Our hosts discuss Rope, Iron Man 2, and the Super8 Trailer as well as news featuring Transformers 4, and Indiana Jones 4, and Jeff’s mind is blow by something people didn’t know about Back To The Future.
Hosts: Jeff, Ray, Steve
- Megan Fox Ousted as the transformers hottie!
- Update to the Megan Fox situation
- Shia LaBeouf Trashes Indiana Jones 4 – is he a complete idiot or just talking the truth?
- POTD: Back to the Future and Time Travel’s Effect on Twin Pine Mall
The Past: Rope
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Staring: Jimmy Stewart, Jon Dall, Farley Granger.
- Story was very loosely based on the real-life murder committed by University of Chicago students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, which was also the (fictionalized) subject of Compulsion (1959) and Swoon (1992).
- The film was shot in ten takes, ranging from four-and-a-half to just over ten minutes (the maximum amount of film that a camera magazine or projector reel could hold) duration. At the end of the takes, the film alternates between having the camera zoom into a dark object, totally blacking out the lens/screen, and making a conventional cut. However, the second edit, ostensibly one of the conventional ones, was clearly staged and shot to block the camera, but the all-black frames were left out of the final print. Most of the props, and even some of the apartment set’s walls, were on casters and the crew had to wheel them out of the way and back into position as the camera moved around the set.
- Since the filming times were so long, everybody on the set tried their best to avoid any mistakes. At one point in the movie, the camera dolly ran over and broke a cameraman’s foot, but to keep filming, he was gagged and dragged off. Another time, a woman puts her glass down but misses the table. A stagehand had to rush up and catch it before the glass hit the ground. Both parts are used in the final cut.
- The Screenwriter never intended for the murder to be actually seen on screen, thus increasing the tension by making the audience themselves wonder if there indeed was a body in the chest. Hitchcock added the scene after the screenplay was written.
Talking Points: The gay couple in old films
What We’ve Learned: A Simple Rope is all you need to commit the perfect murder. After committing the perfect murder, never put the body in a chest in the room you’re having a dinner party in. Do not get enthusiastic about murder right after you have just committed one. Do not try disposing the murder weapon by using it to tie up books you’re giving to the victims father. Never invite the guy who inspired your murder to the party you’re giving right after the murder. You should probably kill your accomplice, who you may or may not have had a homosexual relationship with. And…”choking the chicken” jokes are not appropriate in mixed company.
The Present: Iron Man 2
Director: Jon Favreau
Staring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, John Favreau as Happy
Trivia: Emily Blunt was set to star as Black Widow but had to pull out due scheduling conflicts with her movie Gulliver’s Travels (2010). Before Scarlett Johansson replaced Emily Blunt as Black Widow. Jessica Biel, Gemma Arterton, Natalie Portman, Jessica Alba and Angelina Jolie were considered
Talking Points: Robert Downey Jr. Looking very short
What We’ve Learned: Palatium is not a good material to use as the core of your miniaturized arch reactor that is keeping you alive. Whips powered by a miniature reactor core are awesome. Girls who can kick big guys asses are always cool! Mickey Rourke is damn scary. Never take your protective mask off while you’re in the middle of a fight. And . . . Giving an evil physicist hell bent on revenge complete access to your computers and advanced weaponry is never a good idea.
The Future: Super 8
- The Past: A Clockwork Orange
- The Present: Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
- The Future: The Expendables