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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


Nov
24
comment in Skyfall opening scene on train, does Bond fake getting shot?
As for "fake his death to quit MI6" I never said that was his plan. IMHO, he was so stunned by M's order, he needed a time-out to think things over -- so he bailed. He wasn't necessarily thinking "I'm going to fake my death and quit MI6."
Nov
24
comment in Skyfall opening scene on train, does Bond fake getting shot?
As for the fall from bridge, I agree a real person would be unlikely to choose to do that -- but this is a Bond movie -- realism isn't part of the equation. In fact, there are probably at least a dozen more-unrealistic things Bond does in the film.
Nov
24
comment in Skyfall opening scene on train, does Bond fake getting shot?
Given he could hear everything Eve said in his earpiece, I think he could easily have heard the shot in his earpiece, too. Or even heard it through the air... Eve wasn't far away.
Nov
22
comment in Skyfall opening scene on train, does Bond fake getting shot?
As for the chest wound, it started bleeding through Bond's shirt as soon as he was hit by shrapnel from Patrice, while Bond was still in the crane. But the shot from Eve never visibly drew blood. To me, this suggests the chest wound was solely from the shrapnel.
Nov
22
comment in Skyfall opening scene on train, does Bond fake getting shot?
I agree it would have been childish for Bond to fake death -- and that's why I think he did it. A key theme of movie is both Bond and Silva are childishly angry at M, who was basically a mother to them. When M ordered the shot, Bond "regressed" to that hurt, angry, mistrustful boy he was when his parents were killed - but unlike Silva, Bond eventually forgave M.
Nov
22
comment In Skyfall, what happened in the boat on the way to the island?
Thanks for mentioning those follow-up questions... I must admit I had forgotten about them after getting into the debate on the headline question. I just changed my -1 to +1.
Nov
22
comment In Skyfall, what happened in the boat on the way to the island?
Ok we agree about that. But I don't think it applies to original question here.
Nov
21
comment in Skyfall opening scene on train, does Bond fake getting shot?
I like your reasoning. But wouldn't we have seen some evidence of a bullet wound when Bond is shirtless? As I recall, the only visible wound on his upper body was from the bad guy's shrapnel.
Nov
21
comment Why was the surgery pod configured only for men in Prometheus?
I had forgotten about her verbal request of Cesarean. I agree that it lessens the credibility of my answer here. Thanks for your insight on this, Doc.
Nov
21
comment In Skyfall, what happened in the boat on the way to the island?
-1 because this seems to contradict itself... "Everything she did or was doing was on Silva's command" but then "fear of Silva and hope that Bond just might be her savior, brings her to do what she did." Also it ignores key scene - see my answer.
Nov
21
comment Prometheus: Why did the crew take off their helmets?
I agree it's more satisfying to have an in-movie answer. But movie content is frequently impacted by logistical concerns. For example, on director's commentaries on DVDs, you'll often hear "we wanted to do X but couldn't because of Y."
Nov
20
comment What does the missing symbol on Quaid's arm symbolize?
Wow, how could they cut such a crucial element from the movie? IMHO the film would have benefited greatly if there was a more-in-depth exploration of the dream/reality question. Instead, it feels like this element of the story is barely touched.
Nov
20
comment In Total Recall, how did Quaid know who to shoot when someone pretended to be trying to “wake him up”?
In the original movie, the man's drop of sweat indicated the man was not a computer-generated hallucination but a real human who was scared because he was in real danger. Similarly, in the remake, the woman's tear indicated she was experiencing genuine emotion and therefore was a real person. I'll edit this into the answer now...
Nov
10
comment What does the missing symbol on Quaid's arm symbolize?
can you provide more description of symbol and how it went missing? a still from the movie, maybe?
Nov
9
comment name of animated short from MTV's Liquid Television with speed-racer guy
oh yes, this is it! Thank you much, and especially for the link... I thought I'd have to hunt for it, once I had the name.
Nov
6
comment How did they dispose old Joe's wife's body in the movie Looper (2012)?
What happens at the end of Looper means that the murder of Old Joe's wife never happens. In fact, Old Joe and his wife never even meet. Lucky for her!
Oct
16
comment In “Dark Knight Rises” what was U.S. government's strategy?
Those Spec-Ops guys were such an obvious plot device! In other words, they were clearly inserted into the story to provide necessary exposition, such as what is noted in comment above. Part of why I didn't love Dark Knight Rises.
Oct
10
comment What service do the boys provide at the out houses?
I assumed the kids operate like the "squeegee bandits" who wash car windows without being asked. You don't have to pay them, but many people do pay to avoid being bothered or threatened.
Oct
4
comment In “La jetée” does the time-traveler's body stay in the present time?
I'm not so sure that the body travels in La Jetee. I've added more explanation to my question to help explain my view.
Oct
3
comment How does Clarice know “Jack Gordon” was actually the real Buffalo Bill?
great point about Mrs Littman -- I think you're right -- that's her in the bathtub. Yikes!