Six Degrees Summer Movie Tourney – Three for the Road

August 22, 2011

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

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3 comments on “Six Degrees Summer Movie Tourney – Three for the Road

  1. Tom Munkres Aug 22, 2011

    Arg! All the connections I can make are ruined by crappy 4th and/or 5th movies. It ruined so many series for this challenge! Shrek and Pirates of the Caribbean, and Batman, and Spy Kids, and Lethal Weapon, and Three Ninjas, and the Pink Panther,  and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Hannibal and just about every horror movie franchise out there.
    Soon it’ll take Mission Impossible, and Jason Bourne, and Austin Powers… 
    So many connections lost to Hollywood greed!

    Anyway, here’s the best I could do:

    Rip Torn was in Men in Black 1, 2, and 3 (post production).Rip Torn was in Robocop 3 as the CEOTzi Ma was in Robocop 2Tzi Ma the ambassador in Rush Hour 1 and 3.Chris Tucker was in Rush Hour 1, 2, and 3Chris Tucker was in House Party 3 with Bernie MacBernie Mac was in Ocean’s 11, Ocean’s 12, and Ocean’s 13 with Matt DamonMatt Damon was in the Bourne Identity, Bourne Supremacy, and the Bourne Ultimatumor 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 MexicoHe 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.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 DarknessIan Ambercrombie was the Wiseman in Army of Darkness.He was also in Jurassic Park 2.

    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, and Beautyshop.Oh, and also featured in Beauty shop was KEVIN BACON.

    • Hi Tom, Thanks for commenting and attempting to play the mighty Quizmaster’s (nearly) impossible game! I agree that many trilogies were nearly ruined by Hollywood’s lust for money. Of course, it’s not just Hollywood proper that’s guilty of this. Case in point: a certain Marin County, CA dwelling Ewok lover who’s made a butt-ton of mulah with what is arguably the largest series of “indie” flicks (well, maybe not the first one, or is that part IV?) ever produced. Said “visionary” tried tainting things with prequels, Jar Jar, and the Dark Lord of the Sith standing up from a Frankenstein-lab reject operating table and yelling “NOOOOOOOOOO!” at the heavens. But we won’t let him win! No, the prequels are a trilogy unto themselves and will never taint the originals.

      No, we have revisionist B.S. like “Han shot second” to taint those… 😉

  2. This is tough but I’ll give it my all because my comeback needs to start now and keep up for three weeks.

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