After moving to Edwardsville, I’ve tried my best to go to bar trivia every Tuesday night. My teammates are not always able to make it, though.
That usually means we go twice a month, but it’s still enjoyable.
There’s something about minor facts that makes you feel better about yourself. Similarly to how not knowing basic information makes you feel like an idiot.
The third round of every trivia night at our local establishment is my favorite, Movie Trivia.
I love movies. They are pure entertainment. I watched them a lot with my Dad, even though they weren’t my favorite. Then, as college came around And I got a DVD for my computer, the whole world opened up. From The Matrix to Caddy Shack, I just wanted more.
The bar movie trivia is straightforward. The trivia master reads a sentence or two descriptions of the movie, and you have to give the film’s name correctly.
I struggle with romantic comedies and movies before the 1980s, but otherwise, I can usually figure it out even if I haven’t seen the film.
There is a movie trivia game that fits this mold well, framed.wtf. But, I want to create my own to help me practice for round three of my local trivia.
I will create an app that gives you the description of a movie, and you have to guess the movie title.
The data is available from themoviedb.org and could be fetched and stored, and does not require any external calls besides image loading. Thirty fields can be returned in the movie details, but we only need the movie title and “overview.”
For example, for the movie 17473, we would see an overview of:
Johnny is a successful banker with great respect for and dedication to the people in his life, especially his future wife Lisa. The happy-go-lucky guy sees his world being torn apart when his friends begin to betray him one-by-one.
I want to try to break the “overview” into sections. You can insert breaks after each sentence, but that will generally only give you two chances. If you wanted to break it into five different pieces, you could rigidly select 1/5th of the words in order.
- Johnny is a successful banker with great respect for …
- and dedication to the people in his life,
- especially his future wife Lisa. The happy-go-lucky …
- guy sees his world being torn apart when …
- his friends begin to betray him one-by-one.
It works reasonably well. You will get some odd breaks, but it’s easier than manually editing each movie’s summary.
Let’s throw in bonus points for naming director and year and get excited about talkie-trivia!