SLOW WEST

Wanted Dead Or Dead

Director
John Maclean

Starring
Kodi Smit-McPhee
Michael Fassbender
Caren Pistorius
Ben Mendelsohn



Slow West stands out to me for bucking the revisionist western trend and being a story driven by unrequited love, rather than revenge. The whole thing is presented as a collection of fables experienced by an optimist and a realist – much in the vein of Don Quixote. Set in the late nineteenth century, young Scot, Jay Cavendish [Smit-McPhee], has travelled from his native land to the wilderness of the United States. Almost immediately he is set upon by the locals but is saved by roguish outlaw Silas Selleck [Fassbender], who persuades Cavendish to pay him for protection on his travels. The pair are abrasive to one another but owing to the harsh environment and trigger-happy locals, end up forming a simple mutual bond. As they continue on their journey, we learn that Cavendish is seeking out an old flame (Rose Ross played by Caren Pistorius) while Silas’ motivation isn’t entirely clear, even to himself. Add a vicious, fur-coat decked bounty hunter by the name of Payne [Mendelsohn] to the mix and matters soon complicate themselves further.

With its minimalist dialogue and simple plot, extreme care and attention has been taken for the film’s visual and aural presentation. Filmed in New Zealand – which doubles amazingly for the American west – everything is shot with a beautiful brutalism; the sun bears down mercilessly, the wind howls, rivers overflow and every night’s sleep is perforated by a layer of pinecones. The cinematography is frankly beautiful, offering a mixture of simple vignettes, split-focus shots and long drawn out stationary wide shots of the rolling landscapes. While the score is perfectly fitting, it’s the wonderful audio work which seems to stand out by far. While camping one evening, Silas and Jay hear cracking twigs in the darkness and Silas takes his rifle to investigate. While he does, the shot lingers on Jay as he clutches at his pistol and stares into the dark woods. We don’t know what’s happening and while the scene isn’t designed to scare audiences, it generates a great deal of unease and tension before Silas returns, nonchalantly explaining the local wildlife were attracted to Jay’s carelessly discarded leftover dinner. Simple work but mightily impressive.

Serving as John Maclean’s feature directorial debut, Slow West is a fondly written love letter to the genre. It would be quite easy to claim that this film’s lack of realism when it comes to things like pain and death (wounds never get infected, single bullets seem to kill instantly – unless you’re a key character and sourcing food presents few issues) play a major negative and fly in the face of everything westerns represent. But it could just as easily be claimed that this creates a fairy tale dream of the West. I think it depends entirely on where you’re from and your preferences with this genre. Americans have grown up in the evolved land of the Wild West, they’ve seen how westward expansion turned out and subsequently experience it with an either apologist or romanticised vision. Europeans, on the other hand, are descendants of those who didn’t emigrate to the new world, many of whom saw America as a land of brigands, cut-throat thieves and opportunists – some still do. So which version do you prefer? The traditionalist, the revisionist or the pessimist? Critically speaking, the film holds up with the latter two but for fans of established mining towns, gun-slinging duels between white/black hats and Indian braves raiding circled wagons, it’s a bit of a miss.

**Spoiler paragraph**
I find it very hard to fault this film as it is the embodiment of my kind of movie. However, the ending irked me just a little. As the story progresses, we witness Silas’ human side emerging and it becomes evident that he will probably end up changing his scurrilous nomadic ways. Furthermore, the reveal of the Ross homestead implies that young Rose has moved on from her previous ties and any connection with Jay was a platonic one. All of which formulaically implies that Jay has to die. I don’t necessarily have a problem with this, like Quixote the character is too great a dreamer for this harsh world and while he has no place in it, he seems to touch the lives of those around him. There’s even a dream sequence which foreshadows how the film will end but it’s played out as a nightmare rather than a charming omen, so when it eventually comes to pass, I was a tad put out.

