Pop Culture Quiz (I scored 16%)

Do a quick read of CBC’s Top 100 “pop culture mementoes of 2008” and see how many you’ve heard of before. A quick copy-and-paste from the list and I score 16 out 100, and most of those 16 are pretty weak points. (My score would be even lower for popular music.) I am so out of touch. I like #14 the most.

1. There Will Be Blood. — Saw the movie.

2. I’m F**king Matt Damon (YouTube video). — Saw the video.

3. The fifth and final season of The Wire. — Saw it and loved it. It’s so good you don’t even know it’s good. It’s that good.

4. In Bruges. — Read reviews for the movie.

5. Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler. — Read about it.

6. Electric Arguments, The Fireman. — Heard about it (Paul McCartney’s new band).

7. Tina Fey. — Big deal. She does Sarah Palin.

8. Robert Downey, Jr. — I saw him a in a couple movies. He’s a good actor.

9. Tropic Thunder. — Saw the movie and could have done without it. Ben Stiller doesn’t make me laugh. (Flight of the Conchords makes me laugh.)

10. Slumdog Millionaire. — Read about the movie.

11. Andrew Lloyd Webber on How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? — Didn’t see the show, wouldn’t if you paid me, but I’m aware it exists.

12. Man on Wire. — Read reviews about the feature documentary.

13. Cloverfield. — Saw the movie.

14. “Mexico City” by Jolie Holland. — I have the album, but didn’t see the video until now. It looks like it was shot behind J-Walk‘s house.

15. Burn After Reading. — I saw this Coen Brothers movie.

16. Happy-Go-Lucky. — I read about this Mike Leigh movie.

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Phillip Cairns is a beekeeper in St. John's, Newfoundland, who writes about beekeeping at mudsongs.org.

7 Replies to “Pop Culture Quiz (I scored 16%)”

  1. Do it. You don’t have to read each item and take notes like I did. I went through them and counted them first. It took maybe a minute. The year in music review is even worse.

  2. On Tropic Thunder, I have to agree that Stiller isn’t funny, but he has been in movies that I have liked, “Something about Mary”, “Meet the Parents”. Anyhow, Cruise and Downey are the actors to look for in Tropic Thunder. Jack Black was just annoying in it. Almost reminded me of an unfunny Chris Farley.

  3. I saw “Something About Mary” when it came out and I remember I liked it. I don’t know if I liked anything else with Ben Stiller, though. As a rule, I’m staying clear of him altogether for now on. I agree that Cruise and Downey were the best things about the movie, and yup, Jack Black was not funny.

  4. 11 – 16 I haven’t seen or heard. Although I am a huge Mike Leigh fan and have seen most of his work. Ditto Coens. I have a gap to fill here.

    I am not a fan of comedy movies in general and usually only see them when somebody insists I watch it with them (on cable or dvd), so I miss most of Stillers work and it hasn’t affected my life so much that I can tell.

  5. 11 – 16 I haven’t seen or heard. Although I am a huge Mike Leigh fan and have seen most of his work. Ditto Coens. I have a gap to fill here.

    I am not a fan of comedy movies in general and usually only see them when somebody insists I watch it with them (on cable or dvd), so I miss most of Stillers work and it hasn’t affected my life so much that I can tell.

  6. What did you think of Burn After Reading?

    I think I have to watch it again to appreciate it. I felt that all the characters were assholes… I think that was the idea though. Very weird comedy and I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone, just to people that like very dark comedy.

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