The 2013 incarnation of Dennis Cozzalio’s perfectly subjective and maddeningly demanding SLIFR quiz is out. After answering on-site, I decided to put them here as well.
1) The classic movie moment everyone loves except me is:
Hey, what’s not to like?
2) Favorite line of dialogue from a film noir
“Va-va-va-voom! Boom! Pow”
Just kidding. I’ll cheat a little and use a brief dialogue exchange:
“Next time you wake up, Bart, look over at me lying there beside you. I’m yours and I’m real.”
“Yes, but you’re the only thing that is, Laurie. The rest is a nightmare.”
3) Second favorite Hal Ashby film
“The Last Detail”
4) Describe the moment when you first realized movies were directed as opposed to simply pieced together anonymously. *
I really cannot recall the a-ha moment. I must have snuck up on me somewhere between a late-night TV showing of “Bride of Frankenstein” and seeing “Excalibur” in the theater.
5) Favorite film book
“The Parade’s Gone By,” Kevin Brownlow. I was going to go with “The Phantom Empire” by Geoffrey O’Brien (which I’ve handed out as a present many times), but Brownlow’s book had a bigger effect on my than any film book before or since, and I still return to it for its information, its passion for its subject, and way all those voices combine to offer an evocation of an era.
6) Diana Sands or Vonetta McGee
7) Most egregious gap in your viewing of films made in the past 10 years
Sadly, more gaps than I care to remember. The most glaring I guess is Bela Tarr: I’ve seen only two of his films, and only one from the last decade. And both of them, mind you, were amazing.
8 ) Favorite line of dialogue from a comedy
“Puht-in onna Ri-i-i-i-i-itz!” (It’s all in the delivery)