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80 geeky quotes from the Eighties: a quiz (the answers)

May 31, 2016

80 geeky quotes from the Eighties: a quiz (the answers)

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80 geeky quotes from the Eighties: a quiz

CNN’s documentary series The Eighties is a winding down its run, and I’m working on a big post with lots of geek-friendly (GF) information about the decade. As I was writing that, though, I was struck by how many quotations and catchphrases there are from movies and TV shows during that time! Here are eighty GF quotes. Give yourself one point if you know the movie/show, three points if you know the character/actor (I would accept either one), and ten points if you know the writer (I would count the show creator for a TV series). In no particular order:

  1. “No matter where you go…there you are.” [1 point: (The Adventures of) Buckaroo Banzai (across the Eighth Dimension); 3 points: Buckaroo Banzai/Peter Weller; 10 points: Earl Mac Rauch]
  2. “Where does he get those wonderful toys?” [1 point: Batman; 3 points: Jack Nicholson/The Joker; 10 points: Sam Hamm and/or Warren Skaaren]
  3. “I do not mean to pry, but you don’t by any chance happen to have six fingers on your right hand?” [1 point: The Princess Bride; 3 points: Mandy Patinkin/Inigo Montoya; 10 points: William Goldman]
  4. “Replicants are like any other machines. They’re either a benefit or a hazard. If they’re a benefit, it’s not my problem.” [1 point: Blade Runner; 3 points: Harrison Ford/Rick Deckard; 10 points: Hampton Fancher and/or David Webb Peoples]
  5. “I don’t make monkeys, I just train ’em.” [1 point: Pee-wee’s Big Adventure; 3 points; Pee-wee Herman/Paul Reubens; 10 points: Phil Harman and/or Paul Reubens and/or Michael Varhol]
  6. “I’m not all alone in the dark. I like the dark. I love the dark.” [1 point: The Goonies; 3 points: Chunk/Jeff Cohen; 10 points: Chris Columbus]
  7. “Did you know, Mr. Torrance, that your son is attempting to bring an outside party into this situation? Did you know that?” [1 point: The Shining; 3 points: Delbert Grady/Philip Stone; 10 points: Stanley Kubrick and/or Stephen King and/or Diane Johnson]
  8. “That’s a big Twinkie.” [1 point: Ghostbusters;  3 points: Winston Zeddmore/Ernie Hudson; 10 points: Dan Aykroyd and/or Harold Ramis]
  9. “I’ve had enough practical jokes for one evening. Good night, future boy!” [1 point: Back to the Future; 3 points: Doc Brown/Christopher Lloyd; 10 points: Robert Zemeckis and/or Bob Gale]
  10. “You Americans, you’re all the same. Always overdressing for the wrong occasions.”  [1 point: Raiders of the Lost Ark; 3 points: Toht/Ronald Lacey; 10 points: Lawrence Kasdan (the story was by George Lucas and Philip Kauman…take a total of five points for either or both of those, or a total of ten points if you got Kasdan, who also co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back and The Force Awakens]
  11. “If you want to be a party animal, you have to learn to live in the jungle.” [1 point: Weird Science; 3 points: Lisa/Kelly LeBrock; 10 points: John Hughes]
  12. “Try not. Do…or do not. There is no try.” [1 point: The Empire Strikes Back (with or without Star Wars V]; 3 points: Frank Oz/Yoda; 10 points: Lawrence Kasdan and/or Leigh Brackett]
  13. “I ain’t got time to bleed.” [1 point: Predator; 3 points: Jesse Ventura/Blain; 10 points: Jim and John Thomas]
  14. “I’m an alien, from the planet Melmac. I have powers you can only dream of. ” [1 point: ALF; 3 points: ALF/Paul Fusco; 10 points: Paul Fusco and/or Tom Patchett]
  15. “Maybe it was an iguana.” [1 point: E.T. – The Extraterrestrial; 3 points: Michael/Robert McNaughton; 10 points: Melissa Mathison]
  16. “Believe it or not, it’s just me.” [1 point: The Greatest American Hero (theme song); 3 points: Joey Scarbury (singer); 10 points: Mike Post and/or Stephen Geyer]
  17. “A day in the Marine Corps is like a day on the farm.” [1 point; Aliens; 3 points; Alpone/Al Mathews; 10 points: James Cameron]
  18. “Come with me if you want to live.” [1 point: Terminator II: Judgement Day; 3 points: Arnold Schwarzenegger/The Terminator; 10 points: James Cameron and/or William Wisher Jr.]
  19. “These aren’t my rules. Come to think of it,  I don’t have any rules.” [1 point: Beetlejuice; 3 points: Beetlejuice (Betelgeuse)/Michael Keaton; 10 points: Michael McDowell and/or Warren Skaaren]
  20. “So, how do we know who’s human? If I was an imitation, a perfect imitation, how would you know if it was really me?” [1 point: (John Carpenter’s) The Thing; 3 points: Keith David/Childs; 10 points: Bill Lancaster]
  21. “Confronted by their true selves, most men run away screaming!” [1 point: The Neverending Story; 3 points: Engywook/Sydney Bromley; 10 points:  Wolfgang Petersen and/or Herman Weigel]
  22. “Teenagers. They think they know everything. You give them an inch, they swim all over you.” [1 point: The Little Mermaid; 3 points: Sebastien/Samuel E. Wright; 10 points: John Musker and/or Ron Clements]
  23. “…a young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless, in a world of criminals who operate above the law.” [1 point: Knight Rider (opening); 3 points: Richard Basehart; 10 points: Glen A.  Larson (creator)
