The Many Faces Of John Goodman

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This week sees the premiere of Dan Trachtenberg's 10 Cloverfield Lane, the odd surprise add-on to 2008's Cloverfield. Is it a prequel, a sequel, a spin-off, an "equal"? Trying to figure that one out is actually one of the film's biggest charms.

What you probably will know going in, is that it stars John Goodman, and that he will be great is basically a given. I'll go as far as to say he is one of the best actors currently working, worldwide, with his talent impressively managing to overpower his distinctive physique. Few actors can so believably switch between jovial, menacing, kind, dangerous, vulnerable, invulnerable, and outright psychotic.

So once again I'm going to use a gallery of pictures of one of my favourite thespians to make a quiz. And again it's a big quiz with 18 pictures! Click through the images, and guess which movies or shows they're from. No competition, no prizes, just for fun, try to see how far you get without using IMDb!

And I'll post the answers next Thursday, or earlier if someone gets all of them right...

Juan J. Espinoza, Ben Croll, Dustin Chang, Kurt Halfyard and James Marsh contributed to this story.

And here he is as "Howard" in 10 Cloverfield Lane.

This one doesn't count yet for the quiz, but all others do, so please browse through the gallery: click on the edge of the picture to get the next one, and see how many of them all you can identify!

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bricriu .March 11, 2016 10:10 AM

1.) too easy, The Big Lebowski
3.) CHUD!!! (just watched it the other night)
4.) Barton Fink?
7.) Revenge of the Nerds
9.) O Brother Where Art Thou
10.) Monsters Inc.

Ard VijnMarch 11, 2016 10:28 AM

All correct!
That leaves 2, 5, 6, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18.

What do you mean, number 1 is too easy? "Shut up Donny!"

ManateeAdvocateMarch 11, 2016 11:24 AM

#5 Speed Racer?
#6 Wow, what it that movie?
#8 Bringing Out the Dead
#11 Oh man, I know this one. Dammit.
#12 Arachnophobia
#14 Raising Arizona
#15 The Emperor's New Groove?

bricriu .March 11, 2016 12:16 PM

Mark. It. Zero.

Pos3000March 11, 2016 1:40 PM

6. Inside Llewyn Davis

...and that's all I got

Łukasz GrelaMarch 11, 2016 1:57 PM

#18 - The Borrowers

Łukasz GrelaMarch 11, 2016 2:15 PM

#16 - Coyote Ugly?

Łukasz GrelaMarch 11, 2016 2:16 PM

No Flintstones? I'm dissapointed:)

Ard VijnMarch 11, 2016 4:39 PM

The ones you know are correct!
That just leaves 2, 6, 11, 13, 16, 17, and 18.

Ard VijnMarch 11, 2016 4:39 PM

That leaves 2, 11, 13, 16, 17, and 18.

Ard VijnMarch 11, 2016 4:40 PM

Correct! That leaves 2, 11, 13, 16, and 17.

Ard VijnMarch 11, 2016 4:40 PM

Correct! That leaves 2, 11, 13, and 17.

Ard VijnMarch 11, 2016 4:41 PM

Knew I forgot one...

Steven FazziMarch 11, 2016 8:16 PM

#2 is David Byrne's underseen "True Stories" (1986) (which would also make a good trivia question involving either Spalding Gray or the great cinematographer Ed Lachman).

On the basis of this film's quirkiness, I think it is a great missed opportunity that Byrne never directed an episode of, e.g., late-season-2 "Twin Peaks" or "Amazing Stories" or one of Bryan Fuller's early programs ("Wonderfalls" or maybe "Pushing Daisies"). Actually, I think it is a great missed opportunity that Byrne hardly directed any more at all, as I think his voice would have been welcome in TV or the arthouse branch of cinema. Of course, his musical output has remained steady, and he seems to be in fine health and as busy as ever with various multimedia projects, so I certainly don't consider his lack of filmmaking work a knock against him, just a shame for we cinephiles.

Ard VijnMarch 12, 2016 9:19 AM

Correct! That just leaves 11, 13 and 17...

One-EyeMarch 12, 2016 11:01 PM

SPEED RACER is actually pretty damn good. Especially at home on a good AV system.

Yeah, I said it!!

glenn baskinMarch 13, 2016 9:15 AM

13 is Matinee

Ard VijnMarch 13, 2016 10:44 AM

You have friends here at TwitchFilm, trust me. And indeed that Blu-ray is a damn fine demo.

Ard VijnMarch 13, 2016 10:45 AM

Correct! That just leaves 11 and 17...

Bob BakerMarch 13, 2016 3:07 PM

#11 - One Night at McCool's

Ard VijnMarch 14, 2016 6:26 AM

Now only one remains...

Ard VijnMarch 14, 2016 9:29 AM

As the last one was recognized over on our Facebook page, that means the end of this quiz! As usual, here are the titles and the people who first identified them:

1: THE BIG LEBOWSKI (bricriu)
2: TRUE STORIES (Steven Fazzi)
3: C.H.U.D. (bricriu)
4: BARTON FINK (bricriu)
5: SPEED RACER (ManateeAdvocate)
8: BRINGING OUT THE DEAD (ManateeAdvocate)
10: MONSTERS INC. (bricriu)
11: ONE NIGHT AT McCOOL'S (Bob Baker)
12: ARACHNAPHOBIA (ManateeAdvocate)
13: MATINEE (Glenn Baskin)
14: RAISING ARIZONA (ManateeAdvocate)
15: THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE (ManateeAdvocate)
16: COYOTE UGLY (Łukasz Grela)
17: BLUES BROTHERS 2000 (Henrique Amud)
18: THE BORROWERS (Łukasz Grela)