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Feb
6
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
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
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
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 ;)
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
Oct
7
comment How realistic is the scene where Robocop bends barrel of a gun being held by a man?
Holy cow, so much alcohol product placement in that scene!
Sep
22
comment Why was princess Leia not executed?
Yikes - gaping plot hole I never noticed before. +1
Sep
1
comment About the “whacking” scenes in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas
Definitely seems like it would be hard for Jimmy to recruit for his next heist once word gets around that he eventually kills his recruits.
Aug
31
comment In “Mystic River” how come no one mentioned the second murder?
Totally agree about Dave having done it -- in fact, until the end, that's where I thought the movie was going, and I loved it -- such an unusual plot.
Aug
26
comment In “Mystic River” how come no one mentioned the second murder?
I guess "this morning" would have helped, but the ending would still frustrate me as a viewer because it hinges on not just one but two very unlikely events: (1) a second murder having happened on same night as the first, and also (2) second murder undiscovered until just after Dave's death. To me, this felt like the screenplay cheated its way to resolution -- and I can't believe such a movie won Best Picture.
Aug
26
comment Explanation for Lenny's “I've done it” tattoo
I gave Lenny more credit than that... I think he truly wanted closure, but Teddy was tricking him. Of course we don't know what happened after the events in the movie, but personally I think Teddy would have been Lenny's last kill.
Aug
25
comment Explanation for Lenny's “I've done it” tattoo
"Lenny would rather live on as a deliberately ignorant hero, or at least a righteous vigilante, than choose to live on with complete knowledge, including the knowledge that he is a monster. He makes this choice when he burns the success photos and copies Teddy's license plate." To me, that was Lenny setting up revenge on Teddy, as Teddy had just admitted how he'd been using Lenny. See my answer above for more.
Aug
11
comment Ho Chi Minh reference in Breaking Bad
@Kenny: Seems like it got the point across, no? But I understand your point, and thank you.
Jul
30
comment Ash in Alien cannot lie to humans, Yes?
+1 Any chance you can add some example quotes to the question?
Jul
23
comment Why Ava behaved like that with Caleb?
From a screenwriting perspective, I think Ava left Caleb to show us viewers that it is not just the Nathan-type selfish/heedless scientists who will have to suffer from AI. Instead, AI could turn on all of us -- even those of us who are good guys, like Caleb.
Jul
17
comment Why did the boy call 911?
deus ex machina