Cinema City Film Quiz #78

[26 August 2012]


Winning Team:
Practical Magic Mike

Genre – Channing Tatum and Nicole Kidman play two sisters dealing with a curse on their family’s stripping business

Runners Up:
Dirty Harry Potter And The Witches Of Eastwood
Genre – A harrowing teen angst drama
Whatever Happened To David Blaine
Genre – Tragedy
Ho’cus Bro’cus
Genre – Urban drama about three witches in ‘da hood’


ROUND I: Pre-Production
1. What type of animal is the dominant species in Planet Of The Apes?
SIMIAN
2. What colour is Indiana Jones’ hat?
BROWN
3. What is the name of the boy that befriends E.T. in the film of the same name? [bonus point for naming the actor who portrayed him]
ELLIOT [Henry Thomas]
4. Treasure Of The Sierra Madre, The Big Sleep and In A Lonely Place all starred which actor?
HUMPHREY BOGART
5. Draw Superman’s chest-piece symbol.
One point if distinguishable, two points if drawn well
6. Who played the title role in 1948’s Hamlet?
LAWRENCE OLIVIER
7. What were the titles of the two Bond films starring Timothy Dalton? (one point per correct answer)
THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS / LICENCE TO KILL
8. The following is a quote from which film, “Bangarang”?
HOOK
9. What are the names of the two crooks trying to thwart Kevin McCallister in Home Alone? (one point per correct answer)
HARRY LYME / MARV MERCHANTS
10. Stag film was the original name for which genre of film?
PORNOGRAPHIC

ROUND II: Filming [Magic/Magicians]
1. What does Geppetto wish to/upon/at to bring Pinocchio to life, in Pinocchio? The Moon? A Star? The souls of his ancestors?
A STAR
2. Which actor voices the role of The Pagemaster in the film of the same name? Jeremy Irons? Christopher Lloyd? Ian McKellen?
CHRISTOPHER LLOYD
3. What colour is Borden’s rubber ball in The Prestige? Red? Brown? Purple?
RED
4. The Illusionist takes place in which city? Vienna? Venice? Versailles?
VIENNA
5. What is the name of Sarah’s teddy bear which she finds in Toby’s room at the start of Labyrinth? Cornelius? Humphrey? Lancelot?
LANCELOT
6. What is the name of the Dwarven race in Willow? Nelwyn? Daikini? Bavmorda?
NELWYN
7. Who played Houdini in the 1953 film of the same name? Alan Ladd? Richard Burton? Tony Curtis?
TONY CURTIS
8. Which of the following is not a quote from Penn & Teller Get Killed? Better take the drain cleaner out of your mouth, this is getting serious? The movie is called Penn & Teller Get Killed, we had to get killed at the end, there’s no way out of that? If I have to hunt you down and stab you again, I’m gonna be furious?
IF I HAVE TO HUNT YOU DOWN AND STAB YOU AGAIN, I’M GONNA BE FURIOUS
9. Who directed 1958’s The Magician? Ingmar Bergman? Werner Herzog? Georg Wilhelm Pabst?
INGMAR BERGMAN
10. Due to the critical and commercial disaster that was 2005’s The Magic Roundabout, none of the main cast have been asked to provide voice-over work since. True or False?
FALSE

ROUND III: Post-Production
1. Excluding the upcoming On Her Majesty’s Service, how many live action Asterix & Obelix films have been released to date?
THREE (A&O Take On Caesar / A&O: Mission Cleopatra / Asterix At The Olympic Games)
2. What is the title of Georges Melies’ iconic and most recognised silent film?
VOYAGE TO THE MOON (one point) / LA VOYAGE DANS LA LUNE (two points)
3. How old is Mathilda in Leon?
TWELVE
4. The following is a quote from which film, “Due to the Nakatomi Corporation’s legacy of greed around the globe, they are about to be taught a lesson in the real use of power. You will be witnesses”?
DIE HARD
5. What startles Judy, causing her to fall at the end of Vertigo?
A NUN
6. 1974’s Chinatown grossed $29.2 million at the box office. What was its budget?
SIX MILLION DOLLARS
7. Lawrence Of Arabia, Cromwell and HMS Defiant all starred which actor?
ALEC GUINNESS
8. In Jurassic Park, what six words precede the iconic line “Welcome to Jurassic Park”? (exact words for point)
“DR GRANT, MY DEAR DR SATLER..”
9. Randle McMurphy is the main character in which film?
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST
10. Who composed the scores for Fiddler On The Roof, Valley Of The Dolls and Schindler’s List?
JOHN WILLIAMS

