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Movie Quiz: An Extreme Long Shot

 

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You’ll have noticed Christmas is just around the corner so I don’t want to bore you with too much in the way of how fast the year is going. However, it occurs to me that with 2018 being the 100th anniversary of the first Warner Brothers studio on Sunset Boulevard the time is ripe for a short burst of celluloid quizzing.

With that said, there now follow 10 small and delicate salted caramel wringers that might just fill a hole after your tiring day at the adminisphere. Do not demur…a little testing doesn’t really hurt, especially when it’s as easy as this. Which I promise it is. And gathering to quiz with the important people in one’s life is a pleasure, if only to admire the way they stumble.

So stake a claim on home turf and yelp with pride at your achievement… Can you tell us the film for each number? Leave a comment!

1…

“I have been walking by your side for a long time.”

Seascapes and the purposeful thrum of decrepit religious icons are the loudest sounds in this 1950s drama-fantasy bordering on the silent genre. Profound, abstract and godless the film is a timeless quest for Answers to Big Questions, but finds no Answers, only Big Darkness…and more Questions. It was written and directed by a now deceased Northern European who after 61 years of filmmaking got so depressed by his own works that he refused to watch any of them (although this one was reputedly his favourite).

2…

“Yeah, yeah. I forgot my mantra.”

A 1970s rom-com directed and co-written by a filmmaker who on occasion miscalculates audience tastes but mostly has an innate ability to bring smiles to faces. Originally intended to be a murder mystery this clever piece of movie history is set in New York and Los Angeles. It ends with a wistful rendition of “Seems like Old Times” sung by a then 31-year-old American actress who won an Oscar for her performance. Several celebrities of the day are featured and a young Sigourney Weaver plays a non-speaking part as the new beau of the main character.

3…

“F*ck yesterday’s game. The World Series is seven games not six. Put in my bet.”

Coined “supersleaze” and “down and dirty” this 1990s neo-noir crime drama film gained critical acclaim and notoriety from the moment of its release. Keen to make the set and lens-work as authentic as possible the director admitted to having used drugs throughout the making of the film. It was subject to a considerable rewrite even during its production and now stands as an arty angle on the human covet for religious redemption. It is one of five films in a row by the director, the fifth being The Funeral (1996).

4…

“Yes, Charlie.”

A chirpy 1960s movie layered with catchphrases and geezers but the trouble is You Can’t Get Away With Nuthin’. The tongue is firmly planted against the cheek with this hybrid story of plucky enthusiasm and horked aspirations. The final sequence includes a “Bolivian Army Ending” trope often used to hook a film to its sequel but, in the end, there was no sequel. Instead there was a remake which was bereft of the original cast singing “Getta Bloomin’ Move On”. Locations for shooting included Hanworth (West London), Ireland and Turin.

5…

“Knock yourself a pro slick.”

Widely regarded as one of the best films of the 1980s this parody is ranked in the top ten of Bravo’s 100 Funniest Movies ever. Tapping into the then reclaimed thirst for slapstick and satire (not to mention a marginally racist prodding) this film was very well received. It took just over one month to shoot, cost between $3 and $4 million, which it earned back in its first two days of release to amass around 23 times as much in total. Sigourney Weaver auditioned for the lead female role but was unsuccessful and Barry Manilow auditioned for the male lead (again, unsuccessfully).

6…

“Take of your clothes.”

A novel adaptation released in the 1980s as a drama-romance, the film did not sit well with the original Czech-born author. As a result she distanced herself from its promotion. However, the film – as a study of human endurance sub repression – was met with high praise and accolades and laid claim to an Academy Award nomination for best screenplay adaptation. The almost 3hr-long movie is known for its solid helping of sex (lots of it) which was partly used as a social identifier amid change and disenfranchisement.

7…

“Aw, sh*t! I forgot my ammo bag!”

A super hero film from the 2010s that became the highest grossing R-rated film ever and the ninth most profitable film in the year of its release. The lead actor (who began acting in 1991) revealed the movie contains over one hundred Easter eggs, cameos and references to the franchise from which it was born. Oh, and at the start of the decade he was voted Sexiest Man Alive by People Magazine. The opening credits roll under “Angel of the Morning” by Juice Newton. The surprisingly low production cost came in at under half that of Ant Man.

8…

“Captain, are we all gonna die?”

An Epic 1990s film depicting a period of great loss of life. The film was so realistic that people who watched it and had been involved in its subject matter were said to be traumatized by reliving the moment. The 2hr 49min movie has however been knocked by some for the remainder of its storyline being too simplistic and morally black and white. Lensing of violent scenes was by way of a 45-degree shutter to add realism to the action. The actor who played the decoy protagonist of the film won an Oscar for Good Will Hunting.

9…

“One final thing I have to do, and then I’ll be rid of the past, forever.”

A psychological film noir of the 1950s. This film was the first to use a dolly zoom to create viewer disorientation. It is also thought to be the first ever to include CGI. It is now considered a classic but the future accolade was lost on critics of the day who dubbed the movie “bogged in detail” and too long (2hr 8min). Audrey Hepburn was keen to be a part of the film but her fame was usurped by the director’s choice of a lesser star of the 1950s. The title is spoken once throughout the film.

10…

“Gentlemen, to history and its witnesses.”

A decadent fictional take on a major event of the 20th Century. The controversial director’s knowledge of European cinematic history shines through in his script, which he admitted was some of the best writing he had ever done. This film from the 2000s garnered eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay and received a standing ovation from critics at its first performance in Cannes.

 

Answers:

1 – The Seventh Seal (1957)
2 – Annie Hall (1977)
3 – Bad Lieutenant (1992)
4 – The Italian Job (1969)
5 – Airplane! (1980)
6 – The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)
7 – Deadpool (2016)
8 – Saving Private Ryan (1998)
9 – Vertigo (1958)
10 – Inglourious Basterds (2009)

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Nick Whittle
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2 Comments


  1.  
    John S

    This was fun




  2.  
    Danny

    7/10 – not bad





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