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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
25
comment in Skyfall opening scene on train, does Bond fake getting shot?
Great point about the Bond/Eve conversation regarding the ribs (didn't he also mention some "minor organs" or something?)... that along with the bloody-ribs photo in the previous answer seem to confirm that Eve's shot hit him there.
Nov
24
comment What year was “Flight” supposed to have taken place?
Nice catch on the St Regis reference! I think that helps prove that the film takes place in or close to the same year that it was released (2012).
Nov
24
comment in Skyfall opening scene on train, does Bond fake getting shot?
Finally, if the bullet hit him, why didn't he die? Why didn't he have a bullet wound? Why didn't he seem to be in any pain at all?
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 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.