January 25, 2005

Name That Movie 23

School is still cancelled where I live, and the university is even closed! However, dedicated idiot I am, I’m on my way to work. But at least we have this Name That Movie to play with:

Guess away!

Second Clue is Here.

Third Clue is Here

Fourth Clue is Here

Clues Five and Six

Posted by James at January 25, 2005 10:04 AM
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Well the image is obviously Pac Man but I can't think of any movies I've seen with someone playing it.

Posted by: B.O.B.(bob) at January 25, 2005 10:28 AM

We're in the '80s, but that's all I've got right now.

Posted by: Patti M. at January 25, 2005 10:28 AM

That is "Ms. Pac-Man: The Motion Picture" starring Kathryn Hepburn, Sir Ralph Richardson, and Martin Landau.

I might change my mind if I see another picture.

Posted by: Julie at January 25, 2005 10:29 AM

No idea. Electric Dreams?

Posted by: Mike at January 25, 2005 10:39 AM

Vague memories are coming back to me of kids playing video games before being distracted by the movie's plot. Another wild guess: War Games.

Posted by: Mike at January 25, 2005 11:02 AM

I'm going to throw out "War Games" as a guess, but I'm really not certain. Could be any movie with Ms. Pac Man in it... don't remember any specifically.

Posted by: Chuck S. at January 25, 2005 11:04 AM

You know, my first thought was "War Games," but every time there's an '80s computer game, we all say "War Games," and we're wrong. That and I'm pretty sure that's already been featured on NTM.

Posted by: Patti M. at January 25, 2005 11:16 AM

I think Wargames predates Ms. Pac-Man anyway.

A video arcade figured prominently in The Last Starfighter, but I doubt anyone was playing Ms. Pac-Man there.

Need another picture, but I'm going offline for a while...

Posted by: Julie at January 25, 2005 11:25 AM

We've never done War Games. At least, I haven't seen the movie in a million years. maybe Chuck did it.

Anyhow - second clue up!

Posted by: James at January 25, 2005 11:48 AM

Ok, something Satanic.

Posted by: Patti M. at January 25, 2005 11:53 AM

doesn't help me

Posted by: B.O.B.(bob) at January 25, 2005 11:55 AM

The Gate.

I dunno, it's definitely an 80s horror movie with evil ghostie themes rather than slashers.

Posted by: David Grenier at January 25, 2005 12:02 PM

In the second shot there is a video camera on a tripod visible in the background.

Wasn;t there a scene in Poltergeist where they were videotaping some of the bizarre happenings?

Posted by: David Grenier at January 25, 2005 12:05 PM

Poltergeist? It's the right era for Ms. Pac-Man. There appears to be a big video camera in the blurry background of the second image... I know they used a lot of cameras around the house to capture video of the "ghosts".

But I don't remember a ring of candles in Poltergeist. (Ugh, that gruesome swimming pool scene from Poltergeist just leapt, unbidden, into my consciousness.)

Hmm. The eighties. Video games. Ring of candles. Video camera.

Nope. I got nothing. More pix please.

Posted by: Chuck S. at January 25, 2005 12:08 PM

(Reading comments) Oh look at that, somebody else guessed Poltergeist. Maybe it is Poltergeist then.

Regarding the questions of others, Wargames has not been done. I've been keeping a list of both James and my NTM posts. At this point, I'm not sure I *would* do Wargames... everybody seems to guess it first.

Wouldn't you rather play a nice game of chess?

Posted by: Chuck S. at January 25, 2005 12:15 PM

You know, we're all so jaded that "War Games" might stump us. We would talk ourselves right out of guessing that.

Never saw "Poltergeist." Are there clowns? If so, this is the movie that made one of my college roommates fear clowns.

Posted by: Patti M. at January 25, 2005 12:20 PM

Patti,

There's a terrifying clown doll that comes to life and tries to strangle the little boy.

Posted by: David Grenier at January 25, 2005 12:25 PM

Yep, that would explain her morbid fear of clowns.

Posted by: Patti M. at January 25, 2005 12:27 PM

This could be the lost episode of Jeopardy where Alex Trabek stood inside a pentagram and mocked the contestants.

