MOV011: “You Musn’t Be Afraid To Dream A Little Bigger, Darling!”

Tron reveals too much, Comic-con in review, Beauty and The Beast in 3D, Is “The Kid’s All Right” All Right, Quentin Tarantino shows us True Romance, We find out if it’s all just a dream, and Jeff yawns at Johnny Depp’s lizard.

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The Past: True Romance (1993)

Director: Tony Scott (Written By Quintin Tarantino)

Staring: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Michael Rappaport, Bronson Pinchot, Saul Rubinek, Dennis Hopper, James Gandolfini, Gary Oldman, Christopher Walken, Chris Penn, Tom Sizemore, Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, Samuel L. Jackson

Trivia:

  • Bronson Pinchot Ad-Libbed the scene when he was caught with the cocaine
  • The screenplay of True Romance (1993) was originally part of a very long screenplay written by Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary. The other half of it was used for the film Natural Born Killers (1994). In both films Tom Sizemore plays a cop.
  • The word “fuck” and its derivatives are said 225 times
  • There are 21 on-screen deaths, all male, all from death by gunshot
  • Dennis Hopper was concerned about being “shot” by Christoper Walken in the eggplant scene with the gun so close to his head and the possibility of being burned, Director Tony Scott had the propmaster use the same gun to fire it against his own head. Apon Firing the gun barrel extended about a third of an inch, and scott ended up on the floor with blood pouring from the wound.
  • Michael Rappaport has a fear of roller coasters, and suffers from accute motion sickness.. the scene was filmed over 2 days, and if you look closely you can tell which scenes were shot on the first day (he looks apprehensive and nauseous) and the second day (he looks calm and oblivious to his surroundings) due to the crew giving him “something” to calm his nerves
  • Tarantino’s original ending had Clarence dying in the gun battle, leaving Alabama a widow. Tarantino said that he intended Alabama to turn to crime and join with Mr. White, a character from Reservoir Dogs (1992) (which he wrote and directed). In a flashback scene in Reservoir Dogs (1992), Mr. White is asked about “Alabama”
  • Director Tony Scott is brother to other famous Director Ridley Scott

Talking Points:

  • Lots of cameos/actors before they were big.
  • Impressive how Alabama gets beat up and survives a fire fight, yet has perfect teeth!
  • Had some “Heathers-ish” vibes to it (gun toating Christian Slater, righting wrongs, music)

What We’ve Learned:

  • It aint white boy day.
  • If your going to accidentally steal cocaine from the mob, its best not to leave your drivers license in the hand of your wife’s dead pimp.
  • Theres a difference between a Whore and a Call-Girl
  • Its better to have a gun and not need it, then to need a gun and not have it.
  • If you’re going to have an imaginary friend, it may as well be Elvis!

Trailer:

Recommendations:

Jeff: Meh, good enough Rental.
Ray: Love it, I can watch this movie over and over and over again.
Steve: Enjoyed it! Had no idea this movie existed, but liked it a lot.

The Present: Inception

Director: Christopher Nolan

Staring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, Cillian Murphey, Tom Berenger, Michael Cain, Marion Cotillard

Trivia:

Talking Points:

  • Basically we saw all the special effects set pieces in the trailer.. was anyone surprised by anything in the movie?
  • Was this movie overly complicated?
  • This movie had a unrelenting pace.. did you find it hard to keep up with it?
  • Did anyone else feel some of the music sounded like Mortal Kombat?
  • Would 3-D have enhanced this movie?

What We’ve Learned:

  • Don’t trust reality…it could all just be a dream.

Trailer:

Recommendations:

Jeff: Avatar-ish in that it’s just another heist movie but done differently in a very good way.
Ray: While I enjoyed it, I found the whole thing rather cold and uninspired.
Steve: Enjoyed it, especially Tom Hardy! (who by the way is the new Mad Max) 🙂

The Future: Rango

Starring: Voices of Johnny Depp, Timothy Olyphant, Ned Beatty, Ray Winstone, Stephen Root, Harry Dean Stanton, Bill Nighy

Trivia:

  • Director Gore Verbinski was the creator of the Budweiser Frogs
  • This is Industrial Light and Magic’s first full length animated film.

Talking Points:

  • Anyone see the original teaser trailer? Bizzare.
  • Supposedly this is using motion capture tech to capture Johnny’s performance, does it look mo-capped to you?
  • At 1:47 in the trailer, is it just me or does the guy driving the car look very much like Johnny Depp’s version of Hunter S. Thompson from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas?