  24. “Whatever you do, don’t fall asleep.” [1 point: A Nightmare on Elm Street; 3 points: Nancy Thompson/Heather Langenkamp; 10 points: Wes Craven]
  25. “You’d better get yourself a garlic T-shirt, buddy, or it’s your funeral.” [1 point: The Lost Boys; 3 points: Edgar Frog/Corey Feldman; 10 points: Jan Fischer and/or James Jeremias and/or Jeffrey Boam]
  26. “I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick *ss…and I’m all out of bubblegum.” [1 point: They Live; 3 points: Nada/”Rowdy” Roddy Piper; 10 points:  John Carpenter (aka Frank Armitage)]
  27. “Excuse me, I have to  go. Somewhere there is a crime happening.” [1 point: Robocop; 3 points: Robocop/Peter Weller/Alex Murphy; 10 points:  Edward Neumeier and/or Michael Miner]
  28. “You all remember what to do whenever anybody says the secret word, right?” [1 point: Pee-Wee’s Playhouse; 3 points: Pee-Wee Herman/Paul Reubens; 10 points: Paul Reubens]
  29. “May the Schwartz be with you!” [1 point: Spaceballs; 3 points: Yogurt (other characters say it, too) ; 10 points: Mel Brooks  and/or Thomas Meehan and/or Ronny Graham]
  30. “In the end, there can be only one.” [1 point: Highlander; 3 points: Ramirez/Sean Connery (other answers possible); 10 points: Gregory Widen and/or Peter Bellwood and/or Larry Ferguson]
  31. “Two men enter, one man leaves.” 1 point: Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome;  3 points: Aunty Entity/Tina Turner and/or Dr. Dealgood/Edwin Hodgeman; 10 points: Terry Hayes and/or George Miller]
  32. “I never drive faster than I can see.” [1 point: Big Trouble in Little China; 3 points: Kurt Russell/Jack Burton; 10 points: W.D. Richter]
  33. “Crush your enemies. See them driven before you. Hear the lamentations of their women.” [1 point: Conan the Barbarian; 3 points: Arnold Schwarzenegger/Conan; 10 points: John Milius and/or Oliver Stone]
  34. “They’re the world’s most fearsome fighting team!” [1 point: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (theme song); 3 points:  James Mandell aka Mike Doppler; 10 points: Chuck Lorre and/or Dennis Challen Brown]
  35. “If you build it, they will come.” [1 point: Field of Dreams; 3 points: “The Voice” (rumored to be Ed Harris) 10 points: Phil Alden Robinson]
  36. “Need input!” [1 point: Short Circuit; 3 points: Johnny 5/Number 5/Tim Blaney; 10 points: S.S. Wilson and/or Brent Maddock]
  37. “A man with the brightest of futures. A man with the darkest of pasts. From Africa’s deepest recesses, to the rarefied peaks of Tibet, heir to his father’s Legacy and the world’s darkest mysteries.” [1 point: Manimal (opening); 3 points: William Conrad; 10 points: Glen A. Larson]
  38. “Won’t that be grand? Computers and the programs will start thinking and the people will stop.” [1 point: Tron; 3 points: Barnard Hughes/Dr. Walter Gibbs; 10 points: Steven Lisberger]
  39. “I want to be shipwrecked and comatose, drinking fresh mango juice.” [1  point: Red Dwarf (theme song); 3 points: Jenna Russell; 10 points: Howard Goodall]
  40. “But the most important rule, the rule you can never forget, no matter how much he cries, no matter how much he begs, never feed him after midnight.” [1 point: Gremlins; 3 points: “Chinese Boy”/John Louie; 10 points: Chris Columbus]
  41. “Don’t have a cow, man!” [1 point: The Simpsons; 3 points: Bart Simpson/Nancy Cartwright; 10 points: James L. Brooks and/or Matt Groening and/or Sam Simon]
  42. “I assure you, Mrs. Buttie, the Ministry is very scrupulous about following up and eradicating any error. If you have any complaints which you’d like to make, I’d be more than happy to send you the appropriate form.” [1 point: Brazil; 3 points: Sam Lowry/Jonathan Pryce ;  10 points: Terry Gilliam and/or Tom Stoppard and/or Chuck McKeown]
  43. “The owls are not what they seem.” [NOTE: this was an error…it actually was not broadcast until 1990, so it does not belong in this list. If you got it right, still give yourself the points. 1 point: Twin Peaks; 3 points: Giant and/or Carel Struycken;  10 points: David Lynch and/or Mark Frost]
  44. “Does this look inanimate to you, punk?” [1 point: Little Shop of Horrors; 3 points: Audrey II/Levi Stubbs; 10 points: Howard Ashman]
  45. “I watched you very carefully…Red light: stop. Green light: go. Yellow light: go very fast.” [1 point: Starman; 3 points: Jeff Bridges/Starman/Scott Hayden; 10 points: Bruce A. Evans and/or Raynold Gideon]
  46. “We’re now a quarter of an inch tall, and sixty-four feet from the house. That’s an equivalent of 3.2 miles. That’s a long way, even for a man of science.” [1 point: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids; 3 points:  Wayne Szalinski/Rick Moranis; 10 points: Ed Naha and/or Tom Schulman]
  47. “Shall we play a game?” [1 point: WarGames; Joshua/John Wood; 10 points: Lawrence Lasker and/or Walter F. Parkes]
  48. “Has it occurred to you that it might be unsettling to see you arise from the grave to visit me?” [1 point: An American Werewolf in London; 3 points: David Kessler/David Naughton; 10 points: John Landis]
  49. “I have been, and always shall be, your friend.” [1 point: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; 3 points: Mr. Spock/Leonard Nimoy; Jack B. Soward and/or Nicholas Meyer]
