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Six Degrees Summer Movie Tourney – And the winner is ……

Highlander Posterby Dave Umbricht

And so we have come to the end of this adventure.  No preamble, let’s get to the results.  Here are the final two entries:

Entry 1:

Morgan Freeman (who we’ve already established is God) was in the South Africa based INVICTUS with Matt Damon, who travelled to London in OCEAN’S 13 (which I actually love, despite my comments on OCEAN’S 12).

OCEAN’S 13 also starred Brad Pitt, who travelled to Morocco in BABEL, which also starred the Mexican Gael Garcia Bernal and Australian Cate Blanchett.

Cate Blanchett played the titular Irish journalist in VERONICA GUERIN, which features a cameo by Colin Farrell, who not only appeared in the Belgium-set IN BRUGES, but also played Macedonian (Greek) King ALEXANDER, which also starred Welsh actor Anthony Hopkins.

Anthony Hopkins played Spanish artist Picasso in SURVIVING PICASSO, which also featured Joan Plowright, who starred in the Italian-set TEA WITH MUSSOLINI.

TEA WITH MUSSOLINI also stars Judi Dench, who was in CHOCOLAT with the ever-so French Juliette Binoche, as well as the Swedish Lena Olin, and Alfred Molina, who played a Russian character in LETTER TO BREZHNEV, and the Cuban Juan Raul in THE PEREZ FAMILY, alongside Indian actor Ranjit Chowdhry, who was in LAST HOLIDAY, which is partially set in the Czech Republic, which was also one of the settings for THE BOURNE IDENTITY, which stars the German actress Franka Potente.

Potente also stars in CHE, pt 2 of which is set in Bolivia and stars Puerto Rican Benicio del Toro.

Benicio del Toro appeared in TRAFFIC alongside Don Cheadle, played Rwandan Paul Rusesabagina in HOTEL RWANDA, which also stars Sophie Okenedo.

Sophie Okenedo appears in ACE VENTURA 2: WHEN NATURE CALLS, which is partially set in Tibet and also stars Simon Callow, who appeared in Austrian-set AMADEUS.

Austrian capital Vienna is the setting for BEFORE SUNRISE, which stars Julie Delpy. Delpy was in THE THREE MUSKETEERS with Canadian Michael Wincott, who appeared in 1492 CONQUEST OF PARADISE, which also featured Turkish born actor Tcheky Karyo, who also starred in KISS OF THE DRAGON with Chinese Jet Li.

Jet Li appeared in THE MUMMY 3 alongside Brendan Fraser, who travelled to Egypt in the earlier THE MUMMY films, which also featured Israeli actor Oded Fahr and Iranian actor Omid Djalili, who appeared in SEX AND THE CITY 2, which was set in the United Arab Emirates, and also stars Pakistani actor Art Malik.

Art Malik played an Afghani character in THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS, which also stars Dutch actor Jeroen Krabbe, who appears in KAFKA with Romanian actor Ion Caramitrou, American actor Joel Gray and English actor Jeremy Irons.

Jeremy Irons played Danish socialite Klaus von Bulow in REVERSAL OF FORTUNE, and because I’ve run out of time, also played the Dad in DANNY CHAMPION OF THE WORLD.

Entry 2:

The Accidental Tourist 

Kathleen Turner

The Jewel Of The Nile

Michael Douglas

The American President

Michael J Fox

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

James Garner

One Little Indian

John Doucette

The Last Time I Saw Paris

Elizabeth Taylor

The White Cliffs Of Dover

Van Johnson

Brigadoon

Gene Kelly

Seagulls Over Sorrento

Bernard Lee

From Russia With Love

Sean Connery

A Good Man In Africa

John Lithgow

The Manhattan Project

Richard Council

Canadian Bacon

Bill Nunn

Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead

Fairuza Balk

The Island Of Dr Moreau

David Thewlis

London Boulevard

Keira Knightley

Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse OF The Black Pearl

Jonathan Pryce

Brazil

Ian Holm

Wetherby

Vanessa Redgrave

Little Odessa

Maximilian Schell

Judgement At Nuremberg

William Shatner

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Christopher Plummer

Battle Of Britain

Michael Caine

Blame It On Rio

Demi Moore

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame

Kevin Kline

Grand Canyon

Steve Martin

The Prince Of Egypt

Ralph Fiennes

In Bruges

Colin Farrell

Miami Vice

Justin Theroux

Return To Rajapur

Lynn Collins

The Merchant Of Venice 

Jeremy Irons

Danny the Champion of the World

Yeah, so those are easy to judge.  But we must have a winner, and rather than declare a tie and have these two battle it out for another week, I have had made my choice.  Entry two is the Champ.  Congratulations!  Oh wait, who is entry two and why has he won?  Congratulations to Daniel.

