I stole this personal survey from the great movie blog Sergio Leone and Infield Fly Rule. Hopefully it helps to provide a sense of my personality through film.

1) Your favorite musical moment in a movie

Toughie. “Wise up” in Magnolia or the legendary ballet performance in The Red Shoes.

2) Ray Milland or Dana Andrews

Sorry, I’m not familiar with either.

3) Favorite Sidney Lumet movie

Network. Some of the best monologues in cinematic history.

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

5) Gene Tierney or Rita Hayworth

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

7) Irwin Allen’s finest hour?

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

9) Chow Yun-Fat or Tony Leung

10) Most pretentious movie ever

11) Favorite Russ Meyer movie

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.”

13) Marlene Dietrich or Greta Garbo

14) Best movie snack? Most vile movie snack?

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

16) Fitzcarraldo—yes or no?

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?

18) What’s the name of your theater? (The all-time greatest answer to this question was once provided by Larry Aydlette, whose repertory cinema, the Demarest, is, I hope, still packing them in…)

19) Favorite Leo McCarey movie

20) Most impressive debut performance by an actor/actress.

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

22) Michelle Yeoh or Maggie Cheung

23) 2008 inductee into the Academy of the Overrated

24) 2008 inductee into the Academy of the Underrated

25) Fritz the Cat—yes or no?

26) Trevor Howard or 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 in 2008?

28) Favorite William Castle movie

29) Favorite ethnographically oriented movie

30) What’s the movie coming up in 2008 you’re most looking forward to? Why?

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

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

33) Your first movie star crush


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