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August 20th, 2013

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02:05 pm - And the Winner is... Final Results for The Sequel to The Return of the Summer Name That Movie Quiz

Here's the final batch of answers -- and our winners revealed! -- to the latest Name That Movie Quiz, where you had to identify movies based on a single still.

To play along as you read, click through, then scroll down slowly.

The original still:

You either knew this one or you didn't -- no wrong guesses!

Another clue:

Answer: Raising Arizona, directed by Joel Coen, 1987
The Coen Brothers' feel-good black comedy with Nicolas Cage, John Goodman, Holly Hunter, and Frances McDormand. Fun fact!: The kidnapped baby never cries in the film. All the other main adult characters do at one point or another!

The original still:

Interesting (but wrong) guesses:
Hitchcock, F/X, Body Double, The Conversation, All That Jazz

Another clue:

Answer: Blow Out, directed by Brian De Palma, 1981
This one was a stumper, along with Teorama in a previous set. Only two of you recognized the film from this still, which does appear to be a homage to Hitchcock's Psycho.

The original still:

This one was also recognized by most players, with no wrong guesses.

Another clue:

Answer: There Will Be Blood, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007

The original still:

One wrong guess:
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Another clue:

Answer: Zardoz, directed by John Boorman, 1974
Most of you recognized Sean Connery as the bride.

The original still:

Interesting wrong guesses:
Under the Cherry Moon, Dreamgirls, a Pointer Sisters video

Another clue:

Answer: Paris is Burning, directed by Jennie Livingston, 1990
The sashays and the trophies in the background were the clues here. I was pleased at the number of people who have seen and recognized this fascinating documentary about Harlem's drag ball subculture.

The original still:

Some interesting (but wrong) guesses:
2001: A Space Odyssey, Contact, Sunshine

Another clue:

Answer: Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott, 1982
It was hard choosing a still from such an iconic and recognizable movie, which most people have seen multiple times. This still comes from the very opening scenes, with the gas flare in the nightscape reflected in the eyeball.

The original still:

Some interesting wrong guesses:
Ikiru, Murder by Death, Yojimbo, What's Up, Tiger Lily?

Another clue:

Answer: Zelig, directed by Woody Allen, 1983
I ended the quiz with a companion still to the first one (Martin Scorcese appearing in his film Hugo). If you recognized the director/star, you had an excellent chance of identifying the film.

And here are the final results!
This was my hardest-ever Name That Movie quiz,
so I think anyone who got 5 or more did a great job:

2 correct:

3 correct:

4 correct:

5 correct:

6 correct:

7 correct:

8 correct:

9 correct:

11 correct:

12 correct:

16 correct:

17 correct:

Once again tycho_anomaly wins, although I think by the smallest total correct and closest margin ever.

I promised the top two winners prizes, and since they don't live near NYC each is getting a DVD instead of a movie date with me and mudcub. They'll each be receiving (message me your mailing addresses) a DVD copy of the movie both of them missed, Preaching to the Perverted, a fun and well-meaning, if imperfect, British sex comedy -- which has appeared in my S/M at the Movies programs and which is one of the few sex-positive films I can name (or anyone else -- try and think of more than a few films that are truly sex-positive). Think pink! (If you've seen the movie, you'll understand this joke.)

Congratulations to our winners, and I hope everyone enjoyed playing!

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Date:August 20th, 2013 08:24 pm (UTC)
I got 5 of these that you just posted. Missed There Will Be Blood, and Blow Out, neither of which I had seen.
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Date:August 21st, 2013 03:55 pm (UTC)

All the movies I include are worth seeing, especially if you like their directors.

There Will Be Blood got a lot of critical acclaim, but it's a film I respect for its craft/performances/achievement more than like. And I love De Palma's showmanship -- like Hitchcock, his films are always entertaining.

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Date:August 21st, 2013 12:04 am (UTC)
Thanks for this quiz.
I appreciate the hard work you put into this

Recognizing one still in a movie ..is a "you either saw it or you didn't" type of thing. That's of limited value in my opinion

Recognizing "clues" in a photo...and researching the clues..takes some talent too...so I wouldnt dismiss this (I believe someone mentioned that some people may have used Google..and you implied that next time you would make it even harder..so that they couldn't)

My suggestion for next time...is to continue picking difficult stills...but those that offer clues..for those who have not seen the movie..so that they may have some hope of solving the mystery.

For instance #17. One may have not seen Zardoz (I have) and normally that would shut you out from finding the answer...BUT..the photo offered clues. I think that would make your quiz more interesting and open it up to more than just prolific movie watching types...but to people who have not seen the movie but who can do detective work...as well

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Date:August 21st, 2013 01:22 am (UTC)
That was fun, and I can't wait to see Preaching to the Perverted. Blow Out I just couldn't get and don't know if it clicked for me it after looking at the second still or because I caught a glimpse of the title, but it's obvious now. I think this set was the easiest with There Will Be Blood, Raising Arizona and Zelig.

I've been thinking of stills I would have included if I had done this. Probably something from my favorite movie, The Passenger, plus Zachariah (The First Electric Western),and something from The Deerhunter. Seeing Teorama made me go watch it again (I still think he seduced the dog too) and has me now re-reading the Pasolini biography I had in my bookcase that I haven't read in 15 years or more.

As for photos offering clues, I missed The Skin I Live In because I saw the word Respiro in the still and thought it was a "no-brainer". Guess it wasn't. I'm also not happy I was on the fence about Paris Is Burning...it was a guess and I've seen the film before. Guess I need to see that again.

Also have to admit The Night Porter was easy for me because in my first film class years ago I wrote a paper on that, Seven Beauties, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore and Woman Under the Influence comparing how female and male directors approached their female subjects. That was back in the day when I thought about this stuff and read all the critics. Now I just go in, watch the movie and either like something or not, I don't think too much about things. Not sure that's a positive direction, but that's where I'm at now.

All in all, very fun. Thanks for all your hard work on this.

Edited at 2013-08-21 01:24 am (UTC)
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Date:August 21st, 2013 04:02 pm (UTC)

Congratulations! -- and thanks for playing. Be sure and message me your mailing address.

Over the four Name the Movie quizzes I've run, I've been able to include a lot of my favorite films, at least one of them more than once. I like films that are highly visual and stylistic -- although they still need to have a good story!

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Date:August 21st, 2013 03:59 pm (UTC)

These are great ideas -- thanks!. Producing my own stills would be much more work, so I don't know if I'll ever run one of these again, but it would enable to me to do more of what you suggest -- which I've often tried to do even though I'm selecting stills from the internet. In this quiz, all of the stills came from the LJ group film_stills -- as evidenced by the banding on all the noncropped frame grabs.

Date:August 21st, 2013 05:02 am (UTC)

I think I only got 9, actually

Thanks for a wonderful quiz -- the stills make a great photo essay. I'm kind of embarrassed by the number of movies I've seen over and over, but still got WRONG here.

Looking forward to the next one -- maybe a still from "Night Train to Terror"? We can hope... ;)
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Date:August 21st, 2013 04:10 pm (UTC)

You have been so demoted. I, too, was surprised that you and progbear did not do better. One of the best things about getting older is revisiting some of the movies that impressed me that I first saw in my college years -- it's like watching them for the first time!

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Date:August 22nd, 2013 04:07 am (UTC)
Thanks -- that was fun.

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