We showed a thousand questions to a bot and got it to write a Friday film quiz – unsurprisingly, it’s given us some questions about robots and artificial intelligence.
Stephen Hawking once projected that “the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race”, a prediction that has been cheerfully taken up in a whole bunch of movies. Indeed, we’re excited enough about the new Phil Lord and Christopher Miller-produced The Mitchells Vs The Machines, (now streaming on Netflix) that we’ve got a round of questions about cinematic robot uprisings for you to have a go at this week.
There are three rounds altogether and as always, the only prize is the satisfaction of crushing bare human skulls under your tire treads — I mean, scratching your human weekly film trivia itch. Beep. Once you’ve got through the lot, you’ll find a link to a separate post with the correct answers at the bottom of this post. Please let us know how you did in the comments (scores out of 30 this week) and give us any other lovely feedback. Activate!
ROUND ONE – This Week In Movie History
This round is about new UK cinema releases and general film history from this week in years past – we’ve given you the year at the start of each question to help out!
- 2021 – Released on Disney+ in the UK today, which film won this year’s Academy Award for Best Picture?
- 1988 – Who directed Empire Of The Sun?
- 1992 – Complete the title of the Sylvester Stallone comedy – Stop! Or My Mom Will…
- 1974 – What kind of beast is the subject of Hammer’s The Beast Must Die?
- 2010 – Who plays Alice Creed in the British thriller The Disappearance Of Alice Creed?
- 1986 – What is the full title of the sequel to Romancing The Stone?
- 1998 – Who reprised their Oscar-winning role from The Fugitive in the spin-off U.S. Marshals?
- 2007 – Which British drama has TV spin-offs set in 1986, 1988, and 1990?
- 1982 – Born this week, who connects the 1990s films Jumanji, Small Soldiers, and The Virgin Suicides?
- 2011 – Which horror franchise features an astral plane called the Further?
ROUND TWO – Welcome to Our Robot Overlords
Here’s 10 questions about artificial intelligence and robots asserting themselves, as seen in various different cinematic interpretations.
- What is the name of the computer network that initiates a future war in The Terminator?
- Who plays female humanoid robot Ava in 2015’s Ex Machina?
- Which 1951 sci-fi classic features a giant robot called Gort?
- Which actor provides the voice of the Iron Giant in 1999’s The Iron Giant?
- Which 1980s techno-thriller ends with a military supercomputer offering “a nice game of chess”?
- Voiced by James Spader, which artificial intelligence menaces the Avengers in a 2015 Marvel film?
- Which $1,000-a-day robot theme park is the subject of a 1970s sci-fi thriller of the same name?
- In the Matrix films, Sentinels are nicknamed for their resemblance to what animal?
- Leon, Pris, and Zhora are characters in which sci-fi film?
- How many Brave Little Toaster movies have been released to date?
ROUND THREE – Pot Luck
Let’s finish with a random selection of pot luck movie questions – these could come from any era, any genre, or any level of difficulty. Enjoy!
- Patriot Games, The Sum Of All Fears, and this week’s streaming release Without Remorse are all based on books by which American author?
- Which TV quiz show features prominently in Starter For Ten?
- In which dark comedy does Reese Witherspoon play high-school student Tracy Flick?
- Who stars as Patrick Swayze’s bereaved girlfriend in 1990’s Ghost?
- Which 1950 drama ends with the famous quote “All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up”?
- Which country connects the films Courage Under Fire, The Devil’s Double, and Three Kings?
- The Golden Army is the 2008 sequel to which comic book film?
- Who plays Muriel Heslop in 1995’s Muriel’s Wedding?
- Princess Giselle is a character in which Disney film?
- And finally, what role connects Gary Oldman, Timothy Spall, and Christian Slater?
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