Tuesday, October 2, 2012

PROFESSOR CHIPPING’S BACK TO SCHOOL QUIZ

aka PROFESSOR ARTHUR CHIPPING’S MADDENLY DETAILED, PURPOSEFULLY VAGUE, FITFULLY OUT-OF-FOCUS BACK TO SCHOOL MOVIE QUIZ


Another great quiz by Dennis Cozzalio.







1) WHAT IS THE BIGGEST ISSUE FOR YOU IN THE DIGITAL VS. FILM DEBATE?
I'm generally not against digital but I am against movie theaters upgrading to crappy digital projectors to save a buck
Wait until they're bright and clear enough to at least be near the same quality as 35mm projectors. Ideally I wish all theaters would keep at least one 70mm and one 35 projector on hand to do revivals of old movies that don't have digital prints yet
  
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2) WITHOUT MORE THAN ONE MINUTE'S CONSIDERATION, NAME THREE GREAT FACES FROM THE MOVIES
Monroe, Loren, and Wong

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3) THE MOVIE YOU THINK COULD BE INTERESTING IF REMADE AS A MOVIE MUSICAL
I have a treatment for a musical riff on METROPOLIS (1927)
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4) THE LAST MOVIE YOU SAW THEATRICALLY/ON DVD, BLU-RAY, STREAMING
in theaters: Kirby Dick's THE INVISIBLE WAR
bluray: the INDIANA JONES trilogy
streaming: THE TALL MAN
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5) FAVORITE MOVIE ABOUT WORK
Chaplin's MODERN TIMES (1936)

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6) THE MOVIE YOU LOVED AS A CHILD THAT DID NOT HOLD UP WHEN SEEN THROUGH ADULT EYES
Spielberg's HOOK (1991)

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7) FAVORITE "ROAD" MOVIE
TWO-LANE BLACKTOP (1971)

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8) DOES CLINT EASTWOOD'S APPEARANCE AT THE RNC CHANGE OR CONFIRM YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON HIM AS A FILMMAKER/MOVIE ICON? IS THAT APPEARANCE RELEVANT TO HIS LEGACY AS A FILMMAKER?
No.. I'm able to separate the artist from the art. A lot of old macho dudes like that have antiquated ideas about everything. Not just politics

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9) LONGEST-LASTING MOVIE OR MOVIE-RELATED OBSESSION
I'm obsessed with visiting locations from Western movies! both domestically and abroad. I love the Monument Valley areas John Ford shot at. You don't even need to build sets. It's already a darn painting out there
My wife and I want to travel to Italy and Spain soon to see some of those locations as well
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10) FAVORITE ARTIFACT OF MOVIE EXPLOITATION
Larry Cohen

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11) HAVE YOU EVER FALLEN ASLEEP IN A MOVIE THEATER? IF SO, WHEN AND WHY?
From about 2004 to 2005 in High School I was having some mental health problems and my doctors were prescribing me a lot of different meds that made me drowsy. During that stressful period sometimes I would doze off during movies. Regardless of quality. A friend of mine tells me I fell asleep during a late night showing of SERENITY (2005) at Grapevine Mills AMC. I fell asleep across those cushioned seats on the back row

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12) FAVORITE PERFORMANCE BY AN ATHLETE IN A MOVIE
It's still Schwarzenegger in TERMINATOR (1984)

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13) 2ND FAVORITE RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER MOVIE
THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN (1979)

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14) FAVORITE FILM OF 1931
Chaplin's CITY LIGHTS

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15) 2ND FAVORITE RAOUL WALSH
THE ROARING TWENTIES (1939)

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16) FAVORITE FILM OF 1951
THE STEEL HELMET

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17) 2ND FAVORITE WONG KAR-WAI
CHUNGKING EXPRESS (1994)

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18) FAVORITE FILM OF 1971
MCCABE & MRS. MILLER

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19) 2ND FAVORITE HENRI-GEORGES CLOUZOT MOVIE
QUAI DES ORFEVRES (1947)


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20) FAVORITE FILM OF 1991
Edward Yang's A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY

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21) 2ND FAVORITE JOHN STURGES
THE GREAT ESCAPE (1963)

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22) FAVORITE CELEBRITY BIOPIC
Personally it's Michael Mann's ALI (2001)

