Cinema City Film Quiz #111

[22 December 2013]


Winning Team:
Goodwill To All Venkmen

Genre – A very Murray Christmas

Runners Up:
Lost Groundhog’s Ghost Translation: Who You Gonna Call?
Genre – Drama
Lust In Transylvanus
Genre – Vampire erotica set in Tokyo
Bill’s Murray Mince Pie Lies
Genre – Cullinary disaster movie
What About Santa?
Genre – A look inside the damaged mind of Santa
Murray Christmas
Genre – Bill Murray + Christmas = best Christmas ever


ROUND I: Pre-Production
1. What is the name of the Christmas film in which Will Ferrell plays an elf?
ELF
2. The following quote is from which film “You see, George, you’ve really had a wonderful life. Don’t you see what a mistake it would be to throw it away”?
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
3. Who played the title role in Batman Returns?
MICHAEL KEATON
4. Who directed Eyes Wide Shut?
STANLEY KUBRICK
5. How is the title character of Fred Claus related to Santa Claus?
BROTHER / SIBLINGS
6. After the title character in 1998’s Jack Frost dies, what is he magically turned into?
SNOWMAN
7. The majority of Love, Actually takes place in which city?
LONDON
8. The Andrew Adamson adaptation of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe was released in which year?
2005
9. How old is Susan Walker, played by Mara Wilson, in Miracle On 34th Street?
SIX
10. What is the name of the Grinch’s dog?
MAX

ROUND II: Filming [Bill Murray Special]
1. What is the name of Bill Murray’s character in What About Bob? Bill? Barry? Bob? **5000th question asked!**
BOB
2. In Fantastic Mr Fox, Murray’s character of Clyde is what type of animal? Otter? Badger? Weasel?
BADGER
3. In Hyde Park On Hudson, Murray portrayed which US president? Herbert Hoover? Franklin D Roosevelt? Harry Truman?
FRANKLIN D ROOSEVELT
4. Which film did Bill Murray sign up for, solely because he saw Joel Coen’s name on the script, later realising it wasn’t the same Joel Coen, forcing him to rewrite most of his dialogue? Space Jam? Charlie’s Angels? Garfield: The Movie?
GARFIELD: THE MOVIE
5. Of the following films, which was released first? Stripes? Caddyshack? Little Shop Of Horrors?
CADDYSHACK
6. Who was supposed to play the role of Louis, in Ghostbusters, before Rick Moranis signed on? John Candy? John Lithgow? Steve Guttenberg?
JOHN CANDY
7. What date is Phil Connors reliving in Groundhog Day? 16 Jan? 2 Feb? 1 Mar?
SECOND FEBRUARY
8. Murray has appeared in how many Wes Anderson films? 4? 5? 6?
SIX (excluding The Grand Budapest Hotel, including The Darjeeling Limited)
9. Which character is the first to die in 2000’s Hamlet? Ophelia? Rosencrantz? Polonius?
POLONIUS
10. In Lost In Translation, Bob and Charlotte introduce themselves to one another thirty two times, which was Sofia Coppola’s age when she directed the film. True or False?
FALSE (Bob and Charlotte never introduce themselves)

ROUND III: Post-Production
1. What is the name of Turbo Man’s sidekick in Jingle All The Way?
BOOSTER
2. Black Christmas was released and remade in which years? (one point per correct answer)
1974 / 2006
3. Larry David, Bill Murray and Jack Nicholson were all signed on at some point to play the lead in which Christmas film?
BAD SANTA
4. What is the name of Scrooge’s cheerful nephew in the 2006 mo-cap adaptation of A Christmas Carol? [bonus point for naming the actor who played him]
FRED [Colin Firth]
5. What is the title of the 2006 Christmas film that stars Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick as neighbours competing to have the most elaborate decorations?
DECK THE HALLS
6. The following quote is from which film, “I could talk about industrialisation and men’s fashion all day but I’m afraid work must intrude”?
DIE HARD
7. How many individuals make up the McCallister family (immediate family, not the cousins, aunts, uncles, etc) in Home Alone 2?
SEVEN (Kevin, Peter, Kate, Buzz, Jeff, Megan, Linnie)
8. In The Santa Clause, what is the gift Neal Miller wanted but didn’t receive as a boy?
OSCAR MEYER WEENIE WHISTLE
9. Which movie do the Gremlins take over a cinema to watch, in the film of the same name?
SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS
10. What is the first thing Edward sculpts from ice, in Edward Scissorhands?
ANGEL

