Movie Questions

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1) What film made you angry, either while watching it or in thinking about it afterward?

The Matrix 2. At first, I only kind of disliked it, but then we started talking about it and I ended up hating it so much, that I never bothered to see the third. Which is really a shame, since the first one is pretty good.

2) Favorite sidekick?

George Lang (from The Spanish Prisoner. See why below)

3) One of your favorite movie lines?

George: How are things in the outer office?

Susan: My troika was pursued by wolves.

George: It’s a good thing this cookie arrived unscathed.

(If you ever watch this scene, note that the actors are trying very hard to suppress their laughter)

4) Describe a perfect moment in a movie:

Remember the first time that you watched The Usual Suspects and you figured it all out? Yeah, that was a cool moment.

5) Favorite John Ford movie?

Wee Willie Winky. Oh! No, I mean The Searchers. Sorry.

6) What film artist (director, actor, screenwriter, whatever) has the least–deserved good reputation, artistically speaking. And who would you replace him/her with on that pedestal?

Tom Cruise. Need I say more?

7) Showgirls: Yes or no?

Yeah, just because ever since Saved By The Bell, I’ve wanted to see Elizabeth Berkley naked. I really should rent it…

8) Most exotic or otherwise unusual place in which you ever saw a movie?

There used to be a drive-in theatre in Hawaii (it’s gone now). I saw Back to the Future III there. It’s the only time I’ve been to a drive-in.

9) Favorite Robert Altman movie?

MASH, but I haven’t seen A Prairie Home Companion yet…

10) Best argument for allowing rock stars to participate in the making of movies?

This is Spinal Tap. Wait…

11) Describe a transcendent moment in a film (a moment when you realized a film that just seemed routine or merely interesting before had become something much more)?

In Cinema Paradiso, Toto’s best friend, Alfredo, dies and leaves him a can of film. At the very end of the film, Toto watches the film. I won’t ruin the moment for you, but it makes me cry every time; it’s the most beautiful moment I’ve ever seen caught on film.

12) Gina Gershon or Jennifer Tilly?

Who came up with this and why are they so obsessed with Showgirls? I’m going to say Jennifer Tilly because she’s a voice on Family Guy and she played Louella Parsons in The Cat’s Meow.

13) Favorite Frank Capra movie?

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

14) The scene you most wish you could have witnessed being filmed?

The scene in Dog Day Afternoon where Al Pacino calls his lover. Read about it here.

15) Name a movie that inspired you to walk out before it was finished?

The only movie I ever left prematurely was Big Top Pee-wee, but even then, I only left because I had a really bad stomach ache (oh, and I was seven years old). So I guess the answer is that I’ve never walked out on a film because of how bad it was. In fact, I once sat through a Pauly Shore double-feature. Now that’s dedication.

16) Favorite political movie?


17) Your favorite movie poster/one-sheet, or the one you’d most like to own?

Probably something old like Metropolis or Citizen Kane.

18) Jeff Bridges or Jeff Goldblum?

I’ll have to agree with Mike here, The Dude wins it.

19) Accepting the conventional wisdom that 1970-1975 marked a golden age of American filmmaking in which artistic ambition and popular acceptance were not mutually exclusive, what for you was this golden age’s high point? (Could be a movie, a trend, the emergence of a star, whatever)

Actually, I feel that the movies leading to artistic freedom of the early 1970s are more important, specifically Easy Rider (1969) and The Rain People (1969). That’s not to say that these movies are any good, but they were =highly= influential.

Also, I disagree that the early 1970s were the “golden age” of American filmmaking. Can you say the first quarter of the 20th century? Yeah, thanks for playing.

20) With total disregard for whether it would ever actually be considered, even in this age of movie recycling, what film exists that you feel might actually warrant a sequel, or would produce a sequel you’d actually be interested in seeing?

State and Main needs a sequel like there’s no tomorrow. The Big Lebowski could also do with a sequel, but without Donnie, I’m just not sure it would hold up. He really tied the film together.

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  1. Another good sidekick is Cosmo Brown (Donald O’Connor) in Singin’ in the Rain. I don’t know why I didn’t think of him last night.

  2. What movie has the quote in question #3?

    I think that “Big Lebowski 2” would be very much like the original because, let’s face it, The Dude isn’t going anywhere or doing anything new.

  3. The Spanish Prisoner, didn’t you read #2?

  4. Re: Matrix 3

    Smart move. I wish I had been as smart. It’s best to think of the first one as a stand-alone, separate movie entirely.

    Re: Usual Suspects

    I don’t know if the American special edition has it, but the UK special edition has interviews with the cast, and they talk about Soze, and show clips that illustrate what they’re describing. Like, how certain scenes, when watched for a second time, have a completely different meaning, based *entirely on someone’s facial expression*. It’s kick-ass.

    Re: “Gina Gershon or Jennifer Tilly?”

    I think they’re rather obsessed with Bound. It’s not undeserved. ^_^

    Re: “He really tied the film together.”

    Goddammit! You made me laugh out loud in my office, and I’m already in trouble for being 6 minutes late today. Thanks a lot.

  5. hey you seem pretty movie wize, seen any good flicks lately?

  6. To be fair, I do have a film degree, so it should come as no great surprise that I know as much as I know.

    That having been said, Kris, Phoenix, Mike, and Emily are probably much larger movie buffs than I am.

    I have also been largely disappointed with contemporary films, particularly what Hollywood has been producing lately. I was talking with someone about it recently (I think it was Emily) and they had noticed that Hollywood does this every once in a while, so perhaps if we just wait a little longer…

    At any rate, the short answer to your question is no, with the disclaimer that the last film I actually saw in the theatre was V for Vendetta (I liked it).

    If you are looking for a good movie, and you can stand to read subtitles, I do highly suggest Cinema Paradiso to everyone. Then again, I love movies with bittersweet endings (La Vita è Bella was also great and also made me cry).

    If you can stand to hear a lot of swearing and are a person of at least moderate intelligence, pick up any David Mamet film.

    Also, most of the films I mentioned in my post are worth a look.

    And let’s not forget my all-time favourite shitty movie (that is to say, it’s a movie that really sucks, but in a way that makes me love it): Tammy and the T-Rex. I can’t believe Denise Richards managed to build a career after that movie.

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