Keeping up with the somethings.


(Holidailies Day #22-2.)

Wow, missed two days of out of the last three? That’s great. And today, I am a ball of useless, so instead of coming up with one fact, here’s the final round (aka the Tenuous Links and Segues Round) of the pub quiz I wrote for my work Christmas party, which was last night and a big chunk of the reason for the aforementioned uselessness.

Here we go. Answers are in tiny print at the end.

  1. The American rating code ‘PG-13’ was invented after complaints about the violence in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Gremlins, both of which had been rated PG. The first film ever rated PG-13 was remade a few years ago, with North Koreans as the villains. What was the film?
  2. Gremlins was directed by Chris Columbus, who also directed the first two Harry Potter movies. Globally, which movie franchise based-on-a-book-series made more money with its first two movies, Harry Potter, or The Hunger Games?
  3. One of the stars of the most recent Hunger Games movie is Julianne Moore, who has never won an Academy Award, but has been nominated for four. Name any two of the films for which she was nominated to get a point. YOU NEED TO GET TWO OF THEM TO GET A POINT.
  4. Speaking of Julianne Moore, her next chance to win an Oscar (maybe) is in Still Alice (premiering at the ByTowne at the end of January), in which Alec Baldwin plays her husband. In order to perfect his acting craft, Alec Baldwin did something unusual for an Oscar-nominated man in his late thirties. What was it?
  5. Alec Baldwin starred in Beetlejuice with Geena Davis, who, among other things, is an Academy Award winner and a member of Mensa. In 1999, after only two years of training, she participated in the Olympic tryouts for which sport, narrowly missing making the U.S. team.
  6. Geena Davis starred in Thelma and Louise with Susan Sarandon. Susan Sarandon was famously in a long relationship with Tim Robbins, but prior to that was briefly previously married to Chris Sarandon, who starred as the villain in which neo-classic Rob Reiner film?
  7. Speaking of Rob Reiner, he also directed the film North, which received one of the harshest ever reviews from the late, great Roger Ebert. “I hated this movie. Hated, hated, hated, hated, hated this movie. Hated it. Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it. Hated the sensibility that thought anyone would like it. Hated the implied insult to the audience by its belief that anyone would be entertained by it.” Which actor, now more famous for starring in the fourth-highest grossing movie franchise of all time, played North in that film.
  8. Speaking of North, or, rather, North by Northwest, Alfred Hitchcock ran afoul of the Production Code of the time, which limited swearing, sexual content, violence, and other things that might threaten American sensibilities. One of their complaints was that Martin Landau’s henchman character was too WHAT for the American public.
  9. Martin Landau won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for playing Bela Lugosi in the 1994 film Ed Wood when he was in his late 60s, far younger than the oldest ever winner in that category, who happens to be Canadian. Who is it?
  10. Speaking of Canada, and Oscars, which Canadian director has thrice been nominated for Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language film, winning once.


Not my strongest quiz and I found it a lot harder to write this year, and as a bonus, it was apparently brutally hard? So shitsnacks on all counts.


  1. Red Dawn
  2. Harry Potter, by, like, half a billion dollars, even before accounting for inflation.
  3. Boogie Nights, The End of the Affair, Far From HeavenThe Hours.
  4. He completed the BFA in Acting that he started as a teenager.
  5. Archery.
  6. The Princess Bride.
  7. Elijah Wood.
  8. He was ‘too effeminate’.
  9. Christopher Plummer, who was 82 when he won.
  10. Denys Arcand.


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