PDJ’s M-F, U-E Holiday Midterm

Another one of those movie exam things that show up every so often on Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule.

  1. What was the last movie you saw, either in a theater or on DVD, and why?
    The last movie I saw was Marebito,a Japanese quasi-horror flick that I didn’t really enjoy. But I saw that on The Movie Network, which is neither a theatre or DVD. So, to answer the question, the last movie I saw, either in a theatre or on DVD, was in a theatre. It was Casino Royale. The why of it is pretty simple: New Bond movie, and new Bond Bond. Itdoesn’t ask if I enjoyed it, but I did, for the most part. Daniel Craigis a very good Bond.

2) Name the cinematographer whose work you most look forward to seeing, and an example of one of his/her finest achievements.
I am assuming this means a current cinematographer whose (new) work I
most look forward to seeing. I’m not really too much into anticipating
the latest from cinematographers, as they pretty much go by
unrecognized by me (but not unappreciated, as I enjoy
interesting/pretty cinematography in movies). However, that last
cinematographer that I remember taking note of was Conrad L. Hall for Road To Perdition.
I thought that was a beautifully shot film. Sadly, he died shortly
after finishing it, so I can’t look forward to new work from him.

    3) Joe Don Baker or Bo Svenson?
Joe Don Baker.

    4) Name a moment from a movie that made you gasp (in horror, surprise, revelation…)

The first one that always comes to mind is the grave scene from Carrie.

5) Your favorite movie about the movies.
Robert Altman’s The Player, I guess.

6) Your Favorite Fritz Lang movie.
I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a Fritz Lang movie. And if I did, it didn’t register as a Fritz Lang movie.

    7) Describe the first time you ever recognized yourself in a movie.
I cannot recall.Or, I have not yet been adequately represented in a movie.  In all honesty, I see a lot of me in Dexter, the character in the Showtime TVseries Dexter.

8) Carole Bouquet or Angela Molina?
Even after a trip to IMDB, both actresses remain mysteries to me.  I’ll have to go with Carole Bouquet, though, simply because I see where she was in For Your Eyes Only.

9) Name a movie that redeems the notion of nostalgia as something more than a bankable commodity.
Wow, that’s one ofthose questions where you have to read it, like, a bunch of times even to begin to figure out what it means.  Does this mean name a movie that conjures up nostalgic thoughts in you, but doesn’t seem to be selling you the nostalgia?  Name a movie which honestly evokes nostalgia, is that what it means?
Hmm?  Does it have to be nostalgia for a period in my past, or can it be nostalgia for a period I didn’t experience?  I’ll say Hope and Glory.

    10) Favorite appearance by an athlete in an acting role.
Does Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2 count?  If so, I’ll go with that.  If not, I’m drawing a blank.  I will not say OJ Simpson.
   
    11) Favorite Hal Ashby movie.
Harold and Maude

    12) Name the first double feature you’d program for opening night of your own revival theater.

The first feature would be Bonnie & Clyde, followed by Polyester.

    13) What’s the name of your revival theater?
The Popcorn Box  (even as I was typing it, I started to hate it.  Then I began to really likeit. Now, I’m of mixed emotions about it)

    14) Humphrey Bogart or Elliot Gould?
Elliot Gould

    15) Favorite Robert Stevenson movie.
The Love Bug

    16) Describe your favorite moment in a movie that is memorable because of its use of sound.
The animal sounds in Raging Bull when Jake LaMotta is boxing.

    17) Pink Flamingoes— yes or no?
Yes

    18) Your favorite movie soundtrack score.
It’s cliche, I suppose, but The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

    19) Fay Wray or Naomi Watts?
Fay Wray, all the way.

    20) Is there a movie that would make you question the judgment and/or taste of a film critic, blogger or friend if you found out they were an advocate of it?
Of course.  Lots of movies.  Too many to mention here.  Anything starring Pauly Shore, for one.

    21) Pick a new category for the Oscars and its first deserving winner.
Best ComicPerformance.  Does it have to be from the last year?  If so, hmm, not alot of comedies jumping out at me.  Okay, so I can’t think of anydeserving winners from this year, yet (although I’m sure there havebeen good comedic performances), but I do think it deserves to be acategory.  Comedic acting needs to be given its props.