ROUND IV: Promotion & Release
1. At the end of The Polar Express, the conductor stamps words into each of the four children’s tickets. Which word was stamped into the lead character’s ticket? Learn? Lead? Believe?
BELIEVE
2. Which of the following Christmas movies was the first film to feature a mobile phone? Santa Claus: The Movie? Ernest Saves Christmas? Lethal Weapon?
LETHAL WEAPON
3. Home Alone was produced by which studio? 20th Century Fox? Universal? Paramount?
20TH CENTURY FOX
4. According to director Henry Selick, which of the following was the most difficult shot in The Nightmare Before Christmas? Sally jumping out of her window? Jack opening the door to Christmas Town? Revealing the unravelled Oogie Boogie?
JACK OPENING THE DOOR TO CHRISTMAS TOWN (as Jack’s entire reflection is seen in the doorknob’s reflection)
5. Which Muppet played the role of the young Scrooge’s schoolmaster in The Muppet Christmas Carol? Fozzie Bear? Sam The Eagle? Dr. Bunsen Honeydew?
SAM THE EAGLE
6. Who plays Clark’s cousin Eddie in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation? Randy Quaid? Christopher Lloyd? Rick Moranis?
RANDY QUAID
7. What is Claire’s nickname for Frank in Scrooged? Lumpy? Bumpy? Grumpy?
LUMPY
8. What is the colour of the electrical tape wrapped around the magazines, marking them as blanks, in Die Hard 2? Blue? Green? White?
BLUE
9. How much does Drew Latham offer Tom to pose as his family, in Surviving Christmas? 250 thousand dollars? 500 thousand dollars? 1 million dollars?
250 THOUSAND DOLLARS
10. Peter Billingsley, the actor who played Ralphie in A Christmas Story, was also executive producer for Iron Man. True or False?
TRUE

BOUNS IMAGE ROUND
Screenshots: Just Friends / Four Christmases / Rare Exports
Poster: Christmas With The Kranks
Actor: Catherine O’Hara

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

Beyond Darkness, Beyond Desolation, Lies The Greatest Danger Of All

Director
Peter Jackson

Starring
Martin Freeman
Richard Armitage
Ian McKellen
Benedict Cumberbatch




The Desolation Of Smaug’s story picks up immediately after the first instalment. Thorin’s [Armitage ] company of dwarves are still being pursued by Azog and his orcs and take shelter in the home of a skin-changer named Beorn. After that Gandalf [McKellen] leaves the group and the rest venture through the dark and twisted forest of Mirkwood. There they encounter spiders and elves and eventually a lake community of humans; the closest settlement to the Lonely Mountain. I already hate doing the synopses for The Hobbit films. Much like the book, it’s just a long string of events with lots of running in between: and then they get captured by elves and then they escape in barrels and then they go to Lakewood and then they go to the lonely mountain and then they can’t get in and then they fight Smaug, etc. You get the idea.

A lot of people were surprised that I liked The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as much as I did. Throughout its troubled production I was whining about how much I dislike the book and therefore was expecting nothing of the film. But the second the titles appeared and Howard Shore’s simplistic mirthful harmonies emanated from the cinema’s speakers, I was immediately hit with a sense of nostalgia. And I believe it’s this low expectation that enhances and elevates my enjoyment of these movies. Many cinemagoers and purists moan about the extra elements and additional plot points. Personally, I appreciate the fullness and filling in of the gaps – specifically where the hell Gandalf keeps buggering off to. Furthermore, The Hobbit isn’t trying to be The Lord Of The Rings, Tolkien merely salvaged and recycled the best thematic elements from his light hearted fantasy adventure and poured them into his massive fantasy epic. The problem lies with the source material, not the interpretation of it. But that doesn’t help a movie that is desperately trying to compete with the Citizen Kane of the fantasy genre. No matter how much we see, no matter how great the spectacle, it can’t top the scale of anything in The Lord Of The Rings. But the second you put that trilogy out of your mind, it is entirely possible to enjoy this movie in its own right.

