Cinema City Film Quiz #51

[31 July 2011]


Winning Team:
Captain Hamerica

Genre – A harrowing tale of the worlds first super hero made from mechanically recovered meat

Runners Up:
Cheaper By The Dirty Dozen
Genre – Steve Martin has to cope with the hilarious consequences of having 12 children, all of whom are World War II commandoes
Super 12
Genre – A small town in the middle of middle of a mystical accident, filmed by children on 12 megapixel phones
Twelve Monkees
Genre – Micky Dolenz and eleven motion captured Andy Serkis’ in a rockumentary thriller with sexy results
12 Angry Monkeys
Genre – No violence, no sex, no swearing, not worth seeing
Captain Birdseye: The Fish Molester
Genre – A fish compartment chiller


ROUND I: Pre-Production
1. Who directed Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula?
FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA
2. “If you’ve got a taste for terror, take Carrie to the prom” was the poster tagline for which film?
CARRIE
3. Blazing Saddles is a parody of which genre?
WESTERN
4. And Now For Something Completely Different was the first film by which comedy troupe?
MONTY PYTHON
5. Shakespeare In Love is largely an reinterpretation of Shakespearean play?
ROMEO AND JULIET
6. How many fairies raise Aurora in secret, in Sleeping Beauty?
THREE
7. What is the name of Daniel’s mentor, played by Pat Morita, in The Karate Kid? (one point for the answer, one point for correct spelling)
MR. MIYAGI
8. What was the title of Natasha Henstridge’s 1995 debut?
SPECIES
9. What colours are the six crooks (excluding the two Cabots) in Reservoir Dogs? (one point per correct answer)
WHITE / ORANGE / PINK / BLONDE / BLUE / BROWN
10. Disclosure, Congo and Sphere are all adaptations of novels by which author?
MICHAEL CRICHTON
11. What are the subtitles to the three Star Wars prequels? (one point per correct answer)
THE PHANTOM MENACE / ATTACK OF THE CLONES / REVENGE OF THE SITH
12. What does Westley say to Buttercup whenever she asks him to do something, in The Princess Bride?
AS YOU WISH

ROUND II: Filming [Films Rated 12 (1989-1994-2002) Special]
1. How many years did the 12 certificate run in cinemas?
THIRTEEN
2. Who played the title role in Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves?
KEVIN COSTNER
3. What were the two subtitles of the Ace Ventura films? (one point per correct answer)
PET DETECTIVE / WHEN NATURE CALLS
4. What were the names of the two shuttles in Armageddon? (one point per correct answer)
FREEDOM / INDEPENDENCE
5. Which film did James Cameron quote when accepting his academy award for best director?
TITANIC (screaming “I’m the king of the world” while pumping his oscar statuette)
6. What is Forrest Gump’s favourite book?
CURIOUS GEORGE
7. Which city trialled the PG-12 certificate (which was replaced by 12a) from Oct01 – Jan02?
NORWICH
8. Sam Wheat and Molly Jensen are the lead characters in which 1990 release?
GHOST
9. The premise of 1997’s Liar Liar was essentially a remake of which 1941 Bob Hope film?
NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH
10. What did Andrew Davis direct after Under Siege?
THE FUGITIVE
11. What were the first and last films to be rated 12? (one point per correct answer)
BATMAN / SPIDER-MAN
12. When speaking with the alien invaders, in Independence Day, Bill Pullman used the memory of dental surgery to achieve the required expression. True or False?
TRUE

