15 September 2005

A little bit of fun.

Yeah, it's a meme, but it's kind of a fun one. I put up 20 stills (all grabbed from Google Image Search! Thanks, Google Image Search!) from movies I like here -- can you guess them?!?!?!?!!?!??!?!


Blogger Lee H. said...

I recognize Harold & Maude, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Spirited Away, and Dr Strangelove...

6:05 PM, September 15, 2005  
Blogger Rev. Syung Myung Me said...

Yep, those are all in there!

I kind of tried to choose reasonably difficult stills; There's a lot of Big, Known Movies, but I wanted it to be a little bit of a challenge..8) Dr. Strangelove was probably the hardest to find that wasn't an IMMEDIATE gimme. Just one where, you know, you had to, I guess, wait a beat or something.

Perhaps in a week or so, if I remember, I'll update with the correct answers...

6:08 PM, September 15, 2005  
Blogger Lee H. said...

I will remind you. :)

8:05 PM, September 15, 2005  
Blogger CatsFive said...

I got all the ones that Lee got-- and it's nearly impossible to obfuscate H&M because I took two more virginities with that movie only this week!-- and well, actually, same with Dr. S. The Spirited Away one and Pee Wee's were toughies. And I'll be honest. I don't recognize ANYTHING else.

10:10 PM, September 15, 2005  
Blogger Rev. Syung Myung Me said...

There's a few in there which I figured were pretty much gimmies, both Harold and Maude and Dr. S, just because I think everyone's seen those films (though Harold and Maude is one that you do get to turn people on to more than Dr. S. I think it's just because more people know Kubrick than anything else, so...) I though Spirited Away was a bit of a gimme, too (but I tried to go with one that didn't have No Face, since he kinda seems almost like the symbol of the movie, and MAN, but that's a beautiful still.. though, with that film, they all are).

But I did think Pee Wee was a difficult one, so it's cool that you guys got that one!

(If you're curious, one other person has given it a crack; their wrong answers:
(8 looks like Charles Grodin?)
(10 looks like something Ray Harryhausen. Clash of the Titans? Does that skeleton have an afro?)
(I have no idea what 16 is, but it looks ike the earth/man in the earth scene from Eraserhead)

And my responses:
8: Yep, that's him!
10: Not even close! And, nope, not an afro, either.
16: Nope! (And I still haven't seen Eraserhead. This is probably a travesty, though. Oddly enough, I've read tons about it. For a while, I thought it'd be interesting to do a remake of the film by someone who's never seen it, just read a lot about it, both Lynch interviews/articles/etc and seen some stills. Although, that'd be something that'd be hard to get permission for. "Dear Mr. Lynch, I am a big fan of yours, even though I have never seen your breakout film that some would call your most important film. On The Air was brilliant, though!...")

The ones he got right: 3, 4, Harold, 7, Spirited Away, 17 (almost), 19 and Dr. S..

In a way, I'd offer hints, but I'm not sure if I really have any that wouldn't give them away. (suggestions for possible hints welcomed)

10:20 PM, September 15, 2005  
Blogger Lee H. said...

Well, I only know the movies that I know, so hints about movies I don't know probably aren't going to help. :D

If you're waiting to see if other people comment, though, hints might be in order to draw them out of lurker-dom.

10:25 PM, September 15, 2005  
Blogger CatsFive said...

I am not quite the obscure DVD-hound that YOU guys are (though, I love NOTHING better than (finally, sheesh!!) walking into Buck's house and he says, OK, I have a movie you just HAVE to see), but I actually HAVE seen Eraserhead and I sort of thing I "got" it, if that is actually possible! I was really sort of nervous as I pressed PLAY, because I'd of course heard about what a good-but-weird movie it was, and being quasi-familiar with Lynch's work, I knew I'd get the weird part, but I was worried I'd miss the "good" part. I didn't. I'll never forget how tense I was during the whole thing. It really got to me.

Man, though, I haven't been watching a lot of movies, lately. I'm not getting out as much as I used to! Not because I live in Calgary, now, and not New York, but because my money situation is always so tight!!!

10:27 PM, September 15, 2005  
Blogger Rev. Syung Myung Me said...

