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Apr
27
comment Why is Mark Romanek ashamed of the movie Static?
I'm surprised Joel-Peter Witkin didn't sue. I know the movie "12 Monkeys" had to cough up cash to an artist over just one copied image (the rising chair that Bruce Willis gets strapped into). Anyway, thanks for your research -- and now I gotta see "Static"!
Apr
26
comment Why is Mark Romanek ashamed of the movie Static?
I appreciate this interpretation of the movie. The question, though, is why Romanek is ashamed of the movie.
Apr
26
comment Why is Mark Romanek ashamed of the movie Static?
+1 and interesting tidbit regarding video for Closer. Brings to mind "good artists borrow; great artists steal" :)
Mar
3
comment Asian movie where a girl commits suicide jumping off the window (art cinema)
You're welcome! I'm glad you found the movie.
Feb
26
comment Did Capote really care about Perry Smith?
+1 and I'd also argue that a chief irony of the story is how Capote himself maneuvered "in cold blood."
Feb
25
comment There Will Be Blood title significance
I like the idea of all of them being the driver, with #3 taking special emphasis. To me, the movie is about Daniel Plainview's aggressive ambition, and the various damage he causes as he pursues it. His battle with Eli Sunday is the biggest of many many battles -- and Eli does bleed at the end.
Feb
16
comment Woman likes married man who kindly turns her down
@Advicer, I added some more info to question body
Feb
11
comment Woman likes married man who kindly turns her down
I wish I could come up with more. I don't think I saw the whole movie - just a portion. If it helps, I think the man was maybe 45 and a very well-bred, well-manicured, dignified type of handsome, kind of like a Pierce Brosnan look. The woman was attractive, brunette, maybe 25. He is extremely polite when he turns down her offer of an affair. She is surprised by his declining, and a little miffed, but not furious -- more disappointed.
Feb
11
comment Movie set in or near China about a boy and his family's forced relocation
I think that is the one... Mongolian seems right, and the focus on selling-horses-to-move matches perfectly. (I think the move was at the beginning of the film, with lots of flashbacks to before the move - but I don't remember much.) Thanks much! Please put as answer, so I can accept!
Feb
11
comment Movie set in or near China about a boy and his family's forced relocation
@Chanadler good question - I'm not 100% sure, but I believe it was non-English with English subtitles
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!