  50. “Sword of omens, give me sight beyond sight!” [1 point: Thundercats; 3 points: Lion-O/Larry Kenney; 10 points: Jules Bass and/or Arthur Rankin, Jr.]
  51. “Just repeat to yourself it’s just a show, I should really just relax” [1 point: Mystery Science Theater 3000 (theme song); 3 points: Joel Hodgson; 10 points: Joel Hodgson]
  52. “This is where the wealthy and the powerful rule. It is her world…a world apart from mine.” [1 point: Beauty and the Beast (opening); 3 points: Ron Perlman/Vincent; 10 points: Ron Koslow]
  53. “What if courage and imagination became everyday mortal qualities?” [1 point: Clash of the Titans; 3 points: Thetis/Maggie Smith; 10 points: Beverly Cross]
  54. “Make it so.” [1 point: Star Trek: The Next Generation; 3 points: Jean-Luc Picard/Patrick Stewart; 10 points: Gene Roddenberry and/or Rick Berman and/or Michael Piller]
  55. “It’s yet another in a long series of diversions in an attempt to avoid responsibility.” [1 point: Real Genius; 3 points: Val Kilmer/Chris Knight; 10 points: Neal Israel and/or Pat Proft]
  56. “She’s fantastic, made of plastic.” [1 point: Small Wonder (theme song); 3 points: unknown 10 points: George Greeley and/or Ed Lojeskie
  57. “It all started when a time travel experiment I was conducting went a little caca.” [1 point: Quantum Leap; 3 points: Dr. Sam Beckett/Scott Bakula; 10 points: Donald P. Bellisario]
  58. “The Visitors are our friends.” [1 point: V; 3 points: posters; 10 points: Kenneth Johnson]
  59. “From days of long ago, from uncharted regions of the universe, comes a legend…” [1 point: Hercules: The Legendary Journeys; 3 points: Al Chalk; 10 points: Christian Williams]
  60. “Danger lurks behind you, there’s a stranger out to find you…” [1 point: Darkwing Duck (theme song); 3 points: unknown, theme music by Steve Nelson and Thom Sharp; series created by Tad Stones]
  61. “More than meets the eye!” [1 point: Transformers (theme song); 3 points: (unknown); 10 points: theme song by Ford Kinder and Anne Bryant]
  62. “Wowzers!” [1 point: Inspector Gadget; 3 points: Inspector Gadgets/Don Adams; 10 points: Jean Chalopin and/or Andy Heyward and/or Bruno Bianchi]
  63. “Dance your cares away…worry’s for another day.” [1 point: Fraggle Rock (theme song); 3 points: the Fraggles; 10 points: Philip Balsam and/or Dennis Lee]
  64. “Man lives in the sunlit world of what he believes to be reality.” [1 point: Tales from the Darkside; 3 points: Paul Sparer; 10 points: George Romero]
  65. “Truly, truly, truly outrageous!” [1 point: Jem (theme song); 3 points: Britta Phillips; 10 points: Christy Marx]
  66. “We travel through time to help history along, give it a push where it’s needed.” [1 point: Voyagers; 3 points: Jon-Erik Hexum; 10 points: James Parriott]
  67. “Insects don’t have politics.” [1 point: The Fly; 3 points: Jeff Goldblum/Seth Brundle; 10 points: Charles Edward Pogue and/or David Cronenberg]
  68. “Call me Snake.” [1 point: Escape from New York; 3 points: Kurt Russell/Snake Plissken; 10 points: John Carpenter and/or Nick Castle]
  69. “My mind is all I have! I’ve spent my whole life trying to fill it!” [1 point: Flash Gordon; 3 points: Topol/Dr. Hans Zarkov; 10 points: Lorenzo Semple Jr.]
  70. “I have the power!” [1 point: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe; 3 points: He-Man/Prince Adam/John Erwin; 10 points: Lou Scheimer]
  71. “Every duck has his limit, and you scum have pushed me over the line!” [1 point: Howard the Duck; 3 points: Howard the Duck/Chip Zien; 10 points: Willard Huyck and/or Gloria Katz]
  72. “I don’t want to live forever if you’re not going to be with me.” [1 point: Cocoon; 3 points: Joseph Finlay/Hume Cronyn; 10 points: Tom Benedek]
  73. “You wanna see something really scary?” [1 point: Twilight Zone: The Movie; 3 points: Ambulance Driver/Dan Aykroyd; 10 points: John Landis]
  74. “…television is reality, and reality is less than television” [1 point: Videodrome; 3 points: Brian O’Blivion/Jack Creley ; 10 points: David Cronenberg]
  75. “You are thirty-five years old, Mr. Vale. Why are you such a derelict? Such a piece of human junk?” [1 point: Scanners; 3 points:  Paul Ruth/Patrick McGoohan; 10 points: David Cronenberg]
  76. “God isn’t interested in technology. He cares nothing for the microchip or silicon revolution. Look how he spends his time: forty-three species of parrots!” [1 point: Time Bandits; 3 points: Evil/David Warner; 10 points: Terry Gilliam and/or Michael Palin]
  77. “Credit is a sacred trust, it’s what our free society is founded on.” [1 point: Repo Man; 3 points: Harry Dean Stanton/Bud; 10 points: Alex Cox]
  78. “What in the blue blazes is the circus doing here in these parts?” [1 point: Killer Klowns from Outer Space; 3 points: Farmer Gene Green/Royal Dano; 10 points: Charles Chiodo and/or Stephen Chiodo]
  79. “Meet little Melvin…he’s a ninety pound weakling. Everyone hated Melvin.” [1 point: The Toxic Avenger; 3 points: unknown/narrator ; 10 points: Joe Ritter]
  80. “Hey, I know this guy [Ronald Reagan]. Is this another movie?” [1 point: The Philadelphia Experiment; 3 points: Michael Pare/David Herdeg; 10 points: Michael Janover and/or William Gray]