It came down to the fact that he had more links than Entry 1 (Mags).  And really, how could he not be declared the winner if both of them ended with Danny the Champion of the World?  If you want to be prophetic, I will happily oblige.

So Daniel, please send me your address so I can send you your gift for winning (a copy of Ernest Cline’s fun new novel, Ready Player One)

Next week we start a new feature here at Forgotten Flix – The Quizmaster Presents.  We’re back to playing games for fun, and the games are going to be more diverse.  Next week we will play with dialogue – be afraid…

…be very afraid!

Until next week.  Rest your little brain, you’re gonna need it.

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Six Degrees Summer Movie Tourney – The Final Challenge

by Dave Umbricht

It all comes down to this.  One week for the championship.  With every subsequent week, the challenges have become more difficult, and the players have stepped up to meet them.  Last week’s was open ended, I knew it would be intriguing to see what you could come up with.  There were good entries, and then there was Mags:

Disaster Map

Disaster Map

Good God woman, the quizmaster bows down in respect.  She tacked on this explanation at the end:

“The Moral of this is that Morgan Freeman is God and Ocean’s 12 is the biggest disaster ever committed to celluloid.”

I felt I should take a point away for disparaging Ocean’s 12, a movie who’s vibe I really dug when I saw it in the theater.  Alas, I realized, while she may have overstated it, there is validity to her statement.  My problem was I loved how it was an homage to cool 60’s European films, but I had actually never seen the films that it wanted to be.  Therefore I gave the knock off more credit than I should have.

It’s the same with people who loved When Harry Met Sally, not realizing that it was just a very good Woody Allen film.  This should have been the first sign that Rob Reiner would eventually become a hack director.  (Although very few directors had as good of a run as Reiner with Spinal Tap, Stand By Me, When Harry Met Sally, Misery and A Few Good Men).  By the way, his last film, Switched, is a pretty darn good little film, if slight.

But, once again, I digress.

With Mags awesome display, the leaderboard is now:

Daniel 5, Zach 5, Mags 5, DudeFozz 1, Tom 1

Yep, a three way tie for first, and everyone still in the running.

In honor of ForgottenFlix’s International readership, this week take us on a tour of the world.  Link as many countries together as you can (using actors).   You could link using country of origin or by location, etc.  Just be creative.  And if you are really up to the challenge, weave in the concept of “Champion” into your link.

So one final puzzle.  This one is for 5 points — no bonus points.  Make it as complex or intricate as you feel necessary.

If you want the honor to be crowned our first winner, you will need to earn it.

As always, send your links to me at Dave@forgottenflix.com.  Happy linking.

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Six Degrees Movie Game Summer Tourney – The Penultimate Challenge

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by Dave Umbricht

After last week’s challenge, perhaps you should fear next week’s Ultimate Challenge to decide it all.  But before we can get there, we need to get through the next to last challenge.

However, let us not get ahead of ourselves.  First the recap.

The leaderboard going into last week was:

Daniel 4, Zach 2, Mags 2, DudeFozz 1

Lots of points were at stake, and there was even a little confusion.  I love that the public clamored for two additional “Corvette” movies.  If only Mark Hamill knew how much he was loved.  And just to be fair, here’s my fake final scene from Corvette Winter:

Mark Hamill and Annie Potts have finally tracked down the gang that stole his Corvette.  The standoff becomes tense, Reservoir Dogs tense.  Annie holds a gun.  Close on Mark’s face, smiling.  The sound of the gun going off.  Freeze on Mark.  Credits roll over his sunshine smile.  

Iconic, ambiguous, 70’s hack-auteur filmmaking at its finest. But I digress.

Two players nailed it last week, linking three trilogies with actors who were in each trilogy. Here are the perfect links:

Zach came up with:

Ted Raimi was in all three entries of the Evil Dead trilogy, as was Bruce Campbell who had a cameo in every entry of the Spiderman trilogy with Ted Raimi (he played J. Jonah Jameson’s assistant Hoffman), and Ted was in the Darkman trilogy (DarkmanDarkman 2: The Return of Durant and Darkman 3: Die Darkman Die). (That’s three trilogies, but if I need to end on an actor, Bruce Campbell had a cameo in Darkman).

But new player Phil took the cake:

Hugo Weaving is in every Matrix, Transformers and Lord of the Rings movies.

