25 OF THE MOST FAMOUS MOVIE QUOTES - HOW MANY DO YOU KNOW?

25 OF THE MOST FAMOUS MOVIE QUOTES - HOW MANY DO YOU KNOW?

 


The 10 Best Movies Of 2017

The 10 Best Movies Of 2017

In 2017, Hollywood used the past to take on our scary present and uncertain future. Whether a film came from a veteran (Steven Spielberg) or a newbie (Jordan Peele), you felt the energy of an artist spoiling to be heard. The themes were many and varied: the simmering heat of racial politics (Get Out, Detroit); a U.S. President’s unconstitutional war against a free press (The Post), the rage that comes when you feel helpless to fight the power (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri); and the essential question of how to live in a world heading for global disaster (Dunkirk, Darkest Hour). The year's best movies sent a message that a lot of us are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. Is anyone listening? #OscarsNoTrump

10. 'Phantom Thread'

The last great film of 2017 comes from writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson, a talent whose roaring power and cinematic reach are apparently limitless. Set in the posh world of 1950's London fashion, the film stars a beyond-brilliant Daniel Day Lewis as a top designer whose world is rocked by a revolution in style. Equally seismic to his creative process and personal life: a young muse (Vicky Krieps) who refuses to join a long line of women who jump at his command. Sexual politics, then and now, echo through the film. Will there be blood? Not in the way you might imagine. But love, as Anderson sees it, is a magnificent obsession that can nurture or destroy. You won't be able to get the film's twisted secrets out of your head. You won't want to.

9. 'A Ghost Story'

David Lowery's supernatural tale of timeless devotion involves a woman (Rooney Mara) haunted by her dead lover (Casey Affleck). Here's an ardent, ambitious, challenging experiment that restores our faith in film as an art form.

8. 'Detroit'

Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal take an incendiary look at the 1967 Detroit race riots still alive and toxic in the police brutality and systemic racism of today. Audiences stayed away. Big mistake. Detroit is hard to take. It's also impossible to forget.

7. 'The Shape of Water'

Visual master Guillermo del Toro goes back to the Cold War to probe the secret passion of a mute girl (Sally Hawkins) and a creature from the government-black-ops lagoon (Doug Jones). The result speaks volumes about what we choose to label "alien."

6. 'Lady Bird'

There's nothing new about coming-of-age comedies, but Lady Bird gets the genre thrillingly right, thanks to screenwriter Greta Gerwig in a solo directing debut that mines her own formative years in Sacramento circa 2002. Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf excel as a daughter and mother whose cage match of brawling affection hits home no matter what age you are.

5. 'The Post'

In Steven Spielberg's propulsive political thriller, it's not hard to find the link between right now and the threats that Nixon's White House launched at Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) and editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks).The year is 1971; the question is whether or not to not publish the Pentagon Papers and expose a massive government cover-up. Any relationship to Trump's war against a free press is purely intentional. Streep could be headed for Oscar No. 4 as a woman spoiling to be heard over an army of patronizing men. And Spielberg's speed-is-of-the-essence direction speaks with relevant power to the past, present and a chilling future.

4. 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'

Anglo-Irish playwright Martin McDonagh finds his cinematic sweet spot in writing and directing this sorrowful and savagely funny look at a small-town dynamo (Frances McDormand) who rents billboards to rage at the police for not solving the rape and murder of her teen daughter. McDormand and McDonagh, a match forged in fire, catch the helplessness and fury we're all feeling right now.

3. 'Call Me By Your Name'

Homophobia has no place in Luca Guadagnino's erotic romance, set in Italy in 1983, when a musical prodigy (Timothée Chalamet) and his father's handsome assistant (Armie Hammer) experience the thrill of first love and the gutting pain of its loss. An artistic triumph that insists empathy is the best antidote to intolerance.

2. 'Get Out'

Can a horror film get in the Oscar race for Best Picture? You bet your ass. Daniel Kaluuya doesn't know what he's in for when his girlfriend (Allison Williams) takes him home to white suburbia, but black culture isn't the only thing being co-opted. In the year's most exciting directing debut, Jordan Peele juggles scares and laughs to skewer racial hypocrisy in an America that refuses to get woke.

1. 'Dunkirk'

In the year's best film, Christopher Nolan shows us the meaning of pure cinema, depicting the 1940 evacuation of British soldiers from the French beaches of Dunkirk as Hitler's forces attempt to crush them by land, sea and air. Instead of telling us what to think, Nolan offers full immersion in the life-or-death experience of being there, prey to the whims of a dictator and still fired up with the will to resist. (And as the perfect companion piece to Nolan's epic, Joe Wright's Darkest Hour – featuring Gary Oldman as British PM Winston Churchill – takes us inside the corridors of power where the political repercussions of the slaughter on Dunkirk's beaches bristles with topical implications about a world on the brink of catastrophe. Sound familiar?)


The Top 10 Sexiest Pillow Fight Scenes

The Top 10 Sexiest Pillow Fight Scenes

What kind of images cross your mind when you hear someone says "Pillow Fights?" The funny kind, the enthusiastic kind, the power-hitting kind, or the feathery snowflakes kind...? You may imagine these sorts of pillow fights if you are under ten years of age. However, it is no surprise that the quintessential adolescent or adult will start dreaming about the sexy, bouncy, furry pillow fights that spark sensual desire among viewers (or participants). This list of pillow fight scenes fuels the imaginations of the second category of people, bringing fun and games to a newer, sexier level.

Scary Movie 4

A shoe-in for one of the sexiest pillow fight scenes, the pillow fight in Scary Movie 4 is the only scene worth watching in the entire film. The direction is below average and the acting is sub-par. But each of the women has got an attractive physique. All of them are alluring—to say the least. You don't need to just imagine former Playboy bunnies Bridget Marquardt, Kendra Wilkinson, and Holly Madison jumping on the bed, wearing matching bra and panty sets as they gently strike each other with soft, satin cushions. All you need to do is snap out of your fantasy and watch them enjoy themselves in the movie! There is a very strong reason why this particular scene is given a place right at the top of our list.

Shanghai Knights

When two of the funniest actors in Hollywood cinema are brought together in one movie, then you can certainly expect a bagful of absolute hilarity. Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan are two marvelous characters who will make you roar out in laughter during every scene. The pillow fight scene in particular is not only positively comical, but also exquisitely sexy. In the shot, the two protagonists are casually hit with pillows by a throng of seductive women in the initial stages, which later balls up into a thoroughly entertaining fight. We are sure that you will rewind the scene several times over before moving on to the next one.

Camp

This is an inspiring story of a young lad portrayed by Don Dixon, who goes out of his way to create a musical play at a camp for adolescents. While the pillow fight scene is admittedly quite small, it is not bereft of the "oomph" factor. This time around, it is between three young girls whose assets are accentuated by the use of a table-fan—not that they need it, but it certainly ups the sensuality of the scene. This is, without doubt, one of the best pillow fight movie scenes we have ever set eyes upon. It underlines the heartiness of youth (with a touch of passion).

Flash Gordon

Based on the epic comic strip of the same name, this movie was a box office hit with both fans and critics alike. Flash and Dale embark on an adventure to the planet Mongo, where they encounter several obstacles that test their skills and mental strength. The pillow fight is staged between two of the hottest actresses ever to grace the silver screen—Ornella Muti and Melody Anderson. Though both of them are fully covered in satin cloaks, it doesn’t mitigate the sexiness of the scene. You will simply love how they fall on each other by the end of the pillow fight.

Bud Light Commercial

These commercials are well known for their wacky content. However, the one commercial that I am referring to is "whacky" with an "H"—and brutally so! Initially, four exceptionally attractive women dressed in tempting nightgowns are seen gingerly hitting one another with pillows. You can’t help but admire their well-toned physiques and enchanting beauty. In comes the brawny chick—who is apparently high on Bud Light—and whack! One woman topples on the floor. Whack! The second woman hits the hardwood. Whack! The third one goes flying over the bedside cabinet. And last but not least... whack! The fourth one flies out of frame.

The Hot Chick

As a character in the movie, Rachel McAdams might be the unluckiest woman alive. However, Rob Schneider is certainly the luckiest bloke to step into this world. Rob plays the part of a transfigured woman who has many hot girl friends. And guess what—he even gets to play pillow fight with those friends— each of whom hardly wears any clothes. Imagine his good fortune before one of those chicks whacks him hard on the face and at the back of his head. This is one of the few pillow fight movie scenes which are as hilarious as they are sexy. We would give anything to be in Rob’s shoes!

College Humor Video

This is one pillow fight which is actually packed with lots of action. Both women are wearing minis and sleeveless tops. One of them jumps from the bed onto the other, aiming her pillow bang at the second one’s head. The second woman lashes out with a bloodcurdling scream, striking the first hard across the face. When the first one aims her hit, the second one does a kind of half back-flip to dodge it, and immediately retaliates with a heavy strike to the first one’s head. This girl blocks it, followed by a smack over the second one’s face. All this while two perverts are zooming in on the window from the top of a nearby tree. Oh, how we love Michelle Rodriguez!

Not Another Teen Movie

Before Chris Evans became a household name as the great American superhero, he enacted the lead role in a fairly bad feature as the quintessential college boy. Again, the pillow fight scene is probably the only reviving factor of the movie. Two insanely gorgeous actresses indulge in a mellow fight with the feathery pillows—both women are covered with tight, hot bikinis, hitting each others' cushions with laughter etched upon their faces. The movie may not have worked at the box office, but this particular scene certainly caught our eyes. We were about to let this one slip through our fingers.

National Lampoon's Animal House

One of the most hilarious flicks of the bygone era, Animal House is an absolute laugh riot. You will find yourself smiling throughout the movie and overtaken by a spontaneous chuckle every minute. There is a small moment when the protagonist, John Belushi, is peeking through the window of the girls' dormitory. He catches the scantily clad women smacking each other softly with pillows. It will certainly bring about a tingling sensation—followed by a mirthless laugh. At the moment, we can only wish that there were an uncut version of the scene... we would have rewound it several times over.

That '70s Show

That intricate yet beatific phase of adolescence could never be captured better than it was in this particular series. While the series did end on a satisfactory note, we could not help but wish that it would have continued to the present day. This is one of those magical phenomena of television ingenuity, which entraps you in its fresh content and vivid imagery. While the pillow scene may not be the best in the market, it is certainly worth a mention. Three alluring girls in their nightgowns are seen playing the milder version of the game, hardly flicking each others' hair. They do keep jumping on the bed, however!

 


MOVIES QUIZ / 1970S MOVIE DEFINITIONS

MOVIES QUIZ / 1970S MOVIE DEFINITIONS

Can you pick the one word movies from the 1970s by the definitions of their titles?

 


FASCINATING FACTS: 20 Facts About “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

FASCINATING FACTS: 20 Facts About “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

Christmas is a time for slipping into festive gear, singing holiday songs, adorning your home with decorations, and distributing gifts to your loved ones. But imagine if all of these tasks were to be part of Halloween! How twisted would that be? That is exactly what is portrayed in the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas. The movie beautifully mixes jolly and grisly with great success. Even if this holiday movie is part of your Christmas tradition, we bet you are still unaware of some fascinating facts about The Nightmare Before Christmas. Thanks to IMDB, we bring you 20 such facts that will help you know a little bit more about this amazing Christmas treasure.

1. The Nightmare Before Christmas is based on a poem Tim Burton wrote in 1982 while working at Disney, who had purchased the film rights but felt it was too weird. Years later (after being fired from Disney), Tim realized they still owed the rights and convinced Disney to greenlight the movie.

Image Source: Flickr

Even though the film’s title is Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, he did not actually direct the movie. He was busy with Batman Returns at the time. So, he handed over the hefty responsibility of directing this famous, stop-motion movie to his old Disney Animation colleague Henry Selick. Selick made his feature, directorial debut here.

Burton’s name goes above the title for serving as producer, creating the story, and coming up with the look and the characters for The Nightmare Before Christmas.(source)

2. Disney found the movie “too scary” for kids to be released under the Disney Animated Features banner.

Image Source: Touchstone Pictures1 and Skellington Productions via Giphy

Because of the dark and deeply weird nature of the movie, Walt Disney Studios decided it was too off-brand to be released under the Disney Animated Features banner. The movie is filled with creatures that Disney deemed too scary for kids – characters that take off their own heads and limbs. There are also skeletons, nasty toys, and a creepy villain named Oogie Boogie. So, the film was made through their sub-division Touchstone Pictures.(source)

3. It took one week for the producers to shoot one minute of the movie. Overall, the movie, which is of 70 minutes, took three whole years to be produced.

Image Source:  TV is OK Productions and Buena Vista Home Entertainment (BVHE)

The movie is based on a concept known as “claymation.” It utilizes stop-motion animation. This means that rather than filming moving objects, the crew first move the figures and sets little by little taking still photographs. They then finally play them back in rapid succession to simulate movement.

Even though claymation is recorded at 12 frames per second and shown at 24 frames per second, for The Nightmare Before Christmas, the scenes were filmed at 24 frames per second. This means that they had to change the pose of the character 24 times for each second of the actual, completed film. They worked with storyboards where they first laid out the entire scene and made refinements before the time-consuming process of animation was started.

One minute of the movie took about a week to shoot, and The Nightmare Before Christmas took three years to complete.(1,2)

4. Originally, the voice for Santa Clause was to be played by Vincent Price. But before he could record his lines, his wife passed away. The director felt that Price’s sadness could be heard in his voice and felt him unfit to portray the joyous Santa.

Image Source: Touchstone Pictures1 and Skellington Productions,  Wikipedia

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Henry Selick, the director, said the following about Vincent Price, “We recorded him, and he would’ve done the introduction to the film, since it’s supposed to be Santa Claus’s voice at the beginning/end, but [Price] had just lost his wife, and he was despondent, and it just didn’t work. He was the first choice, that didn’t work out, and we met with Don Ameche, who was insanely grouchy. I couldn’t believe how grouchy he was. Then we met with James Earl Jones, and Danny had a weird moment where he went up to him and said he’d written the part especially for James Earl Jones, and James Earl Jones got very angry and yelled, ‘You don’t know me!’ It was a very tough voice to cast, and we just went with a local actor from San Francisco [Ed Ivory].” (source)

5. Danny Elfman is actually the singing voice for Jack Skellington. He is responsible for the Simpsons theme, the scores for Pee-Wee’s Big AdventureBatman (1989), and Justice League. 

Image Source: Photo by Mel Melcon – LA Times

In 1985, Elfman was approached by Tim Burton and Paul Reubens to write the score for their first feature film, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. Elfman went on to score all but three of Burton’s major studio releases: Ed WoodSweeney Todd, and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

His other remarkable works include the Simpsons theme, the opening theme for the Sam Raimi Spider-Man series, the composition of the film score for Oz the Great and Powerful, and additional music for Avengers: Age of Ultron, score for Fifty Shades Darker, and the recently released Justice League(source)

6. The most difficult shot in the entire movie was when Jack Skellington is reaching for the doorknob to Christmas Land. It required a perfect reflection of the forest behind Jack for the shot to work.

Image Source: Touchstone Pictures1 and Skellington Productions via Giphy

The filmmakers were very dedicated and wanted the scenes to be as alive as if shooting a live-action movie. This led to one shot proving to be especially challenging. When Jack discovers the part of the forest with pathways to other holiday worlds, he looks longingly at the Christmas tree door. A close-up of its shiny golden knob reflects this mournful skeleton as well as the trees behind him as he advances to open it. Getting the reflection just right took a great deal of time, care, and attention.(source)

7. Two different people voiced the character Jack Skellington, the “Pumpkin King” of Halloween Town.

Image Source: ,2

Chris Sarandon was the speaking voice, whereas Danny Elfman was the singing voice of Jack Skellington, a skeleton known as the “Pumpkin King” of Halloween Town. He owns a ghost dog named Zero who has a small, glowing, jack-o’-lantern nose. Danny Elfman also voices Barrel, one of the trick-or-treaters working for Oogie Boogie.

Elfman was initially cast as Jack’s singing voice and, after the songs were recorded, Sarandon was cast to match Elfman’s vocal style. The director felt that Sarandon’s speaking voice complimented Elfman’s singing voice.(source)

8. The top stop-motion animators in the world worked simultaneously on 20 miniature sets, managing to complete about 70 seconds of the film per week.

There were around 120 people working at the same time for the production of this movie. It included animators, puppet and prop-makers, set builders, art directors, camera operators, lighting designers, and editors.

There were 20 stages going at once and as many as 15 animators working simultaneously. When one animator was working with Jack climbing a tower, another was working with Jack walking through the forest, and another was working with Jack singing through the streets.(source)

9. Each puppet had an armature inside it enabling flexible movement.

Image Source: TV is OK Productions and Buena Vista Home Entertainment (BVHE)

The sculpture department sculpted the characters from the drawings that they got from the art department. They sculpted them in oil-based clay. Oil-based clay is very versatile and can be smoothed out with alcohol.

Moreover, each puppet had an armature inside it which is basically a ball and socket. This enabled the animators to move the puppets into specific postures during the shoot. All the intricate parts of the armatures were hand-machined to fit perfectly for each puppet. This ensured that each tiny movement looked smooth and fluid when posed 24 different times for each second of film.

The movie had more than 60 individual characters, and three or four duplicates were made for each of them. So, the total number of puppets was closer to 200.(source)

10. Jack Skellington had 400 different heads that are replaced each time he changes expression,  and Sally had a mask for every expression change.

Image Source: Touchstone Pictures1 and Skellington Productions via Giphy

Jack was designed as a long-limbed, spider-like man. To animate his various facial expressions and mouth movements, the animators used 400 hand-sculpted replacement hands. So, every time Jack had a different mouth expression, a whole different sculpture of the head was used. To make him blink, they used replacement eyelids and put them inside Jack’s hollow sockets. For each blink, the animators had to shoot 3-4 frames.

Image Source: TV is OK Productions and Buena Vista Home Entertainment (BVHE) via Giphy

Sally, on the other hand, had a different mask for every expression change. Since she had long hair, it was difficult to change her whole head like Jack. So, the animators resorted to masks instead. (source)

11. Jack Skellington, the lead character/puppet in 1992’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, actually made cameos in earlier Tim Burton films: his 1982 short film Vincent and Beetlejuice (1988).

Image Source: Sleepy Hollow via Giphy

During the opening scene of Sleepy Hollow, a scarecrow bearing a strong resemblance to the Pumpkin King scarecrow at the beginning of “This is Halloween” can be seen.

Image Source: Disney, Paramount

In the 2010 film Alice in Wonderland, Jack’s face can be found on the Mad Hatter’s bow tie. In James and the Giant Peach, Jack makes a cameo as Captain Jack. Upon discovering him, Centipede says “Uh, Skellington?” A silhouette of Jack is shown in The Princess and the Frog as one of the shadows Dr. Facilier summons. Other cameos can be seen in The CriticLenore,  Robot ChickenMADTiny Toon AdventuresPanty andStocking, etc.(source)

12. Despite Tim Burton’s huge involvement with the creation, he was only present about 8 to 10 days of its production during its two-year production cycle.

Image source: Tim Burton at set – The Red List

On the direction of the film, Selick reflected, “It’s as though he [Burton] laid the egg, and I sat on it and hatched it. He wasn’t involved in a hands-on way, but his hand is in it. It was my job to make it look like ‘a Tim Burton film’, which is not so different from my own films.”

On Burton’s involvement, Selick claimed, “I don’t want to take away from Tim, but he was not in San Francisco when we made it. He came up five times over two years, and spent no more than eight or ten days in total.”(source)

13. Patrick Stewart was the original narrator of The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Image source: Wikimedia

Patrick Stewart was brought onto the movie early on in its development when Burton’s original poem was supposed to play a bigger part in the narrative. But Tim Burton eventually cut Patrick Stewart’s narration. His voice can be found on the film’s official soundtrack. Here’s an opening monologue in his voice:

(source)

14. Disney fought to have Jack Skellington’s empty sockets filled with a pair of friendly eyes.

Image source: Giphy

A common guideline in animation and puppet-creation is that eyes are crucial to having an audience connect with a character. Animators and puppet-makers always live by this rule. Hence, Disney fought for Jack to have his empty sockets filled with eyes. But Tim and Henry did not accept this as this would never capture the king of the Halloween town’s essence. They ultimately proved that their anti-hero didn’t need oculars to connect.(source)

15. There are hidden Mickey and Donald Duck references in particular scenes of the movie.

Image Source: Touchstone Pictures1 and Skellington Productions

Mickey appears as a menacing toy, a flying stuffed animal with a sharp-toothed grin. Also, the girl that Mickey attacks as a menacing toy is wearing a Mickey print nightgown, while her brother’s pajamas are covered in Donald Duck faces.(source)

16. In the extended ending to the film, many years later, Santa Claus returns to Halloween Town to visit Jack, and finds that he has about four or five skeleton children.

Image Source: Touchstone Pictures1 and Skellington Productions

The ending monologue in Patrick Stewart’s voice goes something like this:

17. The “Kidnap The Sandy Claws” music is heard in The Haunted Mansion Holiday ride at Disneyland California and Disneyland Tokyo as an instrumental version.

Image Source: Giphy

The Haunted Mansion Holiday is a guest favorite each year. Jack Skellington and co. take over the Haunted Mansion. More than 400 flickering candles and 100 jack-o’-lanterns create a ghostly glow on the façade of the Haunted Mansion. (1,2)

18. All the sets were built in miniature form, but they were lit as if they were full-size movie sets. Some sets required as many as 20-30 lights.

Image Source: The Nightmare Before Christmas 4D – 20th Anniversary Release – El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood – Flickr

Even though the sets were miniature versions of actual sets, they were lit up like full-size movie sets by using smaller lighting equipment. Many of the scenes required as many as 20 to 30 different lights to create the dramatic effects. “What we’re trying to avoid is that looking like we are doing tricks. Coupled with that, trying to keep some style to it. The biggest challenge on the show I would say it’s keeping it consistent,” said Peter Kozachik, director of photography.

Eight camera crews worked on the filming. They pushed the barrier with a lot of motion-controlled cameras.(source)

19. Set designer Gregg Olsson built a quarter-scale mock-up of Halloween Town as a model for the real set. The set also had trap doors so animators could pop up and do the animation from beneath.

Image Source:  TV is OK Productions and Buena Vista Home Entertainment (BVHE)

Gregg Olsson made a quarter-scale, mock-up model of the set from the drawings made by Tim Burton. He also worked on the camera angles to decide how much set is needed for each of the scenes.

He says, “Once the conceptual art is done, we need to somehow realize it in three dimension height, width, and depth.” The actual set was four times larger than the mock-up set, about 24 feet in length. Moreover, they had to break apart the set into pieces because, all together, it wouldn’t fit into their stages. “So we built into it some specific breaks so that a piece like this could come out,” says Olsson.

Also, animators had requested Olsson that they would prefer not to reach more than two to two and a half feet to reach the puppets. So, Olsson made the pieces of the set under two feet. For the parts that were more than two feet, Olsson provided trap doors so that animators could open up a set of stage, come up, do the animation, and then close the trapdoor.(source)

20. Two items were invented to facilitate the filming of the movie. One was a “light alarm” to warn animators if any of the stage lights failed, and the other was a system that enabled a puppeteer to seamlessly switch to a replacement puppet if one broke.

Image Source:  TV is OK Productions and Buena Vista Home Entertainment (BVHE)

The Nightmare Before Christmas made several advances in claymation technology. The movie helped to streamline the process of producing claymation movies. The first major invention was a “light alarm” which warned the animators if one of the lights on the set went out.  Before this, if the animators did not see that the light was out, they would have to start the shot over.

The second invention was a system for replacing puppets seamlessly into the shot if one broke. This also saved a lot of time during shooting.

The final advancement was the use of computer-controlled cameras. Before this movie, claymation was limited to a static camera. The use of computer-controlled cameras allowed the animators to create the smooth, sweeping and turning shots that one normally sees in traditional film.(source)


MOVIES QUIZ / 50 FLICKS TO CLICK (1972)

MOVIES QUIZ / 50 FLICKS TO CLICK (1972)

Can you pick the missing words from the titles of these movies from 1972?



19 Random Movie Facts That’ll Make You Feel Just A Little Bit Smarter

19 Random Movie Facts That’ll Make You Feel Just A Little Bit Smarter

Random movie facts are the best kind of trivia, and not only that, but they’re also the best thing to interrupt movies to say. Not that you should talk over movies, no way, that’s super rude. I’m just saying, if you do, you might as well be saying random movie facts. It’s relevant!

1.

To create genuinely shocked reactions in Alien, no other actors were told that the Xenomorph would explode from Kane’s chest. Veronica Cartwright even passed out.

2.

Melissa McCarthy’s biggest inspiration for her character in Bridesmaids was none other than Guy Fieiri.

3.

The dog who played Toto in The Wizard of Oz made more than the actors who played the munchkins.

4.

Leonardo DiCaprio had actually cut his hand on set of Django Unchained and director Quentin Tarantino told him to roll with it. He ultimately wiped his blood on Kerry Washington’s face.

5.

Psycho was the first move to show a toilet being flushed.

6.

Filming Titanic cost more than the construction of the actual boat.

7.

Stanley Kubrick destroyed all props after filming 2001: A Space Odyssey to prevent them from being used in lesser films.

8.

Alfred Hitchcock tied live birds to Tippi Hedren to film the famous attic scene in The Birds. He also chucked live birds at her.

9.

All the actors in Saving Private Ryan went through basic training together, except for Matt Damon. Spielberg wanted the other characters’ animosity towards Damon to feel real.

10.

The Tron film in the ’80s was banned from winning an Academy Award for special FX because back then, computer generated animation was considered cheating.

11.

Cartoonists modeled Aladdin’s face after Tom Cruise.

12.

Sylvester Stallone wanted to make the fight scenes in Rocky IV as real as possible, so he told Dolph Lundgren to actually punch him. Stallone even spent a week in the ICU after a blow to the chest.

13.

Ed Helms is missing a tooth in real life. No makeup was needed during the filming of The Hangover.

14.

Bill Murray was almost cast as Han Solo in Star Wars. He was also almost Forrest Gump.

15.

Mike Myers’ mask in Halloween is just a Captain Kirk mask painted white.

16.

Gal Gadot was five months pregnant for parts of filming Wonder Woman. She wore a green screen on her belly so the bump could be removed in post production.

17.

James Cameron took a staple gun to any phones pulled out on set of Avatar.

18.

While filming The Dark Knight, Michael Caine was so freaked out the first time he saw Heath Ledger’s Joker that he forgot his lines.

19.

Chris Farley was originally cast to play Shrek. He had recorded part of the film before his untimely death and was replaced by Mike Myers.


MOVIES QUIZ / COMMON CRITICISMS OF CLASSIC FILMS

MOVIES QUIZ / COMMON CRITICISMS OF CLASSIC FILMS

Can you name which criticism goes with which beloved film?



6 Of The Biggest Mid-Production Movie Recasts

6 Of The Biggest Mid-Production Movie Recasts

Making a movie is hard enough, but throw in a mid-production recast and oh girl, you’re in for a treat. Let’s take a look at some of roles that were like "Yeah, you, we want you" but then were like "Oh wait, nope never mind. We saw what you did there and we changed our minds, baiiiii." I am a Hollywood insider, y’all. I know these things.

 

1. Kevin Spacey in All the Money in the World

Amid allegations of sexual misconduct, Kevin Spacey was removed from Ridley Scott’s film and replaced with Christopher Plummer. Reshoots are underway as the film aims for a December release. That is a gif of Christopher recently walking onto set.

 

2. Eric Stoltz and Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future

When frontrunner for Marty McFly, Michael J. Fox, had an impossible schedule due to Family Ties, Eric Stoltz was cast in the role. After filming for a few weeks, it became clear the film needed Michael in the role. Awkward...

 

3. Samantha Morton and Scarlett Johansson in Her

Ugh! No matter how hard I try, I can’t find a photo of Scarlett Johansson in the movie Her! Frustrating! Anyway, not during but AFTER the film was finished, director Spike Jonze recast the voice of "Samantha" AKA Her and re-recorded all of the dialogue with Scarlett.

 

4. Harvey Keitel and Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now

Harvey Keitel played the lead role of Captain Willard for less than a week before director Francis Ford Coppola (like the wine!) went with his original choice, Martin Sheen.

 

5. Stuart Townsend and Viggo Mortenson in Lord of the Rings

King of Gondor AKA Aragon was originally going to be played by Stuart Townsend, then 26 years old. Peter Jackson said "Nah, I’m not down with that" even after Stuart had been training for the role and went with 40 year old actor Viggo Mortenson.

 

6. Buddy Ebsen and Jack Haley in The Wizard of Oz

Buddy Ebsen was originally set to play the role of the Tin Man but after health complications due to the aluminum-based makeup, he was recast with Jack Haley. In this case, it’s all good though because Buddy went on to star in The Beverly Hillbillies, a popular show from the '60s that I watched in the '90s because I didn’t have cable and it was the only thing on.


FASCINATING FACTS: 14 Unknown Facts About Kung Fu Hustle

FASCINATING FACTS: 14 Unknown Facts About Kung Fu Hustle

Stephen Chow’s Kung Fu Hustle is more than just an action comedy movie. It combines fantasy, heartfelt romance, and martial arts choreographed by renowned director Yuen Woo-ping. It surpassed Chow’s previous film, Shaolin Soccer, and did well both in China and abroad. It was nominated for 16 Hong Kong Film Awards, the Hong Kong equivalent of the Academy Awards or BAFTAs, out of which it won six: Best Picture, Best Action Choreography, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Effects, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Visual Effects. So, here are some interesting facts about Kung Fu Hustle you probably didn’t know about.

1. Yuen Woo-ping, of The MatrixCrouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and Hero fame, choreographed the action sequences for Kung Fu Hustle.

Image Source: Screenshot/Kung Fu Hustle, wikipedia

Well-known Chinese martial arts choreographer and film director Yuen Woo-Ping started his career in 1978 on the films Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow and Drunken Master, launching Jackie Chan as a major star. Since then, he worked with many Chinese actors including Donnie Yen, Jet Li, Michelle Yeoh, and Sammo Hung. His choreography on Fist of Legend attracted the Wachowski brothers who hired him to work on The Matrix. In 2004, he worked on Stephen Chow’s film Kung Fu Hustle.(12)

2. “Pig Sty Alley” was inspired by Chow’s own childhood memory of crowded apartment complexes in a Hong Kong slum neighborhood where he lived.

Image Source: Screenshot/Kung Fu Hustle, wikipedia

In the movie, the “Pig Sty Alley” is an impoverished place where you find all kinds of characters including retired Kung Fu masters who took up humble jobs to get on with life. Designing the alley was Stephen Chow’s first priority as it was the main location in the film. In an interview with the Observer, he stated that he was inspired by his own childhood memories of crowded, Hong Kong, slum neighborhoods.(12)

3. Chow had to spend a lot of time figuring out a way to make the Axe gang’s leader look tougher and different from other gangs. Then it struck him that the actor is a dancer and so he decided to use a dance sequence instead. 

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Danny Chan Kwok-kwan who plays “Brother Sum,” leader of the Axe gang, is a dance choreographer and a lead singer of the rock band Poet. He also practices Jeet Kune Do, a form of martial arts created by Bruce Lee. His dance skills came in handy when Chow was racking his brain on how to make Kwok-kwan look tough. When Chow remembered he danced, he thought, “Why not? Let’s dance.” So, instead of purely making scenes in which Brother Sum is being violent, the scenes of violence are intercut with a dance sequence performed by Kwok-kwan and his gang.(source)

4. Originally, there was a scene in which two assassins fight a shark underwater to show their power. But it was never made because the CGI people said they couldn’t do it. 

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The assassins Chow wished to include in the film were from the sea. The scene in which they fought the sharks was meant to be during the scene in which the two assassins playing magical guqin, a seven-stringed musical instrument which launches invisible blades at the retired martial artists residing in the “Pig Sty Alley.” However, the CGI said, “No, forget about this.” So, Chow created assassins with only the magical guqin instead.(12)

5. Stephen Chow is a self-trained Kung Fu practitioner. He is a great fan of Bruce Lee and learned martial arts by imitating what he saw in the movies.

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Stephen Chow credits Bruce Lee for inspiring him to become a martial arts practitioner and an actor. Though he did attend Kung Fu classes in school for a short time, he couldn’t continue it because of his financial situation. So, instead, he would watch Bruce Lee’s movies and imitate the moves and exercises. Like Bruce Lee, he picked Wing Chun style.(12)

6. During the casting, Yuen Qiu was spotted smoking a cigarette, with a sarcastic expression, watching her friend audition. Though she did not audition for the role, she won the part of the Landlady because of that. 

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Chow started casting after he finished writing the script. As all the characters are “atypical and unusual” like the Landlady and the Beast, it took time for the casting. Chow didn’t know during the casting that Yuen Qiu has been an actress a long time ago and was in a James Bond movie. When she accompanied her friend to the casting, Chow was inspired by how she stood looking “arrogant and snobbish.”(source)

7. Bruce Leung, who played the Beast, was Stephen Chow’s childhood martial arts hero.

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“Bruce Leung” is a stage name Leung Siu-lung used following the death of Bruce Lee. At that time, a subgenre called Bruceploitation saw many Chinese filmmakers in the 1970s using Bruce Lee look-alike actors to make imitation martial arts movies to cash in on Lee’s popularity after his death in 1973. Leung is also referred to as the “Third Dragon,” after Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. Following some failures in the Taiwanese film industry, he retired and became a businessman. Kung Fu Hustle is his first movie after being away from acting for 15 years.(source)

8. While casting Sing’s love interest Fong, Chow stated that he wanted an innocent-looking girl for the role. Eva Huang was chosen from a pool of 8,000 girls.

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Eva Huang, also known as Huang Shengyi, plays a mute girl whom Sing tries to help when they were both children. Huang was a TV actress until then and Kung Fu Hustle was her film debut. When Chow was asked why he cast her, he replied that he enjoyed working with new actors and he “just had a feeling about her.” Huang chose not to have any dialogue so that her character could stand out through her gestures and body language.(source)

9. The scene in which the Landlord and Landlady are seen dancing the cha-cha through the window is a nod to Bruce Lee who won the 1958 Hong Kong National Cha-cha championship.

