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  1. Sure, I kind of enjoy the inversion in that one scene. But still . . . the device never comes back? No other uses for the gum?
  2. I agree that this is unusually respectful, given that we are in the era of Short Round and Long Duck Dong. But I will also point out that when you boil this movie down, it's still about some extremely skilled and competent non-white characters (Cliff and Danja) who get shunted to the side so that the clueless, inexperienced young white guy is able to inexplicably save the day.
  3. Let's also note that the payoff for this chewing-gum bug is that it does absolutely nothing to help our heroes stop the bad guy. Stamos leaves it with Gene Simmons, who discovers it immediately and flushes it down the toilet, and that's the end of that. At least in the first Mission: Impossible they introduce exploding gum and then have it actually blow up a damn helicopter.
  4. I was also left wondering why they were so sure that blowing up the laptop was going to stop the poisoning of the water supply. As far as I could tell, the code in question had already been executed and the screen was now just displaying a countdown. You don't stop a time bomb by just smashing the digital screen. You actually have to de-wire it or send a new command if there's some kind of control system. If Cliff had been in charge of this operation, I'm sure he would have brought this up. There's a non-zero chance that the town got poisoned anyway.
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    Double Indemnity

    The historical record would seem to indicate that it was. https://www.gradesaver.com/double-indemnity/study-guide/innovating-a-film-noir-cinematography
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    Double Indemnity

    Pretty sure there was talk about the new lighting ideas introduced for this movie (like having the window blinds cast shadows over the scene). I heartily disagree that this film doesn't have anything going on in those departments. It's done subtly, but I definitely sensed careful decision-making with shot selection and editing (it's Billy Wilder, fer crissake!). The Third Man was on the original 1998 version of the list. I think it was taken off for being seen as not sufficiently American (the production company was British).
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    Double Indemnity

    The first time I saw this movie, I laughed like hell at "Shut up, baby."
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    Double Indemnity

    I'm not sure they talked about this in the episode, but I particularly love the subtleties in the final scene. Neff can't light his own cigarette, so Keyes does it for him (using the same trick Neff always used to light matches for him), then Neff says "I love you too," only not in the sarcastic way he did earlier. A small gesture of pure kindness/mercy, followed by maybe the most sincere thing Neff ever says to anyone else. Some folks on the Facebook group were annoyed about all the times Neff says "Baby," but to me this pretty clearly indicates how shallow he is and is wholly intentional. He repeats a supposed term of endearment so often that it becomes meaningless. Tells you his motivation is not really love, it's massaging his own ego.
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    Listener Rankings

    All right, I finally went ahead and did this. https://boxd.it/1YEKo
  10. sycasey 2.0

    Double Indemnity

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dumbbell_Indemnity
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    All About Eve

    Didn't mean it to come off that way, I just quoted the last post in the discussion. I'll make clear, though, that it was re-reading the whole thread (your posts included) that made me realize I wasn't in disagreement as much as I thought.
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    All About Eve

    I seem to have offended, so I offer my apologies. Sometimes I can get on a track of arguing a point just to argue it. Taking a day or so to reevaluate the full context helped.
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    All About Eve

    Agreed, totally bizarre. I feel like I must have seen other movies from this period that had no issue with shooting dialogue scenes outside.
  14. sycasey 2.0

    All About Eve

    That's true. I've been looking at Margo's speech kind of in a vacuum, but with full context it's probably best read this way.
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    All About Eve

    I can only say that this wasn't something that I came up with myself, rather my wife loudly commented during the scene, "Because a woman has to get married, right?" So I don't think you're wildly out of bounds in bringing it up. But yes, the movie brings more complexity to the characters and their relationships, so I agree with the argument that it's not as cut-and-dried as that. I'll stand my my suggestion that the scene would be re-worked a bit in a modern context though. Not a lot, just a little bit.
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