Cinema City Film Quiz #162

[28 February 2016]

Winning Team:
The Rookie Wookies
Genre – How do you like your steak? Chewy

Runners Up:
Episode VIII: Nevermore
Genre – Edgar Allen Poe Dameron loses his ability to fly fighters and takes up poetry
Admiral Quizbar
Genre – It’s a quiz! – Sci-fi parody
Sleepless In Jakku
Genre – Meg and Tom meet at the top of Cloud City and have dinner with Lando
Cold Sores: The Lipped Menace
Genre – A new fragrance from Solo
Bar Wars: The Hangover Awakens
Genre – A coming of underage stag-do in space
The Darjeeling Limited
Genre – Wes Anderson’s story of a tea merchant’s journey, brewing with excitement

ROUND I: Pre-Production
1. Marvel’s Ant-Man tells the origin story of which superhero?
2. Flynn Rider, Mother Gothel, Pascal, Maximus and Rapunzel are characters in which Disney film?
3. Who plays the lead role in Gravity?
4. Who directed Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels?
5. In The Emperor’s New Groove, Kuzco is transformed into what animal?
6. What is the subtitle of the Alan Partridge film?
7. Sam Neil, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern and Richard Attenborough starred in which film?
8. John Goodman and Rick Moranis starred in the 90’s live-action adaptation of which cartoon series?
9. What was the title of the sequel to Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade
10. What colour war paint do the Scots wear in Braveheart?

ROUND II: Filming [Star Wars: The Force Awakens special]
1. What is the serial number of Poe’s spherical droid? BB-8? EV-9D9? IG-88?
2. What colour is C3PO’S left arm? Blue? Green? Red?
3. Rey first meets Finn on which planet? Tatooine? Jakku? Kamino?
4. Who plays the role of General Hux? Domnall Gleeson? Andy Serkis? Ken Leung?
5. What is Kylo Ren’s birth name? Jacen? Ben? Luke?
6. Finish the following quote, “We’ll see each other again, I believe that.”. May the force be with you? But you could come with me? Thank you, my friend?
7. What is Finn’s serial number? FN-1138? FN-2187? FN-3164?
8. What two colours make up Captain Phasma’s cloak? Black and Red? Grey and Blue? Navy and White?
9. How many words are in the opening sequence title crawl? 62? 75? 88?
10. Despite being two of the lead characters, Rey and Poe never interact in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. True or False?

ROUND III: Post-Production
1. What are the names of Cooper’s children in Interstellar? (one point per correct answer)
2. Which film starred Josh Hartnett, Tom Hardy, Ewan McGregor, Orlando Bloom, Eric Bana and Sam Shepard?
3. How many films has Jon Favreau directed, excluding The Jungle Book?
SEVEN (Made, Elf, Zathura, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Cowboys & Aliens, Chef)
4. Honey, I Shrunk The Kids was released in which year?
5. Which film won the Oscar for best picture in 2013 (85th Academy Awards)?
6. How many posters are used to cover the hole Andy Dufresne is tunnelling in The Shawshank Redemption?
THREE (Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe, Raquel Welch)
7. Who acted as Producer on Top Gun, Crimson Tide, The Rock, Pirates Of The Caribbean and The Lone Ranger?
8. How is George Valentin saved from his burning house, in The Artist?
9. Which character in The Matrix said, “What is real? How do you define real?”?
10. How many policemen make up the title group in The Untouchables?
FOUR (Ness, Malone, Wallace, Stone)

