Cinema City Film Quiz #37

[19 December 2010]


Winning Team:
The Reindeer Hunter

Genre – Festive war drama

Runners Up:
Merry Christmas Morning, Vietnam
Genre – Festive war drama feat. Robin Williams and David Bowie
The Night Before Quiz-mas
Genre – A feelgood horror about the spirit of Quizmas
Veggieburger Hill
Genre – Censored version of Vietnam war


ROUND I: Pre-Production
1. Who did Paul Muni portray in The Story Of Louis Pasteur?
LOUIS PASTEUR
2. Which film features the quote, “In the end, it took just one man. One cop. John Spartan. They called him the demolition man”
DEMOLITION MAN
3. What type of extinct animal was genetically grown in Jurassic Park?
DINOSAURS
4. What type of animal was Dumbo? [bonus point for stating the name of his mouse mentor/protector]
ELEPHANT [Timothy Q. Mouse]
5. Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore played Sam and Molly in which film?
GHOST
6. Which Python film contained a quest to find a shrubbery?
MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL
7. Billy Crystal and John Goodman provided the voices for the lead characters of which Pixar film?
MONSTERS, INC.
8. Which member of the Charlie’s Angels films starred in E.T. ? Cameron Diaz? Lucy Liu? Drew Barrymore?
DREW BARRYMORE
9. Who plays the Prime Minister in Love Actually?
HUGH GRANT
10. Who plays the devil in 1997’s Devil’s Advocate?
AL PACINO
11. 2001: A Space Odyssey is based on the novel by which author?
ARTHUR C. CLARKE
12. Which two musicians collaborated on the score for The Lion King? (one point per correct answer)
TIM RICE / ELTON JOHN

ROUND II: Filming [Vietnam War Films Special]
1. Which military conflict was Forrest Gump involved in?
THE VIETNAM WAR
2. Hamburger Hill is based on which US battle during the Vietnam war?
BATTLE OF HAMBURGER HILL
3. Which Vietnam movie featured the tagline ‘In Vietnam the wind doesn’t blow, it sucks’?
FULL METAL JACKET
4. Born On The Fourth Of July afforded which actor his first Academy Award nomination?
TOM CRUISE
5. What is the name of the Vietnam film that stars Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep? [bonus point for naming the director]
THE DEER HUNTER [Michael Cimino]
6. Which two actors play Sgt’s Elias and Barnes in Platoon? (one point per correct answer)
WILLEM DAFOE / TOM BERENGER
7. How many minutes of footage were put back into Apocalypse Now for the Redux release?
FORTY NINE
8. What year was Good Morning, Vietnam released?
1987
9. What was the title of the first major film based on the Vietnam war? [bonus point for stating the release year]
THE GREEN BERETS [1968]
10. What is the body count in We Were Soldiers? 305? 587? 996?
THREE HUNDRED AND FIVE
11. Chris Tucker’s only non-comedic role to date was which Vietnam War/Crime Drama?
DEAD PRESIDENTS
12. Tigerland doesn’t actually take place in Vietnam. True or False?
TRUE (Tigerland was actually the last location of training for US troops before being shipped to Vietnam)

ROUND III: Post-Production
1. What is the full name and title of the angel in It’s A Wonderful Life? (one point per name)
CLARENCE ODDBODY AS2 (Angel, Second Class)
2. North By Northwest’s finale is filmed atop which American monument? Mount Rushmore? The Washington Monument? Jefferson Memorial?
MOUNT RUSHMORE
3. What is the name of the Arnold Schwarzenegger film in which he gets pregnant?
JUNIOR
4. What town does 1953’s Calamity Jane take place in? Cheyenne? Deadwood? Tombstone?
DEADWOOD
5. The US Customs special agent interrogating Verbal Kint in The Usual Suspects was Agent Dave Kujan. Spell his surname. [bonus point for naming the actor who portrayed him]
KUJAN [Chazz Palminteri]
6. According to Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, how do people say goodbye in Austria?
KISS
7. Who plays Buddy’s father in Elf?
JAMES CAAN
8. Michael Kamen’s score for Die Hard includes several thematic elements from Beethoven’s 9th and Singin’ In The Rain as an homage to which film?
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE
9. What years were Miracle On 34th Street and its remake released? (one point per correct answer)
1947 / 1994
10. What was the name of Skywalker’s co-pilot on Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back?
DACK
11. Which actor starred in Rocky, Clash Of The Titans and Santa Claus: The Movie?
BURGESS MEREDITH
12. What is the name of the mad scientist in The Nightmare Before Christmas?
DOCTOR FINKLESTEIN

