Cinema City Film Quiz #199

[24 September 2017]


Winning Team:
Spatula: Kitchen In The Sky
Genre – In a world of starving aeronauts, a flying kitchen holds salvation

Runners Up:
Studio Jubblies 2: Princess Mono-Nippy
Genre – Miyazaki directs a talented voice cast in a particularly chilly recording studio
When The Cat Returns With Sexy Results
Genre – Live action remake
Takeshi’s Moving Castle
Genre – Game show film
Bowels Moving Arsehole
Genre – An animation about a magical arsehole in the sky, propelled by the noxious gas from its bowels below


ROUND I: Pre-Production
1. The Val Kilmer film, The Saint, is an adaptation of which Roger Moore TV series?
THE SAINT
2. How many grandchildren does John Hammond has (that we specifically see) in Jurassic Park?
TWO (Lex / Tim)
3. “Freeze in hell, Batman” and “This is why Superman works alone” were quotes from which film?
BATMAN AND ROBIN
4. What are the titles of the four Indiana Jones films? (one point per correct answer)
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK / TEMPLE OF DOOM / THE LAST CRUSADE / THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL
5. Who appeared in 10 Things I Hate About You, A Knight’s Tale and The Dark Knight?
HEATH LEDGER
6. Maui, Heihei and Te Fiti are characters in which Disney film?
MOANA
7. Gondor, Hobbiton and Rohan are regions in which film franchise?
THE LORD OF THE RINGS
8. How many Star Trek films have been made to date?
THIRTEEN
9. What was the name of the Aerosmith song composed for Armageddon?
I DON’T WANT TO MISS A THING
10. Which two actors starred in the lead roles in Planes, Trains & Automobiles? (one point per correct answer)
STEVE MARTIN / JOHN CANDY


ROUND II: Filming [Studio Ghibli Special]
1. In Spirited Away, Chihiro and her family enter the spirit world and her parents are turned into what animals? Cats? Dragons? Pigs?
PIGS
2. Sophie is the lead character in which film? The Wind Rises? Arriety? Howl’s Moving Castle?
HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE
3. The majority of Ponyo (in the film of the same name) is what colour? Red? Blue? Yellow?
RED
4. What is the name of the cat in Whisper Of The Heart and The Cat Returns? Yuko Harada? Sugimura? Baron Humbert Von Gikkingen?
BARON HUMBERT VON GIKKINGEN
5. Which film did Ghibli release after Whisper Of The Heart and before My Neighbours The Yamadas? Pom Poko? Princess Mononoke? Only Yesterday?
PRINCESS MONONOKE
6. How many Ghibli films have been made by Hayao Miyazaki’s son, Goro? 2? 3? 4?
TWO (Tales From Earthsea / From Up On Poppy Hill)
7. Where does Sanuki and his wife find Kaguya in The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya? On a lily-pad? Behind a waterfall? In a bamboo shoot?
IN A BAMBOO SHOOT
8. The following quote is from which film, “If you wake up tomorrow and find a white cat, it’s me”? Castle In The Sky? Kiki’s Delivery Service? The Cat Returns?
KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE (Jiji to Kiki regarding the amount of flower in the room)
9. What is the name of Gina’s hotel in Porco Rosso? Hotel Adriano? Hotel Bacalli? Hotel Ciprina?
HOTEL ADRIANO
10. In My Neighbour Totoro, Totoro’s name is based on a mispronunciation of troll. True or False?
TRUE (although it did not appear in the 1993 English language version, it was restored for the 2006 dub)


ROUND III: Post-Production
1. Which Disney film was released in between Cinderella and Peter Pan?
ALICE IN WONDERLAND
2. The buried alive scene takes place in which volume of Kill Bill?
VOLUME TWO
3. What is the name of the hornbill, voiced by Rowan Atkinson, in The Lion King?
ZAZU
4. The following quote is from which film, “Now if there’s one thing you can be sure of, it’s that nothing is more powerful than a young boy’s wish. Except an apache helicopter. An apache helicopter has machine guns and missiles, it’s an unbelievably impressive complement of weaponry, an absolute death machine”?
TED
5. What was the first colour film to win the Oscar for best picture?
GONE WITH THE WIND
6. In the 1997 animated film Anastasia, who voices the role of Rasputin?
CHRISTOPHER LLOYD
7. The following is the poster tagline for which film, “It’s a whole new West, July 99″?
WILD WILD WEST
8. What are the names of the two criminals in Home Alone? (one point per correct answer)
HARRY / MARV
9. What is Leon’s beverage of choice in the film of the same name?
MILK
10. What is the name of Ron Burgundy’s dog in Anchorman?
BAXTER


