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Solution to My Dinner With Big Boi

New You City

by Ben Smith and Sandy Weisz
Task instructions by April and Eric Pinnick

The video is a conversation between two characters. Each of their lines clues a well-known movie. Upon further inspection, we realize that each of these movies was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. There are 28 years represented, each with 4 (of 5 nominees) clued in the dialogue. That gets us to all 112 (28 * 4) lines.

In 28 of the shots, the sign in the background shows a number. After mapping lines to movies and years, we can determine that each number is associated with a different year.

# Line Movie Year Num
1 I've decided to have surgery in London. The English Patient 1996 6
2 Don't forget to change trains in Paris! The French Connection 1971
3 You're a silly lass. Funny Girl 1968
4 I'm just a fan of interconnectivity. Network 1976 1
5 I know what you mean. Once it took me almost THREE MONTHS to travel the globe. Around the World in Eighty Days 1956
6 That's not unusual, pussycat. Tom Jones 1963
7 You always say the correct things. The Right Stuff 1983
8 What can I say, I've got a really pretty brain. A Beautiful Mind 2001
9 Reminds me of the time I found myself on an unexpected vacation. The Accidental Tourist 1988 4
10 Where were you on vacation, The Colosseum? Roman Holiday 1953
11 No, it was a city in North Dakota. Fargo 1996
12 USA! USA! America America 1963
13 And I on my way to catch a plane… Airport 1970
14 … USA! so lovely… American Beauty 1999
15 And my Lyft chauffeur said — Taxi Driver 1976
16 Oh! Was it… "Don't crush your hand in the apple machine!"? The Cider House Rules 1999
17 No, he said "The Soviets are on their way! Don't make me say it again." The Russians Are Coming 1966
18 Sounds like a really decent guy. Goodfellas 1990 3
19 Well, he was from Jersey. Atlantic City 1981
20 Not a city in Bavaria? Munich 2005
21 Anyway, right then, a bit of sunlight hits me. Ray 2004
22 Like a state on fire. Mississippi Burning 1988
23 … and all of a sudden — BANG — we hit another car. Crash 2005
24 Sounds like a bumpy ride. Rocky 1976
25 It was inexcusable, and I'll never let it go. Unforgiven 1992
26 You deserve reparation. Atonement 2007
27 The guy drove like a Roman dictator. Julius Caesar 1953
28 Or like Gordon Shumway, that is. Alfie 1966 5
29 Then he leapt out and screamed, "Sweet dreams and I hope you don't die!" Good Night and Good Luck 2005 1
30 Did anyone see this happen? Witness 1985
31 Just this one-man band. The Music Man 1962 5
32 Just like Julia and Eric's dad! Mister Roberts 1955
33 Yeah, I loved his bebop, big band, fusion, … All That Jazz 1979
34 The dude could drizzle. Rain Man 1988
35 After that, I walked to The Red Mill. Moulin Rouge 2001 3
36 Isn't that the shop where I got my ink of Axl? The Rose Tattoo 1955
37 No that was called The Queen of the Nile. Cleopatra 1963 4
38 Or was it Queen of the Gods? Juno 2007
39 No, THAT place was owned by McFly. Marty 1955
40 What was his first name, Truman? Capote 2005
41 No, I think it was Bandito. Patton 1970
42 Sounds like a really perilous connection. Dangerous Liaisons 1988
43 I'll tell you this: he was a very rich child. Million Dollar Baby 2004
44 I wouldn't want to compete with him to see who could produce the most tears. The Crying Game 1992
45 Whether it's pepper, cayenne, oregano… that's your guy. A Man for All Seasons 1966
46 Yikes, spicy stuff makes me turn red and blue. The Color Purple 1985 1
47 Really? It makes me speak lots of different languages. Babel 2006 2
48 When was this, June 21st? The Longest Day 1962
49 Yes, and it was a really warm evening. Like really warm. In the Heat of the Night 1967 3
50 Oh yeah, right after cold front hit the whole country. The Big Chill 1983
51 So, then, I found a pilot… The Aviator 2004
52 Did you write 手紙 to Sulfur Island? Letters from Iwo Jima 2006
53 I couldn't understand that. Lost in Translation 2003 1
54 Sorry, I just recently got my degree and was showing off. Go on. The Graduate 1967
55 It was tough to get her away from her tangoing with Geri and Freki. Dances With Wolves 1990
56 Those are the ones who looted the missing boat! Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981
57 I know, it's the kind of thing that makes you want to murder a passerine. To Kill a Mockingbird 1962
58 I'm sobbing and murmuring just thinking about it. Cries and Whispers 1973 4
59 (to waiter) Hey! Mr. Stone! Oliver! 1968 1
60 Oh, you'll never believe who's joining us to eat. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner 1967
61 (to waiter) Avez-vous ma saveur préférée de crème glacée? Chocolat 2000
62 She fights wild animals in front of a crowd. Gladiator 2000
63 (to waiter) … and make it HUGE. Giant 1956
64 And she has this lovely aroma. Scent of a Woman 1992
65 Merci. (Turns back) Everything here tastes like hardtack. Seabiscuit 2003
66 Try pureeing it. MASH 1970 4
67 I give this place a D. Howards End 1992 4
68 I can't decide between ordering a Cosmo… or a different Cosmo. Kramer vs. Kramer 1979
69 I got the Gwen's Smooch. It stung. Kiss of the Spider Woman 1985
70 What's in that? Honey, pumpkin, sugarplum? Terms of Endearment 1983
71 Just spit and polish. Shine 1996
72 Get back to your story, this is why I rise up from bed every day. Awakenings 1990
73 I should've come over to where you sleep and told the story there. In the Bedroom 2001
74 Only if you could evict the demons first. The Exorcist 1973
75 Hmm. So, I rode over the spooky creek. Mystic River 2003
76 Did you see any spectres?! Ghost 1990
77 No, but the going was slow, there were lots of cars on the road. Traffic 2000
78 Don't hit another car, you'll cut yourself and need a lot of bandages. There Will Be Blood 2007 2
79 Especially if we're hit laterally. Sideways 2004 3
80 … and you'll need more clothes. From your armoire. The Dresser 1983 3
81 We passed Hobbes and Puff, though we could barely see them. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2000 3
82 You'll never see those two, even if you start now and go forever. From Here to Eternity 1953 4
83 And then we saw several horse-drawn vehicles, aflame! Chariots of Fire 1981 3
84 Pour some out for those who've left us. The Departed 2006
85 Finally we were able to separate ourselves from the pack. Breaking Away 1979 4
86 Just like my favorite Cincinnati team. Reds 1981
87 And the pilot throws off their cloak to reveal themselves to be — The Robe 1953
88 … Elizabeth II? The Queen 2006
89 No no, she's so busy boxing with that member of Parliament and all of her friends. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001
90 Was it Barry Sanders covered in snow? The Lion in Winter 1968
91 Nope. Last I heard he was trading a Wachowski movie for a Zwick. Bound for Glory 1976
92 My beloved and a ghost? Bonnie and Clyde 1967
93 No! It was Charlie Daniels, dressed up as Santa! Fiddler on the Roof 1971 4
94 That's no easy task! Picnic 1955 3
95 Thank god it wasn't Elvis. We'd make a weird pair. The King and I 1956 3
96 No weirder than Nickleby and Lady Ogilvy II. Nicholas and Alexandra 1971
97 You can say that again… or write that on two stone tablets. The Ten Commandments 1956
98 This pilot was great at steering the plane, giving orders, and taking people to antipodes. Master and Commander 2003
99 Yep, and then we went over 5000 energy-efficient feet up in the air. The Green Mile 1999 3
100 Did you see spraypaint across the country? American Graffiti 1973
101 Only some tigers and stargazers in the meadow. Lilies of the Field 1963
102 Clattering like little rocks on the beach. The Sand Pebbles 1966
103 Uncovering mysteries and untruths. Secrets & Lies 1996
104 With no risk of a rebellion about the prize money. Mutiny on the Bounty 1962
105 We landed in Ethiopia, but then we left. Out of Africa 1985
106 Is that where grandfathers aren't allowed? No Country for Old Men 2007
107 Not really, there are a handful of simple steps to avoid that. Five Easy Pieces 1970
108 One of them is to not anger a bee. The Sting 1973
109 Sounds like a recipe for immediate world annihilation. Apocalypse Now 1979
110 You know, we should leave if we're gonna hit the final screening tonight. The Last Picture Show 1971
111 Oh yeah, my source told me it's a good one. What's it about? The Insider 1999
112 It's about 3 after and 5 before what we've been talking about this whole time. Romeo and Juliet 1968