ROUND IV: Promotion & Release
1. How does Dr. Malcolm Crowe respond when Cole confesses he can see dead people in The Sixth Sense? Are you sure? In your dreams? All the time?
IN YOUR DREAMS
2. How many movies have been (theatrically) released with the title Scrooge? Three? Five? Seven?
THREE (1935 / 1951 / 1970)
3. Dennis Hopper starred in two of James Dean’s three films, which one did he not feature in? East Of Eden? Rebel Without A Cause? Giant?
EAST OF EDEN
4. Which of the following did not star in 1998’s Armageddon? Jason Isaacs? James Cromwell? Keith David?
JAMES CROMWELL
5. What is the name of the play that Eve ends up winning the Sarah Siddons award for in All About Eve? Applause? Footsteps On The Ceiling? Aged In Wood?
FOOTSTEPS ON THE CEILING
6. All three were considered but what was the final name of Barry’s band in High Fidelity? Kathleen Turner Overdrive? Barry Jive And The Uptown Five? Sonic Death Monkey?
BARRY JIVE AND THE UPTOWN FIVE
7. Paramount pushed for which actor to play Charlie Croker instead of Michael Caine in The Italian Job? Dustin Hoffman? Sean Connery? Robert Redford?
ROBERT REDFORD
8. What is the name of the 40’s Christmas film which depicts a group of hobos living in a vacant mansion in New York? Hobo Bobo? Fortune Lane? It Happened On Fifth Avenue?
IT HAPPENED ON FIFTH AVENUE
9. What was the first John Carpenter film that he did not score as well as direct? The Thing? Christine? They Live? [bonus point for naming the composer]
THE THING [Ennio Morricone]
10. Which of the following songs was not performed in 1954’s White Christmas? Let It Snow? The Old Man? It’s Cold Outside?
LET IT SNOW
11. In LA Confidential, Kim Basinger plays a call girl who looks like which actress? Lana Turner? Veronica Lake? Jane Russell?
VERONICA LAKE
12. Charlton Heston cannot cry. True or False?
TRUE (if he is ever expected to cry, he just stares a bit and then buries his head in his hands/arms)

TRON: LEGACY

The Game Has Changed

Director
Joseph Kosinski

Starring
Garrett Hedlund
Jeff Bridges
Olivia Wilde
Bruce Boxleitner



I’m not sure which is more important, initial impression or reflective review. It’s a difficult point to consider and one I’ve never really been able to settle on. Strangely enough, Tron is one of the prime candidates for this argument. As a young boy, I recall watching Tron and other than the action sequences, I found it a little slow. Several years later, I readdressed the film and came to the same conclusion but felt a great deal more positive about the whole thing. Nearly thirty years later, Disney have finally managed to produce a sequel and it is my firm belief that this film is every bit as good/bad as the original Tron, same cutting-edge technology, same stunning visuals, same ropey story, same under-developed character arcs. The question is will the initial impressions or reflective thoughts prove to be more important to the success of this release?

