Thursday, May 3, 2012

LAST-RITES-OF-SPRING MOVIE QUIZ

aka SISTER CLODAGH'S SUPERFICIALLY SPIRITUAL, AMBITIOUSLY AGNOSTIC LAST-RITES-OF-SPRING MOVIE QUIZ


Another great quiz by Dennis Cozzalio.







1) FAVORITE MOVIE FEATURING NUNS
BLACK NARCISSUS (1947)

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2) 2ND FAVORITE FRANKENHEIMER MOVIE
SECONDS (1966)
coming after THE TRAIN (1964)
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3) WILLIAM BENDIX OR SCOTT BRADY?
Brady

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4) WHAT MOVIE, REAL OR IMAGINED, WOULD YOU STAND IN LINE SIX HOURS TO SEE? HAVE YOU EVER DONE SO IN REAL LIFE?
the longest I've ever waited in line was an hour and a half and it was in 1999 for the STAR WARS prequel.. I would definitely wait over six hours to see Malick's IMAX nature thing he's been working on forever
I think "Q" is what he used to call that project.. Also If someone found and restored the lost 42 -reel version of Stroheim's GREED (1924) I would wait in line days to see that

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5) FAVORITE MITCHELL LEISEN MOVIE
MIDNIGHT (1939)

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6) ANN SAVAGE OR PEGGY CUMMINS?
Peggy!

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7) 1ST MOVIE YOU REMEMBER SEEING AS A CHILD
At home on VHS it was PINOCCHIO (1940). At the theater it was HONEY I SHRUNK THE KIDS (1989)

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8) WHAT MOMENT IN A MOVIE THAT IS NOT A HORROR MOVIE MADE YOU WANT TO BOLT FROM THE ROOM SCREAMING?
Those ear slugs in STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (1982)!!
Also when Judge Doom re-inflates himself in ROGER RABBIT (1988)

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9) RICHARD WIDMARK OR ROBERT MITCHUM?
Mitchum. There's no competition

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10) BEST MOVIE JESUS
Enrique Irazoqui in GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST. MATTHEW (1964)

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11) SILLIEST STRAIGHT HORROR FILM THAT YOU'RE STILL FOND OF
The original THE FLY (1958)

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12) EMILY BLUNT OR SALLY GRAY?
Personally Ms. Blunt

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13) FAVORITE CINEMATIC BIBLICAL SPECTACULAR
The Jesus segments of INTOLERANCE (1916)
and if that doesn't count as a biblical epic then I pick Demille's 1956 version of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

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14) FAVORITE CINEMATIC MOMENT OF UNINTENTIONAL HUMOR
In THE DARK CRYSTAL (1982) there's a part where "Jen" turns towards the camera frozen and it looks like the puppet is just annoyed with the scene and looking at the camera waiting for cut
Can't find a screen cap of the moment, but it's like he's shrugging at the audience. The Office-style. lol
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15) MICHAEL FASSBENDER OR DAVID FARRAR?
Fassbender

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16) MOST EFFECTIVE FAITH-AFFIRMING MOVIE
for me personally it's Scorsese's LAST TEMPTATION (1988)

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17) MOVIE THAT MAKES THE BEST CASE FOR AGNOSTICISM
Hirokazu Koreeda's NOBODY KNOWS (2004)
Childhood innocence fading away from neglect is agonizing to watch. Seeing dramatizations like this & countless real documents of man's cruelty like SHOAH (1985) pretty much helped kill my belief in an interventionist deity

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18) FAVORITE SONG AND/OR DANCE SEQUENCE FROM A MUSICAL
the "Make 'em Laugh" part from SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1951)

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19) 3RD FAVORITE HOWARD HAWKS MOVIE
RED RIVER (1948)

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20) CLARA BOW OR JEAN HARLOW?
Believe it or not Clara Bow

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21) MOVIE MOST RECENTLY SEEN IN THE THEATER? ON DVD/BLURAY/STREAMING?
at the Theater: THINK LIKE A MAN (2012)

on Bluray: BOOGIE NIGHTS (1997)

Streaming: BIG NIGHT (1996)

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22) MOST UNLIKELY GOOD MOVIE ABOUT RELIGION
(Just a heads-up, I consider religion and faith to be 2 separate things).. 
To me the 1996 version of Arthur Miller's THE CRUCIBLE is a surprisingly effective depiction of religious hysteria run amok. How charlatans frequently hide behind it or try to justify ritualistic abuse

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23) PHIL SILVERS OR RED SKELTON?
Silvers

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24) “FAVORITE” HOLLYWOOD SCANDAL
That Garbo and Marlene Dietrich probably had an affair... Meeeeyow!

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25) BEST NON-CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS MOVIE
I would list a movie based on the Old Testament here as I do not consider those books "Christian", but I will get shit from evangelical friends if I do-- so I'll go with Akkad's THE MESSAGE (1976) about the prophet Mohammed (السلام عليكم). Both formally brilliant and moving

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26) THE KING OF CINEMA: 
KING VIDOR, KING HU, OR HENRY KING?
All great filmmakers but Vidor towers over all

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27) NAME SOMETHING MODERN MOVIES NEED TO RELEARN HOW TO DO THAT AMERICAN & FOREIGN CLASSICS HAD DOWN PAT
This is just a blanket generality-- but I think most modern mainstream films would be better off if they had more (or any kind) of a visual stamp. Some subtle or not so subtle uses of color + a concept of space the events are taking place in. Even small character dramas back in the day had class & pageantry to the presentation. Every action movie today shouldn't just be shot with the same handheld shaky camera look. And every Romantic comedy conversation doesn't need to be the same old shot / reverse shot throughout the entire movie. It'd also be nice if there were more characters worth caring about nowadays 
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28) LEAST FAVORITE FELLINI MOVIE
Of what I've seen VOICE OF THE MOON (1990)

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29) THE THREE STOOGES (2012)-- YES OR NO?
Yes! A loving but flawed tribute to Moe, Larry, & Curly's antiquated form of comedy. My fear is that mainstream audiences just don't get this type of slapstick anymore.. or the style of joke delivery. Like many classic humor stylings of yesteryear, (Vaudeville, Looney Tunes, Jerry Lewis) people just seem to not appreciate it anymore after enough generations pass by
I'm actually surprised 20th Century Fox didn't declare the Stooges brand to be "too dated" before greenlighting this. Thankfully for we fans Fox supported the Farrelly brothers completely. I guess their folly is our reward
Chris Diamantopoulos in particular deserves to be nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Moe.. Uncanny


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30) MARY WICKES OR PATSY KELLY?
Patsy!

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31) BEST MOVIE-RELATED CONSPIRACY THEORY
My personal favorite is the one about Ferris being Cameron's split-personality in FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF (1986). A Geek Jekyll and Cool Hyde

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32) YOUR CANDIDATE FOR MOST MISUNDERSTOOD OR MISINTERPRETED MOVIE
The latter part of Verhoeven's Hollywood stay was plagued with misunderstood gems. Especially SHOWGIRLS (1995). The fact that it's still widely regarded as one of the "worst films of all time" says a lot about American critics and audiences

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33) MOVIE THAT MADE YOU QUESTION YOUR OWN BELIEF SYSTEM (RELIGIOUS OR OTHERWISE)
Tony Kaye's documentary on the abortion debate called LAKE OF FIRE (2007). It offered up so many smart, calm & collected arguments for both sides


FYI, I am still vehemently Pro-choice
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