ROUND IV: Promotion & Release
1. What was the title of the 1990 film about a racist cop and the ghost of a lawyer, starring Bob Hoskins and Denzel Washington? Heart Condition? Two Hearts One Body? Pains Of The Heart?
2. Margarita Carmen Cansino was the birth name of which famous actress? Rita Hayworth? Ava Gardner? Katherine Hepburn?
3. The following is the poster tagline for which film, “Eight legs, two fangs and an attitude”? Eight Legged Freak? Arachnophobia? Charlotte’s Webb?
4. Which of the following countries is not depicted in The Monuments Men? Belgium? Austria? Spain?
5. The following is a quote from which Mel Brooks film, “There’s only one man who would dare give me the raspberry”? Young Frankenstein? Spaceballs? Blazing Saddles?
6. What was the title of the film that features, Kirk, Michael and Cameron (three generations of) Douglas? Family Traits? My Father’s Son? It Runs In The Family?
7. In Edge Of Tomorrow, Rita Vrataski is known by two nicknames, which of the following is not one of them? The Full Metal Bitch? The Blonde Reaper? The Angel Of Verdun?
8. The title character from Get Carter returns to his home city for his brother’s funeral. Which city is it? London? Newcastle? Belfast?
9. The following quote is from which film, “You think them things are dogs? Go out there and try feeding them some Pedigree Chum! They’re aliens, love”? The World’s End? Paul? Attack The Block?
10. In Kill Bill, the words FUCK U are printed on the soles of Beatrix’s shoes. True or False?

Screenshots: Erin Brockovich / Runaway Bride / Hook
Poster: Steel Magnolias
Actor: Julia Roberts

Cinema City Film Quiz #161

[14 February 2016]

Winning Team:
Trading Plaices
Genre – High skates fishmongery on Wall Street

Runners Up:
Q.W.A: Quizzas With Attitude
Genre – In the illicit underground street quiz scene tensions reach boiling point over who should win the best team name
Aporkalips Now: The David Cameron Story
Genre – Erotic political thriller
Straight Outta Hellesdon
Genre – Dr Dre-ton meets and treats the future NWA (Norwich With Amithryptyline)
Kanye West Side Story
Genre – A battle between two gangs, those who like Amber Rose’s finger and those who don’t
Straight Outta Brampton
Genre – The people that put the c on rap
Quizlander No. 2
Genre – It’s about being really, really, really, ridiculously smart
North By Kanye West
Genre – Kanye and his daughter are mistaken for foreign spies and chased from gigs to fashion shows
The Ghostface Quizzahs
Genre – Ain’t notin’ to quiz wit’

ROUND I: Pre-Production
1. Shakespeare In Love is the story of which British playwright?
2. The Hangover, Hot Fuzz, Dumb & Dumber and Meet The Parents are all part of which genre?
3. What colour is the Hulk’s skin in The Avengers?
4. What was the title of the fourth Alien film?
5. The animated film Treasure Planet was produced by which studio?
6. Which franchise starred Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as agents monitoring alien activity on Earth?
7. What was the title of the sequel to Clash Of The Titans?
8. Who starred in the lead role in The Big Lebowski?
9. Who are the two villains in Batman Forever? (one point per correct answer)
10. The Count Of Monte Cristo predominantly takes place in which country?

ROUND II: Filming [Hip Hop Cameos special]
1. DMX: Romeo Must Die is an action film featuring which Asian martial artist? Jackie Chan? Jet Li? Tony Jaa?
2. Vanilla Ice: What is the subtitle of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II? The Secret Of The Ooze? Shell Shocked? The Return Of The Shredder?
3. RZA: Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai, starring Forrest Whitaker was released in which year? 1997? 1999? 2002?
4. Lil Kim: The following quote is from which film, “Give her the right look, the right boyfriend and bam, in six weeks she’s being named prom queen”? She’s All That? Not Another Teen Movie? 10 Things I Hate About You?
5. Snoop Dogg: Who does Detective Alonzo Harris owe money to in Training Day? Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13s)? The Crips? The Russian Mafia?
6. The voice of which hip-hop artist featured in The Rugrats Movie? Grandmaster Flash? Jay-Z? Busta Rhymes?
7. Eminem: The ricin-laced transdermal strip to poison Kim Jong-un, in The Interview, is hidden in what? Chewing gum? A pack of cigarettes? A radio mic?
8. Method Man: Which film starred Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and Method Man? Wise Guys? Bad Lieutenant? Cop Land?
9. GZA: Coffee And Cigarettes is made up of how many short sketches? 11? 13? 16?
10. Ice-T: The chase between Ice-T and Chris Rock in New Jack City was originally written as a car chase but as neither Ice-T or Chris Rock could drive, they had to change it to chasing a bicycle on foot. True or False?
FALSE (the film ran over budget)

