (Thanks to The Onion A.V. Club)
» Oh, that’s easy… Million Dollar Baby. Don’t get me wrong, it’s simply a great film and I love the characters in it. But, it’s still sitting in a drawer somewhere, unopened. I want to see the film again, unlike ‘Requiem for a Dream’ for instance, but it’s such a devastating movie (I saw it first-run in a movie theater) I can’t get it into the DVD player to screen it a second time.
25) Beyoncé Knowles or Jennifer Hudson?
» Jennifer Hudson — because she can sing, and, just as importantly, act.
26) Favorite Robert Mitchum movie?
» The little known Sydney Pollack film, The Yakuza (written by Paul Schrader and Robert Towne). He was almost 60 when he made it, and still carried off his role in what was a tribute to the (at that time, little known) Japanese gangster film. Few actors could carry off weary and dangerous with that ease — even fewer, anywhere near that age. For those interested, I wrote the film up almost two years ago.
27) Favorite movie featuring a ‘60s musical group that is not either the Beatles or the Monkees
» Ferry Cross the Mersey (1965), featuring Gerry and the Pacemakers
28) Maria Ouspenskaya or Una O’Connor?
» Maria Ouspenskaya
29) Favorite Vincent Price movie?
» Theatre of Blood — Vincent Price, a far better actor than given credit, performing as a second-rate ham British stage actor was simply splendid here. Co-star Diana Rigg considered it her best film, too.
30) Name a movie currently flying under the radar that is deserving of rabid cult status.
31) Irene Ryan or Lucille Benson (or Bea Benaderet)?
» Irene Ryan (hey, I did pick Buddy Ebsen, didn’t I?)
32) Single line from a movie that never fails to make your laugh or otherwise cheer you up. (This may be obvious, but the line does not have to come from a comedy.)
» As delivered Lt. Nick Frescia (Kurt Russell) from Robert Towne’s Tequila Sunrise,
“How the f*ck did this guy get dead?”
33) Elliot Gould or Donald Sutherland?
» Donald Sutherland (for the length of his career, voice work, and that memorable scene with Julie Christie in Don’t Look Now)
34) Best performance by a director in an acting role
» have to agree with another post commenter, Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven
35) Favorite Barbara Stanwyck movie?
36) Outside of reading film criticism or other literature about the movies, what subject do you enjoy reading about or studying which you would say best enriches or illuminates your understanding and appreciation of life, a life that includes the movies?
» Psychology — because almost everything boils down to love and sex.
To see all of my answers to every SLIFR movie quiz I’ve participated in, click here.