The Ultimate (Film) Personality Test


I came across this blog called the Triumph of Bullshit where the author has come up with “the ultimate personality test” based on a list of contemporary movie directors:

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

On another blog, kotte.org, the author adds a few more directors:

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.

I figure, for the sake of decimality, I will add a couple more directors:

9. Jean-Pierre Jeunet: Delicatessen, The City of Lost Children, Amelie, etc.
10. David Lynch: The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, Inland Empire

So, here are my choices:

  1. Fargo
  2. The Royal Tennenbaums (by default since it’s the only one I’ve seen!)
  3. Harold and Maude
  4. Clerks
  5. Jackie Brown (again, the only one I’ve seen – Quentin Tarantino’s films appear to violent for my tastes)
  6. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (one of my favorite movies of all time)
  7. There Will Be Blood (see parenthetical for #2 & 5)
  8. A Brief History of Time (the trend continues)
  9. The City of Lost Children
  10. Wild at Heart

Neither of the original blog posts said anything about what this test actually says about one’s personality, so I won’t either.  I’m getting the feeling though, that it says loud and clear that I don’t see enough movies.

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