Are You a Movie Lover?

Have you found yourself asking this question…of your friends…of your relatives…even, in a fleeting moment of self-doubt, of yourself?

Some people think it’s all about liking Citizen Kane. Others believe that you can tell a lot about a person’s status by the Desert Island Movies they choose.

Yet other cinephiles place a lot of value on the kind of movie books you own…what you think about screen performers like Tom Cruise……or J. Lo……or W.C. Fields. Whether or not you think The Tree of Life is silly…or significant.

There are people ready to disqualify you if you Never Saw That Classic Movie—not taking into account, of course, that most of us will miss almost everything, in the grand scheme of things.

Who knew it was actually quite easy to figure out if you’re a true-blue Movie Lover? Six questions, and we’re there.

Take the quiz:

OK, maybe there’s more to it than that. Have you got better criteria? Supply it below by finishing this sentence:


  • Tito Pannaggi

    This was the worse quiz I ever have taken part in!

  • George D. Allen

    Tito, that’s quite an achievement on my part to come up with the “worse” quiz you have ever taken. Are you just saying that because you don’t like how I score your status? :)

  • Robert Voss

    ….unlike in reading a book, almost always discovers something to see and appreciate that they somehow missed before.

  • George D. Allen

    Nice! Although I have that experience with books, too. :)





  • Quasiblu

    Why were we chided for throwing a brick through the TV if we were confronted with a pan & scan video? I think that is the only appropriate reaction.

  • George D. Allen

    Because the true movie lover would understand that destroying his/her television in a fit of pique would then require an outlay of cash to replace it that could better be used to add more DVDs and Blu-rays to the library. :)

  • wayne

    A movie lover…likely barely tolerates any film made afterwards, but loves most pictures made by a studio unit (A, B or C) from the Golden Age of classics!

  • masterofoneinchpunch

    You are a possibly a (disturbed) movie lover if you can check off several of the following:

    You love silent, subtitled, black and white, and color movies.
    Name your pets after movie characters.
    Use the name Travis Bickle (or psychotic loner of your choice) when signing in at a hotel or using a name if waiting for coffee/food (Mifune your seating for five is available).
    Use movie references whenever possible (whistling in the hall of the mountain king, naming your sled rosebud).
    Use movie quotes whenever possible (the horror, the horror).
    Trying to completely lists such as IMDB top 250, Roger Ebert’s Great Movies, 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and They Shoot Pictures 1000.
    Lending movies to your friends, coworkers, family they you feel they must see.
    Get an angry feeling whenever anyone mentions that they refuse to watch (subtitled, black and white, silent … fill in the blank) movies.
    Send errata to movie book writers.
    Argue about the proper aspect ratio of a film.
    Afraid that one day your DVD/BD movie piles will fall on you and crush you.
    Think everyone has a movie actor that resembles them.
    Know at least five different countries that have a “new wave” associated with them.
    Know who Stan Brakhage is.

  • George D. Allen

    MOIIP, you dispense some fine wisdom as usual. :)

    Meanwhile, does it count if your childhood pets were named after TV characters instead? (Lurch, Trapper)

    I love “argue about the proper aspect ratio”–I assume this mainly takes place during discussions of Stanley Kubrick.

  • masterofoneinchpunch

    Thank you.

    Yes if you name your coworkers and/or pets after TV characters it is fine. “Hey Lurch, I mean Fred can you reach up there and get that file for me.” (of course it is even better if you get the great uhhhhhhhhh response with a shake of the head)

    Unfortunately the “argue about the proper aspect ratio” is done with way too many films besides Kubrick. I know too many forums where movie topics are dominated by this alone. It is aggravating if you are looking for discussion about the movie not the transfer :D. Sometimes the argument is about how they remember watching the film in the 1960s. Another varient of this is “which version is the proper one to watch.” If you argue about this then you are definitely a movie nerd :).

  • George D. Allen

    And let’s not forget color grading — which might have become really popular recently with the whole “French Connection” brouhaha (I’m kind of afraid to watch the Blu-ray), but the ones I became familiar with (and, incidentally, am sort of interested in, dare I admit) were the arguments surrounding the proper hue/tints involved in Radford’s/Deakins’ “1984″ and the ’79 “Dracula.”

    I do think “Movie Nerd” and “Movie Lover” may have to constitute two separate evaluations.

  • Bernard

    Nowadays to be granted a “title” of TRUE MOVIE
    LOVER should also know the following about
    CHINESE movies :
    1. There was a great movie studio in Hongkong
    before the Shaw Studios –Cathay (or MPGI )
    Studio !
    2. Jet Li is a better kung fu artist than Jackie
    3. Bruce Lee was NOT the first STAR action star
    4. Gong Li is more beautiful than Zhang Ziyi.
    5. Chow Yun Fat is not the Clark Gable of Chinese movies.

  • Juanita Curtis

    I am a movie lover and I don’t need to take a quiz to confirm it. Although my favourites tend to be from the Golden Era I watch films from all genres and appreciate each on their individual merits.

  • George D. Allen

    Bernard, I never really took in a one-on-one comparison, but I’m with you on your appreciation of Ms. Li. And your #5 rule is quite funny — I wasn’t aware that was the conventional wisdom.

    Juanita, I am sorely tempted to invoke the classic Steve Martin rejoinder “Well ex-cuuuuuuuuuuuse me!” In the meantime, movie lovers (and makers) everywhere applaud your declaration of open-mindedness.

  • masterofoneinchpunch

    Bernard I would agree with #4 as well. I thought that was a given though.

    Jet Li is a better wushu artist than Jackie Chan though to discount JCs skills after he left his Peking Opera school would be foolish especially since you can see these in his early 70s films (always cool to see JC do flips; well seeing Sammo Hung doing them is awesome as well). Neither of the two are fighters though like Bruce Lee or .

    While it would be nice to see Cathay R1 releases (as well as any release of the early Cantonese Shaw films0 they only started in HK a year before the Shaw Brothers so it really isn’t that big of a difference (Loke bought Younghua in 1955, renamed it MP&GI in 1956; Shaw Brothers opened in HK in 1957 making their first film a year later).

    Gordon Liu (aka Lau Kar-fei) is not the HK version of Yul Brynner (or is he).

  • Rob in L.A.

    Total correct: 6

    Total incorrect: 0

    Total score: 100%

    I can’t remember the last time I did that well on a quiz.