June 7, 2005

Name That Movie 39

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.

8 clues in all today. Here we go!

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 June 7, 2005 8:14 AM
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The little boy to the right of the snowman looks like the kid from E.T., a movie I have not seen.

You can tell this was shot on a sound stage by how sunny it is during winter.

Posted by: PattiM. at June 7, 2005 8:51 AM

I'm going to have to wait till #2 before hazarding a guess.

What is it with you and Christmas scenes, James??

Posted by: Julie at June 7, 2005 9:02 AM

Image #2, Ah ha! Poltergeist!

Ha ha. No idea.

I thought the first image looked a little vintage, except for the kid in the down jacket. This is definitely a vintage TV and "clicker." Not too vintage, though. Maybe 80's?

Tinsel on the tree... still Christmas time.

Posted by: Maggie at June 7, 2005 10:42 AM

I think I have seen this.

I'll guess (with very little confidence) that this is Gremlins.

Posted by: Julie at June 7, 2005 10:46 AM

Never saw Gremlins, either. Should I rent Gremlins and E.T.? Am I missing important movies?

Posted by: PattiM. at June 7, 2005 10:49 AM

I've never seen Gremlins. I'm going to WAG Back to the Future II. Or III.

Patti, E.T. takes place in CA, I believe, and it's around Halloween (think of that famous scene on the bicycle). We took the girls when it was re-released and at the very beginning, when the alien ship takes off and leaves E.T. behind, M started sobbing and she pretty much sat in my lap and cried for the whole movie. So I don't particularly recommend it, but I think my opinion was colored by the way I watched it.

Posted by: Maggie at June 7, 2005 10:59 AM

Well, my first two guesses are Groundhog's Day and Polterghost, but I'm pretty sure we've done both those.

Gremlins doesn't sound so bad. Wasn't there a scene where the Gremlins got on the roof of Marty (the gun nut guy) and broke off his antenna, causing his TV to go out?

Posted by: David Grenier at June 7, 2005 11:01 AM

I have a question. In that first image, are they throwing snowballs at the snowman? Is it dressed up like somebody (like a police officer) with that hat? They're awfully close to that snowman.

Posted by: Maggie at June 7, 2005 11:01 AM

Gremlins was a fun movie at the time, but I think you can go to your grave without having seen it and not be any worse off for it.

I do not feel that it is important to see any film that does not interest you. If you do want to see ET, try to get a copy of the original version, not the digitally mutated version, or else you will wonder why kids are fleeing in terror from... walkie-talkies?

Posted by: Julie at June 7, 2005 11:04 AM

Isn't it funny what was socially acceptable in the 80's and no longer socially acceptable? I was shocked when I saw Home Alone (I'd never seen it before), because of the horrible way they treat Macauley Culkin's character. I can't remember what his uncle called him. And then chasing children with guns? It seems that adult movies have become ultra violent, and children's movies less so.

Posted by: Maggie at June 7, 2005 11:15 AM

I think I might have to rent E.T., but I'm sorry I won't be seeing it with a child's eye.

Posted by: PattiM. at June 7, 2005 11:17 AM

I've found since getting Netflix I generally only rent movies I've never seen before, unlike my old video-store habits which were to get a movie I had seen before and loved.

So I've seen a ton of movies that are considered "classics" now, and about 2/3rds of them kinda suck.

I think people become attached to a movie because of how it made them feel when it was out. I love Gremlins, but if I saw it now for the first time, I'm sure it would suck. Same thing with The Goonies, Caddyshack, Fletch, and plenty of other 80s "classics" that I loved as a kid.

Posted by: David Grenier at June 7, 2005 11:18 AM

There's no promise that he won't do the same movie twice. :)

I don't see where the kids are throwing snowballs at the snowman. Heck, I can't even see the hat. Crummy monitor.

I had forgotten that the gremlins broke the antenna off. I just thought the town scenes from Gremlins were kind of old-timey looking, reminiscent of Bedford Falls (from It's a Wonderful Life), and the background in picture #1 reminded me of that. The clothing in picture #1 was kind of hard to place, time-wise, but the TV in picture 2 is about right for Gremlins.

I'm still at the WAG stage now, though. I was actually thinking Christmas Vacation first, but the people didn't look right. I'm not ready to abandon it just yet.

