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New this month Question: Can someone give me a website or perhaps a Youtube account of videos where visual effects techniques are described in detail and how many there are? Could someone also tell me how to tell a visual effects shot different from a real one?
Question: This isn't the movie Sleeper or Idiocracy or Planet of the Apes. A man is put into a stasis pod and shortly after that, the facility he is in collapses and his stasis pod is lost. About maybe three hundred years later, a group of people find his stasis pod and manage to open it. He discovers that they have no technology and they wear long gowns.
New this month Answer: While the scenario described could apply to several sci-fi stories, films and television shows, it sounds very much like the 1973 made-for-television movie "Genesis II, " which was a pilot for a TV series that Gene Roddenberry attempted after "Star Trek" was cancelled in 1969. The premise of "Genesis II" was that a NASA scientist volunteers to test a suspended-animation chamber in the late 1970s; once he is successfully suspended, however, an earthquake buries the chamber for over 150 years. The scientist is revived in a post-apocalyptic world where the human population is greatly reduced and much of global civilization has gone back to a primitive state. Not all technology has been lost, but the humans of the future are largely ignorant of how to operate the old technology; this makes the NASA scientist from the past extremely valuable in the future. Unfortunately, "Genesis II" was never picked up as a TV series. In 1974, Gene Roddenberry revamped the "Genesis II" concept into another made-for-television pilot movie called "Planet Earth" (essentially the same story and characters as "Genesis II"). The networks didn't pick up "Planet Earth" as a TV series, either. Http://trekmovie.com/2009/10/23/reviews-gene-roddenberrys-genesis-ii-planet-earth/.
Question: There was a movie with Tom Hanks and Jackie Gleason where they portray father and son. In one scene, they are both at a restaurant when Jackie says that his left foot keeps bothering him. Tom tries to remove his shoe under Jackie's protest but, when he does, he sees that half of Jackie's foot is completely black. The next scene has a doctor tell Tom that half of Jackie's foot had to be amputated.
New this month Answer: The movie in question is Nothing in Common (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091653/). It was made in 1986 and is the only movie where Tom Hanks and Jackie Gleason portray a father and son. This was also Jackie Gleason's final movie before his death in 1987, the following year.
New this month Question: Really need help with the name of a movie. The only scene I know of is a guy is swimming in his pool when suddenly a shackle appears from a secret compartment on the pools floor. The shackle shoots forward and gets attached to the man's ankle and then the guy is pulled underwater. When the man dies, the shackle is released and is quickly pulled back into its secret compartment.
New this month Question: A wife is killed by her husband in their kitchen, but the cops don't think the husband did it - the only person who thinks he did is the girl who lives next door. Then she finds the wife's wedding ring on the floor in the kitchen where she was killed. The husband later comes into the girl's room and kidnaps her and takes her to her school.
Question: There was a movie that took place at a military academy. The only scene I saw was of a cadet standing in the office of a military instructor with a high ranking officer standing right beside the cadet. From what I could make out, the high ranking officer gave the cadet full authority to handle a situation that had plagued the academy. When the officer leaves, the cadet then tells the instructor that him and some students are to graduate with full honors as well as given some graduation rings or some other item. The second thing the cadet wanted was for the instructor to quietly resign from his post. At first the instructor refuses but, the cadet tells him to look out his office window. When the instructor does, he sees another cadet holding some envelopes in his hand. The cadet then says that in the other cadets hand are some letters that, if the instructor fails to comply to the requests, will be mailed out to newspapers and other media exposing what happened at the academy. The instructor is left with no choice but to agree. This is not the movie Taps.
New this month Answer: You are describing the end of the 1983 film "The Lords of Discipline, " based on the book by Pat Conroy. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lords_of_Discipline_ (film).
New this month Question: Think this might be a Cheech and Chong movie but can't be sure because it has a supernatural element to it. Two guys end up going to a house and meet two women who claim that they can never leave. One scene in the movie has some white curtains suddenly being torn down and take the figure of a man which then puts on a top hat, grabs a cane and begins dancing. Another scene has the women finally explaining why they can't leave the house. A curse has been placed on them and as long as they stay inside the house they will remain young but, if they leave they will begin to get old and eventually die. The only way they can leave the house is by taking a small green pill that enables them to stay young for several hours.
Question: This is a movie about a mature man (maybe a teacher or journalist) who is jailed by a tyrant government. While in jail he teaches a young man how to play certain board game. The young man gets out of jail and creates a revolution that dethrones the tyrant by using the knowledge from this game.