How many did you know? 🙂

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80 geeky quotes from the Eighties: a quiz

May 24, 2016

80 geeky quotes from the Eighties: a quiz

CNN’s documentary series The Eighties The Eighties is a winding down its run: let’s see how much we’ve learned (or perhaps should have learned…or already knew) about geek-friendly works of that amazing decade! Here are eighty GF quotes. Give yourself one point if you know the movie/show, three points if you know the character/actor (I would accept either one), and ten points if you know the writer (I would count the show creator for a TV series). There will be only one quote from each work (but there might be more than one from the same character). I’ll post the answers later. Good luck and have fun!

In no particular order:

  1. “No matter where you go…there you are.”
  2. “Where does he get those wonderful toys?”
  3. “I do not mean to pry, but you don’t by any chance happen to have six fingers on your right hand?”
  4. “Replicants are like any other machines. They’re either a benefit or a hazard. If they’re a benefit, it’s not my problem.”
  5. “I don’t make monkeys, I just train ’em.”
  6. “I’m not all alone in the dark. I like the dark. I love the dark.”
  7. “Did you know, Mr. Torrance, that your son is attempting to bring an outside party into this situation? Did you know that?”
  8. “That’s a big Twinkie.”
  9. “I’ve had enough practical jokes for one evening. Good night, future boy!”
  10. “You Americans, you’re all the same. Always overdressing for the wrong occasions.”
  11. “If you want to be a party animal, you have to learn to live in the jungle.”
  12. “Try not. Do…or do not. There is no try.”
  13. “I ain’t got time to bleed.”
  14. “I’m an alien, from the planet Melmac. I have powers you can only dream of. “
  15. “Maybe it was an iguana.”
  16. “Believe it or not, it’s just me.”
  17. “A day in the Marine Corps is like a day on the farm.”
  18. “Come with me if you want to live.”
  19. “These aren’t my rules. Come to think of it,  I don’t have any rules.”
  20. “So, how do we know who’s human? If I was an imitation, a perfect imitation, how would you know if it was really me?”
  21. “Confronted by their true selves, most men run away screaming!”
  22. “Teenagers. They think they know everything. You give them an inch, they swim all over you.”
  23. “…a young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless, in a world of criminals who operate above the law.”
  24. “Whatever you do, don’t fall asleep.”
  25. “You’d better get yourself a garlic T-shirt, buddy, or it’s your funeral.”
  26. “I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick *ss…and I’m all out of bubblegum.”
  27. “Excuse me, I have to  go. Somewhere there is a crime happening.”
  28. “You all remember what to do whenever anybody says the secret word, right?”
  29. “May the Schwartz be with you!”
  30. “In the end, there can be only one.”
  31. “Two men enter, one man leaves.”
  32. “I never drive faster than I can see.”
  33. “Crush your enemies. See them driven before you. Hear the lamentations of their women.”
  34. “They’re the world’s most fearsome fighting team!”
  35. “If you build it, they will come.”
  36. “Need input!”
  37. “A man with the brightest of futures. A man with the darkest of pasts. From Africa’s deepest recesses, to the rarefied peaks of Tibet, heir to his father’s Legacy and the world’s darkest mysteries.”
  38. “Won’t that be grand? Computers and the programs will start thinking and the people will stop.”
  39. “I want to be shipwrecked and comatose, drinking fresh mango juice.”
  40. “But the most important rule, the rule you can never forget, no matter how much he cries, no matter how much he begs, never feed him after midnight.”
  41. “Don’t have a cow, man!”
  42. “I assure you, Mrs. Buttie, the Ministry is very scrupulous about following up and eradicating any error. If you have any complaints which you’d like to make, I’d be more than happy to send you the appropriate form.”
  43. “The owls are not what they seem.”
  44. “Does this look inanimate to you, punk?”
  45. “I watched you very carefully…red light: stop. Green light: go. Yellow light: go very fast.”
  46. “We’re now a quarter of an inch tall, and sixty-four feet from the house. That’s a equivalent of 3.2 miles. That’s a long way, even for a man of science.”
  47. “Shall we play a game?”
  48. “Has it occurred to you that it might be unsettling to see you arise from the grave to visit me?”
  49. “I have been, and always shall be, your friend.”
  50. “Sword of omens, give me sight beyond sight!”
  51. “Just repeat to yourself it’s just a show, I should really just relax”
  52. “This is where the wealthy and the powerful rule. It is her world…a world apart from mine.”
  53. “What if courage and imagination became everyday mortal qualities?”
  54. “Make it so.”
  55. “It’s yet another in a long series of diversions in an attempt to avoid responsibility.”
  56. “She’s fantastic, made of plastic.”
  57. “It all started when a time travel experiment I was conducting went a little caca.”
  58. “The Visitors are our friends.”
  59. “From days of long ago, from uncharted regions of the universe, comes a legend…”
  60. “Danger lurks behind you, there’s a stranger out to find you…”
  61. “More than meets the eye!”
  62. “Wowzers!”
  63. “Dance your cares away…worry’s for another day.”
  64. “Man lives in the sunlit world of what he believes to be reality.”
  65. “Truly, truly, truly outrageous!”
  66. “We travel through time to help history along, give it a push where it’s needed.”
  67. “Insects don’t have politics.”
  68. “Call me Snake.”
  69. “My mind is all I have! I’ve spent my whole life trying to fill it!”
  70. “I have the power!”
  71. “Every duck has his limit, and you scum have pushed me over the line!”
  72. “I don’t want to live forever if you’re not going to be with me.”
  73. “You wanna see something really scary?”
  74. “…television is reality, and reality is less than television”
  75. “You are thirty-five years old, Mr. Vale. Why are you such a derelict? Such a piece of human junk?”
  76. “God isn’t interested in technology. He cares nothing for the microchip or silicon revolution. Look how he spends his time: forty-three species of parrots!”
  77. “Credit is a sacred trust, it’s what our free society is founded on.”
  78. “What in the blue blazes is the circus doing here in these parts?”
  79. “Meet little Melvin…he’s a ninety pound weakling. Everyone hated Melvin.”
  80. “Hey, I know this guy [Ronald Reagan]. Is this another movie?”

