Sunday, October 21, 2007

Famous Last Words- Round 1, Week 4

Back in 2001, Christopher Nolan's Memento (the source of last week's quiz) was all the rage among arthouse moviegoers. We couldn't get enough of Nolan's backwards chronology and the clever tricks he and his brother/co-screenwriter Jonathan played on the audience. Buzz about the film spread even to non-movie buffs (my dad, for example) and it ended up playing at my local arthouse for nearly six consecutive months. But nobody really seems to talk about it anymore. Is it that the gimmick has worn off, or that the heyday of the "Twist Movie" has passed altogether? Either way, it was eventually supplanted as the favorite of hip moviegoers by such titles as Donnie Darko and Mulholland Dr. Still, it's nice to remember a time when the idea of a word-of-mouth independent film didn't automatically imply the words "big", "fat" and "Greek." I'll have to check it out again sometime, see if it holds up.

Now, let's take a trip in the Wayback Machine, back to a time when Hollywood could still unashamedly root for the military. Here's the quote:

“I knew the Marines could do almost anything, but I never knew they could do anything like this.”
“You’ve got no idea.”

What's the flag-waving golden oldie? Send your answers to this address by 11:59 pm Saturday. See you next week!

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