ROUND III: Post-Production
1. Finish the following quote from The Sound Of Music, “Doe, a deer, a female deer. Ray, a drop of golden sun”
2. Which actor has played Heathcliff, Ramses II, Hades and Charles Dickens?
3. What was the title of the sequel to The Fugitive?
4. Who starred in A Knight’s Tale, A Beautiful Mind, The Da Vinci Code, Iron Man 2 and Legion?
5. How many gang members are directly responsible for the death of Eric Draven and Shelly Webster in The Crow?
FOUR (T-Bird, Tin Tin, Funboy, Skank)
6. What did the Coen brothers direct in between No Country For Old Men and A Serious Man?
7. Which 1991 film featured John Candy, Donald Sutherland, Jack Lemmon, Gary Oldman, Joe Pesci, Tommy Lee Jones, Martin Sheen and Kevin Costner?
8. What is the name of Princess Leia’s homeworld, which is destroyed, in Star Wars?
9. How many years passed between the release of Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age, both starring Cate Blanchett?
10. The following quote is from which film, “Everything is different but the same. Things are more moderner than before. Bigger and yet smaller. It’s computers. San Dimas High School football rules”?

ROUND IV: Promotion & Release
1. The Screen Actors Guild started their award ceremony in which year? 1947? 1972? 1995?
2. What is the subtitle of the 3rd Police Academy film? Back In Training? Assignment Miami Beach? Citizens On Patrol?
3. Who directed the French film Angel-A? Jean-Pierre Dardenne? Bertrand Tavernier? Luc Besson?
4. Monsoon Wedding, The Darjeeling Limited and Octopussy were all filmed in which country? India? Pakistan? Bangladesh?
5. Which Guillermo Del Toro film takes place in an orphanage during the Spanish Civil War? Pan’s Labyrinth? The Devil’s Backbone? Cronos?
6. Who directed Ace Ventura, The Nutty Professor, Liar Liar, Patch Adams and Bruce Almighty? Jonathan Lynn? Peter Segal? Tom Shadyac?
7. Why are both the Russians and Americans searching for the submarine captained by Marko Ramius in The Hunt For The Red October? He plans on attacking America? He plans to defect? The man claiming to be Ramius is an imposter?
8. The following is the poster tagline for which film, “It was the Deltas against the rules.. the rules lost”? Old School? Animal House? Bad Neighbours?
9. What is the name of the portal generating device that Kevin mistakes for a synthesiser in 1987’s Masters Of The Universe? The Cosmic Key? The Gate Drive? The Thenorian Saxaboom?
10. With a budget of $150 million, Mission Impossible 3 is the most expensive feature film directorial debut. True or False?

Screenshots: Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me / The Cat In The Hat / Inglourious Basterds
Poster: The Love Guru
Actor: Mike Myers


A New Class Of Superhero

Tim Miller

Ryan Reynolds
Morena Baccarin
T.J. Miller
Ed Skrein

Through the use of multiple flashbacks, we are introduced to Wade Wilson [Reynolds], an ex-military mercenary with a loose set of morals that could be misconstrued as heart. Enjoying a drink at his regular merc haunt, Wade meets volatile prostitute Vanessa [Baccarin]. The pair hit it off right away and embark on a year long blissful relationship. All of which is scuppered by a crushing revelation as Wade is diagnosed with multiple cancers in several of his vital organs. The couple do their best to work through it but Wade refuses to let Vanessa watch him deteriorate into nothing. Acting rashly, Wade agrees to meet with a shady contact who has offered to cure his cancer and give him superpowers. Midway through the violent and horrific procedures, it becomes apparent that Wade is being experimented on with the intent of being sold as a super-powered slave. The procedure works to a degree, gifting Wade with a healing factor that combats the cancer (and any other ailment) as fast as it can grow, making him essentially immortal but it also leaves him hideously scarred and disfigured. The rest of the film is Wade’s quest for vengeance and hopefully a cure to his dermatological predicament.

