Monday, April 17, 2017

PROFESSOR JENNINGS’ HOLIDAY MIDTERM

aka PROFESSOR DAVE JENNINGS’ MILTON-FREE, UNIVERSE-EXPANDING HOLIDAY MIDTERM

originally posted
DECEMBER 04, 2006
(old stuff from the now gone "Refined Picture Show" blogspot)



Another great quiz by Dennis Cozzalio.






1) WHAT WAS THE LAST MOVIE YOU SAW, EITHER IN A THEATER OR ON DVD, AND WHY?
In theaters was Aronofsky's poetic & awesome THE FOUNTAIN

on DVD it was Spielberg's MUNICH (2005)
as to the why; I just love those filmmakers & look forward to everything they make
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2) NAME THE CINEMATOGRAPHER WHOSE WORK YOU MOST LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING, AND AN EXAMPLE OF ONE OF HIS/HER FINEST ACHIEVEMENTS
2 of my current favorites are Roger Deakins and Emmanuel Lubezki! Deakins's finest moment so far is this part in last year's JARHEAD where a horse covered in oil is stumbling around Kuwaiti oil fields. Its a night shot and the errupting pillars of fire illuminate everything & they're reflected perfectly in the horse's eyes. Amazing color + contrast
Lubezki's best moment in my opinion is in 1999's SLEEPY HOLLOW. The whole origin sequence of the headless horseman in the snow is breathtaking. Can't wait to see his lensing of CHILDREN OF MEN (2006) later this month

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3) JOE DON BAKER OR BO SVENSON?
Joe Don all the way

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4) NAME A MOMENT FROM A MOVIE THAT MADE YOU GASP (IN HORROR, SURPRISE, REVELATION...)
The part in Night Shyamalan's SIGNS (2002) where Gibson opens his eyes in bed and sees the silhouette standing on the roof made me audibly gasp. Waking up to anyone staring at you is alarming, but waking up to that?! Would've given me a damn heart attack
The first time I saw PSYCHO (1960) I gasped at the figure suddenly walking into the overhead shot at the top of the stairs. Scared the bejeezus outta me

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5) FAVORITE MOVIE ABOUT MOVIES
It's still ED WOOD (1994)

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6) FAVORITE FRITZ LANG MOVIE
Definitely SCARLET STREET (1945)
Though I think METROPOLIS (1927) is probably his best
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7) DESCRIBE THE FIRST TIME YOU EVER RECOGNIZED YOURSELF IN A MOVIE
Watching E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982) on VHS in the 90s. The older brother character is me. Everyone says so & I realize it too. haha. He teases his younger siblings the same way & just acts the same way I did. & when shit hits the fan he's willing to risk life & limb to help family
Also that smart ass kid in A CHRISTMAS STORY (1983) who dares Flick to stick his tongue to the frozen flagpole. The scene where he's trying not to laugh in class is my entire childhood in a nutshell. And like those 2 characters my teeth were always too big for my head as a youngster

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8) CAROLE BOUQUET OR ANGELA MOLINA?
Angela

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9) NAME A MOVIE THAT REDEEMS THE NOTION OF NOSTALGIA AS SOMETHING MORE THAN BANKABLE COMMODITY
Not trying to be cute-- Tarkovsky's NOSTALGHIA (1983) does this better than any film

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10) FAVORITE APPEARANCE BY AN ATHLETE IN AN ACTING ROLE
Schwarzenegger in THE TERMINATOR (1984)

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11) FAVORITE HAL ASHBY MOVIE
HAROLD & MAUDE (1971)

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12) NAME THE FIRST DOUBLE FEATURE YOU'D PROGRAM FOR OPENING NIGHT OF YOUR OWN REVIVAL THEATER
A 3D double feature of IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE (1953) and HOUSE OF WAX (1953)


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13) WHAT'S THE NAME OF YOUR REVIVAL THEATER?
I'd call it the "the Atomic Cinema & Cafe"!!
but the sign outside would just read "the Atomic"
named for the documentary THE ATOMIC CAFE (1982) and it would serve food at your seat just like the Alamo Drafthouse. Plus the lobby would be themed after 1950s monster movies!