ROUND III: Post-Production
1. What was the original title of the Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin survival thriller, The Edge?
BOOKWORM
2. When the fellowship leaves Elrond, in Lord Of The Rings, Frodo asks which way to Mordor. What is Gandalf’s response?
LEFT
3. How many Look Who’s Talking films were made?
THREE
4. How many times does Kim Basinger scream in Batman?
THIRTY TWO
5. Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz have co-starred how many times? [bonus points for naming the titles]
TWICE [Vanilla Sky / Knight And Day]
6. The Wizard Of Oz (1939), Oliver Twist (1948) and King Of Kings (1961) all feature title sequences with the same type of naturally occurring items in the background. What are they?
CLOUDS
7. What is the name of Daniel Day-Lewis’ character in The Last Of The Mohicans?
HAWKEYE
8. In Back To The Future Part II, Doc Brown confesses that time travelling is too dangerous and that he should devote his life to the only other great mystery of the universe. What is it?
WOMEN
9. Who directed the adaptation of Frank Cottrell Boyce’s Millions?
DANNY BOYLE
10. How much does Nick Leeson (played by Ewan McGreggor) manage to lose through bad investments in Rogue Trader?
EIGHT HUNDRED MILLION POUNDS
11. Which three films starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura? (one point per correct answer)
PREDATOR / RUNNING MAN / BATMAN & ROBIN
12. Which film received such critical feedback as, “Stunningly misguided, aggressively bad folly”, “The Showgirls of sci-fi” and “May well turn out to be the worst move of this century”
BATTLEFIELD EARTH

ROUND IV: Promotion & Release
1. What event caused Jerome’s (Jude Law) depression in Gattaca? Winning a silver medal? Turned down by a girl? Impotence?
WINNING A SILVER MEDAL
2. What was the name of the boat in The Perfect Storm? Mary Bowers? Savannah Joy? Andrea Gail?
ANDREA GAIL
3. What fruit does Zorg chokes on in The Fifth Element? Grape? Cherry? Blackberry? [bonus point for naming the actor who played Zorg]
CHERRY [Gary Oldman]
4. The Never Ending Story was shot in which country? England? France? Germany?
GERMANY
5. Who directed Groundhog Day? Bill Murray? Dan Ackroyd? Harold Ramis?
HAROLD RAMIS
6. Who wrote the screenplay for True Romance? Robert Rodriguez? Quentin Tarantino? Luc Besson?
QUENTIN TARANTINO
7. Which Dostoyevsky novel is Reznik seen reading throughout The Machinist? Crime & Punishment? Demons? The Idiot?
THE IDIOT
8. Die Hard 2: Die Harder takes place in which airport? Fort Worth? Dulles International? LaGuardia?
DULLES
9. What is the name of the model, played by Owen Wilson, in Zoolander? Mugatu? Meekus? Hansel?
HANSEL
10. What type of ‘horror villain’ is portrayed in Ravenous? Cannibals? Zombies? Werewolves?
CANNIBALS
11. What was the alias of Alan Ford’s character in Snatch? Boris The Blade? Cousin Avi? Brick Top?
BRICK TOP
12. The password used in Eyes Wide Shut is the title of Beethoven’s only opera. True or False?
TRUE (Fidelio)

Cinema City Film Quiz #50

[17 July 2011]


Winning Team:
Hufflepuff

Runners Up:
Ravenclaw
Beauxbatons Academy Of Magic
Slytherin
Gryffindor


ROUND I: Easy
1. What is the name of the school that the lead wizards attend?
HOGWARTS (School Of Witchcraft And Wizardry)
2. What is the shape of the scar on Harry’s forehead?
LIGHTNING BOLT
3. Who authored the Harry Potter series?
J K ROWLING
4. What are the names of the four Hogwarts houses? (one point per correct answer)
GRYFFINDOR / HUFFLEPUFF / RAVENCLAW / SLYTHERIN
5. How is Voldemort referred to in the first three films?
HE WHO MUST NOT BE NAMED or YOU KNOW WHO or THE DARK LORD
6. Harry’s wand contains a tail feather from which bird?
PHOENIX
7. What is the full title of the final cinematic release?
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART II
8. What was the US release title for the Philosopher’s Stone?
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE
9. How many schools compete in the the Triwizard Tournament?
THREE
10. Which film introduces Dobby the house elf?
CHAMBER OF SECRETS

ROUND II: Medium
1. What type of animal appears on the plates in Delores Umbridge’s office?
CAT
2. What is the name of the three-headed dog in Philosopher’s Stone?
FLUFFY
3. What is the name of Hagrid’s half brother?
GRAWP
4. What nationality is Luna Lovegood?
IRISH
5. Who voices the sorting hat?
LESLIE PHILLIPS
6. What colour is the philosopher’s stone?
BLOOD RED
7. In which film is Harry’s wand broken?
DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART I
8. What is the name of the wraith guards of Azkaban?
DEMENTORS
9 Cedric Diggory belongs to which Hogwarts House?
HUFFLEPUFF
10 Who is the first Defence Against The Dark Arts teacher to replace Professor Quirrel?
GILDEROY LOCKHART