There is an assumption that all superhero films are for children and with the huge financial and critical success of these franchises, it couldn’t be more inaccurate. On top of that, audiences often assume all superhero characters are exactly the same; which is equally stupid. If we take Christopher Nolan’s Batman and Richard Donner’s Superman, these are distinctly different films but largely because the personality and moral drive of the respective central characters differ. As such, Deadpool may not feel like your typical superhero film but is respectful (if that’s the appropriate word) of the humour, temperament, focus and content of the source material; more so than most adaptations it seems. In my opinion, Scott Pilgrim and now Deadpool are the most ‘feel like the comic’ film adaptations but both suffer heavily in their own ways.

Deadpool always seems to attract the biggest douchebags and socially inept individuals (I can say that because I’m one of them) because they can live vicariously through this absurd individual but when written well, Deadpool is a genuinely interesting and rounded character who is using violence and humour as a coping method for loss and abuse. Back when I reviewed the dire X-Men Origins: Wolverine, one positive point of praise was the perfect casting of Reynolds as Wade Wilson. This has clearly been both an ideal match and a bit of a curse for Mr. Reynolds for though he may be the embodiment of the character, studios have never been able to get behind the kind of film where he can flourish. This has often led to watered-down versions, tame imitations and abandoned scripts. Thankfully Reynolds acting as actor, producer and extremely vocal champion for this film has ensured it delivers the kind of release that fans have demanded for quite some time. Much like Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, it’s incredibly difficult to think of anyone else who would fit the role as well, so I have nothing but absolute unending praise for Reynolds’ persistence, fortitude, charisma and lasting resolve. However, this also generates a huge problem. Deadpool is such an explosively erratic and eccentric character that everyone around him pales in comparison.

The supports are plentiful and hark back to the comic (I’m quietly confident they even managed to squeeze a non-Hydra Hydra Bob in there) but the sheer quantity of them paired with the lack of remaining screen time means that everyone who isn’t named Deadpool is a touch underdeveloped. Gina Carano still isn’t an actress but she pulls off the Bond henchman act rather well, TJ Miller is hilarious but so much more could have been done with Weasel, same goes for Leslie Uggams as Blind Al and while she could have been really irksome, Brianna Hildebrand’s turn as Negasonic Teenage Warhead (with powers that have nothing to do with Negasonic Teenage Warhead, from what I recall) was acceptable. I usually detest Ed Skrein. I find him base level and mediocre, like a hybrid of Paul Bettany, Nicholas Hoult and Jason Statham with none of their charm, talent or acting skill (so just Jason Statham) but Skrein really suits the role of Ajax. Vicious and malevolent, both victim and perpetrator, he is afforded a fair range and oozes a sinister unpleasantness that most bad guys can’t explore so as to remain within their PG-acceptable releases. Yet I remain conflicted when it comes to one of the key supports: Wade’s equally messed-up, foul mouthed girlfriend Vanessa. The comedy and violence we all expected but the heart behind it was a welcome treat. Much like Tarantino’s insistence that True Romance is a love story, the bond between Wade and Vanessa is a great pairing. Both have their own problems but to quote the film, “your crazy matches my crazy” and really that’s kind of what love is; it’s probably more honest and credible than most forced love connections depicted in action films. I’m not saying it’s perfect, of course, as Vanessa is just as underutilised as the rest of the cast but she’s an empowered woman who knows what she wants, stands up for herself and helps out rather than just screaming and waiting to be saved.

