Dr. Smith’s Lost in the Space at the End of Summer Movie Quiz

Just in time for Labor Day, and once again courtesy of Dennis Cozzalio at Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule. Feel free to take the quiz and post your responses over at his site, where (once again) a number of great people have already thrown their answers up for debate and discussion.

My answers to the last quiz can be found here.  My answers to the quiz can be found below:

1) Your favorite musical moment in a movie

I dedicated an entire post to this back in February of 2007; at that time it didn't include my favorite in recent memory simply because the film hadn't been released yet.  In ONCE, as Glen Hansard's Guy teaches, tentatively at first, his song "Falling Slowly" to Markéta Irglová's Girl, their growing passion for the song echoes their entire arc of the film.  And it made this 35-year old man, sitting in an airplane 34,000 feet above the ground halfway across the country, cry as he thought of his wife back home waiting for him. 

2) Ray Milland or Dana Andrews

Really a toss-up, but I give the edge to Milland for THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES and the rumor about the alternate ending: "I can still see!"

3) Favorite Sidney Lumet movie

My head tells me DOG DAY AFTERNOON but my heart tells me 12 ANGRY MEN.  Either way you win.

4) Biggest surprise of the just-passed summer movie season

I think the biggest surprise was just how surprisingly good the season was, for a change.  Good comedies (PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, TROPIC THUNDER, good action (IRON MAN, DARK KNIGHT), good drama (THE VISITOR), and finally, a good  Woody Allen movie (VICKY CHRISTINA BARCELONA).  Argue all you want about SPEED RACER and THE DARK KNIGHT (oh, I believe we already did), but there's was a lot to talk about this season as opposed to the typical bloat that comes before the Autumn award season.

5) Gene Tierney or Rita Hayworth

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6) What's the last movie you saw on DVD? In theaters?

On DVD I watched THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES and was shocked that such a wonderfully written, smartly executed family film was essentially swept under the rug this year (well, maybe no so surprised).  In theaters I saw PINEAPPLE EXPRESS and thought the montage scene between Seth Rogan and James Franco was worth the price of admission.  One word, folks: leapfrog.

7) Irwin Allen's finest hour?

The only thing I remember from THE TOWERING INFERNO: when Paul Newman and Steve McQueen meet at the end.

8) What were the films where you would rather see the movie promised by the poster than the one that was actually made?

YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES.  Such as great poster...such a disappointing movie.

9) Chow Yun-Fat or Tony Leung

Tony Leung just blows my mind.  Chow-Yun Fat's got the charisma of a Hollywood movie star, but Leung (Chiu Wai, I'm assuming) is fascinating, and there's the Jackie Chan connection, so....

10) Most pretentious movie ever

Gus Van Sant's re-shot of PSYCHO.  Understand the motivations behind remaking that film shot for shot, and we might just get that "world hunger" thing under control.

11) Favorite Russ Meyer movie

BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS.  I still can't believe that film came out of the mind of Roger Ebert.  That's a compliment, by the way.

12) Name the movie that you feel best reflects yourself, a movie you would recommend to an acquaintance that most accurately says, "This is me."

It's the movie that plays in my head, a B&W film about a old man made of the bits of paper and refuse found in the streets who slowly peeling away layer by layer due to the negligence of the world and his inability to make a difference or even an impact in someone else's life until he comes upon a Depression-era circus and a young child sitting against a fence plastered with fading posters advertising the failing circus and she's holding a rose which is the only thing with any color in this world and the old man realizes there's still magic in the world and...

Oh crap, I think I just created the answer to "Most pretentious movie ever." 

In that case it would be a 3-way tie between CASABLANCA, AMELIE, and MANHATTAN.

13) Martlene Dietrich or Greta Garbo

Dietrich, for an incredible life that stretched outside her film work.   14) Best movie snack?  Most vile movie snack?

The only snack I ever buy at the movies is a pack of Strawberry Twizzlers, with the rule that I must eat them all before the movie actually starts.  Most vile?  What's the name of those fruity snacks that stick to your teeth and require nothing short of pliers to remove them?  Those things.

15) Current movie star who would be the most comfortable in the classic Hollywood studio system

Oliver Platt.  Which gives me an opportunity to say how wonderful THE IMPOSTERS is.  Actually, you could put the whole cast of THE IMPOSTERS in the studio system and I think they'd work beautifully.  Did I mention how much I love THE IMPOSTERS?

16) Fitzcarradlo - yes or no?

