Saturday, April 14, 2007
The personal movie quiz
This has been flinging around the web for a few days; I saw it on the Mobius Home Video Forum. My answers below. Anyone else care to take aim?
1. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 times.
2. Name a movie that you've seen multiple times in the theater.
Die Hard (five, on two continents).
3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to see a movie.
Jack Nicholson, still.
4. Name an actor that would make you less likely to see a movie.
The smarmy Josh Lucas gives me pause, but if the movie is interesting I'll see him, or the increasingly dull Jude Law and Colin Farrell, in it.
5. Name a movie that you can and do quote from.
This time of year, The Ten Commandments (1956): "So it is written, so it shall be done." "Moses, you adorable fool, Moses." "Now we have new taskmasters!" [TC may be the only movie of its vintage still shown, and still capable of drawing big ratings, on one of the Big Three networks.]
5. Name a movie musical that you know all of the lyrics to all of the songs.
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band--not such a surprise, as rock lyrics stick to my brain more easily than traditional show tunes.
6. Name a movie that you have been known to sing along with.
The Wizard of Oz.
7. Name a movie that you would recommend everyone see.
Citizen Kane. At least once.
8. Name a movie that you own.
One movie? Most recently, The Naked City (1948).
9. Name an actor that launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops.
The improbable Arnold Schwarzenegger.
10. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in? If so, what?
First was Bullitt; last, a few years later, was Heaven Can Wait (1978). Both with my parents, in NJ.
11. Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just haven't yet gotten around to it.
The Sound of Music.
12. Ever walked out of a movie?
Bad movies usually exhaust me too much to flee them. I fall asleep during turkeys. I conked out for at least a half-hour during a screening of the arthouse flop Dear Wendy, which many of my colleagues fled.
13. Name a movie that made you cry in the theater.
The Whole Wide World (1996). The way the climactic suicide is revealed, in a letter read aloud, kills me. Also Glory (1989).
Usually, but a small bag now, lightly buttered and salted. Have to watch my levels. I sometimes stop by NY's Film Forum just to buy a bag of their sea-salted popcorn.
15. How often do you go to the movies (as opposed to renting them or watching them at home)?
Maybe three or four times per week, press screenings mostly.
16. What's the last movie you saw in the theater?
As a "civilian," Shooter. I'll cop to it.
17. What's your favorite/preferred genre of movie?
All things considered, still horror, though I feel somewhat alienated from the genre of late.
18. What's the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?
Bullitt. It was a reissue, as the preview for Ben (1972) tagged to it made a far greater impression on me and sent me on my monster-strewn path.
19. What movie do you wish you had never seen?
The fact that I wish I had never seen Salo, which revolted me, sort of makes me glad that I saw it. I suppose I'm sorrier to have spent so much time on higher-profile, big-budget pablum, still a hard habit to break but, as with movie popcorn, I've reduced my intake.
20. What is the weirdest movie you enjoyed?
I suppose Last Year at Marienbad counts as "weird," but I dig it.
21. What is the scariest movie you've seen?
The original Texas Chain Saw Massacre. I ran all the way to my dorm room after my first viewing, at midnight.
22. What is the funniest movie you've seen?
Off the top of my head, Used Cars never failed to make me laugh, the 15 times or so I caught it on HBO and Cinemax many years ago after its failed 1980 opening. [I've seen KONG even more often, though.]