If I’m honest, the whole movie can be broken down into four or five talking points (two of which I’ll cover in my highlighted character and scene segments below). Firstly, we need to discuss the dwarves; I’m still no more familiar with most of Thorin’s company. I know Thorin, Balin, Dwalin and the two young ones (Fili and Kili) then it gets a little tricky.. and I remember that James Nesbitt’s in there and one of them is very fat and another is Gimli’s dad and then it just descends into an unrecognisable mess of hair and grunts. This kind of character underdevelopment guarantees a sense of frustration and facelessness that kills any suspense or drama. It’s especially odd, considering the dwarves are considered the central roles and yet I can’t even confirm that every one of the thirteen has actually had a single line of dialogue. The action sequences feel a tad more realistic but still suffers from, what can only be described as, Jackson physics: in which characters can fall great heights, get shaken about or hurled, burned, stabbed, punched or submerged without incurring any real physical damage. Point in case, when the dwarves escape the elven dungeons in barrels, pursued by both elves and orcs (which quickly becomes a theme park rapids ride), one could easily question the plausibility of any frame of the suggested action. But a story about dragons and hobbits should always require the audience to suspend a fair amount of disbelief.

The opening forty minutes were rather disjointed but for a story told in medias res, that’s to be expected. Thankfully, once the dwarves and their burglar turn up in Mirkwood, the plot really starts to find its feet. Which brings me to the second talking point: the elves. Briefly alluded to during the prologue of An Unexpected Journey, we know that the dwarves are distrustful of the wood elves (led by their king, Thranduil [Lee Pace]) but we kind of write that off as cantankerous dwarfism. It’s only when Thorin is brought before the elven king by Legolas [Orlando Bloom] and Tauriel [Evangeline Lilly] that the extent of their arrogance, racism and elitist selfishness really comes forth – and I like that elves are bastards. Tauriel (an entirely original creation) is an interesting character and Evangeline Lilly is an infinitely more appealing and appropriate elf than the wilting, fart-breathed Liv Tyler. But all of that is pretty much undercut by shoe-horning a potential relationship (or at least implied feelings) between her and the most human-looking of the dwarves. It really shouldn’t have pissed me off – I’m not speciesist, well.. maybe I am, who knows – but I just hated it. Does this movie need a romantic element? No, not really. But then, life is littered with inconsequential romances and to ignore that makes the story a very two dimensional one (again, problem with the book, not the film).

Then we have the humans, the townsfolk of Lake-town; a group of impoverished people who live under the oppressive rule of the Master of Lake-town [Stephen Fry]. Suffering the loss of trade after the fall of the dwarven city in the Lonely Mountain, the once busy harbour is now a shadow of its former self. And in amongst the crowd is Bard [Luke Evans], descendant of the king of Dale, who failed to destroy Smaug and watched as the city of Dale was destroyed. By this point, we all want the dwarves to just get to the mountain so we can see the bloody dragon, so the similarities between the weasely vizier and the weasely vizier in The Two Towers, and Bard and Aragorn grate just enough that you kinda don’t care. Personally, I think Evans does a great job, as does Fry but they exist to suffer and as we have to wait for Lake-town to get owned by the dragon, their presence is more of an annoyance than anything else.

People expect a great deal from these films and subsequently walk away disappointed or angry. But despite the lengthy story, the excessive action sequences and additions/embellishments that weren’t in the book, these films are still vastly superior to the majority of dross that gets released. Every kid-friendly adaptation that has tried to be the next Harry Potter has failed miserably to rouse and captivate audiences – Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising, The Golden Compass, the list goes on. And sure, Jackson likes his silly fights and investigating side-notes that nobody knew or cared about and revelling in the fictional world of Middle Earth and bringing back quotes, cameos and other call-backs from the last trilogy but who cares? He’s doing a damn sight better than most people would and I, for one, can overlook a few complaints and frustrations, if it means I get to enjoy a quality, high-budget fantasy adventure.