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Putting my money where the movies are: April 2015

March 11, 2015

Putting my money where the movies are: April 2015

We’re still weeks away from April, but I thought I’d go ahead and show you my “investments” in

The $100 Million Box Office Challenge

That’s a new game we are playing, and you can participate! There is no charge, and there we play for that most valuable of human possessions: braggin’ rights. 😉

The March game is closed, but the April game is open.

The basic idea is that you have $100 million in imaginary money. You “invest” that in the movies, and you “win” imaginary money based on how well the movies do.

This how I’ve allocated my $100 million for April, and my reasoning:
Furious 7 (April 3)

There aren’t a lot of precedents in the modern era for a seventh movie in a series. If we keep it to this century, we have the Saw series and X-Men (and later this year, Star Wars) as two examples. In both cases, the seventh movie succeeded at the box office.

If we look at the six previous movies:

Furious

 

  • The Fast and the Furious (2001)
  • 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
  • The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
  • Fast & Furious (2009)
  • Fast Five (2011)
  • Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

they’ve been on a roll, so to speak, since 2009.

When we look at the return (which is how this game works), that’s also been doing very well:

Title Dogro ProdBud Profit Return
The Fast and the Furious (2001) 145 38 107 136%
2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) 127 76 51 249%
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) 63
Fast & Furious (2009) 155 85 70 221%
Fast Five (2011) 210 125 85 247%
Fast & Furious 6 (2013) 238 160 78 305%

I don’t have a production budget report for Tokyo Drift, which does appear to be an anomaly here.

I’d say a 200% return may be a safe bet, given also that this movie may be boosted by the fan reaction to the loss of Paul Walker (who does appear in this movie, with the actor’s brothers having helped out with some appearances…the fans may appreciate that).

The production budget (prodbud) is also likely to be high here, and  none of the movies have profited (dogro…domestic gross vs. prodbud…production budget) $100m.

I’m going with $20 million on this one, although that may be a risk.

The Longest Ride (April 10)

Sorry, director George Tillman, Jr., and Scott Eastwood, Melissa Benoist, and all the others…this is going to be judged as a Nicholas Sparks movie.

The Notebook, now more than a decade ago, has had a lot more pop cultural influence than it did box office…although the latter was certainly fine.

On a prodbud of $29m, it dogroed $81…a 280% return. Not enough to be Golden in our scale, but still good. However, last year’s The Best of Me barely beat the prodbud.

Safe Haven in 2013 was closer to The Notebook: $71m dogro on a $28m prodbud…254%.

I’m not comfortable with this one…I’m going to pass on “investing” my imaginary money.

The Moon and the Sun (April 10)

King Louis XIV…and a mermaid?

Yes, it’s based on a Vonda McIntyre novel, and it has big name stars (Pierce Brosnan, William Hurt, Bingbing Fan as the mermaid), but the latter is a negative to me in this case. I think the prodbud will have to be too high on this quirky a movie for the domestic gross (might do well later on streaming video).

I’ll pass.

Child 44 (April 17)

R-rated movies have been doing well lately. This one has Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and Gary Oldman. Hardy and Oldman have worked together (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), and Hardy has really been on the rise. Pace has also been in hit movies.

I’m hoping the budget is low enough on this, and Lionsgate has been pretty smart about that (look at The Hunger Games, Divergent, Now You See Me…).

I don’t think this is a blockbuster, but I’ll invest $15m.

Monkey Kingdom

A Disney nature documentary…and a Buena Vista nature documentary hasn’t broken $40m, I think. Arguably, 2012’s Chimpanzee is a decent comparison, and it did $29m on an unknown budget.

The DisneyNature movies have been trending upwards…this one might get close to $40m.

I suspect we won’t get the budget on this one either. If I invest money in this one and we don’t find out the prodbud, it’s a wash for me…no win, no loss. I might put my “leftover” money in this one for that reason, but that would likely result in a loss for me if we do get a budget. However, that seems like gaming the system…if I can find worthwhile investments for my whole $100m, I’ll do that.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (April 17)

There may not be a lot of competition in this genre when this is released. The last movie had a very nice return ($146m on a $26m prodbud…562%).

