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Explain a film plot terribly

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On Facebook, some of us have been having fun writing short and terrible summaries of films and making others guess the answers. Since the Haiku thread was a lot of fun, I thought it was worth trying to get it going here as well.

 

1. One woman dies in a state of bliss; the other is pursued by a stalker.

2. Machines run the world and micromanage everyone's lives until one malfunctions and another is shut down.

3. Ungrateful sisters suspect their housemaid is trying to poison them.


"Anyway, in general I love tragic artists, especially classical ones."

"Even the forms for expressing truth can be multiform, and this is indeed necessary for the transmission of the Gospel in its timeless meaning."

- Pope Francis, August 2013 interview with Antonio Spadaro

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Hmm... No confidence in these guesses at all:

1. Mulholland Dr.

2. ??? [Like, The Matrix would be too obvious. I'm betting the machine in question is a toaster or something]

3. Cinderella

I'm actually very proud of this one, which got a like but no guesses: "Medical entrepreneur murdered by his best friend."

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Let me try to make them slightly clearer; #2 really could have been anything.


1. Two women seek connections: one dies in a musical concert; the other wonders whether she's being stalked.

2. Robots run the world and micromanage everyone's lives until one falls in love.

3. Ungrateful sisters suspect their housemaid's exotic dinner will send them to hell.

 

Yours is Spellbound?? I have no confidence in that guess at all.


"Anyway, in general I love tragic artists, especially classical ones."

"Even the forms for expressing truth can be multiform, and this is indeed necessary for the transmission of the Gospel in its timeless meaning."

- Pope Francis, August 2013 interview with Antonio Spadaro

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Evan's #1: The Double Life of Veronique.

Evan's #2: WALL-E. Just from the first description, it may also have been The Terminator or Blade Runner or Her. Robots are everywhere.

Here are three more:

1. A bumbling professor loses everything he strives to obtain.

2. One friend unfriends another friend due to social media.

3. A teenage girl feels terribly misunderstood and antagonized by authority figures.

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Joel got both of them. And #3?

 

Joel's:

2. The Social Network

3. The Edge of Seventeen?


"Anyway, in general I love tragic artists, especially classical ones."

"Even the forms for expressing truth can be multiform, and this is indeed necessary for the transmission of the Gospel in its timeless meaning."

- Pope Francis, August 2013 interview with Antonio Spadaro

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20 minutes ago, Evan C said:

Joel's:

2. The Social Network

3. The Edge of Seventeen?

Yes to #2! But #3 is going to be a tough one.

I think Evan's #3 is Babette's Feast.

Another one for consideration:

4. A wealthy man experiences a rise and fall in the public eye while exhibiting erratic, violent behavior.

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40 minutes ago, Joel Mayward said:

Yes to #2! But #3 is going to be a tough one.

I think Evan's #3 is Babette's Feast.

Indeed it is.

#1 sounds like The Nutty Professor, but that doesn't seem like a bad description of it.

#3: Carrie?


"Anyway, in general I love tragic artists, especially classical ones."

"Even the forms for expressing truth can be multiform, and this is indeed necessary for the transmission of the Gospel in its timeless meaning."

- Pope Francis, August 2013 interview with Antonio Spadaro

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11 hours ago, Joel Mayward said:

Yes to #2! But #3 is going to be a tough one.

I think Evan's #3 is Babette's Feast.

Another one for consideration:

4. A wealthy man experiences a rise and fall in the public eye while exhibiting erratic, violent behavior.

 

Citizen Kane?


Formerly Baal_T'shuvah

"Everyone has the right to make an ass out of themselves. You just can't let the world judge you too much." - Maude 
Harold and Maude
 

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After killing a stripper and a gymnast, a retiree is rescued by another of his targets, who then blathers about his past while sobbing in a storm.


Formerly Baal_T'shuvah

"Everyone has the right to make an ass out of themselves. You just can't let the world judge you too much." - Maude 
Harold and Maude
 

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12 hours ago, Evan C said:

Indeed it is.

#1 sounds like The Nutty Professor, but that doesn't seem like a bad description of it.

#3: Carrie?

A hint for #1: this professor rarely does any teaching, mostly traveling.

A hint for #3: the authority figures are religious. (Which could also apply to Carrie, I suppose.)

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1 minute ago, Joel Mayward said:

You got it. I rewatched Raiders yesterday, and Jones' inability to actually accomplish anything he strives for stood out for me.

Is yours The Third Man?

It is.

A few more, because now I'm stuck:

1. Superman tries to fly. Can't.

2. Noble family brought low by the automobile. 

3. Harmonica-playing vigilante kills job-creator.

4. Space communists keep life-giving serum to themselves.

5. Iron Man sleeps with Spiderman while Hank Pym watches helplessly.

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Nathanael's #3: Once Upon a Time in the West.

And now I really have to call it a night,


"Anyway, in general I love tragic artists, especially classical ones."

"Even the forms for expressing truth can be multiform, and this is indeed necessary for the transmission of the Gospel in its timeless meaning."

- Pope Francis, August 2013 interview with Antonio Spadaro

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17 minutes ago, Joel Mayward said:

An interesting guess, but no. The film I'm thinking of is more "graphic," even "comic."

Is your #5 Wonder Boys?

Oh, so the Dark Knight movies?

And, yeah. 5 is WONDER BOYS. 

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13 hours ago, Joel Mayward said:

A hint for #1: this professor rarely does any teaching, mostly traveling.

A hint for #3: the authority figures are religious. (Which could also apply to Carrie, I suppose.)

Stations of the Cross.

 

 

A fascist dictator with bad hair and multiple trophy wives worries about his sons' future.


"Anyway, in general I love tragic artists, especially classical ones."

"Even the forms for expressing truth can be multiform, and this is indeed necessary for the transmission of the Gospel in its timeless meaning."

- Pope Francis, August 2013 interview with Antonio Spadaro

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59 minutes ago, Evan C said:

A fascist dictator with bad hair and multiple trophy wives worries about his sons' future.

The Ten Commandments!

 

er, maybe not...

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14 hours ago, John Drew said:

After killing a stripper and a gymnast, a retiree is rescued by another of his targets, who then blathers about his past while sobbing in a storm.

Blade Runner

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