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14) HUMPHREY BOGART OR ELLIOT GOULD?
Bogie... Sorry, Elliot

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15) FAVORITE ROBERT STEVENSON MOVIE
His version of JANE EYRE (1943) is good

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16) DESCRIBE YOUR FAVORITE MOMENT IN A MOVIE THAT IS MEMORABLE BECAUSE OF ITS USE OF SOUND
A moment from RETURN TO OZ (1985) when Dorothy is waiting in the sanitorium room all alone during that thunderstorm. The way you can hear rain & thunder outside, & when the power goes out you can hear the patients in the basement shrieking. The sound design is eerie and more effective than any visual effect. Also the constant motif of rusty gurney wheels squealing and electricity surging in the background

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17) PINK FLAMINGOS-- YES OR NO?
Yes. Not John Waters' best but still essential

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18) FAVORITE MOVIE SOUNDTRACK SCORE
John Williams' music for E.T. (1982) is the best score Bernard Herrmann never made

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19) FAY WRAY OR NAOMI WATTS?
Naomi!!

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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?
Not really one that I can think of.. There are movies that I think are terrible but someone else might see something in them that I don't. I'm more interested in why someone loves something rather than what it is.
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21) PICK A NEW CATEGORY FOR THE OSCARS AND ITS FIRST DESERVING WINNER
I feel like since the early 2000s there should have been 2 separate cinematography categories. One for traditional film and one for digital. Like there used to be in the 50s for color cinematography and black & white cinematography. And the first deserving winner would be Anthony Dod Mantle for 28 DAYS LATER (2003)
2004's winner: COLLATERAL - Dion Beebe
2005's winner: BUBBLE - Steven Soderbergh
and Dion Beebe should win that category this year for the new MIAMI VICE

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22) FAVORITE VERHOEVEN MOVIE
ROBOCOP (1987)

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23) WHAT IS IT THAT YOU THINK MOVIES DO BETTER THAN ANY OTHER ART FORM?
Synthesizing movement/action. Like a chase sequence. Kinesis is a good word to throw around. It conveys movement even better than live performance or dance in my opinion- due to the perspective the camera and editing adds. It can be exhilarating

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24) PETER USTINOV OR ALBERT FINNEY?
Albert Finney

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25) FAVORITE MOVIE STUDIO LOGO, AS IT APPEARS BEFORE A THEATRICAL FEATURE
The traditional Metro Goldwyn Mayer logo
complete with roaring lion
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26) NAME THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT BOOK ABOUT THE MOVIES FOR YOU PERSONALLY
Negative Space by Manny Farber

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27) NAME THE MOVIE THAT FEATURES THE BEST TWIST ENDING (PLEASE NOTE THE USE OF ANY "SPOILERS" IN YOUR ANSWER)
the ending to DON'T LOOK NOW (1973)
Still one of the most alarming WTF moments I've ever had watching a movie. No spoilers here, just watch it.
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28) FAVORITE TRUFFAUT MOVIE
It's still THE 400 BLOWS (1959)

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29) OLIVIA HUSSEY OR CLAIRE DANES?
That sweet Hussey

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30) YOUR MOST MEMORABLE CELEBRITY ENCOUNTER
It was summer 2004. Was visiting the Amoeba Records in Hollywood with my Pop and ran into Kieran Culkin and Emile Hirsch browsing
Hirsch was wearing a hoodie so I figured they were probably trying to remain inconspicuous. Didn't wanna hassle or draw attention to them so I just introduced myself quietly and shook their hands. Said I was a big fan & what not, then left to another section. They seemed happy I new who they were and how to pronounce their names. hehe
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31) WHEN DID YOU FIRST REALIZE THAT FILMS WERE DIRECTED?
Very young. Like 3rd or 4th grade! I rented a book about Steven Spielberg from my school library and it explained all the different movies he had worked on
It also distinguished the difference between producing a movie and actually directing a movie. It had a list of films he had financed, executive produced, and a list of the titles he had helmed personally. Before that I had always assumed if your name was on before a movie in any way that probably meant you made it. For instance I thought Spielberg directed THE LAND BEFORE TIME (1988)

(Puts hand over forehead) 
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