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Feb
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comment What makes The Shawshank Redemption so cinematically important?
+1 I think Johnny Bones nailed it. A good guy finds himself in a seemingly impossible situation but triumphs in the end, helping his friend and defeating an evil villain along the way... that's a simple yet universally appealing story framework, and Shawshank executed it flawlessly.
Feb
4
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Feb
4
comment Is Chuck Barris's work as a CIA hit-man a fantasy?
I'm asking about both the movie character and the real guy.
Feb
4
comment Is Chuck Barris's work as a CIA hit-man a fantasy?
+1 Very nice CIA quote/source and explanation. Thank you. By "in universe" I was wondering if there are any clues in the movie that the CIA stuff is fake... For example, I think the way his girlfriend laughs at him when he tells her about his supposed CIA work suggests that she sees through it all, though that's more my opinion than a tangible clue. Anyway, thanks again!
Feb
4
comment Did John McClane know Bill Clay was really Hans Gruber? If so, how?
+1 It's a good catch. After Hans calls himself "Bill Clay" the camera cuts to McClane's view of the floor listing, and along with Clay's name the "29" is prominently visible, which as a viewer always makes me think back to the security guard earlier saying that the only floor with people is 30. Seems like it is definitely intended as at least a red flag about "Bill Clay" -- but on the other hand, it could be that security guard somehow didn't know Clay was on 29, or that Clay had been invited to 30 for the Nakatomi party that night, et cetera, so not 100% proof IMHO
Feb
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asked Is Chuck Barris's work as a CIA hit-man a fantasy?
Jan
19
asked Would Theo face the death penalty post-Die Hard?
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Jan
14
comment Did John McClane know Bill Clay was really Hans Gruber? If so, how?
+1 I have heard of this elsewhere... particularly that John first notices the watches when looking down on the terrorists in the elevator, and then notices again on Hans. So that would mean John knew all along, and was playing Hans.
Jan
14
asked Did Fredo know he was doomed on the boat?
Jan
14
comment How does a movie director handle an inherently dangerous scene such as the following?
Judging by that disconcerting article, the AHA is both literally and figuratively in bed with the industry it supposedly regulates.
Jan
13
comment Why did the boy call 911?
"The author either didn't think the audience would question WHY the boys would call or thought their actions were plausible enough that no one would notice." And this movie was nominated for Best Picture. I guess people really didn't notice -- except for some sleuths here ;)
Jan
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accepted Was “Birdman” and/or “Riggan Thomas” written for Michael Keaton?
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Dec
22
comment Did John McClane know Bill Clay was really Hans Gruber? If so, how?
@Zikato Without seeing scene again, I'm not 100% sure - but the script above suggests Hans puts the cigarette pack in his pocket because he took the last cigarette and therefore the pack was empty. It wouldn't make sense to give the empty pack back to McClane, so Hans pocketed it to throw away later.
Nov
20
comment Is the visible mannequin in the opening car bomb scene in Casino (1995) intentional, and if so why?
scene here: youtube.com/watch?v=hcf8C3AWjxk
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