ROUND III: Hard
1. What device does Hermione use in Prisoner Of Azkaban to ensure she gets to all her classes?
A TIME-TURNER
2. What is Tom Riddle’s middle name?
MARVOLO
3. What are the names of the unforgivable curses? (one point per correct answer)
IMPERIUS CURSE / CRUCIATUS CURSE / KILLING CURSE (Avada Kedavra)
4 What is the title of the book that Dumbledore leaves to Hermione?
THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD
5. What is the name of the mirror?
MIRROR OF ERISED
6 How many actors portray Albus Dumbledore? [bonus point for each actor named]
THREE [Richard Harris / Michael Gambon / Toby Regbo]
7. There is a post-credits monk’s reward in Chamber Of Secrets that depicts Lockhart’s latest book. What is the title?
WHO AM I?
8 How many bricks are tapped to gain access to Diagon Alley?
FIVE (different from book)
9. Which character said, “They want me to tap dance! I don’t want to tap dance!” [bonus point for stating which film it was said in]
RONALD WEASLEY [Prisoner Of Azkaban]
10 What are the names of the dragon breeds that feature in the Goblet Of Fire? (one point per correct answer)
SWEDISH SHORT SNOUT / WELSH GREEN / CHINESE FIREBALL / HUNGARIAN HORNTAIL

ROUND IV: Multiple Choice
1. What type of patronus does Harry see in the woods in Deathly Hallows: Part I? Doe? Hare? Python?
DOE
2. Which of the following was not one of the two countries competing in the final of the Quidditch World Cup? Bulgaria? Ireland? Spain?
SPAIN
3. At the end of Half-Blood Prince, Harry posses a locket with a note signed with what initials? RAB? BAR? BRA?
RAB
4. What is the name of the main theme, used in every film, composed by John Williams? Hedwig’s Theme? The Arrival Of Baby Harry? Prologue?
HEDWIG’S THEME (according to the official soundtrack)
5. The Rebellion Begins was the poster tagline for which film? Order Of The Phoenix? The Half-Blood Prince? Deathly Hallows Part I?
ORDER OF THE PHOENIX
6. The big reveal of Peter Pettigrew’s true identity takes place in which building? The Shrieking Shack? Hogsmeade? Knockturn Alley?
THE SHRIEKING SHACK
7. What kind of creature is Aragog? Owl? Dragon? Spider?
SPIDER
8. What class does Professor Trelawney teach? Herbology? Divination? Transfiguration?
DIVINATION
9. What is the name of the student that forms a relationship with Ron in the Half-Blood Prince? Lavender Brown? Cho Chang? Marietta Edgecombe?
LAVENDER BROWN
10. What does Neville give Harry to allow him to breathe underwater? Gillyweed? Mandrake? Dittany?
GILLYWEED

HARRY POTTER & THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART II

It All Ends

Director
David Yates

Starring
Daniel Radcliffe
Rupert Grint
Emma Watson



**I’m not going to bother with spoiler warnings, it would be too hard to pen this without giving away massive plot details. If you haven’t seen the movie, don’t bother with this review until you have**

Curiously enough, writing this review is proving to be quite difficult. Having looked over my comments on Deathly Hallows: Part I it would be easier to just copy and paste the content. Trying not to repeat myself is going to be a taxing task.

With Voldemort [Ralph Fiennes] in possession of the Elder Wand and Snape [Alan Rickman] now headmaster at Hogwarts, the wizarding world is very much in turmoil. Harry [Radcliffe], Ron [Grint] and Hermione [Watson], narrowly escaping captivity in the previous film, are now mounting an infiltration of Gringotts bank, to uncover and destroy another horcrux hidden within Bellatrix Lestrange’s [Helena Bonham Carter] personal vault. Following this, the group learns that one of the last horcruxes is located within the grounds of Hogwarts and they will have to return in order to destroy it. From there an almighty offensive is mounted and preparations for the last stand take place.