Release Date:
13th December 2013

The Scene To Look Out For:
As stated earlier, there are two additional talking points of merit. Bilbo and Smaug. I completely agree with Jackson’s statements that Martin Freeman was the only real choice to play Bilbo. Rather than simply mimicking the mannerisms of Ian Holm, Freeman’s Bilbo is a complex individual, struggling with acceptance and fear. More than that, he is now battling with addiction. Having been ambushed by the spiders of Mirkwood, Bilbo manages to elude them long enough to distract and kill a few. In doing this, however, his previous innocent fumbling with a blade is replaced with venomous maliciousness. At one point, he brutally massacres a trapdoor spider, then gloats to the butchered corpse, “Mine!” before staring at the ring in a trance. But it’s only when he comes to his senses and realises the ring’s effect and hold on him that you really appreciate how wonderful this performance is.

Notable Characters:
**Tiny hinted spoiler**
Cumberbatch as Smaug. First of all, the dragon needed to be bloody impressive. Having sat through four hours of story, anything short of excellence would have crippled this film and the entire franchise. Thankfully, it was so very worth the wait. The movements and CGI are nice but Cumberbatch is Smaug. The tones, the inflections, the arrogance, the malevolence, it’s all delivered in a delicious cavernous voice that chills and enthrals. Ending the film the way Jackson did took a lot of guts but from a narrative point of view, I completely understand his choice. After all, who wouldn’t want more Smaug?

Highlighted Quote:
“Da, why are there dwarves coming out of our toilet?”

In A Few Words:
“Another solid outing in Middle Earth that does exactly what it should by accelerating and heightening the story whilst serving as more than just the middle chapter of a bigger tale”

Total Score:

3/5

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY

Stop Dreaming, Start Living

Director
Ben Stiller

Starring
Ben Stiller
Kristen Wiig



Comedians make the best dramatic actors. No one chooses to be (genuinely) funny, it’s a defence mechanism to cope with some simple or terrible trauma. As such, comedians make a name for themselves through self-deprecation and slap-stick but once stardom is achieved, they all seem to seek out serious roles. So far, Ben Stiller’s only attempts have been Greenberg and now this.

Walter Mitty [Stiller] is your atypical unassuming office nobody, who is both very good at his job and extraordinarily good at being unnoticed by everyone around him. Mitty also suffers from a debilitating wandering imagination. Often he will find himself zoning out of whatever monotonous situation he’s in, exploring a fictional world of back-chatting to bullies, beating up wrong-doers and other tales of romantic heroism. All of which are abruptly climaxed when he snaps back to reality. The object of Walter’s affection, is a co-worker by the name of Sheryl [Wiig]. Lacking the courage to simply talk to her, Walter fantasises several elaborate first encounters. Both Walter and Sheryl work for Life magazine and have been told by a transition manager [Adam Scott] that Life will be closing down and publishing it’s final issue. Renowned photographer, Sean O’Connell [Sean Penn], has sent in a picture he believes to be his finest and has insisted that it be used for the cover. The only problem is, Walter cannot find it. And so, the man who has never really been anywhere or done anything, sets out on a real adventure to track down the missing picture.

