Line(s) of the Day #TheDUFF

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Casey: It’s not the end of the world.
Bianca: Well that’s easy for you to say. I don’t have a date.
Jess: I can fix that. Er… Jack Rebus?
Bianca: Tiny hands.
Jess: Mark Warshaw?
Bianca: Smells like trash.
Jess: Ah! Charlie Piper.
Bianca: Charlie Piper, my cousin Charlie Piper?
Jess : People don’t know that!

Bianca Santos, Mae Whitman and Skyler Samuels in the teen comedy The DUFF (2015). The letters in the title, pivotal to the film’s theme, stand for Designated Ugly Fat Friend. The DUFF does not necesarily have to be ugly or fat, but is the least popular within a group who is exploited by others to get closer to the more popular members.

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Line(s) of the Day #Batman

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Vicki Vale: A lot of people think you’re as dangerous as the Joker.
Batman: He’s psychotic.
Vicki Vale: Some people say the same thing about you.
Batman: What people?
Vicki Vale: Well, I mean, let’s face it. You’re not exactly normal, are you?
Batman: It’s not exactly a normal world, is it?

Kim Basinger and Michael Keaton in the hugely successful Batman (1989).  As well as grossing over $400m worldwide, it relaunched the superhero genre, influenced marketing campaigns and won an Academy Award for Best Art Direction. It’s also fascinating to compare to The Dark Knight, which features an altogether different intereptation of Joker.

Film Quizzes: Female Directed Films Part 2

As shown in my previous quiz, there have been some seriously talented females behind the camera in charge of all kinds of critical and commercial successes within the last few decades.  One quiz just wasn’t going to be enough, so I’ve added an extra set. And that’s without including the most recent smashes of Lady Bird and Wonder Woman, and films co-directed by women, like Persepolis, Shrek and Frozen. How many of the 15 below will you get?

fast_times_ridgemont_high_1982_29-1461421919-726x388 Film 1 (1980s)

chocolat1988-graspingatthepast Film 2 (1980s)

4 Film 3 (1990s)

18-little-women-w1200-h630 Film 4 (1990s)

deepimpact3 Film 5 (1990s)

film-quiz-tom-hanks-film-8 Film 6 (1990s)

wheatfields_thevirginsuicides Film 7 (1990s)

somethings-gotta-give Film 8 (2000s)

image-w856 Film 9 (2000s)

http3a2f2fmedia-cineblog-it2f92f9fd2fmonster6-620x350 Film 10 (2000s)

21b49-wood2 Film 11 (2000s)

Film Quiz - Previous Best Picture Winners from each decade Film 8 Film 12 (2000s)

Film Quizzes - Hollywood vampires Film 6 Film 13 (2000s)

kevin1 Film 14 (2010+)

Film Quiz - Inspirational Women Film 13 Film 15 (2010+)

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Film Quizzes: Female Directed Films Part 1

There have been some truly inspirational females in Hollywood making their voices heard, matching with a growing increasing of films with female leads. That includes films like Wonder Woman, Bridesmaids, Ghostbusters and Hidden Figures, with a wide array of talented female stars. But it’s not just on screen where this talent is starting to show.  Behind the camera, there have been some fantastic work going on by a number of women in all kinds of genres. You’ll notice some great films from up to 30 years ago as well. How many of these women-directed films do you recognise? Did any of them surprise you?

Tom Hanks - Film 1 Film 1. (1980s)

point_break_lori_petty_keanu_reeves_still Film 2. (1990s)

ww_tf2 Film 3. (1990s)

Tom Hanks - Film 2 Film 4. (1990s)

thepiano2 Film 5. (1990s)

maxresdefault Film 6. (1990s)

h_e2ap8jkmx Film 7. (2000s)

bridget-jones-diary-2001 Film 8. (2000s)

fhd002ida_salma_hayek_058 Film 9. (2000s)

Film Quizzes - Scarlett Johansson Part 2 Film 1 Film 10. (2000s)

53454418d4abf-image Film 11. (2010+)

inaworld1_2669876b Film 12. (2010+)

the-babadook-sundance-5 Film 13. (2010+)

Film Quizzes- 2016 Film 13 Film 14. (2010+)

Film Title: Unbroken Film 15. (2010+)

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Film Quizzes: One Word Films Part 2

I put up a quiz recently on one word films, ranging from 1927 to 2014. But that wasn’t enough. There really are so many really impressive ones that I just had to add an extra part. Will you do better than last time? Do you have a favourite of the 15 below?

Film Quiz one word films 1. (1950s)

Psycho 2. (1960s)

Badlands 3. (1970s)

Airplane film shirley 4. (1980s)

Fargo film Marge 5. (1990s)

Swingers 6. (1990s)

Film Quiz one word films 7. (1990s)

Gladiator 8. (2000s)

Serendipity airport scene 9. (2000s)

frostnixon 10. (2000s)

Tangled 11. (2010+)

Rush 12. (2010+)

Rene russo nightcrawler 13. (2010+)

Deadpool and girlfriend 14. (2010+)

Arrival quote 15. (2010+)

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Line(s) of the Day #GroundhogDay

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Well, what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today.