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23) NAME A GOOD SCRIPT IDEA WHICH WAS LET DOWN EITHER BY THE DIRECTOR OR CIRCUMSTANCES OF PRODUCTION
There's too many examples of this to name them all! Just a few that come to mind immediately; LEVIATHAN (1989), any of the film adaptations of Alan Moore, THE HUNGER GAMES, DREAMCATCHER (2003), the STAR WARS prequels, THE DARKEST HOUR (2011)
and many more I can't remember right now   
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24) HEAVEN'S GATE-- YES OR NO?
Very much yes. A fascinating epic
 I wish it hadn't been such a colossal flop
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25) FAVORITE PAIRING OF MOVIE SEX SYMBOLS
Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni
in YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW (1963)
Also Jennifer Tilly & Gina Gershon in BOUND (1996)

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26) ONE WORD THAT YOU COULD SAY WHICH WOULD INSTANTLY EVOKE IMAGES AND MEMORIES OF YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE. (NAMING THE MOVIE IS OPTIONAL---MIGHT BE MORE FUN TO SEE IF WE CAN GUESS WHAT IT IS FROM THE WORD ITSELF)

"INTERSTELLAR"

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27) NAME ONE MOMENT WHICH TO YOU DEMARCATES A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE, FOR BETTER OR WORSE, ON THE LANDSCAPE OF THE MOVIE OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS
I have 3 moments! but they're part of a thematic whole
One big thing for me was around 2005 when I started to notice all the affordable digital HD cameras becoming available. Before that we always just had to shoot on MiniDv or rent 16mm cameras. The first digital camera I got to work with was the Sony HDC 950 in '05, and then from about 2008 to now it's all been the Red cameras and modified SLRs
Early 2008 is when I also simultaneously noticed Netflix launching their streaming service and many of my fellow filmmakers using Kickstarter to ask for money. Those 3 things; streaming, cheaper cameras, and online crowdfunding have all been the most significant from what I can tell. And all mostly good for the medium. A lot more young artists are able to shoot movies nowadays
The only potential downside to that being eventually there's just an oversaturation of cheap content on the market. Great films could get lost in the shuffle + you'd have to dig a lot longer to find gems
One of the worst things about films becoming digitally available is audiences not wanting to go to the theater anymore. More and more people will know they can get the same content at home if they just wait. Online rentals could never make up the amount of money ticket sales made. Now throw piracy on top of that conundrum and you've got a slowly tightening noose on the industry. Since about 2006 to now I've seen that take the biggest toll

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28) FAVORITE PRE-CODE TALKIE
Todd Browning's FREAKS (1932)

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29) OLDEST FILM IN PERSONAL COLLECTION
I think Chaplin's THE KID (1921)
though I may own something older

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30) LONGEST FILM IN YOUR PERSONAL COLLECTION
Tarr's SATANTANGO (1994)
7 hours and 30 minutes

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31) HAVE YOUR MOVIE COLLECTION HABITS CHANGED IN THE PAST 10 YEARS? IF SO, HOW?
I actually buy much more nowadays, even though my living space has gotten smaller. About 5 blurays every two weeks.. I need to cut back

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32) WACKIEST, MOST UNLIKELY "DIRECTED BY" CREDIT YOU CAN NAME
POPEYE (1980) for Robert Altman!
I love the movie but if I had been around back when he announced that was going to be his next project it would've blown my mind!
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33) BEST DOCUMENTARY YOU'VE SEEN IN 2012 (MADE IN 2012 OR ANY OTHER YEAR)
Jafar Panahi's THIS IS NOT A FILM

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34) WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE "(THIS STAR) WAS ALMOST CAST IN (THIS MOVIE)" ANECDOTE?
Leonard DiCaprio almost being Dirk in BOOGIE NIGHTS (1997)

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35) PROGRAM 3 NIGHTS OF DOUBLE BILLS AT A REVIVAL THEATER THAT MIGHT BEST ILLUMINATE YOUR LOVE OF THE MOVIES
LAURA (1944) and ACROSS 110TH STREET (1972)

THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN (1957) and ALIENS (1986)

and finally;
THE WARRIORS (1979) and KUNG FU HUSTLE (2004)

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36) YOU HAVE BEEN GRANTED PERMISSION TO INVITE ANY THREE PEOPLE, ALIVE OR DEAD, TO YOUR HOUSE TO WATCH THE OSCARS. WHO ARE THEY?
Alex Cox, Hannibal Buress, and Sarah Silverman
and we would just laugh at the whole show
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37) FAVORITE MR. CHIPS. (CAREFUL...)
GOODBYE, MR CHIPS (1939) - Robert Donat!


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