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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


Jan
19
comment Does Nina die in the final scene of Black Swan?
+1 Great script excerpt. That sure seems like death to me!
Jan
9
comment Identify this movie - social anxiety, war hospital
gotta love the text that kicks off the trailer: "Here comes a picture to thrill every woman's heart... because it's all about MEN!" and gotta love the head of hair on Ronald Reagan
Jan
8
comment Why Cooper didn't simply not give the co-ordinates of NASA?
IIRC, the STAY was received before the coordinates - but it seemed the opposite because the coordinates were revealed to the viewer before the STAY was revealed to the viewer (a clever play on time by the filmmakers)
Jan
6
comment In Unbroken, how were the actors made to look malnourished?
So the guy was already a slim 140 and rode a 700-calorie diet down to 105? How does the employer get away with such abuse of employees? According to WebMD, "Severely slashing calories may lead to weight loss, but the lost weight includes precious muscle and lowers metabolism. Drastic calorie restriction also causes a shift toward a higher percentage of body fat, which increases the risk for metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes."
Dec
26
comment Does Al Pacino really slap Diane Keaton in The Godfather II?
Her comment about the audience members who applauded is fascinating. At same time, this answer does not address whether the slap was real. -1
Dec
26
comment Why was Amy not arrested?
Also absurd that they wouldnt follow up after they almost arrested the wrong guy for murder. I mean I am pretty sure professional homicide detectives would recognize in hindsight that all the original clues had been supplied by Amy, and that pride would compel them to investigate her thoroughly.
Dec
26
comment Did John McClane know Bill Clay was really Hans Gruber? If so, how?
FYI, I have seen some mention on the 'net that the script originally called for John McClane to recognize Han's watch from earlier, when John was watching from above the elevator during the "Now I have a machine gun - ho ho ho" scene. This would be consistent with the movie's anti-materialism sub-theme, which is discussed here: reddit.com/r/FanTheories/comments/1hz9a5/…
Dec
26
comment Did John McClane know Bill Clay was really Hans Gruber? If so, how?
Thanks very much for the thorough answer. You even explain why Hans keeps the cigarette pack (because it is empty) which is something I had never understood. And the rest of your explanation also makes sense. Answer accepted.
Dec
25
comment If Al Powell was on desk duty, why was he driving black-and-white?
Do cops on desk duty drive home in a police car?
Dec
25
comment How come the Precogs can't prevision the murder of Agent Danny Witwer in the film Minority report?
They were offline when the murder happened... but why didn't they foresee the murder BEFORE they were offline?
Dec
23
comment Explanation for Lenny's “I've done it” tattoo
+1 Definitely an important detail. I hope you don't mind: I'm going to incorporate this into my answer on this page.
Dec
19
comment Why did Django come to Candieland?
+1 OP starts question with "I'm not sure it's ever explained" and this answer clearly shows that it is explained, and provides the explanation.
Dec
19
comment Why did Kubrick avoid a direct explanation to “Clockwork orange”'s meaning?
@Stefan: Sarcasm noted, if not appreciated. You're welcome to all the interpretations you'd like. Personally I'm going to stick with mine, which matches the intepretation quoted in the answer below, from Anthony Burgess -- you know, the author of the book.
Dec
19
comment Why did Kubrick avoid a direct explanation to “Clockwork orange”'s meaning?
@Stefan The title does not refer to sexual orientation. It refers to the idea that an organic entity like an orange (or a human) is nothing more than a mechanical contraption like a clock, and can be re-programmed accordingly.
Dec
19
comment Did the Ludovico technique work on Alex or was he just faking all the time?
@PaulStock at that point of the near-drowning, his friends had overpowered him -- he couldn't fight back
Dec
17
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.
Dec
17
comment Special sunglasses that enable you to see aliens
"mama don't like tattle-tales" (shoots the tattle-tale)
Dec
17
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"! ;)
Dec
17
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.