My answers to Sister Clodagh's Superficially Spiritual, Ambitiously Agnostic Last Rites of Spring Movie Quiz:
1) Favorite movie featuring nuns?
Sound of Music. Sue me.
2) Second favorite John Frankenheimer movie?
3) William Bendix or Scott Brady?
William Bendix, cause of Lifeboat, but the religious-connection baffles me!
4) What movie, real or imagined, would you stand in line six hours to see? Have you ever done so in real life?
Funny you should ask, because I started to do just that for The Exorcist in Westwood Village, but ended up smoking a joint with my friends and wandering off. I never did see that movie.
5) Favorite Mitchell Leisen movie?
Death Takes a Holiday.
6) Ann Savage or Peggy Cummins?
Ann Savage, for Detour. Here's the whole movie, and it's worth it from beginning to end:
7) First movie you remember seeing as a child?
Island of the Blue Dolphins, a story about a virtuous and brave young woman on her own.
8) What moment in a movie that is not a horror movie made you want to bolt from the theater screaming?
Almost any weepie. I can take anything but weepies.
9) Richard Widmark or Robert Mitchum?
Oh, I can't, it's a draw. I've seen a lot more of Mitchum, but Widmark in PickUp on South Street, alone, is unforgettable.
Are they in this nunny-contest because they both appeared in The Wild West with Sally Field making her debut?
10) Best movie Jesus?
Peter O'Toole in The Ruling Class
11) Silliest straight horror film that you’re still fond of
12) Emily Blunt or Sally Gray?
Both beautiful English women, but I am only familiar with Blunt's work. I certainly hope she doesn't have to go through was poor Sally endured... the Hollywood nervous breakdown.
13) Favorite cinematic Biblical spectacular
East of Eden, if you really think about it.
14) Favorite cinematic moment of unintentional humor
The Ten Commandments, the whole thing.
15) Michael Fassbender or David Farrar?
Mikey and I have been deeply involved since Fish Tank. Please don't tell the tabloids.
16) Most effective faith-affirming movie?
To Kill a Mockingbird.
The ultimate white liberal answer. But still.
17) Movie that makes the best case for agnosticism
Planet of the Apes.
18) Favorite song and/or dance sequence from a musical
Addams Family Values.
19) Third favorite Howard Hawks movie
20) Clara Bow or Jean Harlow?
Jean Harlow cuz she's so tuff.
21) Movie most recently seen in the theater? On DVD/Blu-ray/Streaming?
The Wizard of Oz, for Easter.
22) Most unlikely good movie about religion
The Life of Brian.
23) Phil Silvers or Red Skelton?
Phil Silvers. Red was a rightwing nut case.
24) “Favorite” Hollywood scandal
It's a toss-up between Pee Wee Herman and Lana Turner's daughter.
25) Best religious movie (non-Christian)
A Serious Man
26) The King of Cinema: King Vidor, King Hu or Henry King?
Henry King, for the Song of Bernadette.
27) Name something modern movies need to relearn how to do that American or foreign classics had down pat
Eroticism, sexual originality.
28) Least favorite Federico Fellini movie
The one with the cut-outs, where everyone was on a boat.
29) The Three Stooges (2012)—yes or no?
30) Mary Wickes or Patsy Kelly?
Patsy Kelly, sticking her tongue out at Mia Farrow.
31) Best movie-related conspiracy theory
I *love* conspiracy movies, and I found a great list of them. But my bent is toward political conspiracy, not religious. Anything with a Nixon connection is always good. All the Presidents Men!
32) Your candidate for most misunderstood or misinterpreted movie
Renaldo and Clara, director's cut
33) Movie that made you question your own belief system (religious or otherwise)
The Fog of War. It wasn't my belief system falling apart, but I was moved watching McNamara's meltdown.
Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte. Could people really be so awful?