Admittedly, there’s nothing especially new about Slow West, every trope and cliché is present executed by clear caricatures. If you’ve seen a handful of westerns you could not only predict where the film is heading but pretty much every step of the character’s journey. There’s also a lot of very obvious imagery which plays heavily on the hindsight and retrospect of how America tuned out but personally I think all of this works in the film’s favour, rather than detrimentally. A good comparison would be 2003’s Open Range and 2011’s Rango. Both films play up to every stereotype and development in the genre yet both turned out to be really solid, commendable features. Far from perfect but beautifully shot, wistfully written, lovingly crafted, memorably acted and clichéd as hell. And Slow West is no different.


Release Date:
26th June 2015

The Scene To Look Out For:
**Coming back to that spoiler from earlier**
Earlier I mentioned the obvious imagery utilised throughout. I also mentioned the ending of the film, what I left out was the fact that the person to kill the idealistic Jay Cavendish is his beloved Rose Ross, mistaking him for an intruder. While many films would play this out immediately, Slow West opts to keep Rose’s focus on the battle at hand, before realising that the shot and dying waif is in fact her childhood friend. However my personal highlight takes place before she realises he’s there. The unarmed Jay is shot clear in the chest and collapses against the wall, he lies there powerless, watching the woman he loves share a tender moment with a local Native American before he braves the battle. As he watches on helplessly, a renegade bullet shatters a jar of salt, which covers him entirely, burning into his wounded heart. It’s a very on-the-nose metaphor but one that’s still surprisingly rewarding – in a cruel schadenfreude kinda way.

Notable Characters:
Without rhyme or reason and beyond all logic, I rather liked the character of Werner. Having ‘escaped’ Silas’ company, Jay comes across a polite and friendly German who is cataloguing the decline of the Native Americans. The two share a brief conversation and coffee before sleeping on the plains. In the morning Jay awakes to find his belongings, clothes and horse gone. I don’t know why Werner amused me. It could have been because he screwed over Jay, in spite of being a good man. Or that his good man act was literally an act to lower Jay’s guard; which if you consider the fact that the kid is a bit feeble and Werner was armed is a slightly redundant move. There’s no way to understand the character’s motive but that’s possibly why I found him interesting.

Highlighted Quote:
“Quite the pair, a falling angel and a rising devil”

In A Few Words:
“Simple small scale release which manages to cover most, if not all, of the standard tropes of the genre. No new ground trodden here but the trek is certainly worthwhile”

Total Score:

4/5

Cinema City Film Quiz #144

[21 June 2015]


Winning Team:
The Grapes Of The Wrath Of Khan
Genre – Sci-fi time travel: the final battle against the Enterprise’s ultimate nemesis will not be fought in the future but in 1930 depression era America

Runners Up:
Fruit Salad And Scrambled Eggs
Genre – Theatrical adaptation of the series Frasier


ROUND I: Pre-Production
1. What is the name of Elwood Dowd’s invisible friend in Harvey?
HARVEY
2. Exodus: Gods And Kings is based on which religious book?
THE BIBLE (Exodus)
3. Name any film directed by Edgar Wright.
A FISTFUL OF FINGERS / SHAUN OF THE DEAD / HOT FUZZ / SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD / THE WORLD’S END
4. Who plays the role of Lex Luthor in Superman Returns?
KEVIN SPACEY
5. The Simpsons Movie was released in which year?
2007
6. In Children Of Men what is the gender of Kee’s baby?
GIRL
7. Which actor featured in Austin Powers, Old School, Stranger Than Fiction and Megamind?
WILL FERRELL
8. Rock Of Ages, Doctor Dolittle and Fame all belong to which genre?
MUSICAL
9. Who directed JFK, Natural Born Killers, Platoon and Midnight Express?
OLIVER STONE
10. Danny Ocean, Rusty Ryan, Linus Caldwell and Terry Benedict are characters in which film/franchise?
OCEANS 11


