The Great American Indie Quiz
1 In what 1998 indie drama did both Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Batman (Christian Bale) have starring roles?
2 Name one of two acclaimed indie films that deal with pianists as tortured geniuses. (Hint: One uses lots of Bach and the other prominently features Rachmaninoff.)
3 What Robert Altman film featured cameos by these ”C”-list celebs: Cher, James Coburn, Cathy Lee Crosby, and John Cusack?
4 Name the song that John Travolta and Uma Thurman dance to in Pulp Fiction.
5. Bob Harris (Bill Murray) is shooting a commercial for what brand of Japanese whiskey in Lost in Translation?
6 A box office hit in 1983, The Big Chill bears a superficial resemblance to what John Sayles movie released three years earlier?
7 Last year, director Jim Jarmusch put Bill Murray on the road in Broken Flowers. In what 1984 movie did he send a bunch of misfits on trips to Cleveland and Florida?
8 High school girls are agreeable to Dazed And Confused‘s skeevy Lothario David Wooderson (Matthew McConaughey) because as ”I get older,” they do what?
9 Name the two actresses who won Oscars for their work in 2003’s Monster and 2001’s Monster’s Ball.
10 What novelist/ spoken-word artist played the role of Tom the Priest in Drugstore Cowboy?
11 Who played Johnny Rotten to Gary Oldman’s Sid Vicious in Sid & Nancy?
12 Trainspotting wasn’t the only 1996 indie to make use of Iggy Pop’s ”Lust for Life.” What other film featured this buoyant punk anthem?
13 Which one of these awards did Steven Soderbergh’s sex, lies, and videotape actually win?
B. Golden Globe
C. Cannes Palme d’Or
D. Writers Guild of America
14 One of the ”stars” of this postapocalyptic Aussie indie was a 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT coupe.
15 What cult fave featured the characters ”Beautiful Girl Across the Hall” and ”Man in the Planet”?
16 In which of these highly regarded indies does Catherine Keener NOT appear?
B. Far From Heaven
C. Being John Malkovich
D. Walking and Talking
17 Who is the affable dining companion to raconteur Andre Gregory in 1981’s My Dinner With Andre?
18 Ten years before he directed Brokeback Mountain, Ang Lee made this charming indie whose English title, David Letterman once joked, was how Arnold Schwarzenegger first asked Maria Shriver for a date.
19 This Lost star gained notice eight years earlier for his performance in The English Patient.
20 Who played the husky-voiced best friend of Enid (Thora Birch) in Ghost World?
21 John Waters’ Polyester utilized what sadly forgotten cinematic innovation?
D. The ”Tingler”
22 What is the name of the comic book put out by Holden McNeil (Ben Affleck) and Banky Edwards (Jason Lee) in Chasing Amy?
23 What’s the patriotic nom de porn of Julianne Moore’s character in Boogie Nights?
24 In Rushmore, Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) was given two pins at school. For what achievements did he earn this recognition?
25 Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing received two Oscar nominations, including a Best Supporting Actor nod for Danny Aiello. In what category did the film earn its other nomination?
26 My Big Fat Greek Wedding had, among its producers, this Oscar-winning star and his wife.
27 What indie band does Sam (Natalie Portman) recommend to Andrew (Zach Braff) when they first meet in Garden State?
28 Rank these indie films according to their domestic box office take (from higest to lowest)
A Before Sunset
B Napoleon Dynamite
C The Blair Witch Project
D Welcome to the Dollhouse