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  • C++ software engineer.
    • Medieval combat instructor (steel combat).
    • Sword and shield tournament fighter (SCA).
    • RPG fan (mainly horror games).
    • I also like training (try to get in two training sessions every weekday).

Also, most importantly, father of two!


Apr
8
revised 80's magic/evil/walkman movie
Added some more information
Apr
4
comment Identify A Movie About A Home Invasion
Was it released in the cinema? Can you remember any scenes? Any lines of dialog that might help? Character's accents? Was it set in the US? I assume it was in English?
Apr
2
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Apr
2
comment Was any of 'The Hunt for Red October' necessary?
@AndrewMartin, you do have a point in that it gave an awesome movie! Tense battle scenes (even without backflips), interesting and plausible characters, clever plot, superb atmosphere etc.
Apr
1
comment Was any of 'The Hunt for Red October' necessary?
I was talking purely about the film, though. The first submarine that they attempted to get passed using their new drive spotted them and deduced how to modify sonars to track it. They managed to silently creep passed a grand total of 0 subs without being spotted.
Apr
1
comment Was any of 'The Hunt for Red October' necessary?
I can imagine point 1 but I do not think it is that much of a big deal - it probably would give them a technical boost. Point 2 is not the case in terms of the Dallas tracking the Red October, it was just on patrol and happened to detect it.
Apr
1
comment Was any of 'The Hunt for Red October' necessary?
Thanks :-) My problem with this is still does not give a scale of whether Jones was significantly better than any other sonarman (is this just a flash of inspiration? Could other sonarmen also do this given the chance?). Even if he was then the caterpillar drive is still not particularly useful, any attempt to use it would rely on there not being a good sonar operator in the area. If ever a good sonar operator picked it up just once then the entire NATO navy could be notified of how to listen for it and thus rendering it utterly ineffective.
Apr
1
comment Was any of 'The Hunt for Red October' necessary?
I recall that (albeit vaguely!) from the book but are there any references in the film to him being better than any other sonar operator?
Apr
1
answered Why hasn't the Walking Dead left rural Georgia?
Mar
31
comment When Paulie attacked Rocky in the parking garage in Rocky III, was Rocky trying to win?
I am absolutely sure Rocky was not trying to win, otherwise he would have knocked Paulie unconscious. However, it would also have been very out of character for Rocky. It seemed to me that he was just stopping Paulie from actually hitting him (a fluke punch can turn into a fluke finger nail in the eye etc!) until he ran out of rage and energy again.
Mar
31
comment Was any of 'The Hunt for Red October' necessary?
He does seem pretty switched on, is there any actual reference to him being better than other sonar operators? I know he is better than the other Dallas one but the other one is clearly a trainee.
Mar
31
comment Man speaks to woman in next room while urinating
Sounds enchanting! Anyway, could you provide some more details - language, cinema/DVD/TV, any famous actors etc.?
Mar
31
comment Was any of 'The Hunt for Red October' necessary?
Fair point, I watched the first half a few days ago hence the question occurred to me. Thanks for trying to help.
Mar
31
comment Was any of 'The Hunt for Red October' necessary?
I read it but it was many years ago (it is one of my favourite examples of a book to film translation that works by emphasising different aspects)! However, in the film the fact remains that the Red October was detectable even when it's caterpillar drive was operating. Given that it would seen that the technology does not work - so what was the fuss about?
Mar
31
comment Was any of 'The Hunt for Red October' necessary?
But it was working correctly when Jones spotted it. Initially the Dallas lost the RO (when the drive switched on) and thought that the sonar readings were just seismic fluctuations. Jones researched further and worked it out.
Mar
31
comment Was any of 'The Hunt for Red October' necessary?
But it didn't work? They could detect it, even a sonar operator on the fly could make the relevant adjustments. Would it really be worth all of that trouble?
Mar
31
comment Was any of 'The Hunt for Red October' necessary?
I thought that the Dallas was tracking it and then lost it when the drive was engaged (apart from the singing) and later Jones kept investigating and eventually played the sound at 10x speed?
Mar
31
asked Was any of 'The Hunt for Red October' necessary?
Mar
27
comment Why and how did sherlock fake his death?
Oh, sorry - yes I see where you are coming from now.
Mar
27
comment Why and how did sherlock fake his death?
I thought that the directors stated they had not provided the definitive explanation of what happened and therefore this might or might not have been done?