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"To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.."
(Elbert Hubbard)


I studied Physics at the University of Vienna, but I'm interested in all natural sciences.

Since I don't believe in life after death I try to explore and learn as much as I can about this world.


Aug
24
comment Are more movie stars acting in TV shows nowadays (and if so, why)?
The key to this is a shorter season, i.e. 10-15 episodes instead of the usual 20-something. This leaves the actors enough time to also do movies.
Aug
24
comment Looking for Movie's Title, 80's or early 90's buddy movie (with monsters)
I'm guessing it's the same as this question: From 1985, My Science Project, the skinny italien guy is Vince Latello, played by Fisher Stevens. You can see the 'End Credits' here (the full movie is also on YouTube).
Aug
6
comment How did they create The Shadow's disguise?
Jurassic Park (1993) did a facial substitution. Ariana Richards' face was superimposed onto that of a stunt woman. To quote the actress: 'That was actually a landmark moment for film special effects. It was the first time that something like that had been done.'
Aug
6
comment How does Neal Caffrey make a living?
The $700 is payed by the FBI. In the pilot Peter tries to put Neal in a motel, because there is nothing better for $700. Neal of course does find something better for that price and Peter accepts it because the rent is within the given limit. - I'm guessing the police/FBI didn't seize all of Neal's funds when he was arrested, unless they were able to prove that all of his money came from illegal activities.
Jul
16
comment Did Walter kill Donny in The Big Lebowski?
Isn't the title a spoiler? After all, it reveals that Donny dies!
Jul
16
comment What are light meters needed for in digital movies?
Shooting a scene can sometimes take several days, or even several locations (e.g. Transformers 4 shot in Hong Kong, but also built a "Hong Kong" set in Detroit). Obviously one would want it to have the same "look". Recreating the lighting from the other day/location can be done much easier and faster if you use a light meter.
Jul
14
comment In the movies - Do wire transfers really work?
Maybe one should point out that officially: Swiss banking secrecy is not unlimited. If there are suspicions of criminal activities such as terrorism, organized crime, money laundering or tax fraud, it is lifted – and the authorities are given access to banking information. AND No anonymous accounts exist in Switzerland. The bank is obliged to know the identity of the account holder, and of the actual financial beneficiary if applicable.
Jul
13
comment Is there a name for a dead character (both male and female) that appears more frequently than others in TV / movie scripts?
How would one "proof" this either way? Sure, someone could write an answer that lists a dozen movies that use the same name, but that would neihter proof that it's the most used, nor that it is often used ("a dozen" might seem like a lot, but only until you compare that number to that of all the other movies that use a different name). - Unless there is a Wilhelm scream equivalent at play I don't see how this question can be answered in the current form.
Jul
12
comment Not using the obvious test to proof RoboCop's superiority over pure machines?
I thought the point of a human/machine hybrid was to bypass the Dreyfus Act (which doesn't allow the use of robots in US law enforcement).
Jul
10
comment Why did the Great Gasby (2013) movie erase the hints of Nick Carraway's homosexuality?
Unless you are Noah Berlatsky you should give a shout out to him and his article.
Jul
5
comment How does The Day of the Jackal have a PG rating?
In those days PG meant: Parental guidance suggested – some material may not be suitable for pre-teenagers
Jul
5
comment Does Major Cage Still Have the Reset Ability?
The way I understood it, the Alpha didn't have the ability to reset the day, the Omega did. By getting Alpha blood on him Cage somehow got control of the ability (but it was still the Omega who had the ability). - So I'm wondering: did the Omega initiate a reset with it's dying breath and Cage got thrown back with his memory intact because of the Omega blood. Or did the Omega blood actually transfer the ability (and not just the control over the ability) to Cage. Only in the latter case would he still be able to reset after his death.
Jul
5
comment Why wasn't Cage strapped in for the final raid?
The first time they land on the beach one can see that the soldiers don't actually jump out of the plane, but they drop, while attached to a cable (to break their fall). - What Rita says is: "You are not hooked in.", meaning that Cage was not attached to a cable (which is why he doesn't "drop" like others, but crash lands in the water with the plane).
Jul
1
comment What was John Doe's backstory in the eponymous TV series?
I do wonder why he was color blind (although, there were things he could see in color).
Jun
28
comment Why did American History X end so unexpectedly?
Does the accepted answer have to satisfy the OP in such a way that he no longer considers the ending "improper"? - As far as I remember the ending was pretty straight forward, there was no ambiguity. - One might consider the ending to be abrupt, but an abrupt ending is nothing bad per se. Whether one likes such an ending, or considers it to be "improper" does seem kinda opinion based.
Jun
27
comment Are Sean Bean's characters more prone to die than others?
My problem with the question is that it's open ended, in the sense that the statistics will change over time. So to be accurate, an answer would have to be updated regularily. - Unless someone can find an interview with Sean Bean saying "Yes, I like playing characters who die." one can't definitely say that his characters are more prone to die.
Jun
24
comment Do “American” military movies generally profit outside of the US?
@Bruno - You are making my point. There are also other factors one has to considers, e.g. number of theaters, ticket price, currency conversion, release date, ... - The point is, simply looking at the box office numbers is not enough to draw the conclusion that military movies are as popular outside the US as within.
Jun
24
comment Do “American” military movies generally profit outside of the US?
To me this actually shows the opposite, that those movies are not as well received, because as others have mentioned "outside the US" has a much bigger population than "the US". - Europe alone has more than twice the population of the US. And if you add another big market, Asia, you get more than 10x the population. Yet, the box office outside the US is not 10x bigger.
Jun
10
comment Why did Sherlock choose this solution for Magnussen?
By revealing that he uses a memory palace Magnussen actually gave Sherlock a way to blackmail him. - Sherlock could have threatened to reveal that Magnussen doesn't keep any physical evidence. If the blackmailed people knew that all the evidence is just in Magnussen's head, some of them would probably try to do what Sherlock did at the end: simply kill Magnussen. No Magnussen, no evidence.
Jun
10
comment How is it possible that Magnussen can blackmail so many people without actual evidence?
Yes, there is an upside to it, as you lay out in your answer, but there is also a downside. Memory doesn't work like a computer harddrive and there is good reason why it's usually wise to make backups of one's files. - An accidental head injury, old age, Alzheimers,... if he misremembers things, or doesn't remember at all, his empire will crumble. Betting everything on one card can make you, but it can also break you.