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Old 12-04-2016, 02:53 PM
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Arguably, branding and advertising ARE creative works.
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Old 12-04-2016, 05:16 PM
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And the showdown at the end of For a Few Dollars More is completely unrealistic. No way you could accurately pick off your opponent with a Colt .45 (or whatever he was using) at that distance!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xPxMAhMRfk
I think most of the Colt .45 marksmanship, in all three of the Leone-Eastwood films, is preposterous. I still enjoy all three of them, though- the silliness was always part of their appeal for me.
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Old 12-04-2016, 08:20 PM
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Arguably, branding and advertising ARE creative works.
All right, how's this for a non-creative realization of the obvious:

I've been driving for nearly thirty years, and only noticed last year that there are always speed limit signs right after highway on-ramps.
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Old 12-09-2016, 09:15 AM
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This isn't exactly obvious but I've watched Fellowship of the Ring dozens of times and didn't notice this until now:

Rivendell is in Autumn, where some of the leaves are yellow or even brownish. It is, after all, October. My mind had filled in the leaves as being all pure green because of my stereotypes about waterfall-filled Elvish glens

Also, this is extremely non-obvious, but I noticed another thing that bugged me about the filming location of New Zealand. It's the first film's biggest flaw but at that an extremely minor one. I think the terrain should look more European.

Upon watching it again, I noticed that it's also the latitude. The light hits the ground more like southern Europe or the Carolinas than like England. (Incidentally, I think that's one reason people think that Canada seems more European than the USA to many people above and beyond any cultural differences.)
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Old 01-12-2017, 09:31 PM
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The next time you watch TOS's "Charlie X," pay close attention to the scene where Kirk tries to explain to Evans why he shouldn't swat girls on the ass.

When they're talking in the corridor, Kirk is wearing his standard "gold" tunic. He's then called to the bridge, and when he and Charlie arrive in the turbolift, he's wearing his green wraparound-thingie with the braid.

The turbolift apparently has an optional function just like the instant costume change on Batman's Batpoles!
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Old 01-13-2017, 01:30 PM
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Kirk stopped by his cabin with Charlie on the way to the bridge. He reiterates why it is wrong to swat girls. But he then goes on to say that there's nothing wrong with watching men change their shirts. Or take a quick shower, for that matter. "Hey, Charlie, would you like to learn some wrestling moves? Say, do you like movies about gladiators?"
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Old 01-13-2017, 04:03 PM
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Kirk stopped by his cabin with Charlie on the way to the bridge. He reiterates why it is wrong to swat girls. But he then goes on to say that there's nothing wrong with watching men change their shirts. Or take a quick shower, for that matter. "Hey, Charlie, would you like to learn some wrestling moves? Say, do you like movies about gladiators?"
Just finished watching "The Naked Time." The part where Sulu tries to persuade Riley to go to the gym with him for a quick workout (and get all hot and sweaty, no doubt!) takes on a whole new meaning....
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Old 02-01-2017, 10:23 AM
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I was singing Bob Dylan's last lyric in Rainy Day Women #12&35:

They'll stone you and then say you are brave
They'll stone you when you are set down in your grave.

And it hit me for the first time: Gravestone.

And people don't think he deserved a Nobel Prize for his lyrics?
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Old 02-15-2017, 11:20 PM
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Just heard of a connection between the first Tim Burton Batman movie and the Original Star Wars

Not only was Red 6 (Porkins) in the Trench run and Lt Eckhart, fellow pilot Red 3 (Biggs) was the father in the family that was mugged at the beginning of the movie. "Put that map away, we'll look like tourists"
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Old 02-16-2017, 12:41 AM
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I've been watching "Life In Pieces" (which is absolutely terrific, by the way) for a season and a half now and I only just noticed last weeks the show's tagline: "One big family, four short stories". The structure of the show is four roughly 5-minute storylines with various members of the family in each, usually with an overarching theme for the episode. The thing is, the family name is Short. So, four SHORT stories!

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Old 02-16-2017, 03:15 PM
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Just heard of a connection between the first Tim Burton Batman movie and the Original Star Wars

Not only was Red 6 (Porkins) in the Trench run and Lt Eckhart, fellow pilot Red 3 (Biggs) was the father in the family that was mugged at the beginning of the movie. "Put that map away, we'll look like tourists"
Biggs and Antilles sure do show up a lot of different places.
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Old 02-16-2017, 03:40 PM
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The Paloma Faith song "Smoke & Mirrors" has the lines:

You might think I'm sitting home and crying
But I'm not, oh no
I pulled the Queen of Clubs, there's no denying
I'm having the time of my life


Since the first time I ever heard the song, I thought of the Queen of Clubs in a flowery literary sense like if a woman was described as the Queen of Hearts (love) or Diamonds (wealth). I figured the Queen of Clubs (soldiers) was someone taking charge of their life.

Yesterday, it dawned on me that I was overthinking it and she's probably just saying she's hitting a lot of dance clubs.
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Old 02-17-2017, 03:18 PM
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Monty Python and the Holy Grail

I've seen it a jillion and a half times since I was a kid.

Only now, on the wrong side of fifty, do I even notice all the times Arthur is trying to get various sources to get on with it and get to the point and tell him where the Grail is already!
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Old 02-17-2017, 03:59 PM
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Biggs and Antilles sure do show up a lot of different places.
Including the Final Fantasy game franchise, where Wedge and Biggs show up in the majority of the iterations of that game since IV.
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Old Yesterday, 10:22 PM
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This is something that went over my head (and would have gone over the heads of most young viewers), but was more obvious to me as an adult.

In the movie A Boy Named Charlie Brown (from 1969--you know, the spelling-bee movie), Linus gives Charlie Brown his blanket for good luck before he boards the bus to New York. But after a while, Linus follows Charlie Brown (with Snoopy in tow) because the absence of his trusty security blanket is affecting him so badly.

What I didn't get as a kid was that Linus' symptoms--dizziness, sweating, weakness, lightheadedness, fainting--were all symptoms of a drug addict's withdrawal.

And there's another part of that movie I didn't fully appreciate until I was grown. There's a lovely sequence where Schroeder plays a movement from Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata while impressionistic images fill the screen (after we see Schroeder's piano grow from the little kid-size instrument to a full-size old-fashioned piano like the one the composer himself must have used). I didn't realize at the time that these were the images flickering through Schroeder's mind as he played--or, perhaps, he was putting himself in the shoes of Beethoven himself and experiencing the composer's visions, perhaps channeling his spirit. (We see shots of the skyline of Bonn, Germany, impressionistic nuns flocking through a cathedral much as young Ludwig might have seen them--and, at the end, right before Schroeder returns to reality, a glimpse of the composer on his deathbed and some drawings of other composers, as if Beethoven was reminding himself that others would carry on his work as he passed on.)

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Old Today, 02:56 AM
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In the movie A Boy Named Charlie Brown (from 1969--you know, the spelling-bee movie), Linus gives Charlie Brown his blanket for good luck before he boards the bus to New York. But after a while, Linus follows Charlie Brown (with Snoopy in tow) because the absence of his trusty security blanket is affecting him so badly.

What I didn't get as a kid was that Linus' symptoms--dizziness, sweating, weakness, lightheadedness, fainting--were all symptoms of a drug addict's withdrawal.
In the daily strips, there's a series equating it with quitting smoking. His grandmother will quit smoking if he gives up his blanket.
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Old Today, 03:09 AM
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I watched Frozen for the bazillionth time yesterday, and left it running through the credits, though I'll usually shut it off once they start. After all, I've seen it so many times...
That was the first time I'd seen that it had a scene after the credits..
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