Academy Awards Quiz 2020 – QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS – Just for fun

Before you read this, make sure you have a try at the original questions here.

ROUND ONE – NAME THE BEST FILM WINNER FROM THE DESCRIPTION

1. The King’s Speech
2. Green Book
3. Argo
4. The Shape Of Water
5. 12 Years A Slave
6. Moonlight
7. Spotlight
8. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
9. The Artist
10. The Hurt Locker

ROUND TWO – GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

1. Shrek, Spirited Away, Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-rabbit, Happy Feet, Rango, Spider-man: Into The Spider-verse

2. Donald Kaufman was a fictional brother in the film. He was the first fictional nominee that wasn’t a cover for a real person.

3. Jimmy Kimmel (2017 and 2018); Chris Rock (2016); Neil Patrick Harris (2015); Ellen DeGeneres (2014); Seth MacFarlane (2013)

4. Amour (2012).

5. Wings

6. One – Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood is the first to be nominated, although Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds both receive Best Director nominations.

7. Adele Dazeem.

last five different presenters of the Academy Awards ceremony. (five points available)

8. Marlon Brando for The Godfather

9. Emma Thompson (Howard’s End in 1993 and Sense & Sensibility in 1996).

10. 57m

ROUND THREE – HAIKU FILM REVIEW

1. Avengers: Endgame
2. Pain and Glory
3. Klaus
4. Rocketman
5. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
6. Marriage Story
7. Little Women
8. Jojo Rabbit
9. Joker
10. The Irishman

Academy Awards Quiz 2020 – QUESTIONS ONLY (JUST FOR FUN!)

ROUND ONE – NAME THE BEST FILM WINNER FROM THE DESCRIPTION

1. George VI overcomes a stutter.

2. Tony Lip escorts Don Shirley on a tour of southern USA.

3. The CIA use a fake sci-fi flick to rescue Americans from Tehran.

4. Elisa falls in love with The Amphibian Man.

5. Solomon Northup is conned and sold into slavery.

6. Three key stages of Chiron’s life are explored: youth, adolescence and early adult life.

7. A team at The Boston Globe investigate widespread child abuse by Roman Catholic priests.

8. Riggan Thomson attempts to write, direct and star in a new Broadway play.

9. An older silent film star falls in love with a young actress as she rises to the top of the changing film industry.

10. An Iraq War Explosive Ordnance Disposal team are targeted by insurgents.

ROUND TWO – GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

1. Name all six films that have won Best Animated Film at the Oscars that were not created by Pixar or Disney. (six points available)

2. What was unusual about the joint nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay for the 2002 film Adaptation?

3. Name the last five different presenters of the Academy Awards ceremony. (five points available)

4. Parasite follows in Roma’s footsteps as a foreign-language film nominated for Best Picture. Prior to Roma, what was the last film to achieve this?

5. Which film was the first to win Best Picture, at the first ceremony in 1928

6. How many of Quentin Tarantino’s films have been nominated for the Best Film Oscar?

7. What name did John Travolta use when he introduced Idina Menzel to sing at the 2014 Academy Awards?

8. Sasheen Littlefeather collected the Oscar for which Best Supporting Actor winner at the 1973 ceremony? Which film was the win for? (2 points available)

9. Who is the only person to win an Academy Award for acting and writing?

10. The 1998 ceremony had the highest ever viewing figures, as Titanic swept the board. How many live viewers were recorded in the USA that year? 27m, 57m 87m or 93m?

ROUND THREE – HAIKU FILM REVIEW

A firm favourite on this website is the haiku film review. The 100th will be posted tomorrow! To celebrate, this round includes ten recent haiku film reviews I’ve posted here. All you have to do is name the nominated film from this year’s ceremony based on the haiku.

Question One
Can the magic stones
Be used to reverse The Snap?
Thanos knows… wait! THOR!

Question Two
Salvador Mallo,
Through some flashbacks and meet ups,
Recalls life events

Question Three
Lazy, spoiled Jesper.
He’s been sent to Smeerensburg
To post some letters.

Question Four
Flamboyant grandeur
Makes musical biopic
Suitably “Elton”

Question Five
JJ’s tweaked vision
For episodes eight and nine
Crammed into one film

Question Six
Nicole and Charlie
Go through a horrid divorce.
It’s all pretty sad.

Question Seven
Greta’s fresh new take
On Alcott’s classic story
Proves its timelessness.

Question Eight
Jojo has a friend.
An imaginary friend.
Whose name is Adolf.