I don’t think they’ve overspent on this…yes, they are in a new location, but it’s Las Vegas, not Monte Carlo.

Let’s say that the movie costs $50m (we don’t know yet). Could it do $100m? Yeah, maybe…while it is making me antsy to do it, I’ll put $20m into this one.

Unfriended (April 17)

A low budget horror movie, it might have a big opening (these tend to be frontloaded). I’m guessing the budget is well under $20m, and that it could do something like $60m. I’m going to risk $25m on this one…I can’t see it losing money (although those could be famous last words). 😉

The Age of Adaline (April 24)

A Lionsgate movie with romantic appeal…and Harrison Ford and Blake Lively.

I think this one has an interesting premise, and may hit the right chord with a certain audience. I like that there are some older actors as well. which spreads the demographic appeal.

I’m thinking this could get to the slot on our charts between $40m and $80m…

Hoping the budget is low enough (under $50m), I’ll put in $10m.

Little Boy (April 24)

Likely to be fairly low budget and to appeal to the faith-based audience, I’m feeling pretty good about this one. It has a child star, and is a Mexican-US co-production…I think both of those are pluses.

I’m going with $10m on this…and that might be my best investment of the month.

Summary:

  • Furious 7: $20m | prodbud: $190.0m | dogro to date: $326.5m | % return: 172% |  $34.4 return to me
  • The Longest Ride: none (prodbud: $34.0m | dogro to date: $32.2m | % return: N/A% |  no investment
  • (scratch) The Moon and the Sun: none (prodbud: $ | dogro to date: $ | % return: % |  $) NOTE: this release was delayed, so no win or loss
  • Child 44: $15m (prodbud: N/A | dogro to date: $1.2m | % return: N/A% |  Looks like I’d better hope this one doesn’t get a prodbud reported!)
  • Monkey Kingdom: none (prodbud: $N/A | dogro to date: $7.8m | % return: N/A% |  no win or loss)
  • Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2: $20m (prodbud: $30.0m | dogro to date: $47.4m | % return: 158% |  $31.6 million gain to me so far)
  • Unfriended: $25m (prodbud: $1.0m | dogro to date: $27.3m | % return: 2730% |  $27.3m gain)
  • The Age of Adaline: $10m (prodbud: $ | dogro to date: $19.4 | % return: 50% |
  • Little Boy: $10m (prodbud: N/a | dogro to date: $3.4m | % return: %N/A |  No prodbud, so no win or loss for me at this point)

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The $100 Million Box Office Challenge

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Putting my money where the movies are: March 2015

March 5, 2015

Putting my money where the movies are: March 2015

The first widely released movies (for the USA) for March 2015 are about to hit the theatres, so I wanted to share with you my allocations in our

The $100 Million Box Office Challenge

That’s a new game we are playing, and you can participate! There is no charge, and there we play for that most valuable of human possessions: braggin’ rights. 😉

The March game is closed, but the April game is now open.

The basic idea is that you have $100 million in imaginary money. You “invest” that in the movies, and you “win” imaginary money based on how well the movies do.

This how I’ve allocated my $100 million for March (this will be updated with production budgets and dogroes, but I won’t know either when I make my “investments”), and where I am, updated on April 19, 2015:

  • Chappie $20m (prodbud: $49m | dogro to date: $31.3m | % return: 64% |  $7.2m loss to date for me)
  • Unfinished Business $5m (prodbud: $35m | dogro to date: $10.2m | % return: 29% | $3.6m loss to date for me)
  • Cinderella None (prodbud: $95m | dogro to date: $188.4m | % return: 198% | not invested)
  • Run All Night $5m (prodbud: $50m | dogro to date: $26.2m | % return: 52% | $2.4m loss to date for me)
  • Insurgent $20m (prodbud: $110m | dogro to date: $122.6m | % return: 111% | $22.2m win to date for me)
  • Do You Believe? $10m (prodbud: N/A | dogro to date: $12.4m | if the prodbud remains unknown, no win or loss for me)
  • The Gunman $10m (prodbud: $40m | dogro to date: $10.6m | % return: 27% | $7.3m loss to date for me)
  • Get Hard $15m (prodbud: $40.0m | dogro to date: $81.2 | % return: 203% | $39.5m win to date for me )
  • Home $15m (prodbud: $135m | dogro to date: $147.3m | % return: 109% | $16.4m win to date for me)

Running total: $57.6m to date

It’s important to note that I can’t get back more than the movie makes, which helps explain some of these “investments”.

For example, Get Hard is an R-rated comedy starring Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell. Hart has been on a roll lately:

Title Dogro Prod Budget Return Profit
Ride Along 135 25 540% 110
About Last Night 49 12.5 392% 36.5
Think Like a Man Too 65 24 271% 41
The Wedding Ringer 65 23 283% 42
Average 78.5 21.125 371% 57.375

So, for the past year or so, betting on Kevin Hart makes sense.

Why not invest all $100m in that one movie?

The profits haven’t been that high.

Let’s say the movie makes that average return of 371%. I’d get back $56m (rounded). That’s fine…if the movie profits that much, which is only the case in one out of the four listed above. It may turn out that I invested too much money based on that (I didn’t do the analysis above when I made my “investments”.

I don’t know what the budget is when I make the investments…we usually don’t get that until the movie is released.

I just can’t see a scenario where I would invest $100m, and I wouldn’t hit the return cap. If the production budget is $25m, and the return is 371%, it would need to make several hundreds of millions of dollars domestically for me to get the fullest return…and that’s just not going to happen.

