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New this month I need help identifying the title of a book. My brother was reading it in the mid-90s, and the only thing I remember him telling me about it was two gruesome deaths: one of a character getting hit in the face with a spiked baseball bat, and the other being a character I think was named Eddie who is decapitated by a wire while he is riding a motorbike. I could have swore that it was "The In Crowd" by Christopher Pike, but no such book appears in his bibliography, nor does there seem to be any adult fiction novel with that name. I seem to recall that the cover of the book depicted a teen girl sitting at a computer with a distressed look on her face.Phaneron
There was a movie that had Michael Caine. In the movie, Michael and his best friend go to what I assume is the French Riviera. Michael and his friend also takes their teenage daughters. While there the friend's daughter and Michael end up having an affair.
What action or otherwise "exciting" movies have quite a low-key ending? It's fairly standard now for action movies to build to a massive crescendo, a final all-out action sequence with CGI destruction running rampant. Do any relatively modern movies buck that trend?
There was a man in midlife crisis or something like it, but he finds a portal to a parallel universe which is still living in the Roman Empire. Also the portal is his refrigerator door. So the plot is how he becomes a new ruler of the Empire because he's the smartest man there, while he has relationship problems with his wife in his small apartment.
Just watched a bit of a movie with Woody Harrelson in it. In the movie, Woody is a vigilante who dresses up in a S.W.A.T uniform even though he is not a member. On his uniform is the letter D in duct tape and he drives a yellow truck. He had two friends to help him, one is a girl who is a drug addict. One scene has him taking the girls father and throwing him in a trash can upside-down. Another scene has him talking to a psychiatrist and telling her that his enemy is called "Captain Industry." What movie is this?
Do most movie and TV studios have a team of mechanics constantly repairing vehicles? It seems that whenever minor/medium car crashes are filmed the cars are far from written off, but they also must need a lot of work done to make them driveable again, or even just look good enough to be reused on film.Jon Sandys
I saw a TV movie in the early 90s. The plot centered around a man abducting a young boy under the guise that he was a co-worker of the boy's father and that he was looking after the kid while the dad was tied up in a meeting. At one point in the movie, the kid is keeping his distance from the man in an attic and manages to break his nose with a canoe paddle. Later in the movie, someone else tries to claim the kid. The kidnapper says the kid got away and the other man says "What did he do, punch you in the nose?" The two get into a scuffle that ends with the kidnapper killing the other man by stabbing a screwdriver into his neck. At the end of the film when the boy is rescued, rather than face the consequences, the kidnapper commits suicide by jumping out of the window. Anyone have any idea what the title of this movie is?Phaneron
I just remembered seeing a trailer for a movie years ago that I was curious about but never got to see. I just can't remember the name of the movie or even who was in it now. I think it was either a late 90's film or an early 2000's film. And possibly Patrick Swayze was in it? I can't remember for sure. I may be getting it mixed up with Ghost. Anyways, I remember in trailer that this guy was able to see numbers on people's foreheads. And these numbers indicated when that person was going to die and who was next. Like the lower the number, the sooner they were going to die. I don't really remember much else about the trailer. Does anybody know what movie this was?Quantom X
I'm looking for a documentary on the U.S. Constitution that would have come out in the late 80s, when it had its bicentennial. It was comedic and aimed at a junior high/high school audience. I remember that Rhea Perlman and Whoopi Goldberg played waitresses at the Constitutional Convention, though their IMDB pages don't show anything. There was a clip from the 60s Batman TV show where The Penguin runs for office. There was also a sketch about fatigued soldiers in Vietnam staying awake by quizzing each other over the Constitution, and suddenly realizing that at the time, none of them were old enough to vote. Does this ring a bell for anyone?Brian Katcher
There was a movie I rented a few years back. I don't remember exactly how long ago, but I know we got the film from RedBox. It was a space movie where this crew went to like a comet or something and landed on the surface. Some creature began messing with their minds I think and was living in the water beneath them. It pulled one of the crew below and ate him/her. I don't remember much else but at the end of the film there was one crew member left who was in the ship as it was sinking and the creature getting inside with them. I don't remember what happened after that. I'm wanting to know what the movie was called so I could find it again.Quantom X
There was a movie that I saw either in the late '80s or early '90s. The only scene I seem to remember is a family living in a cabin in the mountains. One day, a helicopter lands and the family greets and befriends the pilot. When the pilot goes to return back home, his helicopter malfunctions and crashes. The family takes care of the pilot until he is ready to go home.
A long while ago, I remember watching a delightful little stop-motion Christmas animation short about a lonely little boy who makes himself a companion out of a large pillow/cushion, some sticks and a pair of boots that he finds in the attic during a snowstorm. His creation (which I'm fairly sure was called the Nanny) comes to life and turns his bickering parents into children to teach them the importance of unity (or something like that), and a large sack of toys is somehow involved. There are also 4 teddies that also come to life and they play with the boy. It ends with the parents (adults again) reconciling with each other and their son, while the Nanny disappears into the storm with the teddies, but not before the smallest teddy goes back and hugs the boy. Now I thought it was simply called 'The Nanny', but I can't find it anywhere! Please help.
