Cinema City Film Quiz #222

[23 September 2018]


Winning Team:
Whine Stein
Genre – Condemnation of a pervert

Runners Up:
Alien Vs Sexual Predator
Genre – Kevin Spacey and Bill Cosby uncover an ancient pyramid buried beneath Miramax Studios. Unbeknownst to them, the pyramid is full of aliens who they then try to have sex with
Close Encounters Of The Turd Kind
Genre – Richard Dreyfus plays Armitage Shanks, who finds himself drawn to a giant decal blockage in the New York sewers
Days Of Fiddlers Past
Genre – Christopher Plummer travels through time replacing actors of dubious moral fibre
Finding Pedo
Genre – Marlin joins a group of fish, catching sexual predators
Armageddon 2: Apple Pie, Time To Die
Genre – When a giant rotten apple appears above Boston, the CIA calls Ben Affleck and his team to drill down into its core and save us all from annihilation
The Mouse With A Clock In Its Balls
Genre – Chronological rodent mayhem
Silent Punning
Genre – TBC


ROUND I: Pre-Production
1. The musical Hairspray and its 2007 cinematic adaptation are remakes of which 1988 film?
HAIRSPRAY
2. In Lilo & Stitch, which of the title characters is the alien? [bonus point for naming Stitch’s original designation]
STITCH [Experiment 626]
3. How many Austin Powers films have been released to date?
THREE
4. What colour is Nemo in the Pixar film, Finding Nemo? (one point per correct answer)
WHITE / ORANGE
5. Who plays both lead roles as twins in 1998’s The Parent Trap? [bonus point for naming the lead actor in the 1961 original]
LINDSAY LOHAN [Hayley Mills]
6. The following quote is from which film, “The truth is you’re the weak and I am the tyranny of evil men. But I’m trying, Ringo. I’m trying real hard to be the shepherd”?
PULP FICTION
7. Which Mission: Impossible film was directed by John Woo?
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2
8. Which sport is the central focus of the 1993 coming-of-age comedy, The Sandlot?
BASEBALL
9. What is the name of Kong’s island home in almost all iterations of King Kong?
SKULL ISLAND
10. Who played the role of Queen Victoria in 2009’s The Young Victoria?
EMILY BLUNT


ROUND II: Filming [Films on Rotten Apples]
1. Which spelling is used for the title of Terminator Genisys? Genesis? Genisys? Genysis?
GENISYS
2. Who played the role of Will Scarlet in Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves? Eric Bana? John Cusack? Christian Slater?
CHRISTIAN SLATER
3. What was the title given to Francis Ford Coppola’s director’s cut of Apocalypse Now released in 2001? Apocalypse Now Revived? Apocalypse Now Redux? Apocalypse Now Phoenix?
APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX
4. The following quote is from which film, “If he comes up for anything, it will be to get rid of me. After that, my guess is you’ll never hear from him again”? The Usual Suspects? All The President’s Men? John Wick 2?
THE USUAL SUSPECTS
5. What is the name of the character in Men In Black played by Vincent D’Onofrio? Earl? Enos? Edgar?
EDGAR
6. The pigeon lady in Home Alone 2: Lost In New York squats in the roof of which New York building? Radio City Music Hall? Carnegie Hall? Madison Square Garden?
CARNEGIE HALL
7. What is the name of the film in which Sean Connery and Christian Slater portray fourteenth century monks solving a murder? Chateau Gourdain? The Name Of The Rose? To My Younger Self?
THE NAME OF THE ROSE
8. When Bill first meets death in Meet Joe Black, whose voice does he use? Bill’s? Bill’s father? Bill’s daughter?
BILL’S
9. Which DC film does not appear on Rotten Apples? Man Of Steel? Suicide Squad? Wonder Woman?
WONDER WOMAN
10. Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara’s characters in A Ghost Story are listed as C and M respectively. True or False?
TRUE


ROUND III: Post-Production
1. Viggo Mortensen, Sean Penn, Al Pacino and Luis Guzman appeared together in which film?
CARLITO’S WAY
2. Mean Girls was released in which year?
2004
3. The following is the poster tagline for which film, “For Harry and Lloyd, every day is a no-brainer”?
DUMB AND DUMBER
4. What is the name of the last human city in The Matrix?
ZION
5. Moulin Rogue! is told in flashback as the film opens with Christian remembering his time in Montmartre. How many years have passed between the events of the film and the opening prologue?
ONE
6. Who voices the role of Sid in the Ice Age franchise?
JOHN LEGUIZAMO
7. What is the name of Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s character in Kick Ass?
CHRIS D’AMICO / RED MIST
8. The following quote is from which film, “Damn it, Spock. God damn it! What you have done is betray every man on the ship”?
STAR TREK V: THE FINAL FRONTIER
9. Which film featured the songs Razzle Dazzle, Funny Honey, Nowadays and I Can’t Do It Alone?
CHICAGO
10. In which film does Ellen Page play a pregnant teenager?
JUNO