ROUND II: Filming [Fruit]
1. In James And The Giant Peach, the central characters set to sea in which fruit? Plum? Peach? Pomegranate?
PEACH
2. Which of the dwarven characters in Snow White And The Seven Dwarves wears glasses? Happy? Bashful? Doc?
DOC
3. Which fruit is synonymous with violence in The Godfather? Oranges? Lemons? Limes?
ORANGES
4. In The Wicker Man, a sacrifice must be made to pagan gods to replenish the harvest of which fruit? Pears? Apples? Strawberries?
APPLES
5. One of the most iconic scenes in The Public Enemy depicts James Cagney pushing what fruit into Mae Clarke’s face? Grapes? Kiwi? Grapefruit?
GRAPEFRUIT
6. Which fruit plays a key role in the daily punishment of Hitler in Little Nicky? Pineapple? Star fruit? Banana?
PINEAPPLE
7. Who played the lead role in The Grapes Of Wrath? Kirk Douglas? Henry Fonda? Gregory Peck?
HENRY FONDA
8. Who directed Wild Strawberries? Francois Truffaut? Werner Herzog? Ingmar Bergman?
INGMAR BERGMAN
9. Which of the following releases was not directed by Chinese director Fruit Chan? Rainy Dog? Public Toilet? Dumplings?
RAINY DOG
10. Pineapple Express was the first marijuana-themed comedy to gross over $100 million worldwide. True or False?
TRUE


ROUND III: Post-Production
1. Ben Affleck has appeared in how many films which have won the Best Picture Oscar?
TWO (Shakespeare In Love / Argo)
2. What is the title of the 80’s science fiction film about a group of elderly people rejuvenated by aliens in a swimming pool?
COCOON
3. Alexander Payne’s Sideways was released in which year?
2004
4. After his breakup at the start of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, where does Peter Bretter go on holiday?
HAWAII
5. What is the name of Georges Melies’ goddaughter in Hugo?
ISABELLE
6. How many scenes in Jurassic Park feature the Tyrannosaurus Rex?
FOUR (T Rex attack / Saving Malcolm / Gallimimus flock / Finale)
7. What did Ridley Scott direct in between White Squall (1996) and Gladiator (2000)?
GI JANE
8. The following quote is from which film, “Darling, I don’t know how to tell you this but there’s a Chinese family in our bathroom”?
(500) DAYS OF SUMMER
9. The party at the start of Cloverfield is a send-off for Rob, who is moving to which country?
JAPAN
10. Exit Wounds, The Glimmer Man and Machete all starred which actor?
STEVEN SEAGAL


ROUND IV: Promotion & Release
1. Who directed Broken Flowers, Dead Man and Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai? Lars Von Trier? Jim Jarmusch? Ed Zwick?
JIM JARMUSCH
2. Which of the following is not a documentary? The Fog Of War? Man On Wire? The Appointments Of Dennis Jennings?
THE APPOINTMENTS OF DENNIS JENNINGS
3. Which film is considered the first of Universal’s horror/monster series? The Hunchback Of Notre Dame? The Mummy? Creature From The Black Lagoon?
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1923)
4. Which of the following did not appear in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy? Ciaran Hinds? David Thewlis? Stephen Graham?
DAVID THEWLIS
5. What is the name of Bill Sikes’ dog in Oliver!? Kingsley? Bludger? Bullseye?
BULLSEYE
6. Which of the following films is about a bank robbery during World War II? Kelly’s Heroes? 1941? Buffalo Soldiers?
KELLY’S HEROES
7. Who played the role of Maid Marian in The Adventures Of Robin Hood? Vivien Leigh? Olivia de Havilland? Ingrid Bergman?
OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND
8. The following quote is from which film, “One cannot be betrayed if one has no people”? Coriolanus? The Fisher King? The Usual Suspects?
THE USUAL SUSPECTS
9. Which of the following actors has not portrayed Odin on screen? Christopher Lee? Anthony Hopkins? Bob Hoskins?
CHRISTOPHER LEE
10. Clerks is a loose adaptation of The Divine Comedy. True or False?
TRUE


BOUNS IMAGE ROUND
Screenshots: Dances With Wolves / Waterworld / Man Of Steel
Poster: The Untouchables
Actor: Kevin Costner


JURASSIC WORLD

The Park Is Open

Director
Colin Trevorrow

Starring
Chris Pratt
Bryce Dallas Howard
Ty Simpkins
Nick Robinson
Vincent D’Onofrio



