Monday, July 07, 2008

The movie logline quiz (part 2)

For an introduction to loglines, read Part 1 of this quiz trilogy.

Each logline below describes a movie in misleading, vague, or roundabout fashion. Identify the movie (or for the last one, the TWO movies) in the comments. Skip the comments if you want to remain unspoiled and solve them yourself.

11. A family enjoys the accommodations of a resort lodge during the off-peak, tourist-free months.
Solved by: Andy

12. While facing his recent misfortunes, a doctor continues to assign blame to a disabled stranger.
Solved by: Jeremy

13. An old man is forgiven the balance of his travel expenses when his intended destination is found completely destroyed.
Solved by: Jeremy

14. Lovers on opposite sides of the law scheme to acquire part of the recently released collection of one of the state's wealthiest men.
Solved by: Jeremy

15. A young, mild-mannered driver helps thwart a high-tech heist with the only weapon available: an automobile.
Solved by: Sue

16. On the one hand, he spreads the word of the good Lord. On the other hand, he’s come to realize that he has certain financial needs.
Solved by: Jeremy

17. After advising a young talent on the road to stardom, a veteran achieves a dubious honor with minimal fanfare.
Solved by: Mainline Mom

18. Determined by society to be a criminal, a man decides to commit his first felonious acts in the hopes of self-preservation and personal freedom.
Solved by: Mainline Mom

19. A mysterious stranger sells a jaded businessman on what’s really important in the world, and then eagerly awaits to hear the next great jingle.
Solved by: Jeremy

20. A knight plays a monumental game of chess with a greater power, and the stakes are high. The knight's acts prove sacrificial in nature, as the game allows another to emerge unscathed.
(Two movies)

Movie #1 solved by: Quinn the Brain
Movie #2 solved by: Jeremy

Look for the last installment of loglines when the trilogy concludes next week.

19 comments:

Andy said...

#1 is The Shining.

Neel Mehta said...

Correct. Also would have accepted The Shinning.

Jeremy said...

13. Star Wars. Or if you insist, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.

14. Raising Arizona.

15 might not be Reindeer Games...but it could be.

16...sounds like a lot of movies. Leap of Faith?

17 The Color of Money?

20. One of them is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

Neel Mehta said...

Welcome back, Jeremy. And well done! You are right about #13, #14, and half of #20. (I just call it Star Wars, too.)

#15 is a much more famous movie than Reindeer Games.

#16 can sound like a bunch of movies, but if read literally, it can only be one movie.

#17 might describe The Color of Money -- I haven't seen it -- but I'm going for something different and direct here. Stick with sports.

Jeremy said...

16. *smacking my head* The Night of the Hunter.

Mainline Mom said...

18. Shawshank Redemption?

I would've said 16 was The Apostle, but I think Jeremy's last guess is probably right.

Mainline Mom said...

15. The Italian Job?

Mainline Mom said...

Nope, that's not right on 15. 17 - Bull Durham?

ArcadeFire said...

18. The Running Man

???

Jeremy said...

18...Logan's Run?

And while I don't think 12 is in fact What About Bob?, I'd kick myself if it turned out to be right and I didn't take the guess.

Neel Mehta said...

Lots of replies! Welcome, Arcade Fire. (You might appreciate this picture puzzle I did last October.)

#12: Not What About Bob?, though it's interesting that this logline sounds like it. It's sort of like how #11 was The Shining but with a little tweaking could also have been National Lampoon's Vacation. Anyway, #12 is a drama.

#15 is not The Italian Job either. It's more famous than that one, too.

#16: Jeremy is correct. When working on The Night of the Hunter, I thought a lot about The Apostle, but once I decided on a literal approach I abandoned the idea of describing two movies.

#17: Mainline Mom is correct. Crash Davis eventually breaks the minor league home run record, and only Annie knows about it.

#18: Mainline Mom is correct. Sometime next week, after Part 3 of the quiz is completed, I will steer you all to a Shawshank logline someone else wrote that was much more creative (and dirty) than mine.

Still unsolved are 12, 15, 19, and half of 20.

#12: It's a drama, as I said above, and a very popular one.

#15: Again, it's famous, and both the driver and the automobile are tangential to the movie. I just thought it would be interesting to write a logline that focused on such a minor character.

#19: I intentionally wrote it to make it sound like it was set in the advertising world. It is not.

#20: I classify Harry Potter as the second movie here because it entered pop culture long after the other movie I'm describing. (Indeed, J.K. Rowling may have been thinking of this movie as an influence when writing her chess scene.) It is not in English, and features chess. Even if you've never seen it, that narrows your options considerably.

Sue said...

#15 How about: Die Hard?

Jeremy said...

12. The Fugitive

Jeremy said...

19. It's a Wonderful Life

Neel Mehta said...

Welcome, Sue! #15 is indeed Die Hard. I thought it would be more fun to focus on Argyle.

Jeremy, you are correct on #12 and #19.

Last hint: The other movie for #20 directly inspired a character and sequence in Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey.

Quinn said...

The Seventh Seal? (The Bill and Ted's reference helped immensely!)

Neel Mehta said...

Oh good. Short of saying it was in Swedish, I had run out of hints for The Seventh Seal.

Ingmar Bergman... now he's high maintenance.

Neel Mehta said...

Part 2's answer key:

11. A family enjoys the accommodations of a resort lodge during the off-peak, tourist-free months.
The Shining

12. While facing his recent misfortunes, a doctor continues to assign blame to a disabled stranger.
The Fugitive

13. An old man is forgiven the balance of his travel expenses when his intended destination is found completely destroyed.
Star Wars

14. Lovers on opposite sides of the law scheme to acquire part of the recently released collection of one of the state's wealthiest men.
Raising Arizona

15. A young, mild-mannered driver helps thwart a high-tech heist with the only weapon available: an automobile.
Die Hard

16. On the one hand, he spreads the word of the good Lord. On the other hand, he’s come to realize that he has certain financial needs.
The Night of the Hunter

17. After advising a young talent on the road to stardom, a veteran achieves a dubious honor with minimal fanfare.
Bull Durham

18. Determined by society to be a criminal, a man decides to commit his first felonious acts in the hopes of self-preservation and personal freedom.
The Shawshank Redemption

19. A mysterious stranger sells a jaded businessman on what’s really important in the world, and then eagerly awaits to hear the next great jingle.
It's a Wonderful Life

20. A knight plays a monumental game of chess with a greater power, and the stakes are high. The knight's acts prove sacrificial in nature, as the game allows another to emerge unscathed.
(Two movies)
The Seventh Seal
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone


Stay tuned for Part 3 next Monday.

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