"West Coast Region" -
have judges, we have Chris Gore, and we have the region
of...West Coast Region! Will we have anyone not from
Jason Alexander (no, not THAT Jason Alexander -
San Francisco, CA) - Jason - 'I'm on a mission from
G-d'. Simon Cowell - 'G-d doesn't want you to win this
Denea Mason (San Francisco, CA) - She's short,
she has shoulder length dark hair, and she says she is a
Big Bad Mama.
Ben Putman (Berkeley, CA) - He's got that leather
jacket Quentin Tarantino thing going on as he's seen Mad
Max 47 times - in the theater.
David Leavitt (Sebasticole, CA) - He's African
American with a full beard, a belly, and he went to MIT
- and he says he's 3 geeks in one. I like him.
Dean Backus (San Jose, CA) - He can name Madonna
movies that she was good in. Scary.
Joseph Frank (San Francisco, CA) - He can
appreciate 'Showgirls'. Now THAT scares me.
Oh look. They are all from California. What a shock.
We start the First Cut with Joseph, Dean and the
following categories -
Comics, Film Junkies and Da Lynch Mob. Comics and Film
Junkies, so we get trivia questions on David Lynch.
Joseph - What movie did a deformed John Hurt cry 'I am
not an Animal'?
Correct - Elephant Man
Joseph - Elephant Man
Dean - Who played the lounge singer in Blue Velvet?
Correct - Isabella Rossellini
Dean - Isabella Rossellini
Joseph - What rock star played Feyd in Dune?
Correct - Sting
Joseph - Sting
Dean - Who was Alvin in The Straight Story and what
vehicle did he drive?
Correct - Richard Farnsworth and a Tractor
Dean - Richard Farnsworth and a Tractor
Joseph - In Twin Peaks, Fire Walk With Me - who played
Donna Hayward in the movie?
Correct - Laura Kelly
Joseph - No Guess
Dean advances, and we have one less scary person
remaining in the competition.
David and Ben are next to play - and they don't want
Film Junkies or Comics. They go after the new category -
David - What Tom Cruise movie was Kubrick's last film?
Correct - Eyes Wide Shut
David - Eyes Wide Shut
Ben - In what 1987 movie did a Vietnamese prostitute
tell Matthew Modine 'Me so horny'
Correct - Full Metal Jacket
Ben - Full Metal Jacket
David - Name both movies that Kirk Douglas starred in.
Correct - Paths of Glory and Spartacus
David - Paths of Glory and Spartacus
Ben - What was the name of the haunted hotel in The
Correct - The Overlook
Ben - The Overlook
David - In 'Lolita', who played her mother and how does
she die in the film?
Correct - Shelley Winters and Suicide
David - Shelley Winters and...was hit by a car
Well my favorite goes out the window, a victim of too
much geekdom. Jason or Denae will be the final victim of
round 1. The new category is Pigskin Flicks, but that's
not the category that is selected - Comics is.
Denea - Who played Superman in Superman The Movie?
Correct - Christopher Reeve
Denea - Christopher Reeve
Jason - What euphemism for marijuana is also Kirsten
Dunst's character's first name in Spider Man?
Correct - Mary Jane
Jason - Mary Jane
Denea - Who directed Batman Forever?
Correct - Joel Schumacher
Denea - Christopher Columbus
Denea leaves us, and once again, we are down to three
mawgs (though at least one of them looks like
It's debate time, and Keith David, Tatum O'Neal and
Henry Rollins are the
judges again. We start with who the best director is.
Jason goes for Quentin Tarantino for Reservoir Dogs,
while Ben, who looks like Quentin, goes for the Coen
Brothers, saying that they rely on non-flashy actors
with real values. Jason says that Steve Buscemi and
Michael Madsen aren't flashy, while Ben says that the
Coen Brothers have life pictures. Judges?
Keith - Jason
Tatum - Ben
Henry - Jason
Jason advances to the final two. Ben now has to deal
with Dean as they talk about the single greatest
performance ever. Ben goes with Peter Sellers with Dr.
Strangelove with all of his characters. Dean goes with
Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind and her 4 hour
performance as her British accent is clouded by a
Southern one. Ben attributes Sellers to his movies, and
Dean attributes Sellers to The Pink Panther. That could
be the difference.
Henry - Dean
Tatum - Ben
Keith - Dean
Ben loses to both Dean and Jason, and the Quentin
look-alike is gone. Now we REALLY have 2 mawgs left for
the Obsession Round. Who has the better obsessive
collection? We start with...Round 1.
Jason - A collection of stage productions of films,
Tarantino's works - and a letter from 20th Century Fox
to cease and desist.
Dean - The three Back to the Future Standees, which took
him 6 years to collect.
This is tough, as it has different levels of
obsessionism. Movies = Plays = Bad, as Henry says that
they should have made movies instead. Dean waited 6
years, so he gets the first star.
Round 2 -
Dean - The preview reel of 'Return to Oz', the 1989
movie that sunk like a stone.
Jason - A game called 'Tinseltown', which is a simulated
game of casting 3,000 actors (including the judges) in
The panel decides that Jason took more time out of his
life to create such an extensive game, so he wins the
round and ties up the match.
Round 3 -
Jason - He is the member of the Church of the Heavenly
Wood - A religious church dedicated to the movies of Ed
Wood. OK - maybe he's scarier than Dean
Dean - 20 years worth of E.T. paraphernalia, including
the laser disc, the
vinyl record from Michael Jackson and the entire E.T.
character collection - he got set #1. That's scary too.
This is a very tough call, but the judges decide (as
they have done for most of the series consistently) that
the length of time to get something done is more
important than the wackiness of something done. Scary
Dean wins the competition and moves on, and he dedicates
the win to his parents, his 'partner', and to aspiring
film makers that want films that people will obsess
We'll obsess over the next region in 7 days.