1563: "Synonym Movies"

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1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby Brian-M » Wed Aug 12, 2015 5:15 am UTC

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Alt text: Fans eagerly await 2015's 'Space Fights: Power Gets Up', although most think 1999's 'Space Fights: The Scary Ghost' didn't live up to the hype.

I get that "Space Fights" and "Space Trip" refer to "Star Wars" and "Star Trek", but I don't get what the "Jewelry God" movies are supposed to refer to. It'll probably seem really obvious in retrospect once someone points it out to me.

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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby Mikeski » Wed Aug 12, 2015 5:18 am UTC

I saw Inconceivable Errand: State of Thieves this weekend. Good flick. Turkey Journey is quite the action hero, despite his name.

(Yes, it'll seem obvious. LotR.)
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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby phlip » Wed Aug 12, 2015 5:18 am UTC

Brian-M wrote:I get that "Space Fights" and "Space Trip" refer to "Star Wars" and "Star Trek", but I don't get what the "Jewelry God" movies are supposed to refer to. It'll probably seem really obvious in retrospect once someone points it out to me.

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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby Pfhorrest » Wed Aug 12, 2015 5:29 am UTC

Is "czar" really quite a synonym for "king"?
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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby rhomboidal » Wed Aug 12, 2015 5:36 am UTC

I'm so glad the LoTR sequel wasn't called "Multistory Duplex."

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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby da Doctah » Wed Aug 12, 2015 5:47 am UTC

In 1950, John Wayne starred in the John Ford western Rio Grande. You've all heard of the Rio Grande, right? The river that runs between Texas and Mexico and is such a big deal when it comes to immigration issues even now, 65 years later.

In 1959, John Wayne starred in the Howard Hawks western Rio Bravo. That name, apart from the movie, is less familiar to most people, so you're probably at a loss to point to it on a map.

"Rio Bravo" (or "Rio Bravo del Norte") is the Mexican name for the Rio Grande.

(John Norman had a somewhat less visible version of this in his "Chronicles of Counter-Earth". The eleventh book in the series is Slave Girl of Gor; the nineteenth is Kajira of Gor. "Kajira" is the Gorean word for "slave girl".)

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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby Brian-M » Wed Aug 12, 2015 5:49 am UTC

Ah, yes, Lord Of The Rings. I sat down a minute ago to have a cup of tea and the answer suddenly popped into my head.

I guess I don't normally associate the word "lord" with "god". Instead I think "lord of the manor", "landlord", "lords and ladies", "Lucky Lord Lucan", ect. I suppose if I'd ever been religious I would have made that association a lot quicker.

For me, "The Jewelry God" is about as obvious a reference to the "Lord Of The Rings" as using "Musical Chairs" to refer to the HBO TV series.... (can you guess it?)
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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby Panda-s1 » Wed Aug 12, 2015 5:55 am UTC

Everyone hates "The Scary Ghost", but for me "Duplicate Assaults" was the worst. "The Sword Warlocks Get Even" was the best of the prequels, imo.

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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby Brian-M » Wed Aug 12, 2015 6:18 am UTC

Hey, I think we can turn this into a guessing game.
Here are three Synonym Movie Titles I have at home...

1. Woodchuck Date
2. Adult Male Chronometers
3. Boron

Can you guess what they are?

(Put your answers in spoilers, so people who respond later can play too.)

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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby CorruptUser » Wed Aug 12, 2015 6:44 am UTC

Spoiler:
1) Groundhog Day
2) Man...watch?
3) Umm... lithium?


My movies;
Kentucky Jim and the Vikings of the Misplaced Jar
Kentucky Jim and the Chapel of Death
Kentucky Jim and the Final Jihad
Kentucky Jim and the Empire of Fuck This Movie

Foreigner
Foreigners
Foreigner Third
Foreigner Revival
Foreigner Against Hunter
Foreigner Against Hunter: Mass of the Dead

The Starving Arena, better known as the American version of Japan's Fight Imperial
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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby synp » Wed Aug 12, 2015 6:50 am UTC

Brian-M wrote:Hey, I think we can turn this into a guessing game.
Here are three Synonym Movie Titles I have at home...

1. Woodchuck Date
2. Adult Male Chronometers
3. Boron

Can you guess what they are?

(Put your answers in spoilers, so people who respond later can play too.)


Spoiler:
1. Groundhog day
2. Watchmen
3. The fifth element

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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby Caffeine » Wed Aug 12, 2015 6:52 am UTC

I quite liked 'Forgetful People Are Happy Forever', although the male lead is more well known for his 'The Disguise' and 'Spawn of Disguise' movies

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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby synp » Wed Aug 12, 2015 6:52 am UTC

Kentucky is not a synonym for Indiana

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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby CorruptUser » Wed Aug 12, 2015 6:54 am UTC

Fine, Hoosier Jim.

