Part II Minute 56 – A Fistful of Foreshadow

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Biff lounges in a hot tub with two women, watching a spaghetti western starring Clint Eastwood.

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3 thoughts on “Part II Minute 56 – A Fistful of Foreshadow

  1. I like the disparity between Clint Eastwood being what you call a “model man” and Marty calling himself Clint Eastwood in the third movie when he’s basically a kid falling over himself all the time. How ironic. And funny. And sweet.

    But it’s like the pick glint you guys talked about in the first movie; Marty dreams himself up cooler than he actually is. Or, cool in a different way than he is, because the McFly maneuver is pretty sick ngl.

    This leads into the next minute, but Marty is pretty damn tough here, when he says he’s going to confront Biff. It’s thrown me off in the past because the line gets a really dark delivery. The lighting is dramatic, it’s a close-up, his eyes are set, and thunder punctuates his words: “I’ll ask him.” He’s resolved to walk back into Biff’s lair and this time he won’t be playing Mister Nice Guy. At first I thought some of this resolve stemmed from seeing Biff hit his mother, but rewatching the scene now, I think it’s because Marty knows he’s partly to blame for all this. He’s got that moment earlier where he realizes the almanac idea screwed everything up, and he says “it’s my fault, the whole thing is my fault.” Now that there’s a chance to set things right, however difficult it might be, he’s going to do it. And he’s going to do it himself. I don’t know if we see him with such dark determination in any other part of the trilogy.

  2. [04:00]
    I saw Deadpool yesterday, and I’m guessing his crazy-person wall is the one where he has the map and he keeps stabbing pictures of people he’s killed trying to find the Big Bad, and I can’t stop thinking about the little post-it note with the drawing of the guy getting killed by a zamboni, and the only words on it are ZAMBONI GUY.

    [04:47]
    “I was trying to do the crossword for the Hill Valley Telegraph on May 16, 1983, and SOMEONE TOOK THAT PAGE.” *ragesmash*

    [05:10]
    I’ve worked in the genealogy department of our main library, so I’m answering the newspaper question from Scott (Scott? Scott.) from that perspective.

    Because our emphasis is on local history (which I imagine Hill Valley’s library would do as well, actually), and since Savannah has delusions of being a city when it’s really just a large town, the vertical files section is set up by subject. We don’t even have the wooden binders that Doc has! We just have manila folders with the articles cut out, and the manila folders would be about specific neighborhoods, or things like the Savannah squares that are downtown. Now, seeing as how both George’s death and Doc’s commitment to Hill Valley’s mental hospital are both front page news (just going from the style and formatting of the articles), it would make sense to just leave them as is because it would be too much of a pain in the ass in order to cut them out carefully, fold them, and then stick them in a folder.

    The only thing that we do in Savannah for whole issues is that we have them all on microfilm. One of the things we boast about is that we have newspapers dating back to April 1763 on microfilm, even if the quality isn’t the greatest — lots of ads for runaway slaves. If Hill Valley is anything like us, they’re going to have either the hard copy newspapers during the 1980s, or they’re going to have microfilm, but I don’t remember microfilm being that big a thing until later on, for some reason.

    (A quick Google search later, ah, there’s microcards, microfilm, and other micro-picture formats, so that might be why I’m headtilting.)

    [05:47]
    Oh, pffft. Yeah, that, the microfilm readers. 😀 (There’s no way we keep our newspapers for longer than 2-3 months at the main library. We wouldn’t have the room, considering how big those suckers are.)

    [06:07]
    “Riding in Cars with Spiders” sounds like a Fear Factor challenge or something. O_O

    [22:14]
    It’s interesting that Biff loves Westerns, because the stereotypical Western is where you can identify the good guys from the bad guys. “This is the guy we root for, this is the guy we want to see smushed by a train.” Now, there have been some Westerns where the good guy has sometimes done some questionable stuff, but for the most part, it’s a very good vs. evil kind of genre. Now, Biff never thinks that he’s the bad guy, so it makes sense that he loves it, but I think he also loves Fistful of Dollars because the good guy outsmarts the bad guy with that metal plate. Biff’s the bad guy, and sometimes it’s hard to remember because he does boneheaded things, but he’s pretty crafty. He would see the metal plate as being smart, whereas other people might go “That’s not playing fair!” or whatever.

    [28:50]
    Omg, why would you wear those earrings in the bath? Especially with their hair looking that stylish? I keep imagining those earrings catching on their hair, and it’s like “owwwwww”. I realize that they’re not in the bath to actually *bathe*, but even with sexytimes, you still need to make sure your earrings don’t get ripped out. D:

    [29:44]
    Biff being into gangster movies would make even more sense. I could see him doing all-night marathons of the Godfather trilogy, just mouthing the words along with the actors and pulling faces when he was saying someone’s lines who he thought was dumb.

    • I was about to comment on the newspaper as well! The library I work for is very old and doesn’t get rid of anything without an insanely good reason to do so (we only just started getting rid of audio cassettes but only if we have a cd of the same edition.)

      For a lot of larger established magazines and newspapers we have large book binders exactly like the ones Doc uses of the Hill Valley Telegraph (off hand I know we do for the NY Times) We even have the New Yorker, Time, and Life bound like that as well going as far back as their run… we even have a working microfiche we still have some patrons use (honestly, I find microfiche more simple than computer databases for broad searches)

      but as a librarian I am very upset by Marty and Doc ripping those pages out.

      Not as upset as I was during Daredevil when I saw that stupid archival room that made no sense.

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