July 12, 2005

Name That Movie 44

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!

NOTE: I’m away from the keyboard until the afternoon today. So you get 2 images to start and watch for updates sometime after noon (EST) today.

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 July 12, 2005 5:47 AM
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Posted by: Patti M. at July 12, 2005 8:06 AM

Whoops. Just saw clue no. 2. Not Tootsie.

Posted by: Patti M. at July 12, 2005 8:07 AM

Well... I just about fainted when I saw img 1 ... I had a funny feeling that James may have selected a movie I was thinking of doing as tommorrow's NTM on my site!

Obviously I'm not going to guess THAT movie aloud, but upon viewing image 2 I'm less concerned.

I'll WAG: The Jackal.

Posted by: Chuck S. at July 12, 2005 8:15 AM

Tootsie was my first guess too. I'll swag One Hour Photo.

Posted by: Mike at July 12, 2005 8:33 AM

I thought Tootsie too!

I suppose the person might just be buying or selling a pair of glasses, or could be an actor, but upon seeing image 2 I wonder if the person is a spy.

Or, the two images could be unrelated. And I won't know for another 3 hours at least. :)

Posted by: Julie at July 12, 2005 8:51 AM

Julie, I had the same thought once I saw clue 2: glasses as spywear.

Posted by: Patti M. at July 12, 2005 8:57 AM

It's up - CLue 3. Next clue at 1:30 PM!

Posted by: James at July 12, 2005 12:55 PM

Hmm. Actors. But I still don't think this is Tootsie.

Posted by: Julie at July 12, 2005 1:08 PM

Looks like a bad Bond movie. I'm guessing this is something out of the glorious '70s.

Posted by: Patti M. at July 12, 2005 1:18 PM

What the hell is a Cathode Ray Mission??

I think I don't know what this is.

Posted by: Julie at July 12, 2005 2:18 PM

I don't think I've ever seen this. Checked all the images, can't even make a WAG.

Posted by: Chuck S. at July 12, 2005 2:26 PM

I can't help thinking that I am missing something really obvious. Mrs. Doubtfire is also about a cross-dressing actor who wears glasses, but that movie doesn't take place in Canada either. Actually, there's nothing here to suggest that the person in this movie is a cross-dresser, the glasses could be irrelevant, the person could just be seeing a play and not acting in one, and I don't know that we're actually IN Toronto... we could be looking at a picture of something in Toronto. Or the thing could have been moved FROM Toronto.

None of which helps me much. I wish I knew where I've seen a Cathode Ray Mission before.

Posted by: Julie at July 12, 2005 2:33 PM

The building in image #5 reminds me of "School of Rock" but I know that's not it.

No clue. Some 1970's icon like Taxi Driver?

Posted by: Mike at July 12, 2005 2:39 PM

this is an obscure one (in my opinion, at least). somehow, I remember the Cathode Ray Mission, though. I also remember a blonde new waver. I'll let the rest of you guess on in O'Blivion.

Posted by: jeremy at July 12, 2005 2:45 PM

Funny, I thought of Taxi Driver too, though I'm pretty sure it takes place in NY with no Toronto involvement.

"Cathode Ray Mission" heavily implies a televangelist, but I don't think I've ever watched a movie about televangelists, unless you count Mosquito Coast (which this isn't) in which John Lithgow may have been a televangelist.

Posted by: Julie at July 12, 2005 2:46 PM

Never saw it. Perhaps I should?

Posted by: Julie at July 12, 2005 2:50 PM

Ah, the old gun made out of soap gag. Something with Steve Martin or Chevy Chase? I was just thinking I hadn't seen the movie "Modern Problems" in a bazillion years...

Posted by: Mike at July 12, 2005 3:01 PM

Well the soap gun was in Woody Allen's Take the Money and Run but I don't recall any of the other scenes and I don't think that's what this is. As I recall Woody's gun foamed when wet.

Posted by: B.O.B.(bob) at July 12, 2005 3:05 PM

Hmmm. Never seen that one so I may be thinking of another film. Movies like "The Pink Panther" and "Stir Crazy" keep bouncing around my head.

Posted by: Mike at July 12, 2005 3:10 PM

Is this Videodrome again?

Posted by: Chuck S. at July 12, 2005 3:25 PM

I don't have my list handy... James, did you do Videodrome once before? No wait, I bet somebody GUESSED it once before and the subject was discussed on a different NTM.

It's not one of my favorites, and in fact, I didn't like this movie at all, but it was still fun to figure it out.

Cathode Ray Mission should have been a dead giveaway... guess I'm off my game.

Long live the new flesh.

Posted by: Chuck S. at July 12, 2005 3:32 PM

Interesting. Is that movie worth watching?

Posted by: Mike at July 12, 2005 3:49 PM

Never saw it and none of the images looked like anything remotely familiar. Bleah. ;-)

Posted by: briwei at July 12, 2005 4:05 PM

Brian, if you give me the short list of movies you've seen, I can target you more effectively [ducks to avoid hurled object, gets hit anyway with water balloon]. ;-)

Yes - this is Videodrome and no, I hadn't done it before. However, Patty has guessed it at least twice, so I thought I'd better put it up here.

Is it worth watching? Hmm. I'm not sure. Having seen it again recently after many years, I can't exactly recommend it. I think that it helps if you're familiar with other Cronenberg films (existenz, for example) to know whether you liked this film. In fact, I think existenz probably did the same thing, but better. Videodrome is to TV what existenz is to "virtual reality" and the internet, I suppose.

I think if you saw this film in the theatre today, you'd definitely be disappointed. It's some sort of metaphor for the influence of TV... I think. I just can't say for sure. And there's some spfx thrown in there to please the sci-fi crowd. I think it was significant at the time of its release, but you can probably safely skip this one today.

However, if you like movies for plain weirdness, and you actually seek weird movies out, then you very well might want to check it out.

Posted by: James at July 12, 2005 4:44 PM

Damn. I wish I'd been near my computer--I would have gotten it with Clue no. 6. I love this movie!

Posted by: Patti M. at July 14, 2005 8:17 AM

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