1) Best Movie of 2010
Twilight Eclipse... just kidding. While I'm still catching up with all of the end-of-year contenders, if the criteria were only restricted to something I want to see again and again, it would be a tie between these two imaginative and affecting films:
2) Second-favorite Roman Polanski Movie
If Chinatown is my #1 (and it is), then it's got to be the underrated Frantic from 1988.
3) Jason Statham or Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
I enjoy watching them both, but Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson's self-deprecating humor clinches it for me.
4) Favorite movie that could be classified as a genre hybrid
Neil Marshall's Doomsday. It may be the epitome of derivative, but it's a bloody fun amalgamation.
5) How important is foreknowledge of a film’s production history? Should it factor into one’s reaction to a film?
Ultimately, no. The film has to stand on its own to be worthy of any merit it receives. While I enjoy reading about a film's production history, I'd rather have it make for fascinating trivia.
6) William Powell & Myrna Loy or Cary Grant & Irene Dunne
Cary Grant & Irene Dunne solely because Grant remains one of my all-time favorite actors, and Irene is My Favorite Wife.
7) Best Actor of 2010
127 Hours is pretty friggin' unforgettable.
8) Most important lesson learned from the past decade of watching movies
If it's not early matinee pricing and parking validation, then it has to be listening to blogging friends film recommendations.
9) Last movie seen (DVD/Blu-ray/theater)
DVD: The Ice Harvest Blu-ray: Knight and Day Theater: TRON Legacy
10) Most appropriate punishment for director Tom Six
A lack of notoriety would do just fine.
11) Best under-the-radar movie almost no one else has had the chance to see
Easy. This one:
12) Sheree North or Angie Dickinson
It has to be Angie, natch (especially for Rio Bravo, Point Blank, and Dress to Kill, among others). And as Patrick commented, "How many presidents did Sheree North sleep with"?
13) Favorite nakedly autobiographical movie
All That Jazz
14) Movie which best evokes a specific real-life place
Michael Mann's Heat for my hometown.
15) Best Director
Tie between Christopher Nolan and Lee Unkrich (see my answer to question #1)
16) Second-favorite Farrelly Brothers Movie
I like Fever Pitch (second to Kingpin), but not much else of theirs.
17) Favorite holiday movie
Even after all these years, it still remains It's a Wonderful Life
18) Best Actress
Has to be Natalie Portman in Black Swan
19) Joe Don Baker or Bo Svenson
Joe Don Baker, if for nothing else than his Darius Jedburgh and memorable pairing with Bob Peck in the original British mini-series, Edge of Darkness
20) Of those notable figures in the world of the movies who died in 2010, name the one you’ll miss the most
Robert Culp. The man turned up in so many television shows and films I watched in my youth, and on. He was always an interesting person, actor, writer, and I dare say, a vastly underrated director. His character of Trent, from Harlan Ellison's Demon with a Glass Hand story, remains my choice for most memorable character (and episode) from the original Outer Limits TV series. Simply, the man could play comedy or drama, hero and villain, lead or character actor with such ease and skill. And he will be sorely missed by me.
21) Think of a movie with a notable musical score and describe what it might feel like without that accompaniment.
Watched this film last month on TCM, The Big Country. Jerome Moross' score is magnificent. And while William Wyler's film would have remained exceptional without its contribution, it likely would not have been the sterling classic it remains without that grand soundtrack.
22) Best Screenplay
Joel & Ethan Cohen's adaptation of the Charles Portis novel for True Grit
23) Movie You Feel Most Evangelistic About Right Now
It would be Charles Ferguson's documentary, Inside Job (along with my answer to question #11, either will get your blood up).
24) Worst/funniest movie accent ever
Bronson Pinchot doing Serge in Beverly Hills Cop
25) Best Cinematography
I'd have to go with fellow blogger Bryce Wilson's selection of Shutter Island
26) Olivia Wilde or Gemma Arterton
Olivia Wilde. Damn, does the camera love her in TRON: Legacy!
27) Name the three best movies you saw for the first time in 2010 (Thanks, Larry!)
Toy Story 3
28) Best romantic movie couple of 2010
With all due respect to Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattison, I'll take the older and lethal power couple of Helen Mirren and Brian Cox from RED any day of the week.
29) Favorite shock/surprise ending
I went back and forth with this one (with The Sixth Sense and Memento), but finally settled on the multiple surprise layers of The Prestige.
30) Best cinematic reason to have stayed home and read a book in 2010
Anything directed by Tom Six (ah crap... I invalidated by answer for question #10!)
31) Movies in 2011 could make me much happier if they’d only
... stop this man from making another Transformers movie: