Albany Times Union
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“Expend4bles,” the fourth entry in the successful elite mercenaryaction star film series led by Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham, opens this weekend.
It’s the latest movie to awkwardly insert a number in place of a letter, a trend that really caught fire with the David Fincher/brad Pitt/morgan Freeman thriller, “Se7en.” (Or maybe we should ultimately blame Prince. “I Would Die 4 U,” anyone?)
4 this week’s quiz, we want 2 C how many other movies U remember that follow this trend, whether they B live action or anim8ed, or even if they star a human, a K9 or a kit10.
1. True or false: “Se7en” was the seventh (se7enth?) high-grossing film worldwide in 1995.
2. 2002’s “S1m0ne” was a movie ahead of its time, what with its plot about a movie director creating a computergenerated actress to star in his next film. Al Pacino’s director character derived the non-existent performer’s name from which of the following phrases: Simultaneous Oneness, Simpleminded Saxophone, Smallsat Intercept Missions to Objects Near Earth or Simulation ONE?
3. Although it was released straight to video, 2003’s “Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood” is part of the eight-film (and counting!), non-chronological slasher franchise, with an Irish twist. Where does it fall, one to eight, in order of release?
4. The 2006 Josh Hartnett crime thriller “Lucky Number S Levin” (which gets marginal points for flipping the digit upside down to actually resemble the letter L) was directed by Paul Mcguigan, who directed the first episode of PBS’ “Sherlock.” Did he also direct the pilot episode of a short-lived 2013 ABC series called “Lucky 7”?
5. The final film in the “Final Destination” horror franchise was 2011’s “Final Destination 5.” Boring, but much better than the graphically unfortunate name that was originally announced. Can you guess it?
6. If you remember this 2004 action thriller, the directorial debut of Matthew Vaughn (“Kick-ass,” “Kingsman: The Secret Service”), it’s probably as the film that inspired the James Bond producers to cast star Daniel Craig as the superspy in “Casino Royale.” But what is the London crime flick’s stylized — and hunger-inducing — title?
7. Neither star Vin Diesel nor director Rob Cohen returned for 2003’s “The Fast and the Furious” follow-up, “2 Fast 2 Furious.” Cohen’s replacement marks the only time an Oscar-nominated director helmed one of the entries in the 10-film street racing series. Who was it?
8. Several attempts have been made to turn the comic book superhero team the Fantastic Four into a viable franchise, but none have fared well critically, not even 2015’s “FANT4STIC.” But the actors who played Johnny Storm/human Torch and Reed Richards/mr. Fantastic in that one went on to star in the number one domestic movies of 2018 and 2022, respectively. Who are they?
9. What was the name of the surprise sci-fi horror hit from earlier this year?
10. Pick the sequel title that’s fake: “SCRE4M,” “Step Up 2: The Streets,” “Dances with Wolves: Will the Wolf Sur5?” “Pokemon 4ever” or “Happy Death Day 2U”?
— C.J. Lais Jr.
Saratoga Automobile Museum, Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs. “Bond in Motion.” Featuring 25 official vehicles from the past 60 years of the longest-running film franchise in movie history. Through November.