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Jun 16, 2009

Tuesday's Twelve Tags #25

Last week's winner: Nick and BD79, who tied with 6 points each.
The theme: Each film was the number one film at the box office in the year it was released. (BD79)

Here's the new dozen. The rules are simple: I'm going to give you a dozen taglines, all you have to do is name as many flicks that they belong to as you can. Try to resist the Google. Get the most and you win. There will always be a theme, though it's worth will vary according to how difficult I think it is. This week, the theme is worth 4 points.

1. Can you really trust anyone?
2. A repo man is always intense... but only a fool gets killed for a car.
3. A story of sex, thugs and rock 'n roll.
4. It's a guessing game of mirth and mystery!
5. Your ally could become your enemy
6. 365 days in the making - and every minute of it an exciting NEW thrill for you!
7. Trust him.
8. Makes Ben Hur look like an Epic [Yeah, this one was just used recently. I know.]
9. "I don't care what you do to me, Mike - just do it fast!"
10. Their war. Our world.
11. As big and timely a picture as ever you've seen! You can tell by the cast it's important! gripping! big!
12. Girls like me don't make invitations like this to just anyone!

As you get them right, I'll mark them as gotten and stuff. Good luck.

Justin - 6
Nick - 5.5
Jess - 4
J.D. - 2.5
Shane - 2
Sea_of_Green, Jason, Kyle - 1
Dead Pan, BD79 - .5

Correct answers so far:
1. The Spanish Prisoner (Justin)
2. Repo Man (Nick)
3. Rock'n'Rolla (BD79)
4. Charade (Alex)
5. Ronin (Justin)
6. Citizen Kane (Alex)
7. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Justin)
8. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Nick)
9. Kiss Me Deadly (Justin)
10. Transformers (Kano)
11. Casablance (Alex)
12. Pulp Fiction (Justin)
Theme - Each film contains a MacGufin (Nick/Justin)

24 people have chosen wisely: on "Tuesday's Twelve Tags #25"

Nick said...

8. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
10. Alien Vs. Predator

Kano said...

10) Transformers

Nick said...

Well, hell. I suppose it is Transformers, huh? AvP's is VERY close, though.

Justin said...

12 is pulp fiction. You used that one not long ago too ;)

5 is ronin and 7 interestingly enough is temple of doom. I will admit to the search help with that one as verification of my hunch. I guess "small Asian boy and Spielbergs annoying wife make Indy go crazy" was taken...

Justin said...

Theme guess;

All the movies feature one of those on screen maps that shows the characters moving?

Alex said...

4 Charade
6 Citiizen Kane
11 Casablanca

Fletch said...

Current standings:

Justin - 3
Alex - 3
Nick - 2
Kano - 1

Theme - 0

Nick said...

Theme - Movies with multiple, connected plotlines that converge by the end?

bd79 said...

3. RockNRolla?

Nick said...

Theme -

Movies about finding missing/stolen money/jewels/something of worth.

(Pulp Fiction - the suitcase, Transformers - the Omniwhatever, Monty Python - Grail, Temple of Doom - Orb thingies).

Fletch said...

Nick - you're so warm that if anyone else gets it, I'll probably split the points, but you're not quite right...

Nick said...

(Oh sure, you give it away last week for being close enough... :P ).

Theme -

Movies where the main characters must retrieve an object, and... in the end... don't get it?

(I know that's not the case with Pulp Fiction, though, from what I remember... but maybe I'm remembering wrong).

Justin said...

Can I add that the thing they are looking for is not only a mystery, but in some cases never revealed, or at least until the very end (case in point, Pulp Fiction, we never see the inside of the suitcase; Kane we don't learn what Rosebud is until the end). . .

I've never heard of 1 or 9 either. . .

Fletch said...

Nick - last week, BD's guess was both a factual statement (I'm assuming) and was ohsoclose to what the theme was. I don't think your guess is actually true of all twelve movies, but the nature of it is ohsoclose (and I think someone can get it), so I'm open to halving it if need be.

Justin is a scant warmer. I'm looking for something specific, though.

Justin said...

The item is destroyed

Justin said...

Maybe not though. . .

The audience never sees the "item" in many of these movies. RocknRolla, Pulp Fiction, Ronin, maybe even Monty Python, I can't remember. The ones that are seen are destroyed (Transformers, Citizen Kane, Temple of Doom - well, two of the three stones are).

Tough one, Fletch. . .

In many of these films, the item is a "McGuffin" (thank you Film 101 my Freshman year in college haha) - something that a bunch of people are looking for to move the story along; a plot-moving device. . .

In this search for more info on mcguffins and movies featuring them, I discovered that number 1 is called The Spanish Prisoner, a David Mamet murder drama starring. . . Steve Martin?!?! Weird!

Justin said...

And 9 is called Kiss Me Deadly, a film from 1955. . . really, Fletch? We are supposed to just know that one?


Fletch said...


Yes, all films feature a MacGuffin. That's the key piece of info I was looking for. Congrats, Justin, you get to share the Theme with Nick (and perhaps I underestimated its difficulty yet again).

And Justin, it looks like that gives you the overall win, too, with 7 points.

As for the, ahem, uncharacteristically old movies that popped up here...well, I got the idea to do a MacGuffin theme, and had a few in my head...but then, as it turned out, there really weren't that many of them to choose from, and I didn't want to put ALL of the Indy Jones flicks in as tags. So I dug deep.

And you should check out The Spanish Prisoner. It's a good flick (that I barely recall). I don't love Mamet's work, but iirc, it was put together well, and Martin and Scott are appealing. Though I'd call it more of a heist flick than a murder drama, especially since "the spanish prisoner" is a confidence trick from way back when. Wikipedia, folks - your friend and mine!

Nick said...

WHAT? That's BS! The only reason I didn't say MacGuffin is because "plot centers around an item" *implies* MacGuffin. Because, you know, that's the definition. I knew each were a MacGuffin, but I didn't think I'd actually have to use the word, since I said the definition.

I'm officially calling Shenanigans on this.

Nick said...

(Or involves finding an item, rather).

Fletch said...

Nick: "Movies about finding missing/stolen money/jewels/something of worth."

Then later:

"Movies where the main characters must retrieve an object, and... in the end... don't get it?"

Neither one of those are correct for all 12 films. However, each film has a "macguffin." It might be a subtle difference..but it might not be, either. :D

I will file your complaint with the TTT Customer Service Division. We value having you as a player.

Justin said...

I'm with Fletch on this one. . . the reason I kept putting out ideas and researching was because Nick's answers were so vague, as were mine to begin with. Sorry Nick - gotta keep the throne somehow!

Nick said...

I think it's too small and nit-picky of a difference to matter... but that's just me.

For "Find missing/stolen 'something of worth'" (and keep in mind that 'worth' is relative)...

1) A missing/stolen copy of "the process"
2) Stolen item hidden in car.
3) Stolen money.
4) Stolen money.
5) Stolen suitcase.
6) "Rosebud" (It's worth something to Orson Welles, obviously, and they're after this 'missing information').
7) Stolen orbs.
8) Missing Grail.
9) Stolen suitcase.
10) Missing/stolen Allspark.
11) Stolen letters/documents.
12) Stolen suitcase.