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   Safetydude posted on Movies & Reviews  Since all y'all are big time movie aficionados maybe you can answer two movie'ish questions.

1. What makes a movie a 'film', or what makes a film a 'movie'?

2. Why is it when when people in a movie, or film, bring home a 'take-out' meal it's
always Chinese food in those square cardboard boxes and everybody knows how to
eat with chopsticks?
July 21 at 21:22 EST .

   StormCnter  (1 ) My uninformed opinion is that it's a movie when ordinary people discuss it, but a film when the discussion involves NYT entertainment critics or Robert Redford's Sundance festival.
(2 ) For the same unexplained reason no one in a movie ever has to look up a phone number.
July 22 at 06:27 EST .

   MeiDei  Film & movie are interchangeable - but now that some movies are not 'filmed' but digitalized maybe 'film' should mean those movies before the digital age.

As for Chinese food and chopsticks, from pre-school days & using chopsticks -I learned from watching - seemed easy. Who doesn't like Chinese take out?
July 22 at 07:27 EST .

   MeiDei  I'm waiting for Iacta or Rich to add their expertise....
July 22 at 11:22 EST .

   Richdet  (1 ) I would say the term "film" took hold as movies themselves began to be seen as a genuine art form, worthy of serious evaluation, and the entire academic field of "film study" got rolling, probably no later than the 60s.

Maybe worth noting that when you read about, or see clips of, performers and film-makers from Hollywood's "golden age," they are as apt to refer to them as "pictures" as they do "movies." The latecomer term, "film," seems intended to differentiate "serious" work (even among comedies, such as the re-discovery and the re-evaluation of the silent comedians in the 70s ) meeting the test of time from the not-so-serious.

(2 ) My hunch -- it's easier to photograph people eating Chinese takeout than pizza, let's say. Less of a distraction from the dialogue. Also less likely to require wardrobe changes between takes. And I am sure many performers, with their various food issues, are less likely to balk at pretending to eat Chinese takeout.

Keep in mind actors sometimes avoid eating the food, actual or pretend, used in a scene. Some keep buckets out of camera range so they can spit it out between takes. Understandable if you end up doing multiple takes pretending to chomp down a hot dog or whatever.
July 22 at 13:14 EST .

   Iacta alea est  Agree w/ Rich about Chinese food.....right before setting out to kill Sollozzo, the Corleones are seen sitting around eating Chinese take-out (The Godfather )
July 23 at 00:54 EST .

   Safetydude  Thank y'all for answering. I feel 'smarter' already.
July 23 at 17:23 EST .

   Safetydude posted on Coffee Klatch  Our taxes at work. We should be proud.
July 13 at 22:44 EST .

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   Safetydude posted on Main Page The Lobby  As we didn't know.
You'll never read this in a US paper.
(I know it should be on "The Road" wall but nobody ever goes there )
July 7 at 12:05 EST .

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   MeiDei  Worst place for electric cars is the East Coast.
July 7 at 13:23 EST .

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   Safetydude posted on Main Page The Lobby  Once upon a time we had a Secretary of State.
July 3 at 18:12 EST .

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   Safetydude posted on Coffee Klatch  Happy Birthday, America.
July 2 at 19:27 EST .

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   Balogreene  Thank you Mr. SafetyDude. I have seen some, not nearly enough.
July 3 at 19:38 EST .

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   Safetydude posted on Jokes  Ok, so this Navy F-14 is somewhere over the Pacific heading for California when it develops a fuel problem. The pilot calls a low fuel emergency over 'guard channel' on his radio.

A Hawaiian Air Guard(ANG )KC-135 on orbit responds but because of different services and budgets they don't think they can help and recommends the guy divert to Kaneohe NAS and have the problem looked after.

"Listen to me" says the Navy guy, "I've been in the Persian Gulf for fourteen months and on Monday I got a call from my wife who said that there was going to be some f***ing going on at my house this Saturday and if I wanted in on it I'd better be there".

"10-4 Navy", responds the ANG pilot, "here are my coordinates, you can have all the gas you need and I'll do the paperwork and explaining later".

Not exactly funny but pretty close to the truth.
June 24 at 17:13 EST .

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   Safetydude posted on Veterans' Page & Militaria  Good Grief... Maybe there is still hope for the A-10, 'Go Ugly Early'...
June 23 at 20:04 EST .

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   Safetydude posted on The Range 2nd Amendment  Looks like the end of another American icon due to bad management, not bad products.
June 15 at 19:28 EST .

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   Safetydude posted on Movies & Reviews  Saruman is dead. RIP Christopher Lee.
June 13 at 22:57 EST .

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   StormCnter  FTA: "During this time he helped retake Sicily, prevented a mutiny among his troops, contracted malaria six times in a single year and climbed Mount Vesuvius three days before it erupted."

Who knew? Thanks, SD.
June 14 at 05:39 EST .

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   MeiDei  Fascinating life, enjoyed the read & comments after - especially the video of the sword scene from The Three Musketeers - with Michael York, Richard Chamberlain & Oliver Reed.
June 14 at 07:35 EST .

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   Safetydude posted on Music  The third bell is now ringing for Jim Ed Brown. RIP.
June 13 at 20:58 EST .

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