PROFESSOR DEWEY FINN’S OSTENTATIOUSLY ODD, SCHOLASTICALLY SCATTERSHOT BACK-TO-SCHOOL (OF ROCK?) MOVIE QUIZ
As you may have noticed, things have been somewhat quiet on the SLIFR University campus this past school year. How quiet? Well, the last quiz had a timely Christmas theme, and almost nine months later Yours Truly, headmaster of all he surveys here at our little learning boutique, still hasn’t submitted his own answers to it. (I’d promise to rectify that soon, but it’s more likely to take me until this coming Christmas to get those answers together—which isn’t a bad idea for a holiday post, now is it?) It may seem like the SLIFR U staff has been on vacation, but it’s not exactly true. But yes, despite how it may look, our hardy educators have been bunkered down in offices, conference rooms and the moldy basement of the SLIFR U cafeteria trying to come up with new ways to invigorate academic endeavors and reinvent learning for the few dedicated, loyal students who still care to park their carcasses in the lecture halls of this storied institution.
To this end, we welcome a new addition to the well of knowledge from which so many have drank, filled their heads and moved on. (And probably continued to drink, just not from our metaphorical well, but whatever…) His name is Professor Dewey Finn, and he will be joining our esteemed music department. Though Professor Finn is not exactly a proper professor, he did insist we address him as such as a condition of his accepting employment here, so we have done so, however reluctantly. (The heavily tenured head of the department, Dr. Anton Phibes, has registered the most empathic resistance to this idea, and though he has been civilized in his objections so far, per his history Dr. Phibes has been instructed by our legal advisors to approach Prof. Finn with caution and respect in any future encounters.) Professor Finn hopes to stimulate your brains with a strange mélange of questions with little purpose or focus beyond his own amusement, a strategy he hopes will serve him well as he shepherds the rock division of our musical studies here at the university this year.
As part of his introductory duties, Professor Finn has devised a brand-new quiz in that spirit with which to ring in the new school year, and you see it before you now— he calls it his very own Ostentatiously Odd, Scholastically Scattershot Back-to-School (Of Rock?) Movie Quiz—which should warm you up for the rest of the adventures in movie education that await you as the calendar enters is autumn/winter phase. The notes on this quiz are the same as always: You may provide links to your answers if you have your own blog or Web site, but if you enter your answers in the comments field, please copy and paste the questions along with your answers so readers may more easily reference the context of your answers. Also, Professor Finn is very much like the rest of our staff in that, while he will certainly accept short, to-the-point answers, he is much more entertained and enlightened by an answer that isn’t afraid to err on the side of the verbose. So feel free to let loose your logorrheic tendencies here!
So, without any further hesitation, let’s jump right in. Pencils at the ready, back straight, eyes forward. You may begin!
to see get the HARD DAY’S NIGHT or HEAD treatment
2) Oliver Reed or Alan Bates?
3) Best thing about the move from physical to streaming media in home video
4) Worst thing about the move from physical to streaming media in home video
5) Favorite Robin Williams performance
6) Second favorite Carol Reed movie
7) Oddest moment/concept in rock music cinema
8) Favorite movie about growing up
9) Most welcomed nudity, full or partial, in a movie (question
submitted by Peter Nellhaus, class of 2004)
10) Least welcomed nudity, nude or partial, in a movie
(question submitted by Peter Nellhaus, class of 2004)
11) Last movie watched, in a theater, on DVD/Blu-ray, via streaming
12) Second favorite Bertrand Blier movie
13) Googie Withers or Sally Gray?
14) Name a piece of advice derived from a movie or movie
character that you’ve heeded in real life
15) Favorite movie about learning
16) Program a double bill of movies that were announced but,
for one reason or another, never made. These could be
projects cancelled outright, or films that were made, but at
one time had different directors, stars, etc., attached--
and your "version" of the film might be the one with that
lost director, for example (question submitted by
Brian Doan, class of 2007)
17) Oddest mismatch of director and material
18) Favorite performance by your favorite character actor
19) Favorite chase scene
20) Movie most people might not have seen that you feel like
proselytizing about right now
21) Favorite movie about high school
22) Favorite Lauren Bacall performance
23) David Farrar or Roger Livesey?
24) Performance most likely to get overlooked during the
upcoming awards season
25) Rock musician who, with the right project, could have been
a movie star
26) Second favorite Ted Post movie
27) Favorite odd couple
28) Flicker or Zeroville?
29) Favorite movie about college
30) In a specific movie full of memorable turns, your favorite
31) Favorite movie about parenting
32) Susannah York or Sarah Miles?
33) Movie which best evokes the sense of place in a region with
which you are well familiar
34) Name a favorite actor from classic movies and the
contemporary performer who most evokes their
35) Your favorite hot streak of any director (question submitted
by Patrick Robbins, class of 2008)