Film Festival Solution

How It Works

Teams were given a list of movie summaries with star ratings (between 1 and 4 stars). Each movie summary had been altered to contain a reference to some animal. This suggests a pun variant of the movie title for that entry. Teams figured out the animals being referenced, and indexed into the animal names using the star rating (1 star = first letter, 2 stars = second, etc.) to get a letter.

Reading down the column of letters produced another animal/movie reference: "I love the smell of napalm and beef in the morning", which suggested the mangled movie title and final answer of "Apocalypse Cow" (Apocalypse Now).

List of Movies

SummaryOriginal Title
Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks are two rival gastropods who hate each other at the office but fall in love over the internet.You've got Mail
"Hey look kids, there's Big Ben, there's Parliament, and there's a spotted dog."European Vacation
Matt Damon is a reformed flatfish forced to return to the world of high-stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks.Rounders
Five friends journey to a cabin in the woods where they find unspeakable evil lurking in the forest in the form of crop-damaging beetles, in this classic Sam Raimi horror flick.Evil Dead
Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles star in this adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew, set in a modern day sheep-filled high school.Ten Things I Hate About You
Warren Beatty takes on the role of an arachnid parasitic detective in this comic book adaptation.Dick Tracy
Tobey Maguire finds himself sucked into a 1950s television show, complete with loving parents, old-fashioned values, overwhelming naivet�, and a flock of game birds.Pleasantville
Tea Leoni plays a reporter who discovers that the world is in danger due to a collision with a large wooly barnyard animal.Deep Impact
Christian Slater plays a pilot who teams up with a park ranger to recover a nuclear passerine bird.Broken Arrow
Kevin Bacon is a city boy who comes to a small town where rock music, dancing, and large North American deer have been outlawed.Footloose
Tom Cruise is a rookie lawyer sent to defend two Marine chickens accused of murdering a colleague.A Few Good Men
Rob Schneider plays an aquarium cleaner forced to pimp himself out to a series of cetacean clients to raise money.Deuce Bigalow Male Jigolo
Adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl book featuring an orphan who befriends human-like bugs living inside a bloodsucking parasite.James and the Giant Peach
Pixar's first feature-length film, featuring a Japanese fish's struggles with a plastic spaceman.Toy Story
Patrick Swayze heads a gang of teenagers banding together to defend their town from being invaded by young Soviet deer.Red Dawn
Jon Carpenter's campy saga of a prisoner offered a pardon if he'll rescue the US President from an island prison populated by wildebeest.Escape from New York
Sean Connery and Nicholas Cage have to retrieve biological weapons from a renegade raptor.The Rock
George Romero's classic horror film follows a band of survivors trapped in a shopping mall under siege by zombie shellfish.Dawn of the Dead
Danny DeVito and Billy Crystal conspire to murder a South American mammal in this twisted comedy.Throw Mama from the Train
Val Kilmer leads a team of brilliant students developing a laser for what they believe is a class project. But it turns out the government wants to use their work to arm a squadron of snake-like fish.Real Genius
Australian marsupials battle to the death in this campy video game adaptation.Mortal Kombat
A girl from Kansas leads a group of misfits to see a reptile in the Emerald City.The Wizard of Oz
"DO, a dog, a female dog."The Sound of Music
Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper are two bikers who travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of an arachnid.Easy Rider
Spike Lee's award-winning film exploring a relationship between an Italian secretary and an aquatic rodent.Jungle Fever
From the geniuses that brought you Super Troopers, two brothers travel to Munich and stumble upon a secret, centuries-old competition described as "Fight Club" with venison.Beerfest
Will Smith as an ocean-dwelling polyp on the run from government agents.Enemy of the State
Arnold Schwarzenegger leads a triple life as computer salesman, government spy, and garbage-feeding insect.True Lies
Lindsay Lohan tries to survive in a high school populated by arboreal rodents.Mean Girls
A magic yellow winged nanny comes to work for a cold banker's unhappy family.Mary Poppins
Cuba Gooding Jr. overacts his way through a cruise ship filled with bearded, hoofed animals.Boat Trip
Harrison Ford stars in this classic adventure movie featuring archaeology and large ocean predators.Raiders of the Lost Ark
Jack Nicholson's performance as a tiny rodent stuck in a psychiatric hospital earned him an Oscar for Best Actor.One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
Christian Bale stars as a rancher who agrees to hold a captured outlaw cougar awaiting a train to go to court.3:10 to Yuma
Tom Hanks leads a group of US soldiers behind enemy lines to retrieve an African feline paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.Saving Private Ryan
Hijackers seize the steed carrying the president and his family, in this Harrison Ford film.Air Force One
The movie adaptation of the TV series featuring four female New Yorkers who gossip about their sex lives and find new ways to deal with being a bug in the 90s.Sex and the City
Tom Hanks stars in this fantastic tale of a boy whose greatest wish goes awry when he awakens to find himself being fattened up to produce bacon.Big
Dustin Hoffman takes the best actor Oscar for his portrayal of a long-legged savant bird.Rain Man
Kevin Bacon plays a regular guy who becomes tormented with visions of a dead girl and wall-climbing lizards.Stir of Echoes


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