2018 Film Quiz – free and just for fun

Here’s a quick film quiz to play with your office, friends or family over the festive period. No prizes – it’s free just for fun!

Answers will be revealed in a separate post.

ROUND ONE – BLOCKBUSTERS

1. What plot device was the excuse for Ant-Man not being involved in the story for Avengers: Infinity War?

2. Prior to the release of Mary Poppins Returns in December, which three musicals were the three highest-grossing of the year in the UK?

3. In 2018, the Marvel Cinematic Universe became the first film franchise to release six $1 billion dollar films in the same series. Name all six.

4. How many years were there between the release of the Incredibles and the release of its sequel?

5. Which May sci-fi blockbuster was described by A. O. Scott as “a curiously low-stakes blockbuster, in effect a filmed Wikipedia page”?

6. In which fictional US town is the original Halloween set, along with the 2018 sequel?

7. Michael Jackson’s Thriller was released in IMAX 3D alongside which Jack Black film released in September?

8. How did Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively’s characters meet in A Simple Favor?

9. Who voiced Peter Rabbit in the big-screen adaptation, released in February?

10. Which Spielberg film featured references to Jurassic Park, Big Trouble In Little China, Back to the Future, Robocop and umpteen million other pop culture touchpoint?

ROUND TWO – AWARDS, FESTIVALS AND CRITICS’ CHOICE

1. In which US state was the Sundance Film Festival held in January 2018?

2. Which film won this year’s Oscar for Best Film?

3. And who won Best Director?

4. Name the event, sponsored by The National Lottery, that took place in independent cinemas across the UK on 30th September 2018.

5. Which musical act connects the films Phantom Thread and Suspiria?

6. In which country was Pixar’s Coco set?

7. Which directors were responsible for the film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, which was released on Netflix in November 2018?

8. Which comedian has pulled out of presenting the Oscars in 2019 after some controversies over Tweets posted several years ago?

9. Which actor links Call Me By Your Name and Lady Bird?

10. What was the name of the black police officer who joined the Ku Klux Klan in the film BlacKkKlansmann?

ROUND THREE – MUSIC ROUND

Name the film based on the song lyrics. The films may have been released in late 2017 in some regions.

1. I learned to be ashamed of all my scars. “Run away,” they say, “No-one will love you as you are.”

2. Now is the time, here is the place, this Slaughterrace!

3. Cos you’re bringing me back to life, I was looking for something that I couldn’t find.

4. I sing this secret song to you each night we are apart.

5. Surly Joe, Surly Joe, where the heck his face has got to we don’t know.

6. Love of my life you’ve hurt me. You’ve broken my heart and now you leave me.

7. I’m off the deep end, watch as I dive in, I’ll never meet the ground.

8. You can stamp and scream out loud or you can trip a little light fantastic with me

9. This is a waltz, thinking about our bodies, what they mean for our salvation.

10. Your heart is what it is. You stood in the hallway staring back.

ROUND FOUR – NETFLIX OR NOTFLIX

Can you identify which of the following Christmas films are real Netflix releases and which ones are made up?

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

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Glastonbury 2017 Day Two – Prince Achmed, Quiz, Napalm Death, Everything

My second day at Glastonbury this year found me out for the lightweight I really am. I’m sat in my tent at 23:20 now, having given up for the night. There are probably four hours of quality entertainment ahead of me but I simply can’t hack it.

My day started swimmingly with a trip to the Pilton Palais for a screening of The Adventures of Prince Achmed. The performance was accompanied by the Guildhall Electronic Music Studio. The film and accompaniment were top quality and it was a well-chosen start to the day.

After wandering with some friends for a while, I stumbled across a man playing a great selection of covers songs at the Open Arms Bar. We watched a handful of songs, sand heartily (if ironically) to “Take Me Home Country Road” and then set off towards the West Holts Bar. This is where I was “that guy” – the one that randomly helps out with a pub quiz without anyone asking him to. Everyone loves that guy. Right?

Our next step, bizarrely, was to visit Shangri-La and watch Napalm Death. I’m going to be honest – the songs merged into one another and I was hardly impressed by any of their music. Perhaps I was too far back but it didn’t feel like any of their songs were distinct enough or had enough dynamics to encapsulate a crowd who started the set with interest if not enthusiasm.

We tried then to see Everything Everything at the Williams Green stage. The crowds were busy for this set, which was possibly the worst-kept secret of the weekend. Alas, we gave up by the second song and moved on.

And that brings me to here. I was too tired to carry on and made my way back to my tent, even though I desperately wanted to see a friend performing with The Trojans. Exhausted and in need of some rest, I’m hoping I last longer tomorrow night for the huge headline set from Radiohead. I’m sure they’ll have an uplifting song or two to get me through the tiredness barrier.

Quiz of the Year 2014 – Answers

Answers to last week’s quiz!

1. The Golden Globes took place on 12th January in Beverley Hills. What edition of the Golden Globes was this?
A: 71st
2. Set in Paris and directed by McG, what was the name of Kevin Coster’s critically-panned action film released in February?
A: 3 Days To Kill
3. According to John Travolta, who won the Academy Award for Best Song in March?
A: The wickedly talented, one and only, Adele Dazeem
4. British acting legend Bob Hoskins sadly passed away on 29th April, leaving behind a legacy of excellent performances throughout a busy career in cinema. But in which 2012 film did we see Hoskins in his final role?
A: Snow White and the Huntsman
5. Which top-billed character was cut from the film X-Men: Days of Future Past for timing purposes, sparking a furore amongst fans demanding a recut version, now set for release in summer 2015?
A: Rogue
6. Released in June, which film went on to be the highest grossing of the year despite featuring hardly any dinosaurs at all?
A: Transformers: Age of Extinction
7. What was the name of Michel Gondry’s quirky romantic film, released in July and starring Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou.
A: Mood Indigo / L’Ecume Des Jours
8. Which film, released in August, featured minor performances from Rob Zombie, Peter Serafinowicz and Josh Brolin?
A: Guardians of the Galaxy
9. Which stop-motion animated film, released in September, featured the voice talents of Sir Ben Kingsley, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost?
A: The Boxtrolls
10. On 18th October 2014, which Andrey Zvyagintsev film was awarded Best Film at the London Film Festival?
A: Leviathan
11. Which Oscar-winning actor had a posthumous role in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part One as Plutarch Heavensbee?
A: Philip Seymour-Hoffman
12. What was the scientific explanation offered in Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings for the parting of the Red Sea?
A: A tsunami
13. Which 10-hour Claude Lanzmann documentary about the Holocaust is set for release by Masters of Cinema in January 2015, the first time it will be available on Blu-Ray in the UK?
A: Shoah
14. Name any five of the nine films released by Walt Disney Pictures in 2014 (not including Marvel Studios releases).
A: Any five of Muppets Most Wanted; Bears; Million Dollar Arm; Maleficent; Planes: Fire and Rescue; Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Khoobsurat; Big Hero 6; Into The Woods

Marks out of 18.