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PostPosted: 21 Aug 2012, 00:04 
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Just an idea for a PM game.

Basically, I pick an actor (in this case, Bill Murray) and a few of his movies. Each movie will be accompanied by two blurbs from reviews- one positive, one negative. You have to identify the movie by the reviews.

The deadline will be the 26th, this Sunday, at 10PM, PST.

Try not to google or use Rotten Tomatoes. IMDB is allowed, though, for looking up titles.

Movie 1:
Positive:
Movie Metropolis wrote:
'An entertaining film, but it's also one that can subtly, obliquely inspire you to get out of your rut, do the right things, and move on with your life--whether you believe in karma or not.'

Negative:
TheMovieReport.com wrote:
'...just because the situation is supposed to only bore the character does not mean it doesn't bore the audience as well; I don't know of anyone who finds amusement out of another person's boredom.'


Movie 2:
Positive:
New York Magazine wrote:
'Murray manages, almost impossibly, to come up with still another rich variation on his Depleted Man persona, and his performance is at once enormously generous and fiercely, concisely witty.'

Negative:
Laramie Movie Scope wrote:
'Aggressively unsatisfying. It is an anti-road film that is also anti-entertaining.'


Movie 3:
Positive:
New York Times wrote:
'Mr. Murray is funny mostly because he tries so hard. He reminds me of an usually clean-cut, buttoned-down type of suburban fellow who, after two or three stiff drinks, delights his pals with his uninhibited impressions of slobs and boors.'

Negative:
Roger Ebert wrote:
'The movie never really develops a plot, but maybe it doesn't want to. Director (name deleted) brings on his cast of characters and lets them loose at one another.'


Movie 4:
Positive:
Washington Post wrote:
'....is a screwball variation on Martin Scorsese's "After Hours," an urbane nightmare of little consequence and many laughs.'

Negative:
New York Times wrote:
'There is not much in (film title) that hasn't been anticipated by Neil Simon and beaten to death by countless imitators. Mr. Murray's film is at the worn-out end of this bloodline.'


Movie 5:
Positive:
ReelTalk Movie Reviews wrote:
'He gives one of the best performances of his career as the romantically challenged Mr. (name deleted). No one ever doubts Murray’s comic talents, but it’s always a surprise to see the depths of his dramatic ability. He projects a seriocomic intensity here comparable to Charlie Chaplin’s classic Little Tramp.'

Negative:
Roger Ebert wrote:
'But their film seems torn between conflicting possibilities: It's structured like a comedy, but there are undertones of darker themes, and I almost wish they'd allowed the plot to lead them into those shadows.'


Movie 6:
Positive:
ViewLondon wrote:
'Sadly, Bill Murray is disappointing and practically sleepwalks through his role, though he does get a couple of funny scenes.'

Negative:
Film Blather wrote:
'A virtual big-budget explosion? Yes. A spectacle of three great actresses making fools of themselves? Sure. MTV-worthy martial arts monages that shamelessly rip off The Matrix? Yessireebob. But a movie? No. Not for an instant.'


Movie 7:
Positive:
Roger Ebert wrote:
'This movie is an exception to the general rule that big special effects can wreck a comedy.'

Negative:
New York Times wrote:
'But, however good an idea it may have been to unleash Mr. Murray in an ''Exorcist''-like setting, this film hasn't gotten very far past the idea stage.'


Movie 8:
Positive:
American Profile wrote:
'Funny, touching, sweet and drenched in '60s nostalgia, but reverberating with distant, haunting echoes of adolescent longing for practically anyone who grew up anytime, anyplace, anywhere.'

Negative:
Leonard Maltin wrote:
'I really wanted to like this film. I respect (director's name deleted) and his distinctive voice as a writer-director, but this latest endeavor is so precious and self-aware that it nearly smothers itself. '


Movie 9:
Positive:
Cincinnati Enquirer wrote:
'The design of this colorful interior metropolis is both clever and biologically correct.'