Image credit: Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia via giphy

The cha-cha dance wasn’t the only reference to Bruce Lee. During the scene in which the Landlady gets into the Axe gang’s leader Brother Sum’s car after defeating his assassins, she mimics the gestures Bruce Lee made in the movie Return of the Dragon when he was also facing a crime boss. She wags her finger at Brother Sum, then closes both her fists and then just the right fist as we hear her knuckles cracking. Then she jerks her head up to which he nods that he understands. Then she thumbs her nose, just like Bruce Lee.(source)

10. The name “Pig Sty Alley” is a play on the name of the Walled City of Kowloon in Chinese. The city was a Chinese enclave in Hong Kong and well-known as a breeding ground of crime, slums, and disorder through most of the 20th century. 

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The Walled City was originally a Chinese military fort and became an enclave when China leased the New Territories to Britain in 1898. During World War II following the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong, the city’s population dramatically rose, becoming 50,000 residents within 2.6 hectares (6.4 acres) by 1990. From the 1950s to 1970s, the Walled City had high rates of prostitution, drug abuse, and gambling and was controlled by local triads. The Hong Kong government announced plans to demolish it in January 1987. Following a laborious eviction process, demolition began in March 1993 and ended in April 1994. It was turned into Kowloon Walled City Park which opened in December 1995.(source)

11. The Buddhist Palm Style that Chow’s character Sing learns as a child and uses during the climax fight is a real Southern Shaolin style of Kung Fu called Fut Gar Kuen.

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In the film, during the last fight with Beast, Sing uses the Buddhist Palm leaving a massive palm-shaped hole in the building. In the real Buddhist Palm fighting style, however, the fighter delivers powerful punches using his palms. A relatively modern Southern Shaolin style of Kung Fu, Fut Gar Kuen, or the “Buddhist Family Fist,” utilizes mostly punches, palm strikes, low kicks, and evasive footwork to beat the opponent.(12)

12. Most of the superpower names in the film were taken from the pulp novels of Louis Cha, a well-known novelist in Hong Kong. He is often compared to Alexandre Dumas and is considered one of the greatest wuxia writers ever. 

Image Source: Screenshot/Kung Fu Hustle, wikipedia

Louis Cha Leung-yung, also known by his pen name, Jin Yong, is a Chinese novelist and the co-founder of Ming Pao, a Hong Kong daily newspaper. He has written around 15 wuxia novels between 1955 and 1972 earning him the reputation as one of the greatest wuxia novelists ever with over 100 million copies sold. During the scene in which the Landlady and Landlord introduce themselves to the Beast as “The Little Dragon Maide” and “Yang Guo.” These names are a comical reference Louis Cha’s famous novel Return of the Condor Heroes. The book was also adapted many times for film and television. Unlike the Landlord and Landlady, the actual characters were a handsome young man and a beautiful young woman.(12)

13. Kung Fu Hustle surpassed Chow’s previous film, Shaolin Soccer, becoming the highest-grossing movie made in Hong Kong in 2005. It was also the highest-grossing foreign language film in North America, even gaining a cult following. 

 

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After opening in Hong Kong on December 23, 2004, Kung Fu Hustle earned HK$ 4,990,000 on its opening day. It stayed on top until early 2005 grossing a total of HK$ 61.27 million. In the US, it initially released as a two-week theatrical run in New York City and Los Angeles. After its success, it was soon released in 2,503 cinemas, the highest number of cinemas ever for a foreign language movie. Though not a blockbuster, Kung Fu Hustle became the highest-grossing foreign language movie in North America in 2005.(source)

14. Bill Murray considers Kung Fu Hustle “a supreme achievement of the modern age in terms of comedy.”

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During an interview with GQ magazine published in July 2010, Bill Murray expressed how impressed he was with the movie Kung Fu Hustle. When asked about Quick Change, an American crime comedy movie he starred in, he replied that, “Unfortunately, the last time I watched it was right after Kung Fu Hustle,which is the supreme achievement of the modern age in terms of comedy. [Quick Change] is not even close. Quick Change after [Kung Fu Hustle] looked like a home movie. It looked like a fucking high school film.” He also added that “There should have been a day of mourning for American comedy the day that movie came out.”(source)


8 Of The Worst Fake Beards In Movies

8 of the Worst Fake Beards In Movies

Movies are expensive. It costs millions just to pay for a low-budget indie’s lighting, sets, cameras, and post-production. Big budget blockbusters can waste hundreds of millions without even thinking about it. And yet, for some reason, many movies still seem to only be allocating about $10 for the fake facial hair budget. Here are eight of the most obviously fake and silly looking fake beards and mustaches in TV and movies.

 

1. Joseph Fuqua as J.E.B. Stuart in Gettysburg

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In what is supposed to be a serious Civil War movie, this dude is wearing a brown Santa Claus beard.

 

2. Tom Berenger as Lt. Gen. James Longstreet in Gettysburg

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If you look up Gettysburg, half the articles are about this beard and how terrible it is. The movie cost 25 million dollars (in 1993 money) to make and all anyone remembers about it is this laughably bad beard.

 

3. Chia Hui Liu as Pai Mei in Kill Bill

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This looks like that cotton stuff you get at the Halloween store and then stretch it out to make it into spider webs.

 

4. Sam Worthington as Jim Fitzgerald in Manhunt

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I was watching this show Manhunt about the hunt for the Unabomber and LOLed when I saw this beard. Sam Worthington is (was?) a movie star. He was in a Terminator movie and Avatar. And now he’s fallen so low to wearing a laughably fake stick-on beard to let the audiences know his character lives in the woods. Also he may be looking right into camera in this screenshot I took. You're not supposed to do that, Sam.

 

5. Paul Rudd as Andy in Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later

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This little glued-on soul patch is destroying my will to live.

 

6. Matt Damon as Texas Ranger LaBoeuf in True Grit

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This looks like something you could buy for 99 cents in the costume section at Party City. How does it manage to be so bushy and wispy at the same time? Is this a terrible mustache, or is Matt Damon just completely unconvincing as a person who could pull off a mustache? Perhaps it’s both.

 

7. Adam Scott as Ted Hendricks in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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Whereas many of the other beards on this list made it here for being too scraggly, this beard is too perfect. It’s so uniform in color, so neat. Apparently the fakeness of it was intentional, as it was intended to look ridiculously perfect, but many movie reviewers just found it distracting and unsettling.

 

8. Michael J. Fox as Scott Howard in Teen Wolf

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This just doesn’t look real to me.

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10 Movies You Had No Idea Were Filmed In The Wrong Locations

10 Movies You Had No Idea Were Filmed In The Wrong Locations

The area or backdrop to a film is typically where they shoot it, right?

Well, not exactly. Plenty of times in cinema, filmmakers must work around a shooting budget or rules demanded by a certain city. This usually requires the shooting locations to be altered. Sometimes, the movie must be shot in a completely different town or city—which the filmmakers hope is not recognized.

Of course, movies allow your mind to escape reality at times, almost taking visualization to the next level. Perception and human imagination is why the movie-magic business has been successful throughout its journey of over 100 years. Part of this magic is placing yourself in a completely different world and getting thoroughly involved in a particular story.

So as much as we’d like to see a film shot in its natural setting, changing locations at times can be part of the illusion and fun. Here are 10 films that you had no idea were filmed in the completely wrong spots.

Warning: If you haven’t seen these movies, there may be some spoilers.

Featured image credit: theparisreview.org

 

10.Platoon (1986)
Allegedly: Vietnam
Actually: The Philippines

Almost every dreadful thought of the Vietnam War is depicted in this 1986 blockbuster starring Charlie Sheen and Tom Berenger. What looks like the bravery of Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen) turns out to be grim remorse. Chris’s journey as a newly ambitious soldier in this Oliver Stone classic gives the viewer a feeling of pure anguish and suspense, something that most war films need as a characteristic.

Only problem?

The entire feature appears to be a crude battle taking place inside the steamy jungle of Vietnam. However, this best picture winner was actually shot in the Philippines.

Under ideal conditions, Oliver Stone is known as a director who is hard to work with. But this movie and its 10-week shoot in the miserable jungle of the Philippines supposedly took Stone’s difficult nature to a new level.[1]

The Philippine jungle is not that different from a gritty Vietnam jungle. So most fans of this cult classic won’t realize that none of the movie truly takes place in Vietnam.

9.Scarface (1983)
Allegedly: Miami
Actually: Los Angeles

No, you are not reading this wrong. Tony Montana and his little friend don’t actually live in the beautiful city of Miami, Florida. Unfortunately, many fail to realize that this 1980s favorite was shot in the “City of Angels” and not in “Little Havana.”

Tony Montana, an immigrant from Cuba, gains extreme power in drug trafficking in 1980s Miami. Although he works his way up the ranks, he eventually realizes that he may not have been ready for what was to come.[2]

Famous scenes in the film—such as Tony’s vicious escape from an internment camp and his “El Paraiso” lunch stand—all take place in various parts of Los Angeles. Sorry, movie buffs, but the Scarface’s compound is in sunny California!

 

8.Selma (2014)
Allegedly: Selma
Actually: Atlanta

In 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. decided that Selma, Alabama, would be his best choice as a marching ground for gaining equal rights for African Americans. However, the depictions of the famous Selma marches in this 2014 blockbuster were actually shot in Atlanta, Georgia.

Director Ava DuVernay certainly does a fantastic job of not sugarcoating the way things were, and it’s easy to see that she brilliantly directed all the stars in this picture. Besides the city of Selma, scenes in Selma were also shot in multiple locations around Georgia.

For example, the Alabama courtroom where Judge Frank Johnson rules in favor of the second Selma march in 1965 was actually filmed at the Rockdale County Courthouse in Conyers, Georgia.[3]

Other scenes were shot at Marietta Square and the Marietta-Cobb Museum of Art in Marietta, Georgia. There were also scenes filmed at Georgia Tech and other locations in and around Atlanta.

Selma won the Oscar for Best Original Song and was also nominated for Best Picture.

7.The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Allegedly: Philadelphia
Actually: Culver City, California

The title says it all, right?

Nope. We certainly hate to admit it, but this Hollywood classic had almost no scenes filmed anywhere near the “City of Brotherly Love.”[4] Instead, the movie was filmed at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios in Culver City, California.

In the movie, Tracy Lord, a newly divorced woman from Philadelphia, must come to grips with whom she truly loves after facing a deeply challenging choice between three men. This popular classic received a 100 percent on the Tomatometer on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8/10 rating on IMDb.

6.Cloverfield (2008)
Allegedly: New York City
Actually: Los Angeles

Money changes lots of details in a film, especially the backdrop to this 2008 thriller directed by Matt Reeves. What appears to be New York City under attack by a mass-murdering monster is mostly shot in Los Angeles.

A group of friends enjoying a going away party must make a break for it once the city comes under attack by the creature. This film was innovative for its handheld camera techniques depicting a human-killing beast thriller rather than a simple ghost/paranormal flick.

Unfortunately, what you didn’t realize is that the army is fighting the creature on Warner Bros. Burbank lot in California.[5] Sorry to spoil the fun, but the entire scene showing the Statue of Liberty’s head being hurled into a crowded New York street was completely filmed on the West Coast.

 

5.Chicago (2002)
Allegedly: Chicago
Actually: Toronto

This movie adaptation of the musical didn’t have even one scene filmed in the “Windy City.” Set during the Jazz Age, the story is about two threatening women who are put to the ultimate test when they’re accused of murder and sentenced to death. Throughout the film, the ladies must defend themselves by fighting for the fame that will save their lives.

What does any of this have to do with the city of Chicago?

Nothing! The movie musical is titled Chicago but was shot entirely on Canadian soil—Toronto, to be exact.[6] On the other hand, the Broadway version of this six-time Oscar winner plays out on US soil in New York City.

4.The Amityville Horror (1979)
Allegedly: Amityville, New York
Actually: Toms River, New Jersey

Known as one of the highest-grossing independent films of all time, The Amityville Horror dives into the lives of the Lutz family—a young married couple who have found the perfect home for their wants, needs, and desires. Or so they thought.

They soon discover that this Long Island dream home has an infamous secret. Even more eerie, this classic is based on a true story that was written as a book prior to the film’s production. However, it’s not the house that interests us currently, it’s the location.

Part of the thrill of The Amityville Horror is that we want our bones to shiver if we ever find ourselves riding through a creepy Long Island town. We want to be terrified of going near the coordinates of this cursed home.

Unfortunately, the film was not shot in New York at all. Rather, the “Garden State” took the spotlight here as the town of Amityville denied the request to shoot the movie in the frightening real-life location. As a result, the production team was forced to scout a new place for filming and eventually sealed the deal with the Ocean County safe haven of Toms River.[7]

3.Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Allegedly: Normandy, France
Actually: Ireland

There are no right words to sum up how we feel about this landmark in cinema, put forth by the great cast and crew who helped create Saving Private Ryan. On June 6, 1944, over 150,000 Allied soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, in the hopes of ridding the world of tyranny and dictatorship during World War II. The viewer almost forgets that he’s watching a film created with equipment and professional acting.

Another aspect you may not realize is that all the actors who portrayed the righteous men in this film didn’t set foot in Normandy at all. In reality, this movie was shot in Ireland for various reasons. The D-day events depicted in the first 20 minutes of the movie were filmed on Ballinesker Beach, Curracloe Strand, in County Wexford, Ireland.

About 2,500 men from the Irish Defense Forces were extras in the movie.[8]

2.Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Allegedly: Dallas
Actually: New Orleans

Set in 1980s Dallas, an audacious swindler uses his hustling tactics to acquire medication for AIDS patients once he is diagnosed with the illness. Dallas Buyers Club is filled with grief and lots of corruption. The only absence in this film is the city of Dallas.

This might come as a surprise to some, especially since Matthew McConaughey is said to enjoy working in Texas-based films. In an interview on the matter, McConaughey stated:

New Orleans has been doubling for Texas for a while. I fight to shoot in Texas, but I don’t know if I have the pull or the leverage or the pocketbook to get productions to shoot there. Obviously, if we could shoot this in Dallas for the same price, we’d shoot it in Dallas.[9]

Unfortunately, this just goes to show how the budget of a film can place controls on various components. Dallas Buyers Club took home three Oscars at the 2014 Academy Awards, including Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.

1.Casablanca (1942)
Allegedly: Morocco
Actually: California And Possibly Arizona

“Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

If these words mean anything to you, then you have been blessed with having viewed the great Casablanca. This film for the ages seems to come as a breath of fresh air to all who appreciate moving pictures. The movie challenges your perception on acting, proper screenwriting, and appropriate blocking.

Set during early World War II, a nightclub owner in Casablanca, Morocco, faces his ultimate test once he is challenged with an obstacle that will determine which side of history he falls on. Without spoiling too much about this three-time Oscar winner, we’ll just cut to the chase.

Casablanca was not filmed anywhere near Morocco or even the continent of Africa. Instead, this well-received classic was shot mainly on the Warner Bros. studio lot in Burbank, California, although the arrival of Major Strasser was filmed at what is now the Van Nuys Airport. There are also unconfirmed rumors that a hotel scene was shot at Hotel Monte Vista in Flagstaff, Arizona.[10]

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THE 25 WORST SEX SCENES IN MOVIE HISTORY

THE 25 WORST SEX SCENES IN MOVIE HISTORY

Our list of the 25 best movie sex scenes was a celebratory look at some of contemporary cinema’s steamiest moments. It was, despite the somber tone of a few films, what you might call a feel-good ranking. There is nothing to feel good about in our latest inventory of sex scenes, all of which are entirely un-sexy. Awkward. Gross. Uncomfortable. Disturbing. Horrific. Any and all of these adjectives can be found in our list of the 25 worst sex scenes in movie history. It goes without saying that things are about to get a little NSFW (and maybe not safe for life).

We each selected our top 25 picks for the worst movie sex scenes from a lengthy shortlist with titles ranging from Avatar to Zack and Miri Make a Porno, and everything in between. After making our initial selections, the list was narrowed down and individually ranked from the absolute worst to the least offensive. There are some pretty interesting surprises (and rather surprising rankings) on this list, which really highlights the diversity of opinions among our staff.

Without further ado, our list of the 25 worst sex scenes in movie history. Enjoy?

25. Ted (2012)
Directed by Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane’s man-child comic fantasy raises a lot of questions about the reproductive anatomy of its central animated teddy bear that the film’s not prepared to answer, but this isn’t the forum to resolve them. (That’s what Twitter is for.) Let us instead squirm in discomfort as the incorrigibly horny stuffed animal pantomimes increasingly graphic sex acts on a supermarket register for the amusement of his comely co-cashier. What starts as good-natured if a bit randy — a little dry-hump here, some simulated fellatio there — slams into the wall of polite taste, along with certain bodily fluids. There’s a symbol for the cinema of Seth MacFarlane buried in here somewhere. – Charles Bramesco


24. My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006)
Directed by Ivan Reitman

In the ageless philosophical treatise Mallrats, Jason Lee theorizes that Superman’s sperm would be too powerful for the womb of an ordinary mortal, and that his only viable sexual partner would be someone like Wonder Woman, with her ostensibly indestructible birth canal. In this limp rom-com (the title’s also the elevator pitch), Luke Wilson plays out this hypothetical scenario with Uma Thurman, who portrays a jilted crimefighter monikered G-Girl. The film wants to blow our minds with the intensity of this super-powered, bed-destroying rut sesh, but the actors can’t back up the game their characters are talking. From the all-lights-on/fully-under-the-covers blandness to the unenthusiastic dialogue, it’s a far cry from Spidey’s rain-soaked kiss with Mary Jane. – CB

 


23. Shoot ’Em Up (2007)
Directed by Michael Davis

I’ll admit I have never seen the cinematic classic Shoot ‘Em Up, but I have watched the sex scene numerous times and I’m fairly convinced it isn’t real. No, it must be an excerpt from an action movie porn parody. There’s simply no way an actual, legitimate film studio would fund this, right? In case you’re unfamiliar: In the middle of a heated bit of love-making, a gang of masked assassins burst into Clive Owen and Monica Bellucci’s motel room. Owen’s gun-toting drifter does what any reasonable person would do: Grabs his weapon and shoots at the bad guys while somehow still pleasuring his partner. Most baffling of all isn’t even the fact that neither of them get hit or that there’s a crying baby in the room amid the entire coitus shoot-out; it’s that, miraculously, Bellucci manages to have multiple orgasms as Owen rolls and tumbles across the room. It’s truly one of the most bananas sex scenes in movie history. – Oliver Whitney

 


22. Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)
Directed by Kevin Smith

I’m an idealist, at least when it comes to pornography. As such, I am resentful of Kevin Smith’s sweet-hearted sex comedy for confronting me with reality. I want to believe that passion is the secret to great smut just as it is the secret to great sex, a romanticized standpoint shared by Smith’s ragtag production crew trying their hand with DIY stag flick. Imagine our shared disappointment, then, when the on-camera consummation of the title couple’s relationship makes them look like cold fish, despite the sparks privately flying between the performers. It’s an uncomfortable truth, the reason no one should position their bed near a mirror, why people are paid to do this sort of thing: All sex feels better than it looks. – CB

 


21. Splice (2009)
Directed by Vincenzo Natali

In the great tradition of Frankensteinian horror, the most terrifying thing in Vincenzo Natali’s sci-fi flick isn’t the creation, but the people who create it: Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley), who play proud laboratory mama and papa to a genetically-modified (and slightly human-ish) creature named Dren. The trouble starts where it does for most parents: Puberty. When their rapidly-growing GMO baby becomes a woman, Clive is unable to resist her primal urges and burgeoning sexual curiosity, a development made all the more unnerving by the fact that he raised her as his own child. It’s enough to make V.C. Andrews cringe, and that’s before you even get to the other scene, in which a possessive Dren rapes her adoptive science-mom. – Britt Hayes


20. Nymphomaniac (2013)
Directed by Lars Von Trier

Lars Von Trier’s sexually-charged two-parter was featured on our list of the best sex scenes thanks to Charlotte Gainsbourg’s surreal three-way, but a film that explores the life of a woman burdened by her sex addiction is bound to have at least a few unpleasant moments (especially one directed by Von Trier). The most unpleasant of all occurs between a younger version of Gainsbourg’s Joe (Stacy Martin) and her husband, Jerome (Shia LaBeouf), who finds himself no longer able to cope with his wife’s relentless — and increasingly dangerous — sexual impulses. When Joe says “Fill all my holes,” it sounds more like a death wish than pillow talk. – BH

 


19. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (2012)
Directed by Bill Condon

It should be a punishable offense to put two people as beautiful as Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in a sex scene as unsexy as this. Watching this is about as hot as watching two raw chicken breasts slap up against each other; and not even Feist can salvage it. You’re telling me that Bella and Edward, the king and queen of YA romance fiction, spend four whole movies together and when they finally get to bone, there’s zero heat and chemistry between the two? And these two dated? Sorry Condon, but you can’t even blame the source material for this one. (Yes, I read the Twilight books.) The honeymoon sex is only alluded to after the fact, and with details (bruises, a damaged headboard, ripped pillows, etc.) suggesting it was super fiery. Gimme R-rated vampire copulation, not this soppy soap opera mess. – OW

 


18. The Return of Swamp Thing (1989)
Directed by Jim Wynorski

No, this isn’t a very special episode of Melrose Place; it is a very questionable sequel to Wes Craven’s Swamp Thing, which was a fairly straightforward adaptation of the DC horror comics. The sequel, as evidenced by this baffling sequence, is more tongue-in-cheek, with everyone’s favorite muck monster romancing everyone’s favorite Heather Locklear. Poor old Swamp Thing (Dick Durock) is a little uncertain about their coupling and warns Locklear’s Abby that he’s not just a dude in a costume; he’s an actual plant. “That’s okay!” she cheerfully replies. “I’m a vegetarian!” Clearly unsure whether Abby is aroused or hungry, Swamp Thing produces some kind of in-no-way-phallic fruit from his undercarriage; eating it seems to induce a shared hallucination where Swamp Thing reverts to human form for some softly-lit boom-boom in the bayou. All in all it is a very bizarre scene and for some reason it makes me want to eat gazpacho every time I watch it. – Matt Singer

 


17. Sausage Party (2016)
Directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon

The last thing I want to see anthropomorphic foods do is f—. Sorry, it’s not clever, it’s not funny, and it makes me never want to eat a hot dog again. Just because a bagel has a hole and a sausage is phallic doesn’t mean one should go inside the other. It’s like laughing at farts — the first couple times are funny, then the joke quickly wears off and turns childish. One silly sex scene could’ve been fine in Sausage Party, but a three-minute orgy where Michael Cera’s deformed sausage moans “I’m blowing my f—ing load”? That’s the type of dumb idea that’s best kept in the basement between bong hits with your buds. – OW 

 


16. 300: Rise of an Empire (2014)
Directed by Noam Murro

Make no mistake, the shot in which a bare-breasted Eva Green brandishes a longsword against the unguarded throat of the man who was inside her only moments earlier is the best in this otherwise execrable film. Even so, the violent tryst between her Persian ruler and a prospective recruit for her military is too ridiculous to be sexy and too into its own soft-kinkery to be truly amusing. Hair-pulling, choking, slapping, power-play, the whole Rough Sex 101 playbook gets a workout in a thoroughly dumb (if athletic, and committed) ancient Grecian boot-knock. Or, rather, sandal-knock. – CB


15. Jack Frost (1997)
Directed by Michael Cooney

At a certain point, you’ve gotta ask yourself who the real villain is: The sentient snowman on a sadistic killing spree, or the writers who brought him into being? This scene is that point, where Frosty’s evil cousin dissolves himself into a bath so that a telegenic coed can scrub up ... inside of him? Like so many of the scenes on this list, the physical logistics don’t quite add up, but it’s hard to focus on anything else when Jack Frost turns solid once again and the connotative rape becomes frightfully literal. It’s the kind of distasteful (and not in the fun horror way) business one hopes you can’t get away with anymore. – CB


14. Gigli (2003)
Directed by Martin Brest

At the risk of being controversial, I would suggest that Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are amongst the most physically attractive people of the last 25 years. And yet you would be hard-pressed to find a less erotic conversation in the history of cinema than this perverse form of verbal seduction between Lopez and Affleck in their notorious disasterpiece Gigli. Lopez and Affleck were a real-life couple at the time; according to urban legend, rampant public curiosity about their relationship inspired the studio to force director Martin Brest to cut nearly 40 minutes from the film and turn a dark crime flick to a putrid romantic comedy. That includes this scene, where Jennifer Lopez’s Ricki praises the beauty of the female form (her character is a lesbian) while insulting the male anatomy (which she claims looks like a sea slug), all while doing yoga. Later, despite her sexual orientation, she agrees to sleep with Affleck’s Larry Gigli, beckoning him onward with the come-hither line: “It’s turkey time…gobble, gobble.” If Bennifer’s home life was anything like this, it’s not shocking they broke up just a few months after the film’s release. At least they’ll always have turkey time. Here’s looking at you, Gigli. – MS

 


13. Bad Teacher (2011)
Directed by Jake Kasdan

Picking up where his close personal friend Andy Samberg left off with “Jizz in My Pants,” Justin Timberlake takes charge in this hideously unsexy dry-hump-a-palooza with Cameron Diaz. Don’t worry about why they’re going to town on one another while fully clothed — it has to do with a scheme to get at Timberlake’s money, but to say any more would risk compelling readers to actually watch the accurately named Bad Teacher — just marvel at the profound uncoolness that Timberlake, the coolest man on Earth, has achieved in this mortifying sexual spectacle. That, students, is what we in the business of show call “range.” – CB

 


12. The Counselor (2013)
Directed by Ridley Scott

There’s been a bit of a debate amongst the ScreenCrush team over the scene where Cameron Diaz orgasms on the windshield of a Ferrari — is it actually bad? Is it so bad that it’s maybe great? I am here to set the record straight, once and for all: The Counselor car sex scene is just plain bad. It’s an absurd moment that arrives out of nowhere in the middle of the Cormac McCarthy-penned film. Javier Bardem’s epic dumbfounded reaction and play-by-play narration is hilarious, but for Diaz the scene is just embarrassing. One could try to make the case that her spread-eagling atop of a car is a statement of female empowerment; the image of a woman getting off without a man via a man’s toy. But randomly inserted into the plot, the scene is just an anecdote shared between two men bonding over their bafflement of the vagina — it’s less about her pleasure and more about a horny dude’s amazement. – OW

 


11. Observe and Report (2009)
Directed by Jody Hill

Next to Nathan Fielder, filmmaker Jody Hill is the king of painfully human cringe comedy, and Observe and Report is his darkest, most demented piece of work to date. Seth Rogen’s Ronnie is a bipolar mall security guard with dreams (delusions, really) of becoming a real cop and dating Brandi, the beautiful woman who works at a makeup counter (Anna Faris). When she finally agrees, Brandi spends the night getting wasted and helping herself to Ronnie’s meds, resulting in what looks — for an uncomfortably long amount of time — like he’s assaulting an unconscious woman ... until she suddenly shouts at him to keep going. It’s a hilariously deranged moment. – BH


10. Last Tango in Paris (1973)
Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci

Pauline Kael called it a “breakthrough” and “the most powerfully erotic movie ever made” in 1972. But the years have not been kind to Last Tango in Paris, particularly after one of its stars, Maria Schneider, revealed that the movie’s controversial “butter scene” — in which her character is raped by Marlon Brando’s Paul, using a stick of butter as lubricant — was not in the original script, and that agreeing to work with its director, Bernardo Bertolucci, was one of her life’s only regrets. (Bertolucci later claimed the scene was in the script, but not the butter, which he said Brando improvised on the day of the shoot.) Even if Schneider had no issues with this scene, it could still make our list, thanks to the grotesque sight of Brando delivering his rambling mid-coitus speech about “good citizens” and freedom “assassinated by egotism.” Last Tango surely was a landmark in cinema. But not all landmarks are entirely positive or beneficial. – MS


9. Howard the Duck (1986)
Directed by Willard Huyck

Let us state at the outset that Marvel Comics’ Howard the Duck has had a longtime human girlfriend, so there is a kind of precedent for what director Willard Huyck put to film in his version of the material. However, it is one thing to see something illustrated in cartoon form on a page, and quite another to see it acted out in surprisingly elaborate detail by a living, breathing woman (a startlingly game Lea Thompson) and a man in a duck costume. Mercifully, things shift to silhouette view before any actual intercourse takes place, but we’re still subjected to the legitimately icky sight of Thompson stroking Howard’s chest, which causes all the feathers on his head to suddenly rise to attention. That image should be printed, laminated, and dispensed to college kids as a foolproof form of inexpensive birth control. – MS

 


8. The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
Directed by the Wachowskis

After all the talk of Zion, the last bastion of human civilization, in The Matrix, we finally get there in The Matrix Reloaded and it’s…a big rave cave? And after all the sexual tension between Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), they finally hook up and it’s ... generic slo-mo grinding (with constant cutaways to the rave cave) for five minutes? The Neo/Trinity sex scene in The Matrix Reloaded is the Matrix sequels in a nutshell: Boring, slow, repetitive, and a huge disappointment. I remember this scene distinctly as the moment I realized, sitting in the theater at the AMC Lincoln Square in Manhattan, that the sequels were never going to live up to the originals. Is it bad that every time this scene comes on I root for the machines to show up and wipe out Zion? Because I do. – MS


7. Antichrist (2009)
Directed by Lars Von Trier

Lars Von Trier is the only director who could make two films with multiple sex scenes that qualify for both our best and worst lists. The devastating opening sequence of Antichrist made our best-of ranking, but it’s the scenes later in the film that earned it a spot on this list. Guilt-ridden over the death of her child, a woman’s (Charlotte Gainsbourg, again) self-loathing becomes a morbid interrogation of her own gender and nature’s inherent evil — culminating in a horrific sequence wherein she mounts her psychoanalyst husband (Willem Dafoe), attacks his genitals, and masturbates him to a bloody climax. Later (yes, there’s more), she engages in a furious session of self-pleasure before mutilating her own genitals with a pair of scissors. It’s a perfect, terrifying encapsulation of the film’s thematic progression. It’s also completely f—ed up. – BH


6. Irreversible (2002)
Directed by Gaspar Noe

There are a few scenes I literally never want to watch again in my life. Three are on this list, including this one, the infamous nine-minute rape scene from Gaspar Noé’s Irreversible. In it, Monica Bellucci’s character is assaulted by a pimp in a subway underpass, then brutally beaten unconscious — all shot in a single take with a stationary camera. One could say Noé succeeds at evoking the utter horror of sexual assault with the controversial scene, and sure, it left me more disturbed and sick to my stomach than most films. That’s often Noé’s aim, especially with sexuality — remember the Enter the Void sex scene where the disembodied protagonist travels inside his sister’s vagina? But Noé’s rape scene is grossly gratuitous and exploits very real violence against women for no reason other than shock value and a technical gimmick. I’ll admit I do admire bits of the Argentinian filmmaker’s brash, insolent style, and the uniqueness of Irreversible’s backwards narrative and camera tricks, but the film sickeningly revels in its depiction of rape and fails to make the case for why such an excessive approach is necessary. – OW


5. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Directed by Darren Aronofsky

Aronofsky’s sweaty odyssey through the perils of addiction is filled with plenty of horrific and unforgettable imagery, including — but not limited to — Jared Leto’s grotesque heroin-induced abscess and Ellen Burstyn’s hallucination of a possessed refrigerator. It’s the most effective D.A.R.E. campaign of all time. But if that didn’t convince you to Just Say No, Aronofsky seals the deal with the film’s most repulsive and devastating moment: Jennifer Connelly’s Marion, desperate for a fix, finds herself in the employ of a pimp who lures her to a party for some of his VIPs by dangling a big ol’ bag of heroin in front of her face. When Marion arrives, she’s paired with another woman to put on a painful, nightmarish “performance.” That traumatic scene is dizzyingly intercut with almost equally disturbing climaxes for the other three leads, but nothing is more upsetting than what happens after the party stops and Clint Mansell’s iconic score begins. – BH


4. Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson

It takes some real skill to make a movie with so much sex, nudity, spanking, and sensual teasing such a turnoff. There isn’t just one bad scene in Fifty Shades of Grey; every instance of eroticism in its two-hour runtime is comically bad and shockingly vanilla, from the Red Room whipping to the bedroom thrusting. The biggest problem is the total lack of chemistry between Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan; whatever the opposite of steamy is, they’re it. But unsexy sex isn’t the only knock against the first E.L. James adaptation (the sex scenes in the sequel are a bit of a step up, for what it’s worth). Worst of all, Fifty Shades presents a wildly unethical and dangerous understanding of BDSM. The film misunderstands dominant-submissive relationships, makes a parody out of communication and boundary-setting (key in kink partnerships), and romanticizes a relationship where consent and safety are threatened by emotional abuse and manipulation. Though it’s more of a reflection of James’ novels than the film itself, the most egregious thing about Fifty Shades of Grey is how it ultimately exploits the kink scene to get audiences hot and bothered, then condemns BDSM as something dirty and depraved. – OW

 


3. Avatar (2009)
Directed by James Cameron

When the ScreenCrush staff first began discussing which films would appear on this list, I was struck by the inclusion of one selection in particular and sent the following email: “There was a sex scene in Avatar?!” The overall forgettability of James Cameron’s world-straddling blockbuster has become a running joke all its own, but the romantic interlude of this Fern Gully remake is especially memory-proof. In part because it lasts all of two minutes, but moreso because these aliens bang by braiding their hairs. This is not the future we were promised. Alien sex was going to be awesome in ways we could scarcely conceptualize; extraterrestrials would get it poppin’ in different dimensions using body parts we’d have to invent, accessing sensations the likes of which our puny human brains can’t even conceive. And so we’re supposed to believe that the most erotic experience known to these nine-foot-tall azure-skinned cat-people is getting their hair did? They wear loincloths, so they’re obviously obscuring some manner of genitalia between their legs — is that immaterial to the Na’vi physiognomy of arousal? If so, then why bother covering it at all? These are the brave questions that a scant few critics had the courage to ask upon the film’s original release in 2009.  – CB

 


2. The Room (2003)
Directed by Tommy Wiseau

Imagine having the unchecked and unearned ego to write and direct a movie when you have absolutely no idea how to write or direct a movie. Imagine casting yourself as the lead in this movie, even though you can’t act. Imagine being so in love with your own physique, and so eager to showcase your lovemaking techniques before the whole world, that you not only insert a lengthy and graphic sex scene, you actually recycle outtakes from that lengthy and graphic sex scene and turn it into a second sex scene in the same movie. And then imagine, after all of that, that in the sex scene you appear to be thrusting your junk into your partner’s belly button instead of her genitals. This is what Tommy Wiseau did in The Room. Either he does not understand the finer points of the female anatomy, or I need to have a long conversation with my wife. (NOTE: The Room is currently only available on YouTube in censored form. So trust us. He totally has sex with this poor woman’s belly button.) – MS


1. Watchmen (2009)
Directed by Zack Snyder

There were a few points of contention on this list, but we all agreed that one cinematic sex scene was the absolute worst of the worst. Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Alan Moore’s beloved graphic novel proved fairly divisive upon release, but even those who enjoy Watchmen (like me) can’t argue with the fact that it features a horrendous moment of lovemaking so tone-deaf you might wonder if this movie was really made by a teenage boy who obnoxiously boasts about his sexual prowess, though in actuality he’s a virgin. After breaking up with her atomic genius boyfriend, Sally, aka Silk Spectre (Malin Akerman) begins a relationship with fellow former superhero Daniel, aka Nite Owl (Patrick Wilson), and the two decide to come out of retirement. A night of old-fashioned crime-fighting gets them all hot and bothered, and ...cue Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” as they sensually remove their rubber costumes. It’s certainly the best version of the song, but it’s far from the sexiest. Cohen has other tracks far more suitable for boning (see: Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz), and his ironic anthem intentionally eschews the kind of nostalgic sentiment that compels Wilson and Akerman to do the deed on his Owl Ship. The combination of Cohen’s dry, dispassionate verses and Snyder’s awkwardly choreographed superhero sex — accompanied by a laughably symbolic deployment of the ship’s thrusters and comically exaggerated O-faces — is jarring, to say the very, very least. – BH


THE 25 BEST SEX SCENES OF THE LAST 25 YEARS

THE 25 BEST SEX SCENES OF THE LAST 25 YEARS

Maybe it’s Valentine’s Day. Maybe it’s the recent release of the kinky romance Fifty Shades Darker. Or maybe, if we’re being totally honest, it’s just something that’s always on our minds. Whatever the reason, the staff at ScreenCrush is obsessed with sex this week. So in the tradition of our lists on the best comedies, superheroes, sci-fi, horror, and romances of the past quarter century, let’s rank the 25 best sex scenes of the last 25 years.