Question: There was a movie I saw several years ago. The movie had three friends, two boys and a girl, traveling to another country to go hiking through a forest. While there, they are attacked by a wild animal and the girl gets taken by a boy and held in a room in an abandoned house but soon manages to escape. Eventually, one of the boys gets killed and the other boy, along with the girl discover the truth. A priest had been holding a boy hostage at a very early age and began beating him severely. The boy had eventually grown up feral and vicious and the priest then let him out into the forest where the boy would kill anyone he saw. The boy who had abducted the girl witnessed the entire thing as a child and she realises that he was trying to save her from the wild boy.
Question: What is the movie with a scene where someone says "don't leave me, please don't leave me. Everyone always leaves me."
New this month Answer: This might be the movie "P2" with Wes Bentley and Rachel Nichols.
Question: I can't remember the name of this movie. It is in B&W and I am guessing made in the mid 50's. It is a story of Mexican children that live near a horse racing track. They are befriended by a man who visits their sister and he is a gambler. The children get enough money to make a wager and the man gets the ticket for them. It turns out that the ticket is a winner. The movie ends with the man making his way to the ticket window to collect the winnings, but dies of a heart attack before he can do so.
Question: A girl with a dark complexion is released from jail. She meets a boy. They falls in love. He believes she has stolen something in his house. He reports the facts to the police. She is imprisoned. He realises that he made a mistake. He sings to her from outside of jail.
Question: From what I vaguely remember it's about a woman in a fancy big house. There is a party going on. This guy is being nice to her and they are flirting. She says she has to go somewhere. He begs her to stay with him - she promises to come back, then she goes off, races back, and when she comes back the house is old and some person tells her no one lived there for over 100 years. I think if she had stayed the spell would have been broken. If someone has any ideas please put me out of my misery.
Answer: It sounds like you're thinking of "Brigadoon". A Scottish village is under a spell where it only appears for one day every 100 years (which was done to preserve the way of life of the villagers.) When two men find it, one falls in love with a woman villager and if she were to leave the village, the spell would be broken and the village of Brigadoon would disappear forever, along with everyone in it (if he stayed he'd have to leave the real world behind). There's been a lot of adaptations of the story, so not sure which version you saw. Two versions I know of are a 1954 film and a 1966 TV movie.
Question: The film is a story told from the point of view of a teenage boy. He is being interrogated by the FBI or the police about another boy that kidnapped some girls. He murdered a girl's parents. This boy is walking strangely because a man shot him in his knees. At the end of the movie, the boy takes abducted girls to a house and a couple get to this house. It seems to me that the woman was pregnant. Thanks.
Question: I am looking for the name of a black and white film about a married man who is trying to help a woman in a town run by a crime boss, escape the abusive relationship. His wife misunderstands the relationship and calls the crime boss to ask him to keep his wife away from her husband which may have gotten the woman killed.
Question: A cop movie where the murderer strangles women in the order of a song. The detective has an affair with his boss' daughter. Maybe in the late 80's?
Answer: The movie is the January Man. An all star cast. Kevin Kline plays an unorthodox ex-cop rehired to catch a serial killer. One of the victims is a personal friend of Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, who plays the daughter of the police commissioner, played by Rod Steiger. The killer kills once a month to the old song, Calendar Girl.
Question: I'm desperately looking for what I believe is an 80s or early 90s movie. It's an actress with a pixie cut blonde hair...she babysits this good looking young boy at a beach house I believe for the summer. They end up sleeping together near the end.
Answer: It sounds like the movie Stealing Home (1988) with Mark Harmon and Jodie Foster. Https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stealing_Home http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096171/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-DXaFDWof8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bECpzy7mOck.
Question: 80's movie. A young man lives in a motel room. His TV doesn't work well. He attaches the cables of the TV to a motel neon sign. When the motel neon sign flashes, the TV flashes too. He finds a pair of shoes. They are magic or lucky because they improve his daily life.
Question: A crime show episode when a little boy is kidnapped from his bedroom window at night. The mother goes into wake him up but realises he is gone. The police investigate and realise the window was flipped. A male and female detective look for him and they are left clues with pictures of the boy with writing on them. Soon, they know the kidnapper is a girl. They look everywhere for him.
Answer: Except for the girl being the kidnapper, the episode you describe is from Law & Order: SVU. A mentally ill man kidnaps a little boy because he believes it is his son. Actor Leland Orser plays the kidnapper.