ROUND IV: Promotion & Release
1. What is the name of the lead samurai in Seven Samurai? Kanbe? Gorobe? Kikuchiyo?
KANBE
2. What are Proximo’s (played by Oliver Reed) last words in Gladiator? Freedom, Spaniard. Freedom? Eternal glory? Shadows and dust?
SHADOWS AND DUST
3. The clicking alien language in District 9 was achieved by rubbing what kind of food product? Pumpkin? Pineapple? A bag of Rice Krispies?
PUMPKIN
4. What is the name of Indiana Jones’ secretary? Irene? Janice? Katherine?
IRENE
5. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is set in which county? Denmark? Sweden? Norway?
SWEDEN
6. Which of the following actors did not appear in 40 Year Old Virgin? Jonah Hill? Paul Rudd? Michael Cera?
MICHAEL CERA
7. The Monty Python cast play several roles in The Holy Grail but which one portrayed the most at 12 characters? Michael Palin? Terry Jones? Eric Idle?
MICHAEL PALIN
8. The following is the poster tagline for which film, “They keep coming back in a bloodthirsty lust for human flesh”? Night Of The Living Dead? The Return Of The Living Dead? The Plague Of The Zombies?
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD
9. In The Bourne Identity, the laser pointer in Jason’s hip takes him to a bank in which country? Switzerland? Germany? France?
SWITZERLAND
10. The line “I’ll be back” from The Terminator was actually scripted as “I’ll come back.” True or False?
TRUE


BOUNS IMAGE ROUND
Screenshots: American Beauty / LA Confidential / A Bug’s Life / Horrible Bosses 2
Poster: Glengarry Glen Ross
Actor: Kevin Spacey


KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

Suited And Booted

Director
Matthew Vaughn

Starring
Taron Egerton
Julianne Moore
Colin Firth
Mark Strong
Pedro Pascal



A year after the events in Kingsman: The Secret Service, Eggsy is operating under his former mentor’s codename, Galahad and continues to covertly protect the realm. Before the film has even has a chance to fade out the film’s title, events kick off with the arrival of Charlie Hesketh – a former Kingsman initiate who failed to graduate – who survived the events of the first film and is out for revenge against Eggsy [Egerton] for a new superior: Poppy Adams [Moore], a drug baroness in self-imposed exile from her home land of the United States. Feeling the Kingsman are a direct threat to her operation, Poppy launches a surprise attack and wipes out the entire order and all of their hideouts. The only ones who survive are Strong and Merlin [Strong], who enact an old protocol which takes them to a mysterious agency in Kentucky.

Much like its predecessor, any criticisms one has about these films can easily be directed to any James Bond feature; from the sexism to the suspension of disbelief, if you let one slide but not the other, that seems a touch unreasonable. Having said that, this film really does let itself down all too frequently and what should have been another action-packed, tongue-in-cheek romp is left a bloated, uninspired pile of mediocrity. The acting tiers are separated rather clearly between those that have committed to the heightened absurdity of the story (people like Egerton, Pascal, Strong and to a certain extent Jeff Bridges) and those who are largely phoning it in (which would be Firth, Moore, Halle Berry, etc). Essentially, the more established they are, the less they seemed to give a shit. But it’s hard to blame them as the script this time round misses the mark by offering a lukewarm villain, a fairly tame world-threatening dilemma and a complete lack of suspense or pacing. From the introduction of underutilised characters to the deaths of returning ones (I was genuinely expecting Roxy to make a surprise appearance as the film went on but then I realised they just killed her off outright) the whole thing felt eerily reminiscent of GI Joe: Retaliation – I know I’ve received a lot of flak for my positive review of GI Joe: Rise Of Cobra in the past but the change in tone from silly toy box action to semi-serious vengeance arc was incredibly odd; at least Kingsman: The Golden Circle had the common sense not to kill off the main character.

Aside from the regular super-spy lampooning, there are a few elements that take this film far away from what made Kingsman: The Secret Service a tolerable success, rather than the colourful stupid mess that it advertised itself as. The first and strangest one is the return of Harry. Bringing back Colin Firth was a decent move and offered a genuine emotional device for Eggsy, they also managed to explain it away rather well thanks to the fantastical sci-fi tech their established universe could arguably have. No problem there. The weird element is that they address how such an extreme and violent cognitive experience could have a severe impact on the victim; specifically in this case, memory loss which then leads into PTSD. Adding that level of realism (if that’s the right word) should work for this film, grounding it in some semblance of reality and offering Firth an actual reason to come back and play the same character with a deeper spin. Regrettably, it never exactly clicks and ends up feeling like a drastic tonal shift which fails to achieve the desired effect. Then we have the Statesman. I’m a little torn when it comes to the American sister-operation as it feels extremely underused but to be fair this is a Kingsman sequel so the restraint is appreciated.