Our panel of experts (film nerds have sex too guys, please don’t laugh at us) created a massive shortlist of potential contenders released from 1993 to just last week, and then voted on their favorites. Another round of voting (and then a fair amount of arguing and name-calling) brought the list down to the 25 choices you are about to read about and watch (and, yes, where possible we found the original clips, so be aware that most of the videos below are NSFW and viewer discretion is strongly advised).

Determining what made something one of the “best” sex scenes was a process. Weighing the relative sexiness of a scene seemed too subjective; what’s erotic to one person may seem totally laughable to another. (Just ask my wife any time I ask her to recite Mary Jane’s speech from the end of Spider-Man 3. Or better yet, please don’t.) Instead, we decided that for our purposes the “best” sex scenes were the ones that were the most memorable for any of a variety of reasons. They could be shockingly graphic or hysterically funny or boundary breaking in some way. Or in some cases, they were just really freaking hot.

It’s very easy to ruin sex by overthinking it. We don’t want to make the same mistake here. So let’s get to our picks. After we show you ours, you show us yours; leave us a comment below and tell us what we missed.

The 25 Best Sex Scenes of the Last 25 Years

25. Out of Sight (1998)
Directed by Steven Soderbergh

Time keeps jumping around in Steven Soderbergh’s Out of Sight; it’s jittery like a crook on the lam. Even the movie’s famous sex scene is jumbled out of order. While George Clooney’s crook and Jennifer Lopez’s federal marshal flirt in a bar, they also undress each other back in their hotel room later. Their bar banter is mostly posed as a series of what-ifs; it’s not until they both agree to make good on their mutual attraction that Soderbergh dispenses with the chronological distortions and focuses entirely on the couple’s bedroom activities. The scene was heavily inspired by a similar sequence in Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now, which intercut a couple’s lovemaking with its aftermath. Soderbergh’s twist was to mix the buildup with the payoff, until the anticipation is almost unbearable, as it most certainly would be for a guy who’d been in jail for a while — Matt Singer


24. Stranger By the Lake (2013)
Directed by Alain Guiraudie

In Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger By the Lake, a slow-burn Hitchcockian thriller set at a gay cruising spot, the sex scenes aren’t just there to titillate; they’re essential to the narrative. When Franck (Pierre Deladonchamps) and Michel (Christophe Paou) first have sex, one of the most explicit scenes between two men in film, they voraciously consume one another for three whole minutes. It’s passionate and sexy, but Franck’s desire is also laced with a thirst for danger. That scene and others make Stranger By the Lake one of the best explorations of the self-destructive and hypnotic power of sex. — Erin Whitney

 

23. Showgirls (1995)
Directed by Paul Verhoeven

If Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls is a fantasy — success fantasy, Las Vegas fantasy, stripper fantasy — then the pool sex scene is its most fantastical element. Elizabeth Berkley’s lovemaking as Nomi is just like her dancing: She drives herself into a frenzy, thrashing about in ecstasy like a panicked fish as she gives dance club director Zack (Kyle MacLachlan) the kind of night not even he, or anyone else, could imagine. All he can do is hold on and wonder if he’s actually getting the soul sucked from his body. It’s wildly unrealistic, sort of hilarious and ... kind of amazing? — Emma Stefansky

 

22. Deadpool (2016)
Directed by Tim Miller

Hollywood blockbusters have dedicated so much screen time developing the perfect universal love story, but as it turns out, all they needed was an R-rated montage and a series of second-rate holidays. What makes Deadpool’s sex montage so great isn’t just the plastic vampire teeth or the Lent gag; it’s the fact that Deadpool is able to escalate its characters’ emotional connection almost entirely through a 1960s pop song and a variety of sexual positions. For the vast majority of couples who develop intimacy through sexual compatibility — not the other way around — Deadpool is the perfect contemporary love story, superhero or not. — Matthew Monagle

(Note: The original version of the scene was not in French. Obviously.)


21. Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005)
Directed by Doug Liman

Even when they didn’t know they were both assassins working for rival companies (uh, spoiler alert), the lives of John (Brad Pitt) and Jane Smith (Angelina Jolie) were all about competition. So when they each think that the other was just using their marriage as a cover, their conflict is less about survival, and more about the challenge of winning. At the conclusion of a shootout in which they practically destroy their suburban McMansion, when the shooting and knife throwing turns into something quite different, you can hardly tell the fighting from the sex, as even in the throes of passion it’s a constant struggle to be the one on top. — ES


20. Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Directed by Mike Figgis

Nicolas Cage took home the Academy Award for Mike Figgis’ 1995 drama about a miserable alcoholic on a mission to drink himself to death in Sin City. He forges an unexpected bond with a street-smart sex worker (Elisabeth Shue), and the destructive romance that follows deals him a different sort of demise. The film’s emotional catharsis lands as the two engage in intense intercourse, after which Cage whispers “Wow” and promptly dies. He meets his end, but in the grips of amour instead of self-loathing, lending the conclusion a sweet counterpoint to the overall tragic tone. — Charles Bramesco

 

19. MacGruber (2010)
Directed by Jorma Taccone

This adaptation of the popular Saturday Night Live sketch starring Will Forte satirizes all kinds of movie clichés. But for our purposes, we’re focusing on the sex scene between MacGruber (Forte) and his new paramour Vicki St. Elmo (Kristen Wiig), which is an ingenious spoof of impossibly gauzy Hollywood eroticism. To the sounds of Mr. Mister’s timeless classic “Broken Wings,” the couple begin to tease in a canopy bed, followed by a sudden, jarring cut to MacGruber’s frenetic thrusting and grunting. Most of the comedy in MacGruber stems from the disconnect between its title character’s delusional self-confidence and his actual incompetence, a contrast never clearer or funnier than right here. (For the full sensual experience, make sure you also watch MacGruber’s other sex scene, which takes place in a graveyard and involves a vigorous bout of lovemaking between the Grubes and his dead wife’s ghost. It is quite erotic.) — MS


18. Blue Valentine (2010)
Directed by Derek Cianfrance

The Motion Picture Association of America initially slapped Derek Cianfrance’s portrait of a crumbling romance with an NC-17 rating, though Harvey Weinstein later appealed and got it lowered to an R. He fought hard to hold onto one scene in which Dean (Ryan Gosling) briefly performs oral sex on Cindy (Michelle Williams) while showering at a hotel, and he won by taking the progressive high ground. The scene wasn’t especially graphic, and so the production team contended that the rating could have only been a result of a sexist double standard that sees a woman’s pleasure as more obscene than a man’s. Everybody’s got the right to a little downtown action. — CB

 


17. Crash (1996)
Directed by David Cronenberg

David Cronenberg’s adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel is more than an examination of sexual deviance, it’s a meditation on what it means to be damaged. The characters in Crash are compelled by wreckage and the desire to see their subjective inner selves fully realized in objective horror. Embellished with Cronenberg’s typical grotesqueries, Crash is filled with visceral moments of eroticism, including a scene in which career sexual deviant James Spader penetrates a scar in the shape of a vagina running down the back of Rosanna Arquette’s thigh. At the center of Crash is the uncanny version of a married couple looking to spice things up: Spader’s James Ballard and his wife, Catherine (Deborah Kara Unger), whose increasingly dangerous fetishization of car crashes brings them closer together — ultimately resulting in a post-wreck moment of harrowing intimacy in which both realize that their desires may never be fully satisfied until they’re both dead. — Britt Hayes


16. Shame (2011)
Directed by Steve McQueen

During my first year in New York City, I decided to celebrate Michael Fassbender Christmas, otherwise known as a double feature of Shame and A Dangerous Method at the local art house theater. Shame isn’t exactly the best movie to put you in the holiday spirit, but its unflinching look at sex addiction  and the way some people use sexual conquest as a barometer for self-worth  locates the film as a modern successor to Leaving Las Vegas, a story of how some people come to equate their addictions with virtues. A fearless performance by an emerging Fassbender, including the attempted seduction scene in a bar  or the remarkable subsequent scene set in a sex club, only accentuates the bitter eroticism the film has to offer. — MM

 


15. Nymphomaniac (2013)
Directed by Lars von Trier

In one of the sordid tales from her sexual past that the reckless Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) relates to an attentive professor, she seeks a test of her own limits. She figures it’d be good fun to invite a dude to a hotel for a workout crossing the language barrier, but he brings his brother along to join the fun. The ensuing threesome grows tense, awkward, and hilarious as they bicker over who takes which hole. The shot of Joe sitting bored on the bed, framed by the arguing men’s bobbing erections, is the closest Lars von Trier will ever come to directing a Judd Apatow movie. — CB

 


14. A History of Violence (2005)
Directed by David Cronenberg

When Tom (Viggo Mortensen) grabs his wife Edie (Maria Bello) and pulls her down the stairs in David Cronenberg’s A History of Violence, the scene appears to be the start of a rape. But Edie engages, slapping and kicking Tom before she kisses him angrily. Their sex is messy and turbulent as their bodies slide down the staircase; the act becomes a vessel for rage and punishment, with Edie striking back at Tom for his betrayal, and Tom punishing himself for his past. That moment could’ve easily been written as a verbal fight scene, but Cronenberg shows how sex can be one of the most powerful ways we express and project emotions onto one another, even when they come from a place of pain. — EW

 


13. Secretary (2002)
Directed by Steven Shainberg

What makes Secretary so special is the same thing that Fifty Shades of Grey dangerously lacks: a distinctly positive approach to sex. Steven Shainberg’s kooky rom-com is a campy yet entirely relatable take on romance through the lens of a dominant/submissive relationship. Maggie Gyllenhaal’s mousy Lee and James Spader’s deviant lawyer (the OG Mr. Grey), both desire control above all else — Grey through sexual domination and Lee through self-harm. What follows is a series of cathartically kinky hijinks (including saddles and paddles and various humiliations) that allow them to reconcile their respective issues. It’s tempting to cite the moment when Grey ejaculates on Lee’s back (and its subtly heartbreaking implications) as “The Scene” in Secretary, but it’s surpassed by the tender intimacy of the film’s poignant climax, as Lee and Grey share a beautiful moment of mutual submission and, finally, make love. — BH

 


12. Mulholland Dr. (2001)
Directed by David Lynch

At the heart of David Lynch’s enigmatic thriller is a love story that is, beneath its tender surface, utterly devastating. After discovering a dead body, Naomi Watts’ Betty and Laura Harring’s Rita (or is it Diane and Camilla?) engage in an act of lovemaking that is truly poignant and dreamily erotic. Lynch’s films are typically bizarre and Mulholland Dr. is no exception — but it’s that genuinely affectionate approach to the relationship between Betty and Rita that lends this particular film an unexpected element of surrealism. That pleasant moment of bliss becomes much more significant (and much less pleasant) once you realize it’s at the center of a heartbreaking daydream conjured up by Betty as a coping mechanism. Despite its true meaning in Lynch’s labyrinthine and cynical ode to Hollywood, it’s difficult not to be enamored with that one scene — a fleeting, joyful reprieve from a harsh reality. — BH

 


11. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Directed by Ang Lee

When I think about the Brokeback Mountain sex scene, what I remember most are the emotions. You could sing the film’s praises all day for its contributions to queer cinema, but what’s most notable is Ang Lee’s use of physical intimacy to capture the anxiety and difficulty of acknowledging one’s true sexuality. After Jack grabs Ennis’ hand, Ennis recoils in fear, then forcefully grabs Jack’s face and hesitates. Their body language is aggressive and hypermasculine, and later softens into something more protective and tender as they embrace their relationship. It’s a beautiful way of showing queer characters battling an inner tug-of-war of sexual identity. — EW


10. The Duke of Burgundy (2014)
Directed by Peter Strickland

The lives of insects, in which the ringing chirp of a mole cricket is as straightforward an invitation for sex as you’re liable to find anywhere in the animal kingdom, are at odds with the complicated, exhausting S&M relationship Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen) and Evelyn (Chiara D’Anna) have cooked up together. While Evelyn finds joy in being degraded by her girlfriend, it’s clear that she’s the one calling the shots, dressing Cynthia up in dominatrix gear like a puppet on strings. The sex scenes, when they finally do happen, are soft, breathy and erotic — but it’s an eroticism tinged with the kind of anxiety present in relationships in which one person’s needs are vastly different from the other’s. — ES


9. The Handmaiden (2016)
Directed by Park Chan-wook

Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook took heat from film critics over the carnal centerpiece of his erotic thriller last year. Did we really need another depiction of lesbian sex from the perspective of a male director’s gaze? Hot take: yes. (Full disclosure: I am a man.) Park grounds the scene in a trembling wonderment for the female form from the perspective of the camera and characters alike. He emphasizes facial expressions of ecstasy, peaking with an indelible money shot from a genitals’-eye-view. Gratuitous? Well, yeah. But brilliant? Damn right. — CB


8. Black Swan (2010)
Directed by Darren Aronofsky

The bedroom scene in Black Swan is equal parts erotic and unsettling. Nina’s obsession with fellow ballerina Lily is nearing its peak, and her subconscious starts to toy with her, playing out a dreamy sexual encounter that never really happens. As the scene pinballs between hot and scary, the heady combination of arousal and anxiety is what keeps you on the edge of your seat. They’re making out, Lily is kissing down her body, and — wait, are Lily’s wing tattoos moving? When Nina opens her eyes as she hears Lily breathe “Sweet girl,” it’s her own face looking back at her. — ES

 


7. Boogie Nights (1997)
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

Picking just one best sex scene from Boogie Nights is like picking just one best Paul Thomas Anderson movie: It's basically an impossible task that’s subject to change based on season, mood or time of day. On this day we’ll go with this brilliant scene, in which William H. Macy’s Little Bill finds his wife (played by real-life porn icon Nina Hartley) having sex with another man in the middle of a driveway while Elvin Bishop’s cheerful “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” mocks him on the soundtrack. As in most of Boogie Nights’ sex scenes, Anderson focuses his camera on the audience; the film is as much about how sex is consumed as it is performed. It also underscores how sex in this film can be casual and frivolous or massively consequential depending on the point-of-view. In the hilarious coda, an oblivious Kurt (Ricky Jay) tries to talk to Bill about an upcoming porn shoot, and Bill is so flustered he says “My f—ing wife has an ass in her cock in the driveway!” Macy accidentally transposed the two body parts, but Anderson loved the way it suggested Bill’s aggravated state, so he left it in the film. In this world, it might be better to fool around than fall in love. — MS

 


6. Antichrist (2009)
Directed by Lars von Trier

If you’re like me, you watched the scene in Sleepy Hollow where the headless horseman jumped back into the tree and thought, “Hey, this scene would be a lot better if it also featured an explicitly sexual Willem Dafoe!” Sometimes it seems like Hollywood doesn’t put much stock in sexual activity as a source of pleasure; many films use their love scenes as a metaphor for grief, anger, or sadness, and Antichrist manages to work in all three in its story of two adults mourning the loss of their child. In keeping with its namesake, Antichrist chooses a darker road — sex as a weapon, sex as post-traumatic stress come to life — leading to a film that does not shy away from the unhealthy elements we sometimes bring to the table with our partners. — MM

 


5. Y Tu Mama También (2001)
Directed by Alfonso CuarónPlenty of films try to recreate our fumbling first forays into sexual activity, but few films are as willing to blend explicit sexual content with awkward adolescence as Alfonso Cuarón’s Y Tu Mamá También. Both an exploration of the uncertainty of youth and a statement on the empowering nature of sex, Y Tu Mamá También blends overt eroticism with repressed sexuality, often  within the same scene. Despite the events of their final encounter, neither Julio (Gael Garcia Bernal) nor Tenoch (Diego Luna) would ever admit the profound impact it had on their lives; then again, not every life requires a thorough self-examination. Y Tu Mamá También suggests that, for some people, the Kinsey scale is something best left behind a locked bathroom door. — MM

 


4. Carol (2015)
Directed by Todd Haynes

Todd Haynes’ drama of forbidden romance is all about what goes unsaid, constrained to glances and meaningful gestures. When innocent Therese (Rooney Mara) and knowing Carol (Cate Blanchett) stop for the night at a hotel, they dispense with words and let their bodies do the talking, expressing with touches what society won’t let them verbalize. But before they give in to a passionate yet delicate intimacy, Carol takes a moment to admire the bare body of her lover and breathlessly utters the phrase, “I never looked like that.” It’s a strikingly unguarded moment for the put-together woman, and it adds a faint tinge of melancholy to the sex that follows. Carol hopes to regain something lost by romantically investing herself in the younger Therese, but the sight of her body confronts Carol with the fact that there are some places to which you can’t return. — CB


3. Titanic (1997)
Directed by James Cameron

There is no greater universal symbol for hot, steamy sex than a hand running down a foggy window. (Proof: I was in a car recently with another person and we did this at the same time to reference Titanic.) Somehow the Titanic sex scene manages to be romantic and sexy without all the signature things you’d expect from a sex scene. We don’t see any explicit nudity, there’s no thrusting, no moaning or heavy breathing. There’s a friggin’ flute playing, and flutes are inherently unsexy. And yet, the sweaty bodies of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in the back seat of a car is enough to do the job. Might I also remind you that after they have sex Jack isn’t all macho and cocky about sleeping with a beautiful woman from first-class? No, he’s trembling. Could you ask for anything sweeter? No, no you could not.  — EW


2. Anomalisa (2015)
Directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson

It must be hell for actors to play a sex scene. It certainly can’t be easy to make something clinical and precise (which limb goes where, what body part covers which naughty bit) look spontaneous and fun. So while it seems absurd on the surface that a sex scene between two puppets might actually be tender and moving, maybe it’s not; puppets can’t feel uncomfortable or embarrassed the way any living being surely would during this shockingly intimate scene from Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s Anomalisa. A depressed customer service guru (voiced by David Thewlis) meets and falls head over heels for a woman named Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh) during a business trip. After some drinks, they head back to his room for an experience that is as clumsy as it is passionate. It’s one of the most human sex scenes in movie history — even if the participants aren’t technically human. — MS


1. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick artfully challenged narcissistic male sexuality when he sent Tom Cruise’s Dr. Bill Harford on a surreal odyssey through his own id. There is little sensuality in Eyes Wide Shut; most of the sex acts are vaguely unnerving, always lingering at Cruise’s fingertips but forever out of reach. The film’s most famous scene occurs after Bill’s wife (Nicole Kidman) confesses that she seriously considered having an affair years earlier, which sends the philandering doctor reeling into a near-laughable existential spiral — one that eventually leads him to infiltrate a secret society’s ritualistic orgy. After producing the password (“Fidelio”), Bill enters a mansion and wanders through a veritable sea of cloaks and masks and writhing nude bodies engaged in various sex acts; it feels more uncanny than erotic. Despite being famously digitally altered to secure an R-rating, it’s still the most iconic scene in Kubrick’s final film, provocative not by its graphic surface qualities, but for its unforgettable, interrogative nature. — BH

 


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20 Confusing Movie Endings (And What Happened Next) Explained

If you’re a movie fan – and we’re guessing you are, given you’ve visited Chaostrophic – you’ve come across your fair share of confusing endings. While some films are downright baffling from start to finish, in a lot of cases, things only start to take an unexpected (and often inexplicable) turn during the closing moments.

Sometimes, we can tease out the meaning behind a finale with bit of extra thought (not to mention a cheeky repeated viewing or two). But just as often, even after considerable mental effort and umpteen re-watchings, viewers can still be left scratching their heads.

This can be further aggravated in instances where films end on an ambiguous, open-ended note. Here, the director deliberately refuses to serve up an easy answer to audiences, leaving us to wonder not only how the story ended, but inviting us to speculate over what happened next.

Fortunately, thanks to the wonders of the Internet age, we have a jaw-dropping wealth of information at our finger tips – whether it’s actual commentary by the filmmakers or well-researched theories by fans and critics.

As such, we’ve mined this online knowledge bank to create this list, which covers 20 Insanely Confusing Movie Endings (And What Happened Next) – try to keep up!

20. ARRIVAL

Arrival, about a linguistic specialist hired translating alien communications, ranks as one of the most critically lauded sci-fi movies in recent memory. That said, director Denis Villeneuve managed to bewilder more than a few viewers with the film’s finale.

As Arrival reaches its conclusion, the linguist has developed precognitive abilities from the aliens. It’s revealed that we thought were flashbacks of her dead daughter Hannah throughout the movie were actually glimpses of the future.

It also turns out that Louise’s physicist colleague Ian is destined to become her lover and Hannah’s father, who will later leave her when he learns that Louise knew in advance that they would lose their child.

So basically, any time you see a flashback, you’re actually watching a flashforward. At the start of Arrival, Louise isn’t separated and hasn’t yet had a baby – all of that happens after the main story takes place!

What happened next? As discussed earlier, Louise and Ian split over her (admittedly unfair) decision to keep him in the dark over Hannah’s inevitable death. On a more positive note, much further down the track – like 3,000 years later – humanity continues to flourish, and apparently saves the alien race from extinction.

19. INCEPTION

Dream-heist caper film Inception is notorious for its open-ended final shot, which fans are debating to this day.

When lead character Cobb and his team of “extractors” infiltrate the mind of Robert Fisher and successfully push him to break up his family business, Cobb is apparently exonerated of the false murder charge against him as payment.

Everything is looking rosy as the movie draws to a close, with Cobb at last reunited with his children – or is he? We’re left to wonder, as our hero’s spinning top – which continues to rotate indefinitely if he’s in a dream – isn’t shown to stop rotating before the credits roll.

So does Cobb really get his happy ending? Or is he simply dreaming it all? Well, despite some impressive arguments in favor of the latter, there’s enough evidence littered throughout Inception to say pretty conclusive that what we’re watching is really happening.

For starters, the top appears to wobble, and we hear what sounds like it toppling over shortly after. If that’s not enough, Cobb’s also not wearing his wedding ring, a visual clue used by Nolan to indicate non-dream sequences.

What happened next? Cobb gives up his life of sleep-based corporate espionage, and raises his two children for real!

18. LOOPER

Rian Johnson’s Looper did well both with critics and at the box office back in 2012, but it’s since come under fire from film buffs who take issue with its plot – including its twist ending.

The overall premise behind the finale – which sees hitman Joe commit suicide so that his future self isn’t able to unwittingly set off a chain of events leading to the rise of a brutal crime boss, The Rainmaker – isn’t hard to follow.

It makes sense in an intuitive, causal way: if Young Joe is dead, he can’t go on to become Old Joe, and if Old Joe doesn’t kill the future Rainmaker’s mom in front of him, he’s unlikely to break bad and become a crime boss.

True, if you examine the narrative of Looper more closely, paradoxes and inconsistencies with the time travel mechanic start to crop up – but that’s unavoidable with any story of this kind.

What happened next? There’s no way to know for sure, but it’s strongly suggested that Joe’s sacrifice ensures that Cid is raised in a loving environment and doesn’t wind up as The Rainmaker.

17. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

The Coen Brothers’s Best Pictur-winning No Country For Old Men is a haunting modern day Western based on a novel by Cormac McCarthy. However, plenty of viewers have complained about the film’s rather cryptic ending, which centers around retired sheriff Tom Bell relating two seemingly random dreams.

But are those dreams really that random? Well, no – they’re actually crucial to understanding the underlying themes of the film.

The first dream – where Bell misplaces some money given to him by his father – symbolizes the lack of importance Bell ascribes to cash. This allows him to survive the events of the film, when greedier characters can’t. At the same time, Bell subconsciously feels like he has let down his deceased father through his inability to bring order to a violent world.

The second dream involves Bell and his much younger father riding in the mountains. When Bell’s dad goes ahead to light a fire for his elderly son, it illustrates that it’s the role of the young to keep the growing darkness at bay – old guys like Bell are out of their depth by comparison.

What happened next? Bell continues on in retirement, never truly at ease with his failure to comprehend or control the evils of the world – including hitman Anton Chigurh, who lives to kill another day.

16. TAXI DRIVER

Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver is a searing snapshot of the rage and disillusionment that characterized post-Vietnam War America – and it could not end on a more ambiguous note.

After troubled cabbie Travis Bickle goes on a shooting spree – ostensibly to rescue child prostitute Iris from her pimp – he is praised by the media (and by Iris’ parents) for his actions. He then appears to reconcile with love interest Betsy, before driving away in his cab, peering into the rear view mirror to the disconcerting sound of a cymbal clash played in reverse.

So what does all this mean? Some fans have taken it all as a fantasy sequence dreamed up by Travis as he lies dying post-gunfight – hence the surprisingly upbeat aftermath of his brutal behaviour.

For his part, Scorsese suggests that the climax does actually happen, and that Bickle’s jumpy movements and the cymbal sound effect hint that the taxi driver could be headed for another blood-soaked breakdown.

What happened next? Bickle’s mental health almost certainly continues to deteriorate and he likely goes on another murder spree, although this time, his choice of targets is unlikely to see him branded a hero…

15. THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS

The bewildering conclusion to The Matrix Revolutions is a powerful warning about the dangers of valuing subtext over narrative clarity.

The film ends with digital messiah Neo’s death at the hands of Smith, which, for reasons best known to the Wachowskis, results in the evil computer virus being destroyed as well. This ushers in a new era of peace between the human and machine societies, and it’s further implied that Neo survived his apparent demise.

How does it all work? There are a number of theories on Revolutions floating around out there about everything from computer science to world religions, but the simplest (and arguably best) solution boils down to simple mathematics.

Since Neo and Smith combined represent the equation at the heart of the Matrix trying to balance itself, removing one allows the elimination of the other. In essence, Neo’s self-sacrifice made it possible for the machines to run a malware scan and delete all traces of Smith from the simulation.

What happened next? The story was actually continued for a time in the now-defunct The Matrix Online MMORPG video game. However, based on the movies alone, it’s fair to say that the tenuous ceasefire endures, and Neo does ultimately resurface, presumably as some higher form of consciousness.

14. AMERICAN PSYCHO

American Psycho is intentionally designed to keep audiences guessing as to whether anything they’ve witnessed is really happening – and this counts doubly for its ending. Viewers are left to ponder whether supposedly murderous investment banker Patrick Bateman is actually a deranged killer, a disturbed fantasist, or something in-between.

As the finale approaches, Bateman is shown engaging in an explosive showdown with police and confesses his crimes via a voice message left for his lawyer. Yet instead of becoming the subject of an extensive manhunt and having his crimes exposed, all traces of the creepy yuppie’s misdeeds seem to vanish, and his admission of guilt is brushed off as a joke!

Did any of it happen? It’s perfectly reasonable to say that it did, and that Bateman has been protected by a vacuous, wealth-obsessed culture that permits monsters like him to operate openly.

On the other hand, it’s equally valid to argue that all of Bateman’s criminal activities were merely hallucinations – the product of an unhealthy (but ultimately impotent) mind.

What happened next? Exempt from the threat of punishment, Bateman continues on his merry way, whether that means murdering people or simply daydreaming about it!

13. PLANET OF THE APES

Tim Burton’s Planet Of The Apes remake is a mostly enjoyable affair – until its controversial closing scenes, that is.

Here, astronaut Leo Davidson travels back in time to present day Earth to find it ruled by apes, due to prior meddling with the time stream by simian baddie General Thade.

It’s an undeniably shocking climax and it’s not that hard to piece together, although it doesn’t quite add-up – how was Thade able to make the journey without a spacecraft of his own?

Presumably, this plot hole was intended to be filled in by the planned sequel, but since a follow-up film was subsequently scrapped, audiences will remain understandably confused over this one!

What happened next? Well, technically, nothing (the sequel was canceled, remember?), but presumably Leo found a way to alter the timeline yet again, reversing the effects of Thade’s tinkering.

12. THE TREE OF LIFE

Terrence Malik has a reputation for making movies that aren’t easily comprehended, and The Tree Of Life – which contrasts a Texan man’s childhood memories with the dawn of the universe – certainly lives up to that. The film’s ending sees protagonist Jack O’Brien on a beach with his parents and dead brother RL. It’s all very dream-like and ethereal, and we’re left to wonder if it’s meant to be taken literally or symbolically.

Is Jack now dead, and is this Heaven? Or are we seeing images from Jack’s imagination, as he attempts to at last find some sense of closure to his relationships with his parents and brother.

Given the poem-like nature of Malik’s filmmaking sensibilities, the smart bet is to opt for a symbolic interpretation – or rather, not to view things in strictly black and white terms. Really, the most important takeaway here is a sense of reconciliation and transition; obsessing over whether things actually happened or not is kind of missing the point.

What happened next? Maybe Jack has died and is now reunited with his parents in the afterlife, or maybe he’s still alive and has found some measure of peace with his departed loved ones – your guess is as good as ours!

11. BIRDMAN (OR THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)

Birdman is filled with numerous ambiguous elements, but its finale – which leaves us to wonder whether or not washed-up actor Riggan Thomson has plummeted to his death – takes the cake.

Throughout the movie, Riggan appears to display at least some telekinetic ability. That said, his increasingly fragmented psyche and penchant for only using these powers when alone calls their existence into question.

When Riggan exits his hospital room via the window, and his daughter Sam seems less-than-distraught over his fate, the obvious interpretation is that the one-time big screen superhero has finally learned to fly.

However, this seems like too optimistic an ending for such a pitch-black comedy, and others have suggested – rather plausibly – that what really happens is that Riggan has died, and his daughter has inherited his tenuous grip on reality.

What happened next? Poor, fallible Riggan becomes street pizza, whilst Sam develops a delusional state of mind, unable to distinguish escapist fantasy from reality.

10. DONNIE DARKO

For a lot of people, Donnie Darko is wildly confusing from start to finish. Following the release of the director’s cut, however, we now have a pretty good handle on what director Richard Kelly’s sci-fi/teen drama fusion was actually about, including its trippy closing moments.

If you strip away the prophetic messenger bunnies and time travel jargon, Donnie Darko is really just the story of time loop accidentally created by unseen futuristic humans, which needs to be closed.

Failure to close said loop will result in the destruction of the entire time/space continuum (no biggie). Aware of these consequences, Donnie allows himself to be killed, in the process eliminating the aberrant timeline and saving the universe – so not bad going, really!

What happened next? After Donnie closes the time loop, he erases the events of the film from history, and the end result of this is a mixed bag. Although Jim Cunningham is not exposed in the prime reality, ghostly memories of what might have been push him to commit suicide. On the downside, while Donnie’s girlfriend Gretchen is no longer dead, it seems likely that her mother is still murdered by her lunatic father.

9. SHUTTER ISLAND

The second Martin Scorsese joint on this list, Shutter Island delivers an artful spin on the otherwise hackneyed “it was all a dream” resolution.

US Marshall Teddy Daniels investigates the disappearance of asylum inmate Rachel Solando, only to be confronted with the reality that he himself is a patient there. It turns out the whole case was a sophisticated roleplaying exercise, created to cure Teddy of his delusions and treat his criminal insanity.

Though it appears that the unconventional treatment has had the desired effect, Daniels soon reverts back to his former mental state – although his final enigmatic comments suggest this may not be the case!

Confronted by the horror of his actions – he murdered his neglected wife after she killed their children – Daniels is strongly implied to be faking his symptoms, so that he can be lobotomized and escape this terrible knowledge.

Some viewers argue that the roleplay reveal was itself a charade and there really was something fishy going on at the facility. However, this seems a stretch given the evidence presented to Daniels, coupled with his behaviour immediately after.

