May 3, 2005

Name That Movie 35

Another Name That Movie, released upon an adoring public! The madness continues.

Instructions: see the clues, one by one. Guess what movie they are from. Comment. (Or for a bigger challenge, avoid the comments) Repeat.

On the day I post the images, I post them one at a time, with a delay in between. It’s for suspense and it gives the users a chance to play along with each other in the comments. If all the clues are already posted, then play at your own pace. Look for the answer in the comments.

Link to Clue 2

Link to Clue 3

Link to Clue 4

Link to Clue 5

Link to Clue 6

Link to Clue 7

Link to Clue 8

That’s it for the clues!

Posted by James at May 3, 2005 8:08 AM
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I don't know enough about x-rays to identify that skull, but it's kind of weird-looking.

Posted by: Julie at May 3, 2005 9:11 AM

I think the person has a milk mustache. That's what it looks like to me.

Posted by: Patti M. at May 3, 2005 9:39 AM

Picture #2 reminds me of "ET," but that's not what it is.

Posted by: Julie at May 3, 2005 10:30 AM

Hmm...disassembled smoke detectors. Can one make a bomb from such things? Looks like that might be the action pictured here.

Posted by: Patti M. at May 3, 2005 10:33 AM

That's not a smoke detector, it's an alarm clock. Makes me think of a bomb making theme, too. It doesn't remind me of Speed, which I have seen. It could be the other bomb movie I know of, but haven't seen, Blown Away.

Posted by: briwei at May 3, 2005 11:04 AM

i got it!!! but i've been censored...stupid MPAA

Posted by: ryan at May 3, 2005 11:09 AM

Ah, I thought it was a radio. I haven't seen either of those movies.

I have a poor memory for falling scenes because I always close my eyes before the guy jumps/gets pushed/falls. :-)

Posted by: Julie at May 3, 2005 11:10 AM

No light shed for me from the new image. I'm still going to go with Blown Away until I see something I remember.

Posted by: briwei at May 3, 2005 11:30 AM

Oh! That's what those 1/2 numbers are! They're from an alarm clock that flips the numbers over as the time changes.

Gosh. Haven't see one of those in ages!

Posted by: Patti M. at May 3, 2005 11:53 AM

Clue four is up!

Posted by: James at May 3, 2005 12:01 PM

Kind of looks like a bank robbery. As much as I like bank robbery type movies, I haven't seen many of them. Including this one, I suspect.

Posted by: Julie at May 3, 2005 12:13 PM

I've got it too but Ryan probably beat me to it. Should we say it?

Great movie. I recognized the building in scene #3.

Posted by: Mike at May 3, 2005 12:20 PM

Don't not-say it my account, because I'm stymied.

Posted by: Julie at May 3, 2005 12:22 PM

Well, the main character is in one of the clues. His nemesis is in another one. And if any movie would give you deja vu, this is it.

Posted by: Mike at May 3, 2005 12:30 PM

Image 1 guess: The Exorcist
Image 2 guess: ???? Is someone making a bomb? I dunno... Sneakers? Speed?
Image 3 guess: Guy falling out of a building. No guesses.
Image 4 guess: Okay I remember an armored truck parked at a bank like this from Groundhog Day, but I don't remember Bill Murrary throwing himself out of a building.

But I'll guess Groundhog Day. Otherwise, I don't think I've seen this film... nothing looks familiar.

Posted by: Chuck S. at May 3, 2005 1:03 PM

Hmm. A movie that would give me deja vu... Chuck says he remembers a similar scene in a movie he mentions by name... gee perhaps it is Groundhog Day??

Posted by: Julie at May 3, 2005 1:21 PM

Hmmm... Groundhog day would seem to fit. I don't remember much about the movie (aside that it went on for too long). I do seem to remember him getting himself killed in a number of different ways and one of them could have been jumping/falling off a building.

Plus James' seems to have groundhogs/marmots on his mind lately!

Posted by: B.O.B.(bob) at May 3, 2005 1:23 PM

I don't remember the xray scene, but he may have visited a doctor to find out what was wrong with him in Groundhog Day, and then there was that old guy who he took to the hospital.

