Before this post, I had no idea what a meme was, and still am not sure how it's pronounced (I'd like to think it's French, and said 'meh-MAY'). Via JMR, from The Film Experience.
1. Popcorn or candy? No one should be allowed to eat in a movie theater. The film is the main course. It is not background music for your meal.
2. Name a movie you've been meaning to see forever. JFK.
3. You are given the power to recall one Oscar: Who loses theirs and to whom? If I was keen on giving it to any of the other nominees this past year, I'd withdraw Reese Witherspoon's Oscar in a second (my first thought upon waking every morning is always "I can't believe Reese Witherspoon has an Oscar"). So I suppose I'd give Julia's to Ellen. Or Hoffman's second to Hackman. Or Spacey's to Russell. Or Russell's to Geoffrey. Or Pacino's to Denzel. Or Denzel's to Wilkinson. What a mess. Maybe Ron Harwood 's and Alan Ball 's to Charlie Kaufman.
4. Steal one costume from a movie for your wardrobe. Which will it be? Wonka.
5. Your favorite film franchise is... Back to the Future. The first is thrilling. The second is visionary. The third proves that the trilogy has something to say about the laws of the cosmos: bad guys always end up in piles of manure.
6. Invite five movie people over for dinner. Who are they? Why'd you invite them? What do you feed them? It would be a crowd of strange, middle-aged white men with impeccably cultivated egos: Errol Morris, Werner Herzog, Peter Bogdanovich, William Friedkin and Christopher Guest (riffing on the ego thing here). I would serve humble pie.
7. What is the appropriate punishment for people who answer cell phones in the movie theater? They should simply be ignored. I believe people who allow their cell phones to go off during movies are ravenous for attention and, therefore, should be roundly ignored. And plus, disgruntled reaction to a blaring cell phone is often just as disturbing as the cell phone itself. Everyone knows it's rude, so no need to do the quarter-turn-and-sneer.
8. Choose a female bodyguard: Ripley from Aliens. Mystique from X-Men. Sarah Connor from Terminator 2. The Bride from Kill Bill. Mace from Strange Days. There is simply no contest. Ripley. The Bride is a loose cannon, Mystique is too remote and Mace is too messy. It would come down to Connor and Ripley, whose strength and badassness are informed by their motherly instincts. But we all know who would win a fight between those two. (I have a vision of Linda Hamilton hurtling through space.)
9. What's the scariest thing you've ever seen in a movie? Oh, come on.
10. Your favorite genre (excluding comedy and drama) is? Film noir.
11. You are given the power to greenlight movies at a major studio for one year. How do you wield this power? By putting out less than a dozen movies, none of which have to do with the bottom line. Too many are being made. Too much crap. Of course, I would drive the studio into bankruptcy.
12. Bonnie or Clyde? This is a ridiculous question; they do not exist without each other. But my first answer: Bonnie, when her mother says, "Bye baby." My second answer: Clyde, when he says "I ain't much of a loverboy."
13. Who are you tagging to answer this survey? The Boob Tubers, Beedow, Wendy, Mildred, Is That So Wrong? and Cattleworks.
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