ROUND IV: Promotion & Release
1. How many Living Dead films have been directed by George A Romero? 4? 5? 6?
SIX (Night Of The Living Dead, Dawn Of The Dead, Day Of The Dead, Land Of The Dead, Diary Of The Dead, Survival Of The Dead)
2. What is the name of Patrick Swayze’s character in Dirty Dancing? Max Lowe? Jim Cunningham? Johnny Castle?
JOHNNY CASTLE
3. Which Bond film predominantly takes place in Czechoslovakia, Austria, Morocco and Afghanistan? The Living Daylights? Tomorrow Never Dies? For Your Eyes Only?
THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS
4. Which of the following actors did not appear in 2004’s Crash? Brendan Fraser? Jeffrey Wright? Keith David?
JEFFREY WRIGHT
5. How many Shakespearean adaptations has Kenneth Branagh directed to date (excluding 1988’s Twelfth Night)? 5? 7? 9?
FIVE (Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, Love’s Labour’s Lost, As You Like It)
6. John Carpenter’s Assault On Precinct 13 was released in which year? 1971? 1976? 1984?
1976
7. Which Coen Brothers film was the first to credit both Joel and Ethan as co-directors? Fargo? The Ladykillers? True Grit? [bonus point for naming which brother was listed as sole director before then]
THE LADYKILLERS [Joel]
8. What is the name given to muggles in the United States in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them? No-Maj? Rubes? Wizless?
NO-MAJ
9. Who replaced Keanu Reeves in Speed 2? Jason Patric? Billy Zane? Tom Everett Scott?
JASON PATRIC
10. The roles of Einstein and Copernicus, Doc’s dogs in Back To The Future, were portrayed by the same dog. True or False?
FALSE


BOUNS IMAGE ROUND
Screenshots: Toy Story 2 / Addams Family Values / Grosse Point Blank / School Of Rock
Poster: Snatched
Actor: Joan Cusack


CRAZY RICH ASIANS

The Only Thing Crazier Than Love Is Family

Director
Jon M Chu

Starring
Constance Wu
Henry Golding
Michelle Yeoh
Awkwafina
Gemma Chan



NYU economics professor Rachel Chu [Wu] is invited to Singapore for her boyfriend, Nick Young’s [Golding] sister’s wedding. This of course means meeting all the family members that Nick and as an only child with the single living parent the prospect is daunting. Things, however, seem awry at the airport as Rachel is put in first class and she learns that Nick’s family are affluent. Upon arrival in Singapore, Rachel meets up with her old college friend, Goh Peik Lin [Awkwafina] but when Peik Lin finds out who Nick actually is, she explains that Nick’s family aren’t just rich but that they are one of the wealthiest families in all of China, creating more anxiety about meeting Nick’s mother, Eleanor Young [Yeoh].

At its core, Crazy Rich Asians is a wonderful throwback to classic romantic films featuring prominent traits that have felt long absent from cinema, replaced with cynicism and grotesquery. I, of course, am not opposed to cynicism and grotesquery but after a while, it’s good to have an enjoyable escapist fantasy with some genuine heart to it. Combining themes of tradition vs modernity and power vs peasant with love at its centre, there’s something incredibly familiar about this story. On top of the strangely nostalgic formula of the story itself, the whole thing is presented magnificently. The set design and costume work are amazing, giving us a nice dichotomy between contemporary life in America over the luxurious dynastical world of the old-world families of Singapore. Equally, the music is extremely well crafted and assembled, in terms of the original score and the selected soundtrack, instilling another unique twist on a familiar vibe.

The characters presented represent the standard archetypal big family with their own set of dramas and personalities, all of which are explained decently yet waver a bit with their conclusions (but more on that later). At the centre are Constance Wu and Henry Golding who not only have fantastic chemistry but helm this whole feature brilliantly. It may not sound like much but if you can’t root for the lead couple, the film would literally die on its feet. Then we have Eleanor in what could be described as a fairly generic in-law adversarial role but the layering and complexity to her character is both well-written and masterfully performed. On top of that there is a whole host of captivating and memorable standout performances that I could easily list but I’d probably miss someone and the praise would make for tedious reading eventually. One thing I really appreciated though was the representation of first generation children of immigrants who are labelled as Chinese by Americans and dismissed only as American in Singapore. Cinema has always had a bit of a fixation with representing block areas as one people and that includes those who look a certain way but do not necessarily have that many ties to their ethnicity. Thankfully there is a growing trend to highlight the differences between (for example) Asians, Eurasians and American-Asians and even then, subdividing that into the specific regions of origin and habitation. Clumsily worded, I know but hopefully you see what I’m getting at.