For a limited budget, a great deal has been achieved here. It’s a very small-scale film compared to most of the world-ending high-stakes superhero movies but delivers a spectacular amount. The fight sequences are well-shot and entertaining, the locations and sets are varied and everything culminates in a pretty epic but contained showdown at the.. I dunno.. burnt-out aircraft carrier dry dock graveyard? Then we have the use of CGI and in my opinion, it’s the very best use of CGI. To clarify, it is my belief that computer generated effects should be used to subtly enhance what is already present. Too many films make the mistake of assuming CGI can fix everything. Case in point here, Deadpool’s mask is very subtly animated, specifically to allow facial expressions to show through – something which the comic relies on. Speaking of the mask, aside from Raimi’s Spider-Man and Iron Man, films have real difficulty accurately portraying superhero costumes. On one end of the spectrum we have the brightly coloured, form-fitting lycra and on the other we have battle armour that is merely inspired by the comic look. Granted, Deadpool is a relatively new hero (90s), so his look isn’t overly outlandish or difficult to replicate but thanks to the subtle additional animation, impressive make-up and the care that’s been taken in the pre-production design phase, this iteration of Deadpool looks like a pitch-perfect comic replica. Not to mention the fact that Negasonic Teenage Warhead displays an accurate black-and-yellow New Mutants body suit. And finally we come to Tom Holkenborg’s score. Fresh off his success with Mad Max: Fury Road and his upcoming work on Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, he’s more than equipped to handle big-scale action and light tender moments. Much like Guardians Of The Galaxy, the music here is very simple and fitting but knows it is playing second fiddle to the cheesy pop tracks utilised for comic effect.

But I’m afraid it’s not all sunshine, rainbows and unicorn jizz, Deadpool is a pretty flawed release. As a platform to honestly represent the popular character and launch into franchise crossover appearances and sequels, it’s great. As a standalone story, it’s extremely simplistic and despite the fourth wall breaking satire, conforms to the superhero origin trait neatly. With the sheer quantity of superhero releases from 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros and Disney/Marvel, origins are incredibly tedious, time consuming and dull. While audiences need to know the how and why of the character, we don’t really care and after you’ve sacrificed half the runtime, you don’t have a great deal to work with in order to establish a compelling narrative. Also, in spite of being so meta and self-aware, it’s not nearly as scathing as it could be. Bar the occasional jab at box office bombs X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Green Lantern, not to mention an extremely amusing comment about multiple actors portraying Professor Xavier, it’s all very surface level and tepid. And that’s assuming you like the character Deadpool. Any time he appears in any medium, people seem to have the split opinion that they either view him as an unpredictable complex comic relief or the annoying personification of a teenage boy’s mind. I must confess, I side with the former category and as such very much enjoyed this release and look forward to building on the absurdity in more outings with Mr. Pool.

Release Date:
12th February 2016

The Scene To Look Out For:
Reynolds gets a lot of flak when it comes to carrying a film but regular readers will know I think rather highly of this incredibly talented and charming individual. What’s almost always overlooked, however, is his ability to emote wonderfully. As stated earlier, this film is rife with comedy and gore but it’s also surprisingly tender. Coming to terms with his diagnosis but not wanting to be a burden on the love of his life, Wade sits sobbing in the dark by the window, later deflecting with comedy that he was having a nightmare about kidnapping Liam Neeson. The use of comedy to undercut something very serious and touching is the very reason why Reynolds is perfect for this role. Either that or touching Blind Al’s face with his tiny hand because.. there are no words. Tiny hand.

Notable Characters:
So aside from the might of Deadpool himself, I really enjoyed Colossus. Piotr Rasputin has made several appearances in the previous X-Men instalments but mostly as a background character and never very well. Personally I liked the authoritarian mentor attitude and conservative helpful nature, representing what most other superhero films stand for. On top of that, his introduction and the Xavier mansion reveal reminds you this isn’t a standalone but a spin-off, set in the established X-Men cinematic universe. Which, despite not exactly being a new thing, feels surprising – most probably due to the graphic nature of this release. But again, that’s usually how it feels in the comics when a character like Stephen Strange or Cyclops turns up in a Deadpool story and this link is greatly appreciated.

Highlighted Quote:
“I know what you’re thinking, whose balls did I have to fondle to get my very own movie? Don’t tell anyone but it rhymes with polverine”

In A Few Words:
“This film is the manifestation of fan service done well. Far from perfect but what fans have been craving for years”

Total Score: