Six Degrees Movie Game Summer Tourney – The Penultimate Challenge

August 29, 2011

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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

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3 comments on “Six Degrees Movie Game Summer Tourney – The Penultimate Challenge

  1. Gah this is so intense I can hardly stand it! Need to hold out for two more weeks but I don’t know if I’ve got it in me.

  2. Also props to Phil because that was genius.

  3. I was trying to avoid Lord of the Rings but I totally spaced on Matrix and Transformers. I am also incredibly embarrassed that I forgot poor Ted Raimi since I used two of those trilogies myself! Truly elegant work guys!

    Since there’s no word limit in the comments, here’s the two emails I sent.Rip Torn was in Men in Black 1, 2, and 3 (post production).
    Rip Torn was in Robocop 3 as the CEO.
    Tzi Ma was in Robocop 2.
    Tzi Ma the ambassador in Rush Hour 1 and 3.
    Chris Tucker was in Rush Hour 1, 2, and 3
    Chris Tucker was in House Party 3 with Bernie Mac.
    Bernie Mac was in Ocean’s 11, Ocean’s 12, and Ocean’s 13 with Matt Damon.
    Matt Damon was in the Bourne Identity, Bourne Supremacy, and the Bourne Ultimatum.

    Or if you’r a little more flexible with the definition of Trilogy…

    Antonio Banderes was in El Mariachi, Desperado, and Once Upon A Time In Mexico.
    Antonio Banderes was also in Interview with a Vampire with Kirsten Dunst.
    The sequel to Interview with a Vampire, Queen of the Damned, was a combination of two books. So kind of a trilogy.
    Kirsten Dunst was in Spiderman, Spiderman 2, and Spiderman 3 with Bruce Campbell.
    Bruce Campbell was in Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness.
    Ian Ambercrombie was the Wiseman in Army of Darkness.
    Ian Ambercrombie was also in Jurassic Park 2.
    And for the heck of it Samuel L Jackson was also in Jurassic Park (1).
    Samuel L Jackson was in Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and The Avengers (which, you can argue as Thor 2, Captain America 2, and another Hulk reboot).

    And just because it’s in the spirit of the contest;

    Jack Black was in both The Never Ending Story 3 and Ice Age (1).
    Cedric the Entertainer was in Ice Age, Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.
    Cedric the Entertainer was in Barbershop, Barbershop 2.
    Oh, and featured in Beautyshop (which I am considering the third in the Barbershop series) was KEVIN BACON.

    and then an hour later I came up with these…
    Jackie Chan was in Rush Hour 1, 2, and 3.
    Don Cheadle has an uncreditted appearance in Rush Hour 2.
    Don Cheadle was in Ocean’s 11, 12, and 13.Al Pacino was in Ocean’s 13.
    Al Pacino was in The Godfather 1, 2, and 3.Ben Stiller was in Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers, and Little FockersBen Stiller was in Madagascar, Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa, and Madigascar 3 (in production) with Chris Rock.Chris Rock plays a valet in Beverly Hills Cop 2Judge Reinhold was in Beverly Hills Cop 1, 2 and 3.Judge Reinhold was in The Santa Clause 1, 2, and 3 with Tim AllenTim Allen was in Toy Story 1, 2, and 3 I really wanted to use John Ratzenberger to connect to House 2 but there’s been 4 of those.Ryan Reynolds was in Blade 3Ryan Reynolds was in Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle with Neil Patrick Harris.Neil Patrick Harris was in Starship Troopers.Also it should be noted that Jet Li has been in three trilogies all by himself.He starred in the Shaolin trilogy and the Once Upon a Time in China trilogy, then played the villain in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (The Scorpion King is a separate series).

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