Not ISQT, or whatevs.

Some days I’m a straight up sucker for personality quizzes.  This one is a two-fer (three-fer, even) because it also scratches the Bourdieuian “quelle taste avec toi?” and the Netflix prize itch.

From Ben Tesch: It’s not strange to disagree about movies that are wildly different, and there are surely a few random movies that are very polarizing. What I find most interesting is which movie people consider the best movie from a particular director, as it is usually very telling and polarizing in a different way, so to this point I will propose a new personality test where you reblog your favorite movie from each of these directors:

  1. Joel Coen: No Country for Old Men, The Big Lebowski, Fargo, The Hudsucker Proxy, Miller’s Crossing, Raising Arizona, etc
  2. Wes Anderson: The Darjeeling Limited, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Royal Tennenbaums, Rushmore, Bottle Rocket, etc
  3. Hal Ashby: Being There, Shampoo, Harold and Maude, etc
  4. Kevin Smith: Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Dogma, Chasing Amy, Mallrats, Clerks, etc
  5. Quentin Tarantino: Grindhouse, Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, etc

and then following Jason Kottke’s suggestion we’ll throw in the following:

6. Stanley Kubrick: 2001, The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket, Dr. Strangelove, Lolita, etc.
7. P.T. Anderson: Boogie Nights, Hard Eight, There Will Be Blood, Punch-Drunk Love, Magnolia.
8. Errol Morris: The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War, Mr. Death, Fast, Cheap and Out of Control, Gates of Heaven, etc.

Me?: The Hudsucker Proxy; The Royal Tennenbaums; Shampoo; Dogma; Pulp Fiction; The Shining; Magnolia; The Fog of War.



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11 responses to “Not ISQT, or whatevs.

  1. No Country, Rushmore, Being There, Clerks, Reservoir Dogs, 2001, Magnolia, and haven’t seen a one (and don’t intend to).

    So: NRBCR2M-FU.

    that you think the hudsucker proxy is better than no country for old men may be a problem for our relationship.

  2. What if you’ve only seen ~10 of the films listed here?

  3. Jenn Lena

    Peter: I think your narcissism is going to be a problem for our relationship, first. Snaaaaaap.

    Kieran: Choose your answer:

    A. You could stop all that “publishing”, “fathering”, “teaching”, “web witicizing” and, no doubt, “hurling” and start catching up with the 20th century. That is best done on the couch. Which you might call “a divan.”

    B. We self-selected into this gig because we were uniquely capable at making up our minds based on partial information, so you should proceed forward into making selections, nonplussed.

  4. Dang, you make me miss our lunches..

    Come back from San Francisco Nashville.
    It can’t be all that pretty,
    when all of New York City misses you.

  5. My knowledge of Pixar movies is unrivalled these days, however.

  6. Which you might call “a divan.”

    If I were being true to my roots, I would probably have to call it a “settee”.

  7. Fargo (ask me another day and I’ll give you a different answer), The Royal Tennenbaums, Harold and Maude (kinda), Clerks, Pulp Fiction, Full Metal Jacket, Boogie Nights, Fog of War.

    What, no Robert Altman??

  8. Jenn Lena

    Good point, Brayden!

    Robert Altman: Prairie Home Companion, The Company, Gosford Park, Dr. T and the Women, Pret a Porter, Short Cuts, The Player, Popeye, Nashville, Mash, The Sound of Bells, etc.

    For me: Mash.

  9. I’m a Gosford Park guy myself, The Player a close second.

  10. Joel Coen: O Brother, Where art thou?
    Wes Anderson: Rushmore
    Hal Ashby: Harold and Maude
    Kevin Smith: Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back (although mostly for sentimental reasons)
    Quentin Tarantino:Pulp Fiction
    Stanley Kubrick:Dr. Strangelove (although A Clockwork Orange is a very close second)
    P.T. Anderson:There Will Be Blood
    Errol Morris: I haven’t seen any of these (bad me)
    Altman: A Prarie Home Companion (I know, really? Its perhaps transferred love from the radio show)

  11. mwparker2

    No Country for Old Men, The Royal Tenenbaums, Being There (by default), Chasing Amy, Death Proof, Strangelove, There Will Be Blood, Fog of War (by default), McCabe and Mrs Miller

    per Kieran, seems like Pixar works here too, though it breaks the auteur vibe.

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