SOLO

A Star Wars Story

Director
Ron Howard

Starring
Alden Ehrenreich
Donald Glover
Joonas Suotamo
Emilia Clarke
Woody Harrelson
Paul Bettany



Set years before the events of Star Wars, we are introduced to a young impoverished Han [Ehrenreich], making his way on the Imperial controlled planet Corellia with his girlfriend and accomplice, Qi’ra [Clarke]. Han manages to escape but Qi’ra is trapped and as she is dragged away, Han vows to return and save her. To avoid being caught, Han takes on the new surname of Solo and enlists with the Empire. Years later, caught up in a siege on an alien world, Solo meets a group of thieves, led by the charming but dastardly Tobias Beckett [Harrelson], and bargains his way on to their latest heist with the help of a newly-liberated slave, Chewbacca [Suotamo].

Before we crack on with this review, we need to cover a bit of history. In addition to the central saga of Star Wars films, Disney announced they were going to be releasing anthology stories that explored established characters and introduced all new characters, planets and factions. Thus far, we have had Rogue One which was a big success but recently it has been revealed how much of a nightmare the production was – which came across through the plot-holes, heavy reshoots and trailers littered with footage that never appeared in the film. But Solo goes back further as George Lucas was working on the idea for this film before he sold the Star Wars property to Disney; which makes a lot of sense considering Lucas’ obsession with connecting a vast universe to a handful of individuals. Directors Lord and Miller were put in charge of the project but heavily argued they were making an improv-heavy straight comedy, leading to them being effectively fired six months into the shoot. This resulted in Ron Howard being brought in to reshoot a good 70% of the film with an established cast and script. You may be asking the relevance of all this but it is important because for everything that went wrong behind the scenes on this film, it’s a genuine testament to everyone involved that a) the movie was completed and b) it came out as decently as it did. Problems and conflicts of this nature cause ruptures that bleed into the film itself and doom it to failure before it’s even released, add a mixed-bag tone and the hand of Lucas (who, may have birthed this universe but is the culprit of some of its most hideous mistakes) and it could quite easily be an utter travesty but what they have salvaged here is extremely agreeable.

Unlike something along the lines of Blade Runner 2049, Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull or even The Force Awakens, Solo has the frankly impossible task of replicating through recasting; less a handoff and more a comparative piece which rarely sits well with audiences and their myriad preconceptions. To my mind, the most recent example of a successfully duplicated property counterpart is actually Star Trek and for the most part Solo performs admirably. Admittedly, of the new cast members, the highest levels of scrutiny will be reserved for Ehrenreich and Glover. Although it didn’t come over brilliantly in the marketing material, Ehrenreich conveys the necessary confidence and swagger that Harrison Ford brings to almost every role but the iconic sardonic cynicism (verging on bored apathy) is absent. I can understand the logic for this, as a bitter older man is hardly born bitter, but there was a fear that this would fail to generate the familiarity audiences have with the character. Thankfully, Ehrenreich performs commendably and with enough charm to bring a new side to the character – in the same way that Ewan McGregor did in the prequels. Purists will never be satisfied but for an impossible task, he’s come out in a strong place. Then we have Donald Glover as Lando, the role famously performed by Billy Dee Williams. Glover is not only the obvious casting choice, he is the reason I wanted to see this film. The man does such a wonderful job of bringing the smooth, charismatic and self-assured pirate to life and my only complaint is that his role was so small. I may not have cared for a Solo spin-off (because how much story is left to tell?) but a Lando film charting the story of pirate to captain of industry to military general, starring Glover? I would be first in line.

