Among his regular readers, blogger Dennis Cozzalio (he of the wonderfully titled Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule site… and that’s not him pictured above, btw) is well-regarded for his in-depth film knowledge and the thoughtful essays he gladly shares. The L.A.-stationed Mr. Cozzalio remains one of my long-time reads for the moving picture. But beyond that, his semi-regular movie quizzes remain the stuff of legend. For this November and the Thanksgiving weekend, he teed up another:
Personally, I regard these as interview questions. But, that’s me. Anyone interested in film is invited to take part. You can paste the questions and craft your answers into Google’s sometime temperamental Blogger comment system in Dennis’ post. Been there, done that (thank you very much). Or, do as I’ve learned to do: post your answers on your own blog (if you have one) and leave a comment on his post with a link back to your answers. As Dennis encourages:
“A few words on procedure, as usual. When leaving your answers in the comments section below, please remember to cut and paste the questions and include them as part of your response. That way, those who will be examining your paper won’t have to constantly refer to this post to ground themselves in the context of your answers. (Of course, if you have a blog of your own and would like to answer your questions there, please post a link in the comments so we can see what you’ve come up with.)
So, without any further hesitation, it’s time to dust off your wings, pick up your sharpened number 2 and get flappin’. Professor Birdman, the podium is yours.”
So, on to the subject at hand:
1) Most obnoxious movie you’ve ever seen
Oh, M. Night Shyamalan may be back in my good graces due to the success of ‘Split’, but what brought my contempt to a head was this obnoxious and dreadful horror tale from 2008:
2) Favorite oddball pairing of actors
It’d have to be this gloriously odd pairing of Charles Grodin and Robert De Niro from the still criminally underappreciated Midnight Run (1988):
3) Which movie would you have paid to see remade by Ken Russell?
What a great question! Hmm…let’s see what the great British film director could do with this ’70s sci-fi classic:
4) Emma Stone or Margot Robbie?
Would have to be the Aussie who is more than a pretty face and just keeps upping her game.
5) Which member of Monty Python are you?
“I’ll take Paul Lynde for the block.”
6) Which movie would you have paid to see remade by Vincent Minnelli?
How about La La Land?
7) Franco Nero or Gian Maria Volonte?
Gotta be Franco.
8) Your favorite Japanese monster movie
9) Which movie would you have paid to see remade by Stanley Kubrick?
In a heartbeat.
10) Hanna Schygulla or Barbara Sukowa?
Linda Darnell for the block.
11) Name a critically admired movie that you hate
I’ll give you two for the price of one:
12) Which movie would you have paid to see remade by Elia Kazan?
13) Better or worse: Disney comedies (1955-1975) or Elvis musicals?
I’ll go with Disney comedies (1955-1975) for better. Not to say there wasn’t some good things about the latter, but Elvis was ultimately ill-served by what the Colonel obligated him to do.
14) Which movie would you have paid to see remade by Alfred Hitchcock?
Yeah, Hitchcock already did this one. So what? If he could redo The Man Who Knew Too Much…Hell, Howard Hawks remade Rio Bravo, twice in fact, Alfred could certainly do this one yet again and probably be at least as interesting.
15) Ryan Gosling or Channing Tatum?
I go back and forth between these two. At least this week, it’s Tatum.
16) Bad performance in a movie you otherwise like/love
This hard-to-watch, white-washed portrayal by Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Whenever I watch this classic with my favorite Hepburn, all I want to do is fast-forward any part with “Mr. Yunioshi.”
17) Which movie would you have paid to see remade by Howard Hawks?
Would love to see my lovely Audrey in a “Hawksian Woman” portrayal care of this William Wyler classic re-do.
18) Tippi Hedren or Kim Novak?
As wonderful and underrated as Kim Novak is, at least she had a career. Would have to go with Tippi for what could have been, if not for Alfred Hitchcock.
19) Best crime movie remake
With a blog titled after a quote from this movie, has to be Michael Mann’s own remake of his too little seen and appreciated, L.A. Takedown. Just no way I’m not picking, Heat. I mean, really.
20) Which movie would you have paid to see remade by Preston Sturges?
21) West Side Story (the movie), yes or no?
Yes, but primarily for Rita Moreno. Sadly, not for Natalie Wood.
22) Which movie would you have paid to see remade by Luchino Visconti?
I’ll have to pass on this.
23) What was the last movie you saw, theatrically and/or on DVD/Blu-ray/streaming?
Theatrically: Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri
Blu-ray: Atomic Blonde
Streaming: Blade of the Immortal
24) Brewster McCloud or O.C. and Stiggs?
Brewster McCloud, natch (or didn’t you notice the lead image?).
25) Which movie would you have paid to see remade by Luis Bunuel?
26) Best nature-in-revolt movie
Do we have a theme going?
27) Best Rene Auberjoinois performance (film or TV)
His “Odo” from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is hard to beat.
28) Which movie would you have paid to see remade by Ingmar Bergman?
29) Best movie with a bird or referencing a bird in its title?
See my answer to question 26.
30) Burt Lancaster or Michael Keaton?
Keaton is an accomplished actor who lifts all boats in whatever he’s in. Still, he’d have to continue to raise his game, broadening it to include producing and directing, to be on the same plateau with the athlete-turned-actor Burt Lancaster.
31) In what way have the recent avalanche of allegations unearthed in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal changed the way you look at movies and the artists who make them?
Not so much about cinema or the artists performances in them, but confirming what most suspected about Hollywood already, and what men in power are capable of.
32) In 2017 which is “better,” TV or the movies?
Think it pretty clear that TV/Cable are pushing more quality content than what the conservative studio executives are hoping will bring in box office receipts.
To see all of my answers to every SLIFR movie quiz I’ve participated in, click here.