The Vine: June 7, 2013
My friend and I watched this movie a few years ago and I've been thinking about it for some reason and I can't come up with the name and it's driving me crazy.
We watched it in probably 2003 or 2004 on DVD, and it didn't feel much older than that, so I would estimate it came out in the late '90s or early aughts. It had a very talky feel to it, like it might have been an play first. Pretty sure it was a small indie-type film. Almost the whole film is set at one table in a restaurant. It starts out with two guys at the restaurant chit-chatting, catching up on life. One of the guys had reddish curly hair and always had some kind of smile on his face, like he was perpetually in joke-telling mode. (I want to say that one of these guys might have actually penned the script, too?)
One of the guys (I forget which one) starts talking about his involvement with a married woman (foreshadowing!). At some point a married couple comes in. I want to say that the married couple appeared to know only one of the guys, but either way, they join them at their table. There's a lot more talking and stuff, and then at some point it comes out that this is the married woman the guy's having the affair with (and maybe the other original guy was shocked, because they acted like they didn't know each other?). I think the very last scene was the only one that wasn't in the restaurant, it was outside, and it was a fight scene (not fist-fighting, just yelling), where maybe the woman got dumped by both of the guys?
My friend and I spent a fair amount of time Googling stuff (and she is excellent with the Google-fu), and came up with nothing. The title might have had "dinner" in it? Or maybe that's too obvious. One of my searches came up with Dinner with Friends and I was like "that's it!", but it totally wasn't.
One last thing, I didn't recognize anyone in the movie at the time. They might be famous now, but at the time, at least, they weren't very well-known (though they could have been huge on the off-Broadway or indie-film circuit, for all I know).
Help me Obi Wan Tomato, you're my only hope
I saw this black and white movie back in the 1980s.
It was in French, although I can't remember if there were subtitles or not (I grew up in Belgium — it was showing on some channel that a bunch of school friends and I were watching in lieu of doing homework).
- It was about aliens.
- The aliens looked exactly like humans (cheap costume budget?).
- The only way to tell an alien from a human was to hit it on the head, causing a metallic musical note to sound.
- I kind of think that the aliens could somehow "infect" the humans and turn them into aliens, but I wouldn't swear to it.
- At the end of the movie, the heros have vanquished the aliens and for some reason knock their own head, causing a metallic musical note. It fades to black with them all bonking themselves on the head with their fists and hearing the musical note.
Google tells me there are a LOT of movies about aliens…
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