Negative:
Dark Horizons wrote:
'The live-action stuff, which is about 30 minutes of the 80 something minute runtime, I won't hesitate to say is dreadful - I mean "Nutty Professor II" last 20 minutes style dreadful.'


Movie 10:
Positive:
Roger Ebert wrote:
'...Murray and (name deleted) make a wonderful team. Their big strength is restraint. Given the tendency of movies like this to degenerate into undisciplined slapstick, they wisely choose to play their characters as understated, laid-back anarchists.'

Negative:
Mountain Xpress wrote:
'Who called (director's name deleted) "the king of comedy" and what drugs were they taking?'

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PostPosted: 21 Aug 2012, 00:15 
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great idea for a game, and more difficult than you'd expect.

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F.N.G. wrote:
great idea for a game, and more difficult than you'd expect.

:green: I look forward to playing this.

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F.N.G. wrote:
great idea for a game, and more difficult than you'd expect.

:green: I look forward to playing this.

:green: Nice quiz Bill!!


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PostPosted: 21 Aug 2012, 04:33 
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well done, Bill! Get bored more often, will ya?

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Nice job, Bill.

Bill wrote:
Movie 6:
Positive:
ViewLondon wrote:
'Sadly, Bill Murray is disappointing and practically sleepwalks through his role, though he does get a couple of funny scenes.'

This was the most positive review available? Wow, that movie must have sucked.

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sldawgs wrote:
Nice job, Bill.

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Movie 6:
Positive:
ViewLondon wrote:
'Sadly, Bill Murray is disappointing and practically sleepwalks through his role, though he does get a couple of funny scenes.'

This was the most positive review available? Wow, that movie must have sucked.

:green:

Steel Frog wrote:
well done, Bill! Get bored more often, will ya?

:lol: I'll try.

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PostPosted: 21 Aug 2012, 12:42 
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Very nice Bill!

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WD indeed, Bill. I am all over this, and it is harder than I would have expected. As I was reading down, at least twice I thought "oh, thats clearly X" only to scroll further and find reviews that more closely seemed to be X. Hmmm.


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Just a heads up, you have until Sunday to send in your entry.

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Bill wrote:
Just a heads up, you have until Sunday to send in your entry.

GAH!! I've been busy. Don't know that I'll get to participate, but I do love the idea. This could become a FW quizwise staple... in smaller doses.


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PostPosted: 26 Aug 2012, 21:03 
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Answers:

1 Groundhog Day
2 Broken Flowers
3 Caddyshack
4 Quick Change
5 Rushmore
6 Charlie's Angels
7 Ghostbusters
8 Moonrise Kingdom
9 Osmosis Jones
10 Stripes

And we have a tie!

Batman: 9
Knarf: 9
FNG: 8
Mazer: 8
Sela: 7
Fat Head: 5
Sheila: 4

Congrats to the two of you. And thanks for playing everybody.

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Great game, Bill. Thanks for making this.

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Batman wrote:
Great game, Bill. Thanks for making this.

:green: :green:
Couldn't figure out #3. Which one got you Bats?

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Great game, Bill. Thanks for making this.

:green: :green:
Couldn't figure out #3. Which one got you Bats?

#2 (Broken Flowers). I think I put Lost in Translation.

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Batman wrote:
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Batman wrote:
Great game, Bill. Thanks for making this.

:green: :green:
Couldn't figure out #3. Which one got you Bats?

#2 (Broken Flowers). I think I put Lost in Translation.

Me too. Never even heard of Broken Flowers.

Good game. So do we maybe turn it into a chain game and have Knarf do a round now?

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PostPosted: 27 Aug 2012, 13:20 
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I liked this game a lot, Bill. I'd totally be up for making it a chain thing.

My score was better than I thought given how many of my guesses were tentative. All of the Wes Anderson answers (and I guessed an extra one, for Movie 3) seem like they could be swapped around, based on the reviews.


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