First thing to note are the performances. Stiller easily gives the best of his career and there’s a wealth of maturity and depth to a man we so often see playing an irritating, back-chatting, hairy, little pleb. Additionally, Adam Scott is a treat. It’s not often he plays a really fun villain but his role as the callous supervisor of the magazine’s closure is the embodiment of base level executive bullying. Unfortunately, the supports falter a little, not necessarily in performance, simply in how much material the script affords them. Kristen Wiig and Kathryn Hahn feel criminally underused (merely forwarding the story where necessary) and both Sean Penn and Shirley MacLaine are great but far from utilised to the degree they could be. The only other cast member that crops back in a welcome manner is Patton Oswalt as the upbeat, eerily available eHarmony service representative, Todd. Even if the majority of the mobile phone calls between him and Walter shouldn’t have happened due to, oh I don’t know, no reception atop the fucking Himalayas. Speaking of which, the whole movie, from the vast landscapes of Iceland and Greenland to the skyscrapers and office buildings of New York is beautifully shot. Complimenting the amazing cinematography is an excellent score but sullied by wet unenthusiastic indie rock pieces by Jose Gonzalez. I’ve got nothing against the guy but the combination of his music and all the product placement, I was half expecting Stiller to turn to the camera and say, “You should see this” or something equally absurd, before a Nikon logo fades into view. But it’s not all a technical marvel, the editing is a little choppy in its execution and the while the CGI and production value are overall impressive, they still have their flawed moments.

There endeth the positives, now on to the darker side of the film: the message. I dunno, maybe I’m just a little sick of seeing the office nerd or the unseen rose becoming this action hero or a fucking prom queen or some other unrealistic bullshit. I mean, I know it’s escapism and an aspirational fantasy but there’s nothing new about the way films are executing it – well, nothing mainstream anyway. I get the message of the film and the necessity of a story about finding yourself and ‘unplugging’ in a digital age but it’s so gosh-darn life affirming that it becomes implausible and lost. Absolutely nothing is felt, everything is shown. By that, I mean the audience isn’t given the opportunity to grow and learn with Walter, everything has to be spelled out and repeatedly hammered in, to ensure maximum understanding. “He’s thinking about his dead dad” *smash* “About how he hadn’t grieved properly” *smash* “He had to take care of his family” *smash* “Brought to you by Papa Johns Pizza.” Regular readers will know I’m a sycophantic Akira Kurosawa fanboy but it has to be said that if you want an audience to feel for a poor bureaucratic schlub, show them Ikiru; heart-breaking, genuinely life affirming, optimistic while subtly despondent. Just exceptional cinema. Then show them The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty and ask them what they thought. Therein lies my predicament. At the start of the film, Sheryl states that she takes classes on mystery novel writing, explaining that you start with the end and scatter clues throughout the plot, which seem unrelated but then all come together. This is technically true of several scripts but it’s the execution and hiding of certain clues that makes the story good. Point in case, we learn that as a teenager, Walter was good with a skateboard; hmm.. I wonder if skateboards will come into play at some point? Oh, what’s that? Three times in the most unbelievable manner? Sure, why not.

But I digress. I was trying to explain my problem with ‘the message.’ The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty is so desperate to show you the shackles of employment, that it takes a pathetic figure and elevates him to rugged adventurer in the space of a few days. And that could be you! Except, of course, the film completely skips over real conflict and danger. Detained for travelling in ungoverned Afghanistan and then assaulting airport security; only to be bailed out by an eHarmony employee? Surviving a shark attack? Outrunning an erupting volcano? What!? Surely these scenarios belong in the fantasy sequences! Walter’s encounters with the people of the world are so neat that it’s hard to separate reality from the day dreams. On a personal note, I believe that travel really broadens the mind and opens people up to new things.. but it also exposes them to terrible things. Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s Long Way Round is a great example of that. Things aren’t perfect, there will always be complications, peril and danger and it’s how we meet those obstacles that defines us. But unlike the film, it doesn’t always work out. Everything is pieced together so haphazardly that the very nature of coincidence and chance are removed altogether. Don’t get me wrong, there are several positive elements to take from this film and no doubt some people will feel refreshed, optimistic and exhilarant having watched this story but personally, I found that much like an action blockbuster, the second you scrutinise any small detail, you’re left muttering, “Hang on a minute.” The biggest frustration is probably the notion that all the things Walter experiences, the places he travels to, the people he meets, the memories he makes are solely to impress a girl. If you’re about to argue that it’s not, think of the closing shot of the film and tell me what the real message is. It’s not about life or courage or travelling or being happy with yourself, spoiler, it’s ‘change everything about yourself so you can get a girlfriend.’


