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Can You Guess the '90s Movie From an Emoji Sequence?
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet gave stellar performances in this historic romantic drama. What was it?
In addition to winning the Academy Award for Best Picture, "Titanic" took home an additional ten statuettes, including Best Director, Best Costume Design, and Best Music, Original Song. Overall, it was nominated for 14 awards, with Kate Winslet losing to Helen Hunt for "As Good as it Gets."
Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt started dating after they worked on this gritty mystery featuring a killer with a unique pattern. What film was it?
"Se7en" paired Brad Pitt up with Morgan Freeman as a rookie and veteran cop, who were in pursuit of Kevin Spacey's "John Doe," a serial killer who killed his victims based off of one of the seven deadly sins.
A live-action version of this 1991 Disney classic featuring Emma Watson was made in 2017. What romantic film is it?
"Beauty and the Beast" was nominated for six Academy Awards in 1991, which is no small feat. However, when it was nominated for Best Picture, it achieved something that all animated features had never achieved before: being in competition with live-action films for the biggest award of the ceremony.
Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening play the Burnhams, a married couple suffering in suburbia in 1999. What Best Picture winner is this film?
Alan Ball, who wrote and produced "American Beauty," has produced a couple of other shows that you may recognize: he was listed as an executive producer for TV shows "True Blood," "Six Feet Under," and "Cybill."
Robin Williams and Nathan Lane play a couple in this film about an engagement, a dinner party, and above all love. What romantic comedy is this?
While you may not recognize Hank Azaria, who plays Agador, the Goldman's butler, by his physical appearance, you may recognize him from his other work: he plays a bunch of different characters on "The Simpsons," including Moe Szyslak and Chief Wiggum.
Bruce Campbell reprised one of his most famous roles Ash, in the third installation of this cult classic series. Which film is it?
Sam Raimi, the producer of the Evil Dead franchise, also has another group of films to add to his following. He produced the Spider-Man films featuring Tobey Maguire in the lead. As a nod to his fans that brought him to where he was, he had Bruce Campbell make a couple cameos.
Brandon Lee, son of Bruce Lee, was shot and killed on the set of this film. What film was it?
On top of having amazing fight scenes, "The Crow" had a soundtrack that was filled with prominent artists during the time. Artists such as The Cure, Stone Temple Pilots, and My Life with the Thrill Kill Cult helped set the mood for this now iconic movie.
George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino play the Gecko brothers in this vampire film. What film was it?
This isn't the last time that Quentin Tarantino (who not only acted but wrote the screenplay for "From Dusk Till Dawn") and director Robert Rodriguez would work together. In 2007, Tarantino and Rodriguez paired up to direct the two films featured in "Grindhouse," an homage to the exploitation films of the 1970s.
Nominated for an Academy Award in 1994, this animated feature was directed by Tim Burton and is now a Christmas classic. What seasonal treat is it?
For many of his films, Tim Burton utilized Danny Elfman's musical talent for memorable soundtracks. "The Nightmare Before Christmas" was no different, however, the former Oingo Boingo lead singer performed vocals for the skeletal lead man, Jack Skellington.
The first Disney animated film to feature a male lead, this film has a big blue genie who steals the scene every time he appears. What film is it?
If it weren't for Robin Williams's Genie, "Aladdin" may have fallen flat. However, with Williams behind the film, he was able to improvise many of his scenes, and because Disney allowed most of the dialog to be used, the Genie came across as a masterpiece.
Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock star in this movie about a bomb on a bus. What blockbuster is it?
Annie (portrayed by Sandra Bullock) must have the worst luck with traveling. A couple of years after her crazy bus ride, she hops on a boat and runs into the same issue, except she's accompanied with a different officer. "Speed 2: Cruise Control" was released in 1997 and it didn't have as great of a return as the original.
This movie, named after a holiday, is about a pending alien invasion and how humanity fights back. What film is it?
What this movie lacked in plot delivered in effects. So much so that it won the Academy Award for Best Effects, Visual Effects and was nominated for Best Sound.
This film helped launch M. Night Shyamalan's film career into the stratosphere. Featuring a young boy who sees ghosts, it has an awesome twist at the end. What film is it?
Bruce Willis portrays Dr. Malcolm Crowe, the psychologist hired to assist Cole Sear (portrayed by Haley Joel Osment) with his paranormal issue. This isn't the first time this decade that Willis has played a psychologist: in 1994's "Color of Night" he portrayed Dr. Bill Capa, a therapist on the prowl for a murderer.
This 1990 blockbuster film features Macaulay Culkin playing an 8 year-old boy left to his own devices over Christmas. What film is it?
Even though this film was a breakout film for Macaulay Culkin, it was Catherine O'Hara who had more parts in holiday films. In addition to playing Kate McAllister in both Home Alone movies, she was Sally in "The Nightmare Before Christmas."