What happened next? Daniels is rendered semi-braindead by his procedure, and lives out his days blissfully unaware of crimes.

8. INTERSTELLAR

Interstellar is not only another Christopher Nolan film, but also an another entry on this list revolving around an astronaut messing around with time travel.

This time, it’s spaceman Cooper who is fiddling with the timeline, after entering a black hole and finding himself in a crazy space library…which is connected to his daughter Murphy’s bedroom in the past!

This is understandably difficult for some viewers to wrap their heads around. Simply put: the “library” is really a user interface devised by humanity’s descendants to enable their ancestors to send messages to the past.

Why a library? Well, in order for Coop to transmit to Murphy the quantum data needed to solve the equation for interstellar travel, he needs to interact with the area surrounding her bookcase – dictating the interface appearance.

Coop’s efforts pay off, and – in an example of a classic time paradox – he and Murphy are able to save humankind, making their inter-temporal communications possible in the first place.

What happened next? Humanity relocates to a colony on a new, uninhabited – but very much habitable – planet, only made possible thanks to said crazy space library.

7. EDGE OF TOMORROW

 

The basic time travel mechanic at the heart of Edge Of Tomorrow is very simple. Whenever soldier William Cage dies in battle against extraterrestrial menace the Mimics, he reawakens at the exact some moment the previous day.

Late in proceedings, Cage – no longer in possession of his Groundhog Day-like power – is mortally wounded taking out the “Omega” Mimic, wiping out the rest of the alien forces in the process.

Killing the Omega also restores Cage’s temporal talents, and he returns from the dead once more – except he comes to much earlier than before, in a world where his victory over the Mimics still stands.

However, this doesn’t totally jibe with the previously established rules of how Cage’s abilities work. If it did, our hero would wake up at the exact same time as before, in a world where the Mimics are still at large.

Still, it allows for an emotionally – if not intellectually – satisfying resolution, and can be explained with the logic that Cage regaining his powers from the Omega drastically boosted the extent of his abilities.

What happened next? With the war over, Cage reunites with love interest Rita, presumably bringing her up to speed on everything that happened – and doing his best to rekindle their romance!

6. BARTON FINK

The Coen Brothers’ Barton Fink – which follows the failed efforts of a young playwright in 1940s New York – sure does wrap-up in a puzzling fashion.

Fink’s life has taken a turn for the worst. His creative aspirations have been trashed by a studio exec, his literary hero has been unmasked as a drunken wreck, and he’s even survived a terrifying brush with death!

Fink next witnesses a real-life recreation of a picture of a beautiful woman sitting on a beach – representing his idyllic view of Hollywood – that adorns the wall of his apartment. It’s a surreal and confusing shot.

Whilst some viewers theorize that the film’s second half is a dream (or rather nightmare) sequence, Joel Coen has gone on the record as saying this isn’t the case. Instead, the increasingly bizarre events that occur are intended to reflect Fink’s deteriorating mental state.

Fink stumbling across the embodiment of his fantasies suggests that he’s finally had his naive illusions about the world irrevocably shattered.

What happened next? A disillusioned Fink remains a laughing stock in the film industry, retained under contract by Capitol Pictures but with none of his scripts produced.

5. CITIZEN KANE

Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane is rightly considered one of the greatest and most influential films ever made, and it contains perhaps one of the most famous confounding endings ever.

What is the meaning of “rosebud” – the dying word of publishing tycoon Charles Foster Kane?

As a reporters interviews important figures from Kane’s life, a portrait of an extremely complex, brilliant and deeply flawed man slowly comes into view – but the true meaning of “rosebud” ultimately eludes him.

Fortunately, audiences have better luck, and in the last scene of the movie, when the mogul’s possessions are being sorted through, we find out that Kane’s childhood sled was called “Rosebud”.

So what does that mean? Well, it’s effectively a two-tiered reveal. Kane lingering on his childhood memories suggests he died filled with at least some regret. At the same time, the non sequitur nature of the utterance also reinforces an earlier remark by Thompson that one word can’t sum up an entire life.

What happened next? Kane’s sled was mistaken for worthless junk and burnt, so it’s likely that the origins of his final word will never be known. But as Thompson points out, the actual importance of “rosebud” is debatable anyway.

4. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey takes a dramatic narrative left turn as its climax approaches, shifting gears from deliberately-paced thriller to ponderous arthouse flick.

This transition kicks off when lead character Doctor Bowman is pulled into an extraterrestrial monolith. The monolith sends him hurtling across the universe by way of a psychedelic neon light show, where he has a quasi-out-of-body experience, growing old in an 18th Century French bedroom, before being reborn as a gigantic “star child” floating in space.

There’s evidently a lot to unpack here, but what it boils down to is an advanced alien race interceding in human development, in order for us to reach a higher stage of evolution. Everything that occurred inside the monolith was needed to facilitate that leap forward, with the bizarre earthly elements included to give Bowman something recogniszable to latch onto.

What happened next? With Bowman having successfully transcended to a greater, energy-based form of existence, the rest of humanity is now poised to follow in his footsteps.

3. ENEMY

Before he left audiences wondering with Arrival, Denis Villeneuve was bamboozling them with psychological thriller Enemy, loosely based on The Double, by novelist José Saramago.

The film tells the story of college professor Adam Bell, who begins stalking an actor named Anthony Claire, who is physically identical to him. Everything gets decidedly loopy the longer Enemy goes on, going completely over the edge during the finale.

Here, a giant spider – featured earlier in the film, slinking around the city skyline – appears to take the place of Anthony’s wife, Helen, shortly after Adam readies himself to steal his now-dead doppelgänger’s life.

To be honest, it’s all a little bonkers, but the best explanation we’ve found is that the plus-sized arachnids represent Adam’s issues with women. Specifically they embody his inability to view females as anything other than either angelic mothers or undervalued sex objects.

What happened next? Hopefully, Adam eventually stops equating the ladies in his life with giant, eight-legged critters!

2. MULHOLLAND DRIVE

It’s entirely possible that Mulholland Drive isn’t meant to make sense. Still, David Lynch insists that it does, so unless the director is trolling us all, we’ll assume that this is the case.

One popular (if not universally accepted) theory states that Mulholland Drive is about struggling actress Diane arranging for her girlfriend to be bumped off.

Almost everything else that happens outside of this is little more than a fantasy concocted by Diane that paints herself and her circumstances in a more flattering light.

By the time the movie draws to a close, however, Diane is no longer able to avoid her guilt over what she has done, and distraught over the death of her lover, she shoots herself.

What happened next? Well, that depends on your interpretation of the film, but if you accept the above as gospel, then Diane lies dead on her bed, echoing a scene from her earlier imaginings.

1. LIFE OF PI

Ang Li’s adaptation of Yann Martel’s acclaimed novel Life Of Pi is a visually stunning, intellectually and emotionally rewarding treat – but the ending sure does throw us a curve ball.

After Pi Patel relates his story – he claims that as a boy, he ended up adrift at sea with several animals, including a Bengal tiger – to a fictionalized Martel, another, more probable version of events emerges.

The four-legged menagerie is swapped out with three humans: a sailor, a cook, and Pi’s own mother. Unlike the more romantic, fantastical story Patel told earlier, everything in this version gets terribly dark, culminating with Pi killing the cook and eating him in order to survive.

When questioned by insurance investigators, Pi offered up both stories to explain how he survived the initial shipwreck, and that they ultimately chose the first version.

When Martel likewise expresses his preference for the tiger story, Patel notes, “and so it goes with God.”

Basically, what the ending of Life Of Pi is saying is that in life, we can never definitively know whether God exists – but that choosing to believe is arguably preferable to the alternative.

What happened next? The fictional Martel leaves committed to the idea of faith in God, and audiences are left to mull over their own beliefs.

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15 Deleted Scenes From DC Movies You Won’t Believe Were Cut

Being a hardcore movie fan often means imagining what might have been. If only they’d used the original script. If only they’d had a bigger budget. If only they hadn’t fired the original director. If only they’d kept those deleted scenes.

Scenes get chopped for reasons ranging from “wrong tone” to “movie’s too long.” A lot of times, nobody misses them. If they’d kept the deleted scene of Young Hal Jordan and Young Carol Ferris at the start of Green Lantern, it wouldn’t matter much; it still  would be an epic fail of a superhero film. Other films, like Wonder Woman, have no deleted scenesworth mentioning (or at least, none that were made public). Other times, deleted scenes really could have added to the movie. These are the sequences that fill in backstory, foreshadow later plot developments, or are just plain awesome.

Fifty years ago, no matter how awesome these trimmed sequences were, nobody could have seen them, or even known about them. What landed on the cutting-room floor stayed on the cutting-room floor. Nowadays, though, deleted scenes are a staple of DVD extras, not to mention a popular presence on YouTube.

What follows are fifteen deleted scenes from movies based on DC Comics. All of them bring something to the table, which is not to say it was a mistake to cut them — when a movie’s too long, it’s too long — but we would have liked to have seen them find their way into their films nonetheless.

15. LEGO BATMAN – NO DOG ESCAPES THE DARK KNIGHT

The LEGO-verse Batman is a delightfully parodic version that takes the 21st century Caped Crusader’s arrogance, obsessiveness and paranoid nature and pushes it all a little bit further over the top. One of the deleted scenes in the LEGO Batman Movie is a textbook example, as the Dark Knight Detective goes all out to stop a dog running around without a leash.

In the deleted scene, the Batcomputer informs Batman that Gotham is almost 100 percent crime free, but the remaining .00003 percent crime rate still bugs him. To get a perfect score, he hunts down Lollipop, the dog so blatantly violating the city’s leash laws. The Bat’s determination to take down Gotham’s last scofflaw leaves a train of destruction in his wake before he captures the mutt. It’s LEGO Batman at his craziest.

14. SUICIDE SQUAD – HARLEY CHOOSES BROS BEFORE PSYCHOS

Given how much the advance PR for Suicide Squadplayed up Jared Leto’s role as the Joker, a lot of viewers expected a major presence for the Clown Prince of Crime. Suffice to say, they were disappointed. A lot of the character’s scenes wound up getting cut, to the point that Leto himself has joked that they could have made an entire Joker movie out of his missing scenes.

One sequence that got the axe took place during the Squad’s final battle against the Enchantress. The Joker, who almost helped Harley escape from the Squad earlier in the movie, returns and offers her another shot. This time, though, she chooses the good bad guys she’s bonded with over the bad bad guy she’s in love with. A pissed-off Joker departs, tossing a smoke grenade behind him to mask his getaway. It’s a good demonstration of Harley’s character arc.

13. BATMAN V SUPERMAN – HELLO, STEPPENWOLF!

The “communion” scene from Batman v Superman hit YouTube right after the movie opened. According to director Zach Snyder, it was the studio’s decision, not some random leak. The scene takes place in the birthing matrix that creates Doomsday, and it shows Lex Luthor apparently communicating with something nonhuman and bizarre, which then vanishes. No explanation of who/what it was is provided.

The entity is Steppenwolf, an agent of the planet Apokalips who’s set to be the big bad of the upcoming Justice League movie. Snyder said Warner Bros. had discussed using some sort of post-credit scene teasing Justice League, but felt that would look like knocking off Marvel. Releasing it online gave them a post-credits scene without actually putting it in the credits, so they could feel a little bit original. The scene’s absence does leave a Lex-sized gap in the theatrical cut’s third act, however.

12. RED 2 – IS THAT A GRENADE BEHIND YOUR BACK OR ARE YOU JUST GLAD TO SEE ME?

Red started out as a miniseries from DC-owned Wildstorm about a retired spy whose superiors target him for death. In 2010, a much more lighthearted take on Red hit the big screen, replacing the lone spy with a trio of retired assassins (Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich) marked for execution. It did well enough that the trio returned for Red 2 in 2013.

As the tough-as-nails Victoria, Helen Mirren has a great deleted scene in the sequel. When she has to enter a high security area, she doesn’t waste any time sneaking in. Instead, she pulls the pin on a grenade, approaches a guard, then pushes him against the wall with the grenade pressed behind his back. He stays still, he lives; he moves, he goes boom. It’s quite cool. Well, if you’re not the guard.

11. SUPERMAN – FEED THE BABIES

It’s safe to say that 1978’s Superman didn’t suffer from losing any of its cut scenes. Christopher Reeve’s debut was a smash hit, and remains one of the most popular screen depictions of the Man of Steel. But that’s not to say that some of the deleted scenes wouldn’t have been fun.

Two deleted scenes focus on Luthor’s “babies” — unidentified, unseen carnivores that terrify Luthor’s henchman Otis (Ned Beatty). In the first scene, Otis lowers what looks like half a cow into a pit filled with the snarling predators, who devour it with gusto. In the second, Otis is ordered to do the same with Luthor’s mistress (Valerie Perrine). Fortunately, Superman appears at the last minute and snatches her to safety.

Neither scene was indispensable, but they do add a couple of minutes of extra fun, along with some extra characterization for the film’s big bad.

10: BATMAN FOREVER – TWO-FACE IS LOOSE!

Even a half-dozen brilliant deleted scenes probably wouldn’t make Batman Forever good. Then again, they couldn’t hurt. After Tim Burton contributed two dark movies to the franchise, the third film in the series swung back toward camp. The deleted opening sequence is a lot darker, which probably why it got axed.

The sequence has Arkham Asylum’s Dr. Burton (a hat tip to Tim Burton) heading down the asylum’s sinister corridors to Two-Face’s cell to check on his patient. Instead, he finds the outside wall shattered, the guard tied up, and Two-Face loose. To make his agenda clear, he leaves a parting message on the wall: “The bat must die.

Without the sequence, Burton doesn’t appear until the film’s end. And Two-Face comes off a lot wackier, unlike the comics, where he’s anything but wacky.

9. MAN OF STEEL – NOT YOUR ORDINARY ORPHAN

The trials of raising a superbaby were a staple of Superman lore in the Silver Age, but that part of Clark’s life has been largely ignored in the movies. It did, however, play a role in a deleted scene from Man of Steel.

Soon after adopting the infant Kal-El, Martha and Jonathan Kent take their new baby boy in for a pediatric checkup. The doctor tests Clark’s hearing by bombarding it with sound, unaware that with Clark’s super-hearing, the sounds are a painful assault on the boy’s senses. Like any hurt child, he reacts by screaming; being a superbaby, his scream shatters the windows.

It’s a cute moment, but writer David Goyer said cute and funny didn’t feel right on the heels of the annihilation of Krypton sequence. So the scene went away.

8. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES – THE ADVENTURES OF YOUNG BANE

When Chuck Dixon created Bane in the comics, he gave the villain a big enough backstory to establish him as a man worthy of defeating the Bat. When Bane appears in The Dark Knight Rises, his history plays a role, but we don’t see it in as much detail. Some of the deleted scenes from the movie would have expanded on Bane’s past. Of course, in the movie, he’s more the front man for Talia al Ghul than anything else, so his own origins may have simply seemed less important.

As described by the film’s costume designer, Lindy Hemming, the flashback scenes would have shown Bane years earlier: taunted, fighting back, chained down, beaten. Hemming said her costume design drew on the idea that Bane’s serious injuries required a costume that supported his battered body, and the backstory scenes would have helped make that clear.

7. A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE – I DREAM OF VIDEODROME

A History of Violence was a 1997 graphic novel from DC’s short-lived Paradox imprint that was adapted into a noir-ish drama in 2005. Viggo Mortensen plays Tom, a small-town diner owner hiding his past as a violent criminal. Too bad for Tom, his old nemesis Fogarty (Ed Harris) shows up to settle scores.

The unused “scene 44” was a dream sequence graphically representing Tom’s fears. Fogarty threatens to kill Tom’s wife and kids. Tom strikes first, shooting Fogarty. When he checks out the corpse, though, the mobster raises a gun and shoots Tom dead. Mortensen suggested to director David Cronenberg that they get weirder and have Fogarty pull the gun from inside his chest. Cronenberg thought that seemed too close to a scene from his earlier film Videodrome, and nixed the idea. Subsequently, the whole scene ended up getting nixed.

6. BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM – DEATH BY TOMBSTONE

A theatrical release in the Batman: The Animated Adventures universe, Mask of the Phantasm showed how Bruce Wayne made the leap from wannabe vigilante to Dark Knight, and how a threat born out of that period returns to Gotham. It’s far and away one of the best Batman movies to date.

Tombstones are a running motif in the film. Bruce, for example, has an emotional breakdown in front of his parents’ tombstone when he contemplates abandoning his crusade because he’s fallen in love (“I never expected to be happy.”). Having one of several deaths in the series take place when a hood has a tombstone dropped on him has a certain appropriateness. According to director Bruce Timm, however, “appropriate” wasn’t as important to Warner Brothers as their sense that the scene was too gruesome to keep, so the scene got axed.

5. SUICIDE SQUAD – HARLEY’S WILD RIDE

Another one of those leftover Joker scenes from Suicide Squad flashes back to when Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) was still psychiatrist Harleen Quinzel. When she discovers the Joker abandoning her to drive off, Harley swipes a motorcycle, catches up, and confronts her dream man. Why won’t he accept her? Hasn’t she proven her loves enough?

The Joker replies that “I am not somebody who is loved.” He’s a master criminal who makes master plans, and Harley isn’t in any of them. After she shoots a trucker demanding they get off the road, the Joker triple-dog dares her to shoot him, but she can’t bring herself to do it. He snatches the gun away, sneering that if she wasn’t so crazy, he’d think she was insane. It was an interesting chunk of backstory for the pair, even if it wasn’t necessarily essential to the plot.

4. SUPERMAN RETURNS – VISIT TO A DEAD PLANET

The set-up of Superman Returns is, logically, enough, that Superman returns after several years away, long enough that even Lois thinks he’s abandoned Earth. Viewers didn’t see anything of what the Man of Steel did while he was gone, but the original opening sequence would have changed that.

Traveling light-years in a crystal spaceship (it’s the same Kryptonian crystal-tech as the Fortress of Solitude), Superman arrives where Krypton used to be. He finds a huge chunk of rock carved with his S symbol and a shitton of kryptonite. Apparently, Superman never thought to prepare lead shielding, so he doubles over in pain, but he manages to give the “find Earth” command to the ship before passing out.

It’s a more memorable sequence than anything in the rest of the film.

3. CONSTANTINE – THE BAD GIRL WHO WASN’T THERE

Cut or not, at least Jared Leto’s Joker was still in the movie. As John Constantine’s half-demon lover Elle, Michelle Monaghan‘s every scene was axed from Constantine. Nothing personal — it’s just that cutting out the title character’s satanic snugglebunny made him look lonelier.

In one deleted scene, Constantine admits to Elle he has terminal lung cancer. She’s less than sympathetic, informing John that after all the defeats he’s handled the forces of Hell, Lucifer will torture his soul until the end of time. Heck, he’s the only soul left that Lucifer considers worth collecting in person

It’s a fun scene that also sets up the climax. Realizing he can’t stop a renegade demon/angel alliance from ending the world, Constantine kills himself. Sure enough, Lucifer arrives to collect. But then John spells out what’s going down, and the Lord of Hell does what John couldn’t — save the world.

2. WATCHMEN – HOLLIS MASON DIES

If they’d kept Hollis Mason’s death scene in Watchmen, it’s unlikely anyone who hates the film (and there are many who do) would have changed their minds. That said, when judged on its own merits, the sequence is quite moving.

When a street gang learns Nite Owl has broken Rorschach out of prison, they assume it’s the original Nite Owl, Hollis Mason, rather than Nite Owl II. Cut to Hollis talking on the phone to the original Silk Spectre and reminiscing about their time with the original Minutemen. The call ends, with the two seniors in a happy, nostalgic mood. Next thing you know,  the thugs burst in to work out the Rohrshach issues. Hollis puts up a good fight, but he’s old and alone, and they’re young and many. Hollis goes down.

1. RETURN OF THE JOKER – TIM DRAKE, BAT-MURDERER

Batman Beyond saw an aged Bruce Wayne take on a new protege who becomes Batman with the help of a special high-tech suit. In the direct-to-DVD Return of the Joker, we learn what happened to Tim Drake, one of the Caped Crusader’s previous trainees — and it wasn’t good.

In the film as released, the Joker has tortured and brainwashed Robin into giving up Batman’s identity and becoming a Joker Jr. The clown orders his new acolyte to kill the battered Batman. When Tim refuses, a disgruntled Joker moves to do it, slips, and electrocutes himself. Tim breaks down completely.

As originally shot, Tim does shoot — but instead of doing his master’s bidding, he regains enough self-control to shoot the Joker instead. It’s a stronger, darker scene with more bite, but the higher-ups thought a child committing murder would not go over well.

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16 Deleted Scenes From X-Men Movies That Should Never Have Been Cut

The original X-Men is credited – alongside Wesley Snipe’s Blade and Tobey Maguire’s original superhero outing as Spider-Man – with kicking off the modern-day obsession with comic book movies. Fox considered X-Men to be something of a gamble back in the day, but it paid off in ways no one could have predicted. It’s hard to believe that the original is a few years shy of its twentieth anniversary, and while it looks relatively small-scale compared to later entries, it remains an important milestone for the genre.

The series has veered off in wild, equally unpredictable ways since then; there’s a prequel trilogy, a Wolverine solo trilogy, a prequel/sequel in Days Of Future Past, and an R-rated spin-off with Deadpool that somehow managed to outgross all the other films that came before it. That’s not even mentioning the wealth of incoming franchise entries, such as Dark Phoenix and New Mutants, and at this stage, the messy X-Men timeline requires a degree in quantum mechanics to figure out.

With the sheer number of storylines and characters, it’s hardly surprising that the ten movies (to date) have a generous supply of deleted/alternate scenes. These scenes reveal abandoned subplots, shocking opening scenes, and unused cliffhangers. There are even a few unused jokes to mix things up.

Let’s take a look at 16 Deleted Scenes From The X-Men Movies That Should Never Have Been Cut, and explain why these moments would have benefitted the story if they had stayed.

16. MAGNETO IN A DRESS – X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

Magneto in a dress in X Men First Class 16 Deleted Scenes From X Men Movies That Should Never Have Been Cut

Professor X is the compassionate mutant who seeks to bridge the divide between humanity and mutant kind, so he formed the X-Men as a way to uphold the peace. In addition to being an all-around genius, his telepathic abilities include mind reading and astral projection, and for the most part, he uses these powers for good.

However, he’s still a young man when viewers meet him in First Class, and he’s not afraid to have a little fun with his abilities too. When Charles and Magnetoare recruiting mutants for their cause, they approach Zoe Kravitz’s Angel Salvadore in a club to convince her to come onboard.

In a deleted moment, Charles gives her a brief demonstration of his powers by making it appear that Erik is wearing an unflattering dress and wig. It’s a silly gag, but it was fun snippet that showed the lighter side of young Professor X.

15. “THE RAID” GUNFIGHT – DEADPOOL

Deadpool became a surprise smash back in 2016, and despite being a violent, vulgar spin-off, it still became the highest grossing X-Men movie to date. Deadpool’s modest budget meant it had to rely more on character than action, which is why it feels a little light on epic set pieces at times.

The original script featured a couple more action scenes, including a motorcycle chase between Wade and Ajax, and a massive gun battle in the finale. Deadpool was supposed to put his bag of guns to good use, using them to blast his way floor by floor up a building to reach Ajax.

The sequence was described as a homage to 2013’s The Raid, but in the end, the production didn’t have the time or money to shoot it. The film got around this by simply making a joke of it; Wade just forgot his weapon bag again.

14. STORM MAKES WAVES – X-MEN: THE LAST STAND

After being more of a supporting character in the first two movies, Halle Berry’s Storm got an increased role in The Last Stand, becoming a co-lead to Wolverine. She puts her powers to good use a couple of times throughout the story, though a brief – but cool – bit of action was snipped from the final battle.

During the final fight on Alcatraz, there was a sequence where Storm was to create a cloud above the island, and then crash a wave on top of some Brotherhood members. To put a bow on her attack, she then strikes the water with lightning to electrify her attackers.

The scene was removed because it made Storm look too powerful compared to her teammates, and made what should have been a tense battle seem slightly too easy. Then again, isn’t Storm supposed to be super powerful?

13. SABRETOOTH’S ACTION FIGURE – LOGAN

X-Men Origins: Wolverine is commonly regarded as the weakest movie in the series, with a messy story, poor CGI, and blatant attempts to set up spin-offs with characters like Gambit and Deadpool.

However, the strongest element of Origins was the relationship between Logan and his brother Victor, AKA Sabretooth. Liev Schreiber brought a menacing edge to the character, along with a dark sense of humor. The movie ended with the two brothers parting ways, but while there was talk of Schreiber making a cameo in Hugh Jackman’s farewell film, Logan, it sadly never came to pass.

Sabretooth did actually make an appearance – of sorts – in a deleted scene from the movie, where a mutant kid plays with his action figure and asks Logan if he was real. It was a nice character moment for Wolverine, so it’s a shame it didn’t make the cut.

12. ROGUE DOESN’T TAKE THE CURE – X-MEN: THE LAST STAND

The relationship between Rogue and Wolverine was the heart of the original X-Men movie, but as the series continued and more characters joined the lineup, Rogue got left on the sidelines – to the point where she was essentially cut from Days Of Future Past (more on that later). Rogue has the power to absorb powers and memories through her skin – which also means she can’t get too close to her boyfriend without hurting him.

The Last Stand proved plenty controversial upon release, from killing off beloved characters like Professor X and Cyclops to reducing the Dark Phoenix saga to a subplot. Fans were also shocked that Rogue decided to take the mutant cure at the end so she could become a regular human.

However, an alternate ending was filmed where Rogue reveals that she couldn’t go through with it; which feels like the bolder choice for the film and the character.

11. YUKIO’S SNOW BLOWER ATTACK – THE WOLVERINE

While director James Mangold knew he had to deliver a PG-13 cut of The Wolverine for cinemas, he shot R-rated material for the Blu-ray release. In addition to Logan being a lot more foul-mouthed, this version also made the violence bite harder.

This included a major deleted segment from the third act, where Logan has to brave a village filled with ninjas to rescue Mariko. This segment featured his bodyguard Yukio starting up a snow blower and using it to plough through ninjas, decorating the village with their guts.

It’s a gleefully bloody, over the top sequence, but it was way too much for the theatrical version, so out it went. Thankfully, Mangold knew he was getting the green light to deliver an R-rated Logan, so he didn’t have to hold back for Jackman’s final outing.

10. YOUNG STORM CAMEO – X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE

X-Men: Origins was pitched as a grittier, more character focused spin-off for the series, but as it progressed, the studio kept straying from that plan. They added numerous mutants with spin-off potential and pointless cameos like Patrick Stewart as Professor X – all of which distracted from the main story. The overblown (and underwhelming) action scenes didn’t help either.

One cameo that didn’t make the cut was an appearance by Storm as a young girl, during the scene where Team X raids an African village. A brief glimpse of young Ororo Munroe is seen in the Origins trailer, but was removed for unknown reasons.

It’s a pity this scene didn’t make it, as it would have felt a little more organic than the timeline straining Cyclops appearance later in the story. It’s possible that the scene – where Team X murders several villagers – was considered too dark and needed to be toned down.

9. THE MALL SCENE – X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

X-Men: Apocalypse was another entry that suffered from too many characters and subplots, and the story became unwieldy as a result. Unfortunately, one of the casualties of the editing process led to a fun sequence being removed around the midway point, where Scott, Jean, and Jubilee take Nightcrawler to the Mall.

In addition to allowing audiences to wallow in eighties nostalgia, it gave the teenagers a chance to bond and get to know each other before things go south. They visit the arcade – where Jubilee is able to gift her fellow mutants with free games – go shoe shopping, and Nightcrawler even does some break dancing.

Maybe Bryan Singer felt it was too silly, but the sequence was a nice moment of character building between the young X-Men, and the movie would have benefitted from its inclusion.

8. THE COSTUME GIFT – THE WOLVERINE

A major complaint among X-Men purists is that Hugh Jackman never donned Wolverine’s famous costume from the comics during his lengthy run on the beloved character. Way back when, Bryan Singer decided the comic costumes would look a little silly in live action, and opted inside for the team wearing figure-hugging leather outfits.

Cyclops even makes an in-joke about “yellow spandex” when Wolverine complains of the costumes in the original film. The closest the character ever came to his iconic comic outfit was the alternate ending for The Wolverine, where he’s presented with a goodbye gift from love interest Mariko.

He opens it up to the see the original costume and gives his bodyguard Yukio a knowing look. Director James Mangold removed this ending, feeling it was too distracting and on the nose, but it would have made for a nice Easter egg for longtime fans.

7. JEAN CONTROLS THE X-JET – X2: X-MEN UNITED

Bryan Singer planned for the third X-Men movie to tackle the famous Dark Phoenix saga from the comic, where Jean Grey is overtaken by her cosmic alter ego and becomes a threat to human and mutants alike.

There are hints of Jean’s eventual transformation throughout X2, and in the climax Jean “sacrifices” herself by holding off a crashing wave while using her powers to lift the X-Jet out of harm’s way. A deleted scene from the first act would have set this up, where Jean uses her powers to try and power the jet on her own.

Storm snaps her out of this, but it nicely foreshadowed the ending while hinting at the power Jean holds inside. Unfortunately, Singer left for Superman Returns, and The Last Standfamously botched the Phoenix storyline.

6. THE MORGUE – DEADPOOL

While Deadpool is filled with tasteless gags and gory violence, it’s ultimately a love story at its core; it even had a jokey poster that sold it as one. Wade undergoes the mutant treatment in hopes of curing his cancer so that he can be with his love Vanessa, but when he’s horribly scarred in the process, he can’t face meeting her.

This leads to a couple of scenes where he tries to work up the nerve to talk to her, but always chickens out. One of these morose scenes was supposed to end with Wade suddenly getting hit by a truck, and it then cuts to Wade waking up in a body bag in the morgue.

It’s a silly joke that was intended to undermine the seriousness of this section, but director Tim Miller felt the film worked better without it.

5. PROFESSOR X’S IMAGINARY ESCAPE – X2: X-MEN UNITED

Probably the biggest deleted passage from X2 came from the part where hyper-powerful psychic Jason Stryker is trying to trick Xavier into using Cerebro. He creates a delusion where Charles imagines he escapes from the Alkali Lake facility, tricking a guard into letting him and Cyclops go.

Cyclops takes them back to the X-Mansion, which is eerily deserted. Cyclops soon disappears into thin air, and Charles encounters a lost little girl – who is really Stryker in disguise.

While this fake escape wasn’t strictly necessary plot-wise, it was kind of creepy in its own way, and showed how elaborate Jason’s fantasy had to be for Charles to buy into it. It also gave Cyclops something to do during this passage, since he essentially disappears from the story during the second act.

4. WOLVERINE RETURNS TO HIS OLD WATERING HOLE – X-MEN: THE LAST STAND

Wolverine doesn’t end The Last Stand in a good place emotionally; he’s forced to kill his true love Jean Grey, his mentor Professor X is dead, and he’s left the X-Mansion behind. In the original cut of the movie, he was supposed to literally end up back where he started.

An alternate ending featured Logan revisiting the Canadian bar where audiences first met him in the original movie. The owner greets him with a shotgun, stating that he remembers his last visit. Instead of letting things take another ugly turn, he decides to just serve him instead.

The bar owner asks if he’s heading home, to which Logan replies, “Something like that.” This ending was a nice, intimate scene to round off Wolverine’s story for the trilogy, in addition to showing that he’ll always be an outsider of sorts.

3. WOLVERINE/STORM – X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

Halle Berry didn’t get a lot to do in Days Of Future Past, with Storm essentially being a featured extra during the future part of the plot. It turns out that a major reveal about her relationship with Logan was featured in a deleted scene, which got snipped in the editing room.

In this sequence, the whole process of time travel is laid out for Wolverine; this includes the reveal that he’ll be the only person to remember the bleak, Sentinel destroyed future if he succeeds. The scenes ends with Logan and Storm having an intimate chat alone, ending with them sharing a passionate kiss.

This quiet scene reveals that a lot of unspoken history has transpired between them since The Last Stand, and it gave the Storm/Logan relationship some closure as well.

2. THE ROGUE SUBPLOT – X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

Despite the character being featured in trailers and on posters, Bryan Singer made the surprise announcement before release that Rogue was being cut from DOFP. The theatrical cut already had a hefty runtime, so something had to go, and Rogue’s arc drew the short straw.

Rogue was supposed to take over the mind transference process from Kitty after Wolverine accidentally stabs her, with Iceman and Magneto traveling to the X-Mansion to free her. During their escape, Iceman sacrifices himself so that the others can flee, and Rogue is taken to the temple to absorb Kitty’s powers.

It’s a shame she was snipped, since Days Of Future Past was supposed to act as a goodbye for the original cast – including Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, and Anna Paquin – and while Rogue still has a brief cameo, the story would have been stronger with this subplot included.

1. THE WESTCHESTER INCIDENT – LOGAN

While fans knew Logan would be telling a darker story than previous X-Men movies – the R rating was a big clue – they probably weren’t expecting just how dark it would be. The X-Men are no more, mutants are all but extinct, and Professor X is senile and losing control of his powers.

The movie was originally set to open with a shocking scene where Charles completely loses control of his abilities in the X-Mansion, leading to seven of the X-Men being killed. This event happens off-screen in the final version, with Logan keeping this from Charles, as he knows the impact that the truth it would have on him.

James Mangold decided not to film this sequence at all, as he felt it would overwhelm the story, and that viewers would focus more on this shocking opener than the rest of the story. Still, a director’s cut inclusion certainly would’ve been an interesting sight to behold.

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15 Movie Threequels That Ruined The Whole Trilogy

15 Movie Threequels That Ruined The Whole Trilogy

We love trilogies. At this point in film history, there are more trilogies out there than we can count without help from IMDb. Sometimes, a trilogy is planned as three movies from the beginning. Or if it’s from Marvel, a trilogy of trilogies may be announced. Occasionally, a stand-alone film does so well that the studios decide to reshape it into a three-part series, with varied results. Sometimes a franchise goes on further than that…leaving us to wonder just how fast and furious a franchise can actually become.