Set twenty two years after the events on Isla Nublar in Jurassic Park, the colossally successful Jurassic World theme park has been open to the public for a decade or so and is the stellar attraction John Hammond had always dreamed it would be. Current park administration is co-overseen by Simon Masrani [Irrfan Khan] the CEO of Masrani Corp as well as owner of the park and Claire Dearing [Howard], the park’s operations manager. Claire’s sister has sent her two sons, Zach [Robinson] and Gray [Simpkins] to visit the park for a week and spend time with their aunt. Being the busy career-driven woman that she is, Claire is unable to really handle the kids and leaves them in the hands of a subordinate; whom they quickly ditch and explore the park on their own terms. Running parallel to this is the story of raptor trainer and ex-serviceman, Owen Grady [Pratt] who is continually hounded by InGen’s head of security operations, Vic Hoskins [D’Onofrio] regarding the dinosaur’s military application. While the day-to-day running of the park is quite interesting (not even being sarcastic here, it’s genuinely interesting) the story quickly gives way to ‘everything goes to hell’, as these films invariably do, when a routine inspection of a new classified dinosaur hybrid called the Indominus Rex leads to its escape. At first the park staff attempt to apprehend the dinosaur alive but as the carnage becomes more uncontrollable, it is agreed that more drastic measures are necessary and keeping the 20,000plus attendants in the dark about the nature of the crisis becomes clearly impossible. To make matters worse, Zach and Gray are unaccounted for and Claire teams up with Owen to enter the restricted area to find them.

What made Jurassic Park a good film? It’s a question that seems to elude several filmmakers. Originality, simplicity, pacing, scale, suspense, clever use of self awareness, a sense of sheer wonderment, mountains of scepticism and cynicism, a stupid ending and a shit-tonne of money all play a large part but it should also be noted that contemporarily speaking there was nothing like it at the time. A lot of the success was down to the novelty of what was being accomplished technologically and the sheer draw of ‘living, breathing’ dinosaurs. Since then we’ve CGI’d the shit out of dinosaurs and put them in next to everything; the SyFy Channel alone has probably knocked out around 30 dinosaur films in the time between Jurassic Park III and Jurassic World. With originality and novelty out the window, there was an attempt to return the series to Crichton’s roots (having scientific minds debating the ethical grounds of unexplored territory and unregulated experimentation) but this quickly boils down to more b-movie tropes of how these creations could be weaponised. Henry Wu’s [B.D. Wong] character, specifically, facilitates much of this with great lines about everything on the island being genetically created monsters and that had they not needed to splice the DNA with other animals, the end results would look very different – finally ending the argument for furry/protofeathered dinosaurs after the palaeontological renaissance and the fact that the velociraptors are basically large deinonychus like the utahraptor ostrommaysorum. But as stated earlier, it’s not enough and mostly gives way to screamed exclamations of “RUN!”

**Unforgivable spoiler midway through this paragraph**
But let’s take a step away from the writing for a second to analyse the technical side of this film. Jurassic Park itself was a unique hybrid of cutting-edge visual effects and awe-inspiring visual puppetry, how does this film compare with the evolutions and strides that technology has undergone these last two decades and what new element does it bring to the medium? The short answer is: badly and fuck all. I know kids will be wowed and the uninitiated will be blown away but as a critic I’ve seen a lot of films and while many of the shots are very impressive there are simply too many that you can tell are obviously fake. It feels as if computer generated effects have reached a bit of a peak in the same way that stop-motion in the 80’s was phenomenal but everyone clearly knew it wasn’t real. Having said that, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes was jaw-dropping so maybe it’s more down to lighting and setting than simple technological skill levels. Which would make sense as the editing and direction didn’t seem to lend any favours to the VFX team. After one of the worst day-suddenly-becomes-night transitions, we get the big epic final showdown between the Indominus Rex, the Tyrannosaurs Rex and a Velociraptor and it’s just laughably dumb. Quite the visual achievement but still very dumb. In amongst all that mess of CGI I saw a raptor riding a t-rex and at that point the 31 year old man that I am told my inner child to shut up because that is flat out stupid. So maybe the CGI could have been utilised better if the script gave the artists more to work with. Which leads me neatly onto the flat, underwhelming score. Michael Giacchino is an exceptional talent but he feels very much wasted here. Every orchestral effort feels big and brassy but wholly forgettable. The only time you know something epic is going to happen or be revealed is when you hear the (relatively) unfamiliar rising horns of the main theme before the all-too-familiar sting comes thundering in, like an over-compensatory mother coaching her child to respond well to a shitty gift: “Oh wow! What a cool pair of trousers! Uncle Joe’s been really good to you this year!” and all you can do is stare back half struck with an expression of “Sure, I guess” and “Are you kidding me? This is bullshit!”