For their efforts, Zach and Phil are awarded 3 points.

Bonus points were given this week as well.  Mags almost got one, but I couldn’t give her credit for Bill and Ted 3 (they’ve been talking about that for years it seems).

Tom gets a point for sheer volume.  I call his entry the “Jack Kerouac stream of consciousness” manifesto.  Some darn good stuff – but too long to paste here (we have a word limit).

And Daniel, our leader going in, gets a point for nailing my French Director reference (and therefore, kissing my ass, playing up to one of my favorites):

Jean-Pierre Léaud was in the Doinel trilogy (400 BlowsStolen Kisses, and Bed and Board … let’s ignore the best bits compilation that was Love On The Run)

So, here’s where we stand with the leaderboard today:

Daniel 5, Zach 5, Phil 3. Mags 2, DudeFozz 1, Tom 1

Two weeks left.  On to this week’s challenge.  The East Coast of the US was preoccupied with a hurricane this week.  It was all you could hear about, probably because it was coming through New York City, you know, the center of the universe.

Anyways, I wasn’t sure if I would get this posted on time as I was running around all day and still not sure how my house is doing (I was away on vacation for the weekend).  I only tell you this, because I want you to link disasters together.  And length matters this week (Editor’s Note: That’s what she said! –sorry!).  Give me volcanoes and tornadoes and tsunamis.  War, pestilence, famine.  Whatever you got.  We Americans can take it and we’ll give it back to you.

Screw you impending ice age!

Sorry, I was stuck in a Roland Emmerich movie for a second.  You get it.  Link these disasters through the actors that starred in them.

Bring it on.  Happy linking.  As always, email your links to dave@forgottenflix.com

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Six Degrees Summer Movie Tourney – Three for the Road

Oh! Heavenly Dogby Dave Umbricht

That’s right gang, only three weeks left until our champion is crowned.  To entice you a bit more, I got my hands on the prize you’re all playing for, and it’s a good one.  So, let’s make this quick, because this week is going to be a tough one.  Double points are at stake and creativity truly matters.  But first, last week’s winner.  Things on the leaderboard have tightened up now that Mags has pulled off another victory:

Benji was in Oh! Heavenly Dog with Omar Sharif, who was in Ashanti with Michael Caine, who was in The Muppet Christmas Carol with Kermit, who was in The Great Muppet Caper with Charles Grodin, who was in Midnight Run with Robert de Niro, who was in Heat with Al Pacino…

She almost lost points for mentioning Righteous Kill in her email, but Omar Sharif wins it for her (the man was in Oh! Heavenly Dog and Lawrence of Arabia and is a master of Bridge — does anyone really know how to play that game?).

On a side note, can someone please explain the exclamation point in the title of Oh! Heavenly Dog.  If it was Oh Heavenly Dog I would read it as “Oh you rascally little dog”, which is an apt description of the movie.  Oh! Heavenly Dog says either “Holy Hell! Watch out for God’s guard dog” or an “I should have had a V8″ slap to the forehead moment, “Oh! now I get it, this title is a play on words because the dog is both a reincarnation and here to save our day.”  I wish it had been the second reading, I would have loved to see Benji stretch himself a bit and play a bad ass raining heavenly vengeance upon the wicked (think Jules from Pulp Fiction).

But I digress.

Leader Board:  Daniel 4, Zach 2, Mags 2, DudeFozz 1

Remember folks, this is worth two points.  Scratch that, this is worth three.  Why three?  Because today we play with trilogies.  Please link three trilogies together (and they better be good ones).  For example:  Harrison Ford was in the Star Wars Trilogy with Mark Hamill who was in the Corvette Summer Trilogy (Corvette Summer, Corvette Autumn, and Corvette Winter — I always expected Corvette Spring to be released, but Corvette Winter had such a brutally ambiguous ending that I think a fourth film would have cheapened that iconic final image) with Annie Potts, who was in the Ghostbusters Trilogy (Ghostbusters 3 is coming out, right?)

You get the idea.  Now let me caution you.  The stakes are getting high here.  If you mail this one in, I deduct points.  If you deem this too difficult and don’t submit an answer, you lose points (and Benji the Dog will show up at your doorstep — you can guess if it will be Oh Benji or Oh! Benji).

