Film Club: Much Ado About Jeff’s Quiz

I saw Much Ado About Nothing yesterday, and it did not disappoint me. I think it was John who said that setting Shakespeare in contemporary times makes him nervous, but this nerdy Shakespeare-loving English major thought it worked. I’ll be interested to hear what John thinks when he sees it. Nathan Fillion stole the show, and I’m not just saying that because I’m a little in love with him. He was hilarious. A lot of the film was funny, funnier than I remember the play being. It made me want to go back and reread it, which I haven’t done yet because I’m still stuck in Westeros. I wish more people would consider films like this one what we all need for summer. It’s light, rewards my brain with something to think about, and goes well with popcorn.

I haven’t seen any of those Sunrise, Sunset movies y’all are talking about, so I can’t comment.

Now I have to do Jeff’s quiz.

1. Name your five favorite actors and actresses of all time.

Oh, dude, that’s too hard. I am much more a director girl, and I only know contemporary actors and actresses. For actors, let me go with River Phoenix, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kevin Spacey, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Will Ferrell. I saw an Anchorman 2 preview the other night, so that’s probably why Will made my list. I’m telling you, I’m terrible that these lists, although I’ve been mulling over the idea of making a list of my favorite J G-L films from my favorite to least favorite. Just because that’s how much I’m loving his work these last few years. For actresses, I like Kate Winslet, Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, Maggie Smith, and Jennifer Lawrence. That’s all really free association off the top of my head. Next question, please.

2. Can you remember the first foreign-language film you saw that made an impact on you?  If so, what was it?
That would be La Cage au Folles, which I saw when I was maybe eleven or twelve. I don’t remember the film all that well anymore, but I remember being shocked to learn that people who lived in other countries made movies–and it was even a really funny movie. The experience made my young self want to learn French, I was so impressed with the whole business.

3. Favorite moment in a horror film?  Least favorite?
You know that moment in that last scene in Seven when you see the truck in the distance and you know exactly where it’s going and what it’s bringing? That’s a brilliantly executed moment. I’m not sure how Fincher planted enough clues that we knew, but we KNEW. My least favorite is almost everything in Wolf Creek.

4. Pick a film for each member of film club that you’d really like for her/him to see.
Everyone’s picking great movies for me, but I don’t know what to pick for them, other than I want Arthur to watch Anchorman repeatedly until he learns to like it. Jason should watch Sound City. Brandon, have you watched that one? I’m not sure if you’d like it or not. Oh, but what Brandon really needs to watch is this old TV movie called Bad Ronald. Obviously, John needs to go see Much Ado About Nothing. Ben needs to stop running so much and watch more movies, whatever he likes. I am really stumped for the rest of you. I’ll continue to mull this over.

5. Is there a film(s) that you once loved (and maybe even purchased) that now makes you question what you ever saw in it?

If I loved it, I’ll still have a soft spot for it, even if I recognize in retrospect that it’s not all that good. For instance, I loved the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie when it came out and watched it enough times I can quote lines, but in a post-Joss world, no. Just no.

6. IFC has started releasing films on demand the same day they hit theaters. Would you like more studios to do this or are you afraid it may strike the death knell for movie theaters?
Bah. The existence of Film Club is evidence enough that there’s plenty of people who are happy to go out and spend their money to see movies in the theatre as well as at home and online and in a lot of different ways. The theatres here are all renovating and transitioning to remind us why we like going to them. The Dryden got new seats, The Little’s getting new screens, and the theatre in Webster has recliners now. I feel like this is one of those instances when competition’s making things better.

7. Favorite movie(s) set during the summertime?
Stand by Me

8. Which director working today do you think would make a great western if given the chance (assuming he/she hasn’t already made one)?  Or if you don’t like westerns, which director working today do you think would make a great sci-fi flick (also assuming he/she hasn’t made one yet)?
Thank you for the sci-fi option. I’d love to see what the Coens would do with that genre. I think their sense of whimsy and attention to detail could produce something really interesting. They should try time travel.

9. Describe a perfect moment in a movie (courtesy of Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule).
I love the scene in Sense and Sensibility with Emma Thompson when Hugh Grant comes to call after his secret engagement has come to light and just how beautifully awkward everyone is in that scene. It’s something Grant does particularly well, but it’s also just so Victorian and so Jane Austen–the characters’ complete inability to say what they mean when it is so very important. That is what love looks like sometimes, too. It’s a lot more those awkward moments than the ones when everyone says eloquent things and makes grand gestures.

10. Here’s a decent list of movies that came out in 1990:
Can you name your top five favorites from the year?
In 1990, I was dating the man I wound up marrying, and we went to a heck of a lot of movies that year. Edward Scissorhands is, was, and always will be a favorite of mine, so it gets my top slot. After that, Misery, Flatliners, Mermaids, and Home Alone. I considered Goodfellas and Kindergarten Cop, and I remember Jacob’s Ladder as being wonderfully weird. I saw Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the theatre, but I did not consider it for this list. I hated Mel Gibson’s Hamlet and Pretty Woman so much that I’m still angry at them for existing.


  1. Posted July 6, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    I am looking forward to seeing Much Ado About Nothing and Warm Bodies (hey, those are two different movies, but could be interesting if they were blended) on video, as I suspect I will not get to a cinema this summer. It’s funny that you mention being angry with Pretty Woman for even existing, as I might put that down for my #5. (I know, I know. But I had a soft spot for scenes where the main character shows up at a place where s/he was treated poorly before, and says something to the effect of, “You should not have judged me so quickly, foolish one, as you could have benefited financially from a little kindness.”)

  2. adrienne
    Posted July 6, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    I know a lot of people loved Pretty Woman, and I do like Julia Roberts.

    Tonight I’m finally going to see the new Star Trek movie, which I’ve been looking forward to. Warm Bodies is another one I’d like to see at some point. Another thing I keep meaning to do is get to the drive-in.

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