It’s time once again to put down your cell phone and head for ye olde phone booth, those time capsules of yesteryear’s telecommunications infrastructure. I think you’ll have no trouble making all the right connections, as this is one of the easiest quizzes yet! At least in my estimation.
See also: Quiz the third: Phone booth (Part one), Quiz the fifteenth: Phone booth (Part two), Quiz the forty-fourth: Phone booth (Part three).
Phone boxes…why did I not think of phone boxes?
When was the last time you were in one? It’s a nostalgia trip!
So would you say the link is a retro theme? Typewriters, pyjamas, phone boxes?
I miss all of them! Well, maybe not typewriters so much. But I have some fond memories of my old Underwood.
I like an old typewriter, if that’s what you mean; I guess tyou might be referring to pyjamas or phone boxes. So I think the theme of your quiz it retro and I claim my prize! What’s next, gramaphones? Ear trumpets? Penny farthings?
I did have ideas of doing a gramophone quiz. Or at least one with turntables. But I have some other throwbacks in mind as well.
There are over a hundred of these quizzes. The “link” is often-cliched visual tropes from movies that the viewer may or may not have registered as such. I’m curious, Alex, why you don’t give the answers at some later point. Or, as in the old days of print contests, display the solutions in upside-down text. It would be a way to “build a brand,” as the internet marketers say, getting the audience involved to see if they were “right” the next day, or week, or month. (If I had to make a guess, it would be that you are building a slow, monumental indictment of the visual illiteracy of the film-consuming, internet-using masses. Not to educate so much as humble. But at the same time, the purpose might be pure critique, without a need to enlighten regarding content items that are individually trivial but collectively intriguing.)
I think your second theory is close to the mark. I also just believe in mysteries that may be without solutions. Of course there is a solution out there, somewhere, but can it ever be finally arrived at?
And since I *am* participating (occasionally and poorly):
2) Falling Down
11) No Way Out
9) The Dead Zone
18) Time After Time
All aces! Though there’s one in particular here that I thought was right in your zone that you left out . . .
Whoops, well with that nudge:
Stephen Lack’s face was so large it was hiding in plain sight.
These quizzes are weird, the way they interact with memory. I was thinking “Why did Tom get The Dead Zone and not Scanners?”
I should say that I am terrible at these quizzes myself, and would most likely never have got Scanners.
Also, that was a really good catch on The Dead Zone. Didn’t know how recognizable Walken would be from that pic.
My 1980s memories of going to the theatre to see mostly bad Stephen King adaptations are indelible. The Dead Zone is better than some but the two-stories-within-a-story structure still bugs me.
Still pretty impressive to make out Walken.