Speaking of restraint, we need to talk about Elton John. In her Cambodian lair, Poppy has turned an ancient ruin into her own slice of America and with it a theatre with one hostage performer: Elton John. As a throwaway gag, that in of itself works fine. What doesn’t is that this cameo massively overplays its hand and brings him back multiple times. More than that, Elton John is effectively a supporting character. I would go so far as to posit that he has more screen time than Halle Berry or Channing Tatum. Having said that, for one bright glorious moment, it works perfectly: one of Poppy’s robotic security dogs is about to attack Harry but Elton John’s grinning mug enters from screen right to the tune of Rocket Man. It really shouldn’t be funny but it really is. Everything around it is horse-piss but that one shot was great.

In spite of the wildly erratic acting standards (between phoning-it-in and trying pretty hard) and the paint-by-numbers story, this film is pretty serviceable on a technical level. There’s plenty of the same comic book action/physics/direction which gives the film a certain flare and style but admittedly, it might be a little excessive and the film becomes heavily reliant on it at times without ever replicating the Church scene from the first one. Which, let’s face it, is what everyone involved was hoping to recreate. The visual effects were decent enough but when they dipped into displeasing territory, they were incredibly noticeable and off-putting. Equally, the sound design was perfectly fitting and Henry Jackman’s score still stands out as praiseworthy, memorable and distinctive.

Like a lot of flat sequels, this feature feels like a missed opportunity, an exercise in repetition that failed to capture whatever spark that made the original special. If you’re a fan of the first, it may play off as a passable story but on its own merit, it’s hardly making waves.


Release Date:
22nd September 2017

The Scene To Look Out For:
There are both a few scenes that stand out because they are one improvement away from being great, a few scenes that don’t exactly work and a few that are genuinely really entertaining. I’m not going to talk about any of them because the only talking point in this film is the fingering scene. In order to trace Charlie’s location, Eggsy has to place a tracker on Charlie’s girlfriend. Apparently the only way to get the device to activate is to make contact with a mucus membrane. Now, I appreciate this whole scenario is supposed to address the whole “I have to sleep with this woman for king and country” nonsense but it’s still pretty stupid. It’s hardly new, in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me a tracer is placed up Fat Bastard’s arse but there’s something about the way this is filmed which feels like it’s primary objective was to be as titillating and shocking as possible. Now, as an adult, I was far from shocked. I’ve seen all manner of films which present sexual encounters in many different ways but it’s so uncomfortably bad that it just feels cheap and unnecessary; which, in a film with cannibalism, excessive swearing and an anal callback by Elton John, is saying something.

Notable Characters:
Without saying too much, I liked Pascal’s character, Whiskey. The character motivation was commendable but I can’t highlight the performance as it never really paid off or delivered in a satisfying way. Subsequently I have to go with my regular choice Mark Strong. I really like Strong as an actor, I think he’s wonderful and very rarely disappoints. Funny, witty and great timing; all of which makes his “arc” even more frustrating.

Highlighted Quote:
“My momma always told me we get our manners from the British. Ain’t that a pity, y’all didn’t keep none for yourselves”

In A Few Words:
“A disappointing departure from a surprise success, which could easily be fixed in a further sequel but the question is, should it be?”

Total Score:

2/5

Cinema City Film Quiz #198

[10 September 2017]


Winning Team:
Tudyk Or Not Tudyk? That Is The (Sexy) Question
Genre – Joss Whedon’s second Shakespeare adaptation where Alan Tudyk plays Hamlet and Nathan Fillion plays the CGI skull of Yorick

Runners Up:
The Seeker Of Serenity, The Protector Of Italian Virginity, The Enforcer Of Our Lord God, The One, The Only, Sir Ulrich Von Lichtenstein.. The Team
Genre – Action fantasy comedy drama high-octane fun
Alan One-Tu-Three-Dyk
Genre – Pirate film
KY-SO
Genre – The sarcastic Star Wars robot is repurposed for lubrication duties (the “SO” stands for Sore Orifice)


ROUND I: Pre-Production
1. What is the title of the movie adaptation of The Simpsons?
THE SIMPSONS MOVIE
2. Marty McFly is the lead character in which franchise?
BACK TO THE FUTURE
3. How many Die Hard films have been made to date?
FIVE
4. What is the name of Kevin Spacey’s character in Superman Returns?
LEX LUTHOR
5. Delicatessen, A Bout De Soufflé and La Vie d’Adele are films from which country?
FRANCE
6. What colour are the elephants in Dumbo’s intoxicated dream sequence in Dumbo?
PINK
7. The following quote is from which film, “In space, no one can hear you scream”?
ALIEN
8. Who played the role of Trevor Slattery in Iron Man 3?
BEN KINGSLEY
9. The English Patient was released in which year?
1996
10. The Duke was a nickname for which classic Hollywood actor?
JOHN WAYNE


