This is getting kind of fun. I love answering movie questions because it really gets people to know who I am as a blogger and my film sensibilities.
This questionnaire in particular (via in so many words …) is a really great one in so much as it is a nice mixture of old and new.
1) Depending on your mood, your favorite or least-loved movie cliche.
As much of a romantic as I am when it comes to my movies I do have a love/hate relationship with the “happily ever after” cliche. It is on one hand satisfying and the other can be ridiculously unrealistic and trite.
2) Regardless of whether you eventually caught up with it, which film classic have you lied about seeing in the past?
I don’t lie; if I haven’t seen it I tell you and wait to see your expression 🙂
3) Roland Young or Edward Everett Horton?
Gonna go with Uncle Willie (Roland Young) from The Philadelphia Story
4) Second favorite Frank Tashlin movie?
5) Clockwork Orange – yes or no?
No. Only because I have not seen it – I think I may have to read the book first though.
6) Best/Favorite use of gender dysphoria in a horror film?
Norman Bates in Psycho? Or is that a severe Oedipal Complex? (Leaning towards the latter).
7) Melanie Laurent or Blake Lively?
Melanie Laurent. Her IMDB filmography looks more interesting.
8 ) Best Movie of 2011 (so far…?)
At the time of this writing I would say Jane Eyre. May change when I see Midnight in Paris this weekend.
9) Favorite screen performer with a noticeable facial deformity.
Cannot think of one of the top of my head.
10) Lars Van Trier?
Given his latest antics I would say no. But at one time I thought I liked Breaking the Waves. A moment of madness, really.
11) Timothy Carey or Henry Silva?
12) Low-profile writer who deserves more attention from critics and/or audiences.
13) Movie most recently viewed theatrically, DVD, Blue-ray or streaming.
X-Men First Class
14) Favorite film noir villain.
MALE: Harry Lime as portrayed by Orson Welles in The Third Man (could not help but love his villainy)
FEMALE: Ellen Berent as portrayed by Gene Tierney in Leave Her to Heaven (just down right evil).
15) Best thing about streaming movies.
16) Fay Spain or France Nuyen?
17) Favorite Kirk Douglas film that isn’t SPARTACUS?
Detective Story – if haven’t seen this film – see it!
18) Favorite movie about cars.
Don’t have one. But my favorite car in a movie is the car Grace Kelly drove in To Catch a Thief
19) Audrey Totter or Marie Windsor?
Marie Windsor – Grand Dame of “film noir”
20) Existing Stephen King movie adaptation that could use a remake/re-boot or overhaul?
Too many to name; there are several lame adaptations needing an overhaul.
21) Low-profile director who deserves more attention from critics and/or audiences.
I will focus on audiences – critics are usually students of cinematic history and really appreciated Preston Sturges’ contribution to American cinema but not many contemporary audiences know who he is.
22) What actor that you previously enjoyed has become distracting or a self-parody?
Nicholas Cage – lost patience after Leaving Las Vegas
23) Best place in the world to see a movie?
At home in the dark with grandma’s blanket on the couch and copious amounts of chocolate.
24) Charles McGraw or Sterling Hayden?
Sterling Hayden. I have been fascinated by his life story away from the movies.
25) Second favorite Yasujiro Ozu film?
Have not seen any of his films.
26) Most memorable horror movie father figure?
Jack Torrance in The Shining
27) Name a non-action-oriented-movie that would be fun to see in Sensurround.
Mama Mia – Pierce Brosnan singing in Sensurround – something to stay in for.
28) Chris Evans or Ryan Reynolds?
TOSS UP Edge going to Ryan Reynolds, but after seeing trailer for The Green Lantern I am not so sure.
29) Favorite relatively unknown supporting player, from either or both the classic or the modern era.
I will go with the classic era and pick Dame Mae Whitty; she was excellent in The Lady Vanishes and several other films of the 1930s and 1940s. I would have gone with Thelma Ritter but I think she had SOME notoriety (at least in my mind). Also throw in one for William Bendix.
30) Real-life movie location you most recently visited or saw.
Mount Vernon (NY) East Metro North Station – it is where they shot the train station scenes for Eternal Sunshine on the Spotless Mind
31) Second favorite Budd Boetticher movie.
32) Mara Corday or Julie Adams?
Edge to Julie Adams because she was in Creature from the Black Lagoon and it freaked me out when I was a kid.
33) Favorite Universal International western.
Not sure my favorite westerns were made by Universal International
34) Favorite actress of the Silent Era.
Mary Pickford – when I was young I remember seeing a documentary of her life. Don’t remember much about her films but it is pretty cool that Pretty she was a co-founder of United Artists; granted it was alongside the likes of DW Girffith. That said, she is a founding member of many of the institutions of modern Hollywood.
35) Favorite Eugene Pallett performance.
Friar Tuck in The Adventures of Robin Hood (one of my favorite films)
36) What could Multiplex owners do right now to improve the theater viewing experience for movie goers? What could movie goers do?
Owners – bring back real matinee pricing (before 5 or 6PM) so I do not have to be at a movie theater BEFORE IT OPENS to catch a 10:45AM show just so I can pay six bucks.
Moviegoers – find a babysitter, throw your mobile phones in a bin outside the theater before entering, and realize that you are not in your living room watching a movie.
37) What’s the biggest ‘gimmick’ that’s drawn you out to see a movie?
Not sure if it is a gimmick but when following the screening, they have a Q&A session with the people that have worked on the film . Saw a screening of North by Northwest this way (Ernest Lehman and Eva Marie Saint). Also saw Andrea Arnold and Michael Fassbender (Fish Tank) and most recently Joel Wright (Hanna) because of the Q&A sessions.