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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


Jul
25
comment Why did Jose give Cole the gun?
@Mistu4u once Cole made it clear he wanted to stay in the past, the scientists wanted him dead -- probably to preserve the timeline. Although it might have just been to punish him: Cole himself says something like "this isn't about the virus, this is about following orders."
Jul
24
comment Was Tiffany actually psychotic or was she just acting?
I'm no expert, but given that her major problems began after her husband was killed, I got the impression she was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Jun
28
comment Why did the aliens let a 50 year old ship into the Mothership?
But Nobby, to nit-pick even further, didn't PIETT say "I was about to clear them"? :)
Jun
19
comment Is Jeffrey involved in the virus plot or just the animal-release plot?
If this response is true, why -- when Leland Goines says "I don't have access to the virus... I took myself out of the loop" -- does Jeffrey respond "Too late!"? (You can see this moment via the link in original question.)
Jun
11
comment “Are you gonna get that?” “Get what?” Then a red phone rings
hey, how do you get your name upside-down like that?
Jun
11
comment “Are you gonna get that?” “Get what?” Then a red phone rings
For some reason, I just love the subject line of this question. :) Hope we get an answer...
Jun
5
comment Is “Oblivion” somehow linked to “Moon”?
It's when the protagonist discovers that there are numerous copies of himself, driving home the realization that he is a clone. To me, Oblivion's version of this scene felt nearly identical to Moon's.
May
29
comment How much of Star Wars did George Lucas actually write?
Luke Starkiller LOL good call on changing it
May
22
comment Why is a casino token used as payment in Skyfall?
@Liath, the chip is far from anonymous. First, it comes from the casino, meaning an investigator would know the employer was in contact with the casino. Also, the chip was not a regular $5 chip, but entitled its holder to a briefcase stuffed with cash, so obviously the employer worked with the casino to set that up. Overall, for an investigator, the chip would be a valuable "lead" -- just as it was for Bond.
May
19
comment Why didn't Michael Scott appear in the Q&A panel in the Finale episode of The Office?
+1 great q... so weird that Michael was just ignored
May
17
comment Did the Ludovico technique work on Alex or was he just faking all the time?
+1 you raise good points. IMHO he was truly overpowered by Dim & Georgie when they hold his head in water, and could not fight back at that point. And the Beethoven-suicide scene is a dream-metaphor (this being a Kubrick film) for Alex finally "growing up" -- leaving behind his out-of-control youth for a more socially acceptable (but still self-serving) adulthood. For more details: collativelearning.com/ACO%20chapter%2018%20.html
May
15
comment Did the Ludovico technique work on Alex or was he just faking all the time?
+1 though keep in mind, if he revealed that he was faking by defending himself, he might have been put back in prison. So he might have had a good reason to not defend himself.
May
12
comment Why did Jose give Cole the gun?
@atticae, young Cole was indeed at the airport when the redheaded scientist opened the first virus vial at the baggage check. The movie does not explain why young Cole was not infected. I've always assumed he (and other survivors) were spared just by randomness -- perhaps some sort of mutation that made them immune, or perhaps they just got lucky and didn't inhale the same toxic air particles that claimed others around them.
May
7
comment In “Flight” could the early trouble with turbulence have led to the crash?
+1 Thanks for insight. I just updated question to ask if either the maneuvers OR the turbulence itself could have caused later failure and crash.
May
2
comment Translating the Jive dialogue
Why not include the subtitles for the last few lines? Second Jive Dude: What it is, big mama? My mama no raise no dummies. I dug her rap! [Ma'am, I'm not stupid. I understand what she just said.] Jive Lady: Cut me some slack, Jack! Chump don' want no help, chump don't GET da help! [Give me a break! If you don't want help, I won't help you!] First Jive Dude: Say 'e can't hang, say seven up! [Damn, she implied that he didn't understand!] Jive Lady: Jive-ass dude don't got no brains anyhow! Shiiiiit. [Nevermind. He's stupid, anyway.]
May
2
comment Translating the Jive dialogue
+1 great question! IMHO this is one of the best comedy scenes of all time. "Oh, stewardess? I speak jive." LMAO!
Apr
22
comment What was the purpose of Candie's handshake in Django Unchained?
I would guess the "grabbing it in a certain spot" is a reaction to Candie's grabbing it "full fisted." In other words, Schultz was so disgusted by Candie that he minimized his contact with the pen Candie just man-handled.
Apr
18
comment What game is it Bond can't afford to play?
what was she referring to when she said "Shall we?" seems like a key to answering this question
Mar
13
comment In “Prometheus” why bring anyone but David-type androids?
Dredd, I am more interested in android vs human... to clarify, I edited question, adding "multiple Davids" etc
Mar
9
comment What would be the equivalent of the carnivorous island?
Here's author Martel's explanation: island served the sole purpose of making the “animal” version of the story harder and harder to believe. “Many readers assume it is something deeply symbolic they just don’t get, or it’s an hallucination –they need a reason to prop up the fiction.” But “religion goes beyond the confines of the reasonable”. from paula-greatstories.blogspot.com/2008/09/…