Tuesday, 20 February 2007

FILM WRITES

The challenge: an invitation to readers of this blog to describe the plot of a movie in no more than twenty-four words.

The result: seventeen entries of a very high standard published (in a totally random order) below.

While an independent panel of judges is choosing a winner from a list of uncredited submissions, readers are invited to try and identify the films described.

How many can YOU correctly name (apart of course, from your own offerings)? Guesses and Comments via the usual route…

1...
They wake up from a dream to be killed in a nightmare.

2...
A fraught journey reveals that the tired and emotionless pilot is just a big baby.

3...
Big Shark! It kills! It gets killed!

4...
He's guilty! Oh no he's not! Oh yes he is! Oh no he's not! Ok then! He's not!

5...
Young orphan gives up criminal proclivities for life of pleasure with a rich old man.

6...
Young orphan leaves guardians to explore his magical powers and defeat powerful force of evil.

7...
Crossing all boundaries of class and height, two lovers strive desperately to escape a sinking script.

8...
Sing-song sex with sizzling Satine.

9...
Invisible fluffy-footed hero battles invisible CGI foes and persistent bad weather to rid himself of something he shouldn't have had in the first place.

10...
Slight, fight, fight, fight!

11...
Absentee father reluctantly returns to look after his son.

12...
Fun and frolics with Fred Astaire in a life affirming look at the future of humanity. It'll raise your spirit higher than a mushroom cloud!

13...
Painstakingly recreated dinosaurs and millions of dollars of visual special effects on show in a film set mostly at night and shot in the dark.

14...
Death On The Nile meets To Have and Have Not without the whistle.

15...
A flying visit abroad doesn't go to plan when it's discovered the previous occupants haven't properly vacated the premises as expected.

16...
Maybe the most pointless film of all time. Three and a half hours when everyone knows that she's going to sink at the end!

17...
Don't be prissy, become a slut to get the guy of your dreams.


Send your ANSWERS soon!
SOLUTIONS and WINNERS
will be announced on
SATURDAY!

12 comments:

Cafrine said...
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Scrooge said...

We have to wait until Saturday to find out the results ???? Criminal ! By the way, anyone that mocks my favourite film with tired old Guardian cliches about knowing the ending is in BIG trouble (unless it is actually me that's doing it of course)

Good Dog said...
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Brian Sibley said...

Oops! Sorry...

I started posting people's answers too soon; so, I've (temporarily) deleted a couple of responses in order not to spoil it for others who still want to play...

The deleted comments will be restored (or will probably be re-posted, since I can't seem to work out how to UN-delete!) as soon as everyone's had a chance to have a go...

Suzanne said...

Mr Scrooge... If the film I mocked is your favourite film, then I'm sorry... I was just being facetious. I actually loved the film!

Brian Sibley said...

Don't worry, SUZANNE, it just so happens that SCROOGE made mock of the same movie that you did! But then, we're so often rude about the ones we love!

Since I happen to know SCROOGE's (probabaly all-time) favourite movie, I am all well aware which of the submissions he's getting defensive about.

Still, he's got a few days to calm down and I'm sure everything work out fine in the end...

PHEW! Good job this is just in FUN, isn't it?! ;-)

I'm now starting to worry about the possibility of getting writs from the top names in Hollywood...

Scrooge said...

Yes, all in fun I hope. It isn't actually my favourite film of all time (I don't think) and I can see some pretty big flaws in it all too obviously but yes, I did see it at the cinema seven times and yes, it did change my life....

Brian Sibley said...

These were the FIRST TWO sets of answers received:


Cafrine has left a new comment on your post "FILM WRITES":

Oh, I'm useless, but I'll have a go.

3. Jaws?
5. Oliver Twist?
7. Titanic?
8. Moulin Rouge?
11. Practically every movie ever made?
13. Jurassic Park?
16. Titanic, again?
17. Practically every teen movie ever made? Or Grease?

P.S. Whoever thought up 4. Is the funniest person alive and owes me a glass of water and a new keyboard.

