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Spoiler alert: Cinema Parrot Disco has lost her lead. Ever since her early burst of points, the common enemy of the people, who is CPD, looked unstoppable. However, spurned on by her casual stroll ahead, the players behind her have been galvanised into action. There has been some amazing scoring recently and this week saw some players get some gob-smacking runs. Are you one of those players? Read on to find out.

Quick update on myself and the world of acting: I grabbed myself a tasty little acting job on stage. It is for a charity gig, so unpaid, but I do get to try my hand at Shakespeare, something I have never truly done professionally before. I will be playing King Oberon from Midsummer’s Night Dream. For those that don’t know, he is a temperamental King of the Fairies, who uses magic to get his own way over his rebellious Queen, Titania, which causes havoc in the human world. I have been looking for an excuse to try some non-film acting and this is a delightful distraction. The play has a limited audience, so sadly, I cannot try to persuade anyone to come up and see me perform, and it is actually being run on the 1st July. It has a massively short turnaround, so I will be learning my lines, getting to grips with my character and jumping on stage in a mere two weeks (two days, I suppose, judging from when I am planning on running this article). I am sure I will get around to posting a separate article on the experience.

This Round’s Movies

Baby Driver
Gifted
Slack Bay
Churchill
Nails
Tommy’s Honour
Song to Song
The Last Word
Hounds of Love
Centre of my World
The Seasons in Quincy
Rock Dog
Alone in Berlin
Hampstead
Wonder Woman
Baywatch
My Cousin Rachel
Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge
Okja
War Machine

The Teams

Emma K Wall (Tells It All) – 0 (+9) = 9
Ryan Reynolds – 0
Daniel Radcliffe – 0
Tom Hiddleston – 0
Kristen Wiig – 0
Jennifer Lawrence – 0
Rose Byrne – 0

Abbi Osbiston – 7 (+7) = 14
Tom Hardy – 0
Ryan Gosling – 7
Jack O’Connell – 0
Elle Fanning – 0
Imogen Poots – 0
Dakota Johnson – 0

Rhyme and Reason – 3 (+14) = 17
John Goodman – 0
Domhnall Gleeson – 0
J.K. Simmons – 3
Toni Collette – 0
Maika Monroe – 0
Chloe Sevigny – 0

Fairytale Pictures – 7 (+25) = 32
Domhnall Gleeson – 0
Oscar Isaac – 0
Rooney Mara – 7
Rebecca Ferguson – 0
Woody Harrelson – 0
Katherine Waterston – 0

Slip/Through Movies – 8 (+27) = 35
Dwayne Johnson – 1
Vin Diesel – 0
John Boyega – 0
Daisy Ridley – 0
Gal Gadot – 7
Emma Watson – 0

Debra Vega – 3 (+32) = 35
Oscar Isaacs – 0
J. K Simmons – 3
Woody Harrelson – 0
Charlize Theron – 0
Noomi Rapace – 0
Brie Larson – 0

Oracle of Film – 7 (+29) = 36
Andrew Garfield – 0
Michael Fassbender – 7
Domnhall Gleeson – 0
Chloe Grace Moretz – 0
Maika Monroe – 0
Brie Larson – 0

What About Movies – Lily – 10 (+27) = 37
J.K. Simmons – 3
James Franco – 0
Woody Harrelson – 0
Rooney Mara – 7
Katherine Waterston –
Elle Fanning- 0

What About the Twinkie – 8 (+30) = 38
Dwayne Johnson – 1
Woody Harrelson – 0
Keanu Reeves – 0
Gal Gadot – 7
Brie Larson – 0
Charlize Theron – 0

Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger – 7 (+32) = 39
Michael Fassbender – 7
Idris Elba – 0
Tom Holland – 0
Emma Watson – 0
Brie Larson – 0
Kate Winslet – 0

Verbal Spew – 21 (+21) = 42
Gal Gadot – 7
Tilda Swinton – 11
Rebecca Ferguson – 0
James Franco – 0
Woody Harrelson – 0
J. K Simmons – 3