But I doubt it.

Umm... The Seventh Sign? Sex, Lies and Videotape? The video for The Police's Wrapped Around Your Finger?

Posted by: Mike at January 25, 2005 12:34 PM

Beetlejuice?

Posted by: Mike at January 25, 2005 12:36 PM

Third clue is away!

Posted by: James at January 25, 2005 12:39 PM

Fuck, I know I've seen this. Usually you do movies I've never seen, but this I know I've seen. I think the "Merv" thing is part of a dream or fantasy sequence.

Posted by: David Grenier at January 25, 2005 12:40 PM

Something screwy is happening with the server timestamps. Everybody but me seems to be posting from the future. I need to get with the times.

Posted by: Mike at January 25, 2005 12:41 PM

Merv Griffin? Gadzooks!

Posted by: Patti M. at January 25, 2005 12:46 PM

Still got nothing. I can't have seen this movie.

Posted by: B.O.B.(bob) at January 25, 2005 12:47 PM

Well there's always the chance that I'm mistaken, but I'm going to say that I've never seen this movie.

Posted by: Chuck S. at January 25, 2005 12:53 PM

It's not Poltergeist or Wargames. I don't believe I've seen this, though, or if I did I totally forgot about Ms. Pac-Man, the candles, and Merv.

Posted by: Julie at January 25, 2005 1:38 PM

Doesn't one of the people on stage of the Merv scene look like a boxer or a wrestler?


I think it's man on the moon. Jim Carey plays Andy Kaufman.

The first 2 images didn't help me much tho.

Posted by: Jay at January 25, 2005 2:22 PM

Fourth clue is up!

Posted by: James at January 25, 2005 2:50 PM

I didn't see the Jim Carey movie where he portrays Andy Kaufmann, but I know Andy Kaufmann's face.

Jay is right--the movie is "Man on the Moon."

Posted by: Patti M. at January 25, 2005 3:02 PM

Final clues!

Posted by: James at January 25, 2005 3:41 PM

I foolishly read the comments before looking at the new clues. I think I would have gotten it on #4 and possibly #5, but not #6. The main thing I remember about that movie was being really depressed by it.

Posted by: Julie at January 25, 2005 4:19 PM

After all 6 images I only knew what this was once I read the comments. Never saw "Man on the Moon", sorry! :-)

Posted by: Chuck S. at January 25, 2005 5:15 PM

It's a good movie, and I don't usually enjoy biopics. Kaufman had a huge influence on comedy in this country, which becomes more clear over time.

Every once in a while i wander out of the generes with which I'm most associated.

Posted by: James at January 25, 2005 5:17 PM

Got it on 4, even though I've never seen the movie. Recognized Kaufman's mug on the scrolling TV screen. So, you'd say it is worth a watch?

Posted by: briwei at January 25, 2005 8:10 PM

Ok, so it turns out I haven't seen it. But fuck that "Merv!" clip looked so familiar.

I didn't have much of an interest in the movie. It seemed wierd and false how suddenly in one year everyone became these die-hard Andy Kaufman fans years after he'd died.

Posted by: David Grenier at January 26, 2005 7:29 AM

I don't think it's weird and false to get interested in someone or something (and become a fan) at some time other than when you are "supposed" to. If you are interested in Kaufman *now,* Bri, I'd say it's worth a watch.

Posted by: Julie at January 26, 2005 7:56 AM

I remember hating the man -- I thought he was a misogynist, and nothing I read about him steered my opinion in another direction. And then one day recently James played the song, and I mentioned I'd never seen the movie, and so he rented it. It was interesting and a little sad, and it doesn't leave you knowing any more than you started with!

Posted by: Maggie at January 26, 2005 8:57 AM

I know Andy Kaufmann only from "Taxi."

If I had cable, all I would watch is old stuff like "Taxi" and "Soap."

Posted by: Patti M. at January 26, 2005 9:41 AM

I think the movie cast a lot of doubt and made an effort not to be definitive.

But I found it somewhat enlightening regarding Kaufman's desire to mess with everyone's mind.

I have to respect that.

Posted by: James at January 26, 2005 9:43 AM

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