Starting in the mid-eighties, software designer, Kevin Flynn [Jeff Bridges] disappears, leaving his IT empire (ENCOM) to his son, Sam. Several decades later Sam – played by Garrett Hedlund – is depicted as a reckless youngster, living in isolation, refusing to take responsibility of ENCOM. Following his yearly stunt (in this instance, uploading the latest ENCOM program online for free), Sam is confronted by Alan Bradley [Boxleitner], who explains he received a page from Kevin Flynn’s arcade – a number disconnected for over twenty years. Sam reluctantly agrees to investigate and upon arrival at the arcade discovers an underground workshop. Curious to learn what his father was working on, he begins tapping away at the active computer. Seconds later, Sam is transported into the computer and onto ‘the grid’. Ok, I’m just going to take a break for a moment. You’re all following me, right? I’m assuming you’ve all seen Tron and you get the concept? Good, ’cause trying to explain all this in detailed layman’s terms would be irritating. Where was I? Oh yes, Sam is now in the grid and forced to compete in the games, much like his father before him in the original film. After he proves himself, Sam is introduced to the individual in charge, who looks like a completely un-aged version of Kevin Flynn. It is quickly revealed that this is Flynn’s master program, Clu. Obsessed with creating the perfect world and worried of becoming obsolete, Clu turns on Flynn and exiles him. Sam is then saved from the games and brought to the real Kevin Flynn, now a great deal more aged and wizened, by the sprightly female program, Quorra [Wilde]. With the use of a great deal of expository discussions, Kevin reveals that Sam is now stuck as he was, for the only way to return to the real world is via a portal at the centre of the grid, which is heavily guarded by Clu.

As stated, this film is much like the original in the sense that it has copied across all its pros and cons. Visually speaking, this film is exquisite; granted the ‘young’ Jeff Bridges looks a tad shaky in places but overall, the combined effects, cinematography and overall look and feel are superb. In perfect sequel mentality, just enough nostalgia and revisited lines have been brought back to perfectly recreate this world for the fans, while introducing just the right combination of new elements to offer something different. Additionally, one of the more overlooked elements, sound design, is also exceptionally well executed and the whole sound editing process has been very well handled. Then there’s the score, presented by Daft Punk, which beautifully combines the epic scope of a thundering orchestral score whilst truly capturing a very distinctive electronic 80s sound. Ultimately, the most interesting part of this film is the philosophical, religious and technological subtexts that clearly influence both plot and character. The opportunity to analyse impermanence, godlessness, reason, existence, programming, etc, is certainly present (maybe more so than in the original) but never explored enough to annoy people – ie. The Matrix sequels. Given this, it’s entirely possible to sit down and give a complete translation of the film through philosophical and religious texts but never necessary.

Even with the original, acting and characters were never exactly the greatest foible and bar Jeff Bridges and David Warner, one could say that Tron was a little flat acting-wise. It’s no different here, Jeff Bridges is still the greatest thing going for this release while everyone around him attempts to catch up. Hedlund provides the typical 2D angry kid hero, Wilde plays the somewhat naïve warrior lady by the book and Michael Sheen goes a tad over the top as the entertainment program (but considering how vile the internet has become, we shouldn’t really be surprised by this extremely hedonistic manifestation) but everyone could have been a great deal worse. Curiously enough, while Tron slowed down considerably in the second act, Tron: Legacy wastes an ideal opportunity. After reuniting Sam with his father, they proceed to share a handful of stories, one after the other, which would have been far more interesting to actually watch. Sure, we get to witness a few brief frames of Clu’s betrayal and Tron’s demise but actually following these elements would have made for a much more engaging and entertaining story. But the biggest problem Tron: Legacy faces, is its predecessor: essentially, if you haven’t seen the original Tron there would be too many questions. Sure, I imagine you’d enjoy the film but this is a sequel and no amount of explanation, recaps or back-story is going to replace the experience of watching the first part of this story. Yet in Disney’s wisdom, they have decided to pull all copies from general retailers, meaning at this time, you’d be hard pressed to find a copy of Tron – and it is my opinion, that for this reason, Tron: Legacy will suffer at the cinema.


Release Date:
17th December 2010

The Scene To Look Out For:
This whole film is a visual spectacle and as such, picking a dialogue-heavy scene seems a touch obscure. If anything I would go with either the light cycle battle or Clu investigating Flynn’s hideout. Obviously, the light cycles were the highlight of the first Tron film and they were always going to be a welcome return. Without wanting to give away or spoil too much, Clu manages to track down the location of Kevin Flynn’s secret .. house .. thing .. and examines the layout and intricate décor designed by his creator. It’s a pretty short scene but greatly entertaining nevertheless.