Question Nine
Stand-up party clown
Goes full-on Travis Bickle
Incites a riot

Question Ten
Robert, Al and Joe
Get weird CGI faces
For mobster epic

Christmas Quiz 2019 – Netflix or Notflix ANSWERS

Here are the answers to the Christmas Quiz 2019, Netflix or Notflix. Feel free to spread the love and share with your family and friends this Christmas!

1. A Christmas Moose Miracle – NETFLIX
2. We Wish You A Metal Christmas – NETFLIX
3. Driving Gnome For Christmas – NOTFLIX
4. A Christmas Prince – NETFLIX
5. The Christmas Chronicles – NETFLIX
6. The Mayor of Christmas – NOTFLIX
7. Christmas Inheritance – NETFLIX
8. The Christmas Woodpecker – NOTFLIX
9. The Holiday Calendar – NETFLIX
10. Christmas Wedding Planner – NETFLIX

11. Merry Happy Whatever – NETFLIX
12. Home For Christmas – NETFLIX
13. Santa Shores – NOTFLIX
14. The Knight Before Christmas – NETFLIX
15. Veronica’s Christmas – NOTFLIX
16. Gary and Steve Go Big At Christmas – NOTFLIX
17. Everything You Never Knew About Christmas – NOTFLIX
18. Jazzy Christmas Boogy – NOTFLIX
19. Christmas Inheritance – NETFLIX
20. Holiday in the Wild – NETFLIX

21. Super Monsters Save Christmas – NETFLIX
22. Walking In An Aron Winter Wonderland – NOTFLIX
23. Christmas Break-In – NETFLIX
24. Super Reindeer – NOTFLIX
25. Holi-slay Spectacular – NETFLIX
26. Unbelievable Christmas with Chris Kamara – NOTFLIX
27. Christmas With My Father – NETFLIX
28. Bob’s Broken Sleigh – NETFLIX
29. I’ll Be Home For Christmas – NETFLIX
30. Elvish Presley – NOTFLIX

Christmas Quiz 2019 – Netflix or Notflix (free and just for fun!)

NETFLIX OR NOTFLIX

Can you identify which of the following Christmas films are real Netflix releases and which ones are made up? (The first ten were featured in last year’s quiz but I thought you wouldn’t mind me re-using them here!).

1. A Christmas Moose Miracle
2. We Wish You A Metal Christmas
3. Driving Gnome For Christmas
4. A Christmas Prince
5. The Christmas Chronicles
6. The Mayor of Christmas
7. Christmas Inheritance
8. The Christmas Woodpecker
9. The Holiday Calendar
10. Christmas Wedding Planner

11. Merry Happy Whatever
12. Home For Christmas
13. Santa Shores
14. The Knight Before Christmas
15. Veronica’s Christmas
16. Gary and Steve Go Big At Christmas
17. Everything You Never Knew About Christmas
18. Jazzy Christmas Boogy
19. Christmas Inheritance
20. Holiday in the Wild

21. Super Monsters Save Christmas
22. Walking In An Aron Winter Wonderland
23. Christmas Break-In
24. Super Reindeer
25. Holi-slay Spectacular
26. Unbelievable Christmas with Chris Kamara
27. Christmas With My Father
28. Bob’s Broken Sleigh
29. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
30. Elvish Presley

Try it with yourselves and I’ll publish the answers later today!

Film review – War Paint (Lesley Selander, 1953)

Lesley Selander was a veteran in directing western films by the time War Paint was released in 1953. From 1936 onwards he had directed at least three features a year, eventually reaching a grand total of 107 by the time he retired with Arizona Bushwackers in 1968.

War Paint is one of his later efforts, and Selander walks the line between showing himself to be a veteran of the genre and showing he has exhausted every foible available to make a film interesting.

It stars Robert Slack as Lt. Billings, who is put in charge of delivering a peace treaty to a powerful Native American chief. He sets off with a party of men, only to be tracked by Taslik (Keith Larsen) and Wanima (Joan Taylor), both Native Americans strongly against the treaty. Taslik joins the party, but leads them in a large circle whilst promising them he will lead them to water. Dehydrated and beginning to hallucinate, the party’s morale unravels as tensions rise.

It is a flawed film for several reasons. One of the more interesting characters is Wanima, portrayed by Joan Taylor. She is a dead-shot with the rifle, successfully killing American soldiers with her accurate aim. She is silent as she tracks the party for miles without being discovered. However, when she is eventually found she loses all of her character and becomes more of a damsel in distress, undoing about an hour of hard work from the script writers and from Taylor.

The stock footage used for the circling vultures appears several times and is clearly from a different reel, with nothing done to hide the cracks in the footage. It is a source of humour, but I suppose was quicker than replicating the shot from scratch.