Posted by Cafrine to BRIAN SIBLEY : my blog at 2/20/2007 05:23:12 AM



Good Dog has left a new comment on your post "FILM WRITES":

Probably getting most of these spectacularly wrong....

01. A Nightmare on Elm Street

03. Jaws

04. Presumed Innocent

05. Oliver Twist

06. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

07. Titanic

08. Moulin Rouge

09. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

12. On the Beach

16. Titanic

17. Grease

Posted by Good Dog to BRIAN SIBLEY : my blog at 2/20/2007 07:55:38 AM

Brian Sibley said...

SUZANNE emails to say...

Here are my suggestions for the film titles... and I thought I was a movie buff! Oh well.

1. ?
2. Pushing tin?
3. Jaws
4. ?
5. Oliver!
6. Harry Potter
7. Titanic (Mr Scrooge)
8. Moulin Rouge
9. LOTR
10. ?
11. ?
12. Singing in the Rain?
13. Dunno, but it sounds dreadful
14. ?
15. Rings a bell, but I’m stumped
16. No comment! It’s mine!
17. ?

Best regards - Suzanne

Brian Sibley said...

PETE EMSLIE e-amils to say...

Since I'm a new guest to your blog, I'm not sure what the usual route of sending contest guesses is. I'll try here first!

1...
They wake up from a dream to be killed in a nightmare.
(No Idea)

2...
A fraught journey reveals that the tired and emotionless pilot is just a big baby.
2001 - A Space Odyssey

3...
Big Shark! It kills! It gets killed!
Jaws

4...
He's guilty! Oh no he's not! Oh yes he is! Oh no he's not! Ok then! He's not!
12 Angry Men

5...
Young orphan gives up criminal proclivities for life of pleasure with a rich old man.
Oliver Twist (or Oliver!)

6...
Young orphan leaves guardians to explore his magical powers and defeat powerful force of evil.
Harry Potter

7...
Crossing all boundaries of class and height, two lovers strive desperately to escape a sinking script.
Titanic

8...
Sing-song sex with sizzling Satine.
Moulin Rouge

9...
Invisible fluffy-footed hero battles invisible CGI foes and persistent bad weather to rid himself of something he shouldn't have had in the first place.
Lord of the Rings

10...
Slight, fight, fight, fight!
West Side Story

11...
Absentee father reluctantly returns to look after his son.
(No idea)

12...
Fun and frolics with Fred Astaire in a life affirming look at the future of humanity. It'll raise your spirit higher than a mushroom cloud!
On The Beach

13...
Painstakingly recreated dinosaurs and millions of dollars of visual special effects on show in a film set mostly at night and shot in the dark.
Jurassic Park

14...
Death On The Nile meets To Have and Have Not without the whistle.
The African Queen

15...
A flying visit abroad doesn't go to plan when it's discovered the previous occupants haven't properly vacated the premises as expected.
(No Idea)

16...
Maybe the most pointless film of all time. Three and a half hours when everyone knows that she's going to sink at the end!
Titanic (again!)

17...
Don't be prissy, become a slut to get the guy of your dreams.
Grease

I just discovered your blog by way of your posting on Jim Hill's site. I'll look in often. By the way, you might get a kick out of my site too. I'm a former Disney character artist who still freelances for them, but I prefer to do my own thing now, which you can see here. here

Brian Sibley said...

GILL e-mails to say...

It is now clear to me why I didn't enter the competition.

Of the 17, I can only identify 3 with certainty and 1 "maybe"...

Can we do books next time? I might have more chance.

Mark Lee said...

1...
Nightmare on Elm Street

2...
Airplane

3...
Jaws

4...
12 Angry Men

5...
Annie (or Oliver)

6...
Superman or more likely Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone

7...
Titanic

8...
?

9...
Lord of the Rings

10...
?

11...
?

12...
? (shame I felt i was doing so well)

13...
Jurassic Park

14...
?

15...
?

16...
Titanic

17...
This was mine so I know the answer.