With all that being said, it would be a hideous double-standard to say this film is without fault. As with all major romantic comedies there are plot threads that seemingly go nowhere, underdeveloped characters and a resolution that, while upbeat and pleasing, alters very little about the obstacles in the relationship’s way. Without spoiling things in the dissection process, Astrid’s character (played by Gemma Chan) is an extremely good example of this; on the surface her storyline is handled very well but in trying to sum things up quickly, they wrap everything up a little neatly, specifically her final shot at the bar. I get the idea behind it but it feels like an afterthought, as if people wouldn’t be happy with the reality of the situation, so we are given a fake upbeat finale – which is true of a lot of individuals reacting at that party. But I also appreciate that’s the nature of two-facedness and a part of the political game that has been played throughout. Also, something that is both a positive and a negative is the interchangeability of the story. The interesting truth of cultural differences it that most of them are relatable to most audience members. That’s not to say the specificities and eccentricities aren’t worth exploring but the bulk of the material largely remains the same; like the same base of a cake coated in different icing. A film about a big Italian wedding with an overbearing matriarch is something that can be appreciated in India, China, America, etc. and while that’s something that this film defiantly explains to the cinematic gatekeepers, it also means that there isn’t a great deal of new ground being trodden outside of the culture in central focus. But that, in truth, is the only real flaw of this movie, it’s a bit formulaic and generic but the progressive nature, completely enjoyable charming dynamics and weight of significance and importance for representation massively compensates for any shortcomings.


Release Date:
14th September 2018

The Scene To Look Out For:
As we are first introduced to Eleanor and her two young children, she checks in to an expensive London hotel only to be treated poorly and with disdain by the racist members of staff. Despite having a reservation, Eleanor is turned away into the stormy night, refused even a phone call. She then returns having explained the situation to her husband who has acquired the hotel from the family friend who owns it and is escorted to her suite. This performs three things in an exceptionally clever manner. First, we learn about Eleanor’s relationship with her husband (who is never really seen throughout the film) and her sense of will and determination. It also instils in the audience a sense of satisfaction making Eleanor a hero before recasting her as a villain, which is a nice rug-pull. And finally, it says to an audience who could never dream of the kind of money or privilege that these people have, that she has been dealt a band hand more than once and we should feel sorry for her. Which, in an age where people are living on reduced salaries, is quite the feat.

Notable Characters:
**Arguable spoilers within**
Nick’s grandmother, Shang Su Yi [Lisa Lu], is fascinating, a real embodiment of the outwardly successful and ideal image while being something completely different when against the wall. From her introduction, we immediately assume she will be an ally to Rachel but she turns out to be one of the least understanding individuals and this subversion of expectations is one of the fresher aspects that really saved this film from being predictable and disappearing into the crowd.

Highlighted Quote:
“I can’t believe this airport has a butterfly garden and a movie theatre. JFK is just salmonella and despair”

In A Few Words:
“Far from perfect with loose threads throughout but an altogether thoroughly enjoyable and uplifting romantic comedy that feels quintessentially both conventional and progressive”

Total Score:

4/5

Cinema City Film Quiz #221

[09 September 2018]


Winning Team:
Look Who’s A Baby Genius Now: The Revenge!
Genre – A zero-point mashup

Runners Up:
Ketch-Up With Me If You Can
Genre – Leonardo DiCaprio masquerades as a beans and sauce magnate whilst pursued by Tom(ato) Hanks
Uwe Boll Of Tomatoes
Genre – Directed by Uwe Boll; a bowl of tomatoes slowly rots, a testament to his career
Badfellas
Genre – Comedy about inept mobsters
Indiana’s Bone & The Temple Of Poon
Genre – Blue film


ROUND I: Pre-Production
1. Dorothy and her companions travel to the Emerald City in search of whom in The Wizard Of Oz?
THE WIZARD OF OZ
2. Who played respective the lead roles in La La Land? (one point per correct answer)
RYAN GOSLING / EMMA STONE
3. What was the name of the film starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts?
GRAVITY
4. Who starred in and directed Citizen Kane?
ORSON WELLES
5. What is the subtitle of the fourth Mad Max film?
FURY ROAD
6. What colour is Disgust in Pixar’s Inside Out?
GREEN
7. The Babadook is set in which country?
AUSTRALIA
8. What was the title of the third and final Wolverine solo film?
LOGAN
9. Which Ridley Scott film was released in 1979 and launched a franchise containing three sequels, two prequels and two crossover spin-offs?
ALIEN
10. Which central Avengers character plays a large supporting role in Spider-Man: Homecoming?
IRON MAN / TONY STARK