If you use Ian McKellan you will be mocked.  If you use Harrison Ford, well don’t.  And stylistic trilogies – depends.  The quizmaster has biases.  “The Man with No Name” Trilogy – too easy and completely overrated (Ignores High Plains Drifter, for one — even if Sergio Leone didn’t direct it).  If you used Bergman’s “God is Silent” Trilogy, perhaps.  Then there are the trilogies where there is a fourth movie that cheapens the first three.  There is one I am thinking of specifically.  It was made by one of the great French New Wave Directors.  If you use that one, you may win hands down.

Like I said, play to my fetishes.  Which of course you should know by now, I have one main fetish – creativity (and the use of dashes).  Be creative.  Have fun.  Happy linking.

As always, email me your entries at Dave@Forgottenflix.com

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Six Degrees Summer Tourney Week 8

by Dave Umbricht

Four more tries gang (including today)!  Does this mean you are out of it?  Absolutely not.  Even if you have never played this summer, there is still time.  You see, 4 x 1pt for each win would mean you could have a maximum score of 4 going forward.  And you are saying to yourself, “well, someone already has 4 pts, so the best I can do is tie.  The odds are against me.”

Oh, ye of little faith.  Have you not learned anything about the quizmaster?  He does not play fairly.  He awards points on a whim.  So remember, 4 may not be the magic number – there may be more points awarded over the coming weeks.

But you need to earn them.

For those of you keeping score at home, you may be thinking, “no one has 4 on the leaderboard.”  Unfortunately for you, Daniel has taken another win.  While I should have taken a point away for his use of a TV movie last week, I have some sympathy.  This week, he was the one entrant to take on my Ozu challenge and came up with this:

John Cusack was in Cradle Will Rock with Cary Elwes, who was in Dracula with Tom Waits, who was in Until The End Of The World with Chishû Ryû, who was in Tokyo Story with Sô Yamamura, who is in Gung Ho with Michael Keaton, who hooks up with Joan Cusack in Toy Story 3.

He hit us with Coppola? Wim Wender? Ozu, Pixar and Gung Ho????  Gedde Watanabe must be rolling in his grave (oh wait, Long Duk Dong is still alive.  Hold on a sec, his real name is Gary?  And he’s American?  He grew up in Chinatown in SF, but he’s of Japanese descent and played a Korean guy in Sixteen Candles – oh Hollywood and your crazy ethnic stereotypes!)

Well played Daniel.

Leaderboard:

Daniel 4

Zach 2

DudeFozz 1

Mags 1

Suckas 0

Bring it people.

We’re getting into the Dog Days of Summer, so take us from Benji the Dog to Al Pacino.  Feel free to use Kermit the Frog as a go between.

Happy linking.  As always, email your entries to me at Dave@Forgottenflix.com

(Quick programming note: I teased an awesome discussion of Ozu last week.  It’s coming this Friday.  Tune in for a discussion of Tokyo Story, Blazing Saddles, and a blasphemous version of Chinatown.)

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Six Degrees Summer Tournament – Week 7

This past week I was going to be sweet.  I was going to give all of you a little insight into how I would score the William Katt link.  I was going to tell you that using the Roland Emmerich “Godzilla” would not be looked upon kindly.  But alas, I didn’t, so one poor soul did use it.  However, two other entries used what I will call “TV” movies.  So, it is with profound trepidation that I must announce that Mags is on the board:

Godzilla played himself in the godawful Roland Emmerich film of the same name (seriously, my least favourite film EVER) alongside Matthew Broderick (who really should have known better), who was in Family Business with Sean Connery, who was in You Only Live Twice with Donald Pleasance playing Blofeld,  who was of course in Halloween with PJ Soles who was in Carrie with the awesomely curly haired William Katt.

To Mags’s credit, she agreed that Godzilla was an awful movie.

Congrats Mags.  Leaderboard is now Daniel 3, Zach 2, DudeFozz 1, Mags 1.  You know the rest.

This week take me from John Cusack to Joan Cusack.  However, do not link them through a movie that they starred in together.  Feel free to link them through an Ozu movie (since we’ll be discussing Tokyo Story later this week).

As always send your links to dave@forgottenflix.com.  Happy linking.

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Six Degrees Summer Tournament – Week 6

by Dave Umbricht

Interesting week, folks.

First, the trash talk of Mags and Daniel spilled over to Twitter.  Then, they each threw some tough punches at the game (and at each other).  And for part of the week, it looked like Mags would finally make it onto the leaderboard.