Release Date:
25th December 2013

The Scene To Look Out For:
Whilst in Iceland, Walter fumbles his way through a trade with some teenagers. Admiring a rather expensive, custom-looking skateboard, Walter offers the only thing he has, which is a battered old Stretch Armstrong toy. The Icelandic kids seem entranced by this wonder of the 70s-90s and gradually accept the terms. Which is bullshit. I’m not saying you can’t go to another country and trade something for another thing, of course you can and things have different merit and worth in different countries but a.) that kid got screwed and b.) good thing those kids were there and he just happens to be an amazing skateboarder and Sheryl’s son loves skateboarding and blah blah. See? All too convenient. And the whole film is like that, plastered onto an amazing backdrop.

Notable Characters:
As stated above, Ben Stiller is very good here but everyone and everything is outshined by Sean Penn. Damn that man. Throughout the film, everyone mutters about the talent and abilities of this old-school photographer with his charismatic, poised, rugged view of the world, his nomadic travels, his antiquated communications (telegram), his artistic integrity… you get the picture. The point I’m trying to make is, imagine you had built up this image of this individual and they cast someone like Russell Crowe. What a let-down that would be. But Penn delivers and though his scenes (sorry, scene) is brief, it’s one of the film’s best moments and Penn commands it with great skill.

Highlighted Quote:
“Beautiful things don’t ask for attention”

In A Few Words:
“A grand effort that falls a little flat when any sort of analysis is undertaken. But as a dramatic turn and a directorial statement, it’s a fair accomplishment”

Total Score:

3/5

Cinema City Film Quiz #110

[08 December 2013]


Winning Team:
Poseidon’s Life Of Pitanic

Genre – Surreal disaster romance

Runners Up:
Off A Mighty Duck’s Back
Genre – Duckumentary
Die Hard H2O: Broken Waters
Genre – Bruce Willis saves the day, delivers his wife’s baby and gets home for Christmas
Life Of Mince Pi
Genre – A coming of age story with a pie and a tiger
Hot Wee Wee Jefferson & The Cystitis Kid Go Up Shit Creek On Vacation
Genre – Melodrama


ROUND I: Pre-Production
1. What is the name of the hitman played by Jean Reno in Leon?
LEON
2. What colour is Tinker Bell’s dress in the Disney animated adaption of Peter Pan?
GREEN
3. How many Mission: Impossible films have been released to date?
FOUR
4. What was the title of the Superman reboot released earlier this year?
MAN OF STEEL
5. Which actor played the title role in The Man In The Iron Mask?
LEONARDO DICAPRIO (Louis Hayward in 1939)
6. How many dwarves make up Thorin’s company in The Hobbit?
THIRTEEN (Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Ori, Nori, Dori, Dwalin, Balin, Oin, Gloin, Fili, Kili, Thorin)
7. Stanley Ipkiss is the lead character in which 90’s film?
THE MASK
8. In which year did Al Pacino play the role of Shylock in The Merchant Of Venice?
2004
9. What is the name of the admin clerk character in Monsters, Inc?
ROZ
10. What is the English translation of the title El Laberinto Del Fauno?
PAN’S LABYRINTH

ROUND II: Filming [Films in which villains get caught on purpose Special]
1. In Waterworld, what event causes the globe to be completely submerged underwater? Melting of the polar icecaps? Earthquakes causing tidal waves? The opening of a portal to an alien world located somewhere in the Pacific rim?
MELTING OF THE POLAR ICECAPS
2. Who plays the title role in The Waterboy? David Spade? Adam Sandler? Rob Schneider?
ADAM SANDLER
3. In Deep Blue Sea, a team of scientists are trying to cure Alzheimer’s using which breed of genetically enhanced shark? Mako Shark? Goblin Shark? Grey reef shark?
MAKO SHARK
4. Who directed Splash? Robert Zemeckis? Barry Levinson? Ron Howard?
RON HOWARD
5. What do the SEAL team dub the unidentified intelligent creatures in The Abyss? SILs? NTIs? HIBs?
NTI (Non-Terrestrial Intelligence)
6. In which film is water used to represent death? The Untouchables? Public Enemies? Road To Perdition?
ROAD TO PERDITION
7. Nova, Fin and Baz are the main characters in which terrible b-movie? Mega Shark Vs Giant Octopus? Sharknado? Jersey Shore Shark Attack?
SHARKNADO
8. How many different Michael Myers masks (including one CGI mask) were used in Halloween: H20? Five? Seven? Nine?
FIVE
9. Port Royal, one of the main settings for The Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl, is a city in which country? Jamaica? Cuba? Trinidad?
JAMAICA
10. After winning the lead role in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender via a martial arts video, Noah Ringer had to attend acting school before filming could begin. True or False?
TRUE (but there was only time for one month’s worth of training)