**quite a few spoilers toward the end of this paragraph**
For all the positives, this film is far from devoid of faults. Any feature picked up midway by a new creative will cause an immediate clash of directing styles and is going to feel a little jumbled no matter the talent involved. Subsequently, there is a lot of fallout that never gets properly resolved, from small things like the excessive use of conversational transitions (where a conversation starts in one place and is finished in the next scene in an entirely new location) to a subplot about droid rights which is interesting but is also weirdly – and somewhat dismissively – executed. The most apparent example of this unsettling air of unevenness is in the supporting characterisation; specifically Dryden Vos and Enfys Nest. While I would highlight both as really solid performances and interesting characters, their existence feels like the product of adjustment and course correction. Firstly we have Paul Bettany, who plays the gangster villain Vos well, but his threat level degrades quickly to the point of irrelevance. It has been mentioned that the original actor was intended to be brought to life as a motion-capture alien-humanoid but scheduling conflicts led to the entire part being rewritten and Bettany being brought on board. For an example of what I mean, Vos is described as a formidable force who will hunt you to the end of the universe for crossing him but not only is he outfoxed by a simple deception, his supposedly vast army is merely a dozen easily tricked subordinates. Speaking of which, both Beckett and Vos have an adversary in the form of marauders led by the heavily armoured Enfys Nest. Now, I know the Enfys Nest identity reveal was supposed to be “but you’re just a kid” but because of Star Wars lore and the importance placed on bloody parents and siblings, I was expecting something bigger and more connected; that this is Phasma’s mother or something stupid. Admittedly the disconnected nature of Jyn Erso in Rogue One should have taught audiences not to expect these threads of association but Star Wars fans can’t help but draw patterns and links where there are none. And while I could have left that as it was, as the seeds of something yet to come, the film then dismisses that entire mindset with the BIG reveal (the one that was pushed throughout with coy mentions of “you know who I work for” and “there are more dangerous people in this galaxy than Dryden Vos” etc) which couldn’t be more connected to the expanded universe and will be such a huge talking point for fans.

While several creative changes may have shifted during production, one that would have been past the point of no return is the production design. The amount of work, effort and money that goes in to getting things like costume and casting sorted is a very difficult train to derail but in fairness, the level of detail and design that has gone into the world building/expansion is extremely positive and praiseworthy. Nothing on this film feels rushed or cheap, every frame is flowing with intrigue and oddities – as all Star Wars films should. On top of that, everything is shot beautifully and Bradford Young has done a wondrous job created a dark, murky side of space largely unseen in the main saga. And, as with the casting, John Powell has the extremely unenviable task of making his mark on the Star Wars brand and what we are given with the musical score is perfectly fitting, the John Williams recycling is to be expected but the Marauders theme was particularly pleasing.

I said in my review for The Last Jedi that these indulgence pieces are for anyone who wants to savour nostalgia over progress (not an attack, just an observation) and would a story about Han Solo’s younger years appease, assuage or entertain them? In truth, I don’t know the answer. I feel there are probably too many unanswered questions, a wall of irritating sequel secrets and future developments have been erected but who knows how, when or if they will be addressed and the overall narrative could be described as predictable, formulaic and straight-forward with a tick-box of character components based on peripheral props and throwaway lines three 40 year old films. And yet it works. There are things that mainstream audiences may find uninteresting or convoluted (in terms of delving into the expanded universe) and there will be contradictions, alterations and inclusions that will irk hardcore Star Wars fans. To my mind, this film achieves the insurmountable by taking an extremely well-known character and producing a fun space pirating romp in spite of all the production dramas but the problem with all prequels is that they remove the veil of mystery and quantify the sum parts, leaving us with answers that can feel unfulfilling, like an explorer completing a map and realising there is no more unknown left to discover.


Release Date:
25th May 2018

The Scene To Look Out For:
One of the main exciting set-pieces chocked with visual flare and high-stakes adventure is the Kessel Run; a maelstrom of space storms surrounding several resource-rich planets. Navigation of this particular sector of space is extremely difficult due to the multiple hyperspace jumps that need to be precisely co-ordinated, or face obliteration at the mercy of the unknown. On paper this is great science fiction stuff paired with classic high-seas adventure writing. And yet, the reason I am highlighting it, is the obsession of making things fit. Almost every single aspect of the expanded universe stems from a small handful of lines uttered in the original films and one of those is Han’s claim to Luke Skywalker that the Millennium Falcon “made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs.” When it was pointed out years later that this is in fact erroneous, fans made it work, concocting a workaround which define the Kessel Run as an example of Han’s expertise as a pilot, rather than his speed. Admittedly, it strengthens the character but also causes the bite of the original statement to feel a touch lacklustre.. and all because George Lucas didn’t understand a parsec measures distance not time. The knock on effect of such a simple screenwriting action in the late 1970s is truly astonishing.