It was filmed on location in Death Valley National Park, the first motion picture to have done so. It is clearly a wonderful and largely untouched location, and was (and is) home to many Native American tribes, adding an air of authenticity to the picture.

The war paint of the title refers primarily to the paint adorning the face of Taslik, which signifies his achievements in murdering settler soldiers. Unfortunately, the overall impression left by the film is more “War-Paint-by-numbers” than anything more sinister.

A decent film with an exciting climax, but nothing that makes it worth seeking out over anything else in the Western genre you might stumble upon.

2017 film quiz – answers

Original questions can be found here!

Round One – 2017 in Film

  1. Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty
  2. AMC
  3. The Square (directed by Ruben Östlund)
  4. South Korea
  5. “Harlem Shuffle” by Bob and Earl
  6. One week, one day, one hour.
  7. Weyland Corporation
  8. Taika Waititi
  9. The Room
  10. Adrian Edmundson

Round Two – Academy Awards

Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Lion, Manchester By The Sea, Moonlight.

Round Three – Name that still!

1. Beauty and the Beast

2. The Boss Baby

3. Girls Trip

4. Alien Covenant

5. Baby Driver

6. Spider-Man: Homecoming

7. Atomic Blonde

8. A Ghost Story

9. Lady Macbeth

10. The Red Turtle

Short film review – Lou (Dave Mullins, 2017)

A sweet short film about a bully’s relationship with a lost and found box in a playground might just make your ticket to Cars 3 worth the entry fee.

Dave Mullins is a first time director but has been working with Disney since 1995 and Pixar since 2000, working in the animation department for the likes of Up, Monsters Inc., Ratatouille and Inside Out. It is clear that his attention to detail and love of a great story is at the heart of this film, which is brought to life wonderfully in a story that lasts only a few minutes.

The film opens with the lost and found box attracting the attention of the children in the playground of a school boy, encouraging them to play with the contents. However, the school bully J.J. begins teasing his class mates by taking away their toys and teasing them in the process. However, when the contents of the lost and found box come to life and start to turn the tables on him, he quickly learns a fast lesson in being nice to his peers, awakening memories he’s hidden inside himself that may be the real problem behind his poor behaviour.

It’s incredibly difficult to create something with such a large story and get the whole point across in a strictly limited timeframe, but Mullins and his team completely manage it. The short is, essentially, a silent film, but it has no difficulty in delivering a succinct but strong message.

The audience, which were mainly children, were completely captivated and gave a spontaneous round of applause at the end of the screening.

You can watch the opening 40 seconds below.

 

 

Live music review – Goldfrapp, Glastonbury Festival, 25th June 2017

Setlist:
Anymore
Train
Slide In
Everything Is Never Enough
Become the One
Systemagic
Number 1
Ride a White Horse
Ooh La La
Strict Machine

They may have had some technical difficulties that delayed the start of their set, but once they finally arrived Goldfrapp absolutely blew away the John Peel Tent at Glastonbury Festival on Sunday afternoon.

Alison Goldfrapp may well be one of the most engrossing female performers in the industry. Her striking black costume, sumptuous vocals and commanding stage presence are a powerful concoction.

They led the set off with latest single ‘Anymore‘, taken from recent album ‘Silver Eye‘. It’s a dance floor filler and highly indicative of the first half of the album. As two dancers strutted across the stage, jolting sharply, it was clear this was going to be as much performance art as it was a live gig. [1]

Favourites ‘Train’ and ‘Slide In’ followed, continuing the dance vibe that the crowd were clearly enjoying.

A trio of songs from ‘Silver Eye’ followed, with the highlight being ‘Systemagic‘, which happens to be the next single taken from the album. It’s another powerful track with a mixture of heavy bass and industrial drums. Alison was in fine form, enjoying giving some new material a new audience.

As Alison said “You know this one I think…” before the electronic pounding of the intro to ‘Number 1’, she kicked off a familiar conclusion to the set. The final tracks rounded off the set nicely, with all four amongst the most popular (or perhaps most mainstream) of their material: ‘Number 1’, ‘Ride a White Horse’, ‘Ooh La La’ and ‘Strict Machine’. This is a sensible choice at a festival, even if the more dedicated fans would have loved to hear a song or two from ‘Seventh Tree‘ or ‘Felt Mountain‘.

I’ve seen Goldfrapp on many occasions and they seem to get better and better. Predictably, the crowd went wild for them, setting sail into the warm Glastonbury air for the final night of the festival having seen one the best sets of the weekend.

[1] Catch their latest music videos below. Systemagic gives a great idea of what their stage dancers look like.