ROUND IV: Promotion & Release
1. Which of the following is not an actual film title? Santa Claus Conquers The Martians? Hillbilly Politics For Beginners? Sssssss?
HILLBILLY POLITICS FOR BEGINNERS
2. How many times has 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea been adapted for cinema (which excludes TV movies and cameos)? 2? 3? 4?
THREE (1907 / 1916 / 1954)
3. Ivan The Terrible: Part II was finished two years after the release of Part I. How many years passed before it was shown to the public? 12? 16? 21?
TWELVE
4. “The great adventure, the great entertainment” was the poster tagline for which film? The Great Gatsby? The Great Journey? The Great Escape?
THE GREAT ESCAPE
5. What was the title of F.W. Murnau’s last film made in Germany before he moved to America? Nosferatu? Faust? Sehnsucht?
FAUST
6. What was the name of the character played by George Sanders in All About Eve? Addison DeWitt? Bill Sampson? Max Fabian? [bonus point for naming the Disney villain voiced by George Sanders]
ADDISON DEWITT [Shere Khan]
7. What item does Shukichi give Noriko at the end of Tokyo Story? A Necklace? Earrings? A Watch?
A WATCH
8. What name does Brigid O’Shaughnessey give when she first meets Sam Spade, in The Maltese Falcon? Rebecca Wondrous? Ruth Wonderly? Rachel Wonderman?
RUTH WONDERLY
9. Citizen Kane was originally released by which studio? RKO Radio Pictures? Twentieth Century Pictures? Fox Film Corporation?
RKO RADIO PICTURES
10. Despite being born in England, Daniel Day-Lewis has never played an Englishman on film. True or False?
FALSE

BRAVE

Change Your Fate

Director
Mark Andrews

Starring
Kelly Macdonald
Billy Connolly
Emma Thompson
Julie Walters



After the rather uninspired sequel, Cars 2, I was more than ready for another original Pixar film, populated with memorable characters, witty wordplay, breath-taking visuals, captivating scenarios and pitch-perfect emotional notes throughout. What I got was a Disney film. Maybe it was the fairytale framing or the politics of the directorial changeover or the bloody random songs but the whole thing smacked of Disney and as I left the cinema, my only resonating opinion was: that was nice.

The opening prologue, introduces us to medieval Scotland, King Fergus DunBroch [Connolly], Queen Elinor [Thompson] and the young princess, Merida [Macdonald]. For the princess’ birthday, her father has given her a bow. Whilst practicing, she encounters a will o’ the wisp (spritey fairy kinda thing from Celtic folklore) which leads her back to her family. However, she is followed by a menacing, ferocious one-eyed bear dubbed Mor’du. The Queen rides off with Merida to safety while Fergus stays to fight the beast. The story jumps ahead twelve years or so and Merida is a typically free-spirited (and wholly anachronistic) teenager with a penchant for archery and disobedience. Fergus survived his encounter with the bear but lost his leg in the process. At this point we are introduced to the selectively mute, mischievous triplets Harris, Hubert and Hamish (I think that’s right). Life as a princess does not suit the firey Merida and the news that she is to be betrothed to one of the first born of the four clans (DunBroch, Dingwall, MacGuffin and Macintosh) is not well received. All three suitors compete in an archery contest and only Dingwall manages to accidentally score a reasonable hit. However, Merida, being a firstborn of the four clans, declares the right to shoot for her own hand. Being the expert marksman, she looses three arrows, hitting three bullseyes and splitting Dingwall’s fluke arrow. This causes an immense rift, not only between the clans but most notably between Merida and her overbearing mother. After a particularly brutal verbal backlash, Merida takes her horse and rides off into the woods. After a while she comes across a circle of menhirs and the will o’ the wisps lead her to a secluded cottage. Therein, Merida finds a witch named.. er.. well, she’s named The Witch [Walters] who appears to have something of an obsession with bears. (I might point out that by this stage I had worked out the entire plot and was waiting to be proven wrong). Without going into too much detail and ruining the film, Merida makes a deal to change her mother with the aid of a potion – which takes the form of a cake. Of course this change is very literal and heavily inspired by the witch’s fondness of a particular animal. Tribulations ensue and mother and daughter must reconcile their differences.

So my biggest frustration with this release, as mentioned earlier, is the very overbearing ‘Disney’ feel to it. Pixar have always singled themselves out as more sincere, captivating storytellers for their unique setups and subtle storytelling methods. Even when they put a foot wrong, they still manage to produce sheer excellence and have already carved themselves a decent little legacy. Then Disney bought their studio back and now they’re taking orders from Walt & Co (not literally, obviously.. unless you’re a conspiracy nut). The entire story, as charming as it is, is all rather neat and convenient. The resolutions feel a little forced and obvious, the characterisations are a little two dimensional and the whole anthropomorphic animals and clear good/bad guys plus plucky comic reliefs are a little paint-by-numbers and can be considered signature traits of Walt Disney Studios. In all honesty, had this movie been a follow-up to Tangled, released by Disney Animated Studios, I would be praising the piss out of it but this is Pixar and this company has a far greater track record.