Notable Characters:
In a strange way, the only returning member of the principal cast is Suotamo as Chewbacca – as he worked with his counterpart Peter Mayhew on the most recent Star Wars films. Not only does he perform admirably on his own in this outing, we experience more of a connection between Han and Chewie than han and Qi’ra; something I should be miffed about but ultimately works because that’s the relationship we know and wanted to see more of.

Highlighted Quote:
“You just lost the canon.. and I really hurt my thumbs”

In A Few Words:
“A rather impressive feat considering the production difficulties and while it is fairly tame and vanilla, it adds enough to the Star Wars universe to warrant its own existence”

Total Score:

3/5

Cinema City Film Quiz #213

[20 May 2018]


Winning Team:
The Frozen Thing That Came In From The Cold
Genre – A lonely alien seeks warm hugs from a friendly snowman

Runners Up:
Winters Boner… With Sexy Results
Genre – J-Law has to row to the middle of a frozen lake to saw off her dead father’s penis in order to prove he is in fact dead
Chilly Willy Bang Bang
Genre – Arnold Schwarzenegger revisits his role as Mr Freeze in this drama where his cock has frozen and the only to thaw it out is to fly around in a magic car shouting ice-based puns until laughter unfreezes it.. or something
Let’s Kick Some Ice
Genre – Pun-based action comedy
Cold Finger
Genre – Spy comedy


ROUND I: Pre-Production
1. What is the name of the U-boat that Lt Andrew Tyler commandeers in U-571?
U-571
2. How many National Treasure films (starring Nicolas Cage) have been released to date?
TWO
3. What is Thor’s weapon of choice in the MCU films?
HAMMER / MJOLNIR
4. Rey, Kylo Ren and Han Solo are characters in which film?
STAR WARS: EPISODE VII – THE FORCE AWAKENS
5. What is the name of the future leader of the resistance in the Terminator franchise?
JOHN CONNOR
6. What was the title of Daniel Craig’s first James Bond film?
CASINO ROYALE
7. Which film followed Jurassic Park III in the Jurassic Park franchise?
JURASSIC WORLD
8. Who played the title role in Laurence Of Arabia?
PETER O’TOOLE
9. What is the name of Bill and Ted’s band in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure?
WYLD STALLYNS
10. Who directed Rear Window?
ALFRED HITCHCOCK


ROUND II: Filming [Freezing Cold Special]
***9000th Question Asked!!***:
1. Manny, Sid and Diego are the main characters in which animated franchise? Shrek? The Smurfs? Ice Age?
ICE AGE
2. What is the title of the Liam Neeson film about oil workers suffering a plane crash and hunted by wolves? The Night? The Hunt? The Grey?
THE GREY
3. The Day After Tomorrow was released in which year? 2002? 2004? 2006?
2004
4. What is the name of Frances McDormand’s character in Fargo? Molly Solverson? Marge Gunderson? Peggy Blumquist?
MARGE GUNDERSON
5. Which of the following did not appear in Alive? Christian Slater? Ethan Hawke? John Malkovich?
CHRISTIAN SLATER
6. Who directed Doctor Zhivago? Richard Attenborough? David Lean? Robert Wise?
DAVID LEAN
7. The following quote is from which film, “I’m the kind of man who likes to know who’s buying their drinks”? Groundhog Day? Mystery, Alaska? The Shining?
THE SHINING
8. Which Charlie Chaplin film predominantly takes place in a cabin during a blizzard? Limelight? The Gold Rush? The Circus?
THE GOLD RUSH
9. Who directed Dersu Uzala, a 1975 film about Russian wilderness explorer Vladimir Arsenyev? Alfred Hitchcock? Ingmar Bergman? Akira Kurosawa?
AKIRA KUROSAWA
10. In China, Disney’s Frozen is called Mo Syut Kei Yun, which translates from Cantonese to Enchanted Snow Tales. True or False?
TRUE


