May 10, 2005

Name That Movie 36

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

That’s all of ‘em!

Posted by James at May 10, 2005 9:26 AM
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Oh, I don't know, how about Moonraker. I know it's wrong, but you gotta start somewhere.

Posted by: Julie at May 10, 2005 9:57 AM

I'll say Hunt for Red October

Posted by: Slacker at May 10, 2005 10:03 AM

I would have guessed "Independence Day" but you've already done that movie. So I'll say "Armageddon".

Posted by: Mike at May 10, 2005 10:15 AM

As crazy as it sounds, "Hunt for Red October" is a great guess. This space scene doesn't look quite up to the standards of modern movies (so much for my first guess) and I have the feeling this is the only such shot in the entire movie.

In most thrillers there is usually one "Meanwhile, up in space" moment where a satellite gets blown to smithereens. That's what I think we're looking at here.

Posted by: Mike at May 10, 2005 10:22 AM

I'd also say Armageddon. Doesn't a communication satellite get destroyed in the beginning?

Posted by: Pat at May 10, 2005 10:24 AM

Wargames?

Posted by: Bob McCown at May 10, 2005 10:26 AM

Thanks!

I didn't think "sci-fi" when I saw it. That's why I went with "Hunt" kind of a "Can you see anything on satelite?" moment.

Posted by: Slacker at May 10, 2005 10:31 AM

The clarity of the shot rules out "2001: A Space Odessy," perhaps the most boring, over-hyped move ever. No, wait, that would be "Water World."

Um...I'll need another picture.

Posted by: Patti M. at May 10, 2005 10:43 AM

"Meanwhile up in space?"

I love that. Mike's right -- lots of movies have a shot like this. But "Pretty Woman" doesn't so it does weed that out.

Posted by: James at May 10, 2005 10:50 AM

Maybe we should be more specific. We need another picture that will help.

Thank you.

Posted by: Bob McCown at May 10, 2005 10:53 AM

Image #2 could be titled, "Meanwhile, in another movie..."

Hmmm. 1970's era haircuts and automobiles. This should change things but I'm stubbornly sticking with the ensemble disaster movie angle that destroys New York (don't they all?).

How about an older Sean Connery movie called "Meteor"? I expect this cop and perp to look up at the sky and glimpse the asteroid splinter about to flatten Manhattan.

Posted by: Mike at May 10, 2005 10:58 AM

Sheesh, that guy in #2 looks familiar but I can't quite put my finger on it.

I'll say Ali

Posted by: Slacker at May 10, 2005 11:00 AM

I believe shot no. 2 is a "made to look old" shot, i.e., it's a fairly recent movie shot with a different time feel. Look at the car to the right of the screen--that's not from the '70s, though the one in the main photo is.

I don't think I've seen this movie.

Posted by: Patti M. at May 10, 2005 11:00 AM

Ali is more probable than Moonraker.

Posted by: Julie at May 10, 2005 11:07 AM

Hrm, skyline view in a city. People looking perplexed, in a "what the hell just happened?" kind of way. Yea, one of the meteor movies I think.

Posted by: Bob McCown at May 10, 2005 11:15 AM

It almost looks like that guy is saying "Hey look, a camera! Let's grab it!"

No idea as to what movie though...

Posted by: Slacker at May 10, 2005 11:20 AM

The first shot made me immediately think "Spies Like Us".

But the next two shots blow that theory out of the water.

And James, I think you need to watch "Pretty Woman" again. I clearly remember space sattelites in that movie. And magic robots. And truck-driving orangutans.

Posted by: David Grenier at May 10, 2005 11:22 AM

I doubt that I have seen this, but perhaps clue #4 will change everything...

Posted by: Julie at May 10, 2005 11:22 AM

You can see one of the Twin Towers on the left edge of image #3. Spooky.

Thinking about image #1 again, I remember the special effects in "Deep Impact" weren't that great. So that completes my trifecta of disaster movie guesses.

Posted by: Mike at May 10, 2005 11:26 AM

Image 1 possibilities: Twister, that lousy Reese Witherspoon movie, and heck, loads of films.

Images 2 and 3... wow did I call that one wrong. Dang. No idea.

Posted by: Chuck S. at May 10, 2005 11:28 AM

Spy Kids?

Posted by: Patti M. at May 10, 2005 11:37 AM

Hmm, I can't quite read those, but it looks like something at a TV station. Still not helpful, but interesting.

Posted by: Julie at May 10, 2005 11:44 AM

Clue 4 is up.

I am not watching Pretty Woman again. I barely watched it the first time.

"Look, a camera, grab it!" It does look like that, doesn't it?

Posted by: James at May 10, 2005 11:45 AM

The label on the videotape in the middle reads "The Outer Limits", a sci-fi reference that doesn't confirm or deny anything, I'm afraid.

Posted by: Mike at May 10, 2005 11:56 AM

Although Tea Leoni was a television reporter...

Posted by: Mike at May 10, 2005 11:58 AM

I haven't seen any of those disaster flicks. My first thought from image 1 was Moonraker. None of the subsequent images back up that guess. I don't think it is Spy Kids, though. I'll go with Deep Impact for now on Mike's comments.

Posted by: briwei at May 10, 2005 12:22 PM

I would say Deep Imact too, but I remember them filming a bunch of that movie in Washington DC so that kind of made me rethink.

Still could be though, I've never seen it.

Posted by: Slacker at May 10, 2005 12:29 PM

Image 5 is up.

