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a fan of smart sci-fi movies and other intelligent films, as well as classic TV shows from the 80s and 90s, plus some of today's TV fare


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comment Quote about two types of people: “poor people and gangsters”
I think it's a quote because it is spoken, not sung or rapped. But I don't know for sure.
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comment Special sunglasses that enable you to see aliens
"mama don't like tattle-tales" (shoots the tattle-tale)
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comment Special sunglasses that enable you to see aliens
@AE I don't think the movie suggested the aliens made the glasses-- instead, IIRC, the glasses were made by human rebels. So stop dissing "They Live"! ;)
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comment Quote about two types of people: “poor people and gangsters”
@Walt, +1, you nailed the song! Now how about the source of the sample? :)
Dec
9
comment Why are zoom shots rarely used?
This makes sense to me. Zooming usually feels "intense" to the viewer -- it usually sends the message "this shot is very important." Too much use of zoom could be overwhelming to the viewer.
Dec
3
comment Horror movie that takes place at beach resort
@Walt, yes, the OP probably has a different movie in mind, but there are some similarities, and OP might be misremembering the beach part, so thought I'd put Angel Heart out there.
Nov
20
comment Did the Ewoks eat the stormtroopers?
+1 Also note that ROTJ orginally had Wookies in the place eventually filled by Ewoks. The site below says Lucas changed because Ewok-vs-Stormtrooper would be more allegorical of Vietnam War then Wookie-vs-Stormtrooper. virginmedia.com/movies/features/top-ten-jedi-facts.php?page=2
Nov
10
comment Is there any additional footage of 'The Trial of Captain Hook,' the play Michael starred in on Arrested Development?
@hexparrot, any chance you can turn that insightful comment into an answer?
Nov
7
comment What happened at the end of A Most Wanted Man?
Yes, I think a key part of the story is she lies to and uses him.
Nov
6
comment Again with the perfect teeth?
+1. Same reasoning explains why almost all of the actors on these shows are much more good-looking than average (and the only ones who aren't have specifically non-sexual roles, like "grandmother" or "wise old man"): because audience members generally prefer to watch attractive characters (whether the audience members are aware of it or not) and tooth decay is not attractive.
Nov
5
comment Why was Birdman on limited release?
@CGCampbell: I really enjoyed Birdman -- which, judging by past experience, suggests the masses will despise it. Definitely an arthouse film.
Nov
5
comment Scientific accuracy of Jurassic Park's premise?
The fact that he has had some success (however small) with extinct lizards suggests, at least to me, that success with dinosaurs could be possible in the future. He's already taken the first steps. Who's to say future technology won't allow someone to go all the way?
Nov
3
comment Identify the episode of 80-90's TV show ALF
Now that you mention, the show ALF had quite a few disturbing moments IIRC. I wish I could remember this episode... seems like some kind of "meta" thing going on, with the puppet serving as a ventriloquist LOL
Nov
3
comment Why did Marcellus Wallace throw Tony Rocky Horror out of a window?
I think WhatEnglish's answer below is superior, so I want to delete my answer here, but it is accepted, so I can't... :(
Nov
3
comment Why did Marcellus Wallace throw Tony Rocky Horror out of a window?
+1 This answer breaks new ground, tying together the "Rocky Horror" reference and the Zed events. Nicely done!
Nov
3
comment Identify the episode of 80-90's TV show ALF
+1... your Alf knowledge awes and inspires me :)
Nov
3
comment Where are the dogs in Titanic?
Sorry for the downvote -- just my little opinion -- nothing personal! :)
Nov
3
comment Who kills the priest's dog?
I don't think anyone in the story is pure "good" or "bad." Father James himself resorts to drinking and fighting at one point. And clearly his daughter had complaints about his parenting. I'd say the Father James character faces the same trials faced by the other characters, and all humans: Can he be forgiven? Can he forgive others? And can he let go of the futile desire to control his fate, turning it over to God instead -- even if doing so will be his destruction? (IMHO Father James is a hero because the answer to all three questions is yes.)
Nov
3
comment Where are the dogs in Titanic?
-1: "either they survived or died" does not add any value
Nov
3
comment Where are the dogs in Titanic?
+1 The filmmaker's choice to show the dogs early in the movie will definitely lead some viewers (like OP and me) to wonder what happens to them in the end.