It is worth noting that The Wedding Ringer will still make some more money.

I think people are going to think of this as a Kevin Hart movie, because he has been so hot at the box office (and that hasn’t depended on the co-star). Still, looking at Will Ferrell is also a good bet: The LEGO Movie, Ancorman 2, The Campaign…we’ll stop before we get to Casa De Mi Padre. 😉

While Chappie has some really big name and big box office stars (Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver), I think it’s going to be seen as a Neill Blomkamp movie. That makes this trickier: District 9 had a great return on a $30m budget; Elysium didn’t break even (production budget versus dogro ((domestic gross)), which is how we do this), but still did close to $100m.

I think that Blomkamp learned a lesson. It’s a super clear premise (and one that worked for Short Circuit), and has been promoted a lot. The timing feels good on the opening: if the budget is low enough, I’m pretty confident.

Unfinished Business is not one that I’m expecting to break $100m, but I think the budget is low. Dave Franco has been bringing in the bucks. I thought a small investment here might have a pretty big return, even without huge box office.

It might seem odd that I didn’t invest any money in Cinderella. I’m just not confident that they haven’t overspent on this, in terms of dogro. That doesn’t by any means mean that the movie was a mistake: it should do well internationally, and have big merchandising bucks. A Frozen short might help get people into the theatres…but I don’t think it will be enough to do, say, double the budget.

Run All Night is another one of those which I think will have a good return rate, but not great box office overall. My guess is that the budget is under $50m…and Liam Neeson is a draw.

Insurgent could do really well at the box office, and the first one wasn’t a “break the bank” budget. It should run well for quite a while, so I won’t know what my return is until…Memorial Day, and perhaps a bit past then. I invested a relatively large amount, but I think it could profit over $100m.

Do You Believe? I believe that low budgeted faith-based movies are a good investment (and high budgeted ones often aren’t). I’m guessing I could profit at least $40m on this one.

The Gunman…Sean Penn isn’t why I went with this. I think there may be some resonance with American Sniper in it, and I’m guessing the budget is quite low.

You might think Home is a sure bet, but animation isn’t, in terms of return rate (look at Penguins of Madagascar, which should have had a lot going for it). The director is not a known quantity, and I’m unconvinced that the voice cast is going to make it a must see. I suspect this one will do fine with kids, but won’t draw in the adults enough. I still invested quite a bit in it…looking at it now, I may have overdone it, but we’ll see.

Don’t agree with my assessments? It’s too late to play for this month, but don’t forget that you can play for April!

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Answers to TV theme song trivia 2

May 24, 2014

Answers to TV theme song trivia 2

These are the answers to

Who is the one on whom we can depend? TV theme song trivia 2

If you want to see if you know them, go to the post linked above before coming back to this one to see how you did. 🙂

1. Who “…is the one on whom we can depend?” (I’ve always liked this one, for being  grammatically correct…although that’s not the only reason)

Sailor Moon Youtube video Sailor Moon collection at Amazon (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

2. Who has a character who is “…transferred into a fire-breathing dragon”? (Yes, that’s right…”transferred“, not “transformed“. I never understood how that blooper was the cut that got used)

Mightor Youtube video Moby Dick And The Mighty Mightor: Complete Series (2 Disc) (at AmazonSmile)

3. Who is a “…cool exect”? (That’s another blooper…the singer is very careful to hit the “t” at the end of that strongly…even though the line should actually be a “…cool exec”. It’s common slang, short for “executive”

Iron Man (1966 cartoon) Youtube video The Marvel Superheroes ’66 Collection (at AmazonSmile) [currently unavailable]

4. Where does someone mention “…drinking fresh mango juice”?

Red Dwarf Youtube video Red Dwarf: The Complete Collection (at AmazonSmile)

5. Who’s what are “…like a shield of steel”?

Batfink’s wings Batfink: The Complete Series (at AmazonSmile)

6. Who are you going to want for your valentine? (But stay away…this person is spoken for)

Gidget Youtube video Gidget: The Complete Series (at AmazonSmile)

7. Who doesn’t charm the crabs right out of their shells?

Phyllis Youtube Phyllis – Volume 1 (Two episodes): TV Series Premiere Episode/ Bess Is You a Woman Now? (at AmazonSmile)

8. Who makes the vilest villain cower?

Atom Ant Youtube video Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960s Vol. 1 (at AmazonSmile)

9. Who’s got tricks up his sleeve most bad guys won’t believe?

Secret Squirrel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-S_F9U9gNEQ Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960s Vol. 1 (at AmazonSmile)

10. Who could be wrong now…but I don’t think so? (and in meta-fashion, hated it when the character hates when “they” change the theme songs)

Monk Youtube video

Monk: The Complete Series – Limited Edition (at AmazonSmile)

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Who is the one on whom we can depend? TV theme song trivia 2

May 14, 2014

 Who is the one on whom we can depend? TV theme song trivia 2

It’s hard for me to believe it’s been four years since I did a TV theme song trivia post!

What does the nut do in pajamas?

You’ve missed it, right? 😉

I’m going to give you clues to famous TV show theme songs…see how many of them you know (without looking them up…that’s cheating, or at least, demonstrating an entirely different skill). I’ll post the answers later.