ROUND II: Filming [Alan Tudyk Special]
1. What is the name of the ship in Serenity? Firefly? Serenity? Mal’s Boat?
SERENITY
2. Who does Alan Tudyk play in Tucker & Dale Vs Evil? Tucker? Dale? Chad?
TUCKER
3. Ice Age was released in which year? 1999? 2002? 2006?
2002
4. Who directed I, Robot? Alex Proyas? Rob Cohen? Bret Ratner?
ALEX PROYAS
5. What is the name of the kingdom in Frozen? Frell? Corona? Arendelle?
ARENDELLE
6. Which of the following did not appear in Patch Adams? Phillip Seymour Hoffman? Dustin Hoffman? Alan Tudyk?
DUSTIN HOFFMAN
7. In Trumbo Michael Stuhlbarg portrays which famous actor? Humphrey Bogart? James Cagney? Edward G Robinson?
EDWARD G ROBINSON
8. The following quote is from which film, “Proverbs 13:3. He that keepeth his mouth, keepeth his life. He that opens his lips too wide shall bring on his own destruction. Tommy was weak. Tommy was stupid. Tommy is dead”? 3:10 To Yuma? Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter? Transformers: Dark Of The Moon?
3:10 TO YUMA
9. How many people/droids make up Jyn’s unit in Rogue One? 6? 7? 8?
SIX (Jyn, Cassian, Chirrut, Baze, Bodhi, K-2SO)
10. For the international release of Zootopia, the news anchor Moosebridge has several animal variants. True or False?
TRUE (Koala in Australia, Tanuki in Japan, Panda in China, Jaguar in Brazil, etc)


ROUND III: Post-Production
1. Ingrid Bergman, Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Michael York and Sean Connery appeared in which film?
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
2. The B52s performed under which name in The Flintstones?
BC52’S
3. Who played the respective lead roles in Cold Mountain? (one point per correct answer)
NICOLE KIDMAN / JUDE LAW
4. The following quote is from which film, “That’s all that’s left of the last dragon-slayer who tangled with me. If I were you, I’d quite while I was ahead”?
DRAGONHEART
5. In which film does John Travolta play Terl, an alien security chief stationed on a desolate Earth in the year 3000?
BATTLEFIELD EARTH
6. What is Jacob Tremblay’s character’s name in Room?
JACK
7. Who voices the roles of Tai Lung, Lord Shen and Kai, the respective villains in Kung Fu Panda, 2 and 3? (one point per correct answer)
IAN MCSHANE / GARY OLDMAN / JK SIMMONS
8. How does Elliot die in Ghost Dad?
CAR CRASH (announces he is Satan to a Satanist taxi driver, who then drives off a bridge and into a river)
9. O, Brother Where Art Thou? was released in which year?
2000
10. What are the names of the Ghostbusters in the 2016 remake? (one point per correct answer)
ABBY YATES / ERIN GILBERT / JILLIAN HOLTZMANN / PATTY TOLAN


ROUND IV: Promotion & Release
1. Who directed the 1960 film, Ocean’s 11? Charles Walters? Lewis Milestone? John Frankenheimer?
LEWIS MILESTONE
2. Which of the following is not part of Team America, in the film of the same name? Joe Smith? Gary Johnston? Hank Davids?
HANK DAVIDS
3. What did Ridley Scott direct in between Black Hawk Down and Kingdom Of Heaven? Matchstick Men? A Good Year? Hannibal?
MATCHSTICK MEN
4. Who played the lead role in the 1997 Frank Oz comedy, In & Out? Tom Hanks? Kenneth Branagh? Kevin Kline?
KEVIN KLINE
5. The following is the poster tagline for which film, “You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll hurl”? Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure? Wayne’s World? California Man (Encino Man)?
WAYNE’S WORLD
6. Which actor appeared in Ghost Rider, Wild At Heart and The Family Man? Nicolas Cage? Sam Elliott? Henry Fonda?
NICOLAS CAGE
7. The following quote is from which noir film, “Office memorandum. Walter Neff to Barton Keyes, Claims Manager, Los Angeles, July 16, 1938″? The Big Sleep? Out Of The Past? Double Indemnity?
DOUBLE INDEMNITY
8. What is the title of the sequel to The Hustler? Jack Of All Trades? The Colour Of Money? What’s Yours Is Mine?
THE COLOUR OF MONEY
9. How many sequels were made to Shaft? 2? 3? 4?
TWO (Shaft’s Big Score, Shaft In Africa)
10. The Millennium Falcon appears in Spaceballs. True or False?
TRUE (parked outside the diner at the end of the film)


BOUNS IMAGE ROUND
Screenshots: Happy Gilmore / Jack And Jill / Punch-Drunk Love / Pixels
Poster: Coneheads
Actor: Adam Sandler