Lord, yes.  Werner Herzog is an insane giant and God Bless him for it.

17) Your assignment is to book the ultimate triple bill to inaugurate your own revival theater.  What three movies will we see on opening night?

STARDUST MEMORIES, SHADOWS AND FOG, and MANHATTAN.  We'd probably close after that, but what the Hell.

18) What's the name of your theater?

(Welcome to) The Monkeyhouse.  You get monkeys and a Vonnegut reference all in one.

19) Favorite Leo McCarey movie

Who?  Let's see...after looking him up it's hard not to say DUCK SOUP, but I'll go with THE AWFUL TRUTH.

20) Most impressive debut performance by an actor/actress

Even though it really was his second feature (I don't think he was much more than an extra in his debut), you gotta give it to Peter Lorre for M. So if we're strictly going on "debut" performance?  Jaye Davidson in THE CRYING GAME...frickin' sensational.

21) Biggest disappointment of the just-passed summer movie season

All the petulant whining by 'Net hacks who not insist the entire world think THE DARK KNIGHT is the greatest movie of all time, but actively spew hate to those that dare have an alternative opinion.  For shame, people...for shame.

22) Michelle Yeoh or Maggie Cheung

For years the running joke with my family and friends is my utter love for Michelle Yoeh, which manifests itself by my repeatedly referring to her as "Michelle YEEEOOOOWWW! (ha-cha)"

23) 2008 inductee into the Academy of the Overrated

I think just going on the sheer number of projects he's been involved with over the last couple of years, how about Judd Apatow?  Yeah, dude's funny, but personally I hated KNOCKED UP, and quite a few films he's had his hand in - DRILLBIT TAYLOR, WALK HARD,  KICKING AND SCREAMING (he wrote FUN WITH DICK AND JANE?  Really?)...even THE TV SET left me less than satisfied. 

Now, before the enormous flames commence, I loved ANCHORMAN and really really liked FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL.

24) 2008 inductee into the Academy of the Underrated

Brad Anderson, who I think is making really great little films that should get more exposure.  Same with Shane Meadows and literally dozens of other directors doing their thing with an imprint all their own.  Now get out and go see TRANSSIBERIAN!

25) Fritz the Cat - yes or no?

FRITZ THE CAT is one of those movies you die to see when you're a kid, only (I think) to be left with feeling "that was it?" at the end.  That said, sure, although I'd greatly prefer Felix the Cat.

26) Trevor Howard or Richard Todd

Trevor Howard.  It is my shame that I don't think I've seen a film with Richard Todd.

27) Antonioni once said, "I began taking liberties a long time ago; now it is standard practice for most directors to ignore the rules."  What filmmaker working today most fruitfully ignores the rules?  What does ignoring the rules of cinema mean today in 2008?

(leans back in his rocking chair with a tall glass of lemonade) The problem nowadays is, once someone ignores the rules and the movie works, everyone and their uncle does the same thing, making the "break" the new rule.  Recently I'd love to say Werner Herzog, Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman, Guy Madden, Lars Von Trier, Michael Leigh as examples of people giving a huge finger the the rules of conventional film wisdom and still finding an audience.  Well, maybe Leigh so much anymore. Oh, and Takashi Miike.  Holy crap that guy...

28) Favorite William Castle film

For Vincent Price and the scene with the tiny caskets on the table I'll go with HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL.

29) Favorite ethnographically oriented movie

TRAINSPOTTING and its depiction of the disaffected drug-addled youth in late 80's Edinburgh.

30) What's the movie coming up in 2008 you're most looking forward to and why?

Probably THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON.  I love David Fincher's direction, and used correctly I think Brad Pitt can be brilliant.  Plus you get that whole "magical realism" thing going on that always hits me fore-square in the heart.

31) What deceased director would you want to resurrect in order that he/she might make one more film?

Stanley Kubrick.  And while we're in fantasy-land, give him a great budget, final cut, and the time to make the thing.

32) What director would you like to see, if not literally entombed, then at least go silent creatively?

Maybe it's a cop-out, but if these guys (and I have them in mind, believe me) are making money, that tells me that somehow, someway, they're fulfilling a need.  It may be lowest common denominator, but it is what it is.  Instead of silencing them, let's give the true artists more visibility, more screens, and more voice in print, on TV, and elsewhere.  I think given the true choice people will choose the quality if they can only be exposed to it.

Or not.  It would explain Desperate Housewives.

33) Your first movie star crush

And still my greatest.  Jamie Lee Curtis.  "Nuff said.