Friday, 1 June 2007

Samuel L Jackson IS Joe Bowel, the cop who don't take no shit...

Here’s a game you can play on IMDB. Think up eight common two-word phrases or expressions which are not, as far as you know, film titles… but which easily could be. Then make a list of eight more which you think really probably couldn’t. Then check them all on IMDB. Award yourself one point for every title on your first list which has indeed been used, and five points for every title on your second list. (Yes, I realise this scoring system rewards failure in the second list, but don’t worry, it’s not going on your permanent record.) Here’s how I did.


Probably:

  • Storm Warning - No.
  • Last Words - Yes, in 2002
  • Coming Home - Yes, 1978
  • Danger Money – No, astonishingly.
  • Cat’s Cradle – Yes, not once, not twice, but six times, between 1903 and 2009.
  • Night Terrors – Yes, a treat we have in store this very year, apparently.
  • Learning Curve - No. ‘The Learning Curve’, yes, but not ‘Learning Curve’.
  • Extreme Prejudice – Yes, 1987

Probably Not:

  • Curly Kale – No.
  • Mucus Membrane – No.
  • Cub Camp – No.
  • Machine Washable – No.
  • Kennel Cough – No.
  • Human Resources – No. A Dutch TV documentary, but not a film.
  • Irritable Bowel – No.
  • White Lightning - Yes! Twice – once in 1953 and once in 1973! I suppose if you take away the My First Cider connotations it has in Britain, it’s quite a macho phrase. Just how macho you will appreciate when I tell you that the 1973 release starred Burt Reynolds playing a character named… Gator McCluskey. Now that’s a name. To family and friends reading this: I hereby announce that I wish from now on to be known as ‘Gator McCluskey’. I will respond to no other name. Thank you.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Already yesterday's resolution seems like a good idea...

kane s x

Stewart said...
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Shannon Kao said...

Probably:

Tidal Wave - Yes!
Kiss Me - Yes but I guess that's not surprising
For Sure - No
Crocodile Tears - Yes
Certain Days - No but I think it'd be a good one.
Winter Fog - No
Doctor's Note - No
Open Sesame - Ah, it was a film short, I don't know if that counts.


Unlikely:

Investment Banking
Cash Register
Runny Nose (no, but apparently a camel with a runny nose is good enough to make a film about)
1,000,000th Visitor! (the death-defying saga of a man out to claim his free Ferrari)
Meeting Adjourned
Contact Us
Installation Guide
Economics Textbook

I know this is late by a few years, but I also doubt you check these posts so it can't really matter, haha.

Shannon Kao said...

Oh whoops, meant to say none of the last ones were movies. I come out with a measly 6 points, I think.

Дени said...

Probably:

Best Bet - there is "The Best Bet"
Dark Room - 3 titles
Pet Name - there's "Pet Names"
Sunday Best - there's a reality show, not a movie
Moving House - various TV shows or episodes on TV shows
Basket Case - yes indeed and it sounds awesome: "A young man carrying a big basket that contains his deformed Siamese-twin brother seeks vengeance on the doctors who separated them against their will."
Done Deal - no

Unlikely:
Baking Soda - no
Throat Lozenge - no (and yet so many, many titles having to do with the throat)
Lazy Susan - a forthcoming TV series. Apparently it also deals with twins: "A young woman learns her schizophrenic seizures are actually psychic assaults from her twin sister Susan."
Pizza Crust - no
School District - no
Shoe Laces - no, but there is "Ballet Shoe Laces"
Stacking Chairs - no
Compound Interest - no