Movie club: Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Slides:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1CS1ZcUJ1eu1_NVB7L6UnIyIO4Vf3NqXQBDp41DhTv24/edit?usp=sharing

Chat:

Lee Wright 9:04 PM
Green screen
action movie with a hint of romance
About an unusual couple.
Marital problems..
They are both spies but don’t know that the other is a spy.
They get different orders from their different bosses.
They suddenly discover that both of them are spies with different missions.
They can’t trust each other.
Their marriage has “trust issues”.

Vasanth Prabakar 9:09 PM
Their marriage held on a stage that made up of lies 😀

Lee Wright 9:09 PM
Somewhat unbelievable.
secret life
carry out orders
They both discover they have the same assassination mission.
They were ordered to kill each other by their bosses.
The identities were compromised.

Gerard Arbat 9:12 PM
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Lee Wright 9:12 PM
Their orders are contrary to their real feelings, but they are disciplined to carry out their orders without feelings.
CIA
NSA

Vasanth Prabakar 9:13 PM
Political murders?

Lee Wright 9:14 PM
FBI
Homeland Security

Vasanth Prabakar 9:14 PM
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Jörgen Olsson 9:15 PM
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Lee Wright 9:15 PM
Playing poker…
YOU are the job.
Many puns
Many jokes
colloquial
satire
double entendres

Sergey Kotyukov 9:16 PM
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Lee Wright 9:17 PM
Jolie took a baby…
Unusual for this spy couple to have “a baby”.

Gerard Arbat 9:18 PM
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Lee Wright 9:18 PM
Dance in the restaurant
searching each other for weapons or evidence
“patting each other down”

Vasanth Prabakar 9:19 PM
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Lee Wright 9:19 PM
Couldn’t reach the salt in the middle of a large table
Sexist. She makes dinner.
He ate food to make her happy.

Sergey Kotyukov 9:20 PM
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Lee Wright 9:20 PM
Try something new.
2005
Less sexist back then.
Social expectations..
Girls hang together.
Sexist
Token girl’s team..
How many couples?
60 vs. 300

me 9:23 PM
womanezer

Lee Wright 9:23 PM
womanizer
ladies’ man

Gerard Arbat 9:23 PM
player

Vasanth Prabakar 9:23 PM
Do you like this curtain?

Lee Wright 9:23 PM
player
“smooth operator”

Vasanth Prabakar 9:23 PM
You’ll get used to it 😀

Lee Wright 9:23 PM
dominatrix
femme fatale
black widow

me 9:25 PM
mouring

Lee Wright 9:25 PM
mourning?
I’m in mourning
grieving for the dead
Asian culture = white for death
Western culture = black for death

Gerard Arbat 9:26 PM
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Lee Wright 9:26 PM
In the end, their relationship improved in counseling

me 9:27 PM
https://padlet.com/prabakarvasanth/Madrook

Lee Wright 9:27 PM
Marriage counseling
seeing a marriage counselor
Sometimes, wife goes alone.

me 9:29 PM
2. At first Jane pretend to be an inexpert during the shooting game. Once she found out Smith’s shooting talent, she requested for a second chance and shot them all perfectly. What did she try to prove?

Lee Wright 9:29 PM
novice
beginner
That a woman is TWICE as good as a man, all things being equal.
self-esteem
“Mr. Smith” is a generic name for spies.
He is less competitive..

me 9:31 PM
3. Why does the FATHER never allowed anyone (even people who have been working there for 20 years) inside his room?

Lee Wright 9:31 PM
She is strongly competitive.
Father = Jolie’s boss.
Fled
flee/fled

me 9:33 PM
harpoon

Lee Wright 9:33 PM
like a zip line
Need to sanitize the place.

Vasanth Prabakar 9:34 PM
Shredders for paper documents?

Lee Wright 9:34 PM
Safe house
Self-destruct
Digital info on the Internet can be copied, cloned, …
Tweet was deleted.
Soon it will show up again.
infallible method

me 9:35 PM
4. What is the significance of the wine bottle dropping trick?

Lee Wright 9:36 PM
It’s a trick to check her reflexes.

Vasanth Prabakar 9:36 PM
she was very attentive on his every moves.

Lee Wright 9:37 PM
She is trained in the martial arts, so her reflexes are very fast.
Trained reflexes is a survival instinct.
not sincere

Gerard Arbat 9:38 PM
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Lee Wright 9:38 PM
can’t be enemies and lovers at the same time
R, M
movie ratings
G
13
X

Vasanth Prabakar 9:40 PM
We have U, U/A, A.

Lee Wright 9:40 PM
rubric
a grading standard

me 9:40 PM
7. Why this competion between them made their marriage better?

Lee Wright 9:41 PM
They learned to respect each other.
Their deception could stop. Their trust improved.
Sincerity

me 9:43 PM
8. What is “alter ego” and can we use it somehow about this story

Lee Wright 9:43 PM
“alter ego” = Latin for “other I”
Your alter ego is a confidante or soul mate.
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Lee Wright 9:45 PM
Bradjolina
Joined at the hip

Gerard Arbat 9:45 PM
brangelina

Vasanth Prabakar 9:46 PM
can we say that a lobby?

Lee Wright 9:46 PM
He is drinking, reading
sitting
fan on the column
No A/C
sleeves are rolled up
ash tray
bar or countertop
Big watch face
supporting actors

Vasanth Prabakar 9:48 PM
side actors?

Lee Wright 9:48 PM
fillers
fill-ins

me 9:48 PM
statist

Vasanth Prabakar 9:48 PM
we use junior artists.

Lee Wright 9:48 PM
Actor’s Guild
Amusement park
game
win a prize

Gerard Arbat 9:49 PM
stuffed animals

Lee Wright 9:49 PM
Shoot & Win
She pretends to be a helpless female.
She has to show off later
Assumes the gun is accurately aimed.
Target-shooting
Higher scores = bigger prizes

Vasanth Prabakar 9:49 PM
We use balloons as targets.

Lee Wright 9:50 PM
Rules
stuffed animals
leather jacket
worn leather
hoodie inside
purple bear
brown dog
boxing ring
gym
punching bag (red)
mirror to watch your form
barrier tape
forms the ring

Gerard Arbat 9:52 PM
ring

Lee Wright 9:52 PM
boxing gloves
clock on the wall
Looks like an old warehouse or hangar
stools
rest in the corner
Cycling bike

Vasanth Prabakar 9:53 PM
cycling like treadmill?

Lee Wright 9:53 PM
Yes
shadowing
cushion

Vasanth Prabakar 9:54 PM
guards?

Lee Wright 9:54 PM
pad
ice pack
ice bag
padding
tin walls
No sympathy
School bus
street lights or lamp posts
leaves = Autumn
sidewalk
raking leaves
curbs
shade trees
suburbs
hedges
street

Vasanth Prabakar 9:57 PM
q

Lee Wright 9:57 PM
storm drain at lower left
Government
between sidewalk and street is government-owned

Gerard Arbat 9:58 PM
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Lee Wright 9:59 PM
Usually 10 feet from street is public land
Old neighborhood
oak
trees

Gerard Arbat 10:01 PM
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Lee Wright 10:01 PM
Real estate is forever.
Okay, I’ll pay the fine.

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