ROUND III: Post-Production
1. Which film featured Demi Moore, Keifer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, Kevin Pollack and Jack Nicholson?
A FEW GOOD MEN
2. Which Disney animated feature was released in 1997?
HERCULES
3. What is the number printed on Herbie’s bonnet in The Love Bug?
FIFTY THREE
4. Jim Carrey played the role of Stanley Ipkiss in which film?
THE MASK
5. 13 Going On 30, starring Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo was released in which year?
2004
6. Which Mission: Impossible film features a scene that takes place in the Kremlin?
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL
7. What is the name of Wade Wilson’s girlfriend in Deadpool?
VANESSA CARLYSLE
8. Who worked as producer on E.T., Arachnophobia, Jurassic Park and Rogue One?
KATHLEEN KENNEDY
9. What did Christopher Nolan direct in 2000?
MEMENTO
10. Who appeared in Chaplin, Nixon, Contact, John Carpenter’s Vampires and Scary Movie 2?
JAMES WOODS


ROUND IV: Promotion & Release
1. Complete the lyrics for this Jungle Book song, “By the ranks or single file, over every jungle mile, oh we stomp and crush through the underbrush…” Of this there can be no denial? In a military style? Using our cunning and guile?
IN A MILITARY STYLE
2. What was the title of James Gunn’s directorial debut? Slimmer? Super? Slither?
SLITHER
3. Henry Hill, Karen Hill, James Conway and Tommy DeVito are the lead characters in which film? Scarface? Once Upon A Time In America? Goodfellas?
GOODFELLAS
4. Which of the following films did not feature Robert Downey Jnr? Weird Science? Richard III? Ant-Man?
ANT-MAN
5. Who directed The Three Amigos? Harold Ramis? John Landis? Mel Brooks?
JOHN LANDIS
6. Which of the following has never played a king? Colin Farrell? Steve Coogan? John Goodman?
STEVE COOGAN (Colin Farrell – Alexander The Great / John Goodman – King Ralph)
7. What is the name of Tom Cruise’s character in Top Gun? Nick Bradshaw? Pete Mitchell? Sam Wells?
PETE “MAVERICK” MITCHELL
8. The following quote is from which film, “Most of the miseries of the world were caused by wars and when they were over, no one ever knew what they were about”? The Hurt Locker? Spartacus? Gone With The Wind?
GONE WITH THE WIND
9. Which instalment of The Godfather trilogy made the most at the box office? The Godfather? The Godfather Part II? The Godfather Part III?
THE GODFATHER (The Godfather $245mil / The Godfather Part II $193mil / The Godfather Part III $136mil)
10. In Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, there was a scene which depicted Johnny Depp’s character shaving William H Macy’s head. However it was not in the final film because the footage was lost in transit and there wasn’t adequate time for Macy’s hair to grow back for a reshoot. True or False?
FALSE


BOUNS IMAGE ROUND
Screenshots: Cape Fear / Hulk / Tropic Thunder / Noah
Poster: 48 Hrs
Actor: Nick Nolte


DEADPOOL 2

From The Studio That Killed Wolverine

Director
David Leitch

Starring
Ryan Reynolds
Josh Brolin
Julian Dennison
Zazie Beetz
Morena Baccarin



Following the events of Deadpool, Wade Wilson [Reynolds] has taken several high profile international contracts, executing various elements of the criminal underworld. One particular druglord locks himself in a panic room and, having escaped his fate, pays a visit to Wade’s home. To avoid spoilers, I’ll just jump ahead with the story. Finally convinced to join the X-Men, Deadpool’s first mission involves an out-of-control young mutant named Russell [Dennison], who is threatening to burn down the orphanage he resides in and everyone in charge of it. We later learn that Cable [Brolin], a powerful mutant from the future, has travelled back in time in an attempt to kill Russell before he can become a force for evil in the coming years. In order to stop this from happening, Deadpool must unite a team of unlikely heroes, including Domino [Beetz], a woman whose superpower is being incredibly lucky.

Throughout this review, several highlighted points will feel like they are circling the same all-encompassing flaw within this film: repetition. As odd as this may sound, considering it was a commercial and critical success, Shrek 2 suffered in the same way when it embodied the very thing it was lampooning. The trouble is that something created as a means to poke fun at a huge franchise or genre pieces will eventually perpetrate the same weaknesses it initially spurned in other releases; like an independent coffee shop growing to become a successful chain – the product is the same but you can’t take the moral ground of being different when you eventually operate in the same manner. Now, I will openly admit, this is a bit of an exaggeration for Deadpool 2. It is, for all intents and purposes, a very fun, enjoyable and well-crafted film but there are simply far too many call-backs and when it does something new or bold, it works beautifully but when it lazily plays it safe, the whole thing falls flat. The degree and frequency to which audiences will tolerate or even notice this, will vary.