But then, as they were rolling around in the mud, Zach entered the fray.  He claimed his first week victory was beginner’s luck.  Now he’s rendered me speechless. I leave it to Zach’s own words to tell us what he’s got:

“Keanu Reeves was in

Tune in Tomorrow

with the late (great?) Richard B. Shull who was in

Klute

with Candy Darling (credited only as “Discotheque Patron”)

she was also in Amour, an Andy Warhol film featuring

German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld who did voice work for

Totally Spies: Le Film, the made for tv movie of a popular french cartoon (same name in North America) that also had a brief theatrical run

Jean-Claude Donda played the role of Jerry, leader of an international spy organization. He also did voice work as the main character of last year’s gorgeous Sylvain Chomet film….

The Illusionist

where the main character (a cartoon) wanders into a movie theatre and catches a live action Jacques Tati on screen in a clip from Mon Oncle

Warhol?  Tati on-screen in an animated movie based upon Tati?  Too good!

So, our leader board is now Daniel 3, Zach 2, DudeFozz 1. 

The Rest of You Suckas?  Still waiting.

This week we interrupt this program for a bit of shameless promotion.  Take us from two Forgotten Flix moments of the past week.  Take us from Godzilla (star of this week’s Two Friends Talkin’ Movies) to William Katt (inspiration for this week’s podcast).

There you have it.  As always, send your links to me at Dave@forgottenflix.com.  Happy linking and see you next week.

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Six Degrees Summer Tourney Week #5

by Dave Umbricht

This week was a little light on entries, in fact we just had two.  But the two that entered seem to have a little rivalry going.  Mags vs. Daniel.  As Mags said, “I can’t lose to Daniel, we went to University together.”  While the committee would love to help Mags out, she needs to earn it.  And unfortunately, for her, Daniel extended his streak to three weeks in a row.  Daniel went literary on us:

Sam Kinison is in Back to School with a playing-himself Kurt Vonnegut, who is in Breakfast of Champions with Will Patton, who is in Cold Heaven with Mark Harmon.

Well played Daniel.  Leaderboard is Daniel 3, DudeFozz 1, Zach 1,  Everyone else needs to catch up.

And there is plenty of time to catch up.  The game continues through the first weekend of September.

For this week, the quizmaster has decided to ignore his audience and be a bit self indulgent.  So take us from Keanu Reeves (because yesterday my wife watched Point Break for the first time ever) to Jacques Tati (because every summer my kids and I watch Mr. Hulot’s Holiday).  I expect contestants to use IMDB this week – this one is near impossible.  But I don’t care.  This shows me who really wants it.

As always, send your links to me via email at Dave@forgottenflix.com.  Trust me, the prize at the end of the tourney will be worth it.

Happy linking.

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Six Degrees Summer Tourney Week #4

by Dave Umbricht

Now that’s more like it.  After getting beat down by y’all, the quizmaster came back and decided to be mean.  Sure it was Ingmar Bergman’s birthday last week, but it still wasn’t nice to make you link Ice Cube and Vin Diesel to him.  But one intrepid soul actually did, giving us our first repeat winner.  Here’s what Daniel had to say:

Ice Cube is in Friday with Bernie Mac. Bernie Mac is in Ocean’s Eleven with Elliot Gould. Elliot Gould is in Ingmar Bergman’s The Touch with Max von Sydow. Von Sydow is in Awakenings with an uncredited Vin Diesel.

Bish bash bosh.

Well played Daniel!

As anyone can see, using the XXX movies just wasn’t going to cut it last week.  The leader board as of today:

Daniel            2

Zach               1

DudeFozz     1

The Rest       0

Plenty of time to catch up gang.

This week, I encourage you to take me back to school.  Back to Summer School, to be exact.

So, take us from Sam Kinison to Mark Harmon.

Remember, e-mail your entries to me at Dave@forgottenflix.com.  Until next week, happy linking.

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Six Degrees Summer Tourney Week 3

by Dave Umbricht

So a funny thing happened on the way to the promised land, the quizmaster got smacked down.  Many great entries this week, but there was one that won it quite easily.  Actually it was two.  So yes, a tie.

So as Daniel said:

Alan Alda was in Everyone Says I Love You with Drew Barrymore, who was in Everyone Says I Love you with Alan Alda, who was in Everyone Says I Love You with Drew Barrymore.
How’s that?

and DudeFozz followed up with:

Alan Alda was in Everyone Says I Love You with Drew Barrymore!

One move Boom!

So there we have it.  The leader board is all tied up:  Zach 1, Daniel 1, DudeFozz 1, Everyone else 0.

Keep up the good work.  In honor of the beat down,let’s go from one bad ass to a supposed bad ass.

Ice Cube to Vin Diesel.  Special bonus points if you could link them using an Ingmar Bergman film.  Take that!