Notable Characters:
This could never be anything but a Jeff Bridges film. As a sequel this should be a launch pad for the ‘new hero’ with a heavy cameo or substantial supporting role for the previous star. But in this case, Mr. Bridges manages to play the aged, slightly warn out Kevin Flynn as well as the dastardly, energised Clu. The audience may spend so long watching the CGI face of the younger Bridges, looking for the imperfections that they may forget entirely that he is still acting credibly in both roles. There have been a few noted complaints about Big Lebowski comparisons but I honestly couldn’t give a toss about them. At the end of the day, this is supposed to be a man trapped in a system for twenty years, it’s very likely his mannerisms wouldn’t completely change and that his crazy lingo would sound dated and silly when spoken by an individual of senior years. Still, he gives two fine performances and if the Tron series progresses to a third film, he will be sorely missed.

Highlighted Quote:
“The thing about perfection is that it’s unknowable. It’s impossible, but it’s also right in front of you all the time. You wouldn’t know that because I didn’t, when I created you. I’m sorry”

In A Few Words:
“As with the original, Tron: Legacy is a sublimely beautiful example of effects-driven cinema but in dire need of better story and superior dialogue”

Total Score:

4/5

Cinema City Film Quiz #36

[05 December 2010]


Winning Team:
Hit Girl Doesn’t Live Here Anymore!

Genre – A harrowing tale of a family ripped apart by an eleven year old supergirl with a rocket launcher

Runners Up:
A Miracle On St. Andrews Street
Genre – It’ll be a miracle if we win this quiz
Not So Goodfellas
Genre – Incompetent gangster drama
Sly And The Family Stallone
Genre – Sylvester Stallone does Motown biopic


ROUND I: Pre-Production
1. Beowulf is based on which old English tale?
BEOWULF
2. In which film does Jim Carrey play Truman Burbank, a man who unknowingly stars in his own television show?
THE TRUMAN SHOW
3. Which army did Maximus command in Gladiator? Roman? Greek? Persian?
ROMAN
4. What type of animal was Scar in The Lion King? [bonus point for stating the title of his song]
LION [Be Prepared]
5. What was the name of the terminator’s target in the 1984 film of the same name?
SARAH CONNOR
6. According to The Fifth Element, what are the first four elements? (one point per correct answer)
WATER / EARTH / FIRE / AIR
7. What is the name of the legendary pirate in The Princess Bride?
THE DREAD PIRATE ROBERTS
8. What were Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer’s call-signs in Top Gun? (one point per correct answer)
MAVERICK / ICE MAN
9. What film did Baz Luhrmann direct in between Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Australia (2008)?
MOULIN ROUGE
10. What is the final song that the unemployed northerners (couldn’t think of a better way to describe them) strip to in The Full Monty? [bonus point for stating the singer/band]
YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR HAT ON [Tom Jones]
11. Who played Harry Lime in The Third Man?
ORSON WELLES
12. Ann Darrow, Carl Denham, Jack Driscoll and the S.S. Venture are all names from which thirties film?
KING KONG

ROUND II: Filming [Martin Scorsese Special]
1. As with most Scorsese films, Gangs Of New York is set in which city?
NEW YORK
2. Which Scorsese film depicts the life of boxer, Jake La Motta? [bonus point for naming the actor who played Jake]
RAGING BULL [Robert De Niro]
3. Who plays the role of Jesus in The Last Temptation Of Christ? [bonus point for stating who played Pontius Pilate]
WILLEM DAFOE [David Bowie]
4. The Aviator is a biography of which eccentric millionaire?
HOWARD HUGHES
5. What type of facility is housed on Shutter Island?
ASYLUM FOR THE CRIMINALLY INSANE
6. What is the title of Scorsese’s only musical to date?
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
7. Goodfella’s long tracking shot in the Copa was captured in how many takes?
SEVEN
8. Which Scorsese film tells the story of Charlie and his close but destructive friend, Johhny Boy?
MEAN STREETS
9. What was the name of Scorsese’s first feature film? [bonus point for stating the year]
WHO’S THAT KNOCKING AT MY DOOR? [1967]
10. Taxi Driver is inspired by the writings of which Russian author?
FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY
11. The Age Of Innocence is dedicated to whom?
CHARLES SCORSESE (Martin’s father)
12. When James Woods heard that Scorsese was interested in working with him, Woods left an answering machine message simply saying, “Any time, any place, any part, any fee.” True or False? [bonus point for stating the film in question]
TRUE [Casino]