Building on the growing tension and suspense established in the first part, Deathly Hallows Part II escalates to what is essentially the last day or two of the final battle. With so much taking place in such a short space of time, it is immensely pleasing to see how well this crucial epic has been directed. The visuals are spectacular; from the costumes, make-up and set decoration to the computer generated imagery, every element is lush and dripping with a dazzling amount of detail. Additionally, the cinematography ensures that every scene is set and lit beautifully. The editing has also been remarkably well handled, ensuring the pacing never falters and as much exposition, back-story and plot reveals have been incorporated without hindering the main plot flow. But this instalment is dependent almost entirely on the performances, as grand as the visual treatment was, without substantial acting prowess it would have instantaneously crumbled (see the majority of blockbusters released over the last twenty years). After a rocky learning curve, with several young actors and actresses finding their feet, we are finally at the stage where even minor characters can hold their own with multiple award winners and critically acclaimed masters of the trade. As far as writing is concerned, I’m a neutral party (as I’ve stated multiple times, I’ve never read the books). And as a neutral party, I can’t help but applaud Steve Kloves for the tremendously difficult task of adapting the script. Granted, there are a handful of details that were omitted but unlike previous releases, an almighty wealth of information has been conveyed that should assuage die-hard fans of the book. Right? Well, no. The biggest argument behind negative feedback is still that certain details were left out or slightly altered. I’ll admit, the absence of Dumbledore’s backstory was glazed over but with everything else going on, I actually didn’t mind. As useful as the exposition might have been, it would have severely disjointed the pacing — an open confession to the fans seems to appear in the script itself as Harry says, ‘I don’t care about you and I don’t care what he has done. I trusted the man I knew’. In other words, it’s not important, you’ve been given enough information to form a conclusion, don’t worry about the minor details.

Granted, there are still minor gripes. I was initially frustrated by the ’19 years later’ makeup, feeling it was applied a little too liberally. It’s hard to explain but I was expected to see a significantly older group, with notably deeper voices, not wizened to the degree they resemble old aged pensioners but enough to distance themselves from the characters we’ve been watching for the last two and a half hours. But then I changed my mind, realising that we have seen these kids grow from the first film and as the changes have been so dramatically noticeable, I was probably expecting something similar; when in actuality, people don’t age that much from mid twenties to thirties. The only thing I would have liked is for the actors to be a little taller.. don’t know why. Secondly, the 3D element is a gimmick, nothing more. So I have no desire to discuss that at all. But the reason I find myself unable to award this movie a flush ten-out-of-ten is simply because it is the second part of a longer story; it would be no different to pausing something like The Godfather half way through and asking, “What do you think so far?” Combined, I would say that The Deathly Hallows is the most attentive release and had this much effort, care and consideration to detail gone into each and every film, Harry Potter would be a truly flawless series. Subsequently, in its currently divided state, I would say 9/10 is a wholly fitting badge of merit.

I have no doubt that at some point in the future, another adaptation (be it a series of films or HBO-style television event) will probably be attempted but thanks to such a successful series finale, giving even the most pedantic fan significant closure, there will be extremely heavy protesting and it will be rather difficult to top what has already been accomplished. Ultimately, whether you appreciate or dislike these films, it is without question that a solid decade of continually improving filmmaking is not only a rarity but something that has never really happened before (one could argue James Bond but you’d be pushing it) – as such, you may have your issues with certain creative decisions along the way but you have to respect the overall achievement and full impact Harry Potter has had on the cinematic world. And knowing we may not experience something of this nature for a very long time makes me curiously forlorn — surely, the most fitting of emotions for an exquisitely executed on-screen phenomena.


Release Date:
15th July 2011

The Scene To Look Out For:
Once the trio make their way to Hogwarts, everything pretty much blends into one long series of events. Subsequently, as much as I would like to highlight the analysis of Severus’ memories, I was rather pleased with the entire Gringotts infiltration. From the opening bargaining with Griphook [Warwick Davis] and Hermione’s use of polyjuice to impersonate Bellatrix, to the climactic dragon-riding breakout, it’s a stunning piece of filmmaking – much in the same way that I thoroughly enjoyed the infiltration of the Ministry of Magic in the previous instalment.

