‘Tis the Season of Excess: Classic Film Images Photo Quiz, Dec. 2020 Edition, Vol. 3,000,000,000
If anything might be guaranteed to emanate on a continuous basis from the deeply humanist and selfless communal mindset that is at the core of the American entertainment industry (most happily centralized, in the minds of the countless cattle who sup at the contaminated formula bottle of popular culture, on The Shining Creative Landfill on the Hill known as Hollywood), it is the depiction of greed and excess as a norm in the human experience. Add to this notion of monetary and proprietary mammon as the one true God deserving of genuflective consideration, the sibling favored recreational pastimes of gluttony and addiction and their associated antisocial vices. all of which collectively accounts for approximately ninety-six percent of your garden variety motion picture megaplex releases, and you have the makings of another opportunity for a session of our monthly cascade of sarcasm and socio-political nose-thumbing. With this in mind, and the fortuitous timeliness of St. Nick’s annual marathon session of domestic breaking and entering, we bring you the latest edition of America’s favorite mental hiccup, the Classic Film Images Photo Quiz, brought to you by those jolly union elves who wrap and package SKITTLES, America’s most popular placebo. In this edition, we focus on le grand cinema’s characters preoccupations with excess in all of it’s unsavory forms. Your task (“He tasks me,” said Kahn, and so do I. And (to paraphrase Vonnegut) so it goes…), as always, is to correctly identify the films from which all twenty five images are sourced. The first to do so will become a lifetime guardian of the mysterious (and possibly alien [though legally documented] in nature) CSR Culture Shock Award: the longest continuously awarded honorarium of the Visigoths. Good luck.
5. Crazy Rich Asians?
Don’t know how Pete gets so many of these. I didn’t even recognize most of the ones from movies I’d seen. I think 5 is Crazy Rich Asians, but I’ve only seen the trailer.
Here goes nothing!
1) Caligula. (I have the uncut DVD!)
2) La Grande Bouffe. (Classic!)
3) Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas. (Didn’t like it.)
6) Paint Your Wagon. (Didn’t like this much, either.)
7) Trainspotting. (Made me feel a bit ill, to be honest.)
8) Wolf Of Wall Street.
9) War and Peace. (I had the full VHS set of this Russian version at one time)
10) It’s A Wonderful Life.
11) The Carpetbaggers. (The book was better.)
13) Shame.(Michael Fassbender)
14) Ludwig. (Visconti)
15) Wall Street.
16) Mackenna’s Gold.
17) Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life. (Mr Creosote)
18) Lion. (Kidman)
19) It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World. (Terry-Thomas)
20) Reversal Of Fortune. (Irons/Close)
22) Metropolis. (Love that film!)
23) Valley Of The Dolls. (Another one I didn’t like much)
24) What A Way To Go. (Not for me, that one)
25) Kelly’s Heroes.
Oh well, a reasonably confident 23/25, with the two I don’t know.
Have a great Christmas, if that’s possible.
Best wishes, George Bailey.