ROUND II: Filming [Less Than 10% On Rotten Tomatoes Special]
1. What was the title of the Sony animated film about emojis? Phone World? Express Yourself? The Emoji Movie?
THE EMOJI MOVIE
2. Who played the lead role in Mathieu Kassovitz’s Babylon AD? Bruce Willis? Vin Diesel? Chris Hemsworth?
VIN DIESEL
3. Which Big Momma’s House film has the lowest rating on Rotten Tomatoes? Big Momma’s House? Big Momma’s House 2? Big Momma’s: Like Father, Like Son?
BIG MOMMA’S: LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON (BMH3 5%, BMH2 6% BMH 30%)
4. Beverley Hills Cop 3 was released in which year? 1990? 1994? 1998?
1994
5. Which Scary Movie film is the only one not to feature Anna Faris as Cindy Campbell or Regina Hall as Brenda Meeks? Scary Movie 2? Scary Movie 4? Scary Movie 5?
SCARY MOVIE 5
6. M Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender is based on which animated show? After World? Armageddon? Avatar?
AVATAR
7. What is the name of the failing school in Sister Act 2? St Ignatius High? St Bartholomew School? St Francis Academy?
ST FRANCIS ACADEMY
8. Who directed The Number 23 starring Jim Carrey? Joel Schumacher? Paul Verhoeven? Gus Van Sant?
JOEL SCHUMACHER
9. What is the name of the 2013 film starring Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, Amber Heard, Harrison Ford and Richard Dreyfuss that has 7% on Rotten Tomatoes? Paranoia? Chain? Last Call?
PARANOIA
10. Most of Batgirl’s scenes in Batman & Robin were cut because Alicia Silverstone gained weight during production and the wardrobe team had trouble refitting her costume. True or False?
TRUE (Joel Schumacher confronted reporters when the story leaked for attacking Silverstone’s weight gain)


ROUND III: Post-Production
1. Name the dwarves in Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs. (one point per correct answer)
SLEEPY / BASHFUL / GRUMPY / SNEEZY / HAPPY / DOC / DOPEY
2. Spell Wonder Woman’s homeland of Themyscira.
THEMYSCIRA
3. Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber and Rachel McAdams appeared together in which film?
SPOTLIGHT
4. Which Steven Spielberg film was released in 1975?
JAWS
5. What is the title of the Oscar winning film about American diplomats trapped in Iran during the Iranian Revolution?
ARGO
6. Richard Linklater’s Boyhood was shot over how many years?
TWELVE
7. The 1998 short story Story Of Your Life was adapted into which 2016 science fiction film?
ARRIVAL
8. Which Disney animated film was released in between Big Hero 6 and Moana?
ZOOTOPIA
9. What is the name of the hypnotic void in Get Out?
THE SUNKEN PLACE
10. How many years pass between Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and War For The Planet Of The Apes?
TWO


ROUND IV: Promotion & Release
1. What name is given to the tiger in Life Of Pi? Edward Smith? Donald Greaves? Richard Parker?
RICHARD PARKER
2. What is the title of the sequel to 1931’s Frankenstein? Son Of Frankenstein? Bride Of Frankenstein? Revenge Of Frankenstein? [bonus point for naming the release year]
BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN [1935]
3. What colour are Randy’s wrestling tights in The Wrestler (specifically the final fight)? Pink? Green? Yellow?
GREEN
4. The Hurt Locker was released in which year? 2006? 2009? 2011?
2009
5. What is the name of the ship in King Kong? Venture? Majestic? Courage?
VENTURE
6. Who played the lead role in All About Eve? Ava Gardner? Ginger Rogers? Bette Davis?
BETTE DAVIS
7. The following quote is from which film, “I am a Comanche. Do you know what it means? It means Enemy To Everyone”? Flags Of Our Fathers? The Searchers? Hell Or High Water?
HELL OR HIGH WATER
8. The final battle in Seven Samurai takes place in what kind of weather condition? Rain? Snow? Heatwave?
RAIN
9. Orion produced films like The Terminator, Amadeus, Platoon and The Silence Of The Lambs but which major studio distributed its films? Paramount? Warner Bros? Columbia?
WARNER BROS
10. The 1990 adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches has a rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. True or False?
TRUE


BOUNS IMAGE ROUND
Screenshots: Escape From New York / Halloween 2 / A Fish Called Wanda / True Lies
Poster: From Up On Poppy Hill
Actor: Jamie Lee Curtis