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Evan C   

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.

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NBooth   

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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Evan C   

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.

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NBooth   

Mine is not Spellbound. 

I'll have to give yours some more thought. They sound tantalizingly familiar, but not familiar enough for me to place. Which is, I guess, the point.

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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.

Edited by Joel Mayward

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Evan C   

Joel got both of them. And #3?

 

Joel's:

2. The Social Network

3. The Edge of Seventeen?

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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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Evan C   
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?

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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?

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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.

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53 minutes ago, John Drew said:

Citizen Kane?

Nope! Not There Will Be Blood either. A hint: there's more than one movie about this person/character.

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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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NBooth   
4 minutes ago, Joel Mayward said:

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

Indiana Jones?

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Just now, NBooth said:

Indiana Jones?

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?

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NBooth   
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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Evan C   

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

And now I really have to call it a night,

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NBooth   
1 minute ago, Evan C said:

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

Yup.

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NBooth   
13 hours ago, Joel Mayward said:

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

The Godfather movies?

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10 hours ago, NBooth said:

The Godfather movies?

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

Is your #5 Wonder Boys?

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NBooth   
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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1 hour ago, NBooth said:

Oh, so the Dark Knight movies?

Yep! The Dark Knight in particular. I've not seen Wonder Boys, but recall it being praised this past year when Curtis Hanson passed away.

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A bunch of failed profs plus a working stiff roast marshmallows.

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Evan C   
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.

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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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