ROUND III: Post-Production
1. What four words does Bonasera whisper to Don Corleone at the start of The Godfather?
I WANT THEM DEAD
2. In The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, Mr. Daws explains he’s been struck by lightning how many times?
SEVEN
3. What are the respective subtitles of the two Madagascar sequels? (one point per correct answer)
ESCAPE 2 AFRICA / EUROPE’S MOST WANTED
4. When Marty is talking on the phone to Doc Brown at the start of Back To The Future, he learns that all the clocks in Doc’s house are running slow by how many minutes?
TWENTY FIVE (Marty can’t blame the clocks, he was wearing a watch)
5. The African Tiger sketch appears in which Monty Python film?
MONTY PYTHON’S THE MEANING OF LIFE
6. The following films starred which actor, Wildcats, The Thin Red Line and No Country For Old Men?
WOODY HARRELSON
7. The following quote is from which film, “You know, when you’re a rookie they can teach you everything about being a cop, except how to live with a mistake”?
DIE HARD
8. What is the name of the scrapbook filled with rumours, secrets and accusations about fellow pupils and teachers, in Mean Girls?
BURN BOOK
9. The black supercharged V8 Pursuit Special is the iconic car of choice for which title character?
MAX ROCKATANSKY (will accept Mad Max)
10. What was the title of Shane Black’s directorial debut?
KISS KISS BANG BANG

ROUND IV: Promotion & Release
1. What is the name of Prince Phillip’s horse in Sleeping Beauty? Samson? Maximus? Hercules?
SAMSON
2. Which of the following is not a real film? Silent Night, Deadly Night? Santa And Merlin Vs. The Devil? Santa Claus Conquers The Martians?
SANTA AND MERLIN BEAT THE DEVIL (although this is the plot of a 1959 film called Santa Claus)
3. In Man Bites Dog, what kind of profession is Ben’s favourite target for assassination? Postmen? Milkmen? Firemen?
POSTMEN
4. The US release of The Magic Roundabout was recorded with an entirely different cast. Which of the following was not part of it? Whoopi Goldberg? Steve Guttenberg? Chevy Chase?
STEVE GUTTENBERG
5. Together For The First Time was the poster tagline for which film? Heat? Transformers: The Movie? The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance?
THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE (referring to John Wayne and James Stewart)
6. Who played the role of Captain Ahab in 1956’s Moby Dick? Spencer Tracy? Gregory Peck? Henry Fonda?
GREGORY PECK
7. When Greg first meets Jack in Meet The Parents, Jack comments on the colour of Greg’s rental car. What colour is it? Blue? Green? Red?
GREEN
8. The following quote is from which film, “You’re an awfully hard man to like, Hitler. But I’m going to try”? Downfall? Max? Valkyrie?
MAX
9. How many years pass between Imhotep’s resurrection and his reintroduction as Ardath Bey in 1932’s The Mummy? 5? 10? 15?
TEN YEARS
10. The Oscar trophy for Disney’s Snow White And The Seven Dwarves has seven mini statuettes attached to the side. True or False?
TRUE

BOUNS IMAGE ROUND
Screenshots: For A Few Dollars More / Meet The Fockers / The Hobbit
Poster: The Fountain
Actor: Steve Martin