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Six Degrees Summer Tourney – Week 2

by Dave Umbricht

We live in a world where everyone is given a gold star, a trophy, or just a “good job little buddy, thanks for playing.”  Participation is good, and this week we had four brave souls enter the game.  However, in this little world of Forgotten Flix, there are winners and there are losers.

And so week one’s win goes to:  ZACH.  Here’s Zach’s winning entry (he claims he never did this before):

“Rodney Dangerfield was in

Casper

with Christina Ricci, who was in

After Life (I hope I don’t lose points for quality here)

with Liam Neeson. Now I think this is pretty creative: Neeson was in

Dark Man

which featured which actor as a disguised Dark Man in the final scene?

Bruce Campbell.”

Good job Zach!

So for those of you scoring at home, it is Zach 1, everyone else 0.  Which means two things:

1) Zach has the early lead (beginner’s luck or destiny) and

2) the rest of you have room to make up, but aren’t too far behind.

And for those wondering what made Zach’s entry a winner?  This week’s judge swooned over the Dark Man link.  Who knows what will push next week’s judge’s buttons.

So onto this week:

Independence Day here in the U.S.

Take us from Alan Alda (because of his horrible 1986 flick, Sweet Liberty – I thought I was the coolest 14 year old seeing something so mature, because as we know Alan Alda = adult) to Drew Barrymore (because she received her independence from her parents in “Irreconcilable Differences”).

Happy hunting, email your links to me at Dave@Forgottenflix.com.

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Six Degrees Summer Tourney Week 1

So let’s try this gang.

A couple of people have emailed me, expressing their interest to enter.  I encourage all of you to do so.  Fun, fabulous prizes at the end of the summer.

The rules are simple, email me (dave@forgottenflix.com) with your links between the two actors or actresses listed.  Points will be given for brevity or for creativity or for however the committee feels they should score it.

All entries will be anonymously submitted to the judges, so don’t think there will be any bias (unless of course you pander to some of Joel’s movie fetishes).  Judges may rotate from week to week, so don’t try and game it by sucking up to anyone.

So without further adieu, let’s get it going:

Today we start with some truly Forgotten Flix faves:

Bruce Campbell to Rodney Dangerfield

Why these guys?  Because, really, has either one ever gotten the respect they deserve?

Email those entries to dave@forgottenflix.com or post below if you just want to play along and not join this free contest.

The leaderboard will be divulged in next week’s post — so you have until next Thursday to submit.

Happy Linking.

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Six Degrees – Memorial Day

by Dave Umbricht

Today is Memorial Day in the US.  So let’s take a moment to reflect and remember all the brave people who have given their lives to protect us.

Take us from Adrien Brody (who starred in The Thin Red Line, a movie that tried to show the inner struggles of soldiers) to Richard Farnsworth (star of The Straight Story, which includes a powerfully authentic scene of war remembrance).

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Make the Movie Connection in Six Degrees (or less): “It’s Faaaaaaaantastic”

by Dave Umbricht

Gauntlets are being thrown down out there.

And by gauntlets I mean Mags finishing her link with Frank Oz as Animal’s keeper.  Keep warming up everyone.  This is still the preseason.  In a few weeks we will begin the first Six Degrees Tournament.

More details to come, but first . . .

If you read my bio below you will see that while I am in love with the movies, I also am a complete basketball nerd.  So, finding myself knee deep in the NBA playoffs, let’s go with a little pro basketball theme.

Take us from Michael Jordan to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Bonus points for linking them through Dr. J (using the Fish that Saved Pittsburgh, not Philadelphia).  Double bonus points for using Alex English (and the movie Amazing Grace and Chuck).  Triple bonus points for only using NBA players.

Let’s see what you got!

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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Alex English

Alex English

Dave Umbricht loves his family, movies and the NBA (in that order). His unexplainable, genetic attraction to movies flourished in the early ’80s thanks to Siskel and Ebert. It’s also believed Dave was the only 8-year-old to know of My Dinner with Andre, even though he didn’t see it until he was 28. In the ’90s he wrote three awful screenplays, including next summer’s Cowboys and Aliens (or at least a script with the same title). He still can’t dunk a basketball.

Check out his blog here.

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Six Degrees Movie Game: Psychos!

by Dave Umbricht

You know who’s awesome? Dave B., that’s who.

Who is Dave B.?  The guy who made some fantastic links in some of the previous comment sections – I urge you to check them out.  But do not be intimidated.  Just keep playing and posting.

So for this week, let’s talk about PSYCHOs!