Movie Rob – 6 (+36) = 42
Andrew Garfield – 0
Michael Shannon – 0
Oscar Isaac – 0
Emma Watson – 0
Natalie Portman – 6
Jessica Chastain – 0

Vinnieh – 17 (+28) = 45
Michael Shannon – 0
Michael Fassbender – 7
Joel Edgerton – 0
Natalie Portman – 6
Julianne Moore – 0
Rachel Weisz – 4

Cinema Parrot Disco – 3 (+44) = 47
J.K. Simmons – 3
John Goodman – 0
Samuel L. Jackson – 0
Rebecca Ferguson – 0
Elle Fanning – 0
Brie Larson – 0

WINNER
Marked Movies – 10 (+38) = 48

Michael Fassbender – 7
Oscar Isaac – 0
JK Simmons – 3
Jessica Chastain – 0
Alicia Vikander – 0
Katherine Waterston – 0

How The Teams Scored

Michael Fassbender – 7 (Song to Song – Lead Role: 3; Four Stars: 2; Empire compliments performance)
Ryan Gosling – 7 (Song to Song – Lead Role: 3; Four Stars: 2; Empire compliments performance)
Rooney Mara – 7 (Song to Song – Lead Role: 3; Four Stars: 2; Empire compliments performance)
Natalie Portman – 6 (Song to Song – Supporting Role: 2; Four Stars: 2; Empire compliments performance)
Tilda Swinton – 11 (The Seasons in Quincy – Lead Role: 3; Two Stars: 0/ Okja – Supporting Role: 2; Four Stars: 2; Empire compliments performance: 2; War Machine – Supporting Role: 2; Two Stars: 0)
Rachel Weisz – 4 (My Cousin Rachel – Lead Role: 3; Three Stars: 1)
J. K Simmons – 3 (Rock Dog – Supporting Role: 2; Three Stars: 1)
Dwayne Johnson – 1 (Baywatch – Lead Role: 3; One Star: -2)
Gal Gadot – 7 (Wonder Woman – Lead Role: 3; Four Stars: 2; Empire compliments performance)

Round Analysis

Wow! There have been so many drastic changes I do not even know where to start. The easiest place, I suppose, is Verbal Spew’s powerful left hook with Tilda Swinton. Much like the Samuel L. Jackson manouvere that got CPD into her strong position of power, Swinton gifts Verbal Spew with three movies in a single round. Spew’s advantage is that she is the only person who thought to add Swinton to her team, meaning that when she jumped forward with 11 points (as well as a few more choice picks, meaning her score doubled overnight here), no one was on her heels. Sure, if we were to nitpick, we could argue that two of Swinton’s movies flopped. Netflix’s War Machine doesn’t pay her much heed, the film itself under-achieving. And Swinton also directed her own documentary that didn’t really pan out as pleased. But a crowd-pleasing Okja brought it back and overall, much like the J.K Simmons method, more is more. Verbal Spew has gone from the bottom of the pack to the top set of contenders.

But where can we draw the line at the top set of contenders? With the sad exception of the bottom three, one week is all it takes for someone to jump to the top. For example, Fairytale Pictures might be fourth from last, but his points are still high enough to pose a threat. Marked Movies didn’t so much dazzle us with a Verbal Spew display of aerobatics, as slowly overtake the lumbering CPD. Even he clings onto victory this week, one point away from the wrath of CPD, which is surely coming. And then there is a triple scorer from Vinnieh, putting him a hair breath away from claiming the title once again for himself. Anyone is a contender. Bad things to point out: we all missed a trick with Brendan Gleeson, bringing out two stellar performances in one week. And Dwayne Johnson scored a single point with a dreadful Baywatch. But those that chose the Rock surely took this into account. The race is still well and truly on.

Next Thursday: Drunk Quiz 10. You’re welcome

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