Wednesday, December 11, 2013

PROFESSOR GOPNIK'S HANUKAH QUIZ

aka PROFESSOR LARRY GOPNIK’S POST-HANUKAH, PRE-CHRISTMAS, POST-SCHROEDINGER, PRE-APOCALYPSE SLIFR HOLIDAY MOVIE QUIZ


Another great quiz by Dennis Cozzalio.





1) FAV UNSUNG HOLIDAY FILM
RARE EXPORTS (2010)

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2) NAME A MOVIE YOU WERE SURPRISED TO HAVE LIKED/LOVED
Michael Bay's PAIN & GAIN (2013)
With few exceptions I usually hate his movies. The blessing of a great screenplay can go a long way & it mixed so well with Bay's silly action style. Funny ensemble too

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3) NED SPARKS OR EDWARD EVERETT HORTON?
Edward Everett Horton
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4) SAM PECKINPAH'S CONVOY-- YES OR NO?
A very big Yes
& I don't understand why it isn't held in high regard
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5) WHAT CONTEMPORARY ACTOR WOULD BEST FIT INTO A POPULAR, ESTABLISHED GENRE OF THE PAST
I think Tom Hiddleston would've fit perfectly into the silver screen era. Especially 1940s English cinema
To my eyes Rose McGowan & Alexa Davalos also look classic Hollywood
Lennie James's face cries out to be in old westerns

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6) FAVORITE NON-DISASTER MOVIE IN WHICH BAD WEATHER IS A MEMORABLE ELEMENT OF THE FILM'S ATMOSPHERE
I'm torn between THE ICE STORM (1997) & MAGNOLIA (1999)

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7) 2ND FAVORITE VISCONTI MOVIE
LA TERRA TREMA (1948)
ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS (1960) is my #1
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8) WHAT WAS THE LAST MOVIE YOU SAW THEATRICALLY? ON DVD/BLU-RAY?

in Theaters: THE BROKEN DOWN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN

Bluray: TOYS IN THE ATTIC (2009)

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9) EXPLAIN YOUR REACTION WHEN SOMEONE ELOQUENTLY OR NOT-SO ELOQUENTLY ATTACKS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE MOVIES
If a critique is well articulated I will usually try to consider their perspective. Actually attempt to hear them out, because you'll occasionally find some merit to what someone's beef is. But sometimes even great minds are just dead wrong & you have to shrug and admit to yourself that not everyone is going to like the same things all the time. It's good to not always live in an echo chamber. Hearing contrary ideas about the things we love can be healthy. However, someone just shit-talking a beloved movie without any semblance of critical thought can be downright grating! If it's a complete stranger it's better to just leave it be and move on.. But sometimes it's a colleague or family member doing the attacking in this manner, and then things can get ugly

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10) JOAN BLONDELL OR GLENDA FARRELL?
Blondell

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11) MOVIE STAR OF ANY ERA YOU'D MOST LIKE TO TAKE CAMPING
Chris Farley.. because I'd laugh my ass off the entire trip!

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12) 2ND FAVORITE GEORGE CUKOR MOVIE
ADAM'S RIB (1949)

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13) YOUR TOP 10 OF 2013

1) TO THE WONDER (Malick)

2) VIOLA (Matías Piñeiro)

3) THE WIND RISES (Miyazaki)

4) BEFORE MIDNIGHT (Linklater)

5) LEVIATHAN (Castaing-Taylor/Paravel)

6) INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (Coen Bros)

7) BASTARDS (Denis)

8) A TOUCH OF SIN (Zhangke Jia)

9) THE WORLD'S END (Edgar Wright)

10) DRUG WAR (To)

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14) NAME A MOVIE YOU LOVED (OR HATED) UPON FIRST VIEWING, TO WHICH YOU EVENTUALLY RETURNED AND HAD MORE OR LESS THE OPPOSITE REACTION
As a kid I used to love this Schwarzenegger movie called ERASER (1996).. I saw it again recently and it really blows. haha. Not one of his best

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15) MOVIE MOST IN NEED OF A DELUXE BLURAY MAKEOVER
Tarkovsky's STALKER (1979)

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16) ALAIN DELON OR MARCELLO MASTROIANNI?
Marcello. always

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17) YOUR FAVORITE OPENING SEQUENCE, CREDITS OR NO CREDITS
My favorite opening sequence is the entire wordless opening of E.T. (1982). The alien silhouettes working around the giant redwoods and spacecraft
Their hearts glowing and humming. The title character daydreaming and getting lost. Him being in awe while looking out over the city lights
Everything about it is perfect and lulls you into the movie's childlike wonder straight away
My favorite title credits though are still Saul Bass's for PSYCHO (1960). The design fetishist in me loves its simplicity
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18) DIRECTOR WITH THE STRONGEST RUN OF GREAT MOVIES
My choice is still John Carpenter from 1974 to 1988

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19) IS ELITISM A GOOD/BAD/NECESSARY/INEVITABLE ASPECT OF BEING A CINEASTE?
I think it's generally a bad thing. And some people I've come across on discussion boards, Flixster, & Letterboxd need to be reminded of that. You can simultaneously have good taste in film and not come across as a pretentious douche
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20) 2ND FAVORITE TONY SCOTT
THE HUNGER (1983)

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21) FAVORITE MOVIE MADE BEFORE YOU WERE BORN THAT YOU ONLY DISCOVERED THIS YEAR. WHERE AND HOW DID YOU DISCOVER IT?
Bill Douglas' MY CHILDHOOD (1972)
I bought that whole trilogy online through my BFI subscription 
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22) ACTOR/ACTRESS YOU WOULD MOST WANT TO SEE IN A SANTA SUIT, TRADITIONAL OR SKIMPY
I wanna see Helen Mirren in a skimpy one asap

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23) VIDEO STORE OR STREAMING?
Still browsing at the video store
Physical media trumps all
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24) BEST/FAVORITE FINAL FILM BY A NOTED DIRECTOR OR SCREENWRITER
EYES WIDE SHUT (1999) for Kubrick

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25) MONICA VITTI OR ANNA KARINA?
That's a tough one... I pick Anna

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26) NAME A WORTHY MOVIE INDULGENCE YOU'VE HAD TO STRENUOUSLY TALK FRIENDS INTO EXPERIENCING WITH YOU. WHAT WAS THE RESULT?
I made most of my friends and family go watch AVATAR (2009) at the IMAX in 3D with me. It had been a long time since a movie had felt like that big of an event or technical achievement to me. Most of my friends didn't want to go 'cause they thought it looked cheesy based on the commercials
Even though there was a lot to complain about plot-wise everybody enjoyed the experience

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27) THE MOVIE MADE BY YOUR FAVORITE FILMMAKER THAT YOU EITHER HAVE YET TO SEE OR ARE LEAST FAMILIAR WITH AMONG ALL THE REST
I only saw Spielberg's ALWAYS (1989) once in middle school and don't remember much about it

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28) FAVORITE HORROR MOVIE THAT IS EITHER CHRISTMAS-ORIENTED OR HAS SOME ELEMENT RELATING TO WINTER HOLIDAY SEASON IN IT
It's still GREMLINS (1984)

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29) NAME A PROP OR OTHER PIECE OF MOVIE MEMORABILIA YOU'D MOST LIKE TO FIND WITH YOUR NAME ON IT UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREE
I want that ASPHYX (1973) ghost trap thing!

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30) BEST HOLIDAY GIFT THE MOVIES COULD GIVE TO YOU TO CARRY INTO 2014
My cinema passport from Variety Children's Charity
So I can see most movies next year for free!

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