Your Summer Movie Quiz
Cloudy outside? Rainy? Chance of meatballs? Must mean it’s September. Since you’re stuck indoors why not try a quiz? Hey, why not try this one! Apologies for the format. One day I'll get up-to-speed on proper quizzes that provide instant answers and gratification. In the meantime here's the delayed kind.
1. Which two summer releases made the most money overseas?
- a. “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and “Angels & Demons”
- b. “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and “Up”
- c. “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and “The Hangover”
- d. “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
2. According to the documentary “Food, Inc.,” what is added to almost everything we eat and drink?
- a. Corn
- b. Dolphin
- c. Beer
- d. Tranya
3. In “Wolverine,” after Logan’s half-brother Victor tells him, “We can’t let you just walk away!” and Logan begins to walk away, what do the murderous team of mutants do to bring him back?
- a. They begin howling
- b. They call him names
- c. They cry
- d. Nothing. They let him walk away
4. Who’s Richard Greenfield?
- a. The groom who goes missing in “The Hangover”
- b. The assistant played by Ryan Reynolds in “The Proposal”
- c. The market analyst who downgraded Disney’s stock earlier this year because he predicted a bad outing for Pixar’s “Up”
- d. The FBI agent who kills John Dillinger in "Public Enemies"
5. In what way is the new “Star Trek” similar to the original “Star Wars”?
- a. The opening battle is between a small ship and a gigantic ship, and what escapes from the small ship is the key to the eventual destruction of the gigantic ship
- b. A third of the way through the film, an entire planet and its billions of souls are destroyed
- c. In a cave, a hooded wise man is found who teaches the young hero his proper destiny
- d. The heroes are feted at a medal ceremony at the end
- e. All of the above
6. “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” is currently ninth in terms of domestic gross, with over $401 million. But where does it place when you adjust for inflation?
- a. 3rd, just behind “Star Wars”
- b. 28th, just behind “The Dark Knight”
- c. 67th, just behind “Smokey and the Bandit”
- d. It’s mathematically impossible to adjust for inflation. Duh!
7. Before Sam goes off to college in “Transformers,” what does he say to his loyal, automobile-transforming autobot Bumblebee, whom he’s leaving behind?
- a. “You know, freshmen aren't allowed to have cars.”
- b. “Look, the guardian thing is done, okay? You did your job. It's over with.”
- c. “I can't be the end-all deal in your life! I wanna be normal, I want to go to college. Everybody has this, and I should be able to experience this. And I can't do that with you.”
- d. All of the above
8. What is Summer’s biggest hang-up in her relationship with Tom in “(500) Days of Summer”?
- a. She doesn’t like “The Smiths”
- b. She doesn’t like IKEA
- c. She doesn’t believe in love
- d. Her favorite Beatle is Stu Sutcliffe
9. In “District 9,” what is the name of the main alien protagonist?
- a. Neill Blomkamp
- b. Mzwandile Nqoba
- c. Christopher Johnson
- d. "You couldn't pronounce it"
10. What do the following films have in common: “In the Loop,” “The Cove,” “Paper Heart” and “Cold Souls”?
- a. They’re all lame
- b. They all include appearances by Michael Cera
- c. None had a wider release than 100 theaters
- d. They were the first films reviewed in the revamped “At the Movies,” with A.O. Scott and Michael Phillips
11. Which film opened in the most theaters without making at least $100 million?
- a. "G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra"
- b. "G-Force"
- c. "Gee, Your Hair Smells Terrific"
- d. "Land of the Lost"
12. Of those films whose widest release was fewer than 3,000 theaters, which grossed the most?
- a. "The Time Traveler's Wife"
- b. "The Ugly Truth"
- c. "Julie & Julia"
- d. "My Life in Ruins"
Answers tomorrow. After all, tomorrow is... (OK, answers here.)