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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Can You Describe A Movie In One Short Phrase?

In this game, you must describe each movie in a short phrase, no longer than 6 words (I just picked that number out of the air).  All are classics with their remakes ... some are not exactly remakes but films about the same story.  You don't have to judge which is better, but you can if you want to.  It should be a little challenging and interesting to see what you can say in a few words ...

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Fredric March and Fredric March
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Spencer Tracy and Spencer Tracy
Mutiny on the Bounty
Clark Gable and Charles Laughton
Mutiny on the Bounty
Marlon Brando and Trevor Howard

The Fly
David Hedison
The Fly
Jeff Goldblum
The Thing From Another World
James Arness
The Thing
Kurt Russell
Gunfight at the OK Corral
Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas
Wyatt Earp
Kevin Costner and Dennis Quaid
Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer


  1. O.K. Becky , let's see ...

    1. One of the best !

    2. Not impressed .

    3. A true classic .

    4. A well made web of suspense !

    5. The same web , slightly tattered .

    6. Makes me jump !

    7. Makes me puke !!

    8. Classic western style .

    9. Western , no style .

    10. Worthy successor to the original !

  2. Ok CB, I'll take a stab at this. I'll do the Fly (original)Here we go...The fly is great,remakes gross.

  3. I will take a stab at the film, Tombstone.

    A western bromance.

  4. Becky, let me see what I can do with this just off the top of my head.... (I'm doing this without a rehearsal, folks! :-))

    1.) Top hat and wails!

    2.) Two of a kind?

    3.) Mutiny on the Bounty -- a quicker picker-upper!

    4.) All other Bountys are just water-logged!

    5.) Scientists shouldn't play with web things!

    6.) Jeff takes a dip in the plasma pool and gets in over his head!

    7.) Cool dialogue, chilling suspense!

    8.) Cool F/X, cold night's death -- who goes there?

    I'll stop here, as Westerns were never my strong suit! :-)

  5. Becks,

    The Fly..Get real Goldblum, you scare me!

    Mutiny (either one) Men In Uniform, Not Always Nice!

  6. You guys are so creative!
    DAVID, I love "The same web , slightly tattered." LOL!
    Good one, TOM. (The remake is gross, but I love it!)
    DAWN, you are a stitch, girl. Perfect description!
    DORIAN, Wonderful -- Favorites: "Top hat and wails!" and "All other Bountys are just water-logged" -- great!
    PAGE, Loved 'em. Men in uniforms may not always be nice, but boy they look good!

  7. Becky, I'm glad you enjoyed my mini-assessments of the movies for "One Short Phrase"! Everyone here did a great job, in fact! Thanks for suggesting this fun wordplay game, my friend!

    Also, I LOVE your blog's new color scheme with blues and purples, with white letters on a black background! It's smart, stylish, and easy on my eyes! :-)

  8. I'm so tickled that you like my blog's new look. You know me -- I just get the yen to rearrange, re-color, and this time I thought I'd soften it a bit with other colors I love.

  9. Hi Becky, what a cool post. I've been wracking my brain but this is all I could come up with:

    Jekyll Drinks Potion = Hyde Loco Motion.

    Wretched Sea Captain, Unhappy Sailors.

    Physicist Runs Afoul of Entomology.

    Human/Insect Switcheroo

    Attack of the Seven Foot Vegetable

    Men in Black with Colts.

    I gave it a try. :)

  10. Yvette, you not only tried, you succeeded -- those are great! I love the Jekyll one and the Physicist particularly. Great descriptions, lady!

  11. 1. Only horror movie Oscar winner.

    2. Spencer looks mean without make-up.

    3. It should've been Flynn--not Gable.

    4. Wake me up before it go-go's.

    5. Maybe I'll walk next time.

    6. Damn fly.

    7. Matt Dillon as giant alien vegetable.

    8. It's better than the original--yes!

    9. Catchy Western song by Frankie.

    10. Sorry, got bored and dozed.

    11. It's okey-dokey at this corral.

  12. I've got one about The Fly remake:
    Brundlefly, zip your fly!


  13. RICK, I love 'em! Particularly, "It should have been Flynn, not Gable" (of course!) -- "Maybe I'll walk next time" -- "Sorry, I got bored and dozed" -- and (groan) "It's okey dokey at this corral." Clever fellow!

    LAURA: You kill me -- after a while, he didn't have a fly to zip! Poor dude!

  14. Becky - too hard, but I'll try:
    1. Creepy with make-up
    2. Creepy sans make-up
    3. Captain Bligh creepy
    4. Mr. Christian creepier
    5. Cheese on my Fly
    6. Fly on my Cheese
    7. Grass doesn't grow on a busy street
    8. Remakes can be a good "Thing"
    9. Good
    10. Better
    11. Best.


  15. 1. His heart's in the right place.
    2. He tries so hard.
    3. Honour vs. Duty.
    4. It's all about the girls!

    7. Cold nights and raw carrots.

    9. Tiomkin trumps guns.

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