This has been bugging me for ages. I can remember bits from two different movies/dreams, but I don't know whether they are films or just dreams. Does anyone recognise either? Or are they just figments of my imagination? 1) It is set mainly (if not completely) in a busy city area. There are three children involved; a boy of about 13 or 14, called Tom, and he wears a worn, dark blue hoodie thing; a girl of about 12, with blonde plaits; and another boy of about 9. One of these two is called Leslie (I think it's the girl), and for some reason, they are all fending for themselves on the street (They're not orphans, I'm sure of that; neither do I think they are related). At some point, the younger boy hurts his arm, and the girl sends Tom to get some cream from a chemist. Tom goes, but he has no money, so he gets his cream, asks the pretty girl at the counter for another cream behind her and runs for it. He successfully avoids being caught and gets back to the girl. Then later, near the end, the girl and the younger boy are being chased up a multi-storey car-park by an unknown man, (who, if I remember correctly, wants the little boy only) and the two children manage to hide in a large, wooden box at the top. Then I remember two men getting into a black, unmarked Police car and zooming off to rescue the children (presumably Tom alerted them). The man in the passenger seat reaches through the window as the car screeches off and sticks a flashing blue light on the car roof. (The bits with the car speeding along the road and the kids running up the car-park keep alternating) The coppers reach the base of the car-park as the man walks slowly towards the box where the kids are hiding, and they get to the top just as the man goes to throw up the lid. The man is arrested and the kids rescued. That's all I remember. 2) Two young kids - a boy and a girl, both teenagers of about 14 or 15 - are at a fair. (I think) They don't want to be there, and they get bored. They somehow end up on the Ghost Train, but they are the only ones. The ride isn't really that scary, apart from a small incident with a very real bat. Anyway, the ride seems much longer than it should be, and the pair find themselves in a small room full of very odd curios, such as stuffed birds, unravelling mummy models and a very dog-eared, glass-eyed and creepy stuffed monkey. The place appears to be empty, and the kids look unenthusiastically around. Then I think the boy touches the stuffed monkey gingerly, a bell dings and the owner of the shop appears (whether from another carriage on the little train where he has been hiding, or from behind the counter, I don't know). He is a cheerful little man who, now that I think about it, reminds me of Jim Broadbent, (I have a feeling he is related to at least one of the children; father or Uncle) and the children consider him as odd as his collection. He talks to them, and it seems that hardly anybody bothers with his ghost-train anymore, meaning they never end up in the shop. I can't remember what happens next, but it does lead on to the kids getting back on the train, and they end up finding the way out, which somehow comes out into a graffiti-covered back street. (I think the train may have taken them to another world 'before' dropping them off here). That isn't the end, but I can't remember the rest. Does anyone recognise these as films? If so, any suggestions on the titles? Thanks.
I am looking for the title of a movie I saw many years ago. It was about an Egyptian statue in which a scroll was found in its foot, and when placed in its mouth came alive. However the scroll stated that on the first day the statue could not be killed by water. On the second day the statue could not be killed by water or fire. This went on until the end when the statue could not even be killed by the hand of God. Do you know the title of this movie?
I'm trying to help a friend of mine identify a movie he's been trying to find for years. We were talking about martial arts films and he mentioned there's one he wishes he could remember and has tried researching it, but hasn't been able to find it. He doesn't remember the title or who plays in it. He thinks he saw it when he was around 11 years old, so this would have probably been a movie from the mid to late 90's, possibly early 00's. In the film these guys has these magical swords with special abilities and the swords had names. He said that in the film their master kills one of them and the other guy comes back and defeats his master at the end while having both of the swords. I thought maybe he was referring to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon or something with the mystical swords, but he said it isn't that. Does anybody know what movie this is he's looking for?Quantom X
I just remembered a movie I saw a few years ago. I want to say it came out in the mid 00's but it might have been later or even earlier. I think it was about some kids living in an underground civilization in a city that was built to help them survive long enough for the nuclear waste lands that were now the Earth's surface to become inhabitable again. But for some reason they had stayed underground for thousands of years longer than they were supposed to and the city was starting to malfunction and becoming a danger. I seem to also remember giant mutant moles causing them problems also. And in the end of the film they get to the surface and are surprised to find that it's covered in green plant life and perfectly suitable for life now. What movie was this?Quantom X
In a lot of crime dramas, why is it when someone isn't aware that they committed a crime are they let go but in others they are arrested. Eg: In an episode of Law and Order: SVU, a teenage boy ends up raping his girlfriend's little sister but, he doesn't remember doing it because he was sleep walking so he was let go. In another crime drama, if somebody receives stolen property but was never aware that it was stolen, that person gets arrested.