    22) Favorite Paul Verhoeven movie.
In the same way that I suppose I could be forced to pick a favourite bout of diarrhea, I’d have to pick Showgirls.
   
    23) What is it that you think movies do better than any other art form? Distort the realities of history.

    24) Peter Ustinov or Albert Finney?
Albert Finney

    25) Favorite movie studio logo, as it appears before a theatrical feature.
I do like the kid fishing off the D in Dreamworks

    26) Name the single most important book about the movies for you personally.
Not much into books about the movies.

    27) Name the movie that features the best twist ending. (Please note the use of any “spoilers” in your answer.)
Psycho.  Only because the twist ending comes so early in the movie.

    28) Favorite Francois Truffaut movie.
Am I bad for not knowing if I’ve ever seen a Truffaut movie?

    29) Olivia Hussey or Claire Danes?
Olivia Hussey, please.  By default.

    30) Your most memorable celebrity encounter.
I have not had a memorable celebrity encounter.

    31) When did you first realize that films were directed?
Probably Jaws, when I realized that somebody was responsible for causing me to be so on edge.

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  1. hey rob.
    i actually posted this on the serio leone & the infiled fly rule site, but, as the white stripes say, it bears repeating. i did, however, make a couple of changes to my answers.
    1) What was the last movie you saw, either in a theater or on DVD, and why?
    a: ‘the devil’s rain’ 2 nights ago, because i love horror movies, i own the dvd, and it’s one of those childhood memory/flashback things from the 70’s.
    2) Name the cinematographer whose work you most look forward to seeing, and an example of one of his/her finest achievements.
    a: dean cundy. in ‘halloween’, not just the use of the widescreen frame, but the moment when, though the curtains, we see michael carry annie’s dead body from the garage into the house, and again when michael emerges from complete darkness beind jamie lee curtis. i realise these are moments that were closely constructed with director john carpenter, but they are decidely a joint effort.
    3) Joe Don Baker or Bo Svenson?
    a: bo svenson.
    4) Name a moment from a movie that made you gasp (in horror, surprise, revelation…)
    a: in my favourite flick ‘rear window’ when killer raymond burr turns and looks directly at jimmy steart/the audience, and we know we’ve been spotted spying on him.
    5) Your favorite movie about the movies.
    a: ‘singin’ in the rain’.
    6) Your Favorite Fritz Lang movie.
    a: ‘m’.
    7) Describe the first time you ever recognized yourself in a movie.
    a: not sure about first time, but the strongest i’ve felt that “that’s me up there” was thora birch’s character in ‘ghost world’.
    8) Carole Bouquet or Angela Molina?
    a: molina, ’cause she worked with buñuel.
    9) Name a movie that redeems the notion of nostalgia as something more than a bankable commodity.
    a: ‘the long day closes’.
    10) Favorite appearance by an athlete in an acting role.
    a: bruce jenner in ‘can’t stop the misic’.
    11) Favorite Hal Ashby movie.
    a: ‘being there’.
    12) Name the first double feature you’d program for opening night of your own revival theater.
    a: pam grier in ‘coffy’ and john water’s ‘desperate living’.
    13) What’s the name of your revival theater?
    a: the axe.
    14) Humphrey Bogart or Elliot Gould?
    a: bogart.
    15) Favorite Robert Stevenson movie.
    a: ‘mary poppins’
    16) Describe your favorite moment in a movie that is memorable because of its use of sound.
    a: ‘the exorcist’, when reagan lets out that gutteral howl that sounds like a thousand voices plunging off a cliff. woof.
    17) Pink Flamingoes– yes or no?
    a: yes.
    18) Your favorite movie soundtrack
    score.
    a: i guess it’s have to be one i own, ’cause owning it says something about my reaction to it, right? so either ‘halloween’ or ‘the cook, the thief, his wife, and her lover’.
    19) Fay Wray or Naomi Watts?.
    a: fay wray, because she played the hell out of the anne darow role in a way that watts didn’t. she was also in ‘mystery of the wax museum’, ‘dr. x’, and ‘the most dangerous game’. watts is terrific, just not iconic yet.
    20) Is there a movie that would make you question the judgment and/or taste of a film critic, blogger or friend if you found out they were an advocate of it?
    a: yes, ‘forest gump’ and ‘love actually’ are 2 that come to mind right away.
    21) Pick a new category for the Oscars and its first deserving winner.
    a: best opening credits, ‘psycho’.
    22) Favorite Paul Verhoeven movie.
    a: a seriously underrated director with amazing trash aesthetic. he’s made movies worth seeing like ‘robocop’, ‘starship troopers’, and ‘showgirls’, but ‘the 4th man’ is phenominal and it’s my favourite of his flicks.
    23) What is it that you think movies do better than any other art form?
    a: when they’re on their game they captivate you and don’t let you go, particularily in a theatre.
    24) Peter Ustinov or Albert Finney?
    a: finney.
    25) Favorite movie studio logo, as it appears before a theatrical feature.
    a: rko.
    26) Name the single most important book about the movies for you personally.
    a: ‘hitchcock/truffaut’.
    27) Name the movie that features the best twist ending. (Please note the use of any “spoilers” in your answer.)
    a: ‘psycho’.
    28) Favorite Francois Truffaut movie.
    a: ‘400 blows’.
    29) Olivia Hussey or Claire Danes?
    a: olivia (black christmas) hussey.
    30) Your most memorable celebrity encounter.
    a: getting hershell gordon lewis’s autograph. i asked him where connie mason was now (star of gordon’s ‘blood feast’ and ‘2000 maniacs’) and he answered, “back under the rock she crawled out from under.”
    31) When did you first realize that films were directed?
    a: when i got into brian de palma, sometime between the release of ‘carrie’ and ‘the fury’.