Phil Connors (Bill Murray) in the fantasy-comedy Groundhog Day (1993). Though coolly received by critics at the time, the story of a weatherman in a small town who keeps living the same day has gone on to be a much loved film. The term Groundhog Day has also become a common phrase, with the film itself entering the prestigious United States Film Registry in 2006.

Film Quizzes: World War 2 Films

After seeing the superb Dunkirk last week, it got me thinking about what other depictions there had been of World War 2. There are some pretty famous ones I’ve left out, which you’re more than welcome to mention in the comments section. I wanted a wide range  that covered different aspects of the war. Fighting on the ground, being under attack under water, aerial warfare, resistance fighters and the struggle within concentration camps among them. See how many you can get. A bonus point if you can guess my favourite among them.

Film Quiz - World War 2 Film 1 1. (1940s)

Film Quiz - World War 2 Film 2 2. (1940s)

Film Quiz - World War 2 Film 3 3. (1950s)

Film Quiz - World War 2 Film 4 4. (1950s)

Film Quiz - World War 2 Film 16 5. (1950s)

Film Quiz - World War 2 Film 5 6. (1960s)

WHERE EAGLES DARE 7. (1960s)

Film Quiz - World War 2 Film 7 8. (1970s)

Film Quiz - World War 2 Film 8 9. (1980s)

Film Quiz - World War 2 Film 9 10. (1990s)

Film Quiz - World War 2 Film 10 11. (1990s)

Film Quiz - World War 2 Film 11 12. (1990s)

Film Quiz - World War 2 Film 14 13. (2000s)

Film Quiz - World War 2 Film 15 14. (2000s)

Film Quiz - World War 2 Film 12 15. (2000s)

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Film Quizzes: Bank Robberies

Yesterday I watched Baby Driver, about a getaway driver who listens to music all the time to drown out his severe tinnitus. It got me thinking about bank robberies conveyed in film. The dangers, carefully planning, adrenalin rush and huge rewards on offer has long appealed to Hollywood. This one might be tougher than usual, but I’m still curious as to how you do. Answers as always below, with your comments welcome.

Film Quizzes - Bank Robberies 1. (1950s)

Film Quizzes - Bank Robberies Film 2 2. (1960s)

Film Quizzes - Bank Robberies Film 3 3 (1960s)

Film Quizzes - Bank Robberies Film 4 4. (1960s)

Film Quizzes - Bank Robberies Film 5 5. (1970s)

Film Quizzes - Bank Robberies Film 6 6. (1990s)

Film Quizzes - Bank Robberies Film 7 7. (1990s)

Film Quizzes - Bank Robberies Film 8 8. (2000s)

Film Quizzes - Bank Robberies Film 9 9. (2000s)

Film Quizzes - Bank Robberies Film 10 10. (2000s)

Film Quizzes - Bank Robberies Film 11 11. (2000s)

Film Quizzes - Bank Robberies Film 12 12. (2000s)

Film Quizzes - Bank Robberies Film 13 13. (2000s)

Film Quizzes - Bank Robberies Film 14 14. (2010+)

Film Quizzes - Bank Robberies Film 15 15. (2010+)

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Film Quizzes: Rivals

I’m a big tennis fan so have been loving the French Open, which seems to have more storylines than ever. My post on Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova’s rivalry got me thinking about what examples there are in films. Below is a mixture of friends, families, industry competitors, students and athletes fighting for a myriad of reasons. Do you have a favourite? How many can you work out?

Film quiz - Rivals Film 1 1. (1950s)

Film quiz - Rivals Film 2 2. (1960s)

Film quiz - Rivals Film 3 3. (1980s)

Film quiz - Rivals Film 4 4. (1980s)

Film quiz - Rivals Film 5 5. (1980s)

Film quiz - Rivals Film 6 6. (1980s)

Film quiz - Rivals Film 7 7. (1990s)

Film quiz - Rivals Film 8 8. (1990s)

Film quiz - Rivals Film 9 9. (1990s)

Film quiz - Rivals Film 10 10. (2000s)

Film quiz - Rivals Film 11 11. (2000s)

Film quiz - Rivals Film 12 12. (2000s)

Film quiz - Rivals Film 13 13. (2010+)

MANHATTAN 14. (2010+)

Film quiz - Rivals Film 15 15. (2010+)

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Line(s) of the Day #TheDevilWearsPrada

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Miranda Priestly (Merryl Streep) and Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway) in the biting comedy drama The Devil Wears Prada (2006). The film tells of an intern who goes to work as the co-assistant of a highly influential fashion magazine, with Priestly largely believed to be based on Anna Wintour.