Six Degrees Summer Tourney Week 8

August 15, 2011

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.


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

(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.)




Al Pacino

Al Pacino

 The Go Between

Kermit the Frog

Kermit the Frog

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