In this list, we’ll talk about third installments that limped their way through development, flopped at the box office, or failed to keep the fans engaged. Some of these third installments are fine enough on their own, and are merely the most disliked in a beloved franchise. For others, part three may have simply been the point at which the studios decided not to continue. And for several entries, we’ll talk about part threes that made fans weep, even as studios elected to push ahead with further outings in the series.

Of course, there are also a few third installments that were suggested, but didn’t quite make our list. Omen III: The Final Conflict and Psycho 3 are both films that have passionate supporters and detractors—so we left them out. Without further ado, here are 15 Movie Threequels That Ruined The Whole Trilogy.

15. ALIEN 3

For better or worse, they’re still making movies about these Giger-designed xenomorphs. They’ll never top the first two, not ever. Alien wowed the world as gothic horror that turned the claustrophobic trapped-in-a-house scenario on its head (even though it was a ship). Aliens took that concept and ramped it up into a spectacular action-horror film, one that made us love Bill Paxton even more than we already did. So how could the third installment not be great?

For starters, there were years of development hell, script changes, and even complaints about Sigourney Weaver’s salary, even though she made way less than many male action stars in the industry. Despite high levels of suspense, superb direction from David Fincher, and a sex scene with Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister from Game of Thrones)many fans never connected with this film. Love or hate Alien 3, we can probably all agree that the franchise went way downhill from there.

14. THE HOBBIT: BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES

What do we love about JRR Tolkien? Well, there’s the vivid descriptions, detailed back stories, and all those wonderful characters for starters. When fans heard that there were finally going to be movie versions of his beloved tales, some fans were wildly excited, while others nervously clutched their rotoscoped Bakshi videotapes even tighter.

Fans ultimately loved what Peter Jackson did with the original Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Despite a few quibbles, we trusted him to make The Hobbit into a movie. We were a little less sure about three movies—was there really enough story there? Turns out…no, not really. The third installment in a series that should have been a single film was little more than a long, protracted battle that reminded us all that they should have just asked the Great Eagles to fly them the rest of the way.

13. HALLOWEEN 3: SEASON OF THE WITCH

Let’s be clear about one thing from the beginning: this movie is awesome. Conal Cochran is a great villain, and everybody knows the jaunty song from the Silver Shamrock commercial. Heck, we don’t even care how weird it was that someone used a shamrock as a logo for Halloween costumes. Those wacky Irishmen!

What hurt Halloween III: Season of the Witch is that after two movies with babysitter-stabbing-enthusiast Michael Myers, fans had specific expectations going forward. In the late ’70s, John Carpenter wanted to release a new low-budget horror movie every fall as part of an anthology series, each one with a fresh new story (sort of a film version of American Horror Story). But Michael Myers had too many fans, and the studio wanted another film with him. (Carpenter’s planned second film in the series was eventually released as TheFog, by the way.)

The internet wasn’t around for regular people then, however, so nobody got the memo—and the box office suffered.

12. THE WORLD’S END

After the spectacular fan reactions to Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, it might not have even been possible for this last installment of The Cornetto Trilogy to garner the same kind of fan reaction.  That said, we suspect that this will be the entry that infuriates the most people.

If you’re a fan of moral lessons and character growth, this tale of an ill-fated pub crawl halted by an alien outbreak won’t work for you at all. Unlike Shaun and Nicholas in the earlier films, leading man Gary King (Simon Pegg) doesn’t learn a dang thing. In Shaun, he learns to man up and be responsible. Hot Fuzz is the opposite—he learns to chill out sometimes. Seeing Gary learn absolutely nothing may have been the only thing that made sense dramatically, but not everyone dug it.

11. BLADE: TRINITY

Horror fans were pretty geeked about Blade when it came out. Solid action horror movies were few and far between in the late ’90s, and this was a great one with a superhero-y twist. The first sequel wasn’t bad. But this? Fans began to wonder if maybe writer/director David S. Goyer had hit his head or something—because if the script was any indication—he was fresh out of good ideas. Even a spectacular cast couldn’t save this crapfest.

A bevy of jokes about Wesley Snipes’s money troubles speculated that he had a monetary incentive for appearing in Blade: Trinity. (We aren’t sure what Triple H’s excuse was.) Ultimately, this third installment was met with two main fan reactions: 1. They should have stopped after the first movie. 2. Please, for the love of all that is holy, no more.

10. SAW III

Yes, we know that the SAW franchise picked up steam after this threequel happened. Or, at least the studios thought more SAW movies were a good idea. We’re guessing that studio execs are not really watching these films in their entirety. They’re quite extreme. After this gruesome homage to violent comeuppances, fans were pretty much over the torture porn genre. If it was to continue, we’d need fresher scripts, stronger stories, and real, believable reasons as to why these things kept happening.

SAW III was not particularly interesting, and lacked the giant, twisty surprises of the previous films. Did they think we wouldn’t notice? We did. To their credit, Leigh Whannell et al amped up its game for the fourth movie script. The franchise recovered, which is nice. Because after the third one, far too many horror fans were ready to stick a fork in it. Or a power drill.

9. AMERICAN WEDDING

If you think about it, it’s amazing that they could even make this many movies from a single gag about fruit-filled pastry fornication. Even the Zinger Zapper would be impressed. Every generation has one of these teen sex-romp comedies that defines it. Yours may have been the American Graffiti series, or Dazed and Confused, or something like Animal House or Fast Times at Ridgemont High. If your teen sex-romp of choice is the American Pie series, however, you already know that the third installment was already the threequel nobody wanted—for basically the same reason nobody wanted to see Arthur Fonzarelli married with a kid.

If you’re trying to romanticize an era, it’s not as funny once people start having mothers-in-law and stressful day jobs.

8. IRON MAN 3

This is another instance where the fan hate comes from a very specific problem with a film, rather than the entirety of the film itself. We love Iron Man. We love Tony Stark, and we love Robert Downey Jr. All of those things are great. We love Happy, and Pepper, and Coulson, and all our other MCU peeps. Marvel’s Cinematic Universe was well underway by the time Iron Man 3 was released, but Buckethead’s solo future (if there was one to begin with) may have gone down the tubes with this flick.

After the second installment in the Iron Man series was met with complaints about all of Iron Man’s opponents being the same, fans were stoked to learn that they were bringing in the Mandarin. Ben Kingsley was a great casting choice, and the Mandarin is a fantastic character. And then…he was handled like a friggin’ joke, akin to turning The Joker into a pathetic birthday party clown, or reducing The Punisher to a drunk who gets in bar fights. No. Bad MCU! Bad!

7. DARKMAN 3: DIE DARKMAN DIE

Fans loved Darkman almost as much as they hated Durant. The first movie was dark and wonderfully effective, thanks in no small part to an esteemed cast and crew. Recasting Peyton Westlake for a sequel was already a bad idea. But killing off Durant? Fans can only be asked to endure so much. By Darkman III: Die, Darkman Die, they had had enough. Even the title was awful—and far too long. Normally, Jeff Fahey improves every movie or show he touches. But even he couldn’t save this steaming pile of aggressively mediocre garbage.

In fact, when it came time for us to find a photo to use with this entry, we couldn’t bear to subject you to Darkman III. Instead, enjoy this photo of the real Darkman during happier times…of course, “happy” is relative when you’re talking about Darkman.

6. SUPERMAN III

Few things can ruin any art quicker than taking something (or someone) hardcore and watering them down for a family-friendly crowd. If you don’t know what we’re talking about, ask LL Cool Jay to explain it to you from atop his pile of TV money. Trying to turn Richard Pryor into a family-friendly victim of happenstance didn’t really work…at all. Pryor was an exceptional, world-changing comedian. But when it came time to delve deep into a disturbed character’s psyche, he couldn’t pull it off. Shame, that. Annette O’Toole plays Clark’s old crush Lana Lang, by the way, which makes it extra icky when she later plays Clark’s mom in Smallville. 

We will say that Evil Superman was pretty cool, and that Reeve will always remain our favorite Man of Steel. But after Superman III, it seemed prudent to end the franchise and let the threequel sink into obscurity. The less said about Quest for Peace, the better.

5. JAWS 3D

It’s rare that a movie can cause so much hatred for a monster that its real-life counterparts are then hunted to near extinction. But that was the impact of Jaws. Well, that and inventing the “summer blockbuster.” Jaws was a masterpiece, and even Jaws 2 managed to show us new things about Chief Brody, his family, and the town of Amity. It also must make us ponder how delicious people must be if these huge sharks prefer us to every other thing in the ocean.

This threequel was set at the kind of theme park we all thought was cool before we saw Blackfish. A cast that included Bess Armstrong, Lou Gosset Jr., and a then-unknown Lea Thompson was hardly cause for celebration. But the gimmicky 3D imaging, horrible plot, and the awful Steve-Irwin wannabe character made us cringe the whole way through.

4. X-MEN APOCALYPSE

The third one is always the worst,” says Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) in X-Men Apocalypse. Well, if you know that, why didn’t you do anything about it?! If you’ve been reading X-Men comics for years, you’ve no doubt got a ton of gripes about how the second trilogy of X-Men movies, First Class and Days of Future Past took some liberties, and made some controversial casting choices. But if you’re mainly about the movies, you were probably okay with them.

This threequel though? Startlingly few folks liked it. Not the hardcore comic readers, not the casual fans, not even people who hadn’t seen the first two. Bad villains, dumb plot, character development all over the place. We say watching this movie might be better than staring at a blank wall. But if you have the means, skip it and rewatch Logan instead.

3. THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS

We already know that The Matrix doomed action movie fans to decades of slow-motion gunfire and action heroes who can all suddenly limbo under the path of a bullet. Back then, people still repeated lines from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure whenever Keanu’s name came up. Some fans even thought that the real star of the series was actually Hugo Weaving. Fair point.

Initially, folks were pretty stoked to hear that their beloved Matrix was becoming a trilogy. The second film was action-packed and understatedly amazing. Plus, it set up more insane and thrilling questions to be answered in the next film. Well, if you’ve ever heard the expression “don’t let your hand write checks your butt can’t cash,” you’ll know that’s exactly what they did. By the time the series finally ended, the only question that remained was how the Architect, and resolution, managed to be so disappointing.

2. X-MEN 3: THE LAST STAND

Imagine, if you will, a beloved movie series. The film’s director is, at the time, widely respected by fans and industry people. But there’s a conflict. They want him to direct a different film instead of the threequel he’d been planning on. Now imagine that the studio said something like, ‘hey man, don’t worry. We’ll get someone else to direct the 3rd movie.’ Fans would collectively say, “No, that’s okay. We’ll wait.”

When this happened to the first X-Men trilogy, studios (somehow under the opinion that we’d all forget about X-Men in an extra year of waiting for a proper third entry) ignored the wishes of everyone involved and went ahead with a new director by the name of Brett Ratner. “No!” fans protested, “If you do that, it’ll suck!” Well, they did, and it did. Thanks, 20th Century Foxt. This is why we can’t have nice things.

1. THE GODFATHER PART III

How do you take all the cool out of a badass mafia don? Have him burst into tears a few times, maybe watch him have a low-blood sugar episode that looks more like a seizure, and explain to his daughter why she shouldn’t sleep with her first cousin—because her last name isn’t Lannister. We can argue that mafia dons are murderous thieves and shouldn’t be romanticized this way, but we don’t all go to films to learn moral lessons.

This third Godfather film essentially spat on the characters we’d loved since the ’70s, and introduced others we just couldn’t bring ourselves to care about. Winona Ryder dropping out didn’t help either. If nothing else, they should have known that bad guys in league with the Vatican would upset a lot of people. How such a marvelous franchise could end like this is a mystery for the ages.

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MOVIES QUIZ / MISSING PIRATE MOVIE WORDS

MOVIES QUIZ / MISSING PIRATE MOVIE WORDS

 

 Can you pick the word missing from these movies that feature pirates?

 


FASCINATING FACTS: 12 Facts About “The Shawshank Redemption”

FASCINATING FACTS: 12 Facts About “The Shawshank Redemption”

While critics often hail Citizen Kane or The Godfather as the greatest movie ever made, The Shawshank Redemption takes the top spot in many lists based on viewer voting, such as IMDB’s “Top 250.” Since the movie is so beloved, there are plenty of places online to find interesting trivia about the film. For this list, we’ve tracked down some fascinating yet lesser-known facts, and a few corrections to misconceptions.

1. The movie was filmed at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio. The prison was shut down three years earlier in 1990 following a prisoners’ class action law suit for overcrowding and inhumane living conditions.

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Over the years, the prison fell into disrepair. But it is currently being restored by the Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society, using money from tour fees and donations.(source)

2. The prison was also used in the films Air Force One and Tango and Cash, as well as the TV show House.

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In addition, it was used in promotional photography for Marilyn Manson, the Lil Wayne music video for “Go DJ”, and a WWE promotional poster for its 2008 “Judgment Day” event.(1,2)

3. In 1948, the Ohio State Reformatory’s superintendent, his wife, and his daughter were murdered by two ex-inmates who had been paroled.

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The former prisoners held the superintendent responsible for their mistreatment in the prison. They abducted the family from their farm near the prison and shot them in a cornfield. One of the prisoners was killed in a shootout with police. The other was captured and later executed.(1,2,3)

4. Dennis Baker, who had been the assistant to the warden of the Ohio State Reformatory in real life, has a cameo appearance in the scene where Tommy Williams is brought to Shawshank.

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Baker had worked in the prison for over 25 years. He started out as a guard and worked his way up to administrative assistant to the warden. He later became the warden of a different prison. When the director offered Baker the opportunity to have a cameo, he opted to play a convict.(source)

5. One reason the movie reached first place on IMDB’s list of “Top 250” movies is due to fans of The Dark Knight. They gave The Godfather the lowest possible score so The Dark Knight could be #1. When excitement about The Dark Knight died down, The Shawshank Redemption ended up in the top position.

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When The Dark Knight was released in 2008, The Godfather held the top spot on the IMDB list, and The Shawshank Redemption was at number two. But The Dark Knight quickly rose to the number one spot dethroning The Godfather. Commentators have pointed out that at the same time, the number of users who gave The Godfather the lowest possible rating rose from 6.1% to 6.4%. This suggests people gave The Godfather a “1 out of 10” rating just so they could see The Dark Knight at the top of the list.

As the initial excitement over The Dark Knight died down, the movie fell to the number three spot allowing The Shawshank Redemption to slide into first place. The rating for The Godfather never recovered, leaving it in second place.(1,2,3)

6. Tom Cruise was considered for the role of Andy Dufresne but did not want to work with such an inexperienced director. He agreed to play the role if Rob Reiner would keep an eye on the production. Reiner declined, so Cruise passed on the role.

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Frank Darabont was the director and screenplay writer for The Shawshank Redemption. His only previous experience directing was a short film based on Stephen King’s story The Woman in the Room, and a TV movie called Buried Alive.

Rob Reiner had previously been interested in directing the film himself and had offered Darabont $2.5 million in exchange for taking over the project. But Darabont turned him down. When Cruise requested that Reiner at least be involved, Reiner said: “No, if you’re going to do it with [Darabont], it’s his vision.”

Other actors considered for the role included Tom Hanks and Kevin Costner.(source)

7. The convertible Dufresne drives in the film is a 1969 Pontiac GTO, though the scene is supposed to take place in 1965.

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The filmmakers were planning to use a period-appropriate Mustang for the scene, but the vehicle owner backed out at the last minute.(source)

8. In 2014, the actor who played the warden, Bob Gunton, said he still makes a very substantial income from residual payments.

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Gunton’s steady income from residual payments is a reflection of how popular the film became over time. When the movie first hit theaters, it was not a success. It made only $18 million at the box office. But it started to gain popularity after it was nominated for seven Academy Awards. In 1995, it was the most rented movie, and it earned $80 million in video-rental revenue. The movie has since been shown on television very frequently—it’s tied with Scarface as being the most re-run movie on television.

Warner Bros. wouldn’t reveal exactly how much money it has made from the movie. But current and former Warner Bros. executives have said it drives much of their library’s value.(source)

9. Several websites claim the filmmakers had to use a maggot that died of natural causes for the crow-feeding scene. But according to the American Humane Association, the “maggot” was actually made from baby food.

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First of all, it was not a maggot that was going to be used in the scene, but a wax worm. A maggot is the larva of a fly, and a wax worm is the larva of a wax moth.

Secondly, it’s true that a representative from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals told the filmmakers they couldn’t use a live wax worm, which irritated Darabont. He said “I was actually trying to reason with this lady by pointing out that it was from a bait shop, that anybody in the country could walk in to, buy a box of these worms, ram a hook through them, and drop them in a river to be eaten by a large mouth bass.” The ASPCA representative insisted that they find one that died of natural causes, to which the director joked “well do we have the autopsy to determine the cause of death, just to make sure there was no foul play?”

Apparently, the filmmakers decided instead to use a fake wax worm made out of baby food.(1,2,3)

10. Several websites claim that the number 237 must have some significance to Stephen King since it’s both Red’s cell number in The Shawshank Redemption and a room number in The Shining. While it’s true the number is used in both film adaptations, it’s not used in either of King’s stories.

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In the movie, it’s clear that Red’s cell number is 237 because a guard calls it out when Red is about to be questioned by the warden. But in King’s novella Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, Red resides in cell number six on cell block five.

In the novel The Shining, the room number with the ghost of the old lady is actually 217. Reportedly, when they were making the movie, the hotel requested another room number be used, so guests would not be afraid to stay in room 217. There was no real room 237 in the hotel, so they used that number instead.

However, the number 237 is used in at least one other of King’s stories. In The Body, which was made into the movie Stand By Me, the boys pool their money and it adds up to $2.37.(1,2,3,4)

11. Darabont later went on to adapt two more Stephen King stories into screenplays, The Green Mile and The Mist. Some of his other noteworthy achievements are that he created the series The Walking Dead and Mob City 

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Both The Walking Dead and Mob City are also adapted from literary works. The Walking Dead is based on the comic books, and Mob City is based on the non-fiction book L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City.(1,2,3)

12. The actor who played the prosecutor in The Shawshank Redemption, Jeffrey DeMunn, acted in all of Darabont’s projects listed above.

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This actor is clearly a favorite of Darabont’s, as DeMunn also acted in several more of his productions. They first worked together on the 1988 movie The Blob, for which Darabont wrote the screenplay. In addition, both Jeffrey DeMunn and his son Kevin DeMunn were cast in the movie The Majestic, which was directed by Darabont.(1,2,3)

 

 


THE HISTORY OF POLAND - ‘THE UNCONQUERED’

THE HISTORY OF POLAND - ‘THE UNCONQUERED’

 

After decades of brutal conflict, mighty Poland has endured and come out still intact and stronger as ever. This short film gives a brief history of Poland during the second world war and beyond.


According To Rotten Tomatoes, These Are The Best Horror Movies Of The Past 20 Years

According To Rotten Tomatoes, These Are The Best Horror Movies Of The Past 20 Years

If you’re a fan of horror, chances are you’ll have seen and enjoyed a good proportion of the movies on this list. 

According to Rotten Tomatoes, they’re the 20 best horror movies of the past 20 years.

See if you agree:

20. It Comes At Night (88%)

2017 horror It Comes At Night sneaks onto the list at number 20. It’s set in a post-apocalyptic landscape, and sees a family sheltered inside their farmhouse, hiding from whatever monstrosity lives outside. A hit with critics, this movie didn’t quite enthral the general public in the same way. Its audience score is only 45%.

19. Zombieland (90%)

Horror comedy Zombieland stars Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin as a group of survivors attempting to survive the zombie apocalypse. It’s very funny, and Bill Murray makes a cameo that you’ll struggle to forget.

18. Attack the Block (90%)

Another horror comedy, this time from the producers of Shaun of the Dead, Attack the Block sees a group of South London kids defend their estate from savage aliens invaders. It has an audience score of 74%, and stars The Force Awakens’ John Boyega and new Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker.

17. 10 Cloverfield Lane (90%)

The second movie in the Cloverfield family, 10 Cloverfield Lane is about a woman who wakes up to find herself imprisoned in an underground bunker. Her captor (the terrifying John Goodman) attempts to convince her that she’s there for her own good, and that it’s the end of the world outside, but she quickly concludes that he’s not to be trusted.

16. Green Room (90%)

One of the last films of the late actor Anton Yelchin, Green Room is about a punk band that witnessed a murder while accidentally playing a gig at a neo-Nazi bar. The Nazis – keen to eliminate any witnesses – decide to kill the band members, so they barricade themselves into the titular green room, and concoct a plan to survive.

15. The Witch (91%)

A wholly disturbing movie, The Witch sees a New England family cast out from their Puritan community, and sent to live alone in the wilderness. Unfortunately, they cast up camp right next to a forest that turns out to be the home of a baby-eating witch…

14. The Devil’s Backbone (92%)

From famed director Guillermo del Toro, The Devil’s Backbone is about a kid orphaned in the Spanish civil war, and sent to live in a very haunted orphanage. It’s apparently very creepy, very poignant, and absolutely not to be missed.

13. The Cabin in the Woods (92%)

Chris Hemsworth and Jesse Williams star in The Cabin in the Woods – a “mind blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out.” Like many movies before it, it sees a group of friends head for a weekend at a secluded cabin, only to discover that there’s something very evil going on there.

12. Drag Me To Hell (92%)

After she attempts to evict an old woman from her home, a loan officer is cursed. She seeks the help of a psychic, but it turns out that if she wants to lift the curse, she’ll have to pay a pretty hefty price… Alison Lohman (Big Fish) and Justin Long (Dodgeball, F is for Family) star.

11. Shaun of the Dead (92%)

The first and arguably best of the Cornetto trilogy, Shaun of the Dead is kind of a spoof zombie movie that has become a cult favourite. It sees Shaun and his friends attempting to get to shelter (the trusty Winchester pub) while London goes to shit around them.

10. Train to Busan (95%)

Still with the zombies, and Train to Busan is a highly entertaining South Korean movie about a father and daughter, stuck on a train with a load of “infected”. They’re not the slow and dopey kind of zombies, they’re the quick and bloodthirsty, meaning that this movie will have your pulse racing from the word go.

9. Nina Forever (96%)

In horror/sex film Nina Forever, paramedic Holly has frequent threesomes with her boyfriend Rob, and his dead girlfriend Nina. It’s not a turn-on, but it’s apparently a bloody good film.

8. It Follows (96%)

It Follows is about a sexually transmitted curse, passed on from lover to lover. Whoever has it will be constantly followed by a demon that can only move at walking pace, but that will kill them when it catches them up. It’s super disturbing…

7. Ringu (97%)

One of the older movies on this list (it came out in 1998) Ringu is the iconic Japanese film that inspired the whole Ring franchise. It essentially has the same plot as The Ring(2002), but it’s a whole lot scarier…

6. Let The Right One In (98%)

The Swedish movie that inspired Let Me In, Let The Right One In is about a bullied kid who befriends the mysterious girl living next door…

5. The Loved Ones (98%)

Described as a “breath of fresh air” in the “torture porn” genre, The Loved Ones is an Australian horror about a girl who is turned down by the boy she asks to prom, and so kidnaps him with the help of her father, and tortures him in her home.

4. The Babadook (98%)

Another Australian movie, The Babadook is about a grieving single mother whose son becomes obsessed with a monster that he believes is living in their house. At first, she tries to calm his fears, but she quickly realises that this “babadook” might not be all in his head…

3. Under the Shadow (99%) 

Set during the Iran-Iraq war, Under the Shadow is about a mother and daughter who find themselves in a veritable nightmare when their apartment block is struck by a cursed missile. Their neighbours begin dying under unexplained circumstances, as there seems to be a very malevolent presence in their home…

2. The Wailing (99%)

A Korean horror, The Wailing sees the inhabitants of a small village struck by a disease that makes them inexplicably start killing each other. A police officer (sent to investigate) realises that the killings started around the same time that a mysterious stranger arrived in town, and he consults a shaman to help him cast the guy out.

The Wailing has been described as “very crazy”, “stupendously entertaining”, and “deeply sinister.” Definitely not one to miss…

1. Get Out (99%) 

Jordan Peele’s horror comedy Get Out is about a black man who goes to visit his white girlfriend’s parents for the first time. It’s hard to go into more detail without giving the game away, so let’s just say that, while at their secluded home, he quickly realises that something isn’t right…

Rightly at the top of this list, Get Out is somehow both unbearably tense and laugh out loud funny. We’d highly recommend.

What’s your favourite horror movie of the past 20 years? Let us know in the comments! 


FASCINATING FACTS: 24 'ROCKY' MOVIE FACTS

FASCINATING FACTS: 24 'ROCKY' MOVIE FACTS


15 Movies Where Audiences Completely Missed The Point

15 Movies Where Audiences Completely Missed The Point

Most movies come with a unique message; commentary on social and political issues, or actual, well-known events in history.

Some writers may do a more blatantly obvious job at communicating their sentiments – see Wall-E or Avatar for some environmentally-political examples – while others may be more subtle in their approach, expressing themselves under the guise of satirical or more abstract storylines.

While its common to misintrepret the more metaphorical films out there, even some of the most obvious messages in cinema can, sadly, get lost in translation – with many audiences taking a completely different message from the film altogether.

Whether it’s trying to emulate a clearly horrible character, displaced outrage, or other un-befitting fan responses – here are a number of films in which countless viewers have sorely missed the mark.

We’ve already compiled a list of some well-known films that fall victim to this, but here are a handful more that completely confused audiences.

Here are the 15 Movies Where Audiences Completely Missed The Point – Part 2.

15. ROBOCOP

King of Satire, Paul Verhoeven, released his now-classic sci-fi action hit Robocop in 1987. It was a story that focused on a half-man, half-android police officer; an experiment weapon created by mega-corporation Omni Consumer Products to clean up the chaotic streets of Detroit city.

The film was chock full of violence, explosions, and carnage – a typical compilation of the mindless, “cheap thrills” that are often sought after in a usual, Hollywood popcorn flick.

While going on to claim a well-renowned status in the world of cinema, many audiences sorely missed the satirical point of Verhoeven’s masterpiece – solely consuming the bloodshed and brutality it had to offer, and not the specific societal issues it was aiming to attack.

Though a fast-paced entertaining film for sure, it was also an – albeit straight-faced – jab at capitalist America, corporate greed, and society’s often senseless obsession with consumerism. The death and destruction in most scenes was also Verhoeven’s subtle mockery of many movie-goers’ fascination with violence and gore.

However, with the handful of unironic sequels and spinoffs Robocop has spawned, it seemed that Verhoeven’s message was sadly lost among many.

14. PULP FICTION

When it comes to gratuitous violence played out with surprisingly intelligent characters, Quentin Tarantino has undoubtedly mastered the art.

One of his greatest successes in cinema was 1994’s Pulp Fiction, featuring exactly this – with a non-linear story revolving around criminals, heroin, and what happens when you double-cross a merciless gangster boss.

Though a true Tarantino masterpiece, the movie appalled quite a number of viewers who thought Tarantino went overboard with the rampant gore and obscenities throughout the film. Former Republican Leader of the United States, Bob Dole, engaged in these criticisms himself – singling out the filmmaker, among a few others, as a promoter of “mindless violence.”

However, when one takes a closer look at the film’s plot, it doesn’t celebrate the deplorable lifestyle of their criminal protagonists in any way. If any – many of them end up dead, nearly dead, or horrifyingly violated by traumatic means. There are no “good guys” you’re meant to glorify.

At the same time, Tarantino has repeatedly assured that the brutality in his films are meant to be epic, entertaining spectacles rather than subliminal, pro-violence messages – finding no correlation between such themes in his movies, and real life.

13. THE DARK KNIGHT/THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises sparked heavy discussion among audiences in their prime, with both left and right-wing groups addressing its possible political undertones.

Amidst The Dark Knight‘s blockbuster success, conservatives were all for the film’s alleged allusion to the “War on Terror;” the struggle between Batman and the Joker as a metaphor for the global fight against terrorism.

A similar political debate was introduced in 2012 upon the release of The Dark Knight Rises, with many claiming that Nolan was trying to push a conservative, anti-Occupy Wall Street message – using the movie’s forefront villain Bane  as a symbol for the economic 99%’s protest against the wealthiest 1% of America.

Of course, the character heroically representing this opposing sector is none other than Batman himself, who eventually defeats his evil, supposed “populist” foe.

While the theories make sense and are well argued by viewers, Nolan himself has stated that he had never intended for his movies to convey a political message in any way. He admitted to laying out relevant societal questions to ponder on, but firmly expressed that his films were merely “telling a story”.

12. THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT

The Blair Witch Project was one of the most innovative films of its time – back in an era where the genre of “found-footage” was still a ingenious, rare novelty.

The low-budget faux-documentary told the haunting tale of three film students, as they ventured into the woods to capture evidence of a legendary ghostly murderer known as the “Blair Witch.”

An absolutely unconventional treat (in both its production and marketing) – the movie was thus a divisive one among horror fans. Many disaparaged its “migraine-inducing,” handheld camerawork, its modest, slapdash production, and lack of any typical, box-office-horror scares.

However, the movie was never aiming for James Wan-esque terror – but rather a more realistic focus on fear, transporting audiences right into the characters’ situations with its makeshift, first-person approach and subtle, creepy imagery.

Audiences were meant to find horror in the film’s atmosphere and the protagonists’ eventual descent into panic, while tapping into their fears of unknown sounds and entities that go bump in the night.

Those who entered the cinema, expecting your traditional, Hollywood scary movie, were never meant to find it with this one.

11. SCARFACE

Brian de Palma’s Scarface in 1983 was the movie behind one of cinema’s most famous lines in film history: “Say hello to my little friend!” — along with one of Al Pacino’s most recognized and acclaimed roles to date.

It is a story about about a Cuban refugee, Tony Montana, who starts from nothing and eventually fights his way to becoming one of the most successful and wealthy drug kingpins of Miami city, has become a much-loved masterpiece amongst directors, critics, and cinephiles alike.

So much so, that Pacino’s character, Tony Montana, has been highly regarded among viewers for his desirable life of money, power, and dominating mobster charisma.

However, those who look beyond Montana’s glamorous life of wealth will find that while he does wade in good fortune, his dirty decisions have spiralled him into becoming a coke-addicted, wanted criminal who eventually causes his wife to leave him, murders his best friend, and gets his sister killed.

A self-made man? Indeed, though while the movie celebrates his determination – it was ultimately another moral story that showed crime definitely doesn’t pay.

10. SHOWGIRLS

Another Paul Verhoeven flick makes the list with his 1995 erotic camp classic, Showgirls. Unlike Robocop, the film was widely and ruthlessly panned by many who viewed it, excoriating the director for producing what was then considered a kitschy mess of awful, cheesy dialogue, over-the-top acting, and needless amount of exploitative sexual content.

However, much like his previous sci-fi hit, many once again failed to see the glowing satirical motive behind the film – instead focusing on the tackiness of it all, and not the subject matter it was aiming to ridicule.

While frequently taken at a mere face value, the film’s events are meant to be a mockery of the entertainment industry: a world where one’s morals, virtues, and integrity are thrown out the window to climb to the top; where misogyny prevails and divas abound.

Verhoeven had even admitted to encouraging the movie’s leading lady, Elizabeth Berkley, to exaggerate her acting to a campy degree – believing it to suit the elements of the film. Her efforts, sadly, were humorlessly received, along with the rest of this Verhoeven flop.

9. FINDING NEMO

Pixar’s Finding Nemo was a heartwarming animated tale of an overprotective clownfish named Marlin, who raises his only son Nemo in sheltered paranoia that puts Mother Gothel to shame.

In a fit of rebellion, Nemo one day escapes from his father’s supervision and immediately regrets it when he, almost instantly, gets kidnapped by an Australian deep sea diver.

Thus, our underwater adventure begins as Marlin sets out on a quest to retrieve his son and return him to the ocean where he rightfully belongs.

As loveable as Pixar’s characters were, the film was clearly a message against tearing animals away from their natural habitats. That didn’t stop numerous families, however, from going out and purchasing clownfish of their own to keep in little, domesticated home aquariums.

Unsurprisingly, many of these new clownfish owners had little to no knowledge on taking proper care of saltwater fish – a breed that demands much more sensitive requirements – leading to the unfortunate deaths of many captured Nemos and Marlins.

The spiked sales in clownfish also resulted in localised extinction, including the Philippines and parts of Thailand and Sri Lanka.

For such an environmentally-friendly message, viewers were way off the mark on this one.

8. THE GRADUATE

The 1967 Mike Nichols classic The Graduate tells a stoy of an impulsive young man by the name of Benjamin Braddock.

He spends his newly-graduated life having a scandalous affair with a married Mrs. Robinson (he’s father’s law partner), eventually developing feelings for her daughter, Elaine. A livid Mr. Robinson also finds out about Ben and his wife’s relationship, forcing Elaine to drop out of college to marry a classmate of hers.

The film’s most iconic scene takes place after Benjamin crashes Elaine’s wedding, whisking her away on a bus in a grand gesture of romantic spontaneity. The two quietly sit at the back of the vehicle as they ride off into the distance – to live happily ever after, right?

Many audiences have misread the film’s conclusion (including Roger Ebert, upon his first viewing) as a typical, blissful victory to the characters’ romantic storyline – when in fact, it is the moral punchline to Benjamin’s character and careless decisions throughout the entire film.

Having torn Elaine away from her wedding, the excitement has now faded, leaving the two nervous about an uncertain future. They are left dealing with yet another consequence of Benjamin’s brash, impulsive behaviour.

7. LOLITA

Few romance stories are as disturbing as Vladimir Nabokov’s literature classic Lolita, which Adrian Lyne turned into a cinematic adaptation in 1997.

The plot centres on a 40-year old British professor named Humbert Humbert (yep, you read that right) who becomes romantically obsessed with a 12-year old Dolores Haze. The two eventually travel about America, seeking refuge in various hotels and posing as father and daughter.

While a truly unsettling premise, the film did a notable job of exhibiting the harrowing consequences of Humbert’s actions – ones that eventually lead him to a disastrous life of crime, deceit, and despair.