At the time, this film featured real-life couple Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder. Set in suburban America, this film became a Christmas film that you can revisit any time of year. Which film was it?
"Edward Scissorhands" was the first collaboration between Johnny Depp and Tim Burton: overall, they would work on eight films together. This film was also Vincent Price's last film: he played The Inventor, Edward's father figure, who tragically dies before he could replace Edward's scissored hands with normal human hands.
Set in 1977, this film focuses on the rise of a talent in the adult film industry. What is it?
"Boogie Nights" had several notable stars: Burt Reynolds, Heather Graham, William H. Macy, Julianne Moore, and Mark Wahlberg. However, it wasn't the biggest star of them all. Many people were speculating on whether a scene featuring Wahlberg's character's member was really his.
A spin on the Cinderella story, this movie features an Los Angeles call girl and a millionaire. Which rom-com is it?
Richard Gere and Julia Roberts lit up the screen in "Pretty Woman," which is considered a staple in the romantic comedy genre. The public liked Gere and Roberts together so much that they reunited in "Runaway Bride."
Remember all those toys you used to play with as a child? Well this movie features a cast of playable characters, including Buzz Lightyear. What film is it?
Many classic toys were featured in "Toy Story" including plastic Army men, Mr. Potato Head, Slinky Dog, a piggy bank, and a plastic T-Rex toy. With Tom Hanks and Tim Allen playing the two lead characters, Disney/Pixar struck cinematic gold.
Neve Campbell and Skeet Ulrich star in this slasher film featuring a white masked killer. What film is it?
The villain behind the first "Scream" film used a mask that looked like the subject of the painting "The Scream" by Edward Munch, painted in the late 1800s. Perhaps that where the title for the movie came from?
Ewan McGregor made his big break in this film about drug addiction, recovery, and friendship. What film is it?
Many of the Scottish dialects can be difficult to understand in "Trainspotting." Luckily, it was based on Irvine Welsh's novel of the same name; however, instead of writing it in clear English, you can read the novel with a Scottish dialect there too!
This Quentin Tarantino film featured a band of crooks all with colorful names. Which film was it?
Even though it only grossed a little over $2,000,000 at the box office, "Reservoir Dogs" highlighted Tarantino's signature style of film: gritty and quick dialogue along with perfectly cut scenes. His next films, "True Romance" and "Pulp Fiction" made him a household name during the 1990s.
Heath Ledger and Julia Styles had fantastic chemistry in this teen comedy based off of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." What film is it?
In one of his first major roles, Heath Ledger broke away in this feature about an undesirable girl, her sister, and the road she inadvertently takes to get her first boyfriend. Ledger later won an Academy Award posthumously for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his portrayal of the Joker in "The Dark Knight." Ledger had passed away in 2008 of a drug overdose.
Alicia Silverstone showed off her keen sense of fashion in this 1995 film. What is it?
Although Silverstone was the primary focus in "Clueless" there are two actors that didn't get their spotlights until later: Brittany Murphy, who played Lisa Swenson in "Drop Dead Gorgeous," and was recognizably the voice of LuAnn Platter from "King of the Hill"; and Paul Rudd, who's currently one of Marvel's smaller superheroes: Ant-Man in various movies.
Set in an old hotel on New Year's Eve, this movie features Tim Roth as a tired bellhop. Do you know the name of this film?
"Four Rooms" was an underrated yet well spun story taking the audience around a hotel during New Year's Eve in a hotel. Each room is featured in its own vignette and has its own director. One of the directors was Quentin Tarantino, who worked with Roth on "Reservoir Dogs."
This movie, an Americanized version of Robert Rodriguez's "El Mariachi" had Antonio Banderas seeking out justice in Mexico. What film is it?
Even though "Desperado" had a small budget by Hollywood's standards ($7 million), "El Mariachi" had a minuscule budget: only $7,000. "El Mariachi" earned a little over $2 million at the box office, making it one of the most profitable films ever created.
Jamie Lee Curtis reprised one of her most influential roles, Laurie Strode in this 20th-anniversary version of the horror movie featuring Michael Meyers. Which film is it?
In 2015, Jamie Lee Curtis returned to her horror roots, however it was on the small screen. "Scream Queens," developed by Brian Falchuk and Brian Murphy (creators of "American Horror Story") paid homage to the slasher films that made Jamie Lee Curtis a household name.
In 2015, this dinosaur franchise was revived with the help of Chris Pratt. What film is this?
Unsurprisingly, "Jurassic Park" took home three awards in 1993 each for the stellar visual and sound effects that gave audiences the dinosaur experience of a lifetime. This movie has become the benchmark for dinosaur movies.
In 1999, this movie helped define a new genre of horror film: the found footage movie. What was it?