Trailer:

Excitement:

Jeff: Another animated movie to roll my eyes at.
Ray: I think it looks fun, I’m interested to see what Johnny Does in an animated movie not directed by Tim Burton.
Steve: Next… 🙂

Coming Attractions: Steve

The Past: The Pirate Movie
The Present: Salt
The Future: Paranormal Activity 2

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Is “The Kids Are All Right” All Right?

Steve: Got back a little bit ago from a preview screening of “The Kids Are All Right”. While a touching and well acted movie…the activist side of me is pissed off. I’ll wait to share my opinions until the P-cast, but in the meantime has anyone else seen the movie and have a reaction?

Trailer:

MOV010: “Are You in Depeche Mode?”

Fuzz, Steve, and Jeff cover Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and the Alpha & Omega trailers.  Also new about Greenlatern, Tron Legacy’s 3D Up-conversion, Gatchaman, Conan, and more.

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Feedback:

  • Steve asked: In light of some of our upcoming past picks…what is your ultimate guilty pleasure movie? You know, the one that your friends (or Podcast-mates) might laugh at you for liking… Give us your deepest-darkest secret to mention on air!
  • VIA BLOG:
  • Nick said: Hate to say it, but probably the new Twilight: Eclipse. I’d watch it just for Charlie (the dad). (Note: Nick is not gay, he’s probably saying he likes the character, not that he’s hot.)
  • Grendel_50: Xanadu
  • VIA FACEBOOK:
  • Jason said: Grease 2 or Showgirls
  • Gryphon said: OMG someone else who loves Grease 2 – so much better than the original movie. My guilty pleasure movie would have to be Electric Dreams, the synthesized music duet is incredible. I hope they NEVER EVER remake it.
  • Charles said: First Mortal Kombat movie
  • Shannon: Dirty Dancing staring Patrick Swayze & Jennifer Gray ♥
  • Mike: Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Maria: Return of the living dead
  • Clint: Gladiator
  • VIA JEFF’S WORK
  • Albert said: It’s a toss up between knug fu panda and kung fu hustle
  • Billy said: Cave Man, Office Space, Raising Arizona

The Past: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie

Director: Bryan Spicer

Staring: Jason David Frank, Amy Jo Johnson, David Yost, Karan Ashley, Johnny Yong Bosch, Steve Cardenas, & Paul Freeman

Trivia:

  • Each of the Power Rangers’ new movie costumes weighed 40 pounds and the actors had to film sometimes as long as ten hours a day in their Power Ranger uniforms.
  • The TV shows are known for using the action scenes from the Super Sentai series in Japan, but MMPR:The Movie was the first Power Rangers feature to use 100% new and original material.
  • In order for the purple tongue to match the purple body, Paul Freeman had drank black currant juice, held it in his mouth and spit it out before each take.
  • Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU) originally replaced Gabrielle Fitzpatrick during filming, because Fitzpatrick was diagnosed with an ovarian cyst which had to be removed immediately in an operation. Starting in November 1994, several weeks’ of Hargitay’s filming had taken place at the Chinese Gardens at Darling Harbour. When the crew thought that Hargitay didn’t seem right for the role after filming her scenes, she was fired and Fitzpatrick got the part back in January 1995 after she had recovered from her operation.
  • Originally, the crew felt that the total covering of the Power Rangers’ faces removed any ability to express emotion, so initial shooting took place using the actors in costume with no visors on the helmets. However, they realized that this was a mistake and realized that the Power Rangers in Morphed Mode are not supposed to show emotion, but rather were supposed to be a powerful fighting force. To correct the error, the action scenes were re-shot the next month with the visors added back.
  • Several of the sets, including Lord Zedd’s throne room (a.k.a. the Chamber of Command) and Dulcea’s Palace, were made up of aluminum foil over constructed wood framings.
  • In an original script, the Rangers were supposed to fight giant Rat Monsters that Ivan Ooze created. Because the suits didn’t work well enough and looked “too low budget” for the movie, the Rat Monsters were instead replaced by the Ooze Creatures that Ivan creates in the film. However, the Rat creature suits didn’t go to waste either. Instead, they would later appear in the “Return of the Green Ranger” storyline of the Power Rangers television series.
  • Johnny Yong Bosch actually did all of his own stunts in the movie, including the morphed fight scenes. His stuntman was injured at the time and couldn’t do any work for the film, so Bosch gratefully accepted their offer to replace him.
  • The original director, Steve Wang, reportedly backed out after disagreements over the production design with the various companies involved.
  • When Ivan Ooze tells Zordon of all the things he had missed when trapped inside his containment egg, the black plague and the Spanish Inquisition were scripted examples, but actor Paul Freeman ad-libbed the last line, “The Brady Bunch reunion!”
  • Instead of fighting the four stone gargoyles that protected the Ninjetti Temple, the Power Rangers were supposed to fight a second, stronger batch of Tengu Warriors and their leader, a Tengu queen. The fight between the Rangers and Tengus was set to take place on and about a long rope bridge that went over a deep crevice and lead to the monolith. The bridge set had been built and was set up in front of a green screen for filming in February of 1995, but it was never used.
  • Walter Jones, Thuy Trang, and Austin St. John (the original Black, Yellow and Red Power Rangers) were originally set to star in the movie, but ultimately weren’t included because they were let go due to their contract dispute with the TV show.