So the writing is average and the technical aspects are acceptable, the only thing left for this film is the acting and really that boils down to four people. First we have Chris Pratt. I, like many, warm to Pratt immediately. Whenever he turns up in a film with his raised eyebrows and general naivety he always appears like he’s slightly surprised but very grateful to be there. The man’s a genuine talent and a mass of charisma without resorting to being a woman-shaking douche (Harrison Ford, I’m looking at you buddy) but much like everyone else present, he’s a bit two dimensional. Second is the villain of the piece, D’Onofrio’s Hoskins. After seeing him portray a truly exceptional and layered villain so well in Netflix’s Daredevil this effort ends up obvious and cliché without ever exploring any form of motivational reasoning – aside from a brief mention of a crazy wife and a wolf he raised. The two kids I’ve bundled together because they’re effectively one character. There’s a few moments of sibling head-butting but it again lacks the memorability and entertainment levels of Lex and Tim in the original. Having said that, Zach and Gray make more sense and feel much more credible than those shoe-horned into the last two instalments, so we’ll move on. Finally Claire. I don’t mind Bryce Dallas Howard. I think she’s a very competent actress but I hate the roles she ends up in. She’s not so Amy Adams that she’ll irritate me throughout a feature but there’s something so unpleasantly antiquated about her character. From her in-charge attitude, to her unbreakable heels, to her John McClane style evolving hair and wardrobe to her terrible relationship with Owen; it’s all dated crud. To top it off, Claire falls into the typical cliché tropes of the on-screen working woman, specifically, ‘I have no life outside of this job’, ‘I have no maternal instincts because of my job’, ‘I have no lasting relationship with men because of my job’ and the most important one, ‘I’m not very good at my job’. I swear to God if her character was male, three quarters of that shit wouldn’t have even been mentioned; the only prevailing question would be, is this person good at their job? If you don’t believe me, just look at Pratt, D’Onofrio, Wong or Khan’s characters, we know next to nothing about their personal lives other than they are arguably confident/successful at what they do.

Elements of the story are very interesting and for a franchise about an animal/theme park this really feels like the most obvious sequel. Things like corporate sponsorship, the desensitisation of consumers, celebrity endorsements, product placement, hiked prices, unnecessarily inflated attractions, these are all reflective of the current state of resorts and what we have come to expect in an affluent society. In a way this transcends physical attractions and bleeds into the boundaries of entertainment in general; the notion that the Indominus Rex is a monster that is created to wow audiences but ends up destroying the industry could say a lot about the notion of blockbusters.. but by that logic, the film’s answer is to battle contemporary blockbusters with nostalgia.. which is kind of happening anyway.. and it’s not working. But I digress. Jurassic World lacks the necessary components to really astound and amaze audiences but it is well paced and as such maintains thrills from start to finish. Base sequels will always repeat the original while clever ones move the story along and develop the characters. It could be said that this film is trying something new but in its way, it is still heavily resorting to imitation and homage. With so many crappy low-budget dinosaur flicks, it could have been much worse but when you have $150 million to play with, that’s really not good enough.


