May 24, 2005

Name That Movie 38

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 all of ‘em!

Posted by James at May 24, 2005 9:18 AM
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The Night The Reindeer Rampaged

Posted by: Julie at May 24, 2005 9:50 AM

Prancer. definitely Prancer.

or Tommy Boy.

Posted by: jeremy at May 24, 2005 9:54 AM

The Passion of the Prancer? Yeah, I don't have a clue.

Posted by: jeremy at May 24, 2005 10:30 AM

Image 1: Hmm. Beats me. Could be anything. WAG: Intensity. WAG: Robin Hood Prince of Thieves.

Image 2: Looks like a cross removed from a wall. WAG: The Exorcist. WAG: The Omen.

Posted by: Chuck S. at May 24, 2005 10:33 AM

Y'know, I was looking at the source, it looks like you might be able to hack it so that the comment form comes before the comments instead of after. This would make it easier to not read the comments before posting. Just a thought.

Posted by: Chuck S. at May 24, 2005 10:38 AM

Last time I saw a cross removed from a wall in a NTM, it was Signs. But this doesn't look to me like a cross removed from a wall. I don't know what it looks like. I think it's a cross-shaped item, rather than an actual cross, lit from behind, and with a wire running through it - sort of like power lines. Kind of. A little.

Posted by: Julie at May 24, 2005 10:39 AM

I like Chuck's Robin Hood guess. Image 2 looks like there could be an arrow or something stuck in the wall at the top of the cross "shadow".

Or it might be that I am getting misled by someone else's guess again. this happens pretty much every week.

Posted by: jeremy at May 24, 2005 10:47 AM

Um. Dances with Wolves? Probably not, but I gotta start somewhere!

Posted by: Bob McCown at May 24, 2005 10:59 AM

Oopsie - wrong link for image 3. If you get an error clicking that, reload the page.

Posted by: James at May 24, 2005 11:02 AM

Either an old west wagon, or a carriage in england or france. Hrm...

Posted by: Bob McCown at May 24, 2005 11:02 AM

hmmm...those look like tri-cornered hats on the men in image 3. WAG: The Patriot

Posted by: jeremy at May 24, 2005 11:05 AM

I'm with Bob on this one. My first thought was Dances With Wolves.

Posted by: Mike at May 24, 2005 11:18 AM

Far fetched guess: Legend of Sleepy Hollow?

Posted by: Sara at May 24, 2005 11:18 AM

Clue 4 is up.

I promise that they start getting easier soon.

Posted by: James at May 24, 2005 11:52 AM

Hmmm, clue 4 reminds me of Big Fish. But clue 2 does not.

Posted by: Sara at May 24, 2005 11:56 AM

I don't recognize any of this stuff. But clue 4 makes it look more recent. Nothin so far for me.

Posted by: briwei at May 24, 2005 12:04 PM

I got it on the next clue! (5) I'm so bad at this game, I'm amazed I got it. He let me see it early. Privilege. :-P

Posted by: Maggie at May 24, 2005 12:06 PM

Image #3: Hmm. Deer or elk, a missing cross, and now a stagecoach. These images aren't coming together for me.

WAG: The Patriot.

Image #4: *choke* What the heck is going on HERE? Is she dancing? Possessed? Goofing about?

The picture appears to be set in the past. I don't recognize this image or this actress. Picture is too small to make out the details of that wall hanging behind her.

That's all I got. No more WAGs for this one. I'm pretty sure I haven't seen it.

Posted by: Chuck S. at May 24, 2005 12:06 PM

The herd of stag looks vaguely familiar. The stagecoach makes me think it might be a Western, and the setting and lighting makes me think it might be one Clint Eastwood directed or one influenced by him (he sets his stuff in the autumn and often has more green than older westerns where its all hot desert sun).

But I'm not seeing anything specific to tie to a certain film.

Posted by: David Grenier at May 24, 2005 12:07 PM

Doesn't look like any Clint Eastwood I've ever seen, but I don't have any better ideas.

Posted by: Julie at May 24, 2005 12:09 PM

WAG - Brotherhood of the Wolf? I think that's the name of the movie. The tricorn hats would fit.

Posted by: B.O.B.(bob) at May 24, 2005 12:09 PM

Okay, I read the comments. I like Sara's guess. I *have* seen Legend of Sleepy Hollow, but only once, and it didn't leave much of an impression on me. It's possible this could be it.

I just don't seem to be able to pull these pix together.

WAG: From Hell

Posted by: Chuck S. at May 24, 2005 12:12 PM

The Village?

Posted by: Mike at May 24, 2005 1:07 PM

All excellent guesses. But who is correct?