Stepping away from the negative for a second, Deadpool 2 manages to do something quite impressive by providing genuine emotional heft among the sea of sophomoric jokes. The majority of this stems from the new characters and the performances given and by grounding the story to something personal and contained, rather than escalating to tackle some global threat. Characters like Russell and Cable are extremely well suited to be paired with someone like Deadpool. On the one hand, you have a foul-mouthed, hot-headed child looking for both revenge and somewhere to belong. While one wouldn’t immediately assign the moniker of mentor to a character like Deadpool, Russell’s presence and influence certainly has a somewhat maturing effect on the lead and the role seems almost custom-built for Dennison after his performance in Hunt For The Wilderpeople. Cable is also a classic pairing for Wade, as he was in the comics, due to his sneering, no-nonsense veneer and complete deadpan straightness to Deadpool’s hyperactive eccentricity. With Brolin so recently performing exceptionally as Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, Cable feels a little basic and undemanding but equally, this character in this particular capacity is meant to be much more straightforward and simplistic. As for the other new cast, I will come back to them later.

**spoilers**
Despite greatly enjoying the new additions to the cast, the film doesn’t really know what to do with its established characters. Sure, they all make an appearance and have a few solid moments but they are mostly shifted to the side-line. Frankly, with an ensemble sequel, this is to be somewhat expected and I wouldn’t have drawn such significant attention to it, if it weren’t for Vanessa. In my synopsis, I side-stepped a rather large development: Vanessa is killed before the opening credits. I am horribly conflicted by this because on one hand, I appreciate that there was little else to do with her character arc and their relationship presents an issue for the story in its current state (see every superhero’s significant other.. ever), I will also acknowledge the emotional and motivational push that it generates for Wade. However, we have a phrase for that and it is “woman in the fridge.” Every effort seems to be made to make Vanessa’s death both meaningful and justifiable and Baccarin continues to perform commendably but for a film that calls out other films for these kinds of developments, it’s a sloppy move and one that I can irritatingly understand but did not enjoy.

Much like the first film, Deadpool 2 is a really impressive technical achievement with so much being achieved with arguably limited resources (compared to other blockbusters). In truth, I could take a jab at the CGI being ropey at times but for the most part it is handled decently, so we’ll overlook that. Leitch’s direction is perfectly fine and the choice to keep the story grounded and gritty serves both the character and this spin-off series very well but it never elevates or presents us with anything truly standout. Finally we have the sound design, which works extremely well but is marred by Tyler Bates’ extremely temperate score. I’ve noticed that Bates turns up and either produces something memorable and impressive or completely forgettable and compared to Junkie XL’s Michael Jackson inspired tones, this offering doesn’t feel as noteworthy. Having said that, the facetious choral music used during the third act fight scene outside the orphanage was extremely amusing and lambasted the genre’s musical tropes brilliantly.

Much like the nitpicking of MCU features, it’s easy to forget that this film shouldn’t exist and what we’re seeing is really down to a handful of dogged individuals fighting for a subversive property they truly believe in. As such, I hold this feature to high standards, things that could be overlooked or dismissed are magnified because they have already proven themselves capable of producing something better. If I’m not making my hyperbolic point clearly, a half-decent DCEU film feels like a spectacular victory whereas a Marvel film that stumbles even a little, feels like a potentially devastating **. Neither is true and yet we are often left with this impression thanks to what came before. This whole thing rides on the shoulders and charisma of Ryan Reynolds and that man continues to carry this whole thing magnificently and yet a parallel can be drawn bet ween the film itself and the Deadpool rap remix during the end credits: it’s effectively the same thing and Deadpool fans will love it regardless but for those of us who want this sub-genre of self-aware critical scolding to continue elevating and challenging the industry standards, it’s playing it a little too safe, holding a few too many punches and indulging in a few too many hypocritical tropes. I still appreciate everything this film does, I just wanted it to be better.


