Fifteen Movie Questions Meme

Since that many Bloggers took the quizz I've decided to answer it myself to let you know a little more of me...

1) Movie you love with a passion.
There are countless films I love with a passion. La règle du jeu, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shinning, Modern Times, The Trial, etc. The Cinema is a thing I love with a passion. But my number one spot since ten years or so is Taxi Driver. I love everything from this film and I think it might be one of the few perfect films ever made.

2. Movie you vow to never watch.
As a movie lover, there aren't that many films I never want to see. However, I think one of the films I wish to never see because it represents many thinks I hate in movies today is Precious. The story seems to be overdramatic-made-for-Oscars-kinda-shit. I know the story is touching, but I vowed myself to stay away from it.

3) Movie that literally left you speechless.
Again so many to name just one except La règle du jeu. Every time I rewatch this film I kind of love it more and more. Everytime it ends I try to take a pen and write my impressions about it but all that comes out can't describe the greatness of it all.

4) Movie you always recommend.
Le salaire de la peur or Les diaboliques both by Henri-Georges Clouzot. Those two aren't the greatest films of all-time but they are some of the greatest thrills of the seventh Art. Clouzot knew how to handle a great play and he (re)defined the action genre and the horror genre. I don't like to recommend obvious films like The Godfather or The Shawsank Redemption, to me Cinema did not ended with those films.

5) Actor/actress you always watch, no matter how crappy the movie.
I would love to say Robert De Niro, but he made so many crappy ones in a row that now I don't think he's the same actor as he was in the 1970's and 1980's. Plus I'm not such an actor guy at all but I'll try to answer anyway: Christian Bale. Yes, really since American Psycho I think he's one of the few constant actors out there. More mainstream than Daniel Day-Lewis but still strong and character driven.

6) Actor/actress you don't get the appeal for.  
Dennis Quaid and Will Smith for the boys and Angelina Jolie for the girls.

7) Actor/actress, living or dead, you'd love to meet.  
Charles Chaplin. The man's an inspiration for me and even if in the US they tried to bring him down I think he's one of the greatest man of the 20th Century.

8) Sexiest actor/actress you've seen.
There are three beautiful women in that place right now and without any order Zooey Deschanel, Scarlett Johnasson, and Mila Kunis. 

9) Dream cast.  
Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, Zooey Deschanel, Kirsten Dunst in a film directed by Michael Parent... You said Dream cast right? My absolute dream is to direct movies as a living and doing it with some of my favorite female actresses would be heaven!

10) Favorite actor pairing.  
James Stewart and Grace Kelly. I loved their parts in Rear Window and I though it made sense. What I like about Stewart is that he is the average American being a mild actor fitting in Westerns or Mystery films. And Grace, well, it's Grace Kelly. Do I have to say anything more?

11) Favorite movie setting.
 I love cities, they have this vibrant life of culture, Art, and different expressions of the humans that I think I prefer films made in  cities. Even if great films like Werner Herzog's Fitzcaraldo and Aguirre the Wrath of God were aboslute Jungle made masterpieces.

12) Favorite decade for movies.
Tricky one because I love films from each decade but the decade I have the most personal favorites is the 1970's. The Second Golden Age of the Cinema! The age where the diretors took Hollywood change the way movies were made for more than a decade.

13. Chick flick or action movie? 
What's the difference? Two genres invented to sell to a particular gender. Well, boys will be boys Action movies!

14. Hero, villain or anti-hero?
I hate when we categorize people. But I can define me, definitely anti-hero, like myself and Travis Bickle.

15. Black and white or color (and/or colour)?         
Since I'm more into Classic films my answer could automatically be black and white but also I like colour pictures because some films are better in colour and some couldn't have been the same without their contrasted black and white.     


  1. Good answers, will have to check out the recommended films.

  2. Lots of excellent answers here, and I'm especially pleased to see Renoir and Clouzot getting some attention. And there's a lot of diversity in general in the list- 70's masterpieces, foreign, classics, silent/silent comedy... You have very well-rounded tastes.

    I think I've finally found another writer who enjoys French film as much as I do, if not more.

  3. I love French films! Renoir, Clair, Godard, Truffaut, Rohmer, and Clouzot are my favorite amongst the greats that that country brought us in Cinema!
    But for the most I love Cinema and I'm pleased to see that my answers showed that!

  4. And Resnais and Bresson and Bunuel's French films and Cocteau, and one of my very favorites- Louis Malle...

    I put together a "50 Best French Films" list last year for Bastille Day and I want to make it an annually updated list. I might change the title, though, to "Favorite" instead of "Best" because there's a LOT of personal bias in it. It's not fair to call it "Best".

  5. 50 Best French Films! I'll check that out!

    I also like Bresson but Resnais isn't really my cup of tea. But, I've only seen Hiroshima mon amour and Mon oncle d'amérique... What would you recommend?

  6. The three big ones from Resnais- and really, the only three that I've seen- are Last Year at Marienbad; Hiroshima Mon Amour; and Night and Fog. Last Year at Marienbad is definitely a "challenge" film. It's more on the eclectic side, a total trip of a movie. You'll either love it or hate it. And "Night and Fog" is his 30 minute documentary about the holocaust. It's the longest, but most important, 30 minutes you'll ever spend.

  7. I've seen Nuit et brouillard and this is probably one of the best documentaries. I forgot it was from Resnais! L'année dernière à Marienbad is one of the Resnais I want to most to see, I'll check it out soon I know Criterion released it since a year or two...

  8. Awesome choices Michael!

    I'm a big Clouzot fan as well, Le Salaire De La Peur and Les Diaboliques are two of my favourite films. And so is Taxi Driver!

    We have quite a few choices in common in fact...

  9. Nice to know that we share the love!!! Clouzot is a not so obvious choice because many consider them (Salaire de la peur and Les diaboliques) too spectacular to be masterpieces but I think his films are very efficient!


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