Posted by: Julie at June 7, 2005 11:21 AM

That poor woman in image #3 is about to go for a harrowing ride through a window when two wires get crossed. I don't remember the movie but I think you nailed it, Julie.

Posted by: Mike at June 7, 2005 11:24 AM

Come on, now--Caddy Shack is still a very funny movie!

Posted by: PattiM. at June 7, 2005 11:27 AM

I think ET holds up much better in adulthood than a lot of those movies. It's very glurgy, of course, but that's Spielberg.

Kids' movies were harsher in general (not just with violence, but with super-sad stories) until fairly recently, I think. My sister's kids are easily upset by the things they see in TV and movies. Watching "Snoopy Come Home" ruined their weekend. I don't get it. I remember Snoopy Come Home being sad, but I don't remember being traumatized by it! The things they normally watch are much more cushy and conflict-free than the stuff I remember from my childhood.

I'm glad I was born too early to watch Barney.

Posted by: Julie at June 7, 2005 11:29 AM

Okay. I know now for sure what this is. I'll say no more about it... maybe. :-)

Posted by: Julie at June 7, 2005 11:31 AM

"Snoopy Come Home" had me sniffling in front of the TV, for sure. I don't think there were any lasting effects aside from a tendency to wear dog bowls on my head. I mean, sure I lost some sleep because of it. But no more than I did after watching another prime-time program, "The Day After".

Posted by: Mike at June 7, 2005 11:34 AM

Oh, I cried my eyes out. Years later, I saw a "Futurama" episode that had the same effect on me. But I think we were better able to tolerate that kind of stuff than kids are now. ICBW.

Posted by: Julie at June 7, 2005 11:43 AM

I also believe it is poltergeist

Posted by: alice at June 7, 2005 11:45 AM

Third image confirms it. Yes, the woman is about to go through a window. If I remember correctly, doesn't she own the bank and hate dogs?

I think there's a ton of money to be made by scaring the crap out of parents and acting like anyone under the age of 16 is either going to choke to death on legos or grow up to be a junkie/prostitue if you don't BUY MY PRODUCT!!! There's also a ton of political capital to be had framing every pro-censorship, anti-gay, anti-sex campaign as a "but what about the Children" deal.

As a result I think our entire culture has lost the ability do distinguish between a 12 month old and a 12 year old. Hence everything sucking in the world of kids entertainment.

I remember the first time I noticed this was when Jurrasic Park came out and people were complaining that they couldn't bring their kids to the newest movie from the creator of Jaws.

Posted by: David Grenier at June 7, 2005 12:08 PM

Image 1: No guess. WAG of AI because the kid in the background looks vaguely like Haley Joel Osment.
Image 2: TV is too old for the WAG to stand up. And in retrospect the scenery in images 1 and 2 look 70s or 80s.
Image 3: I recognize the old lady. Is this Gremlins?

Posted by: briwei at June 7, 2005 12:08 PM

Woops, looks like I was wrong. This is Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. I don't remember a Christmas scene in that movie, but pictures don't lie!

Posted by: Julie at June 7, 2005 12:23 PM

Julie is right.

It's definately Snow White. Gee that's a pretty blatant clue James.

Seriously I haven't seen this movie (or Snow White for that matter).

Posted by: B.O.B.(bob) at June 7, 2005 12:33 PM

Don't watch Snow White. It will traumatize you. A child flees from a homicidal stepmother and is then enslaved by a strange group of midgets. Her troubles do not end when the stepmother finally kills her. She is then slobbered on by a roaming necrophiliac who thinks his royal blood entitles him to sample any wench he desires.

Not a movie you would want children to see.

I can't make out picture #5. It looks like there is a heap of something at the bottom of the stairs, but I can't tell what it is.

Posted by: at June 7, 2005 12:59 PM

Sorry that was me (I like to be given credit for my demented ravings).

Posted by: Julie at June 7, 2005 1:00 PM

Oh, It's Attack of the Killer Christmas Trees. That little known sequel to Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.

Posted by: B.O.B.(bob) at June 7, 2005 1:19 PM

What an odd place to put a Christmas tree. I can understand wanting to show it off to the neighbors but their winter heating bills must go through the roof.

Posted by: Mike at June 7, 2005 1:24 PM

There's a killer Christmas tree scene with Slim Pickens in "1941". Best scene in the movie, IMO.

Posted by: Julie at June 7, 2005 1:26 PM

It's not "The Year Without a Christmas Tree" is it? With Jason Robards? Great film, but I don't recognize any of these shots.

