Film Quiz Friday: Future Nostalgia

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Cheer up, it might never happen! As we hurtle towards the end of another year, this week’s film quiz covers movies set in a future now past.


2023 saw the events of X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Avengers: Endgame, The Purge: Anarchy, and The Tomorrow War (remember that one?) become examples of futuristic films now set in the past. So, in the spirit of looking forward to a new year, this week’s film quiz explores other futures past.

Once you’ve completed all three rounds, you’ll find a link to a separate post with the correct answers at the bottom of this post. As always, this is just for fun, but please let us know how you did in the comments (scores out of 30 this week!) and give us any other lovely feedback. To quote Spaceballs, when will then be now? Soon…

ROUND ONE – This Week In Movie History

Hard Target

This round is about UK cinema releases and general film history from this week in years past – we’ve given you the year at the start of each question to help out!

1. 2001 – Who plays male model Derek Zoolander in Zoolander and its sequel?

2. 2012 – Which Charles Dickens adaptation stars Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham?

3. 1988 – Born this week, who plays Catwoman in both 2017’s The LEGO Batman Movie and 2022’s The Batman?

4. 1974 – What natural event is also the title of a disaster movie originally presented in “Sensurround”: Earthquake or Volcano?

5. 1993 – Hard Target is the English-language debut by which action movie director?

6. 2019 – The Thrombeys and the Cabreras are prominent characters in which murder mystery?

7. 1982 – Complete the title of the comedy starring Steve Martin: Dead Men Don’t Wear… what?

8. 1964 – Also born this week, who plays “Cockney” explosives expert Basher Tarr in Ocean’s Eleven and its sequels?

9. 2006 – In which comedy does Will Ferrell play a character in Emma Thompson’s novel?

10. 2021 – Who connects the films Annette and House Of Gucci, both released in UK cinemas on the same day?

ROUND TWO – Daze Of Future Past

Terminator 2

The future ain’t what it used to be – here are 10 questions about films that are set in a future now past…

11. “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.” Which 1968 sci-fi movie features this quote?

12. Who plays satellite designer Jake Lawson in 2017’s Geostorm?

13. What is the name of Kurt Russell’s character in Escape From New York and Escape From LA?

14. The director’s cut of X-Men: Days Of Future Past is named The Rogue Cut, featuring which actor as Rogue?

15. According to Terminator 2: Judgement Day, the original date of Judgement Day is August 29th in what year?

16. Which fictional 2015 sequel is advertised on the 3D marquee of Hill Valley’s cinema Back To The Future Part II?

17. In District 9, which country is visited by a giant alien spaceship in 1982?

18. Who plays mnemonic courier Johnny in 1995’s Johnny Mnemonic?

19. Set in the 1980s, Futureworld is the sequel to which 1973 sci-fi western?

20. The film 2012 depicts a prophesied apocalypse in December 2012, but in what year was it originally released?

ROUND THREE – Pot Luck

There's Something About Mary

Let’s finish with a random selection of pot luck movie questions – these could come from any era, any genre, or any level of difficulty. Enjoy!

21. Which Clint Eastwood character’s surname is Callahan?

22. Back in cinemas this week for its 40th anniversary, which film connects Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Steven Bauer?

23. Which filmmaking brothers directed There’s Something About Mary?

24. In cinemas this week! Renaissance is a new concert film starring which actor and music superstar?

25. Which 2014 biographical drama goes before Hogs, Tales, and Things to make the titles of three other movies?

26. Who was born earliest: Julia Roberts or Eric Roberts?

27. In the news! Ethan Hawke and director Scott Derrickson will return for a sequel to which 2022 Blumhouse horror movie?

28. Who connects the 1990s films The Cable Guy, Godzilla, and Election?

29. “Somewhere Out There” is an Oscar-nominated song from which 1986 animated movie?

30. And finally, what comes next in this sequence: Fallen > Moon > Extinction > …?

Ready for the answers?

That’s the end of this week’s quiz – when you’re ready to check your answers, click here to get them (it’ll take you to another page) and let us know your scores in the comments below.

We’ll be back next Friday with another film quiz, but until then, check out Issue 46 of Film Stories Magazine, a bumper edition featuring a brand-new set of 50 film questions. You can also catch up with Season 1 of our suitably named film quiz podcast, The Film Quiz Podcast, which features Nick Helm asking movie questions and occasionally berating contestants for getting them wrong.

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