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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby KittenKaboodle » Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:09 am UTC

Kentucky Jim?
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Other than Kentucky being adjacent to Indiana, I don't quite see how Kentucky Jim ~ Indiana Jones, but anyway, Raiders, temple of doom and Last crusade are obvious, I haven't seen crystal skull, so I'm not so sure about "fuck this movie", though Wikipedia says: "a financial success, grossing over $786 million worldwide, becoming the franchise's highest-grossing film when not adjusted for inflation" so that may be more "fuck the intellectuals" than "fuck this movie"

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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby sfmans » Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:22 am UTC

Is it only me who is really, really, REALLY bored with the whole 1000 most common words up-goer meme?

It's certainly been beaten to death even harder than the New Netherlands joke (which I quite like tbh).

Other than that, all's good, no other complaints, carry on

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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby The Moomin » Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:26 am UTC

It's a shame the Speedy and Surly movies don't all have sub-titles. All I can think of is Asian Alluvium.
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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby Arancaytar » Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:36 am UTC

I liked Peter Jackson's adaptation of The Little Man; especially The Little Man: Suddenly Traveling, although The Little Man: Five Teams Wrestling strayed a bit too far from the book for my taste.

Hijackers Of the Antilles: Profanity of the Murky Bauble was also pretty fun.
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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby zogwarg » Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:44 am UTC

Since this will become a widespread synonym movie thread (I hope):

The Stories of Lampost Land:
The Closet, the Big Cat and the Nasty Lady
The Long After Boy Ruler
The Early Strider's Trek
The Shiny Throne
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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby Znirk » Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:45 am UTC

Ceramic Harold and the thinking person's rock
Ceramic Harold and the room we don't talk about
Ceramic Harold and the man who was stuck on an island
Ceramic Harold and the flaming mug
Ceramic Harold and the firebird club
Ceramic Harold and the junior royal of mixed lineage
Ceramic Harold and the reaper man's important things

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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby Montago » Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:48 am UTC

Brian-M wrote:Hey, I think we can turn this into a guessing game.
Here are three Synonym Movie Titles I have at home...

1. Woodchuck Date
2. Adult Male Chronometers
3. Boron

Can you guess what they are?

(Put your answers in spoilers, so people who respond later can play too.)


Spoiler:
1. Groundhog Day
2. Watchmen
3. 5th Element

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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby Antior » Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:54 am UTC

What's your favorite video games?

I especially like the Tale of a Princess series.

Tale of a Princess: Temporal Potato is an old classic. Some people hate Tale of a Princess: Dusk Royalty, but I think it's not bad either.

Recently I have been playing the Fastening of a Sacrifice: Renaissance. Wow that sounds better than the original. I can't wait for its upcoming expansion, Placenta.

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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby Montago » Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:00 am UTC

1. USA aesthetic (1999)
2. Excellent Male - Comes back (2006)
3. Chiroptera Male Human Starts (2005)
4. Pole star (2002)
5. Quick and Extremely Angry (2003)

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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby NemeSys » Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:30 am UTC

Has anyone seen 'Twenty-First Century: Voyage through the Vacuum'? I've heard it's rather good...

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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby Yabumi » Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:42 am UTC

zogwarg wrote:The Stories of Lampost Land:
The Closet, the Big Cat and the Nasty Lady
The Long After Boy Ruler
The Early Strider's Trek
The Shiny Throne


It's funny because "throne" is much more dramatically titular than the actual word.

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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby ElWanderer » Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:46 am UTC

Pfhorrest wrote:Is "czar" really quite a synonym for "king"?

A male, hereditary, autocratic ruler? Seems fairly legitimate to me.

The best direct translation of Tsar/Czar (and the German Kaiser) would be Emperor, as they all derive from Caesar, used as a title in the Roman Empire. King and Emperor are often see as interchangeable, though we can be pedantic about the precise styling of various rulers.
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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby Flumble » Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:50 am UTC

long123 wrote:It's certainly been beaten to death even harder than the New Netherlands joke (which I quite like tbh).

You've certainly beaten the submit button to death more than Randall has beaten this joke.

I agree this joke is getting old. I guess, Randall simply couldn't think up something more original for today?

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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby Mjb » Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:58 am UTC

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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby orthogon » Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:39 am UTC

Brian-M wrote: [...] I guess I don't normally associate the word "lord" with "god". Instead I think "lord of the manor", "landlord", "lords and ladies", "Lucky Lord Lucan", ect. I suppose if I'd ever been religious I would have made that association a lot quicker. [...]

I agree. Certainly in Christianity the word "Lord" tends to be used; my impression is that this applies more specifically to Jesus, although of course in Christian theology Jesus is God in a complex sense that has to do with the Trinity. I've also seen "Lord" used in relation to Hindu gods, specifically to avatars such as "Lord Krishna", though presumably the word is a translation of a word in Sanskrit (and/or cognates in modern Indo-Ayrian languages). There's something in common there, in that a Hindu would probably recognise the concept of Jesus as being essentially an avatar: a worldly embodiment of an unfathomable deity. "Lord" seems an insultingly lowly title for an actual full-fat God anyway.

