1. What was the film that made you feel the most terrified watching?
That's a tough one. I don't scare the same way that other people do, typically. Like, I thought The Exorcist was great, but not that scary because I genuinely don't believe in spiritual or demonic possession. Typically, real-world stuff scares me. Jaws still scares me. But I've probably never been scared by a film as much as I was as a kid the first time I saw the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers. I didn't sleep right for a week.
2. Chaplin or Keaton?
Keaton. I like Chaplin (who doesn't?) but I think Keaton is funnier. If I list out favorite silent films, Keaton is on that list a lot.
3. What is the greatest shift/turnaround of opinion, either positive or negative, you have had after a repeat viewing?
The Sixth Sense. I was an early convert to this film. I loved it, I preached it, and I thought everyone should see it. It's a film that holds up well to a second viewing, too. But not a third. It's sort of like Shirley Jackson's story "The Lottery." Great once (what a shock!), great twice (why didn't I see it the first time) and flat out dull after that.
4. What is your first memorable trip to the cinemas?
Being taken to Carpenter's The Thing when I was far too young because my brother and sister weren't supposed to leave me unattended. I watched the whole thing, and for the first time, get treated by them not like a kid, but like a peer.
5. If you were to add one film to last year's Best Pic nominees to make up 10 what would it have been?
Pass. I see so little in the theater that I don't think any opinion I have here would be worthwhile. I've seen about five films from 2011. If there's a gun to my head, The Skin I Live In.
6. What is your single favourite performance ever?
Wow. Kenneth Branagh in Henry V. But I'm shortchanging a lot of great performances.
7. What is you favourite animated film?
Easiest question so far! The Incredibles is probably top-10 for me in general, so it's the only possible answer for me here.
8. What is your favourite era (decade) of cinema?
My formative cinema years were the 1980s, but I think the 1970s were better.
9. What is the best film you have seen in 2012 so far?
If you're talking about 2012 films, The Avengers because it's one of about three I've seen in theaters this year. If you're asking what's the best film I was introduced to this year, probably Wings of Desire. If best film I've watched this year in general...The Lord of the Rings saga.
10. Name an underrated television show you feel doesn't get the attention it deserves.
I very rarely watch television at all. Anglophiles, and especially fans of British comedy should watch That Mitchell and Webb Look start to finish, though.
11. Is there a film you feel completely alone in liking/disliking?
I think everyone has great films they hate--I do, but find that over and over there are people who agree with me. Still, I took a huge beating for disliking Chicago and will probably do the same when I eventually get around to hating on Forrest Gump.