Posted by: PattiM. at June 7, 2005 2:17 PM

It's funny what people remember from a film. I thought picture #3 was very memorable, but I'm not sure picture #7 would have rung any bells if I hadn't already been pretty sure. The rest of the pictures weren't especially familiar to me.

Oddly enough, although I can remember that Phoebe Cates (I said "oh, her again"), Corey Feldman (I said "oh, him again"), and Polly Holliday (I said "THAT'S Polly Holliday?") were in this, I can't remember who the "star" (the young man) was, though I probably knew at the time.

Posted by: Julie at June 7, 2005 2:27 PM

I know I've seen it, I know I know it. I'm gonna go with gremlilns too now.

Posted by: alice at June 7, 2005 2:43 PM

Ok, well, Clue No. 7 is definitely NOT from "The Year Without a Christmas Tree."

Beats me.

Posted by: PattiM. at June 7, 2005 2:50 PM

My monitor really sucks. If I didn't already know that I was looking at Gremlins playing poker, I wouldn't know what the picture was at all.

Posted by: Julie at June 7, 2005 2:54 PM

What are you using, a monochrome VT100?

WTG with the NTM, BTW.

/acronyming myself to death

Posted by: Mike at June 7, 2005 3:08 PM

POS, PIA Dell Trinitron.

I probably just need to adjust the brightness. Or should I say BRT. LOL. I kill me!

Posted by: Julie at June 7, 2005 3:14 PM

In the mid-'90s, when I worked for the software arm of a publishing house, we put out a bird guide CD-ROM replete with sound and, of course, illustrations. A customer wrote a complaint letter to let us know that that the requirement of 356 colors was unreasonable, that many people have amber monitors, and to inquire as to our fix for this oversight.


Posted by: PattiM. at June 7, 2005 3:49 PM

I didn't look at the comments before I guessed, so everybody else probably got it. I guess GREMLINS.

Posted by: Princess Carmen at June 7, 2005 4:05 PM

Ok, so I was right, everybody did kind of guess it. I am late on the draw today, but It was the last clue that gave it to me. Who could forget when he put the water on Gizmo? I saw this movie as a teenager and always thought the bad gremlins looked WAY more fun to party with than Gizmo. That is, until they started killing people. Then I had to admit they were not really my kind of crowd after all.

Posted by: Princess Carmen at June 7, 2005 4:12 PM

Nice job Jules! Didn't see your comment before my guess. Image 3 was a strong memory for me and with that in mind, image 4 reinforced it. Don't ask why, but I remember the entry way.

Carmen, what image did you get it on?

Posted by: briwei at June 7, 2005 4:15 PM

Looking at the final image, I think there's a more than coincidental resemblance to the works of C. M. Coolidge, right down to the lampshades.


Posted by: Julie at June 7, 2005 4:53 PM

Sorry folks I've been crazy-busy all day. Haven't had time to come here until now. Let's see.

Hmm. Image 1... I got nothing. The xmas movie about the kid who wants an air rifle for christmas is my guess. I forget what it is called.

Image 2: crappy old television, not working well. I stick to my first guess.

Image 3: Hrmmm. Wait a minute. The lady in the chair dies doesn't she? And isn't the automated stair-chair instrumental in her death? What flick is this?

Image 4: Okay... somebody is watching Snow White. Not sure if that is any help.

Image 5: Giant christmas tree in the door? Clearly an xmas time flick. I'm going to stick to my original guess. Aren't these supposed to get easier along the way? :-)

Image 6: Ermmm still nothing. What's THIS? Poison? Plant food? Explosive liquid?

Image 7: Oh I know what this is, it's that movie I've never seen before. ;-) Sigh... it's not Big Trouble in Little China I don't think. WTF is this???

Image 8: Gremlins. Right. And in image 6 one of them is getting wet. I have seen this movie after all. In my defense I haven't seen it in like forever. Good choice James, I was completely baffled.

Posted by: Chuck S. at June 7, 2005 8:20 PM

Wow, Julie, I had no idea there was more than one "dogs playing poker" print. You learn something new every day.

Posted by: Maggie at June 8, 2005 7:32 AM

Thursday NTM on Pandora's Tea Room! Come early, before all the good guesses are taken!!

Posted by: Maggie at June 9, 2005 7:11 AM

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