Release Date:
12th June 2015

The Scene To Look Out For:
Of all the scenes in the film, this is a really dumb one for me to highlight but here it is. After the Indominus Rex breaks loose and goes on its mighty rampage, it breaks into a bio-dome/aviary and unleashes all the pterosaurs (flying shit). This action necessitates the arrival of a ruthless containment unit; all beards, sunglasses and sneers. As the helicopter flies toward the island, one of the mercs spies a rogue pterosaur and guns it down, smirking at his comrades. I have a lot of problems with this tiny scene. Firstly, where the fuck are they flying from that they arrived that quickly after being summoned? Second, why can’t these guys look normal? Why do they have to look like they’re thoroughly unscrupulous murder-happy arsehats? And thirdly, once the dinosaur is shot, we learn that the chopper is flying toward the island. Which means the winged dinosaur was also flying toward the island. Again, from where? Did it just fly out to sea before suddenly thinking, “fuck this, too far” and headed back? It’s bullshit. It’s crap writers come up with to immediately illustrate that a.) these guys mean business and b.) they don’t mess around, so when they get completely whomped later (as was oh so very predictable) you’ll know the stakes are really high! This shit right here is infused throughout the entire script and it’s weak. It’s akin to a child handing in a two page story which is 40 percent tribute, 15 percent original story and 45 percent ‘and then it was really cool because.’

Notable Characters:
I really liked the return of Henry Wu. Not only because he was the only character from the predecessors to return but because he represented the arguments and discussions that would have been at the very forefront of Crichton-penned story. More of this would have been greatly appreciated and with every studio looking for growing franchises, I wouldn’t be surprised if Wu will return yet again in another sequel to continue his crazy work. But if they don’t get decent writers I bet you it’ll be humans augmented with dino DNA or dinosaurs communicating telepathically or dinosaurs with guns or some other grindhouse schlock nonsense.

Highlighted Quote:
“Monster is a relative term; to a canary, a cat is a monster. We’re just used to being the cat”

In A Few Words:
“I rate all the Jurassic Park sequels on par – completely – same score across the board. None even come close to the original but are all entertaining enough in their own right”

Total Score:

3/5

Cinema City Film Quiz #143

[07 June 2015]


WINNING TEAM:
Ghost II: Sexy Pottery Hands
– Erotic paranormal romance sequel where Patrick Swayze’s character opens an erotic pottery shop

RUNNERS UP:
SHIELD Of Dreams
– The team build a baseball field at the back of Agent Coulson’s house and watch ghostly disgraced Loki stooges and Hydra reformed agents play ball
All About Evita
– Musical melodrama
Manbusters
– Scary but feminist take on classic comedy
Don’t Cross The Streams
– A hard hitting documentary on river mismanagement in the Nile Basin
Nympho-Jamie-Acs
– Erotic thriller


ROUND I: Pre-Production
1. 1940’s The Grapes Of Wrath is an adaptation of which novel?
THE GRAPES OF WRATH
2. Who played the title character in Terminator 2: Judgement Day?
ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER
3. What is the full title of the third Indiana Jones film?
INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE
4. What colour is Dory in Finding Nemo?
BLUE (with black and yellow trim)
8. Which Frank Darabont film features Tom Hanks as a prison officer?
THE GREEN MILE
6. Who directed Snatch?
GUY RITCHIE
7. Monty Python And The Holy Grail is set in which country?
ENGLAND
8. In which film did Rutger Hauer say, “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe”?
BLADE RUNNER
9. What is the name of the emperor played by Richard Harris in Gladiator?
MARCUS AURELIUS
10. In which year was Full Metal Jacket released?
1987