However, it still had a difficult time in obtaining mainstream distribution, as many American distributors were afraid of its possible glorification of pedophilia. Child protection activists were outraged, and the Daily Mail even went so far as to call it the “acceptable face” of such a culture.

Due to its limited release, Lyne’s film was an ultimate flop at the box office. However, with a clearly catastrophic ending for both characters as a result of their relationship, these people seemed to miss the film’s condemnation, rather than celebration, of Humbert’s disturbing romantic attraction.

6. BATTLESHIP

Generously laden with signature mindless explosions, overdone cliches, and generic, dumb characters – audiences were less than impressed with Peter Berg’s Battleship, with movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes describing the film as “poorly written” and “a lot less fun than its source material.”

The statement can very well be a deserved jab at Berg’s gratuitous action flick – though it can also be argued that the film itself knew what it was from the get-go.

With its absurd, yet entertaining CGI visuals, jam-packed adrenaline, and stereotypical valiant heroes – the movie serves itself to viewers as a mere escapist, summer blockbuster flick, and is well aware of it.

With that it mind, perhaps Battleship was Berg outwardly embracing his flair for senseless thrills and asinine destruction. As the movie was able to entertain in that respect, it may just be meant to be enjoyed as such.

5. 127 HOURS

The 2010 127 Hours was a biopic dedicated to a hiker named Aron Ralston, who, without telling anyone, ventures alone into the Blue John Canyon and has an unfortunate accident of slipping, falling, and finding his arm trapped underneath a large, immovable boulder.

Desperate to break free, he takes up the grueling task of amputating his own arm, and drinks his own urine to keep hydrated. The entire ordeal leaves Ralston trapped for 127 hours in a canyoneer’s worst nightmare in which he spends a good portion of the time regretting his decisions.

If there was anything audiences could have reasonably taken from the movie – it would probably be always, always keep others informed of your whereabouts before setting about on such perilous expeditions – or perhaps to just avoid these deadly situations altogether.

In an ideal world, that’d be the case. Sadly, viewers were actually inspired by Ralston’s exploits and sought the same journey themselves including a 64-year old man named Amos Wayne Richards who managed down a 70 foot-deep ravine in the same canyon, where he also slipped and fell.

Luckily, Richards got to keep both his arms, though suffered a broken leg and was treated for dehydration.

4. THE LION KING

When someone mentions the movie The Lion King either Mufasa’s traumatic death scene comes to mind (a haunting scar on most people’s childhoods), or you find yourself mentally humming to the tune of “Hakuna Matata”.

The animated ’90s classic was a Hamlet-inspired tale of Simba, a lion King-to-be who escapes his home upon being blamed by his uncle, Scar, for the murder of his father.

Burdened by guilt, he eventually finds friendship in a meerkat and a warthog named Timon and Pumbaa. The two teach him the phrase “Hakuna Matata,” their problem-free philosophy that essentially encourages Simba to forget the troubles that worry him.

Unsurprisingly, this musical segment in the movie became one of the soundtrack’s biggest hits – inspiring many viewers to live by the same words themselves. Sure, while we all need a little “hakuna matata” in our lives, the story actually places a greater importance on facing your responsibilities and doing what’s right.

By film’s end, Simba returns to his pride and stands up to Scar, restoring harmony and peace in the land. The lesson isn’t to run away when times get tough, but to face your demons and ultimately conquer them.

3. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE

Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 A Clockwork Orange is, without a doubt, a movie not made for everyone. Its incredibly graphic, violent scenes – and there are many – have turned it into one of the most controversial pieces of cinema, despite both its critical and box office success.

Like Tarantino, Kubrick was berated by many viewers who were disgusted by the absurd amount of brutality; a recurring element that served as one of the film’s center themes.

While the director definitely doesn’t shy away from moments of shock, these people seemed to have missed the underlying point of the film’s violence: to horrify and appall.

Viewers were force-fed exaggeratedly disturbing events and imagery – mainly involving the protagonist, Alex DeLarge, and his unashamed delinquency – to truly repulse them out of finding the character and his life of crime an attractive one.

Of course, a large number never saw past the film’s vicious nature, accusing it of perpetrating a culture of violence and depravity. Additionally, many young viewers were drawn to DeLarge as an “edgy” character, rather than an abhorrent human being.

After a series of death threats, and crimes reportedly inspired by the film – Kubrick eventually withdrew it from British release altogether.

2. INTO THE WILD

Into the Wild was a 2007 film adaptation of a 1996 book of the same name, written by Jon Krakauer in dedication to the late hitchhiker, Christopher McCandles.

A man who lived by anti-society sentiments, he rejected the conventional American life and set about on a solo odyssey into the Alaskan wilderness with little on his back.

Unprepared for the merciless nature of the wild, McCandles met his unfortunate fate in an abandoned bus, dying alone of berry poisoning. The film bleakly concludes the adventurer’s tale as he comes to the realization that “happiness is only real when shared,” and not found in the murky flora of an Alaskan Valley.

Although the film portrayed McCandles’ feat as an ultimately disastrous one, a large handful were inspired and attempted to replicate the same, dangerous journey for themselves.

This has lead to a grievous few who have been found dead as a result of such travels, and a shocking number over the years who have required dire rescue in an attempt to visit McCandles’ bus.

These heartbreaking incidents are a sordid reminder that the film’s events ended on a tragic note, rather than a heroic one.

1. THE GREAT GATSBY

The Great Gatsby was essentially about a man who indulges in a life of prestige, wealth, and glamorous parties – an ongoing facade that was ultimately an empty and meaningless one.

He spent his entire life attempting to attain the American Dream, pursuing money and success to win back his one true love – a woman named Daisy – only to realize that the “dream” is an illusion, that a rich status does not necessarily equate to happiness.

Both the classic novel and 2013 film adaptation were thus a critical commentary on such shallow mindsets – though of course, the lavishly grand party culture depicted in the film brought a different message to audiences.

Instead of taking its critique of such self-indulgent, selfish lifestyles to heart – viewers decided to plan Gatsby parties of their own.

These have included “grandiose” galas at various universities (including Princeton and other Ivy League campuses), a multi-million dollar soiree at an AirBnB in Long Island, and large celebrity parties thrown by big names like Paul McCartney, Prada, and Prince Harry.

It’s as if numerous audiences were solely drawn to the fancy images of flapper dresses and golden chandeliers, setting aside F. Scott Fitzgerald’s condemning undertones altogether.

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MOVIES QUIZ / 101 MOVIE 'B' WORDS

MOVIES QUIZ / 101 MOVIE 'B' WORDS

 

Can you pick the 101 missing 'B' words from these movie titles?

 


15 Movies Completely Ruined By Cringeworthy CGI

15 Movies Completely Ruined By Cringeworthy CGI

Computer generated imagery is a double-edged sword: it can create wonders or total disasters. Some films use CGI very carefully to enhance practical effects, like in Mad Max: Fury Road. Other films rely very heavily on CGI, like the colorful fever dream that is The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl. CGI is an important tool that must be utilized with absolute care, and as many filmmakers have learned, poorly executed CGI can sink a movie, even if the movie has potential.

Digital effects have only improved as the years have passed. To avoid being too unfair, this list will only focus on films that are relatively recent, or ones that could have utilized more practical effects to achieve their visual goals. Not all of these films are completely meritless, but sometimes, truly ugly CGI can be hard to look past.

You’d be hard-pressed to meet someone who has never cringed in a movie theater before, but if you are somehow that person, maybe look into a few of the movies below. You may not like what you find. Here are 15 Movies Ruined By Cringeworthy CGI.

15. HULK

Ang Lee’s Hulk probably isn’t the worst entry on this list, but for a big-budget blockbuster starring a well-established superhero, these effects probably should have been better. Make no mistake, bad CGI isn’t this film’s only problem, but it certainly didn’t help it much.

The Hulk had been done practically before on television, with makeup and prosthetics. Naturally, this film chose to go big and give audiences what they believed would be a true adaptation of the Incredible Hulk, with a more authentic, giant-sized CGI Green Goliath. It sounds great in theory. Sadly, it may have come a little too early, as the effects just weren’t good enough. For many, this rubbery Hulk is a bit too cartoony to take seriously—and don’t even get us started about the Hulk-hounds.

CGI can be much worse, but this rendition of the Marvel hero was outdone with 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, and outdone again with his appearances in the MCU. And thankfully, Thor: Ragnarok has the Hulk looking better than ever.

14. TRON: LEGACY

For all intents and purposes, Tron: Legacy actually looks quite good. The original Tron was ground-breaking in the special effects department, and its aesthetic needed to be both updated and recaptured in the sequel. While the world looked pretty decent, the most glaring special effects oddity came in the form of the film’s villain, Clu. With the CGI face of a young Jeff Bridges, it did not look good.

This CGI trick has been popping up more and more lately, and with each use, the de-aging effect has improved. Disney itself has used this effect quite a bit since their release of Tron: Legacy, in MCU movies like Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, and most recently, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The de-aging effect has come a long way, but with this film back in 2010, it just wasn’t quite there yet. Clu looked rubbery, unnatural, and completely distracting. The movie itself was met with mixed reception anyway, but CGI Jeff Bridges did nothing to improve the film’s quality.

13. THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES

The Battle of the Five Armies doesn’t feature flat-out awful CGI, so much as overwhelmingly mediocre CGI. This is only made worse by the fact that the original Lord of the Rings trilogy is littered with beautiful practical effects that still hold up today. It’s a shame that this franchise—one that looked breathtaking only a decade prior—took so many steps backward with its prequel trilogy.

So much of the makeup, costumes, prosthetics, and sets of the original trilogy have been replaced with green screens and CGI. While it isn’t all bad, the locations lack visual depth, some characters look way too bouncy in action, and the armies themselves look so fake that the battle lacks any real emotional affect. It took a lot of work to make those original films look so real, and not repeating those painfully difficult endeavors is completely understandable. It’s just hard to go from the jaw-dropping battle of Helm’s Deep to the mushy gray chaos that is the third act of this film.

12. JURASSIC WORLD

Similar to The Hobbit, here’s another film franchise that has a reputation for excellent effects, but could not deliver with a sequel. Forget about all the other entries in the franchise — Jurassic Park still looks great. Spielberg used both practical and digital effects to create what many consider to be one of the best outings of his career. Jurassic World comes around and shows some real promise, but it features none of the realism that the original managed to create.

Sure, complaining about realism is silly when dinosaurs are taking center stage, but the CGI in Jurassic World is merely passable and way overused, without yielding any kind of affect from the audience. The effects don’t capture the intimacy or depth that the original did, and it produces none of the fear, either.

The classic dinosaur thriller was rebooted and turned into a paint-by-numbers disaster film loaded with CGI chaos, and none of the heart. “So preoccupied with whether or not they could...”

11. GODS OF EGYPT

Interesting in theory but not in execution, 2016’s Gods of Egypt was met with whitewashing controversy, critical derision, and about $140 million dollars worth of cringe. In a world where Egyptian gods live on Earth, slightly taller than everybody else, with animorph-powers and lots and lots of gold —ugh. Look, this movie is a bit of a mess.

After director Alex Proyas’ social media meltdown, there is little reason to bash this film more than it already has been. All you need to know is that the CGI is really unconvincing and silly-looking, and it more than earns its place on this list. Despite the great cast and surprisingly expensive budget (for an original property), this movie just looks goofy.

To be fair, we’re not so sure that better digital imagery would have saved this one. For something so expensive and so recent, there is little reason for it to look as bad as it does. With that said, the other movies on this list somehow manage to put Gods of Egypt to shame. So just hang in there. It only gets uglier.

10. THE TRANSFORMERS FRANCHISE

At face value, the CGI in the Transformers franchise looks decent. It’s impossible to make life-like giant alien car-robots out of practical effects anyway. The imagery here isn’t necessarily ugly, even if it isn’t exactly the most accurate representation of the cartoon. What is ugly, however, is the way the CGI is used.

A common complaint associated with this franchise comes from the action sequences. Things are often so loud and explosive, while the Transformers themselves tumble around brawling with each other on-screen. Sometimes, it’s hard to tell who is fighting who, and that’s an understatement — you’ll often find the screen filled with unintelligible, sparking, flaming, jagged metal when you sit down for these flicks.

The constant misuse of CGI elements can be considered Michael Bay’s over-the-top chaotic style, but it can also be considered for this list. The look of these films only gets worse with each entry in the franchise, and the visuals only get noisier and harder to soak in. Make no mistake, better visuals won’t fix this franchise. Perhaps nothing can. But the least Bay can do is craft action that looks distinct enough to be memorable, and not scrapyard explosions.

9. GREEN LANTERN

Green Lantern wasn’t a hit by any stretch of the imagination, but it had potential. A new superhero for cinema audiences who could create whatever he wanted out of light with his special ring. Ryan Reynolds! Crazy alien stuff! Cool cosmic adventures! New franchise! Boy, if only.

In brightest day, in blackest night, this movie is an uninspired sight. There is a lot wrong with Green Lantern, but the CGI is a glaring issue. Again, the effects look somewhat mediocre, but they didn’t even use them for anything unique or original. They relied so hard on it that even Ryan Reynold’s Green Lantern costume was CGI. It can be argued that that was a creative decision, but it isn’t anywhere near as impressive as it sounds.

Perhaps there isn’t much that can be done to make “light constructs” look believable, but this movie is filled with more of the rubbery aesthetic that comes with bad special effects. Green Lantern has been covered (and bashed) plenty before, and there isn’t much left to say. Maybe he’ll have better luck in the DCEU.

8. THE POLAR EXPRESS

Hold on a second. Just hear us out. This film has become a Christmas classic for many, and despite mixed critical consensus, an all-around lovable family film. However, the animated-motion-capture hybrid thing just isn’t a good look.

It falls into the uncanny valley, where something looks real, but seems just off-putting enough to stir up discomfort in the viewer. This was just when motion-capture was getting good, too. The Polar Express was a huge step forward for that technology and its viability as a filmmaking tool, but something about it just doesn’t look right. The motion capture aims to look natural even though animation yields the opposite effect, creating something that can come off creepy at times. Anyway, here it is on the list.

 

7. X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE

Another film that has been trashed into oblivion, blatantly awful CGI is among the many sins committed by X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Even at the time, it looked dated. The third act makes the laughable effects and green screen look pretty noticeable. That is, if it all somehow slipped by when Wolverine first looks at his brand new DIGITAL adamantium claws. Fake, CGI claws. Why? What was the point? Was that somehow cheaper to create than the handheld prop that Jackman squeezed his fist around?

Thankfully, the likes of Logan has all but erased this movie from Wolverine’s reputation, but such cheap-looking CGI is inexcusable for a $150 million dollar budget — especially for such a well-known character in a massive franchise with widespread appeal.

Really, though. CGI claws? Was it worth it?

6. LOST IN SPACE

A mostly unremarkable TV adaptation, Lost in Space suffers from classic ’90s CGI in all its plastic and ugly glory. It might not be that recent of a movie (or a good one sans CGI), but even by ’90s standards, the effects were pretty cringeworthy. The most obvious cringe-inducer came from the film’s entirely digital character named Blarp.

Look too long, and this nightmare-creature might capture your very soul. This awful rubbery alien thing is the quintessential example of an awful CGI character — maybe even the worst(other than Jar Jar Binks, maybe). Clearly fake and clearly not cute, the visuals in this movie were bad enough without Blarp. We might see some bad CGI in movies, but looking at this horrifying thing shows just how far we’ve come — which is great for cinema, but not so much for Lost in Space. In any case, chalk this cringe-fest up on the list.

5. THE MATRIX RELOADED

The original film set the bar for modern special effects, both practically and digitally. Its sequel, The Matrix Reloaded, wasn’t exactly met with the same praise. While the film itself received a number of complaints, CGI was relied on a bit too heavily in Reloaded, resulting in (admittedly creative) action sequences that have not held up with time.

Notoriously, the fight between Neo and a multiplying Agent Smith looks like a late ’90s video game, and the physics-defying, car-hopping highway chase sequence doesn’t look much better. The practical action here is still pretty great, but the dated CGI is really distracting. It may have been given a pass at the time, but certainly not anymore. So sadly, despite its predecessor’s reputation, The Matrix Reloaded will forever stand as one of the most snicker-inducing CGI spectacles ever.

4. THE MUMMY TRILOGY

Another case of “cool at the time”, the years have not been kind to these Brendan Fraser-led action-adventures. Even upon release, the special effects here weren’t as scary as they were comedic. These movies are kind of like the Evil Dead series, but with all the of camp and none of the charm. It doesn’t help that some CGI moments were clearly unnecessary, and probably could have been accomplished with more effective makeup and costume design. With mummified victims in the first, the Scorpion King (or The Rock’s uncanny CGI Torso) in the second, and the awful digital armies in the third, this film series has bad CGI at every turn.

Surely, these are some guilty pleasure films that aren’t all that bad, but that doesn’t exempt them from the list. They also deserve some credit for the creative visual idea of having the titular Mummy turn into a sandstorm. But still. Just look at what they did to Dwayne Johnson!

3. SPY KIDS 3-D: GAME OVER

This entry in the family-friendly franchise was made with the intent of pushing visual effects, and capitalizing on the then-renewed interest in 3D movies. Trapped in a virtual reality video game, the Spy Kids…oh, who cares. It’s basically just Ready Player One, but probably worse. Honestly, this checks all the boxes: lots of green screen, rubbery effects, and characters made up of CGI (mostly, in this case). On top of all this, it is presented in 3D — but not just any 3D. The old-school, throw-everything-in-your-face 3D that somebody somewhere thought was cool but totally isn’t.

Less CGI probably wouldn’t have made this movie any better, but anything is an improvement over these obnoxious special effects. The film’s saving grace? The bizarre finale, which features tons of cameos (Steve Buschemi! Bill Paxton! Danny Trejo as Machete?) and Sly Stallone’s hilarious performance as the film’s campy villains. Yes, villains — plural. One of them is actually George Clooney. It’s a…weird movie.

2. THE LAWNMOWER MAN

Released in 1992, this rough Stephen King adaptation might have early technology to blame for its dated and ugly special effects, but that doesn’t give it a pass. Like any other technology, CGI will only improve with time, but this film demonstrates just how poorly digital effects can age.

The Lawnmower Man, a sci-fi-horror flick about Pierce Brosnan experimenting on a “simple” gardener to make him smarter (wait, what?) utilizes heavy amounts of CGI to create an early ’90s interpretation of virtual reality. At the time, it was probably a fresh sight, but today, it just looks laughable. Somehow uglier than early PlayStation cutscenes, the shiny, doughy CGI not only looks unpleasant, but age may have only worsened its aesthetic. It’s become so ugly over the years that it’s now borderline frightening.

The CGI here is truly, legitimately cringeworthy and almost unnerving. Heck, it’s making us uncomfortable just thinking about it. Give it a look and see for yourself—but not too long a look. Because ugh.

1. STAR WARS SPECIAL EDITIONS

You probably saw this one coming. What happens when you take some of the best looking practical effects in film history, and enhance them with CGI unnecessarily? You get some of the worst moments in the film industry’s most beloved franchise. Some of the Star Warsrereleases actually added welcome changes, but the extraneous CGI allowed George Lucas to commit some pretty heinous retrospective editing. This resulted in overcrowding shots with creatures and buildings, making Ewoks blink, the addition of Return of the Jedi’s awful musical number, and generally tampering with what already worked well. The series has its fair share of shortcomings, but not all of them can be fixed with CGI. These changes are largely unnecessary.

Remember the shot in A New Hope where a CGI creature walks into frame and fills the screen end-to-end, in the middle of dialogue? Then you probably haven’t seen the special editions. You don’t have to, but if you want to see a director go mad with CGI-power, take a long, hard look. And yes, Han most certainly shot first, and don’t you ever forget it.

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20 Worst Movies Ever Made (According To IMDb)

20 Worst Movies Ever Made (According To IMDb)

The critics may have Rotten Tomatoes at their disposal, but regular moviegoers can always counter with the Internet Movie Database.

A longtime popular feature of IMDb has been the star rating system, which allows visitors of the site to rate movies on a 1-10 scale. While the system has been criticized for various flaws, it does provide a general overview of which films are alternately adored and reviled by the site’s readers.

The highest rated movies on IMDb can be found on the Top 250 list, while the lowest rated are collected on the Bottom 100. Older films are often pushed off the lists for newer releases, but there does appear to be some consistency when it comes to which titles are ranked the best of the best or, conversely, the worst of the worst.

Of the 100 lowest rated movies on IMDb, many are foreign-language productions that never reached the U.S. or Canada, while several others are films that went straight to DVD. And then there are the countless grade-Z obscurities that wouldn’t be on the list had they not been featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

To streamline this list, it was decided that it would only include the lowest-ranked movies that received theatrical distribution in North America.

Here, in ranked order from the least lambasted to the most despised, are The 20 Worst Movies Ever Made, According To IMDb.

20. BATTLEFIELD EARTH — 2.5/10

It’s a testament to humankind’s blanket hatred of 2000’s Battlefield Earth that the film turns up not only on this list but also on Rotten Tomatoes’ list of the worst science fiction moviesever made. Critics and moviegoers may not always agree, but it seems they’re united against the sight of John Travolta in dreadlocked hair extensions.

Adapted from L. Ron Hubbard’s novel, the film finds Travolta playing a member of an evil alien race that arrived on our planet and proceeded to alternately slaughter and enslave all humans. Budgeted at $73 million, Battlefield Earth was greeted with awful audience word-of-mouth to go along with awful reviews, resulting in a worldwide gross of only $29 million.

As the movie only covered approximately the first half of the mammoth book, Travolta had planned to follow up with a sequel. Needless to say, the utter failure of this film guaranteed the sequel wasn’t going to happen.

19. LAWNMOWER MAN 2: BEYOND CYBERSPACE — 2.5/10

Like mad scientists running amok, studio suits opted to take the title of a Stephen King short story, “The Lawnmower Man”, and graft it onto a completely unrelated script. The Lawnmower Man was a modest success when it hit theaters in 1992, but King wasn’t impressed, successfully suing to have his name removed from the finished product. He didn’t need to repeat the lawsuit with 1996’s Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace, since its makers wisely opted not to mention him in any capacity.

The original film casts Jeff Fahey as Jobe, a simple-minded gardener subjected to tests that turn him into a genius/computer-generated god. Fahey, whose performance was painfully broad, is replaced in the sequel by Matt Frewer, who’s merely bland.

Jobe is still trapped in cyberspace and still trying to take over the world, but between the derivative plot and the lackluster visual effects, audiences couldn’t have cared less.

18. CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD — 2.5/10

The 1998 bomb Chairman of the Board has been so thoroughly ignored by moviegoers that it’s a wonder enough people have seen it to rate it on IMDb.

The stage comedian Carrot Top — an acquired taste if ever there was one — stars as a nutty inventor who inherits a major corporation from a dying businessman (Jack Warden). While others (Larry Miller and Raquel Welch) try to steal the company from him, he’s busy coming up with wacky ideas like a TV dinner that actually comes with a TV set inside it.

Chairman of the Board premiered in less than 200 theaters across the nation — that’s a reasonable number for an art-house release, but not so much for a mainstream comedy. In at least one city, it opened at the dollar theater, skipping first-run establishments altogether. Playing to empty auditoriums from coast to coast, it was quickly yanked from release, managing to gross only $181,000.

Aside from cameo appearances as himself, Scott “Carrot Top” Thompson never again graced the silver screen after this bomb.

17. THE OOGIELOVES IN THE BIG BALLOON ADVENTURE — 2.5/10

Not every movie can claim to set some sort of record, which makes 2012’s The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure a very special film indeed.

Opening in the summer of 2012, this family flick follows Goobie, Toofie, and Zoozie as they attempt to retrieve a bunch of wayward balloons. During their escapades, they meet such characters as Bobby Wobbly (Cary Elwes), Marvin Milkshake (Chazz Palminteri), and Lero Sombrero (Christopher Lloyd).

Budgeted at $20 million, The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure was promoted as an interactive experience in which kids were encouraged to stand up and make noise during the movie. The tots who did attend doubtless had plenty of room to sashay around the multiplex auditoriums, as the film set a new record for the all-time worst opening weekend for a movie debuting on over 2,000 screens.

Its three-day box office take from 2,160 theaters was $443,901 — that’s a miserable per-theater average of $205 and change.

16. GIGLI — 2.4/1O

It’s somewhat amazing that Ben Affleck was able to survive 2003’s Gigli, a movie whose very title became shorthand whenever the subject of awful movies came up. Following the release of this debacle, who could possibly have guessed that the male half of Bennifer would go on to become both an award-winning director and Batman?

Affleck and Jennifer Lopez play Gigli and Ricki, two mob enforcers assigned to kidnap a prosecutor’s mentally challenged brother (Justin Bartha). As they carry out their task, Gigli starts to fall for Ricki, even though he knows she’s a lesbian. The romantic angle falls dismally flat because Affleck and Lopez have absolutely no chemistry together – even more baffling, given their very public and steam real-life relationship.

To alleviate the tedium, Christopher Walken turns up for one scene, apparently doing an Al Pacino impersonation. Then Al Pacino pops up in a later sequence, also doing an Al Pacino impersonation. At this point in their respective careers, Walken’s Pacino is easier to take than Pacino’s Pacino.

15. LEONARD PART 6 — 2.4/10

For five consecutive seasons, The Cosby Show was the highest rated prime-time series in the nation. During this stretch, star Bill Cosby opted to test his clout at the box office by producing, co-writing, and starring in 1987’s Leonard Part 6, an ostensible comedy about a secret agent who battles a vegetarian and the murderous animals under her control.

Reviews were brutal, box office was nonexistent, and Cosby himself disowned the picture and urged folks not to see it. Those who did check it out could at least pass the time counting the number of Coca-Colas spotted throughout the film — Cosby was a Coke spokesperson at the time, and the product placement reaches a fever pitch.

For his part, Cosby laughed off the whole ordeal, even appearing on Johnny Carson’s The Tonight Show brandishing the three Razzie Awards he won for the film (Worst Actor, Worst Screenplay, and Worst Picture).

14. ALONE IN THE DARK — 2.4/10

Most bad movies at least possess occasional lulls in their ineptness, brief moments salvaged by, say, a clever line of dialogue or an interesting character insight. Alone in the Dark, director Uwe Boll’s amateurish horror yarn from 2005, defies that assumption — it stumbles from one astonishingly awful sequence to the next until the viewer’s head feels like it will explode Scanners-style.

In this adaptation of the video game series, Christian Slater headlines as a detective whose interest in the supernatural leads him to a case involving demonic interdimensional beings. Tara Reid (mispronouncing “Newfoundland,” by the way) co-stars as a brainy anthropologist, perhaps the most mind-boggling bit of miscasting since a Bond flick offered Denise Richards as a nuclear physicist who strutted around in short-shorts.

Thanks to such flops as Postal and In the Name of the King, Boll has a stellar reputation for making terrible movies. Few, though, have been as mercilessly savaged — and gleefully ridiculed — as Alone in the Dark.

13. EPIC MOVIE — 2.3/10

Over the course of approximately a decade, the writer-director team of Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer has been behind numerous broad spoofs that have instilled fear and loathing in movie reviewer and moviegoer alike.

On Rotten Tomatoes, the highest rated of the duo’s eight movies in this joint capacity is 2006’s Date Movie at 7%; on IMDb, the highest rated feature among audiences is 2015’s Superfast! at 4.1. Those are hardly inspiring scores, yet they’re rated far higher than 2007’s Epic Movie.

The primary plot of Epic Movie is a send-up of The Chronicles of Narnia, with the Pervertski kids traveling to the land of Gnarnia and battling the White Bitch. Before it’s over, they’ll encounter such colorful characters as pirate captain Jack Swallows, candymaker Willy Wonka, the Harry Potter and X-Men gangs, and even Borat. It’s all rather witless, and certainly no match for a vintage issue of MAD Magazine.

12. CROSSOVER — 2.2/10

On paper, 2006’s Crossover sounds like the type of underdog sports flick that often soars — whether it’s in the field of boxing (Rocky), basketball (Hoosiers), baseball (A League of Their Own), or basically any other game this side of badminton.

Here, the featured sport is streetball (aka street basketball), and the best of the best can be found on a team known as Platinum. But the arrogance of these reigning champions rubs best buddies Tech (a pre-MCU Anthony Mackie) and Cruise (Wesley Jonathan) the wrong way, so they elect to prove their superiority on the court by pitting their team, Enemy of the State, against Platinum.

With its modest budget, Crossover did manage to break even at the box office. According to audiences turned off by its erratic pacing and clichéd script, though, it was little more than a cinematic air ball.

11. SON OF THE MASK — 2.2/10

Based on the Dark Horse comic series, The Mask was a sizable hit for Jim Carrey back in 1994. A sequel seemed like a foregone conclusion, but once Carrey made it clear he would not be returning to play Stanley Ipkiss and his whirlwind alter ego, the project hit a brick wall.

It took eleven years before Son of the Mask hit theaters, but without Carrey or a lingering audience interest in this franchise, the 2005 sequel proved to be a massive critical and commercial bomb.

In place of Carrey, Son of the Mask offers Jamie Kennedy as Tim, a struggling cartoonist who comes into contact with the same mask from the first film. The Norse god Loki (Alan Cumming) wants his mask back, but before he can acquire it, he must contend with Tim, Tim’s baby boy, and the family dog — all of whom end up donning the mask during the course of this frantic and unfunny feature.

10. GLITTER — 2.2/10

The 2001 flop Glitter is a vanity piece so awkward and unsightly, even Mariah Carey’s fans were embarrassed by all the self-adulation taking place on-screen.

While she would later earn kudos for her supporting turn in 2009’s Oscar-winning Precious, Carey here displays all the acting ability of a chia pet. She plays the role of Billie Frank, who goes from being a struggling back-up singer to landing a major label contract, putting out a hit album, recording music videos, and attending awards shows. Such a career trajectory would normally take years, but thanks to the film’s chainsaw editing, all of these events seemingly occur in the time it takes to get a haircut.

The fact that Glitter was released 10 days after 9/11 probably didn’t help its fortunes, but it’s hard to imagine a movie as rancid as this one succeeding at any point.

9. WHO’S YOUR CADDY? — 2.1/10

According to Roger Ebert’s 1999 interview with Bill Clinton, the former President of the United States loves CasablancaL.A. ConfidentialThe Ten Commandments, and American Beauty. According to The Hollywood Reporter’s 2013 interview with The Hangover director Todd Phillips, the former Prez loves 2007’s Who’s Your Caddy?

Reportedly, Clinton caught Who’s Your Caddy? on a flight to Thailand and later relayed his enthusiasm for the comedy after bumping into the Hangover crew (there shooting Part II). Alas, his admiration isn’t shared by the nation at large.

Antwan Andre Patton, better known as rapper Big Boi of Outkast, plays a successful hip-hop artist who wants to join an elite country club in order to play golf. When the all-white establishment denies him membership, he decides to retaliate in unexpected ways. Yes, it’s the “slobs vs. snobs” hook immortalized by Caddyshack, so it’s hardly surprising that Who’s Your Caddy? was slammed for being an inferior rip-off of the 1980 comedy favorite.

8. HOUSE OF THE DEAD — 2.1/10

Alone in the Dark helmer Uwe Boll makes a second appearance on this list, this time for the cruddy 2003 horror flick House of the Dead.

Based on the arcade and video game series of the same name, House of the Dead centers on a group of college-age kids who head to a remote island to attend a rave. Upon arriving, they find that zombies have taken over the island, and the only way to survive is to blast their way out.

In recent years, Boll has made headlines for cussing out fellow directors and movie stars. He also lambasted, well, basically everyone on the planet who wouldn’t give him Kickstarter funds to finance more movies. Then in 2016, he suddenly announced that he had retired from the filmmaking business.

7. THE EMOJI MOVIE — 2.0/10

The Emoji Movie only came out approximately a month ago, and yet it’s already represented on IMDb’s Bottom 100. While the passage of time might see it eventually wedged from the list (as often happens with just-released movies on both IMDb’s Best and Worst lists), the fact that it placed so low at such lightning speed indicates that the hate is strong for this one.

A movie based entirely on iPhone symbols sounds even more desperate than a movie based on a trading card series (The Garbage Pail Kids Movie) or a film based on a downloadable game app (The Angry Birds Movie), but such a stunning lack of imagination has never stopped Hollywood before.

Set inside a smartphone, the plot involves an unhappy emoji (voiced by T.J. Miller) who needs to learn that it’s OK to be different. Along the way, he encounters Poop — that this unsightly emoji is voiced by no less than Patrick Stewart might remain the most depressing movie news of 2017.

6. GOING OVERBOARD — 1.9/10

Even before his Saturday Night Live gig, Adam Sandler made his film debut with 1989’s Going Overboard, in which he played an aspiring stand-up comedian who lands a job aboard a cruise ship.

Since he hit the big time, Sandler rarely mentions Going Overboard and regards it as a complete embarrassment. When a movie is disowned by the man who takes full credit for such atrocities as Grown Ups and Little Nicky, it certainly gives one pause.

For a film that would have sunk into oblivion were it not for its star’s eventual ascension, Going Overboard is mostly fascinating for its supporting cast. Burt Young (Paulie in the Rocky flicks) plays a grouchy dictator. Billy Bob Thornton appears as a heckler. Comedy legend Milton Berle portrays himself. Actor-turned-director Peter Berg (Battleship) pops up in a small role. And years before he snarled at Leo and Kate in Titanic, Billy Zane has a more benevolent seafaring role as King Neptune, rising from the ocean to offer our hapless hero some career advice.

5. FROM JUSTIN TO KELLY — 1.9/10

While various American Idol winners and losers have gone on to vibrant music careers, only Jennifer Hudson, an Oscar winner for Dreamgirls, can boast of any significant success in film. Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini certainly gave cinema a shot with 2003’s From Justin to Kelly, but they came up noticeably short.

When the first season of American Idol ended in September 2002, Clarkson had been chosen as the winner while Guarini was the runner-up. Seeking to take advantage of their contractually obligated stars, the show’s producers hustled the pair into From Justin to Kelly, a musical about a waitress and a college student who hook up during Spring Break in Fort Lauderdale.