Posted by: James at May 24, 2005 1:13 PM

That implies that at least one of us *is* correct.

"The Village" occurred to me, but I don't recognize any of this from that film. Since I really enjoyed that film I would be disappointed if I hadn't recognized it yet. I suppose img 4 could be from the party scene in village, but there's red in the wall hanging behind the freaky-lady, and since that is the color of those of whom we do not speak, I don't think this is "The Village".

I like the elk/deer for "Robin Hood", but not the carriage, the bug-eyed girl, or the red smoking jacket or whatever that person is wearing in img 5.

In reviewing image 5, nothing else jumps out at me.

This leaves me with:

- The Patriot (never saw it)
- From Hell
- Legend of Sleepy Hollow

I like the deer and carriage for sleepy hollow, but it made so little impression on me I just can't remember any of it.

I like the freaky-lady and the smoking jacket and perhaps the carriage for "From Hell". But I don't like the elk or the cross. Most of that movie took place in a city (London, right?) so the elk seem out of place.

So until I see more images, I'm going to continue to second Sara's guess of "Sleepy Hollow", but also put forth "From Hell" as an emerging favorite.

Posted by: Chuck S. at May 24, 2005 1:27 PM

Image #6: Amadeus?

Well my reputation as a reliable NTM buff just went out the window. I think it is safe to say I don't recognize ANY of these images.

The last image reminds me of the mass grave Amadeus Mozart ends up in at the end of that film. My recollection of that movie is only slightly better than Sleepy Hollow. But all the images fit I think.

Posted by: Chuck S. at May 24, 2005 1:35 PM

After #6, I don't think it is The Patriot, nor any other movie I have seen.

I should probably go rent Sleepy Hollow in the near future, because I need a dose of Depp.

Posted by: Julie at May 24, 2005 1:37 PM

Curse you James!

In studying Image 6 further, although I don't remember it, it occurs to me that this scene would not be out of place in either Sleepy Hollow or From Hell.

So now my list of guesses has gone up by 1.

Posted by: Chuck S. at May 24, 2005 1:41 PM

I don't recognize any of these images and I haven't seen any of the other movies guessed so I'm sticking with Brotherhood of the Wolf. For those of you that haven't seen it it's a really cool French werewolf movie set in the late 1700s.

Posted by: B.O.B.(bob) at May 24, 2005 1:46 PM

OOH! Amadaeus! Isnt the end where he gets buried in the common grave? The carriage is where his wife is racing back home?

Posted by: Bob McCown at May 24, 2005 1:50 PM

I have seen both From Hell and Sleepy Hollow recently, and I don't recall any of these images. So I really don't think it is either of these (although, if it is, this would be further proof that my girlfriend is right and I am extremely unobservant.)

It could be Le Pacte des loups (Brotherhood of the Wolf - I remember the commercials when this movie came out and how I loved to yell the title in my worst French accent. another thing my girlfriend loved.) I haven't seen all of this movie, but if I remember correctly many people found some similarities between it and The Village. So that's my new guess:
Le Pacte des Loups!

Posted by: jeremy at May 24, 2005 1:54 PM

#7 is up. #8, the final image in 30 minutes.

Posted by: James at May 24, 2005 1:57 PM

My metagaming engine likes Amadeus, much more than Brotherhood of the Wolf (although, I have not seen that film).

Maggie says that she recognized this movie on #5. Since she readily admitted not long ago to not having seen many vampire movies, I think it unlikely that she would sit through a werewolf movie.

Further I seem to recall Amadeus was a film both James and Maggie enjoyed.

Posted by: Chuck S. at May 24, 2005 2:00 PM

Image #7: Okay, that's gotta be Amadeus. I didn't particularly enjoy the film, and I don't have much memory of it, but unless I'm mistaken Amadeus is hiding under that table with a young lady.

Posted by: Chuck S. at May 24, 2005 2:03 PM

Yup, thats where he drags the girl underneath the bed, in the beginning of the movie....

Posted by: Bob McCown at May 24, 2005 2:07 PM

Ok. I've never seen Amadeus, so I probably won't get this for sure until image 8. None of the stuff to this point is trailer fodder.

Posted by: briwei at May 24, 2005 2:14 PM

All done. I expect anyone who has seen the film should get it by now. But if you haven't seen it, I'm not sure any of this gives it away.

Posted by: James at May 24, 2005 2:26 PM

It doesn't. What happened to the last shot being a dead giveaway. You know, the lead actors in obvious costumes? For those of us who haven't gotten it. I mean, other people seem sure of Amadeus, and there is definitely enough there for me to agree with that as a good guess. But I can't be certain. :(

Posted by: briwei at May 24, 2005 2:30 PM

Image 8 means nothing to me. I'm going to stick with Amadeus. It wasn't a big film for me and nothing in image 8 contradicts that guess for me.