ROUND II: Filming [Ghosts]
1. Excluding the upcoming Ghost Dimension, how many Paranormal Activity films have been released to date? 1? 2? 4?
FOUR
2. Who directed The Lovely Bones? Luc Besson? Peter Jackson? Jason Reitman?
PETER JACKSON
3. What is the name of the estate that Arthur Kipps must stay in, in The Woman In Black? Eel Marsh House? Rook Hill House? Black Wood House?
EEL MARSH HOUSE
4. What is the name of Bruce Willis’ character in The Sixth Sense? Vincent Grey? David Dunn? Malcolm Crowe?
MALCOLM CROWE
5. The original 13 Ghosts was released in which year? 1958? 1960? 1962?
1960
6. Which of the following was the poster tagline for the Bill Cosby film, Ghost Dad? As you’ve never seen him before.. invisible? You’ll never see him coming? Seeing is believing.. but they can’t see him?
AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN HIM BEFORE.. INVISIBLE
7. What is the name of the captain of the leper’s ship in The Fog? Bennett? Burke? Blake?
BLAKE
8. Which of the following quotes is not from Beetlejuice? Let’s turn on the juice and see what shakes loose? Shut up skinbag? Not so fast round boy?
SHUT UP SKINBAG
9. In the 1944 film The Uninvited, Rick and Pamela move from London to a haunted house in which county? Cornwall? Norfolk? Cumbria?
CORNWALL
10. Robbie’s fears in Poltergeist (clowns and a tree outside his window) are based on Steven Spielberg’s own childhood fears. True or False?
TRUE


ROUND III: Post-Production
1. Who directed each Mission: Impossible film (1-4)? (one point per correct answer)
BRIAN DE PALMA / JOHN WOO / JJ ABRAMS / BRAD BIRD
2. Which 1990 science fiction adaptation was remade in 2012?
TOTAL RECALL
3. How many cardinals are kidnapped in Angels & Demons?
FOUR
4. Which book is Dr Harry Adams (Samuel L Jackson) reading in Sphere?
20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA
5. What is the running time of Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours?
NINETY THREE MINUTES
6. How many films did Martin Scorsese direct in the 1990’s?
SIX (Goodfellas, Cape Fear, The Age Of Innocence, Casino, Kundun, Bringing Out The Dead)
7. What is the name of the masked villain in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior?
LORD HUMUNGUS
8. In Disney’s animated Peter Pan, Mr. Smee’s outfit is predominantly what colour?
BLUE
9. What was the title of Paddy Considine’s directorial debut?
TYRANNOSAUR
10. Which Australian film starred Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston and John Hurt?
THE PROPOSITION


ROUND IV: Promotion & Release
1. Which actor said the following, “I don’t approve of the John Waynes and the Gary Coopers saying ‘Shucks, I ain’t no actor, I’m just a bridge builder or a gas station attendant.’ If they aren’t actors what the hell are they getting paid for? I have respect for my profession, I worked hard at it”? James Cagney? Clark Gable? Humphrey Bogart?
HUMPHREY BOGART
2. Which film starred Cher, Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci? Good Times? Mermaids? Tea With Mussolini?
MERMAIDS
3. Who played the title role in the 1969 western Sam Whiskey? Burt Reynolds? Bob Hope? Tony Curtis?
BURT REYNOLDS
4. Two of the following are the only individuals to win the best actor Oscar for a film they directed. Which one didn’t? Roberto Benigni? Laurence Olivier? George Clooney?
GEORGE CLOONEY
5. Excluding made for TV and straight to DVD releases, how many movies have been released under the National Lampoon’s banner? 7? 19? 41?
NINETEEN
6. Which actor appeared in Goodfellas, Nixon and Jersey Shore Shark Attack? Paul Sorvino? Ray Liotta? Powers Boothe?
PAUL SORVINO
7. John Malkovich, Dennis Hopper and Matt Damon have all portrayed which fictional literary character? Jason Bourne? Kurtz? Tom Ripley?
TOM RIPLEY
8. Who voiced the lead role in the 1997 animated feature, Anastasia? Helen Hunt? Meg Ryan? Minnie Driver?
MEG RYAN
9. The following quote is from which film, “I’m fifty nine years old and they still keep pinching my cheeks like I’m a child”? Drive? Jackie Brown? RocknRolla?
DRIVE
10. In Back To The Future Part II there is a character credited as CPR Kid who comments several times, “I think he took his wallet.” This is an inside joke as Robert Zemeckis was once knocked out and a passer-by adamantly insisted he had been mugged. True or False?
FALSE


BOUNS IMAGE ROUND
Screenshots: Moulin Rouge! / Trainspotting / Star Wars – Episode II: Attack Of The Clones
Poster: Big Fish
Actor: Ewan McGregor