Psycho Killer/ Qu’est-ce que c’est / fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa far better / Run run run run run run run away

We will leave Anthony Perkins out of this, and focus on some really crazy characters.  In fact, let’s forgo linking actors today, and link characters.  So let’s go from:

Jason Voorhees to Animal

For bonus points (and a pat on the back) link them through David Byrne.

As always, post your links in the comment section.  The committee’s favorites get a high five and a shout out.

Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives - 1986

Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives - 1986

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Animal

Animal

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David Byrne

David Byrne

Dave Umbricht loves his family, movies and the NBA (in that order). His unexplainable, genetic attraction to movies flourished in the early ’80s thanks to Siskel and Ebert. It’s also believed Dave was the only 8-year-old to know of My Dinner with Andre, even though he didn’t see it until he was 28. In the ’90s he wrote three awful screenplays, including next summer’s Cowboys and Aliens (or at least a script with the same title). He still can’t dunk a basketball.

Check out his blog here.

Or follow him on Twitter here (@dumbricht).

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Six Degrees Movie Game #8: The Remake Always Rings Twice

by Dave Umbricht

I’ve been thinking about Jessica Lange.

She may be the remake queen.  She played Fay Wray’s part in the 70’s version of King Kong, was in Cape Fear and did TV movies of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Streetcar Named Desire, Sybil, and Grey Gardens.

So in honor of this, let’s use one more remake she made and go from when the Postman rang once with John Garfield (an actor you should seek out if you don’t know him) to when Jessica made him ring a second time with Jack Nicholson.

I look forward to seeing your trails in the comment section below.

Jessica Lange

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John Garfield

John Garfield

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Six Degrees Movie Game #7: The Royals

My daughter was pretty excited to know that there is a new princess in the world.  She was slightly disappointed to find out that she does not burst into song or have little animal friends.

Evil rival is still TBD, we’ll have to see who Harry marries.

In honor of the wedding, let’s link two people with royal lineage.  Please take us from Grace Kelly (Princess Grace of Monaco) to Prince (musical royalty of Minnesota).  Bonus points for using John Goodman (King Ralph).

As always, add your answers to the comment section below.

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Six Degrees Movie Game #6

by Dave Umbricht

No reference to last week’s game.  Why?  Have your answers disappointed the Quizmaster to the point that he has gone insane and is plotting some ridiculous horror movie revenge plot?

Perhaps.

But, I’m not really sure who this Quizmaster is and why he thinks his name should be written as one word.  I’m just on vacation, so I wrote this last week.

But in honor of the ingenious Quizmaster’s (Quiz Master’s) crafty plot, let’s go with some guys that really knew how to orchestrate twists and turns.  Take us from Alfred Hitchcock to Sydney Pollack, two directors who sometimes stepped in front of the camera.

 

Alfred Hitchcock

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Sydney Pollack

Sydney Pollack

 

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Six Degrees Movie Game #5

by Dave Umbricht

Victory!

Yes, as far as I know Victory is the movie to link Pele through.  The beautiful thing?  It can be done very quickly.  Pele is in Victory with Michael Caine who was in A Bridge Too Far with Robert Redford.  Those 70’s epics are perfect for this game, because they starred everybody.

Thinking of victory, it conjures up thoughts of napalm in the morning.  So, let us go from Robert Duvall to a very funny man, David Alan Grier – why D.A.G?  Nostalgia for Men on Film?  Nah, it is because of his Oscar neglected performance in this week’s podcast topic: Tales from the Hood.  Think I’m kidding?  Check it out yourself.  It got at least two snaps up, with perhaps a twist.

As always, leave your connections in the comments section.

David Alan Grier

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Robert Duvall

Robert Duvall

 

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Six Degrees Movie Game #4

Ah, nothing better in life than being a xenophobic moron.  Thanks to Mags for pointing out that this is not America’s favorite game, but one that is loved globally.  So apologies, to my more enlightened readers.  Now that I the I know the game is truly international, I declare this week:

THE WORLD SERIES OF SIX DEGREES!

So, in honor of the opening day of baseball we will start with

The Natural, himself,

ROBERT REDFORD

But since I am now a more sensitive culturally inclusive individual, we will link him to

Pele

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Six Degrees Movie Game #3

by Dave Umbricht

Welcome back to America’s favorite new game.  Good work last week.  I liked that Red K. Queen used Falling in Love, mainly because I confuse it with Stanley & Iris.  Ian continues to play speed demon, linking as quick as can be.  This week triple bonus points to Mags who not only honored Liz Taylor, but did so by using The Flintstones (God help us all).