The main issue here is about what you understand by a synonym. For me, whilst no two words are perfect synonyms - drop-in replacements in all circumstances and usages - imho two words aren't synonymous if one refers to a significantly wider superset of the other. Clearly here we have a problem, since even if we accept that all gods are in some sense lords, it's clearly the case that not all lords are gods, not by a long chalk.

I found this a bit meh. When I saw the title, I was hoping that he'd collected some film titles that were actually approximate synonyms of each other. I can't think of an example right now, but I can imagine scraping movie titles out of IMDB and using a script to compare them using a thesaurus.
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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby Tualha » Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:53 am UTC

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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby Showsni » Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:02 am UTC

Continue, officer.
Continue, attendant.
Continue, educator.
Continue, policeman.
Continue anyway.
Continue boating.
Continue, taxi driver.
Continue, John.
Continue surveying.
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Continue at a time and place that suits you.
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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby Eternal Density » Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:15 am UTC

I made the mistake of turning it sideways so the text was the right way up, then reading from top to bottom. Meaning I had the order reversed, so it was less obvious. Plus I don't know the trek movies titles as well. So I initially asumed 'Space Trip: Let's Go Back' was a book advocating more manned space exploration, cos that seemed like a Randallish thing.

Y'know, it's weird how much I know about the films depicted in this comic, despite having watched none of them.
Znirk wrote:Ceramic Harold and the thinking person's rock
Ceramic Harold and the room we don't talk about
Ceramic Harold and the man who was stuck on an island
Ceramic Harold and the flaming mug
Ceramic Harold and the firebird club
Ceramic Harold and the junior royal of mixed lineage
Ceramic Harold and the reaper man's important things

This is too funny, I had to sit down suddenly.
long123 wrote:It's certainly been beaten to death even harder than the New Netherlands joke (which I quite like tbh).

Eh, I still like it.
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long123 wrote:It's certainly been beaten to death even harder than the New Netherlands joke (which I quite like tbh).

Eh, I still like it.
long123 wrote:It's certainly been beaten to death even harder than the New Netherlands joke (which I quite like tbh).

Eh, I still like it.
long123 wrote:It's certainly been beaten to death even harder than the New Netherlands joke (which I quite like tbh).

Eh, I still like it.
long123 wrote:It's certainly been beaten to death even harder than the New Netherlands joke (which I quite like tbh).

Eh, I still like it.
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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby cellocgw » Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:52 am UTC

CorruptUser wrote:Fine, Hoosier Jim.


You showed him! Hoosier Daddy? :mrgreen:
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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby cellocgw » Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:57 am UTC

Znirk wrote:Ceramic Harold and the thinking person's rock
Ceramic Harold and the room we don't talk about
Ceramic Harold and the man who was stuck on an island
Ceramic Harold and the flaming mug
Ceramic Harold and the firebird club
Ceramic Harold and the junior royal of mixed lineage
Ceramic Harold and the reaper man's important things


Took me a few minutes there... I kept getting hung up on 'Harold and the Purple Crayon," still one of my favorite cartoons of all time. Also "The Line and the Dot."

Ok, ok, "Harry and the 400nm-colored grease pen" and "The Shortest Distance Between Two Points and the Interior of a Circle"
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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby rmsgrey » Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:58 am UTC

Jewelry God stumped me until I looked at the subtitles - Czar gave it away.

Is it cheating to use movie titles that derive from foreign phrases in the first place?

Anyway, a few from my collection:

The Unfortunates
Red Windmill
The Scary Stones Art Display
Melodic Reverberations

Videogames:

Existence is Odd
The Last Story series
The Realm Cores series

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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby fealuinix » Wed Aug 12, 2015 12:43 pm UTC

My favorite movie is Merkwürdigliebe PhD.

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Full title: Merkwürdigliebe PhD or How My Fear of Nuclear Weapons Turned into Affection.

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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby richP » Wed Aug 12, 2015 12:48 pm UTC

which was worse: multidimentional array drunk again or multidimentional array regime changes?

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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby dp2 » Wed Aug 12, 2015 12:53 pm UTC

Caffeine wrote:I quite liked 'Forgetful People Are Happy Forever', although the male lead is more well known for his 'The Disguise' and 'Spawn of Disguise' movies

James Transfer wasn't in 'Spawn of Disguise'. The successes of Expert Mullholland: Domestic Animal Investigator and Ignorant & More Ignorant made him far too expensive (though Neverending Flying Rodent Person knocked his cachet down a bit)
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Postby Anti Spiral » Wed Aug 12, 2015 12:53 pm UTC

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Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Postby Echo244 » Wed Aug 12, 2015 12:55 pm UTC

Multidimensional array never had any sequels, under the xkcd #566 final sequence rule.

And Hoosier Jim was only in three films.

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