Release Date:
18th May 2018

The Scene To Look Out For:
**spoilers**
During the last wave of trailers, we were told that the team X-Force would be a major factor, with several recognisable cast names. Pretty much everything surrounding X-Force was wonderful. From the interview process, to the inclusion of regular-guy Peter but most importantly the fact that all bar Domino and Deadpool are killed off because of Deadpool’s incompetence and arrogance. It’s a brilliant move and the exact kind of thing one would expect and hope for from this release. I genuinely didn’t care for killing off Vanessa but introducing a handful of powerful mutants and taking them out a few minutes later was brilliant. Annoyingly, one of the better jokes was completely ruined. One of the recruits is an invisible individual named Vanisher. For a while you’re not sure if he’s real or not but then there’s a parachute flying by itself and we realise he is indeed part of the team. As he dies we get a glimpse of who the character is and he audience are both shocked and elated that it’s none other than Brad Pitt. At least, that would be the case if it weren’t for the terrible CGI, silent reaction and quick edit away from it, leaving audiences both confused and not entirely sure if they saw some random guy or indeed Brad Pitt. I’m all for blink and you’ll miss it cameos (Alan Tudyk has one, as do the rest of the young X-Men cast) but if you can’t savour the inclusion then you have to wonder what was the point?

Notable Characters:
**more spoilers**
Zazie Beetz is marvellous as Domino, her powers are a wonderful partnering for Deadpool, as the various lucky developments leave her as invincible as Wilson himself. Able to hold her own with the merc with a mouth and a genuine on-screen force to be reckoned with, I would love to see her return in a more pronounced capacity; which I can easily see future films doing. I was also impressed with the arguable main villain. While in prison, Russell befriends the “biggest guy in the icebox” and we are left wondering which character it will be. When it is eventually revealed that the character in question is in fact Juggernaut, I was very pleased; giving audiences a better iteration than the laughable Vinnie Jones in X-Men: The Last Stand.

Highlighted Quote:
“Listen to the pain, it’s both history teacher and fortune teller”

In A Few Words:
“I feel this will be a divisive release but for the most part it will please fans of both the first film and the source material”

Total Score:

3/5

Cinema City Film Quiz #212

[06 May 2018]


Winning Team:
X-Men: The Last Stand-Up
Genre – Lovely Hugh Jackman stabs Brett Ratner before he can tell any more obnoxious sexist jokes

Runners Up:
What Andy Kaufman Did On Father’s Day
Genre – Andy visits his father and learns the value of banana skins
The Last Stand Up
Genre – Action comedy
Truth Or Dare (To Win This Quiz)
Genre – Horror(bly bad at quizzes)
Bring Me The Head Of Michael Macintyre
Genre – Both a gritty drama and an actual request
Dumb, Dumber & Even Dumber
Genre – Comedy horror
The Punvengers: Comedy War
Genre – The world’s greatest stand-up comedians fight to end bad puns and sarcasm, the lowest form of wit and source of all evil


ROUND I: Pre-Production
1. Saying what word three times conjures Michael Keaton’s character in Beetlejuice?
BETELGEUSE / BEETLEJUICE
2. What is the title of the sequel to Now You See Me?
NOW YOU SEE ME 2
3. The animated feature, Anastasia, is set in which country?
RUSSIA
4. What colour is Alice’s dress in Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland?
BLUE
5. Heath Ledger played William Thatcher in which medieval action film?
A KNIGHT’S TALE
6. Who played the respective lead roles in The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur and Planet Of The Apes?
CHARLTON HESTON
7. Which animal stalks Black Lake in 1999’s Lake Placid?
CROCODILE
8. Guy Ritchie directed Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill in which adaptation of a 1960s TV show?
THE MAN FROM UNCLE
9. Name the two lead actors in 2013’s R.I.P.D. (one point per correct answer)
RYAN REYNOLDS / JEFF BRIDGES
10. How many Cloverfield films have been released to date?
THREE


