Saturday, January 10, 2009

1st Ever Name That Movie Winner - Arbogast



He did it. Arbogast has made it to ten. He's the first ever Cinema Styles Name That Movie winner. All he needs to do now is e-mail with his choice of DVD ($49.99 and under per the rules) and it's his. Congratulations to Arbo.

Not all his points came from guessing movies. He also got a point for naming the actresses in a picture I put up a while ago. But the other nine points came from getting the movies right, a pretty damn impressive feat if you ask me. Congrats again. The new game begins next week. Everyone starts back at the beginning with zero points.

15 comments:

Arboghost! said...

Thank you, thank you. It's all such a whirlwind, I don't know what to say.

I think it's interesting how this challenge really makes you break down a scene (or a snippet from a scene) into its core elements to try and get a bead on it. Laps was right in that you could tell at a glance it was made in the 40s. I also felt, given that time frame and the clear quality of the image that it was easily identifiable as an American movie (the music was a bit of a giveaway, too). Obviously, I hadn't seen it but I had definite ideas. It should almost be a film course in and of itself.

Jonathan Lapper said...

The next round will be some of the most obscure shit you've ever seen, or should I say, never seen. I'm going crazy obscure in the next game.

But you did a great job on this, really you did. And I'd like this blog to be more interactive so maybe the idea of clips used as a point of discussion of design and construction isn't a half bad idea.

As for The Spiral Staircase it has a lot going for it and at the same time, except for a few scenes, is presented pretty flatly. Hitchcock could have done so much more with it. The scenes of the killer's eye are terrific but visually out of context with the rest of the film and, unfortunately, they look exactly like the eye of one of the characters which in fact it is. If you can't make a reasonable guess as to who the killer is about 15 minutes in (my wife did and was, no pun intended, dead on) you're just not paying attention. Still, a good movie, even if it does feel a bit like a Clue game at times.

Adam Ross said...

I think Arbogast should do the right thing and request "Mamma Mia!" for his prize DVD.

bill r. said...

I think it's interesting how this challenge really makes you break down a scene (or a snippet from a scene) into its core elements to try and get a bead on it.

That's what I was doing wrong!

Anyhow. Congratulations, Arbogast! Pick a DVD that will infuriate Jonathan (might I suggest JFK?).

Jonathan Lapper said...

He's already picked. And it's a good one. But I won't say what. Cause that's just the kind of guy I am. Just like I would never reveal that weird death porn thing Bill picked after he won.

bill r. said...

I'm not embarassed. Sexy Death Faces is about as good as the Death Porn genre gets.

Jonathan Lapper said...

It's true. I do remember thinking to myself, "Well, at least he has good taste in Death Porn."

I wouldn't have bought it for you if I wasn't sure you would appreciate it on so many different levels.

Arboghost! said...

If you must know, I selected the rather cumbersomely titled UNIVERSAL HORROR CLASSIC MOVIE ARCHIVE, which features THE MAN MADE MONSTER, HORROR ISLAND, THE BLACK CAT (with Basil Rathbone and Broderick Crawford), NIGHT MONSTER and CAPTIVE WILD WOMAN. I didn't even realize this had been released, so I'll be glad to have it in my home lib'ary.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Cumbersomely titled DVDs are always the best.

bill r. said...

I don't think that counts as Death Porn, but it still sounds like a good choice.

Jonathan Lapper said...

CAPTIVE WILD WOMAN might qualify in a pinch.

Pierre Fournier said...

I demand a recount.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Martin Prince: 2
Bart Simpson: 0

Let's count 'em again.

Martin Prince: 2
Bart Simpson: 0

Eric Y. said...

Congrats, Arboghost! You're Cinema Styles' own slumdog millionaire. ;)

Jonathan Lapper said...

He's not a millionaire, but he's definitely a slumdog.