Notable Characters:
There are several prominent and notable performances but three individuals in particular stood out. The first is obviously, Daniel Radcliffe as Potter. I realise a great many fans have a problem with his performance (as fans of source material invariably do) but I think he’s come a long way and has developed a commanding presence. Secondly, Alan Rickman is, as ever, delightful to watch but once the audience relives his memories in the pensieve, his performance generates so many additional layers, making him one of the finest characters throughout the series. And finally, Neville Longbottom. Matthew Lewis has been afforded the opportunity to really shine for brief periods and will no doubt endear himself with fans more than ever. I should Ralph Fiennes but I’m not going to. No reason, just not going to.

Highlighted Quote:
“Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living and above all, pity those who live without love”

In A Few Words:
“Without a doubt the strongest ending to any film series I can think of. An absolutely incredible feat perfectly crowning a decade of stellar cinema”

Total Score:

5/5

Cinema City Film Quiz #49

[03 July 2011]


Winning Team:
Justin’s Beaver

Genre – A hard hitting rockumentary expose about how the music industry has turned Justin Bieber into a girl

Runners Up:
Transformers 4: Robots Eating Pies
Genre – Anti-diet propoganda
Tranny-formers
Genre – Harrowing cross dressing musical documentary
The Rock Island
Genre – Michael Bay, genre-defying epic where Nicolas Cage and Ewan McGregor are members of a cloned heavy metal band stranded on Alcatraz, fighting terrorists armed with nerve gas… hilarity ensues
The Legend Of Shakira
Genre – The story of the humble-breasted second coming
There’s A She-Wolf In Neo-Tokyo
Genre – Post apocalyptic musical starring Shakira
The Wrath Of Con
Genre – Sci-Fi


ROUND I: Pre-Production
1. What kind of animal is Punxsutawney Phil in Groundhog Day?
GROUNDHOG
2. Jailhouse Rock starred which musician?
ELVIS PRESLEY
3. Who played the title character in Schindler’s List?
LIAM NEESON
4. How many grandchildren does John Hammond have in Jurassic Park (specifically, how many do we see)?
TWO
5. The Great Escape is set in which country?
GERMANY (now Poland)
6. What was the name of the character that seduces Benjamin Braddock in The Graduate? [bonus point for naming the actress who portrayed her]
MRS. ROBINSON [Anne Bancroft]
7. Forrest Gump operated a successful company specialising in what type of seafood?
SHRIMP
8. What year is Back To The Future II set (specifically the start)?
2015
9. The Day The Earth Stood Still was remade in 2008. What year was the original released?
1951
10. What Parcel company does Tom Hanks’ character work for in Cast Away?
FED EX
11. Which John Ford film, released in 1956, is said to be John Wayne’s most successful film?
THE SEARCHERS
12. When Michael Myers kills his first victim in Halloween, what kind of mask is he wearing?
CLOWN

ROUND II: Filming [Michael Bay’s Transformers Special]
1. Transformers is based on which 1980’s television/comic series?
TRANSFORMERS
2. Who plays the lead role of Sam Witwicky?
SHIA LABEOUF
3. What type of vehicle does Optimus transform into?
MACK TRUCK
4. What are the names of the two warring robot factions? (one point per correct answer)
AUTOBOTS / DECEPTICONS
5. What is the subtitle of the second film?
REVENGE OF THE FALLEN
6. What is the name of the secret government department that Agent Simmons works for?
SECTOR SEVEN
7. What is the name of the cube that gives the transformers life?
ALL SPARK
8. What are the names of the two controversial characters (dubbed ‘the twins’) in the second film which were considered incredibly racist? (one point per correct answer)
SKIDS / MUDFLAP
9. What is the Witwicky family motto?
NO SACRIFICE, NO VICTORY
10. What is Sam’s eBay username?
LADIESMAN217
11. What does the military group NEST stand for?
NETWORK ELEMENTS: SUPPORTERS AND TRANSFORMERS
12. To date, the second Transformers film holds the record for highest amount of paid product placements. True or False
TRUE (47 in total)