Not only did "The Blair Witch Project" use new and innovative ways to tell a story, but they also had excellent marketing as well. A skin and bones (by today's standards) historic site appeared on the web around the time the movie was set to release. It had a history of hauntings as well as information on the missing students. On top of this, there were rarely any trailers aired on TV during that time, and it relied on word of mouth to get the masses in.
Featuring Ron Livingston and a slew of misfits, this movie had us asking about red staplers. What Mike Judge film is it?
Did you know that the coveted Swingline Red Stapler didn't exist before "Office Space"? Because Mike Judge wanted the stapler to stand out more on screen, he had an auto body shop spray a stapler red, and after the movie became a cult hit, the public started to demand red staplers. Today, it is considered on of Swingline's more prominent products.
This 1991 film features Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his role as a killer robot. Which film is this?
"Terminator 2: Judgement Day" was nominated for six Academy Awards and won four of them: Best Sound, Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing, Best Effects, Visual Effects, and Best Makeup.
Lawrence Fishburne offered a lowly computer programmer a choice between a red and blue pill in this sci-fi film. What film is it?
Did you know that Morpheus (the name of Lawrence Fishburne's character) has its roots in Greek mythology? Morpheus is the son of Hypnos, the god of sleep. Morpheus' job? To place humanoid shapes into dreams. Kinda makes sense why he'd use that name, huh?
Brad Pitt and Edward Norton star in this movie about a club that "doesn't exist." What's this film?
Keep your eyes peeled when watching this movie. In addition to hidden plot lines, you'll see a couple of musicians. Oscar award winner and 30 Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto plays a character named Angel Eyes and "Rocky Horror Picture Show" alum Meat Loaf plays a character named Bob Paulsen.
The flux capacitor needed a charge in this final movie of this time-traveling franchise. Which movie is it?
Since the conclusion of the Back to the Future trilogy in 1990, Christopher Lloyd has played his character Doc Brown 17 different times, one of which was the animated "Back to the Future." It ran for two seasons and won four Daytime Emmy Awards.
Four girls from a private school start to tinker with darker forces in this 1996 film. Which one was it?
This film isn't the only horror flick that Neve Campbell and Skeet Ulrich were together in. In 1996's "Scream," Campbell's Sidney Prescott and Ulrich's Billie Loomis were a couple who was terrorized by the Ghostface killer.
Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks star in this film that has become a classic romantic comedy. Which one is it?
Even though Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks have been in three other films, none of them have the same magic that "Sleepless in Seattle" did. These movies included "Joe Versus the Volcano," "You've Got Mail," and in 2015 they reunited in "Ithaca."
Tom Hanks won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Andrew Beckett, an attorney with HIV who was wrongfully fired. What film is it?
This was the first of two Academy Awards that Tom Hanks would win during the 1990s as a leading man. The other win came a year later when he won for his portrayal of the lovable Forrest Gump.
Lori Petty, Rosie O'Donnell, Tom Hanks, and Madonna hit a home run with this baseball film. Which one is it?
One of the highlights of the film "A League of Their Own" isn't seen on camera. Penny Marshall, of "Laverne and Shirley" fame directs this mostly female cast, adding a feminine softness to America's favorite past time.
As a prequel to his quirky television drama, David Lynch released this box office flop. Which bomb is it?
In 2017, "Twin Peaks: The Return" aired on Showtime to the delight of its many fans. The creepy part? During an episode of "Twin Peaks," Laura Palmer teases Agent Cooper in the red room saying, "I'll see you in 25 years." "Twin Peaks" was released in 1992...
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Uma Thurman portray the villains in this addition to the Batman franchise. Which one was it?
George Clooney portrayed Batman in this film that many consider to be one of the worst in the franchise. Directed by Joel Schumacher, it deterred from the usual dark tones of the DC vision and instead there was neon fight scenes, too many puns, and enough plot holes to drive a bus through.
Tim Burton takes us back to Gotham City in this sequel to his 1989 "Batman." What film is it?
With powerhouse performances by Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Michael Keaton, "Batman Returns" brought in almost $46M in its opening weekend. Overall, it earned almost $285M worldwide.
It would only make sense that the energy of the 1980s would taper out by the time the 1990s arrived. Gone were the scrunchies and legwarmers along with everything bright colored, and in came flannel, chokers, and dark colors were essential in everyone's wardrobe. Music had changed its tone, from happy-go-lucky songs to the birth of grunge where angst and rage against the world were screamed through an angry microphone. And just like the music, movies had changed.
Some of the movies of the 1990s kept the feel-good vibe of the decade prior. "Toy Story" created nostalgia for adults and kids learned about toys that they might not have known existed, and "Forrest Gump" shared the joys and pitfalls of living life. However, a great deal of the movies from this decade were thought-provoking and constantly questioned a lot of different aspects of American Life. "The Matrix" made us all question whether we were living in reality or some computer program, and "Pump Up the Volume" had us rooting for a DJ to express his controversial thoughts through shortwave radio.
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