Of course, I’m focusing on an overall niggling complaint and comparing it to a production studios’ entire back catalogue. As a standalone film, it’s a very picturesque, quaint story with plenty of decent moral characterisation and stupid bloody montages and flipping unbelievably fast inhuman toddlers and the use of forks which wouldn’t have been invented for several hundred years and different suitors besting Vikings and Romans from COMPLETELY different time periods and USE OF THE WORD CHORTLE EVEN THOUGH IT WAS INVENTED BY LEWIS BLOODY CARROLL AND.. and I’m getting carried away. Excuse me. So, the positive elements. It’s pretty, the voice acting is compelling and the story will entertain young children but holds little for older audiences. The soundtrack was atypically entertaining, throwing in plenty of traditional Scottish instruments and a Gaelic a cappella piece but unfortunately nothing distinctly memorable.

It’s not often I use the word nice in a review (writers loathe the word nice, some going as far as to suggest it is the most useless and non-descript of all literary devices) and even less often that I couple it with the word disappointing. But that’s the best summation of Brave. Nice but overall a rather disappointing release.


Release Date:
17th August 2012

The Scene To Look Out For:
The opening intro scene featuring rolling countryside and a simple character introduction was really pleasant. The film opens with a grand, epic feel before quickly collapsing into a very contained, simplistic narrative, limited setting and baffling dialogue misusing words like fate and destiny. Just for your information, fate happens to you, destiny happens because of you – philosophically speaking – neither of which are the rather dull word they were actually looking for: future. Actually, if I’m to highlight my favourite scene, it would probably be the pre-film short called La Lune. Simple, charming, tasteful and endearing. If I’m brutally honest, it had significantly more heart and wonder than the film but that’s a bit malicious.

Notable Characters:
Rather than talking about a highlighted character (’cause it would just be Billy Connolly as Fergus) I’m going to talk about the nature of a main character. This film has obviously been branded as a bit of a coming of age piece but a lead character should be someone who is central to the story while making personal sacrifices or rising above adversity or something like that. Basically, they need to evolve to warrant their story being told. As such, the biggest evolution is not Merida’s acceptance of her responsibility but Elinor’s hold over her daughter’s life. If anything, this is Elinor’s story and Merida is merely the catalyst. But I digress. Fergus was hilarious, nice one Connolly.

Highlighted Quote:
“Fate be changed, look inside. Mend the bond torn by pride”

In A Few Words:
“A colossal departure from the quality of work we’ve come to naturally expect from Pixar but a beautifully presented endearing tale nevertheless”

Total Score:

3/5

Cinema City Film Quiz #77

[12 August 2012]


Winning Team:
Frankie Goes To Planet Hollywood

Genre – Holly Johnson and his new career

Runners Up:
Scarlet Johansson And The Mysterons
Genre – Erotic sci-fi odyssey
The Bourne In 1984 Legacy
Genre – Thriller documentary comedy
The Porn Legacy
Genre – Porn
[___]
Genre – Mystery
Everybody John Hurts
Genre – Romantic comedy sci-fi


ROUND I: Pre-Production
1. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut is based on which TV show?
SOUTH PARK
2. Norman Bates is a character in which Hitchcock film?
PSYCHO
3. Who composed the score for The Lion King, Gladiator and The Dark Knight?
HANS ZIMMER
4. What is the name of the villain in One Hundred And One Dalmatians?
CRUELLA DE VIL
5. Black Beauty was released in which year?
1994
6. Under Siege and Under Siege 2: Dark Territory take place on which types of vehicle? (one point per correct answer)
SHIP / TRAIN
7. Who played Captain Ahab in John Huston’s Moby Dick?
GREGORY PECK
8. What was the title of the 1959 William Castle / Vincent Price horror film, remade in 1999?
HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL
9. The following is the poster tagline for which film, “Off the record, on the QT and very hush hush”?
LA CONFIDENTIAL
10. What did Paul Verhoeven direct after Showgirls and before Hollow Man? [bonus point for spelling Verhoeven]
STARSHIP TROOPERS [Verhoeven]

