Challenge #21: Movies that are bands
Latest obsession: bands or musicians that have the same name as movies. I figure the list can be organized into three categories:
- Bands named after movies
- Movies named after bands
- Bands/movies that coincidentally share a name
Certainly category 1 has a lot of entries in it, as a cursory Google search turns up many lists. I can’t think of any in category 2, but I’m guessing there are some out there, even if you exclude movies that are documentaries (real or fake) of said band, which you should. But it’s category 3 that I’m most interested in. I’ve come up with a few, with the help of my friend Joe:
- The Fall
- The Grifters
- The Church
- (The) Roots
- (The) Sting
There must be lots more. In order to avoid those movies or bands that “must exist somewhere”, I’m invoking the Wikipedia page rule: an entry must have one to qualify. How many can you think of?
Puzzle #68: Which mayor said it?
We’re getting a new mayor of Chicago on Monday, our first new one in twenty-two years. In honor of the ascendancy of King Rahm, here is a trivia quiz about mayors. All eleven quotes below are from fictional mayors. Can you identify who said what? (I’ve removed all mentions of specific places.)
- “It’s time we face up to the un-face-up-to-able.”
- “Greetings friends. What this place needs is more, uh, cheeseburgers. They’re delicious, honest, trustworthy.”
- “So I’ve been going out there for weeks, slamming the governor for his neglect of the homeless and declaring how we will stop at nothing for finding the person responsible for preying on the homeless, and — hey, Norman, this is my ass here!”
- “What do you mean, ‘biblical’?”
- “Pile driver! Back drop! Can you handle it!”
- “She’s on the team, Odell. Just like my police commissioner. I value loyalty. Don’t you?”
- “Welcome citizens. Today we commemorate those brave _____ soldiers who perished in the recent Gulf conflict. I can think of no greater tribute to their memories than this solid gold statue … of Dig ‘Em, the Sugar Smacks frog. The spirit of America is epitomized by his inspiring motto, “Smack, smack, sugar smack! Gimme a smack and I’ll smack you back.”
- “You wait and see, Mr. Carruthers. I *will* be mayor! I’ll be the most powerful man in ________. And I’m gonna clean up this town.”
- “Most adults don’t have their children doing espionage work for them.”
- “Have the best Christmas ever!”
- “Anybody that moves I’ll blast her into Kingdom Come. And the hippie too. She killed my brother!”
Please post only one guess, so many guessers can have a shot. As with most trivia, many of these are easily findable via search. Try to avoid the Google if you can.
Puzzle #65: Exquisite Corpse Goes To The Movies
In each of the five Photoshop hack jobs above, I’ve sliced together the faces of the lead stars of a popular movie from the last 25 years. Which movies are these?
Please post only one guess, so as many people as possible can play.
Puzzle #61: Movie tagline translation party
Time for another translation party, wherein we visit translationparty.com, feed it some perfectly sensible English sentences, and get back nonsense. The site takes any English phrase, translates it into Japanese, then back into English, then back into Japanese, then back into English, on and on, until the translations reach an equilibrium. It is frequently hilarious.
(It was also the basis for a puzzle I did four months ago, in case this all sounds familiar.)
Below are thirteen famous and semi-famous movie taglines that have been run through the translationparty.com wringer. Your task: determine which movies they each belong to. Some will be easy, some will be very difficult. In order to make the puzzle fun for as many people as possible, please only solve for one line. (After Monday, I’ll relax that rule.) Happy translating!
- All people are one of the rules of the ring.
- “This statement is consistent with my family,” he said.
- Please wait long to get
- Her legs over his knees, brought a small town with big business.
- So far, the memory of her thumb before his death, must be protected.
- They are, simply because you have a service, they are meant to be like you, are
- Look at that 500 million
- Ruiakira is to please him wet food can be eaten
- Please enjoy a cocktail first. List of Questions
- George and Martha, your faith has been invited to a fun game night
- Then they can not remember the last day to come will never forget
- Comedy is not an active person.
- Death is the answer bears
Movie bar codes
The above seemingly random mess of colors is a fingerprint from a famous movie from the ’90s. Each individual strip represents a scene flattened into a single color. Can you figure out which movie it is?
Found at moviebarcode.tumblr.com, which unfortunately doesn’t explain who did these or how they were made. There are dozens more movie bar codes up there, but I thought this one was the most solvable.
From the Archives: Puzzle #2: One-handed movies
(Originally posted December 21, 2009.)
Two of the biggest films of 2009 share a unique property. Each can be typed with just one hand: Avatar with the left, and Up with the right. There aren’t many movies that can claim this quality — just a small fraction of all titles out there. The puzzle: how many can you name?
Bonus challenges for overachievers: what’s the longest title using just the left hand? What’s longest title using just the right?
For the purposes of this puzzle, we’ll ignore any punctuation. Numbers still count, meaning digits 1-5 count as left-handed, and 6-0 as right-handed. And ”typed” = touch-typed on a Qwerty keyboard.