Hm, some of them are kind of obscure, but I tried to go for ones that weren't, too...8) I think part of it does help, too, that we've got at least two really great local independent venues for art-house travelling films (old revival type stuff, like the restored Baby Face and just random, obscure stuff like Nexxt: The Frau Plastic Chicken Show -- er, while Baby Face is awesome, totally pass on Frau Plastic Chicken, awesome title be damned), so I'll tend to fall in love with films that way. That, and just poking around online and whatnot.

I'd like to see Eraserhead, but on one hand I am a little leery, not because I dislike Lynch (I don't; I'm not the Biggest Lynch Fan Ever, but I am a fan, and, hey, I love On The Air!), just because I'm a bit of a wuss when it comes to film, and Eraserhead is pretty much put forward as the disturbing movie. (Apparently it is one of two films that shook Kevin "Tom Servo" Murphy.) And some of the stills I've seen are sort of chilling (there's one I saw a couple days ago, I THINK it was of the Baby, but it was like... I don't know, a seriously injured possible-corpse, looked like it was almost a head on a spinal cord or something (or, if you've seen Mr. Show, remember the Titannica sketch? Where the kid tried to kill himself by bathing in acid, but he went feet first? Or that episode of Invader Zim where they basically put him in a cuisinart-gun to cure Lice?) with a bunch of... foam or goo or pudding around him. And just that still was all "buh-whee?!" in terms of... not so much grossness as disturbingness. but I will see it eventually! (And, anyway, most of the other times I've been all "oh no! Disturbing movie everyone talks about how it is very disturbing!" have turned out to be No Great Shakes In The Disturbing Sense; the big one for me was Un Chien andalou, where SOOO much is made of the eye slitting scene and it's really not all that bad -- and I'm very extremely eye-phobic. So, there you go. At least they've released that and the Short Films of David Lynch discs to stores so they're easier to get... though I guess that means you won't get the pitch-black shoebox with the blood red tissue paper delivered to your door if you get it from a store.

Anyway, though, one cool thing with this is that it'll kind of double almost as a Must See Film List from me. I don't think there's anything on here that I don't either Love or Regard Very, Very Fondly. I think the closest might be #8, as I only Really, Really Like That One, but I think that might be the weakest film on the list, or at least the weakest-film-that-doesn't-hold-more-charms. As there are a couple on here which are sort of technically weak that I still adore the holy hell out of.

10:40 PM, September 15, 2005  
Blogger Rev. Syung Myung Me said...

Also, I'd assume you guys have probably seen a few more of these than you've gotten, too, but it's hard to say. I can't think of any that are, like, ones I've heard you guys talk about or anything (there's, say, no hidden Greenaway..8). But anyway, I figured Rough Dates Might Help. So, here goes (in chunks: Decades up to 1950:

1. 1990s
2. 1960s
3. 1980s
4. 2000s
5. H+M
6. 1980s
7. 2000s
8. 1970s
9. Pre-1950
10. Pre-1950
11. 2000s
12. 1960s
13. 1960s
14. Spirited Away
15. 1990s
16. pre-1950
17. 1980s
18. Pee-Wee
19. 1970s
20. Dr. Strangelove

sipnoi, the pause that refreshes

10:50 PM, September 15, 2005  
Blogger Rev. Syung Myung Me said...

Since I know you're all on the edge of your seats, the rankings:
1. Dale (via email) - 12
2. imiprothrin - 8 (or 7.5, techinically)
3. calamityjon - 7
4. zarriq - 6
5/6. You two! - 4 (tie)
7. spasmsproject - 1

5:43 PM, September 16, 2005  
Blogger Rev. Syung Myung Me said...

er, that last one should be this link....

5:44 PM, September 16, 2005  
Blogger Rev. Syung Myung Me said...



11:42 PM, September 21, 2005  
Blogger Lee H. said...

Cool! I'm disappointed in how many of the ones I missed are movies I've actually seen, and therefore have no excuse. :D

7:21 AM, September 22, 2005  
Blogger Rev. Syung Myung Me said...

Well, I was trying to choose difficultish stills...8)

I just found it funny that someone ELSE did a contest involving a Schizopolis still and no one got it there, either...8)

10:53 AM, September 22, 2005  

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