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  2. 1) What was the last movie you saw, either in a theater or on DVD, and why?
    Casino Royale. I’ve seen every other Bond movie ever so of course I’m going to see the debut of a new Bond.
    2) Name the cinematographer whose work you most look forward to seeing, and an example of one of his/her finest achievements.
    Barry Sonnenfeld. I’m sure his Porno work is great but I love Miller’s Crossing and the scene in the woods.
    3) Joe Don Baker or Bo Svenson?
    Bo Svenson because Tarantino is cooler than Burton.
    4) Name a moment from a movie that made you gasp (in horror, surprise, revelation…)
    Zombi 2 the slow and painful to watch eye gouging scene.
    5) Your favorite movie about the movies.
    Burn Hollywood Burn an Alan Smithee film. (will probably be For Your Consideration when I see that.)
    6) Your Favorite Fritz Lang movie.
    M with the main man Peter Lorre
    7) Describe the first time you ever recognized yourself in a movie.
    Clerks that Silent Bob guy.
    8) Carole Bouquet or Angela Molina?
    Bouquet.
    9) Name a movie that redeems the notion of nostalgia as something more than a bankable commodity.
    The Hudsucker Proxy
    10) Favorite appearance by an athlete in an acting role.
    Hulk Hogan in Rocky III is too obvious. I’ll go with Jim Kelly in Black Belt Jones.
    11) Favorite Hal Ashby movie.
    Harold and Maude but The Slugger’s Wife is a close 2nd. I really enjoy Neil Simon films.
    12) Name the first double feature you’d program for opening night of your own revival theater.
    Christmas day open with Die Hard and Lethal Weapon. Or if another time of year Blood Simple and Rear Window
    13) What’s the name of your revival theater?
    Lightning Bolt Cinemas
    14) Humphrey Bogart or Elliot Gould?
    Humphrey Bogart
    15) Favorite Robert Stevenson movie.
    King Solomon’s Mines
    16) Describe your favorite moment in a movie that is memorable because of its use of sound.
    Darth Vader’s entrance.
    17) Pink Flamingoes– yes or no?
    Yes
    18) Your favorite movie soundtrack score.
    The Good The Bad and The Ugly
    19) Fay Wray or Naomi Watts?
    Naomi Watts
    20) Is there a movie that would make you question the judgment and/or taste of a film critic, blogger or friend if you found out they were an advocate of it?
    From Justin to Kelly
    21) Pick a new category for the Oscars and its first deserving winner.
    Only thing I can think of is doing the Golden Globes thing and seperating comedy and drama.
    22) Favorite Paul Verhoeven movie.
    Total Recall ah Sharon Stone.
    23) What is it that you think movies do better than any other art form?
    Sell Popcorn
    24) Peter Ustinov or Albert Finney?
    Albert Finney if for nothing else Miller’s Crossing
    25) Favorite movie studio logo, as it appears before a theatrical feature.
    Jerry Bruckheimer’s because it has a lightning bolt hitting a tree.
    26) Name the single most important book about the movies for you personally.
    Hitchcock on Hitchcock: Selected Writings and Interviews
    27) Name the movie that features the best twist ending. (Please note the use of any “spoilers” in your answer.)
    Usual Suspects
    28) Favorite Francois Truffaut movie.
    400 Blows
    29) Olivia Hussey or Claire Danes?
    Claire Danes
    30) Your most memorable celebrity encounter.
    Michael Ironside came into my store to see his nephew who was at the time a regular.
    31) When did you first realize that films were directed?
    Probably when E.T. came out. Because people referred to it a lot as a Speilberg picture.