From Justin to Kelly debuted in the summer of 2003, a mere 10 months after American Idolhad wrapped. Yet the fan devotion that propelled the pair to TV stardom didn’t extend to the multiplex, as the film was laughed off the screen and died a quick box office death.

4. THE HOTTIE & THE NOTTIE — 1.9/10

Despite receiving rancid reviews for her supporting stint in 2005’s lackluster House of Waxremake, so-called celebutante Paris Hilton again flexed her minimal thespian abilities in 2008’s The Hottie & the Nottie. Critics and filmgoers were even less charitable this time around.

Paris plays Cristabell Abbott, a fashion plate who refuses to date until she can find a boyfriend for her BFF, June Phigg (Christine Lakin). That proves to be quite the challenge, though, as June is a wallflower suffering from rotting teeth, acne outbreaks, thinning hair, and other outwardly afflictions.

While the filmmakers would doubtless insist that The Hottie & the Nottie was all about discovering one’s inner beauty, everyone else saw it as a tasteless and even cruel rom-com primarily designed to serve as a vanity project for the moonlighting heiress.

3. DISASTER MOVIE — 1.9/10

The team of Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, already represented on this list with Epic Movie, plumbed even further depths with 2008’s Disaster Movie. While such abysmal efforts as 2008’s Meet the Spartans and 2010’s Vampires Suck at least performed fairly well at the box office, this one turned out to be a financial flop for the duo.

Appearing in theaters just seven months after Meet the Spartans doubtless didn’t help — surely there was only so much stupidity the human mind could tolerate in one calendar year.

As usual, the filmmakers take an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach to comedy, so while the title promises a send-up of disaster flicks, the film also take lame potshots at everyone from Amy Winehouse to Indiana Jones and everything from Alvin and the Chipmunks to No Country for Old Men.

Incidentally, Friedberg and Seltzer aren’t done yet. Up next is a sci-fi spoof tentatively titled Star Worlds Episode XXXIVE=MC2: The Force Awakens The Last Jedi Who Went Rogue.

2. SUPERBABIES: BABY GENIUSES 2 — 1.6/10

The nation congratulated itself for surviving 1999’s Baby Geniuses, an insufferable family film centering on talking babies. The celebration turned out to be premature.

The talking tykes returned five years later for 2004’s Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2, a sequel held in even more contempt than its reviled predecessor. Instead of the original’s Kathleen Turner and Christopher Lloyd, this follow-up finds Jon Voight and Scott Baio stranded in a nonsensical plot in which the toddlers combat an evil media tycoon (Voight).

For the record, Baby Geniuses and Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 are both included in the IMDb Bottom 100. There have since been a trio of belated made-for-video sequels all starring Voight(!) — 2013’s Baby Geniuses and the Mystery of the Crown Jewels, 2014’s Baby Geniuses and the Treasures of Egypt, and 2015’s Baby Geniuses and the Space Babies — but all have thus far avoided making this list.

1. SAVING CHRISTMAS — 1.5/10

Put together so incompetently that it barely qualifies as a movie, 2014’s Saving Christmas is basically 80 minutes of an insufferable Kirk Cameron lambasting Christians for not being his equal when it comes to intolerance and close-mindedness. According to Cameron, the truemeaning of Christmas can be found not in charitable deeds but at the bottom of a hot mug of cocoa.

Far more entertaining than anything thrown on the screen is what transpired off it after the film’s release. Pouting over the film’s 0% critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Cameron implored his Facebook groupies to flood the site with raves for his stinky stocking stuffer. Instead, naysayers went to both Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb and voted the film all the way down to the depths of Hell.

Currently, Saving Christmas is the lowest rated American movie on IMDb. If it wasn’t for the 2015 Turkish film Code Name: K.O.Z. in the #1 spot, it would be the lowest rated movie, period.

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The Art Of The Plot Twist

The Art Of The Plot Twist

 

  For his latest video essay, writer and film enthusiast Jack Nugent from Now You See It uses three films, Now You See Me, Primal Fear, and The Prestige, to illustrate the difference between a great plot twist and a boring one.

 


Here Are All The Different Punches You Might See In Movies

Here Are All The Different Punches You Might See In Movies

 

 The way punches are shot and how its sound effects are designed have a deep impact on how we understand the violence of the films.

 


Five Dark Movies That Were Almost EVEN DARKER

Five Dark Movies That Were Almost EVEN DARKER

It’s a bleak world out there, guys. After all, darkness makes for some solid art (just ask the creator of Black Mirror, or my therapist after I watch Black Mirror). Some of the darkest stuff out there, though? It was almost even more depressing. Here are five dark movies that were almost even darker. Be warned, though, because we’re gettin’ into some heavy duty spoilers here.

 

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Kevin Spacey playing a murderous killer judging his victims for their lack of morality predated the Saw series by nearly a decade, and boy, oh, boy, is it ever an exercise in darkness. The current ending sees Brad Pitt shoot the killer dead after asking the eternal question, “WHATSINTHEBAAAAAAHX,” but it’s lightened up a little by the baritone optimism of Morgan Freeman. Originally, though, we got that gunshot, and then a straight-up cut to black, accompanied by dead silence. I need to lie down just thinking about the bleakness of that ending.

 

Donnie Darko

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Or how about this spirit-lifter, in which Jake Gyllenhaal plays a time-traveling, future-seeing loner (or, uh, something like that? There’s a rabbit involved). The ending is already pretty dark, as we realize that Donnie must die for everyone else to live. In the original ending, however, we SEE much more of that, with Donnie impaled by the debris of the jet engine that crashed into his room. As far as coming-of-age tales go, not many include visceral skewering, so, like... that’s a plus?

 

Get Out

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If you haven’t seen Get Out yet, what are you even doing with your life? Jordan Peele’s feature directorial debut works as a thriller as well as a study of divisive race relations, and one of the most chilling parts of the movie is the ending, after Chris has killed many people out of necessity, and a lone police car descends on the scene. While the current cut has Chris’ friend Rod step out of the car, the original ending had a white cop emerge, and... well, yeah, not a great time was had by all.

 

10 Cloverfield Lane

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While Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s Michelle escapes in both versions of this story, what she discovers is vastly different. In the movie we saw, she escaped the bunker only to come face-to-face with an alien invasion that she inevitably escapes. In an alternate ending, however, she escapes to Chicago only to see that it’s been reduced to rubble. And then, uh, she gets ice cream and starts over in a new city and everything’s A-okay? All right, maybe not that last part, she sorta just exists in a dead world, but come on, I need to get through today somehow.

 

The Silence of the Lambs

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One of the best horror-thrillers of all time ends with arguably the greatest cannibalism-inspired pun of all time, as a free Hannibal Lecter tells Clarice Starling that he’s “having an old friend for dinner”, referring to his one-time tormentor, Dr. Chilton. DO YOU GET IT? Originally, the filmmakers didn’t seem to have much faith in our pun radars, as that line leads to a shot of Dr. Chilton tied to a chair while Dr. Lecter looks on with a paring knife. I’ve always said, you can end with a pun, or you can end with outright implied cannibalism, NOT BOTH.

 


MOVIES QUIZ / 5-STAR DIRECTORS

MOVIES QUIZ / 5-STAR DIRECTORS

 

Can you pick the movies for each famous director?

 


FASCINATING FACTS: 25 Interesting Facts About The Making Of The Movie “Titanic”

FASCINATING FACTS: 25 Interesting Facts About The Making Of The Movie “Titanic”

 

The movie Titanic has become the epitome of  enduring love that sustains even after death. The simple story set amidst the epic disaster has captivated the audience hearts. But there were several interesting nuggets that happened backstage, incidents that lend more sparkle to the love story. Here we bring you 25 facts about the Titanic that will make you go awww.

1. Madonna auditioned for the role of Rose but was considered too old to play the role of younger Rose.

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Madonna and Rose ? Thank God, Cameron turned out to be sensible.(source)

2. Christian Bale openly campaigned for the role of Jack Dawson but James Cameron refused as he did not want two British actors playing the role of two Americans.

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3. The elderly Couple who lie on the bed awaiting death as water floods the room is based on the real-life couple Ida and Isidor Strauss, the owners of Macy’s who died on the RMS Titanic.

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Ida was offered a seat on a lifeboat but refused so that she could stay with her husband, saying, “As we have lived together, so we shall die together.” There was a scene filmed that depicted this moment but was cut from the final version.(source)

4. In the movie, Jack says he goes ice fishing in Wissota lake but the lake did not exist in 1912. This man-made lake was created in 1917!

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In the movie, Jack claims to have gone ice fishing on Lake Wissota, situated near Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. But the man-made reservoir was created in 1917.(source)

5. During a shooting schedule in Canada, an angry crew member added disassociative drug PCP (angel dust) into the soup that Cameron and others were eating. The drug sent more than 50 people to the hospital. Cameron managed to vomit before the drug could take full hold. The perpetrator has never been caught.

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A disgruntled crew member added Angel dust in the soup. Almost 50 members including Jim Cameron, Kate Winslet, and Leonardo DiCaprio were taken ill. Once Cameron realized the severity of the condition, he tried to induce vomiting to get rid off of the drug-laced soup. Some of the crew members who were hospitalized were released after 24 hours of observation. The culprit was never found.(source)

6. Kate Winslet flashed Leonardo DiCaprio on the first day (of their meeting) so that there would be no awkwardness between them during the filming of the nude scene.

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The nude scene was the first meeting between the two actors. So, to break the ice, Kate simply decided to flash her nude body to Leonardo DiCaprio which made them laugh. Thus, there was no incipient awkwardness or tension when Jack was painting Rose in the buff.(source)

7. The scenes set in 1912 lasts for two hours and thirty minutes, the exact time it took for RMS Titanic to sink.

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The scenes set in 1912, i.e. the whole movie except the present-day scenes and the opening and ending credits, have a total length of two hours and forty minutes, the exact time it took for Titanic to sink. Also, the collision with the iceberg reportedly lasted 37 seconds, which is how long the collision scene is in the movie.(source)

8. Everyone (trade circles) including James Cameron thought that Titanic made on a budget of 200 million USD would end up as a catastrophic disaster instead, it went on to get an initial worldwide gross of 1.8 billion USD 

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Before the film release various film critics and insiders thought that Titanic would prove to be a “big disappointment” at the box office, Cameron shared this pessimism . But to their surprise Titanic went on to become a blockbuster initially grossing more than 1.8 billion USD worldwide. In fact, it was the first movie to touch the billion dollar mark.(source)

9. James Cameron, who was deeply fascinated with shipwrecks considered the RMS Titanic as “Mount Everest of Shipwrecks” wrote a script for Titanic and sought Hollywood funding to get to dive to the shipwreck; not because he particularly wanted to make the movie.

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Jack Cameron had a strong fascination for shipwrecks and considered RMS Titanic as the “Mount Everest of Shipwrecks.” Once he saw an IMAX movie made from the footage of the wreck itself, his fascination getting stronger, he thought of getting Hollywood to fund his passion for his underwater diving (to seek and film RMS Titanic) and the only way was to make a film on the Titanic. Thus, the movie Titanic was born!(source)

10. The character in Titanic who fortifies himself with alcohol and rides down the ship into the ocean along with Rose and Jack is based on the real-life person Chief Baker Charles Joughin. He survived the ordeal and credited the booze for that.

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The real Charles Joughin may very well have been the last survivor to leave the Titanic. Joughin rode down the Titanic and landed in the ocean. He kept himself afloat by paddling in the water for almost two hours. Joughin who had consumed copious amount of alcohol said that he did not feel the cold while in the water (probably the whiskey kept him warm). Joughin was rescued by RMS Carpathia in the morning with only swollen feet as a reminder of his two-hour paddling.(source)

11. There was a real J.Dawson on RMS Titanic. “J.Dawson or Joseph Dawson” was a trimmer aboard the RMS Titanic. He was buried in the Fairview Lawn cemetery in Nova Scotia. Today, his gravestone is the most widely visited one in the cemetery.

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When James Cameron was writing the script, he intended to create a fictionalized Rose and Jack Dawson. It was after he finished his script, he found out that there was a real “J. Dawson” who died aboard the Titanic. The trimmer Dawson was buried at Fairview Lawn Cemetery in Nova Scotia. Post-release of the movie, his gravestone is the most visited in the cemetery.(source)

12. James Cameron chose to build only the starboard side of his RMS Titanic. All shots were reversed to show the ship docked on the port side at Southampton. The crew managed the illusion by reversing the signs and the costumes.

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James Cameron opted to construct the starboard side of the ship as weather reports (for 1912) indicated north- to- south wind which blew the funnel smoke aft. This proved a problem for the crew who needed to show the departure of the ship from Southampton ( the ship was docked on the port side). The production crew managed to overcome this obstacle by writing/doing everything in reverse, if someone walked on the right side in the script, they were made to walk on the left during the filming. In post-production, the film was flipped to the correct direction.(source)

13. It is actually James Cameron hand that is seen sketching the nude picture of Rose. He also drew other pictures in jack’s portfolio.

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The picture of nude Rose was drawn by James Cameron. It is his hand you see in the movie. Cameron also drew all the pictures Jack’s portfolio that Rose was looking at on the ship’s deck.(source)

14. The studios wanted Matthew McConaughey to play Jack Dawson but James Cameron insisted on Leonardo DiCaprio.

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The production studio wanted Mathew McConaughey to play Jack Dawson but Cameron insisted on Leonardo DiCaprio for the role.(source)

15. Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist informed James Cameron that the night sky was wrongly set for April 15, 1912 (when Titanic Sinks). The error was corrected in the 3D release of the movie.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson was hounding Cameron for more than a decade to have a historically accurate night sky – in the scenes after the Titanic sank. He got his wish fulfilled when James Cameron released a corrected sky in the 3D version of the movie.(source)

16. Celine Dion’s “My heart will go on” from Titanic is one of the iconic movie songs. However, Kate Winslet admitted that she hated the song partly due to the fact that people tended to play the song when she was around.

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Kate admits that she hates the “love theme song”, She really has some harsh words to say about the song, “I feel like throwing up when I hear it… I wish I could say, “Oh listen, everybody! It’s the Celine Dion song!” But I don’t. I just have to sit there, you know, kind of straight-faced with a massive internal eye roll.”(source)

17. Gloria Stuart, the 1930s actor who played the elder Rose died at the age of 100 just like her character in the movie.

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It’s an amazing coincidence.(source)

18. It has been scientifically proved that the drift-board on which Rose floats could have withstood the weight of Rose and Jack. It would also have kept them afloat for more than an hour (time taken to rescue Rose in the movie). All they had to do was tie the life jacket around the driftwood for buoyancy.

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Towards the end of the movie, Rose is floating on a wooden board in the freezing Atlantic while her lover Jack Dawson is in the water eventually freezing to death. The die hard fans of Leo felt that both could be saved. The discovery channel show scientifically tested the fan’s theory and proved that fans indeed were correct in their supposition.(source)

19. When Jack is handcuffed to a pole in E deck, he irreverently quips, “I’ll wait here.” – That was not part of the script but Cameron liked it very much so he kept it in.

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Leonardo DiCaprio kept the verve of Jack Dawson alive by this impromptu line. The line was not scripted but Cameron felt that the line was too funny to be ignored, so it stayed.(source)

20. The underwater shots in the Titanic were from the actual wreckage of RMS Titanic. Cameron hired the Russian research vehicle Akademik Mstislav Keldysh and its two submersibles MIR 1 & MIR 2 to shoot underwater closeups at a depth of 12,500 feet below the North Atlantic.

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The perfectionist in Cameron wanted real wreckage to be shown in his movie. He hired the Russian research vehicle and its 2 submersibles. He made 12 dives at the depths of 12,500 feet below the North Atlantic.(source)

21. Titanic with Leonardo DiCaprio was so popular that 7% of American teen girls had seen it twice within five weeks. The phenomenon of girls repeatedly watching the film was nicknamed “Leo-Mania”.

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That angelic face does not require an explanation, does it?(source)

22. This is the first movie that saw two different actors getting nominated for Academy awards, for playing the same role. Kate Winslet and Gloria Stuart were nominated (Best actress and Best Supporting actress respectively) for the role of Rose.

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Titanic was the first movie to receive two Academy Award nominations for the same character (Rose played by Kate Winslet & Gloria Stuart).(source)

23. Most of the Ocean that the Extras were jumping into was a big 3 feet deep pool!

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24. James Cameron in his pitch to the 20th Century Fox described it as Romeo and Juliet on Titanic and the 20th Century Fox promptly came on board to fund the movie.

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James Cameron did not go into a detailed pitch, he just said that Titanic is the story of Romeo and Juliet aboard a doomed ship, 20th-century fox did not want to lose Cameron so they agreed to fund the movie. (source)

25. In the original script, Cal was supposed to find Rose in the Carpathia. Rose was supposed to tell him to let her mother know that she perished in the sinking of the ship and that he would leave her alone for the rest of her life.

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James Cameron had envisioned a different ending to the movie but the paucity of time and budget forced him to alter the script.(source)


15 Movie Scenes That Would NOT Be Legal Today

15 Movie Scenes That Would NOT Be Legal Today

In a news conference in Seoul during the release of Django Unchained, Leonardo DiCaprio noted the famous adage, “pain is temporary, film is forever.” While it is nice to think that all of the heartbreak, pain, and struggle that go into making a movie simply vanish when the movie is completed, and all that history remembers is the final product, that simply isn’t true.

Some films are remembered eternally, and some are forgotten, but the stories about controversial behind-the-scenes elements have a long afterlife. They often haunt the world years after memories of the films themselves have paled in comparison. Sometimes, those controversial elements are so memorable because they would be at least questionable and possibly illegal by today’s filmmaking standards.

Some legal changes were for safety reasons; stunt actors are now generally better protected than Buster Keaton, who broke his neck doing a stunt. However, many of the changes were for stranger and far more controversial reasons.

Here are the 15 Movie Scenes That Would NOT Be Legal Today.

15. THE PLOT OF NOSFERATU

In 1922, film producer Albin Grau hired director F.W. Murnau– a brilliant director who’d already adapted Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for the screen– to make NosferatuNosferatu was to be Grau’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. However, Stoker’s widow wouldn’t grant him the rights, so he did what no one should do: he made the film anyway.

The film is inarguably a masterpiece, but modern audiences are lucky that they can even see it now. Grau and Murnau made cosmetic changes to the film in order to try and avoid copyright issues, things like changing character names. They weren’t enough to stop a lawsuit, however, and the judge found in favor of Stoker’s widow.

Grau went bankrupt and closed the production company, and the judge decided every copy of the film should be destroyed. Luckily, a single copy was in American hands, which was the only surviving print and the one from which all other versions of the film in the modern age have derived.

14. WILLIAM FRIEDKIN ABUSING HIS CAST IN THE EXORCIST

In The Exorcist, the violence is on-screen and in your face, and it’s one of the things that makes the movie experience so powerful. However, the real pain endured in making it was just off-screen, though there are clues for sharp-eyed viewers.

The first injuries were sustained by Linda Blair and Ellen Burstyn, both of whom suffered spinal injuries. Blair’s came from the harness used to fling her around, and Burstyn’s from being pulled to the floor too hard by a cable, both of which were approved by director William Friedkin. Though there was no hard evidence that he intentionally inflicted harm on the two actors, the same is not true for William O’Malley.

As a real-life priest playing a priest in the film, O’Malley was having trouble getting the emotion right during a last rites scene. Friedkin took him aside and slapped him hard across the face, then sent back in to do the scene.

That is the take that ended up in the final film, and it’s not the only time Friedkin slapped actors in his films.

13. WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS KILLING LEMMINGS FOR WHITE WILDERNESS

Between 1948 and 1960, Walt Disney Productions created a series of nature documentaries known as True Life Adventures. Each installment explored some aspect of natural life, from Seal Island to Bear Country to The Living DesertWhite Wilderness was one entry that received a great deal of attention, and not just for winning the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.

The 1958 documentary film was eventually exposed for creating false material that it passed off as real, shooting some of the footage at a river and a sound stage in Calgary, Canada.

The greater offense, however, was that a sequence showing lemmings leaping off a cliff into the water to their deaths was manufactured and that the lemmings were forced off the edge by the filmmakers themselves.

Controversies don’t tend to stick totThe Walt Disney Company for very long, and in recent years, Disney has taken to making more accurate and less cruel documentaries like Oceans and The Crimson Wing.

However, the incident has not been forgotten by animal lovers and rights groups.

12. BROOKE SHIELDS’ NUDE SCENE IN PRETTY BABY

In 1978, French director Louis Malle made Pretty Baby, the story of prostitution in New Orleans in the early 1900s. The film was controversial for its subject matter, but the performances and direction made it a critical hit, and the film won the Technical Grand Prize at the 1978 Cannes Film Festival. Essentially a love story between an older photographer and an underage prostitute, the film had the makings of an American Lolita.

That there was nudity in the film is no great surprise, given that it was about a brothel. What was a surprise was the nude scene that Brooke Shields appeared in, given she was only twelve years old. This led to great controversy for the film, including being banned in certain provinces of Canada and being labelled, by columnist Rona Barrett, as “child pornography.”

The Canadian ban was eventually repealed in 1995, and the trimmed version of the film was eventually released in places where it had been censored. Ironically, though the controversy raged, it had little effect on the careers of Malle and Shields.

11. ILLEGAL AND UNCLEARED STUNT DRIVING IN THE FRENCH CONNECTION

It’s one of the great car chase sequences of all time: Gene Hackman as Popeye Doyle pursues an elevated subway car by dangerously navigating the busy streets of New York City in his police car. Viewers can genuinely feel the danger in The French Connection scene, and not all of it comes just from excellent filmmaking.

Though many blocks of the city were reserved for shooting the scene, director William Friedkin and stunt driver Bill Hickman went outside the designated area while they shot, putting pedestrians and other drivers in serious danger of injury during the high-speed chase.

Hickman was a skilled driver and was, thankfully, able to avoid major problems, but one of the accidents shown in the final film was a real and unintended one. Producers kept the crash in the film and paid the unsuspecting driver’s repair bills. Rest easy, though: the sequence with the woman pushing the stroller was planned and executed safely.

Thankfully, Friedkin has mellowed his dangerous filmmaking tendencies in recent years.

10. ANIMAL ABUSE DURING THE FILMING OF THE ADVENTURES OF MILO AND OTIS

The Adventures f Milo and Otis seems like an adorable children’s animal film, one starring a pug and a kitten who are best friends getting into misadventures. The problem is that those misadventures were often real, and very dangerous, for the animals in the movie.

The film was originally a Japanese film, re-edited and given voice-over narration by Dudley Moore for its English language release. In the midst of the footage, kittens are bitten by snakes, hurled off cliffs, and attacked by birds. Even if the only things that happened to the animals were on-screen, it’s cruel.

However, the accusations say that several cats died during the filming. The American Humane Society signed off on the film, though the wording of their approval is strange. Were a film like this to be shot today, the level of scrutiny would be much higher and this kind of abuse would be observed and stopped immediately.

Much lesser issues happened on the set of A Dog’s Purpose, and the controversy negatively affected the film’s box office.

9. UNDERAGE NUDITY AND SEX ACTS IN SALO, OR 120 DAYS OF SODOM

Though the film is considered an arthouse film made by a controversial director and its content is a symbolic indictment of the politics of its creators home country, there is no doubt that some of the acts and images portrayed in Salo, or 120 Days of Sodom are the most disturbing images put to film. That many of them are enacted by young people who quite possibly may be underage is all the more disturbing.

Rape and graphic nudity are depicted in this film to such a degree that the film was banned in many countries, particularly in Australia, where it was refused classification. Director Pier Paolo Pasolini was already considered a controversial figure, but when he teamed with the Marquis de Sade (who wrote the source material upon which the film is based), he outdid any previous controversy.

Before the film was released, Pasolini was murdered. To this day, it is unknown whether his death was directly connected to the uproar that the rumors of the film were causing.

8. BORDERLINE CHILD PORNOGRAPHY IN THE TIN DRUM

The Tin Drum was a well-respected German film which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1979. The plot centers on a young man who willfully stops aging physically in protest of the craziness of the world around him. However, he continues aging mentally, and eventually has a sexual relationship.

This is where the movie gets in some trouble. The film was banned in Oklahoma in 1997, eighteen years after it was released, when a judge found a certain sequence to be child pornography.

The actor, who looked to be four or five years old, was actually twelve, and there was no actual sexual contact, but the film was still banned, and one man was arrested for renting child pornography from a Blockbuster Video.

The case went to trial, and the following year, a judge ruled that the movie did not contain child pornography. The movie was vindicated, but the bad reputation has been hanging over it ever since.

7. THE KILLING OF ANIMALS IN CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST

Cannibal Holocaust is a notorious movie from the 1970s that was shot partly in documentary style, and the filmmaker was taken to court to prove that the actors in the movie weren’t actually murdered for the film (they weren’t, of course). However, there were murders filmed for the movie, and they made the final cut.

Seven animals were killed for the making of the movie, although only six of them actually ended up on-screen. Though many of them were disturbing and graphic, the most horrifying ones were the turtle which was decapitated and vivisected and the pig which was shot in the head with a shotgun.

Director Ruggiero Deodato has gone on record saying he probably wouldn’t do it again if he had the chance. The film wasn’t even submitted to the British Board of Film Classification until 2001 because the UK had a strict “video nasties” law in place and no one believed that the film could get past it. They were right.

6. UNDERAGE NUDITY IN KIDS

The movie Kids was groundbreaking American filmmaking that made a name for director Larry Clark and introduced viewers to actors like Leo Fitzpatrick, Chloe Sevigny, and Rosario Dawson.

It also introduced distributors to claims of child pornography, and in one case, required the studio releasing it to spend more money on special effects to hide the nudity than was spent on anything else on the film.

According to producer Cary Woods, the film was under serious threat of legal issue because it was against the law to show the nipples actresses under the age of eighteen. The film did that, and because of all the other controversy surrounding the film– due to its subject matter of drug use and casual sex between teenagers– the distributor didn’t want to take the risk.

They ended up hiring an effects house to digitally smooth over anything that remotely resembled a nipple, thereby protecting themselves from legal trouble. Director Clark continued to flirt with controversy throughout his later career, though.

5. INTERVIEW FOOTAGE OF REAL PEOPLE IN FAKE DOCUMENTARY BORAT

There were a number of shocking moments in the fake documentary comedy Borat, from an offensive version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” to the rampant anti-Semitism to the naked hotel wrestling. However, the element that got the film into legal trouble was a simple conversation.

The issue came about when two fraternity members shown in the film making sexist and racist remarks tried to stop the film from being shown because they felt they were misled.

Producers had told them that they were to be interviewed by a foreign journalist who didn’t understand the societal norms of American society, even though it was actually actor Sacha Baron Cohen pretending to be a bigot. That, combined with a healthy dose of alcohol, resulted in a very offensive interview that the fraternity members wished they had never done.

They were only the tip of the iceberg, however, with others alleging loss of jobs due to appearing in the film, and a Romanian village they shot as Kazakhstan was horrified to discover what they actually made of the footage.

4. CAUSING CANCER IN THE CAST AND CREW ON THE CONQUEROR

There were a number of bad decisions made regarding the 1956 John Wayne film The Conqueror. The fact that all-American cowboy John Wayne was inaccurately cast as Mongol Empire leader Genghis Khan was surprisingly not the most troubling one.

The biggest mistake the film made was deciding to shoot on location, and deciding that location should be a stretch of desert less than one hundred miles from a nuclear testing site in Nevada. While on set, John Wayne and his sons tested the area with a Geiger counter, and the needle shot up. However, no one seemed worried about it.

After the location shooting was completed, sand from the location was shipped to the soundstage where the rest of the film was shot. Cast and crew were exposed to it for the entire shoot.

John Wayne, co-star Susan Hayward, director Dick Powell, and 88 of the 220 members of the cast and crew ended up developing some form of cancer sometime after filming. Forty-six of them died of the disease.

3. EVERYONE DOING DRUGS DURING EASY RIDER

Easy Rider was the film that heralded a shift from the classic Hollywood epics and musicals to the gritty realism and existential concern of the 1960s. It redefined what movies were and how they were made, but some of the restrictive rules they cast off from the old studio system might have gone a little too far.

During the filming of Easy Rider, it has long been rumored that the cast and crew indulged in recreational drug use. It was confirmed by Jack Nicholson, who described a single scene in which over 150 joints were smoked during the shooting.

Given the loose structure and nature of the set, the fact that lead actor Peter Fonda also admitted to drug use (although only ever copped to marijuana), as well as director Dennis Hopper’s predilection at the time for both drugs and alcohol, it is almost certain that more than just 150 joints were present on that set.

Though drug use may not have vanished from film sets now, it is more well-hidden and more tightly controlled in order to avoid legal trouble.

2. USING AN ACTUAL DECAPITATED HORSE’S HEAD IN THE GODFATHER

Though people have accused The Godfather of glorifying the gangster lifestyle, there are devastatingly violent moments that should discourage anyone from seeking it out.

One of the most memorable is the brutal killing of Sonny Corleone, but inarguably the most disturbing image in the film is when Jack Poltz wakes up in bloody sheets and throws them aside to find a decapitated horse head in bed with him.

The reason the sequence was so disturbing, aside from the skill of director Francis Ford Coppola, is that the head in the bed looked so real… and that’s because it was. Coppola was unhappy with the artificial horse’s head that was created by the effects team, so he sent scouts to figure out how to get him a real one.

They found a dog food plant in New Jersey with horses that were ready to be slaughtered to make the food. The art director chose which of the horses looked the most like the living horse they used in the movie, and told the plant workers to send them the head on ice after the job was done.

1. SO MANY THINGS IN APOCALYPSE NOW

Everyone knows what a troubled shoot Apocalypse Now was, from the loss of their initial star Harvey Keitel to the heart attack of their second star Martin Sheen to the helicopters on loan from the Filipino military that kept getting called away for war engagements. However, the most disturbing things that happened actually ended up on screen.

First off, an indigenous tribe hacked a buffalo to death, and director Francis Ford Coppola photographed it in all its disturbing violence to be included in the film. While it was a potent metaphor for the fall of the villainous Brando, it did not sit well with animal rights groups.

More disturbing than that was the strange smell on the set that sent producer Gray Frederickson on a hunt that ended with dead rats and human corpses. As if that weren’t bad enough, it was discovered that the bodies were purchased by a man who turned out to be a grave robber.

Police came to the set, seized the crew’s passports, and investigated the foul play. The crew wasn’t charged, but the grave robber was arrested.

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FASCINATING FACTS: 25 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT MOVIES FROM THE 80s

FASCINATING FACTS: 25 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT MOVIES FROM THE 80s


FASCINATING FACTS: 15 Facts About Jackie Chan

FASCINATING FACTS: 15 Facts About Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan is known even to a small kid interested in martial art movies. He is respected all over the world for his expertise in Kung Fu. He has made a special place in our hearts with his dangerous stunts and comedic stunts. Many actors may come in the future, but none can take his place in the industry. Here are 15 lesser-known, intriguing facts about Jackie Chan – A humble man who touched the pinnacle of success.

1. Jackie Chan’s mother was an opium smuggler and his father was a spy.

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Traces of the Dragon: Jackie Chan and his family, a documentary on Jackie Chan revealed a rather colorful past of Jackie Chan’s parents. Jackie Chan’s mother was an opium dealer, a gambler and an important figure in China’s organized crime underworld. His father was a spy for Nationalist government and later become the boss of the gangland (underworld). Chan’s father met his mother when he arrested her for smuggling opium.(source)

2. Jackie Chan’s family was so poor he was almost sold to a wealthy British Couple when he was still a baby.

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Jackie Chan’s parents who fled to Honk Kong from mainland China were impoverished. When Jackie Chan was born, his parents were unable to pay the hospital bills. They tried to settle the bills by selling off the newborn Jackie Chan to the wealthy British doctor couple.(source 12)

3. His real name is Kong-sang Chan, Jackie Chan got the name Jackie while working as a construction worker in Canberra, Australia.

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Jackie Chan was born as Chan Kong-Sang. When film work dried up in 1970’s Jackie was forced to move in with his parents in Canberra. He took up a job as a construction worker in Canberra and there a fellow builder named Jack took him under his wings. He was soon known as “Little Jack”which was soon shortened to Jackie.(source)

4. Jackie Chan was trained as an opera singer as a child and has released 20 albums with songs in 5 different languages in Asia.

Besides his success as an actor, Jackie Chan is also a singer in Asia, singing in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, and Taiwanese. Jackie studied opera at the Peking Opera School when he was a little boy and trained in singing alongside his Kung Fu. Jackie often sings the theme songs for his movies which play over the closing credits.(source)

5. Jackie Chan and his stunt team are blacklisted by all insurance companies so he has to pay himself whenever somebody in his movies gets hurt.

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Jackie’s death-defying stunts are deemed so dangerous that none of the insurance companies are ready to insure him or his stunt team. Jackie has voluntarily agreed to pay for the cost of the treatment for the injuries sustained during a stunt for the entire life of the injured team member.(source)

6. Jackie Chan broke twelve concrete blocks with his hand while keeping the egg he was holding intact.

When Jackie Chan was invited to a talk show, he not only charmed the audience with the interview but also impressed the audience with his Kungfu skills. He broke 12 concrete blocks with his bare arm! The blocks were divided into groups of four and were stacked one top of the other. Jackie cupped an egg in his palm and using that same hand broke all the blocks in one go! The egg remained unbroken throughout this stunning display of his prowess and controlled strength.(source)

7. At the age of seventeen, he worked as a stuntman in the Bruce Lee films Fist of Fury and Enter the Dragon.

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Jackie Chan worked as a stuntman under the stage name Chan Yuen Lung the Bruce Lee movies. While shooting a stunt sequence, Bruce Lee inadvertently hit the energetic 17-year-old Jackie on the side of his head causing dizzy spells and intense pain to Jackie. Jackie Chan considers this the best ever moment of his life because Bruce Lee was overcome with remorse and was concerned about Jackie.(source)

8. He is a perfectionist, Jackie Chan once shot over 2900 retakes for one scene.

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The 1982 movie, Dragon Lord had a sequence where Jackie was supposed to kick a feathered shuttlecock in one continuous moment. Jackie decided to shoot this acrobatic action sequence in one continuous shot and it took 2900 takes and over forty days to get that perfect shot! (source)

9. Jackie Chan, working as a nightclub bouncer, once spent two days after a fight trying to push his bone back into his fist. He later found that it wasn’t his bone… It was the other guy’s tooth.