ROUND II: Filming [Films With Stand Up Comedians Special]
1. [Jerry Seinfeld] What was the name of the animated film starring and written by Jerry Seinfeld? Antz? A Bug’s Life? Bee Movie?
BEE MOVIE
2. [Richard Pryor] Which Superman film features the villain Ross Webster? Superman III? Superman IV: The Quest For Peace? Superman Returns?
SUPERMAN III
3. [Rodney Dangerfield] Who directed Caddyshack? Ivan Reitman? Harold Ramis? James L Brooks?
HAROLD RAMIS
4. [Whoopi Goldberg] Ghost was released in which year? 1988? 1990? 1992?
1990
5. [Eddie Izzard] Which of the following actors did not appear in Valkyrie? Joseph Fiennes? Bill Nighy? Kenneth Branagh?
JOSEPH FIENNES
6. [Steve Martin] Steve Martin’s first lead feature role was in which film? The Jerk? The Man With Two Brains? Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid?
THE JERK
7. [George Carlin] How many films feature in the Cars cinematic franchise? 5? 6? 7?
FIVE (Cars / Cars 2 / Cars 3 / Planes / Planes: Fire And Rescue)
8. [Robin Williams] The following quote is from which film, “Listen, I’d love to chat but I gotta climb a drainpipe right now”? Mrs Doubtfire? Flubber? Hook?
HOOK
9. [Eddie Murphy] In Coming To America, Eddie Murphy plays Akeem, the crown prince of which fictional African nation? Nibia? Zamunda? Nambutu?
ZAMUNDA (Nibia – Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls / Nambutu – Casino Royale)
10. [Lee Evans] In The Fifth Element, the voice of Finger, Korben Dallas’ old army buddy, was voiced by Vin Diesel. True or False?
TRUE


ROUND III: Post-Production
1. Which film starred Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Mark Strong, Kyle Chandler, Chris Pratt and James Gandolfini?
ZERO DARK THIRTY
2. Who directed the 1986 film, She’s Gotta Have It?
SPIKE LEE
3. My Big Fat Greek Wedding was released in which year?
2002
4. The following quote is from which film, “This house is clean”?
POLTERGEIST
5. Which country (federal constitutional monarchy) is Chuck flying to when the plane goes down in Cast Away?
MALAYSIA
6. Name the two lead actors in 1973’s The Sting (one point per correct answer)
PAUL NEWMAN / ROBERT REDFORD
7. In which film do Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell and George MacKay play brothers?
DEFIANCE
8. What did Christian Bale appear in in between A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Shaft?
AMERICAN PSYCHO
9. What is the title of the pseudo-sequel to Knocked Up?
THIS IS 40
10. Who played the lead role in David Fincher’s The Game?
MICHAEL DOUGLAS


ROUND IV: Promotion & Release
1. Who played the antagonist, Pascal Edward Sauvage in Johnny English? Dominic West? John Malkovich? Jean Reno?
JOHN MALKOVICH
2. Which Fast And Furious film features a heist scene with a giant vault being dragged through the streets of Rio de Janeiro? 2 Fast 2 Furious? Fast Five? Furious 7?
FAST FIVE
3. What did Tony Scott direct in between Spy Game and Domino? Man On Fire? Deja Vu? Out Of Time?
MAN ON FIRE
4. Which of the following did not appear in 2014 comedy Say When (or Laggies) starring Keira Knightly? Chloe Grace Moretz? Sam Rockwell? Cillian Murphy?
CILLIAN MURPHY
5. What is the name of Damien’s nanny in The Omen? Miss Frye? Mrs Baylock? Mrs Drake?
MRS BAYLOCK
6. The following quote is from which film, “You’re nothing, you’re nobody, you’re a stupid dream. Well all dreams come to an end”? Vanilla Sky? Mulholland Drive? Total Recall?
TOTAL RECALL
7. Which studio produced/distributed Jaws? 20th Century Fox? Universal? Paramount?
UNIVERSAL
8. The Angry Birds Movie was made on a budget of $73 million dollars. How much did it make at the box office? $75mil? 350mil? $700mil?
$350mil ($352.3 million)
9. A Fistful Of Dollars was released in which year? 1960? 1964? 1968?
1964
10. The scenes set in Denmark, in Out Of Africa, were filmed in Norfolk. True or False?
TRUE


BOUNS IMAGE ROUND
Screenshots: War For The Planet Of The Apes / Anger Management / No Country For Old Men / The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Poster: Natural Born Killers
Actor: Woody Harrelson