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  3. 1)What was the last movie you saw, either in a theater or on DVD, and why?
    Munich. It was on DVD and I just wanted to see it again. Speilberg has this reputation for being so commercial but geez, he can make amazing shots, not just technical but artistic. Great stuff.
    2) Name the cinematographer whose work you most look forward to seeing, and an example of one of his/her finest achievements.
    I’m embarrassed to say I’m not aware of many cinematographers other than the obvious ones, and I don’t think most of them are still alive…
    3) Joe Don Baker or Bo Svenson?
    Joe Don Baker.
    4) Name a moment from a movie that made you gasp (in horror, surprise, revelation…)
    The original When a Stranger Calls.
    5) Your favorite movie about the movies.
    Quentin Tarrintino’s Kill Bill. I swear it’s all about making movies.
    6) Your Favorite Fritz Lang movie.
    M.
    7) Describe the first time you ever recognized yourself in a movie.
    Johnny Whitaker in The Mystery of Dracula’s Castle.
    8) Carole Bouquet or Angela Molina?
    No idea.
    9) Name a movie that redeems the notion of nostalgia as something more than a bankable commodity.
    I’m not sure exactly what the question means but I’ll say Last Picture Show.
    10) Favorite appearance by an athlete in an acting role.
    Does Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2 count? If so, I’ll go with that. If not, I’m drawing a blank. I will not say OJ Simpson.
    11) Favorite Hal Ashby movie.
    Being There or Harold and Maude… honestly I can’t pick.
    12) Name the first double feature you’d program for opening night of your own revival theater.
    Stars Wars, followed by 2001.
    13) What’s the name of your revival theater?
    Magic Shadows (gross)… how about Cinema Cinema! (complete with Exclamation point!)
    14) Humphrey Bogart or Elliot Gould?
    Are you serious? Not even close: Humphrey Bogart.
    15) Favorite Robert Stevenson movie.
    The Love Bug
    16) Describe your favorite moment in a movie that is memorable because of its use of sound.
    I’m with Rob MacDonald: The animal sounds in Raging Bull when Jake LaMotta is boxing.
    17) Pink Flamingoes– yes or no?
    No.
    18) Your favorite movie soundtrack score.
    I’m so obvious: Pulp Fiction
    19) Fay Wray or Naomi Watts?
    Naomi Watts.
    20) Is there a movie that would make you question the judgment and/or taste of a film critic, blogger or friend if you found out they were an advocate of it?
    Reality Bites.
    21) Pick a new category for the Oscars and its first deserving winner.
    Best Credit sequence. Saul Bass for lifetime achievement and this year… the guy/gal that did the Casino Royale’s credits.
    22) Favorite Paul Verhoeven movie.
    I can’t remember the Fourth Man, so I’ll go with Starship Troopers as the greatest ironic film of all time.
    23) What is it that you think movies do better than any other art form?
    Make money.
    24) Peter Ustinov or Albert Finney?
    Geez, my heart says Ustinov but my head says Albert Finney.
    25) Favorite movie studio logo, as it appears before a theatrical feature.
    I like how Warner Brothers allows it’s logo to be messed with to reflect the tone of the movie before anyone else… but I also love the Marvel logo.
    26) Name the single most important book about the movies for you personally.
    Easy Riders Raging Bulls? I dunno.
    27) Name the movie that features the best twist ending. (Please note the use of any “spoilers” in your answer.)
    Hmmmm. Lemme think about this. “Twist ending” is very specific for me. Some people say:Psycho. But that’s not a twist ending for me. The Sixth Sense is the most obvious one.
    28) Favorite Francois Truffaut movie.
    Farenheit 451.
    29) Olivia Hussey or Claire Danes?
    Claire Danes.
    30) Your most memorable celebrity encounter.
    John Hurt (and Marlee Matlin) at the Victoria Playhouse on PEI.
    31) When did you first realize that films were directed?
    There as a guy in junior high that made movies and my sister helped out on it. It was about a multi-coloured tire travelling around.

