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Friday
May292015

Movies that defined the 90s – What’s YOUR Score?

I consider the 90s to be one of the most colorful eras in the film industry.

There was something for everyone including character driven stories that shined alongside those with revolutionary special effects and heart-pounding action sequences. It was also a good (and lucrative) time for indie filmmakers to make a name for themselves.

So when a British film geek shared with me a quiz featuring movie posters from the 90s, I decided to play along and see how many quotes from these motion pictures I could recognize.

Here are my results:

# of movie quotes listed in the quiz: 29

# of film titles I guessed correctly: 7

# of film titles I guessed incorrectly: 10

In the end, I scored a paltry 7 out of 29 on this movie quiz. These results come as a surprise to me because I've watched many of these flicks -- 14 to be exact (some even multiple times, having had access to them on home video) -- and am at least familiar with most all other movies on the list. Now I’m curious to know if anyone else is up for putting his or her knowledge of film quotes to the test....

What’s YOUR score for the GB Posters’ 90s era movie quiz?

How would YOU define the 90s as far as movies are concerned?

Wednesday
Apr242013

An Uncommon Union - Can You Name this Movie? #atozchallenge #wordlesswednesdays

Can YOU name the movie that this photo represents? 

Wednesday
Apr112012

Just the Way You Are with Gender Benders in Film #wednesday #atozchallenge #trivia

 

“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....

-and/or-

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.