Saturday, April 28, 2012

Sister Clodagh's Spring Movie Quiz

Dennis Collazio runs an interesting movie blog, Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule, where he occasionally runs a movie quiz to get opinions on a number of film topics. Here is the quiz and my answers are below.

1) Favorite movie featuring nuns

An easy one. Black Narcissus.

2) Second favorite John Frankenheimer movie

Seven Days In May second only to The Manchurian Candidate.

3) William Bendix or Scott Brady?

Bendix. I always confuse Brady with his brother, Lawrence Tierney.

4) What movie, real or imagined, would you stand in line six hours to see? Have you ever done so in real life?

I've never done it but for the 42 reel version of Greed, I'd think about it.

5) Favorite Mitchell Leisen movie

Murder At The Vanities. It was insane but it's the only one I really know.

6) Ann Savage or Peggy Cummins?
Cummins as Annie Laurie Starr? I'd rob a bank for her any time

7) First movie you remember seeing as a child

The animated 101 Dalmatians. (So I'm old. Deal with it.)

8) What moment in a movie that is not a horror movie made you want to bolt from the theater screaming?

I'd say Medea's first appearance in Diary Of A Mad Black Woman except I saw it at a family gathering on DVD, not a theatre.

9) Richard Widmark or Robert Mitchum?

Widmark because he could play cowardly punks as well as tough guys.

10) Best movie Jesus

Jeffery Hunter in King Of Kings. I haven't seen a lot of Jesus films.

11) Silliest straight horror film that you’re still fond of

The Brain That Wouldn't Die. It's both ridiculous and sleazy.

12) Emily Blunt or Sally Gray?

I know who they are but I haven't seen any of their films.

13) Favorite cinematic Biblical spectacular

See #10.

14) Favorite cinematic moment of unintentional humor

The murderer's hysterical confession in Murder At The Vanities.

15) Michael Fassbender or David Farrar?

Farrar. I've missed all of Fassbender's ubiquitous 2011 appearance so far.

16) Most effective faith-affirming movie

2001: A Space Odyssey. It really makes the case that there's something bigger than us out there.

17) Movie that makes the best case for agnosticism

Through A Glass Darkly. No one does loss of faith like Bergman.

18) Favorite song and/or dance sequence from a musical

Two by Busby Berkeley: "Lullaby Of Broadway" from Gold Diggers of 1935 and "Girlfriend of the Whirling Dervish" from Garden of the Moon.

19) Third favorite Howard Hawks movie

Red River coming after Bringing Up Baby and His Girl Friday

20) Clara Bow or Jean Harlow?

Harlow. Clara Bow has never connected with me.

21) Movie most recently seen in the theater? On DVD/Blu-ray/Streaming?

In a theater: Headhunters.  On DVD: Apocalypse Joe, a Spaghetti western

22) Most unlikely good movie about religion

The Last Temptation Of Christ.  From the publicity I wasn't expecting it to be that positive about faith.
23) Phil Silvers or Red Skelton?

Ernie Bilko, of course.

24) “Favorite” Hollywood scandal

The William Desmond Taylor murder

25) Best religious movie (non-Christian)

The Burmese Harp

26) The King of Cinema: King Vidor, King Hu or Henry King? (Thanks, Peter)

King Vidor

27) Name something modern movies need to relearn how to do that American or foreign classics had down pat

Create characters with the emotional maturity of adults, not hyperactive six-year-olds.

28) Least favorite Federico Fellini movie

And The Ship Sails On.

29) The Three Stooges (2012)—yes or no?

Heck no. I don't do cover bands.

30) Mary Wickes or Patsy Kelly?

Kelly for her shorts with Thelma Todd

31) Best movie-related conspiracy theory

William Randolph Hearst hushing up the accidental shooting of Thomas Ince on his yacht.

32) Your candidate for most misunderstood or misinterpreted movie

Vincent Gallo's The Brown Bunny. Most people hate it but I thought it was a powerful statement about guilt and loneliness.

33) Movie that made you question your own belief system (religious or otherwise)

The Crying Game. Do I have to explain?

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