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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


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 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
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.
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 Why do all post-apocalyptic-set media portray 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.)