1. Lights, Camera, Action:
Choose a letter below and name the director of the two films listed. Please remember to include your letter choice with your response (15 possible answers).
A. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001); The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
B. Pearl Harbor (2001); Transformers (2007)
C. The Weight of Water (2000); The Hurt Locker (2008)
D. The Terminator (1984); Avatar (2009)
E. Cleopatra (1934); The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
F. Mystic River (2003); Jersey Boys (2014)
G. To Catch a Thief (1955); Frenzy (1972)
H. A Beautiful Mind (2001); Frost/Nixon (2008)
I. The Frighteners (1996); King Kong (2005)
J. Paths of Glory (1957); Full Metal Jacket (1987)
K. Big (1988); A League of Their Own (1992)
L. Memento (2000); Inception (2010)
M. Thelma & Louise (1991); The Martian (2015)
N. Stalag 17 (1953); The Apartment (1960)
O. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988); The Walk (2015)
2. Best of the Best:
Name an actress that has had multiple Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actress (22 possible answers).
3. A Disastrous Presidency:
For one of the disaster movies listed below, name the actor who played the POTUS (9 possible answers).
B. Independence Day
C. The Day After Tomorrow
F. Deep Impact
H. Mars Attacks!
4. Top Movie Quotes:
Name one of the top 20 movie quotes according to AFI (The American Film Institute). For help, I have listed the movie’s title and year (20 possible answers).
Gone with the Wind (1939)
The Godfather (1972)
On the Waterfront (1954)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Casablanca (1942) – two quotes (#5 and #20)
Sudden Impact (1983)
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
Star Wars (1977(
All About Eve (1950)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Love Story (1970)
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Citizen Kane (1941)
White Heat (1949)
5. Tiny Titles:
For years 2010-2016 (meaning movies released 2009-2015), name a one-word Academy Award nominee for best picture (18 possible answers). No articles or other words, so The Revenant and Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) would not be correct answers. (26 possible answers).
6. From Page to Screen:
Name the author of one of these mystery novels that was adapted into a movie. Please remember to include your letter choice with your response (12 possible answers).
A. Gone Girl
B. The Girl on the Train
C. The Third Man
D. The Lovely Bones
E. Gone, Baby, Gone
F. Blood Work
G. Along Came a Spider
H. One for the Money
I. A Walk Among the Tombstones
J. Murder on the Orient Express
K. Don’t Say a Word
L. The Man Who Knew Too Much
7. More Literary Adaptations:
Speaking of novels being turned into movies, and in tribute to the recent Final Jeopardy, name a Stephen King novel that has been made into a theatrically released movie (novels only; no novellas or short stories) (15 possible answers):
8. Let’s Hear It!:
There are ten musicals that have won Best Picture Oscars. Name one of them (10 possible answers).
9. Legal Films:
I am a librarian at a Texas law school, and during my tenure, I have curated a large collection of law-related films. For this question, give me the title of one of the legal movies for which I have provided a brief plot synopsis. For extra help, I have included the year of the film’s release (15 possible answers).
A. A small-town attorney in Depression-era Alabama defends a crippled black man falsely accused of rape (1962).
B. A chronicle of the hostile deliberations of a jury in a death penalty case in which a lone juror expresses his doubts about what seems at first to be an open-and-shut prosecution (1957).
C. A brash Brooklyn lawyer (who finally passes the bar exam on his sixth try) represents two California-bound college students arrested for capital murder after a short stop at a convenience store in rural Alabama (1992).
D. A realistic study of an Army lieutenant accused of murdering a bartender who allegedly raped his wife (1959).
E. A first-year law student at Harvard Law School struggles with balancing his coursework and his relationship with the daughter of his sternest professor (1973).
F. An attorney who specializes in whistle blower cases finds himself going up against his estranged daughter in a case involving a defective automobile (1991).
G. The story of three Australian soldiers who fight for the British Empire in the colonial Boer War in South Africa and are tried and convicted of war crimes (1980).
H. Sex comes to the Supreme Court in this dramatization of the famed First Amendment case Hustler Magazine v. Falwell (1996).
I. A law school student writes a legal brief speculating that two environmentalist Supreme Court justices were assassinated by a rich oil tycoon who planned to drill on marshland in Louisiana (1993).
J. A washed-up, alcoholic lawyer gets handed a medical-malpractice case and sees it as one last chance to get his career right (1982).
K. In 1924 Chicago, two wealthy law school students go on trial for murder in this version of the Leopold-Loeb case (1959).
L. Charges are brought against four German judges accused of allowing their courts to become accomplices to Nazi atrocities (1961).
M. Sir Thomas More is caught in the political struggle involving Henry VIII’s decision to defy the Roman Catholic Church and divorce his wife to wed Anne Boleyn (1966).
N. Two low-ranking Marines from the Guantanamo Bay naval base are court-martialed for the death of another, allegedly part of an unofficial punishment known as a “code red” (1992).
O. A legal look at the heated issues of office politics, sexual harassment and whether a double standard exists when such allegations are levied by a man or woman (1994).
10. Military Movies:
When not working (and sometimes when I am), I spend a lot of time watching, writing about, and presenting on women in the military on film. For this question, name a movie released 2010-present that features at least one woman in the military with a speaking role (27 possible answers at least). Note: not all possible answers are American films. CLARIFICATION
: I am looking for women who are actually in the military in these films - not militia, paramilitary, or the like; in all the movies on my list, the woman is in an organized military, even if that military is non-U.S. That said, as with the quotes questions, I tend to be fairly lenient, so if your response is not on my list, I'll check it out and try and give points.
"It is better, of course, to know useless things than to know nothing." -- Seneca