  1. Who “…is the one on whom we can depend?” (I’ve always liked this one, for being  grammatically correct…although that’s not the only reason)
  2. Who has a character who is “…transferred into a fire-breathing dragon”? (Yes, that’s right…”transferred“, not “transformed“. I never understood how that blooper was the cut that got used)
  3. Who is a “…cool exect”? (That’s another blooper…the singer is very careful to hit the “t” at the end of that strongly…even though the line should actually be a “…cool exec”. It’s common slang, short for “executive”
  4. Where does someone mention “…drinking fresh mango juice”?
  5. Who’s what are “…like a shield of steel”?
  6. Who are you going to want for your valentine? (But stay away…this person is spoken for)
  7. Who doesn’t charm the crabs right out of their shells?
  8. Who makes the vilest villain cower?
  9. Who’s got tricks up his sleeve most bad guys won’t believe?
  10. Who could be wrong now…but I don’t think so? (and in meta-fashion, hated it when the character hates when “they” change the theme songs)

How did you do? Answers later…

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Answers to “Which hero were you calling, sir?”

April 3, 2013

Answers to “Which hero were you calling, sir?

These are the answers to

“Which hero were you calling, sir?”

a post on March 31st. If you’d like to see if you know the answers, go there first before coming back here.

Give yourself credit if you got the show or the character.

Who do you call…

  1. …when criminals in this world appear and break the laws that they should fear? Answer: Underdog Underdog Amazon Instant Video (AIV) Underdog opening at YouTube
  2. …when the FBI is helpless? Answer: Tobor, the 8th Man Tobor the 8th Man AIV Tobor the 8th Man YouTube
  3. …when it looks like you will take a lickin’? Answer: Super Chicken Super Chicken DVD Super Chicken opening at YouTube
  4. …when there’s something strange in your neighborhood? Answer: Ghostbusters Ghostbusters AIV Ghostbusters theme at YouTube
  5. …any time there’s a rumble out West? Answer: The Houndcats The Houndcats DVD The Houndcats opening at YouTube
  6. …when things get rough? Answer: H.R. Pufnstuf H.R. Pufnstuf AIV H.R. Pufnstuf opening on YouTube
  7. …when the going gets tough? Answer: Hong Kong Phooey Hong Kong Phooey DVD Hong Kong Phooey opening at YouTube
  8. …when there’s a hold-up in the Bronx? Answer: Car 54 Car 54 Where Are You? DVD Car 54 Where Are You? intro on YouTube
  9. …when all my dreams have fallen down? Answer: “Superboy” (Clark) (from Smallville) Smallville AIV Smallville theme song on YouTube
  10. …when we’ve got some work to do now? Answer: Scooby Doo Scooby Doo AIV Scooby Doo opening at YouTube
  11. …when your back is to the wall and there’s no one else to call? Answer: 21 Jump Street (any character from that is fine) 21 Jump Street AIV 21 Jump Street opening at YouTube
  12. …when some crimes go slippin’ through the cracks? Answer: Chip ‘N “Dale’s Rescue Rangers Chip ‘N Dale’s Rescue Rangers AIV Chip ‘N Dale’s Rescue Rangers opening on YouTube
  13. …when there’s trouble, you call…? Answer: D.W….Darkwing Duck Darkwing Duck DVD Darkwing Duck intro at YouTube
  14. …when you need some teenagers with attitude? Answer: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Mighty Morphin Power Rangers AIV Mighty Morphin Power Rangers opening on YouTube
  15. …when you need a knight without armor in a savage land? Answer: Paladin (Have Gun Will Travel) Have Gun Will Travel AIV Have Gun Will Travel theme on YouTube
  16. …wherever there is danger? Answer: Danger Mouse Danger Mouse DVD Danger Mouse intro on YouTube
  17. …when your signal watch goes zee-zee-zee? Answer: Superman
  18. …when there are people crying for help? Answer: Hercules
  19. …when you need someone to to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless? Answer: Michael Knight (Knightrider) Knight Rider AIV Knight Rider intro at YouTube
  20. …to stand against the vampires, the demons, and the forces of darkness? Answer: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Buffy AIV Buffy intro on YouTube

How did you do?

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“Which hero were you calling, sir?”

March 31, 2013

“Which hero were you calling, sir?”

Let’s face it…we all have times when it might be nice to call a hero to rescue us.

However, they aren’t all equally appropriate in all circumstances. If an asteroid is about to crash into the Earth, the Lone Ranger isn’t going to do you much good. 😉

Here are some pop culture lines about when (or how) you call a particular hero…how many do you know? I’ll post the answers in the next few days. Feel free to guess by commenting on this post, but please, do not look them up first. That’s not trivia: that’s just research. 🙂

Who do you call…

  1. …when criminals in this world appear and break the laws that they should fear?
  2. …when the FBI is helpless?
  3. …when it looks like you will take a lickin’?
  4. …when there’s something strange in your neighborhood?
  5. …any time there’s a rumble out West?
  6. …when things get rough?
  7. …when the going gets tough?
  8. …when there’s a hold-up in the Bronx?
  9. …when all my dreams have fallen down?
  10. …when we’ve got some work to do now?
  11. …when your back is to the wall and there’s no one else to call?
  12. …when some crimes go slippin’ through the cracks?
  13. …when there’s trouble, you call…?
  14. …when you need some teenagers with attitude?
  15. …when you need a knight without armor in a savage land?
  16. …wherever there is danger?
  17. …when your signal watch goes zee-zee-zee?
  18. …when there are people crying for help?
  19. …when you need someone to to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless?
  20. …to stand against the vampires, the demons, and the forces of darkness?

I think some of these are fairly easy, but some may be quite difficult.

Have fun!

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