ROUND III: Post-Production
1. What is the full title of Dr. Strangelove?
DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB
2. What are the professional names for the two magicians played by Hugh Jackman (Robert Angier) and Christian Bale (Alfred Borden), in The Prestige? (one point per correct answer)
THE GREAT DANTON / THE PROFESSOR
3. What is the name of the disco that Tony frequents in Saturday Night Fever?
2001 ODYSSEY
4. What were the titles of the first and last films directed by Orson Welles? (one point per correct answer)
CITIZEN KANE / F FOR FAKE
5. What is the name of the captain of the Nostromo in Alien?
DALLAS
6. What is Vin’s (Steve McQueen) reason for joining the group, in The Magnificent Seven? [bonus point for naming the actor/character who shares the same reason]
BROKE FROM GAMBLING [Charles Bronson/Bernardo O’Reilly joins because he is also broke]
7. What is the one thing that can defeat the devil in the 1990 parody Repossessed (starring Leslie Nielson and Linda Blair)?
ROCK MUSIC
8. In Life Is Beautiful (La Vita E Bella) Guido Orefice convinces his son that their imprisonment in a concentration camp is a game, what is the prize for the winners?
A TANK
9. How many times was The Wizard Of Oz filmed before the infamous 1939 release?
TWICE (1910 / 1925)
10. What are titles of the three films in Bernardo Bertolucci’s Oriental Trilogy? (one point per correct answer)
THE LAST EMPEROR / THE SHELTERING SKY / LITTLE BUDDHA
11. What was the title of Sam Peckinpah’s 1969 release?
THE WILD BUNCH
12. How often does Han hold a martial arts tournament on his island, in Enter The Dragon?
EVERY THREE YEARS

ROUND IV: Promotion & Release
1. Which 90s Disney film was made for 25 million dollars and went on to make over 375 million? Aladdin? Beauty And The Beast? The Lion King?
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST [Aladdin 28/500+ Lion King 45/780+]
2. Who directed The Omen? Richard Donner? Brian De Palma? John Schlesinger?
RICHARD DONNER
3. Citizen Kane, Shadow Of A Doubt and The Third Man all starred which actor? Orson Welles? Joseph Cotton? Ray Collins?
JOSEPH COTTON
4. How many ex-girlfriends does Rob Gordon visit in High Fidelity? Four? Five? Six?
FIVE [Laura / Alison / Penny / Jackie / Charlie]
5. Who was the first director to say, “Lights, camera, action”? D.W. Griffith? Cecil B. DeMille? Alfred Hitchcock?
D.W. GRIFFITH
6. What US city is The Departed set in? Detroit? Boston? Chicago?
BOSTON
7. Whilst posing as millionaire ‘Junior’, in Some Like It Hot, Tony Curtis impersonated which fellow actor? Charlton Heston? Gregory Peck? Cary Grant?
CARY GRANT
8. Which of the following actors is a huge comic book fan, taking his stage name from comics, sporting a Marvel tattoo and naming his son Kal-El? Hugh Jackman? Nicolas Cage? Michael Keaton?
NICOLAS CAGE
9. What is Roger Thornhill’s job in North By Northwest? Advertising Executive? Photographer? Detective? [bonus point for naming the actor who played Thornhill]
ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE [Cary Grant]
10. In 1989’s Heathers, Christian Slater plays JD. What does JD stand for? James Dice? Johnny Dayton? Jason Dean?
JASON DEAN
11. ‘This time it’s personal’ was the poster tagline for which Jaws sequel? Jaws 2? Jaws 3D? Jaws 4: The Revenge?
JAWS IV: THE REVENGE
12. Up until 2007 Nick Cave was writing a sequel to Gladiator in which Maximus would be reincarnated across time, including Ancient Rome, World War II and a contemporary Pentagon setting. True or False?
TRUE

BONUS MINI-ROUND: Akira
1. What colour is Kaneda’s bike?
RED
2. What is the name of Kaneda’s best friend?
TETSUO
3. The finale takes place in what type of stadium?
OLYMPIC
4. What year is the film set?
2019
5. What is the name of Kaneda’s gang?
THE CAPSULES