Entries in Movie Trivia Games (3)
“Don’t go changing to try to please me, you never let me down before -- I would not leave you in times of trouble, we never could have come this far. I took the good times, I’ll take the bad times. I’ll take you just the way you are...”
I‘ve played “Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel on repeat on a few occasions and it’s among the older songs that I rarely get enough of listening to. The song reminds me of how greater life can be when unconditional love is present, whether it comes from a parent, friend, romantic partner or even a stranger -- it is something that no one should ever take for granted. Families are often expected to have unconditional love for one another, so when anyone lacks even that much, it is very hard to find that elsewhere, out in the world. I find “Just the Way You Are” to be a wonderful tune, however, because it also illustrates the joy that comes from giving it, not just receiving it.
Expressing love or compassion toward another human being can be powerful with regards to changing one's perspective on what is considered normal and abnormal, as well as possibly even helping people see themselves in a new light.
It kinda has me thinking about that jail scene in “Boys Don’t Cry” starring Hilary Swank, where Lana tells Brandon “I don’t care if you’re half monkey or half ape, I’m getting you out of here!” -- all gender bending aside, that was a key moment in the movie because Lana could have easily ended their friendship or relationship but she chose not to because the person that Brandon was meant more to her than his real gender.
In fact, if X and Y chromosomes were switched for a brief moment, would you be able to tell the difference between who is who at your job, out in public or even while watching a movie? The next time you are entertaining guests at home, play a “Truth or False” or "Name that Movie" dinner party game where players have to answer questions about gender bending movies where actresses take on roles as men and actors portray female characters onscreen.
Here is a little Just the Way You Are: Gender Bender Movie Party Game that I put together to get you started.
Gender Bending Movie Casting Trivia Questions:
What male comedian played a woman named Jill in the movie "Jack and Jill?" _______
What Actress played a man named Jude Quinn in the movie, "I'm Not There?" _______
What male actor played a transgender female in the movie "The Crying Game?" _______
Gender Bending Movie True or False Questions:
Actor Patrick Swayze played a woman named Rachel Tensions in the movie "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar." True or False? _______
Actor James Kirk played a teenage girl named Viola Hastings in the movie "She's the Man." True or False? _______
Actress Julie Andrews played a man named Count Victor Grazinski in the movie "Victor, Victoria!" True or False? _______
Gender Bending Movie Trivia Question:
In What movie did Gwyneth Paltrow play a man named Thomas Kent? _______
Play the game by answering one or all of these questions, in the comments section....
Answer this: What does the phrase “unconditional love” mean to YOU?
Extra credit - the movie poster for "Boys Don't Cry" reads "A True Story about Having the Courage to be Yourself." In YOUR opinion, how can people find the courage to be themselves no matter who they are?
*Want a Just the Way You Are: Gender Bender Movie Party Game sheet, complete with an Answer Key, to play at home with your family or friends, courtesy of The Madlab Post? Just let me know and I’ll send one your way.
“A love like ours is heaven sent – you fill me up with the joy of living; when things get tough, I can always turn to you. You’re my angel…”
“Angel” by Anita Baker has to be one of the most romantic songs ever made, which comes as no surprise because it is delivered by a very soulful woman who is known for singing about love and all it encompasses. Romance aside, this tune reminds me of angels who are oftentimes under-appreciated for all that they do for loved ones and strangers alike.
These angels may also be referred to as heroes because they save lives by donating, facilitating or funding organ transplants, offering help in times of tragedy such as environmental disasters, house fires or everyday challenges including motor vehicle accidents, abuse or other types of violence. The contributions of people who are in this group extend beyond heroic acts, to include simple acts of kindness that tranform lives.
I’m sure that many of you can think of at least on angel who has served you, someone you know or someone that you don’t know. There are many in our lives that we can be thankful for every day because they are also people who lift us up, those that encourage us or bring out the best in us by either intentionally or unintentionally causing us to hone in on our best qualities that we have to offer the world.
It’s kind of like what Morgan Freeman’s character did in “Lean on Me” by challenging his peers and students to do better; what Sean Connery’s character did in “Finding Forrester” by forcing his teenage prodigy to channel anger and curiosity into literary work; what Julia Roberts’ character did in “Erin Brockovich” by helping a group of total strangers get justice for medical ailments caused by pollution; what Liam Neeson’s character did in “Taken” by risking his life to find and save his kidnapped daughter by any means necessary and what Denzel Washington and Chris Pine’s characters did in “Unstoppable” by putting themselves in danger to prevent a disaster for innocent people in nearby towns.
Here is a little trivia game based on film plots involving superheroes and everyday heroes; that you could play during a movie night.
The following tunes were on the soundtrack or appeared as a theme song for which film?
1. "I Believe I Can Fly" by R. Kelly - Film: _____________________
2. "Gotham City" by R. Kelly - Film: _________________________
3. "Hero" by Chad Kroeger - Film: __________________________
4. "Iris" by The Goo Goo Dolls - Film: _______________________
5. "Shake Ya Tailfeather" by Nelly - Film: _____________________
6. "Impossible" by Kanye West - Film: ______________________
7. "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N’ Roses - Film: ____________
8. "Gangsta’s Paradise" by Coolio - Film: ____________________
9. "He Got Game" by Public Enemy - Film: ____________________
10. "Don’t Want to Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith - Film: ___________
You can print out this list and play this trivia game at the dinner table with family and friends -OR- You can play it right now by answering the questions yourself. The only catch is that you have 5 minutes. Ready? Set. Go!
What does the word Angel and/or Hero mean to YOU?
Have YOU ever been touched by any Angels or Heroes?
Who were these people and what kind of impact did they have on YOUR life?