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  4. 1.What was the last movie you saw, either in a theater or on DVD, and why?
    – Death of a President. City Cinema. Heard it was impressively put together, so I thought I should check it out.
    2) Name the cinematographer whose work you most look forward to seeing, and an example of one of his/her finest achievements.
    -Lets see if I can remember ANY cinematographers name… I should… I don’t know their name, but whoever normally works with the Cohen brothers.
    3) Joe Don Baker or Bo Svenson?
    – Don’t know either.
    4) Name a moment from a movie that made you gasp (in horror, surprise, revelation…)
    The Lion King. Mofassah’s Death.
    5) Your favorite movie about the movies.
    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
    6) Your Favorite Fritz Lang movie.
    Uhhhm?!? I’ll say Police Academy 3. Not sure if it’s a Fritz lang movie or not. But if it is that would be my pick.
    7) Describe the first time you ever recognized yourself in a movie.
    It’s not a real movie, but Stravinsky’s Folly. Other then that, the kid(child) from the original Battlestar galactica.
    8) Carole Bouquet or Angela Molina?
    Let’s see Carrol Burnette or Angela Jolee. What the hell: Carrol Burnette.
    9) Name a movie that redeems the notion of nostalgia as something more than a bankable commodity. – Cinema Paradiso.
    10) Favorite appearance by an athlete in an acting role.
    -Jason Lee in Chasing Amy.
    11) Favorite Hal Ashby movie.
    Police Academy 2
    12) Name the first double feature you’d program for opening night of your own revival theater.
    – Silence of the Lambs. Toy Story 2.
    13) What’s the name of your revival theater?
    Graham’s Movie and Pizza House.
    14) Humphrey Bogart or Elliot Gould?
    Humphrey Bogart. You can’t Gould a joint.
    15) Favorite Robert Stevenson movie.
    Police Academy
    16) Describe your favorite moment in a movie that is memorable because of its use of sound.
    Hunt for Red October. Creaking Hull from Pressure + depth charges.
    17) Pink Flamingoes– yes or no?
    ok
    18) Your favorite movie soundtrack score.
    – Trainspotting.
    19) Fay Wray or Naomi Watts?
    I’lll go with the one I know. Naomi Watts.
    20) Is there a movie that would make you question the judgment and/or taste of a film critic, blogger or friend if you found out they were an advocate of it?
    The Last Waltz
    21) Pick a new category for the Oscars and its first deserving winner.
    Most Profitable. This would open up the other catagories.
    22) Favorite Paul Verhoeven movie.
    Police Acadamy 6
    23) What is it that you think movies do better than any other art form?
    Propaganada.
    24) Peter Ustinov or Albert Finney?
    Either, I guess.
    25) Favorite movie studio logo, as it appears before a theatrical feature.
    20th Century. I love that spotlit statue
    26) Name the single most important book about the movies for you personally.
    Blonk of an eye. (editing movie)
    27) Name the movie that features the best twist ending.
    -Fight Club.
    28) Favorite Francois Truffaut movie.
    Am I bad for not knowing if I’ve ever seen a Truffaut movie?
    Police Academy 2
    29) Olivia Hussey or Claire Danes?Me like Claire Danes. This much I know is true.
    30) Your most memorable celebrity encounter.
    -Working on set with Daniel Day Lewis as a carpenter.
    31) When did you first realize that films were directed?
    I’m still not convinced. I know they are produced. Acted in. Lit. Filmed. Sound-recorded. Edited. Directed?

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