ROUND II: Filming [Actors/Actresses born in 1984]
1. (Scarlett Johansson) Where does Chris see Nola after she returns to London, in Match Point? Tate Modern? National Gallery? British Museum?
TATE MODERN
2. (Olivia Wilde) What is the name of CLU’s masked right-hand man in Tron: Legacy? Castor? Rinzler? Shaddix?
RINZLER
3. (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) What is the name of the three step systematic terrorist attack used in Die Hard 4.0? eBlitz? Red letter day? Fire sale?
FIRE SALE
4. (Freida Pinto) Who directed 2011’s Immortals? Tarsem Singh? Zack Snyder? Nick Hamm?
TARSEM SINGH
5. (Jena Malone) Excluding the ‘brothel level’ how many unique fantasy sequences are shown, in Sucker Punch? 3? 4? 5? [bonus points for identifying them]
FOUR [Feudal Japan / Steampunk WWI / Orc castle / Science fiction train]
6. (Mandy Moore) In Southland Tales, what does UPU stand for? Urban Pacification Unit? Urgent Police Unit? Unregistered Patrol Unit?
URBAN PACIFICATION UNIT
7. (Paul Dano) In Where The Wild Things Are, Paul Dano portrays the role of Alexander, who resembles which animal? Bull? Goat? Bird?
GOAT
8. (Gaspard Ulliel) In A Very Long Engagement, Manech tries to escape the trenches by getting shot where? Foot? Shoulder? Hand?
HAND
9. (Chiaki Kuriyama) How does the first student die in Battle Royale? Knife to the head? Exploding collar? Crossbow arrow to the neck?
KNIFE TO THE HEAD
10. (Garrett Hedlund) Much to the frustration of international audiences, Wolfgang Petersen specifically handpicked who would dub Brad Pitt’s character for the international release of Troy. True or False?
TRUE (Germans heard Nicolas Cage and Italians heard Val Kilmer)

ROUND III: Post-Production
1. The following is a quote from which film, “Fire: The untamed element, oldest of man’s mysteries, giver of warmth, destroyer of forests. Right now this building is on fire. Leave the building. Enact the age old drama of self preservation”
GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH
2. What is the name of Tre Styles’ father, played by Laurence Fishburne, in Boyz N The Hood?
FURIOUS
3. Without adjusting for inflation, what are the three highest grossing films to date? (one point per correct answer)
AVATAR [2.7bil] / TITANIC [2.1bil] / THE AVENGERS [1.4bil]
4. Total Recall is set in which year?
2084
5. In The Witches Of Eastwick, what is Daryl attempting to buy when the witches use the voodoo doll to banish him?
ICE CREAM
6. While in a coffee shop, in Coffee and Cigarettes, RZA and GZA meet which actor preparing for a role?
BILL MURRAY
7. Moonwalker is made up of how many individual segments (excluding the two during the end credits)?
SEVEN
8. Which two Clint Eastwood directed westerns contain heavy elements of religious and supernatural elements? (one point per correct answer)
HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER / PALE RIDER
9. What was the subtitle of the sequel to Arthur, made seven years after the original?
ARTHUR 2: ON THE ROCKS
10. Euclid is the name of Max’s computer in which film?
PI

ROUND IV: Promotion & Release
1. What is the name of Han’s chief bodyguard in Enter The Dragon? Roper? Bolo? Lee?
BOLO
2. Who played the lead role in 1958’s The Old Man And The Sea? Spencer Tracy? Charlton Heston? Gary Cooper?
SPENCER TRACY
3. In what year was Warner Bros. Studios founded? 1912? 1918? 1924? [bonus point for stating what Warner Bros. changed their name to five years later]
1918 [Warner Bros. Pictures]
4. Which of the following elements from Superman originated in the comic, rather than the film? The name of Clark’s hometown is Smallville? Kryptonian crystal technology? The S stands for house of El, not Superman?
THE NAME OF CLARK’S HOMETOWN IS SMALLVILLE
5. Who directed 1974’s Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore? Francis Ford Coppola? Martin Scorsese? Roman Polanski?
MARTIN SCORSESE
6. Which classical piece was played at the start of 1915’s Birth Of A Nation during its opening run? In The Hall Of The Mountain King? Flight Of The Bumblebee? The Hunt On Fowl’s Legs?
IN THE HALL OF THE MOUNTAIN KING
7. Why is Plato being held in police custody at the start of Rebel Without A Cause? For drowning stray cats? For stabbing livestock? For shooting puppies?
FOR SHOOTING PUPPIES
8. Klute is a 1971 film named for its lead character, played by Donald Sutherland. What is his first name? Peter? Frank? John?
JOHN
9. How does Cody Jarrett exact revenge on Parker, after he attempts to kill him, in White Heat? Beats him to death with a wrench? Pushes him in front of a train? Shoots him while locked in the boot of a car?
SHOOTS HIM WHILE LOCKED IN THE BOOT OF A CAR
10. John Landis, Steven Spielberg and several other crew members were taken to court for involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment whilst filming Twilight Zone: The Movie. True or False?
TRUE (Actor Vic Morrow and two young Vietnamese children were instantly killed when a helicopter fell on them during filming)