Top Movie Titles that have Nothing to do With the Movie...

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  1. Dome Vongvises

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    I've seen some movies where the title has actually nothing to do with the movie at all. What are your examples?
    Naked Lunch
    - "I can think of two things wrong with that title" - Nelson Munz
    A Clockwork Orange
    - What's clockwork and what's orange is beyond me.
    I'll think of some more down the road.
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    Resevoir Dogs
    Almost any movie named for a song title.
     
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    "Good Will Hunting"- this movie had NOTHING whatsoever to do with going to Goodwill stores and hunting for 8-tracks!! They stole the title of my proposed documentary!! [​IMG]
     
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    Dances with Wolves
    Did you ever see anyone actually dancing with wolves? I mean come on! How stupid do I look? [​IMG]
    Silence of the Lambs
    Didn't see any lambs to be silenced!
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    Hmmm, don't think I have to explain this one! [​IMG]
    EDIT: I guess I was just joking around with these movie titles. I know they have significance in all of the films, but I was just taking them literally. I'm stupid like that! [​IMG]
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    Assault on Precinct 13.
    This is sort of appropriate, since the police station in the film under siege is indeed "Precinct 9, Division 13". But I'm a Carpenter fan, so I'm allowed to laugh at things like this. [​IMG]
     
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    Jeff, I thought the titles from Dances with Wolves and Silence of the Lambs were very indicative of the films they were attached to.
    Dances with Wolves: There was a scene in which Costner was actually dancing with wolves. The Indians named him that because that was the first thing they saw him doing, which is kinda their custom, I think. In essence the title is the Indian version of the Costner characters name. That's so much more interesting and creative than naming it "Sgt. Costner" or what ever his name was.
    Silence of the Lambs: A much better title than "The Buffalo Bill Murders". I say this movie really isn't about Agent Starling solving the serial killings. This movie is more about her relationship with Hannibal Lecter. How he used her childhood experience to get inside her head and mess with her mind. Luckily for her, he kinda liked her therefore he just played with her, doing no real damage. But look what he did to Multiple Minks(?) and Mason Verger. Or should I say, look what he made them do to themselves, which is even more intriguing. That interaction is the main reason both those films have achieve such a cult status. Not because of the gore or suspense.
    I'm not suggesting that you didn't understand all of this. I just can't understand your thinking. A totally desciptive title is not always a good thing. A totally non desciptive title is just wierd.
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    Re: Silence of the Lambs
    Do you remember the whole "Quib por Quo" (this for that)exchange? The silenced lambs are in reference to the slaughtered spring lambs at the ranch she was moved to after her parents deaths. Hannibal is constantly using her childhood memories of this experience and the death of her father to fuck with her, psychologically. The whole silencing of the lambs is a metaphor for her entire life.
    Remember, she tried to free all the lambs, but they wouldn't leave the pen, so she grabbed just one, thinking "If I could just save one.....but it was so heavy....so heavy". Very moving, Dude. Even to hard ass like myself. The slaughtered lambs are metaphor for Buffalo Bills victims. Luckily, she was able to save one, the Governors' daughter. By saving that one and gaining recognition in the FBI, she would have made her father proud. Hannibal really throws all this in her face in the second movie. Or something like that.
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    As for Crouching tiger, hidden dragon, I understand tiger and dragon were the names of two of the characters, translated into English. Someone else probably will fill in the details later on. But of course one need to understand the foreign language (mandarin?) in the first place to get it.
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    Dreamlife Of Angels
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    Oh yeah, just thought of another one, thanks to Mystery Science Theater 3000.
    CAVE DWELLERS
    This title has NOTHING to do with the movie. Actually, I don't think any title would have anything to do with this movie. [​IMG]
     
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    Rush Hour, I don't recall Chris Tucker or Jackie Chan being stuck in traffic trying to get to or from work during that time of day. [​IMG]
     
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    Another wonderful MST3k would be "Danger[​IMG]eathray".
    Shouldn't it be in the film?
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    O Brother Where Art Thou? and Exit Wounds. Good movies but I would change the names.
     
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    How about Fargo? Only one scene took place in Fargo, everything else was in Minnesota.
    I can't remember exactly, but how did Magnolia fit into the movie?
     
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    I think they were referring to the street name for Magnolia.
    I think they went with Fargo because not many people would hand out oscars for a movie called Brainerd!
     

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