Image 2... each day began with a view of Murray's flip-numbers-style clock radio coming up 06:00 AM. The radio starts playing I Got You Babe. I don't recall Murray ever smashing this radio, but I suppose he might have after having to hear it a zillion times.

Image 3... who knows? Murrary does try to kill himself a few times in this movie. He steps in front of a moving vehicle. He steals Puxatawney Phil and a car and lets the groundhog drive (Don't drive angry!) and the car crashes and explodes. But I don't remember him jumping from a building.

Posted by: Chuck S. at May 3, 2005 1:31 PM

Bill Murray watches the truck for a few days in a row and times it so that he can steal the bags out of it at the exact time the guards have their backs turned.

Posted by: Pat at May 3, 2005 1:41 PM

Image #2: Bill Murray woke up and immediately smashed the clock during a montage. Didn't work.

Image #3: During his string of failed suicide attempts he climbed to the top of a building, spread his arms wide and fell off the edge. Didn't take.

Image #5: Ice scuplting is one of the ways Bill Murray impresses Andie MacDowell later in the film.

Image #6: The dreaded alarm clock. No idea what part of the movie this is from because it keeps reappearing.

Posted by: Mike at May 3, 2005 2:18 PM

Okay it has to be Groundhog Day. I recognize the snowman.

Posted by: Chuck S. at May 3, 2005 3:05 PM

That's it! All the clues are up!

Amazingly both Ryan and Mike say they recognized the building in #3 -- congrats, guys, that's pretty dang amazing. Sara also got it on image 3.

It's Groundhog Day, with Bill Murray. Great film.

I'm glad it lasted a little longer this week. But you never know what people are going to recognize!

Posted by: James at May 3, 2005 3:29 PM

If someone recognizes the movie early should they say it? An early answer takes much of the fizzle out of the contest.

Posted by: Mike at May 3, 2005 3:31 PM

Even with clue #8 I still would have been lost. I don't know a gopher from a groundhog. Bill Murray + Varmint = Caddyshack.

Posted by: Julie at May 3, 2005 3:31 PM

The only reason I asked Ryan not to say anything was that I was here to confirm it for him, so there was no question about it. (I guess I could have played coy about whether he was correct)

Other than that, I leave it up to the individual to decide. Obviously it changes the game, but I don't want to be strict about how you play. The way I feel is that it's my job to put up the pictures and your job to decide how to comment. If you enjoy saying "I know it" and then watching other people come to their own realizations, that's fine. If you want to just announce it, that's fine, too.

Part of my job (my challenge) is making it hard enough so that you're not able to be too sure early on. But play it however you feel it. But it's easy to underestimate this group of observant individuals.

Thanks for asking, though.

Posted by: James at May 3, 2005 4:54 PM

Oh, and I don't mind if you do what you did here, either. You'd gotten it, but you gave clues. Certainly, that can be a fun way to continue to participate once you've figured it out.

If someone didn't want the clues, they wouldn't be reading the comments.

I admit it was fun to see how you described the images thus far: the main character (Murray) his nemesis (the clock!) and deja-vu. Cute.

By the way, the armored truck is also meant to convey another clue: the keystone state. Groundhog Day has a very specific location.

But by then, most of you folks had already started to catch on. :)

Thanks for playing.

Posted by: James at May 3, 2005 4:59 PM

Awesome! I guessed the movie...and I haven't even seen it! Although it took until the 7th clue.

Posted by: Sharon at May 3, 2005 5:20 PM

Somewhere on the description of the game I should announce:

"For an extra hard challenge, make sure you haven't seen the movie before playing."

Posted by: James at May 3, 2005 5:33 PM

Wow. Good one, James. I got busy and didn't get to check back in yesterday. But I wouldn't have gotten this until the snowman. The falling Bill Murray was annoyingly familiar, but I couldn't put it together.

Posted by: briwei at May 4, 2005 11:42 AM

I was up in Maine the last couple days.

The 2nd picture threw me, I too thought it was an action flick involving bomb-building. The third one I recognized but it took me a long time to remember from where. I kept trying to run through Dirty Harry movies in my head. I finally remembered where I thought it was from (Groundhog's Day) and the 4th pic confirmed it.

Posted by: David Grenier at May 5, 2005 10:52 AM

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