Posted by: Chuck S. at May 24, 2005 2:30 PM

I did see Amadeus, but it was a long time ago. I don't remember a dish of little candied boobies, but perhaps I wouldn't anyway.

Posted by: Julie at May 24, 2005 2:33 PM

Oh are they boobies? That would fit with Amadeus I guess, considering how he was portrayed. I thought they were eyeballs.

Posted by: Chuck S. at May 24, 2005 2:34 PM

Yeah, I have to revise my guess. Obviously a non-Western period piece. Amadeus (amadeus, amadeus) sounds like a good guess to me. Nothing looks that familiar.

Posted by: David Grenier at May 24, 2005 2:39 PM

Bri, the last shot as a dead giveaway is something that I typically do... I don't think James follows that formula religiously.

But I suppose if you saw and liked Amadeus, it would be hard to forget a dish of candied boobies.

Posted by: Chuck S. at May 24, 2005 2:44 PM

Thanks James, this was fun! (and HARD!)

Posted by: Chuck S. at May 24, 2005 2:45 PM

It was actually Solieri who offered the dish of "candied boobies" ("nipples of Venus") to Frau Mozart. I believe she's hiding under a table in the other shot, not a bed, as Mozart is chasing her around.

Good metagaming, Chuck. I believe I did see Brotherhood of the Wolf, but I wouldn't remember it. James bought me the director's cut of Amadeus a while ago, and so I've watched it fairly recently. The director's cut is a bit different!

Posted by: Maggie at May 24, 2005 3:01 PM

Here's image 9 for Brian.

It is, indeed Amadeus. I thought the candies were a giveaway because he makes such a big deal over them. Roman chestnuts in sugared brandy, and this is a pretty emotional part of the film in the director's cut because he convinces Stanzi to come back and prostitute herself to get her husband a composing job.

I don't think that was in the theatrical version. He ends up calling in the servant to show her out once she gets her top off, being disgusted with her vulgarity. It's at that point he burns the cross, declaring god his sworn enemy.

That happens at a different time in the theatrical version.

Of course, I stuck to images that I remembered from the theatrical version.

The missing cross on the wall after it is burned, the grave, the loose women Mozart is hanging around with as he's sliding out of control, the playfulness under the table, the stags at the hunt, the coach in which Stanzi is rushing back to Mozart, Salieri in prayer. And the nipples of Venus.

Thanks for playing, all. I was glad this one lasted so long. There were some VERY good guesses. Especially Brotherhood of the Wolf, which I actually considered doing this week. It's a film I like quite a bit.

Posted by: James at May 24, 2005 3:18 PM

Hey! I recognize image 9! This is Amadeus! ;-) Thanks for making me feel better, James. This was a good round. Hope I didn't sound too whiny.

Posted by: briwei at May 24, 2005 4:42 PM

Ha - I actually didn't realize people were relying on an obvious image in the end. Sometimes I do that, but if I make the images get too much easier it seems to be too easy. That's because you've got the cumulative effect of all the images together.

But I guess I recognize the cathartic effect of actually seeing something obvious at the end, too.

In any case, I was wondering if I should go back to having only 3 or 4 images. There will be less guessing, but having 8 images means I can put 4 relatively obscure images up front and see if someone is REALLY out ahead.

Ask Chuck and Maggie, the subtleties of this game make choosing the images quite challenging.

Posted by: James at May 24, 2005 4:48 PM

Well, I haven't perfected it, by a longshot. As a horrible player myself, I feel terribly guilty about putting up difficult images. But it isn't much fun if somebody guesses the movie right away, and with so many astute viewers, you have to put up some obscure images first. The best ones (for poor guessers such as myself) are meaningful images that are somewhat ambiguous. Watching movies so closely, I find that almost every frame is meaningful. There's very little which is gratuitous in most good movies.

Posted by: Maggie at May 24, 2005 5:02 PM

Name That Spam! Wednesday on Pandora's Tea Room. Thank you, Chuck, for letting me have Wednesday this week!

Posted by: Maggie at May 24, 2005 9:04 PM

I like the 8 image variety myself. It's much more satisfying when you hit it in the first few. Even when you don't know the movie you can guess along and just be silly. With four images, it's over too quickly. Eight. Eet ees th' only way I can be satisfied.

Posted by: briwei at May 24, 2005 10:34 PM

> Eet ees th' only way I can be satisfied.

Oh have it your way...

Posted by: Chuck S. at May 24, 2005 10:41 PM

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