It's that time of year again. When the great Dennis Cozzalio points a camera at our eyes and finds out whether or not we dream of Electric Sheep.
So without further ado...
1) Best Movie of 2010
2) Second-favorite Roman Polanski Movie
3) Jason Statham or Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Potential: Dwayne Johnson
Actual: Jason Statham
4) Favorite movie that could be classified as a genre hybrid
Evil Dead II.
5) How important is foreknowledge of a film’s production history? Should it factor into one’s reaction to a film?
I don’t think there’s any set in stone rule on this one. 90% of the time I could care less how the sausage gets made, unless it involves a filmmaker I respect leaving/getting booted from the film.
Watchmen is an exception I can think of to this rule. I tend to cut it a bit of slack since it seemed less of a movie and more the equivalent of a kidney stone that I’m just impressed got passed at all.
Even if all the thanks Synder got for his trouble was a shredded urethra.
6) William Powell & Myrna Loy or Cary Grant & Irene Dunne?
Grant over Powell, but Powell and Loy together are never less then magical.
7) Best Actor of 2010
John Hawkes. Uncle Teardrop was the most complex and magnetic character I’ve seen on screen this year.
Can’t help but be fascinated by someone who’s idea of unconditional love includes both being willing to kill and die for a person and leeringly offering them Crystal Meth.
8) Most important lesson learned from the past decade of watching movies ?
A go for broke failure is almost always worth your time. As long as its failure is the result of someone’s fervor rather then timid committee think.
9) Last movie seen (DVD/Blu-ray/theater)
DVD: Waking Sleeping Beauty
Blu Ray: House
Theater: The Fighter
10) Most appropriate punishment for director Tom Six
Being allowed only to watch shock for shock sake movies for the rest of his life. An eternity with only “Shocking Asia” for company is one worth shuddering over.
11) Best under-the-radar movie almost no one else has had the chance to see?
I lurve my copy of Dragon’s Forever. Benny The Jet Rodriguez Vs. Jackie Chan? Yes please.
12) Sheree North or Angie Dickinson?
13) Favorite nakedly autobiographical movie
14) Movie which best evokes a specific real-life place
Gangs Of New York
15) Best Director of 2010
You know if I’m going to be honest for all the directors I love who made movies this year, Ben Affleck is the one who impressed me most.
Gone Baby Gone could be written off as a fluke. The result of good source material. In The Town Affleck took a novel that was mediocre at best and transformed it into the best crime film since Heat.
16) Second-favorite Farrelly Brothers Movie
Something About Mary. Which never had a moment as glorious as the final fate of Petey The Parakeet.
17) Favorite holiday movie
A Muppet’s Christmas Carol as being one of the traditions shared between myself and my siblings. Nightmare Before Christmas is the only one I give any significant play outside of the holidays.
18) Best Actress of 2010
Michelle Williams. There stands a lady who knows how to bring the pain.
19) Joe Don Baker or Bo Svenson
20) Of those notable figures in the world of the movies who died in 2010, name the one you’ll miss the most ?
Sally Menke. I don’t think we really understand the magnitude her untimely death will have on the rest of film history. And we probably won’t for decades.
21) Think of a movie with a notable musical score and describe what it might feel like without that accompaniment.
Streets Of Fire and I… I don’t even want to think about it.
22) Best Screenplay of 2010
The Town if only for the following exchange.
“I need your help. I can’t tell you what it is. You can never ask me about it later and we’re going to have to hurt some people.”
“Whose car are we gonna take?”
23) Movie You Feel Most Evangelistic About Right Now
I’ve been pushing The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 for a long time. It’s probably the most successful blend of comedy and horror (in that the two genres never contaminate one another. It goes from Goofy to grim on a dime).
However since I recently finished up programming my first film series I guess it’d be more accurate to say I’ve been evangelical about Gone Baby Gone, One Two Three, I Walked With A Zombie, The Red Shoes and Gangs Of New York.
24) Worst/funniest movie accent ever
“Et Iz a jawry Horriday Affer Awl Mawy Popbins!”
25) Best Cinematography of 2010
Shutter Island. Hell as the inside of a Val Lewton picture.
26) Olivia Wilde or Gemma Arterton
Wilde. So long as she's in the grid.
27) Name the three best movies you saw for the first time in 2010 (Thanks, Larry!)
Somebody Up There Likes Me
A Matter Of Life And Death
28) Best romantic movie couple of 2010
Leonardo Di Caprio and the memories in his head. Both A) and B) are correct.
29) Favorite shock/surprise ending
Drag Me To Hell. If only because I was so convinced I was two steps ahead of the film and that it’d be Justin Long who ended up on the expressway to Hades. Nothing like a nice little sucker punch to the smug.
30) Best cinematic reason to have stayed home and read a book in 2010
A Nightmare On Elm Street Remake. Sure I really should have known better but that movie broke something in me. I have about 30% less capacity for Hollywood Assembly line Horseshit now then when I walked into the theater.
31) Movies in 2011 could make me much happier if they’d only…
Announce the making of Scorsese's Silence and Gilliam's Don Quixote.