By indexing the number into the name of the movie remaining from each year, and reading in given order, we can get our answer: MAKE A BEST PICTURE WINNING MOVIE.

Order Outcast Year Index Letter
1 Jerry Maguire 1996 6 M
2 All the President’s Men 1976 1 A
3 Working Girl 1988 4 K
4 The Godfather: Part III 1990 3 E
5 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 1966 5 A
6 Brokeback Mountain 2005 1 B
7 Lawrence of Arabia 1962 5 E
8 Gosford Park 2001 3 S
9 How the West Was Won 1963 4 T
10 Prizzi’s Honor 1985 1 P
11 Little Miss Sunshine 2006 2 I
12 Doctor Dolittle 1967 3 C
13 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 1 T
14 A Touch of Class 1973 4 U
15 Rachel Rachel 1968 1 R
16 Love Story 1970 4 E
17 A Few Good Men 1992 4 W
18 Michael Clayton 2007 2 I
19 Finding Neverland 2004 3 N
20 Tender Mercies 1983 3 N
21 Erin Brockovich 2000 3 I
22 Shane 1953 4 N
23 On Golden Pond 1981 3 G
24 Norma Rae 1979 4 M
25 A Clockwork Orange 1971 4 O
26 Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing 1955 3 V
27 Friendly Persuasion 1956 3 I
28 The Sixth Sense 1999 3 E

Author's Notes

The video features Sandy's 10-year-old daughter Zella in both parts.

The title (and the video) is a play on the singularly idiosyncratic dinner party movie My Dinner With Andre, but swapping out Andre for Big Boi — Andre (3000) and Big Boi being the members of the duo in the band Outkast. That was where the joke was meant to end, but in our testing we discovered an accidental deeper meaning: in this puzzle you are finding all but one member of a set, and then indexing into the remaining member. In other words, the outcast. Sometimes the puzzle gods just smile on you.

The instructions about making a movie were written by April and Eric Pinnick.