Bubs tagged me with a movie meme. Since most of our students are on a field trip to a Jail Boot Camp, I have time to answer it.
Popcorn or Candy?
Popcorn. Way too much salt, no butter, and a diet Coke.
Name a movie you've been meaning to see forever.
Night of the Hunter. I love Robert Mitchum, and the movie is a classic. Plus it inspired a line in one of the Clash’s greatest songs, “Death or Glory.” (“Love and hate tattooed across the knuckles of his hand….”) And worse yet, I OWN IT— a birthday gift from my co-best friend Andreas a few years ago. I know Mrs. Yen won’t watch it with me—she doesn’t like scary movies. It’s just one of those movies, I think, that I will have to be ready for.
Maybe I’ll watch it on Christmas, just to get in the mood. Right after the Grinch.
You are given the power to recall one Oscar: who loses it, and to whom?
Take away all Forrest Gump Oscars— am I the only one in the world who didn’t find that movie particularly good or interesting? And give it to Martin Scorsese, probably for Raging Bull (though my favorite of his is Casino—I’m in a distinct minority on that one)
Steal one costume from a movie for your wardrobe.
One of the suits worn by the guys in Reservoir Dogs, preferably before the shooting starts. And Tim Roth’s hair. And sunglasses, for that matter.
Second place: Robert Duvall's outfit in "Apocalypse Now."
Your favorite film franchise is:
I’m with Bubs on this one—the Sean Connery's James Bond films.
Invite five movie people over for dinner. Who are they? Why'd you invite them? What do you feed them?
Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Terry Gilliam, Penelope Spheeris and Dennis Hopper. They all seem like people I’d have an interesting conversation with, and frankly, I just like their work.
I’d get Rick Bayless, from the Frontera Grill, to cater. One of the few cooking shows you can get me to watch—I love the food he makes, I love his passion for the food, and it would give me an excuse to have him there—he seems like he’d be a good guy to have a drink with. Especially if he brings some great agave and makes margaritas. Just as long as someone has bail money ready.
Plus, his chipotle salsa kicks ass.
What is the appropriate punishment for people who answer cell phones in the movie theater?
To sit repeatedly through Godfather 3. Without their cellphones.
Choose a female bodyguard: Ripley from Aliens, Mystique from X-Men, Sarah Connor from Terminator 2, The Bride from Kill Bill, or Mace from Strange Days.
Of that list, I’ve only seen Aliens and Terminator 2. Ripley. She kicks ass in 8 different ways, and is as hot as they come. Much like Rick Bayless' chipotle salsa, but even sexier.
Better yet, Vasquez, from the same movie.
What's the scariest thing you've ever seen in a movie?
When I was a kid, maybe 4 or 5 years old, I saw Ray Milland’s “The Man With X-Ray Eyes.” The end scene, when he stumbles into the church tent revival meeting, and the preacher yells “If the eye offends thee, pluck it out…” and you can guess what he does—the final scene gave me nightmares for years.
Non-movie things that did the same: the rolling eyes on Aladdin's Castle at the Riverview amusement park in Chicago, and one of those neon cowboy handwaving signs that I saw in Texas on a family trip.
Your favorite genre (excluding "comedy" and "drama") is...
Gangster movies. When I was a kid, WGN would show all the old Cagney, Bogart and Edward G. Robinson gangster movies. By far my favorite was Cagney (“Top of the world to ya, Ma!”) The Coen Brothers added to the genre with their splendid “Miller’s Crossing.” “Look inta ya heart….”
You are given the power to greenlight movies at a major studio for one year. How do you wield this power?
Give Phil a big contract to be a leading man. And make John Carpenter start making good movies again.
Bonnie or Clyde?
Bonnie. If Faye Dunaway was good enough for Peter Wolf, she’s good enough for me.