But enough chatter about the past.  This week let’s go with a touching tale of father and son bonding.  So using the soap opera of the Skywalker clan, let’s be really geeky and go from:

Mark Hamill to Hayden Christensen

Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill

Hayden Christensen

Hayden Christensen

Bonus points awarded for using a film by Ingmar Bergman (Why Bergman?  Check out this Thursday’s Cinematic Essentials to find out).

As always, post your chains below in the comment section.

 

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Six Degrees Movie Game #2

by Dave Umbricht

Ok hot shots, great work in last week’s exercise.  I particularly loved Ian’s chain which used Sibling Rivalry and Runaway.  Not only did he get there quick, but he used two movies that are definitely forgotten flix.  I also want to thank Nathan for pointing out the little known fact that Dennis Haysbert was typecast as a baseball player years before he became President (or sold me auto insurance).

While everyone did well, I feel some of you are getting a bit cocky.  Mags called it “simples”, which felt like she was buzzing the tower.  So in honor of my coffee being spilled as she flew by at Mach 2, let us celebrate the 80’s flyboys and connect:

Jason Gedrick to Tom Cruise

Jason Gedrick in Iron Eagle

Jason Gedrick in Iron Eagle

 

Tom Cruise in Risky Business

Tom Cruise in Risky Business

Ahhh but before you yell simple again, I know they were in Born on the Fourth of July together (and according to IMDB Gedrick had an uncredited role in Risky Business).  So, you are not allowed to use that movie, or any other Oliver Stone film.  You know what?  You can’t use any actor who has ever been in an Oliver Stone movie.

Bonus points for using Liz Taylor as one of your links.

C’mon, I dare you to buzz the tower again.

For a reminder of the rules of the game click here. And remember to post you answers in the comments section!

Dave Umbricht loves his family, movies and the NBA (in that order). His unexplainable, genetic attraction to movies flourished in the early ’80s thanks to Siskel and Ebert. It’s also believed Dave was the only 8-year-old to know of My Dinner with Andre, even though he didn’t see it until he was 28. In the ’90s he wrote three awful screenplays, including next summer’s Cowboys and Aliens (or at least a script with the same title). He still can’t dunk a basketball.

Check out his blog here.

Or follow him on Twitter here (@dumbricht).

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Six Degrees Movie Game #1

Kevin Baconby Dave Umbricht

Being a movie geek can be a burden some times.  The more you know, the more you want to share that knowledge.  Unfortunately, there are so few mainstream outlets, because most people could care less.  That is why there was a beautiful period in the 90’s when a movie trivia game became all the rage at parties.

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon was a simple game. Players needed to link Kevin Bacon to another actor by using movies.  Why Kevin Bacon?  He had a vast enough filmography that you could easily link him to anyone in six movies or less.  The idea was to link them in as few movies as possible.

For example, if someone said John Wayne.  You could say Kevin Bacon was in Mystic River with Sean Penn who was in Casualties of War with Michael J. Fox who was in Back to the Future with Christopher Lloyd who was in Suburban Commando with Shelley Duvall who was in The Shining with Scatman Crothers who was in The Shootist with John Wayne.  That is six.

It’s time for a new game

Now the more movies Kevin Bacon made, the easier the game became.  So I say, “no mas”, time to play a new game.  Let’s expand this to all the far flung reaches of filmdom.  Each week I will give two people to connect.  The goal remains to connect them in as few movies as possible.  However, that is only part of the fun.  Bonus points are given for creativity, obscurity and downright odd movie choices.  Also, try not to use IMDB.com (like I did in the above example).  It will be a lot more fun.

A different theme every week

Each week will have a different theme.  I will also have an end movie in mind.  See if you can guess that.  There may also be weeks where I give bonus challenges – for example, use a famed rock musician as part of your chain (this may or may not be a hint to what I was thinking today).

But for today, let’s start simple and celebrate the 80’s mustache.

Connect:

 

Sam Elliot

Sam Elliot

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Tom Selleck

Tom Selleck

Post your chains in the comment section below and let’s have some fun!

Dave Umbricht loves his family, movies and the NBA (in that order). His unexplainable, genetic attraction to movies flourished in the early ’80s thanks to Siskel and Ebert. It’s also believed Dave was the only 8-year-old to know of My Dinner with Andre, even though he didn’t see it until he was 28. In the ’90s he wrote three awful screenplays, including next summer’s Cowboys and Aliens (or at least a script with the same title). He still can’t dunk a basketball.

Check out his blog here.

Or follow him on Twitter here (@dumbricht).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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