As (well, almost,) always, we here at the Brewery have answered the Siren Quizical call of Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule, taking a wild swing (and a horrific miss) at the devilishly crafty Ms. Elizabeth Halsey's Rotten Apple, Hot for (Bad) Teacher Summer movie quiz.
1) Name a line from a movie that should've become a catch phrase but didn't:
"Yes on one. No on two." -- Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
2) Your second favorite William Wellman film?
Lady of Burlesque (1943). And here's why.
3) Viggo Mortensen or Javier Bardem?
He is Viggo. (Fun fact: For the longest time, I though Bardem and Jeffrey Dean Morgan were the same guy.)
4) Favorite first line from a movie:
"Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to violence..." -- Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)
5) The most disappointing/superfluous “director’s cut” or otherwise extended edition of a movie you’ve seen?
The Good the Bad and the Ugly (1966). It was like someone pouring 5 gallons of water in your favorite batch of chili. *ugh* The potato scene. And *ugh* again.
6) What is the movie you feel was most enhanced by a variant version?
The director's cut of Samuel Fuller's The Big Red One (1980) left me wondering why they cut out all the good parts back in 1980.
7) Eve Arden or Una Merkel?
All about Eve, baby. His girl EVERYTHING!
8) What was the last DVD/Blu-ray/streaming film you saw? The last theatrical screening?
Last DVD: Diva (1981)
Last BluRay: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Last VHS tape: Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
Last streaming: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)
Last theatrical screening: Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
9) Second favorite Michael Mann film?
The Jericho Mile (1979). The 1970s truly were a glorious time of Made for TV movies.
10) Name a favorite director’s most egregious misstep:
Mario Bava's Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (1966).
11) Alain Delon or Marcello Mastroianni?
12) Jean-Luc Godard famously stated that “all you need for a movie is a girl and a gun.” Name one other essential element that you’d add to the mix:
... I'll say someone to aim and shoot at.
13) Favorite one-sheet that you own, or just your favorite one-sheet (please provide a link to an image if you can:
The Valley of Gwangi (1969), my pride and joy.
14) Catherine Spaak or Daniela Giordano?
Help me, Spaaaaaaaak.
15) Director who most readily makes you think “Whatever happened to…?"
Luigi Cozzi. The world needs more of his brand of pure bedlam sci-fi.
16) Now that some time has passed… The Interview, yes or no?
The whole thing smelled both fishy and rotten from the inside out from the initial blow-up on and I kinda refuse to reward anything for that kind of behavior. So, no.
17) Second favorite Alberto Calvalcanti film?
I've only seen Dead of Night (1945) but I thought "The Christmas Party" was the second best segment he did for that.
18) Though both displayed strong documentary influence in their early films, Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog have focused heavily on the documentary form late in their filmmaking careers. If he had lived, what kind of films do you think Rainer Werner Fassbinder, their partner in the German New Wave of the ‘70s, would be making now?
Alas, I am unable to answer this question. However, I did just add a bunch of movies into my Hulu queue so, thanks for that!
19) Name a DVD you’ve replaced with a Blu-ray:
Blood and Black Lace (1964). Partially because my VCI disc developed a nasty defect, but mostly because it's Blood and Black Lace. Even had to order it through jolly old Engerland.
19A) Name another that you decided not to replace:
Speaking of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, I bought the BluRay but soon returned it when I realized it did not contain the original theatrical cut but the pointless extended version. *pfui* on that, I say.
20) Don Rickles or Rodney Dangerfield?
Who do ya think, ya Hockey-Puck.
21) Director who you wish would hurry up and make another film:
Joe Dante. Still (not-so-patiently) waiting on that remake of THEM, sir, please and thank you.
22) Second favorite Michael Bay film.
Magic 8-Ball says...
23) Name a movie that, for whatever reason, you think of as your own.
I know it is irredeemably stupid, I just don't care. A robot craps it's pants, for cripesakes, and it wasn't even wearing any pants!!!
24) Your favorite movie AI (however loosely you care to define the term):
A tie between GERTY (Kevin Spacey) from Moon (2009) and NELL (Lynn Carlin) from Battle Beyond the Stars (1980).
25) Your favorite existing DVD commentary track:
Joe Dante and Jon Davison tag-teaming though Piranha (1978), recollecting the joys of working for Roger Corman and New World Pictures in the 1970s.
26) The double bill you’d program on the last night of your own revival theater:
Kelly's Heroes (1970) and Vanishing Point (1971).
27) Catherine Deneuve or Claudia Cardinale?
Smooth groove with Deneuve.
And with that, I put down my #2 pencil and hand in my work. Until next time, Boils and Ghouls, Quiz-Out!