ROUND III: Post-Production
1. How many year/s passed between the publication of the novel True Grit and the 1969 John Wayne film of the same name?
ONE
2. Which actor starred in Saving Private Ryan, Planet Of The Apes, Cinderella Man and Cold Souls?
PAUL GIAMATTI
3. In The Reader, how old is Michael Berg when he first begins his affair with Hanna Schmitz?
FIFTEEN
4. What was Alan Rickman’s debut film?
DIE HARD
5. The Whitney Huston song, “I will always love you” was recorded for which film?
THE BODYGUARD
6. What years were the Naked Gun films released? (one point per correct answer)
1988 / 1991 / 1994
7. What is the name of Victor’s deceased dog in Corpse Bride?
SCRAPS
8. What is the name of Frankie’s gym in Million Dollar Baby? Champ’s Corner? The Hit Pit? Tough Enough?
THE HIT PIT
9. Which three actors play the ‘dads’ in Three Men And A Baby? (one point per correct answer)
TOM SELLECK / TED DANSON / STEVE GUTTENBERG
10. During one particular scene in La Vie En Rose, Edith Piaf is given her stage name by a nightclub owner. What does Piaf mean? [bonus point for naming the actor who played the nightclub owner]
SPARROW [Gérard Depardieu]
11. Who directed the Carry On films?
GERALD THOMAS
12. What is the title of the 1988 comedy starring Tom Hanks and Sally Field as two stand up comics?
PUNCHLINE

ROUND IV: Promotion & Release
1. “I can hear you whispering children, so I know you’re down there. I can feel myself getting awful mad. I’m out of patience children, I’m coming to find you now” is a quote from which film? Kiss Me Deadly? Night Of The Hunter? The 39 Steps?
NIGHT OF THE HUNTER
2. Who directed the 1932 original Scarface? William A. Wellman? Mervyn LeRoy? Howard Hawks?
HOWARD HAWKS
3. The Quiet Man was set in which fictional Irish village? Connefraigh? Innisfree? Famalah? [bonus point for stating what the town was named after]
INNISFREE [Island in Lough Gill, Sligo]
4. Who composed the score for Once Upon A Time In America? Bill Conti? Jerry Goldsmith? Ennio Morricone?
ENNIO MORRICONE
5. Which actress played the title role in 1956’s Anastasia? Deborah Kerr? Ingrid Bergman? Lana Turner?
INGRID BERGMAN
6. Which of the following films did not afford Sigourney Weaver an Academy Award nomination? Aliens? The Ice Storm? Gorillas In The Mist?
THE ICE STORM
7. How did Eddie, George and Lloyd meet in The Roaring Twenties? Went to the same school? Stationed together in WWI? All involved in the same barroom brawl? [bonus points for naming the actors who played Eddie, George and Lloyd]
MET IN A FOXHOLE DURING WORLD WAR I [James Cagney / Humphrey Bogart / Jeffrey Lynn]
8. Which actress played the role of Virginia Woolf in The Hours? Julianne Moore? Nicole Kidman? Meryl Streep?
NICOLE KIDMAN
9. Which of the following is not one of the musical numbers from Chicago? All That Jazz? Maybe This Time? Razzle Dazzle?
MAYBE THIS TIME
10. How many targets must Vincent assassinate in Collateral? Four? Five? Eight?
FIVE
11. Which of the following is the correct quote from White Heat? Top of the world, Ma!? Made it, Ma! Top of the world!? How you like me now, top of the world!?
MADE IT, MA! TOP OF THE WORLD!
12. Rio Bravo marked the last time John Wayne wore the same hat he had worn since Stagecoach twenty years earlier. True or False?
TRUE