Talking Points:

  • Why was this movie and the series so popular with kids?

What We’ve Learned:

  • When running away from from Oozelings, you must do continuous backflips
  • When wearing a helmet, you must nod your head so people know you are talking.
  • Quick gestures should always make swishing sounds.
  • Thank goodness CGI technology has gotten better over the years.
  • Sometimes, a TV series needs to just be a TV series.

Trailer:

Recommendations:

Jeff: Seriously, the only way you’d like this is if you liked the TV show. I myself enjoy it, but it’s definitely not for everyone
Ray: If it smells like a toy commercial.. its probably a toy commercial.
Steve: A Mighty Morphin’ Flop. The cheesey effects work for the TV show, but I would expect much better for a full-length feature. Could have been a “very special episode” or mini-series within the TV series.

The Present: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Director: John Turtletaub

Staring: Nicholas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, Teresa Palmer & Toby Kebbell

Trivia:

  • During filming, an accident occurred when a filming of car chase sequence went awry. The filming accident, which caused two bystanders to suffer minor injuries, occurred Monday, May 4, shortly before 1 A.M. at the Sbarro at 47th Street and Seventh Avenue Street when one of the cars used in the chase sequence suddenly careened into a pizza parlor.
  • Nicolas Cage and Alfred Molina act as hero and villain in this film. They have been hero and villain in Marvel Films, though not the same one – Cage was the hero of Ghost Rider (2007), and Molina played Doctor Octopus in Spider-Man 2 (2004).
  • The film contains homages to Fantasia (1940), where the famous “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” concerto starring Mickey Mouse featured.
  • – is dressed in red, like Apprentice Mickey
  • – he has to deal with a flood and a set of brooms, like in the concerto
  • – and at the end of the film, when Maxim renews himself Apprentice Mickey’s hat is seen next to his own.

Talking Points:

  • Alice Krige = the female Christopher Walken?
  • Anyone else think Jay Baruchel was channeling Christian Slater”?
  • What was the deal with the super powerful witch girl only being in the movie for 30 seconds?
  • Did you wait until the credits were over?

What We’ve Learned:

  • Elementary school kids are cruel to each other.
  • Magic is all related to physics. Apparently physicists are cooler than we thought!
  • Alice Krige is creepy!!

Trailer:

Recommendations:

Jeff: Actually a pretty good movie. It’s not the greatest movie in the world but definitely worth seeing in the theater.
Ray: Surprised by how good it was, was expecting worse. Actually enjoyed Cage in this one.
Steve: Better than I thought it would be. Was really surprised it wasn’t in 3-D.

The Future: Alpha & Omega

Starring: Voices of Hayden Panettiere, Christina Ricci, Justin Long, Dennis Hopper & Danny Glover

Trivia:

  • Will be in 3-D
  • Dennis Hopper’s last film
  • Key animation was done at Crest’s animation studio in India. Pre-production and post-production took place in Los Angeles

Talking Points:

  • Is this the point where animated movies are jumping the shark?
  • Would this be better if it were live action (Babe-style?)?
  • Is this a rehash of Balto? Ducks, Bears, snow…

Summary:
Kate (Hayden Panettiere), an alpha wolf, lives her life responsibly, focusing on duty and discipline. Humphrey (Justin Long), an omega, lives for fun and friends. Humphrey has a crush on Kate, but in their pack he doesn’t stand a chance. One night, they are captured by humans and taken from their home, Jasper Park, Canada, to a reserve in Idaho to repopulate the species in the United States. As their pack flounders without its leader, Kate and Humphrey set out on an adventure to get back to their home range.

Trailer:

Excitement:

Jeff: Cute, definitely want to go see it.
Ray: Surprised im not more excited to see it….
Steve: Hungry Like the Wolf by Duran Duran is used as background music. That’s my excitement. Otherwise…yawn.

Coming Attractions:

The Past: True Romance
The Present: Inception
The Future: Rango

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