Ringing any bells? 1:30 is when the next image is coming, and the last will be @ 2:30 PM EST.

Posted by: James at May 10, 2005 12:33 PM

Hackers?

Posted by: Slacker at May 10, 2005 12:35 PM

Hm. Water coming down, looks like in a subway. Everyone panicking except one guy with an umbrella.

Nope, no clue.

Posted by: Bob McCown at May 10, 2005 12:35 PM

This definitely is looking more and more like a disaster flick. I know that "The Day After Tomorrow" was about "extreme weather" and much of it took place in New York, but I don't specifically remember these shots.

What about that horrible Godzilla movie that came out a couple years ago?

Posted by: David Grenier at May 10, 2005 12:39 PM

I'm sticking with Hackers. I vaguely remember a scene where a guy opens up an umbrella in a school right before the sprinklers go off and that guy on the right looks familiar to me.

Posted by: Slacker at May 10, 2005 12:40 PM

I may have led you all astray with my "Deep Impact" guess. I don't recall much of it anymore aside from Morgan Freeman as president and Tea Leoni as a devoted daughter who decided to take the big swim with dear ol' Dad. I do recall the entire east coast was flooded but whether they shot any scenes in New York I cannot say.

Posted by: Mike at May 10, 2005 12:42 PM

Hackers!. I should have recognized it from Clue 3. That's the scene where all the new kids at the school get locked on the roof after being told there is a swimming pool up there.

In clue 5, you see Jonny Lee Miller walking with the umbrella from behind. I can't believe I didn't get this earlier! This was my old housemate's favorite movie (he loves Angelina Jolie and is a fellow computer geek). Also, my friends tell me I have a remarkable resemblance to Jonny Lee Miller.

This movie is another example of Hollywood's ridiculous portrayal of computers. It does have some great hacker names, though - Crash Override, Acid Burn, Cereal Killer, etc. In clue 5, you can see Phantom Phreak laughing in the foreground at the right of the shot. Do you guys remember what recent Name That Movie that this actor also was in?

Posted by: jeremy at May 10, 2005 12:48 PM

The only other movie I know him from is that one with Michelle Pfieffer about the school..Dangerous Lives or something like that?

Posted by: Slacker at May 10, 2005 12:53 PM

Clue 6 is up!

Who is that?

Posted by: James at May 10, 2005 1:40 PM

Ah. Never saw it. So, that is why this doesn't look familiar. :)

Posted by: briwei at May 10, 2005 1:40 PM

Looks like Penn Jillette

Posted by: Slacker at May 10, 2005 1:41 PM

Clue 6 conclusively proves that this is a movie that I did not see. :)

Posted by: Julie at May 10, 2005 1:44 PM

Penn Jillette or Ozzy Ozbourne?

Posted by: Patti M. at May 10, 2005 1:57 PM

Final clue is up!

Posted by: James at May 10, 2005 2:38 PM

RE: #34 above

here is the link to the previous name that movie
http://www.drmomentum.com/aces/pix/namethatmovie/ntm25_fr.jpg

Posted by: jeremy at May 10, 2005 2:39 PM

I added Hackers to my Netflix queue to see what I've been missing.

Posted by: Mike at May 10, 2005 2:47 PM

I will now verify that it is indeed the 1995 movie "Hackers."


Angelina Jolie and Jonny Lee Miller. And, Penn Jillette in a minor role.

It's not the best film, but it's one of those movies that probably would have been more popular in 1985. It was the '95 version of WarGames... kinda. At least, for the same type of person.

It's a ridiculous film, but I suppose it has its moments.

Thing is, it's supposed to take place in 2005. It begins in '95 when a kid (code named "Zero Cool") is arrested for hacking, and not allowed near a computer or phone until his 18th birthday.

The rest of the film takes place in the future... 2005. Oddly, 2005 looks a lot like 1995 but with far out clothing from late 1980's MTV videos.

Anyhow, I thought it was appropriate to have this film, set in their future and our present, as a Name That Movie.

Thanks for playing, and congrats to you folks who recognized this film. I can't believe it stumped the usual suspects! I thought more people had seen this cheesy film.

Posted by: James at May 10, 2005 3:10 PM

Okay on Image 6, I say "Hackers". It's funny, looking at the group of youngsters in image 3, Hackers is one of the films that occurred to me, but I immediately discarded it.

Posted by: Chuck S. at May 10, 2005 3:11 PM

Took me until Clue #7, but... Hackers?

Well, I'm sur eI can read the rest of the comments to find out.

Posted by: David Grenier at May 10, 2005 3:14 PM

I thought I recognized Jonny Lee Miller's back! But the guy in the kitten shirt and the fact it looked a little like they were in a subway station threw me off.

Also, I never knew the movie took place in the future...shows how much I pay attention.

Posted by: Sharon at May 10, 2005 4:00 PM

See, even if you're not paying attention, the future becomes the present.

Posted by: James at May 10, 2005 4:36 PM

Sometimes my comments are so deep that I sound like a pot-addled high school student.

Posted by: James at May 10, 2005 4:41 PM

Dude, that's heavy.

Posted by: Julie at May 10, 2005 5:09 PM

!!

I challenge you all to a duel of wits, on Pandora's Tea Room. Today I am hosting a Name That Movie of my own.

Who will be victorious??

Posted by: Maggie at May 12, 2005 7:31 AM

Dude, I think you've got spam. :)

/Hurley

Posted by: Mike at May 12, 2005 9:01 AM

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