Monday, February 16, 2009

This one is not going viral

EARLIEST MOVIE-WATCHING MEMORY: I think my mother took me to see Dr. Dolittle. Not sure if it was at Radio City Music Hall or not. I remember the ornate theater lobby more than the film. They dropped us off one afternoon to see Ring of Bright Water. I remember otters swimming.

LAST DVD YOU BOUGHT: I found a copy of The Saddest Music in the World at Big Lots for three bucks.

IF YOU WERE A TCM GUEST PROGRAMMER, WHAT THREE MOVIES WOULD YOU CHOOSE: This is like what would you play for an hour on the radio. It would change depending on my mood. Let's start off by scaring the kids with Au Hasard Balthazar, go right into Day of Wrath and if anyone viewing is still alive I'll save them with Duck Soup.

FAVORITE MOVIE ENDING: You have to love the Christ-like donkey in Au Hasard Balthazar, or maybe the rolling down the hill followed by an off camera splash in Mouchette.

Ok, what's Bresson doing in my head today?

WHAT MOVIE ARE YOU ASHAMED TO SAY YOU HAVEN'T SEEN, AND WHAT'S YOUR EXCUSE: Ashamed? It's a matter of not having time or the inclination. Maybe The Matrix or Fight Club.

The Goodbye Girl
Working Girl - Joan Cusack is a better actress than Melanie Griffith will ever be. Ok that's one sentence, but it's the correct one.
Funny Girl
Jersey Girl

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU WERE AT A DRIVE-IN, WHAT DID YOU SEE: We're talking many years ago. I think it was E.T.

FILM ERA OR GENRE YOU'RE A LITTLE OBSESSED WITH: I'm a buff of the pre code era. Racy dialogue, Norma Shearer, Barbara Stanwyck or Carole Lombard without undergarments, the last fifteen minutes of The Sign of the Cross. Pygmies on sticks! Who wants to go to hell with Madame Satan? I love that stuff. Will Hays was evil.

FILM CRITIC YOU TRUST THE MOST: wendersfan, except when it comes to Slumdog Millionaire.

FAVORITE BOOK ON THE SUBJECT OF FILM: The Parade's Gone By - Kevin Brownlow. 41 years later, it's still the book on the stars and crew members of the silent era.

DESCRIBE THE FREQUENCY OF YOUR FILM INTAKE: I try to watch one a week, some weeks it's difficult.

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