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Jackie Chan gave up his dreams of becoming a nightclub bouncer after he realized that his martial arts skill could actually hurt people. Jackie knocked out a man in a fight, he made a horrifying discovery that a part of his bone was protruding out, he did not go to the hospital fearing police, instead he tried pushing the bone inside. Two days later he realized that the whitish bone lodged in his knuckle was the tooth of the man he knocked out.(source)

10. Jackie Chan used to carry multiple guns and even a grenade to protect himself and other artists from the Triad in the 80s and 90s.

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In the 80s and 90s, the Triad (crime organization) had infiltrated the Honk Kong film industry. The Triad used the film industry for money laundering . The cinema industry also had to pay protection money to ensure their survival. Jackie Chan refused to bow to the extortionists thus angering the triad. They started to dog his every step, forcing Jackie and his other artists to carry guns and grenades for their own safety. (source)

11. Jackie Chan has a permanent hole in his head filled with a plastic plug and slight hearing loss in one ear because of the injury he suffered while filming Armour of God.

Jackie Chan has performed several death-defying stunts, however, a routine stunt while filming the movie Ärmour of God”almost sent him to death. The scene required Jackie to leap onto a tree from the ledge. But the branch he grabbed broke under his strength. Jackie hurtled to the ground and cracked his skull, a piece of his skull bone broke and pierced his brain. Now, Jackie has a permanent hole in his head filled with plastic and a slight hearing loss in his right ear.(source)

12. Jackie Chan actually jumped out of a plane and landed on top of hot air balloon while filming Armour of God.

The viewers of Armour of God would remember Jackie Chan jumping off a cliff and landing on top of the hot air balloon but in reality, Chan actually jumped from the plane and landed on top of the balloon. For the shot of him jumping off the cliff, the crew rigged him up to a safety wire since he had no experience in base jumping.(source)

13. When Jackie Chan announced his plan to marry his girlfriend, 2 of his female fans committed suicide; “One girl committed suicide in the subway. The second girl committed suicide in front of my office.”

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Jackie Chan has a huge fan base, most of them comprising mostly of young girls. This immensely dedicated and loyal fandom was greatly hurt and shocked when Jackie announced that he was planning to wed his longtime girlfriend. 2 of his female fans could not bear the thought of Jackie marrying another girl, one of the girls jumped on the subway and another girl drank poison in front of his office.(source)

14. He also holds the Guinness Book of World Records for “most stunts performed by a living actor” and “most credits in one movie.”

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Action legend has accomplished much in his life and Guinness Book of World Records endorsed his accomplishments by awarding two entries into Guinness Records. He was awarded, “Most stunts by a living actor” and “Most Credits in One Movie” – Chan holds 15 credits to his name with writer, director, lead actor as Asian Hawk, producer, executive producer, cinematographer, art director, unit production manager, catering coordinator, stunt coordinator, gaffer, composer, theme tune vocalist, props and stuntman for the movie Chinese Zodiac(source)

15. Jackie Chan’s Son Will Get None Of His $130 Million Fortune, he said “If he is capable, he can make his own money. If he is not, then he will just be wasting my money.”

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Despite being the only son of the action superstar, Jaycee Chan will not receive even a penny of Jackie’s $130 million fortune. While accepting an award, Jackie Chan confessed that he did originally plan to leave half of his enormous wealth to his family and the other half to charity but then he had a change of heart and now he intends to leave all his wealth to the charity. Speaking about his son, Jackie said,“If he is capable, he can make his own money. If he is not, then he will just be wasting my money.” (source)

 


You Won’t Believe These 15 Film Easter Eggs

You Won’t Believe These 15 Film Easter Eggs

 

As much as it may be the dream job of so many of us, we have to recognize that creating art of any form is a difficult and frustrating process for so many reasons. We’re not trying to say that other forms of work aren’t hard; we’re just trying to outline why it is that so much of our entertainment media contain little nods and winks to the audience. Perhaps, the filmmakers were getting very bored during the filmmaking process. Could this be why films have some of the most insane easter eggs out there?

While you may know some easter eggs yourself, we’re going to try and show you ones that will hopefully blow your mind, from very intricate references to total early film spoilers. Obviously, if you’re hoping to watch any of these films in the future, we would advise you to skip onto the next easter egg. Remember, even if you don’t mind the film being spoiled, you won’t be able to enjoy the film when you’re constantly looking out for the easter egg!

So, are you ready to have your mind blown by some of the most ridiculous easter eggs out there?! Let’s get started!

15. Watchmen’s Opening Scene Is Obsessed With Batman

While we’re sad that Alan Moore doesn’t feel very happy about the way any of his adaptations have gone, we have to say that we think Watchmen is probably worth a watch, but only once you’ve read the graphic novel. Something that grand can never be summed up within a feature film, and if you truly adore the graphic novel as much as we do, maybe it’s worth not seeing the film. However, one aspect of the film that everybody loves is the absolutely insane opening sequence, which is still interesting to watch to this day. With so much going on, it was easy for the filmmakers to fit a few easter eggs in about everybody’s favorite bat. There are old-school Batman posters in the background, the word Gotham is clearly stated in the background, and the show on that night is Die Fledermaus. Not only that, but many believe the startled couple in the background are the Batman’s parents, with the Nite Owl punching their future murderer.

14. Deadpool Sneakily Gets Around Copyright Law

Anyone who’s seen this film knows that the entire thing is pretty much one meta joke after another, with each scene probably containing something to talk about regarding nods to the audience, so we had to include at least one of them on the list. Rather than go for one of the broader jokes, we decided to go for more of an insider reference that we think was a stroke of genius on the part of the writers. Deadpool comes up against Bob at the end of the movie, with the character being a reference to the Deadpool comic book character Bob, Agent of Hydra. However, Marvel Studios owns the rights to the Bob character, meaning that he could never be referred to as anything other than Bob. This was a great little nod to the fans in the know and a way around copyright law that would’ve made Deadpool proud.

13. Fight Club Gives Away The Ending Right At The Beginning

Look, if you haven’t seen Fight Club yet and have somehow managed to not find out what the ending is, then this sort of thing will probably blow your mind, but in reality, you almost definitely know what happens. Just in case you don’t, it turns out at the end of the film that the main antagonist and protagonist are actually the same person, with one being a figment of the other one’s imagination. That sounds like a cop-out these days, like such an obvious ending, but we can promise you that Fight Club is a fantastic anti-capitalist film that takes a look at how both extreme sides of total consumerism aren’t to be trusted and that the truth lies somewhere in the middle. You should also read the book, but, back to the easter egg. Early on in the film Tyler Durden, the antagonist, rings back the unnamed protagonist on a payphone, but if you can pause the film at just the right moment and zoom in, you can see a sticker on the pay phone that claims it cannot take incoming calls, proving that the call was always imaginary.

12. Inception Meshes Music With Story

This film is known for having one of the most divisive narratives and endings in modern films. A lot of people didn’t really enjoy the Nolan vehicle. However, we disagree. We think that a hell of a lot of work went into the film, and that includes some of the work that went into the narrative and making sure that the film felt like it took place in a cohesive world. Let us explain. In the film, if you haven’t already seen it, a select group of people is able to implant ideas into people’s brains by infiltrating their dreams. When they wake up, they hear a song by a woman named Edith Piaf, and the song is called “Non, Je ne regrette rien,” something that they never hide. However, they do hide a considerably slower version of this song throughout the film. This is because time goes much slower the deeper you go into people’s dreams, so at the deepest level, it would make sense that this song that’s usually just under three minutes is slowed down to an absolute snail’s pace, thereby making it sound indistinguishable. Pretty smart, right?

11. The Matrix Is Obsessed With Twins

So, we’re going to have to assume you’ve seen The Matrix for you to really grasp this one, so if you haven’t, then you should probably go and watch it now. We’ll wait. Done? Okay, as we all know now that we’ve all seen it, there’s a scene in The Matrix in which Morpheus teaches Neo that anybody can turn into an Agent, meaning that he has to always be on his guard when he’s plugged into it. This is highlighted to him through a training exercise where he’s subjected to a woman in a red dress who distracts him from the rest of the crowd who are just a bunch of people in drab black suits. This seems obvious to us at first, as from our objective point of view, there’s no way we could’ve failed, but we actually did. If you watch the scene again, you’ll see that the makers of the film actually cast loads of twins for the scene, meaning everyone in this training exercise has a doppelganger. Also, rather than use CGI, the makers actually spent a day in Sydney casting as many twins as possible just for this scene.

10. Black Swan Ruins The Whole Film In A Single Scene

Black Swan was a film that had a lot of buzz surrounding it when it first appeared, especially regarding the tense and dramatic narrative that takes place in it regarding a ballet dancer unable to deal with the stress that comes with appearing in a production of the famous ballet Swan Lake. However, if you decide to slow down a particular scene or sit there at the pause button, the film actually gives away the whole story right in front of your eyes. During a rave scene, the filmmakers decided to add various details into the background that give away pretty much every twist and turn in the story, but you wouldn’t know this if you weren’t looking out for it. This imagery includes the main character Nina being stalked by the characters of the play, dancing with the theater director who morphs into the villain of the piece, dancing as the black swan, and seeing her own features on the faces of others. Many people have hypothesized that this is the filmmaker telling us that it wasn’t stress that made her insane; she already had problems, to begin with.

9. Shaun Of The Dead Can’t Stop Dropping Easter Eggs

The thing about comedy parodies is they allow the makers to reference their influences liberally without looking like a complete copycat. That is, after all, the point of comedy parodies. However, they can definitely go too far with it, which is why they have to be done in a clever way, something that Shaun Of The Dead definitely understands. They hide references in things like the name of the restaurant Fulci’s, named after the horror director Lucio Fulci and a nametag that says Landis, a reference to the An American Werewolf In London director. However, the greatest easter eggs in Shaun Of The Dead are self-referential. For example, during one of the first scenes, Ed is trying to comfort Shaun after he’s split up with his girlfriend, the two of them getting far too drunk in their local pub. As Ed goes through the various places he suggests they should visit and what they’ll be drinking, he actually metaphorically reveals the entire plot of the film. Seriously, go take a look, and you’ll see what we mean.

8. Reservoir Dogs Wants You To Figure Mr. Orange Out

One of the major techniques that Quentin Tarantino has employed in many of his films is a nonlinear narrative that keeps the audience in the loop while keeping the characters in the dark, thereby increasing the dramatic tension. The way this is achieved in Reservoir Dogs is by revealing around halfway through that Mr. Orange is the police informant, something that none of the other characters will find out till the very end. However, the film is throwing clues at you throughout the first half of the film, clues that reveal that maybe Mr. Orange isn’t legit. These include little visual clues like an orange balloon following a character talking on the phone about a heist gone wrong, and two characters discussing who could possibly be the rat while in a room filled with orange bottles. However, Tarantino uses the first major scene to highlight each character’s personality without the audience realizing it, and Mr. Orange says very little the entire scene apart from to tattle on one of his teammates for not paying the tip. Ever notice that?

7. V For Vendetta Is Obsessed With The Letter V

This one might seem a little obvious, what with the letter already appearing in the movie’s title, but you would be surprised by how much the letter turns up in the film’s imagery. We’re talking about the letter V and its numerical counterpart 5 being hidden in pretty much every frame of the film. When we say hidden, some of them are a lot more obvious than others, and if you were to watch the film now, you’d probably just see it as a little bit of fun on the part of the cinematographer or the director without realizing they’re the part of a much bigger easter egg. When a character wakes up after being hurt, she has a cut across her head, unsurprisingly in the shape of a small v, which is a little harder to notice. However, to get right down the insane stuff, you have to start translating the main character’s motto into Latin, which leaves you with “Vi veri veniversum vivus vici,” a phrase made up of five words that all begin with v…

6. Toy Story Is Obsessed With The Shining

One of the prevailing things about animation studios that specialize in films for kids is that they all continue to feel as if they have to add something in for the parents as well. In some cases, this is a sneaky little joke that goes well over the kids’ heads but sees the parents giggling away, while other times, it can be references to films that there’s no chance the children have seen. Well, Pixar is no different on this front. If you go back and watch the first Toy Story film, you’ll find that during the scene where Woody and Buzz attempt to sneak out of Sid’s house, the carpet and wallpaper match that of the Overlook hotel. On top of that, the number 237 is all over Toy Story 3, being the serial number for a security camera, in a truck’s plate number, and contained in a web chat username. For those who don’t remember, room 237 was rather pivotal in the plot of The Shining.

5. Pixar Really Likes To Tease Their Next Movie

We could spend an entire article talking about the kind of stuff that Pixar gets up to when they’re behind the scenes, throwing in easter eggs like it’s nobody’s business. Their antics have already featured on this list, but we also wanted to take a look at how they seem addicted to teasing their next film in every project they produce. Where other filmmakers like to nod to their past, Pixar is constantly one step ahead. Rather than revel in their past successes, Pixar likes to show their audience a little something from their next project, while never focusing on it. This is why you can find Nemo in Monster’s Inc., Mr. Incredible in Finding Nemo, Doc Hudson in The Incredibles, Dug the Dog in Ratatouille, and Lotso in Up. Pretty ridiculous, right? Just goes to show how far ahead Pixar is in planning their next film compared to other film studios.

4. Quentin Tarantino’s Movies All Take Place In The Same Universe, Parallel To Ours

It’s no secret that Quentin Tarantino’s work is problematic in a lot of ways that have already been highlighted by people much smarter than we are, but that doesn’t mean the guy doesn’t put the effort into his writing. This guy is always looking to make the world feel as fleshed out as possible, and one of the best ways to do this is to have your entire filmography work as a cohesive whole. Ever seen the film Inglourious Basterds? It ends with Hitler being gunned down by a bunch of Nazi-hunters while watching a film in a cinema, and some people believe that every other Quentin Tarantino film takes place after that event. Not only has Tarantino confirmed that many of his characters are related, meaning that the timeline between films has to be connected, it also makes sense as to why his depiction of society is always ultra-violent. If you were taught from a young age that the way to destroy one of the evilest men ever is to storm in with guns and take them down as violently as possible, that would definitely have a knock on effect.

3. Kevin Smith Refers To His Past In Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back

A lot of filmmakers like to refer back to their past once they’ve made it big, sort of like an homage to where they once were to reference how far they’ve really come, and it would seem that Kevin Smith is no different. While you may not like his work, nobody can deny that the guy knows what he’s doing when it comes to easter eggs and fan service, which seem to include servicing himself as well. You’re going to have to fast forward all the way to the end of this one as the antagonist is being escorted out of the movie theatre, but if you’ve got a good eye, you’ll see a poster in the background that uses the same style and typeface as the promotional posters for Smith’s debut film, Clerks. However, this one is called Busing. Rather than just being a nod to his breakout film, Busing was actually a rejected film idea that Kevin Smith wrote after his success with Clerks.

2. X-Men 2 Finds A Way To Fit In Characters It Didn’t Otherwise Have Time For

One of the things about making a comic book film is that you have to accept you’re not going to be able to fit in every character, every plot line, and every reference that you probably want to. The canon stories for these guys are insane at this point with decades of crossed wires and meshed universes, so it’s just not realistic to think it’s possible to get it all in. This is why filmmakers have used other methods in the past to make nods to the original source material, hoping that this will appease the major fans. For example, there’s a scene in X-Men 2 where mystique is waiting to seduce a prison guard in a dive bar. The camera lingers very briefly on a new channel being shown on the television, with one Hank McCoy being asked his opinion on the mutant issue. Hank McCoy is quite possibly better known by his mutant name, which is Beast. Beast then got a proper showing in the following film.

1. Iron Man 2 Teased The Entirety Of The Internet

Marvel is doing a great job at crossing all of their franchises over each other at the moment. While we may not be fans of the films, even we have to admit the way that they’re managing them all so that they all make sense with each other, with each of the character’s relationships staying consistent over each and every film, is nothing short of genius, at this point. As stated before, it can be really easy to get lost in all of the plot lines and narrative inherent with this sort of stuff. If you’re not a big Marvel fan, you won’t be aware that after Iron Man 2 came out, a post-credits sequence between Tony Stark and Nick Fury left the internet losing its mind. In the background of the sequence, there’s a SHIELD map with New Mexico, Antarctica, New York, and Southwest Africa all circled. These are the many points of origin for Marvel heroes that had upcoming films being produced. Very smart on the part of the studio.

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12 Fun Little Easter Eggs Tucked Away In Movie Credits

12 Fun Little Easter Eggs Tucked Away in Movie Credits

Turns out more than just Marvel movies make it worth your while to stick around for the credits. Here are some sneaky fun easter eggs peppered into credits that you may have missed because there was no promise of Thanos popping up at the end.

1. Sure Jessica Chaffin played Gina in The Heat, but who played Gina's boobs? Oh. Ok makes sense.

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2. Tired of sitting through credits not knowing what the HELL a grip's job is? Naked Gun 2 1/2 has got your back.

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3. Mike Wazowski opened the wrong door and ended up in the credits of Finding Nemo. Put that thing back where it came from or so help me.

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4. In film, best boys are assistants to either electricians (best boy electric) or key grips (best boy grip). The end credits of Airplane! make clear who the worst boy is.

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5. Prince is from Minneapolis, but he certainly didn't play Victim in Field in The Coen Brother's Fargo.

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6. Robert Ruth. Beloved husband, father, and coffee shop. From Pulp Fiction.

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7. Mirando Productions is the copyright holder of the film Okja, named after the evil Mirando Corporation in the film.

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8. Disney covering their corporate asses at the end of Frozen, when we all know in reality they love eating their own boogers.

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9. Split's credits are split into 24 parts, which is the number of personalities the main character has.

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10. In addition to having the opening credits subtitles hacked in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Richard M. Nixon signs off on a disclaimer.

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11. Footprints of people gettin saucy on the Maruader's Map in the credits of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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12. Guardians of the Galaxy wants you to know they shot all of their Groot and Rocket scenes ethically.


10 Things You Never Knew About Famous Movie Plot Twists

10 Things You Never Knew About Famous Movie Plot Twists

Movie plot twists have been dropping jaws and awing viewers for decades. They have become inescapable, to the point where those who haven’t seen the movies still know the iconic lines, from the misquoted “Luke, I am your father” to the one-word “Rosebud.” But where do these twists come from? Here are ten behind-the-scenes looks at the moments that left you staring at the screen in wonder.

 

10.Planet Of The Apes

You’ve seen the scene: George and Nova flee from Ape City and discover the ruins of the Statue of Liberty partially buried by the beach. It’s an iconic moment in film history wherein both the viewer and the protagonists realize that the apocalyptic world of the apes is actually Earth in the future. The movie is loosely based on a novel by Pierre Boulle, in which the Planet of the Apes is, indeed, its own distinct planet. At first, the creative team behind the movie was going to stick with that idea, but not everyone was onboard. “It doesn’t work, it’s too predictable,” said producer Arthur Jacobs.[1] He was eating lunch at a deli with Blake Edwards, who was, at one point, the director of the movie.

“What if he was on the earth the whole time and doesn’t know it, and the audience doesn’t know it,” Jacobs continued. Blake was immediately intrigued. “That’s terrific. Let’s get a hold of [the writer].” They later told Boulle, who loved the idea, saying it was more creative than his own ending. But the inspiration for the iconic shot came from the deli itself. “As we walked out, after paying for the two ham sandwiches, we looked up, and there’s this big Statue of Liberty on the wall of the delicatessen. We both looked at each other and said, ‘Rosebud,’ ” referencing the key to the plot of Citizen Kane. And thus, the iconic shot of the ruins of the Statue of Liberty was born.

9.Murder On The Orient Express

Agatha Christie’s 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express was inspired by two real-life events: the abduction of Charles Lindbergh’s son and the six-day marooning of the actual Orient Express in a blizzard. The Orient Express had a special place in Christie’s life; she used it to escape after her first marriage fell apart, spent part of the honeymoon for her second marriage on it, and traveled frequently via the Orient Express with her second husband.

Since a terrible adaptation of one of her novels in the 1960s, Christie had refused to allow any more movie adaptations. When MGM proposed an adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express featuring Miss Marple instead of Hercule Poirot, she grew even more adamantly opposed, calling their proposed movie a “rollicking farce” and harmful to her reputation.[2] After their suggestion, she absolutely refused to sell any more films to MGM.

An independent film producer named Lord Brabourne had become very successful in the 1970s, and he took an interest in the project. Over a lunch with Christie, he attempted to win her over by explaining that the production team had located the original Orient Express in France, with plans to bring it to England and restore it for the movie. He also outlined an international and acclaimed cast list and described his intentions to stay faithful to the original book. Christie agreed to let him make the film.

The movie was made in just 42 days, and a luckily timed snowfall created the perfect atmosphere in which to film. The producers gave Christie an advance screening, scared to invite her to the premiere, given her reputation for blunt honesty. Fortunately for them, she loved it, calling it “delightful,” and was therefore invited to the premiere. It was the last public event Christie attended. Though confined to a wheelchair, she insisted on standing to greet the queen. The film was critically acclaimed and won several British Film Awards and Oscars. Christie, however, was unsatisfied with one crucial detail: Poirot’s mustache, as depicted, didn’t live up to her description of “the finest [mustache] in England.”

 

8.The Sixth Sense

The Sixth Sense was conceived and written by M. Night Shyamalan. It established him as a writer and director and cemented his reputation as the king of surprise endings. The shoots he runs are almost as weird as the films themselves. While shooting The Sixth Sense, Toni Collette continually woke up in the middle of the night at repeating times, such as 1:11 AM or 4:44 AM, and Bruce Willis DJed in his free time. The twist ending to the movie has shocked audiences over the years with the revelation that Malcolm Crowe, the therapist who has been working with the young boy Cole, is dead. However, the waves this film made and the reputation it established for its director were almost quelled.

David Vogel was Disney’s president when Shyamalan was coming up with The Sixth Sense and was attempting to regain creative control of the studio after some shifts in leadership. He purchased the rights to The Sixth Sensefor $2.25 million the day he read it, without bothering to consult any of the Disney higher-ups. Vogel’s bosses were livid. They couldn’t take back Vogel’s promise to Shyamalan, but they did demand that Vogel give up some of his creative control. When Vogel refused, he was fired.[3]

The cast was also almost completely different from what we know today. Bruce Willis was only involved because he was forced to sign a three-movie contract with Disney after he ruined a different movie by firing the director and crew three weeks into production, causing a $17.5 million loss for the company. Michael Cera originally auditioned for the role of Cole, but unaware that it was a movie about seeing dead people, he read his role happily and optimistically, turning Cole into a bright, normal boy.

7.The Usual Suspects

A bloodbath on a ship. Two survivors. A wild story filled with twists and turns. The Usual Suspects is a film that has a simple premise which snowballs to create an intricate and confusing plot. The original conception of the film came from a single visual image conceived of by director Bryan Singer: criminals in a police lineup. It came to him after reading an article in Spy magazine titled “The Usual Suspects,” referencing the line, “Round up the usual suspects,” from Casablanca. When asked what a movie based on this image would be about, Singer responded, “I guess it’s about . . . the usual suspects. The guys who always get arrested for some type of crime. I figure they meet in a police lineup and decide to work together.” Christopher McQuarrie, the writer, took the initial concept and ran with it, creating the ultimate plot twist in which the meek and unsuspecting Verbal Kint turns out to be the legendary crime boss Keyser Soze.

The production team was so concerned with keeping the plot twist a secret that they convinced every actor that their character was secretly the notorious Soze.[4] They even used multiple actors for the flashback scenes involving Soze so as not to reveal his true identity. However, despite the intensive planning and thoughtfulness that went into the making of the movie, The Usual Suspects was met with mixed reviews. Roger Ebert hated it. “To the degree that I do understand, I don’t care,” he wrote, putting the movie on his Most Hated list. However, many others loved and acclaimed the film; it won Oscars for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor.

6.Psycho

Robert Bloch’s 1959 novel Psycho was loosely based on the story of the Butcher of Plainfield, also known as Ed Gein. He was a murderer and grave robber from Wisconsin who had a domineering mother whose memory loomed large in his life, especially in his shrine to her and his obsession with dressing up in women’s clothes. Alfred Hitchcock wanted to transform Bloch’s novel into a movie, but Paramount Pictures called the book “too repulsive” and “impossible for films.” Unfazed, Hitchcock made the film through his own studio, Shamley Productions.

Throughout production, Hitchcock was careful to make sure the end of the movie wasn’t spoiled. He had his assistant buy up copies of the book to keep its twists and turns a surprise. However, after the movie was released, it gained such popularity that the spoiler became quickly and widely known: Norman Bates had developed an alternate persona in which he took on the personality of his mother and murdered young women. Since then, Psychohas become emblematic of both Hitchcock and horror, with both the movie and its twist earning an important place in cinematic history.[5]

 

5.Shutter Island

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Like many others on this list, Shutter Island’s story was first introduced to the world as a novel. Dennis Lehane visited Boston Harbor’s Long Island with his uncle when he was a child during the Blizzard of 1978. Drawn in by its secluded nature, he became curious about what would happen if people were stranded on that island during a storm, without the use of modern technology. He also set out to create his own unique style, blending classic gothic literature with pulp and B movies to create his novel. “I had a hybrid of the Bronte sisters and Don Siegel’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers in mind,” Lehane said.

The process of turning the book into a movie wasn’t a simple one. “Since I’d not really worked in thrillers before, it necessitated I do an outline where I could track where the reversals were and where each moment could go,” screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis said.[6] She created a 50-page outline before even attempting to pen a word of the script. Lehane was ultimately happy with the movie but did admit that watching it was a weird experience. “Those are your lines, but they’re not,” he said. “That’s your world, but it’s not really. Those are your characters, but they’re not quite. It’s all interpretative.” And as for the spoiler itself? Well, that’s one we’ll leave intact. You’ll have to watch the movie (or read the book) to see for yourself.

4.Fight Club

Fight Club started as—you guessed it—a novel. Chuck Palahniuk’s book came out in 1996 and inspired the hit movie that had audiences everywhere questioning a culture filled with violence and consumerism. The book stemmed from a germ of an idea Palahniuk had as a volunteer in a hospice, where he would take people to and from support groups. “I found myself sitting in group after group feeling really guilty about being the healthy person sitting there—‘The Tourist.’ So I started thinking—what if someone just faked it? And just sat in these things for the intimacy and the honesty that they provide, the sort of cathartic emotional outlet. That’s really how that whole idea came together.”

The famous twist in the movie’s ending was ultimately a result of Palahniuk’s writing style and continual need for action. “I wanted fiction based on verbs, rather than a fiction based on adjectives,” he said, describing how his books are driven by his desire to have things happen. “Sometimes, [ . . . ] I get too out of control and instead of a plot point every chapter I want a plot point in every sentence.”[7]

As for the work’s adaptation into a movie, Palahniuk had only praise: “Now that I see the movie, [ . . . ] I was sort of embarrassed of the book, because the movie had streamlined the plot and made it so much more effective and made connections that I had never thought to make.”

3.Casablanca

Casablanca is a classic love story, one in which the turmoil of emotions within the characters echoes the tumultuous landscape of the city during World War II. The plot revolves around Rick and Ilsa, two characters who had been in love and run into each other again many years later, Ilsa on her husband’s arm. Rick and Ilsa’s passionate reignited affair comes to its head when the two stand on an airstrip. Inside the plane waits Ilsa’s husband, safety, and the chance to continue the noble work of fighting the spread of Nazism. Outside waits Rick, passion, and danger. Ilsa is unable to make the decision between the two men and the two lives they promise. She’d previously told Rick, “You’ll have to think for both of us, for all of us.”

Ingrid Bergman, who played Ilsa, did not know the ending of the movie when she began filming. In fact, no one did. When the project began, they only had half a script. Toward the end, scenes were being written the night before. In the final few days, scripts were being written on-set minutes before the scenes in question were to be shot. Frank Miller, author of the book about the making of the movie, Casablanca: As Time Goes By, noted that “the major issue with Ingrid Bergman was her uncertainty about how the film would end [ . . . ] she didn’t know which man would win her. [The director] kept telling her to play it ‘in-between,’ which is what she did. And it made the film work better than if she’d known the ending.”[8]

2.The Empire Strikes Back

It’s a moment that has stunned audiences across generations. Legions of Star Wars fans have sat slack-jawed as they heard the iconic line: “I am your father.”

In an interview with Rolling Stone, George Lucas said, “[The movies are] really about mothers and daughters and fathers and sons. The early films are about Luke redeeming his father, so Luke’s the focus. But it’s also about Princess Leia and her struggle to reestablish the Republic, which is what her mother was doing.”

And that is one of the reasons the famous plot twist is so iconic: It’s representative of the larger theme of the movies as a whole, themes that make the twist believable enough so as not to leave an audience scoffing. Indeed, the theme of parents and children is reflected in the name of the iconic villain himself. “ ‘Darth’ is a variation of ‘dark.’ And ‘Vader’ is a variation of ‘father.’ ” Lucas revealed. “So it’s basically ‘Dark Father.’ ”[9]

1.Citizen Kane

“Rosebud.” It is one of the most iconic film quotes, from the movie whose name has become synonymous with the idea of a classic. “Rosebud” is the last word of newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane before his death, and a reporter’s search to decipher its meaning is at the root of the movie. As the audience is taken through the life of Citizen Kane, the man is deeply examined, though the meaning of his final word becomes no more clear. It remains a mystery until the final moments of the movie, when Kane’s childhood home is being cleared out. We see his childhood sled being thrown into a furnace, and as it gets consumed by the flames, we see the name of the sled: Rosebud.

The screenplay was a collaboration between Orson Welles, who starred in the movie as Kane, and screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz. Rosebud was Mankiewicz’s idea, and Welles was quick to deny credit for it. “It’s a gimmick, really, and rather dollar book Freud,” he said of the whole affair.

Gore Vidal had a story that seems to confirm the lack of true meaning in the word “Rosebud,” claiming that “Rosebud” was Randolph Hurst’s nickname for his mistress’s clitoris, and Mankiewicz put it in the movie as a private joke. Frank Mankiewicz, Herman Mankiewicz’s son, could not let that story stand: “It is time Vidal’s story be put to rest and the truth be told,” he said. “Rosebud was a bike. It was my father’s bike.”[10] Rosebud was the name of a bike Mankiewicz had owned when he was little. It was stolen from him while parked outside a public library. As punishment for his carelessness, Mankiewicz’s parents refused to buy him a new one. Rosebud, as a bike or a sled, stolen or burned, remains to this day an emblem of childhood innocence and happiness.

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HORROR MOVIE KIDS - THEN VS NOW (SOME ARE STILL PRETTY SCARY!)

HORROR MOVIE KIDS - THEN VS NOW (SOME ARE STILL PRETTY SCARY!)


FASCINATING FACTS: 24 Interesting Facts About ‘Star Wars’

FASCINATING FACTS: 24 Interesting Facts About ‘Star Wars’

Even with the seemingly out of sequence trilogies and some disappointments, Star Wars has captured the attention of many. It is the staple for space and science fiction lovers. Traveling through space and time, the elaborate planets, worlds and cultures, and the satisfying action scenes keep us asking for more.

There are two magical times in this movie, the first is on-screen that delights us with exquisite sceneries and the second is off-screen with the cast and crew that leaves us more curious. So, here are some Star Wars facts we have gathered from IMDB and many others that we are sure you would find interesting.

1. In Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, a pair of shoe and a potato were used as asteroids while filming the asteroid scenes in which they were pursued. According to rumors, George Lucas asked for so many redoes that one of the SFX team members threw a shoe in. The potato asteroid is the third one and the shoe is the fourth as Solo gets them over an asteroid to get rid of their pursuers. 

2. According to an interview, George Lucas stated that Han Solo was originally intended to be an alien and Luke Skywalker a girl. They were eventually developed into the fabulous characters that we all so love.

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3. Sound designer Ben Burtt developed the lightsaber sound by using a combination of 35mm movie projector and the sound caused when a microphone cable is passed by a television set.

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4. The character of Supreme Chancellor, and later the Emperor, Palpatine was influenced by Julius Caesar.

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5. Revenge of the Sith is the first movie from Star Wars series to be rated PG-13 by the Motion Pictures Association of America. The next being The Force Awakens.

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The fact that the first five movies received PG rating was because PG-13 did not exist at that time. George Lucas also stated that the movie has to be PG-13 because of the scenes in which Anakin Skywalker loses his limbs and is set afire by the lava. (source)

6. Filming the Jabba Palace sequence in Episode VI – Return of the Jedi took 10 puppeteers, 9 mime artists, 42 extras, and 18 others along with a crew of 90. The puppet took three months to build, weighed 2000 pounds and cost $500, 000.

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13. J. J. Abrams had a WW2 style propaganda poster that said “Loose Lips Sink Starships” and he hung around the set of The Force Awakens when Kevin Smith visited. He also had Kevin Smith sign a non-disclosure agreement because he is known to be too talkative and open with the public.

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14. Harrison Ford requested Lucas to kill his character, Han Solo after he gets frozen in carbonite. He didn’t sign for the next two movies in the original trilogy as he felt that the story of Han Solo was completely told in the first movie itself. But Lucas refused and told him that he still had a part to play in the next two movies.

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15. In the Han Solo Trilogy set in Star Wars’ Expanded Universe, Chewbacca swears a life-debt to Han Solo who refuses to skin him for commandeering a ship full of Wookiee children meant for slavery. Han loses his commission and dishonorably discharged for not obeying orders.

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The trilogy also features their adventures as smugglers after the incident and Han winning the Millennium Falcon in a card game with Lando.

16. Lucas’ life-long best friend Steven Spielberg was the first choice to direct Star Wars. However, Steven had to decline it because of his membership in the Director’s Guild. Lucas left the Guild because of his disagreement regarding Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back.

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17. Michael Fassbender and Hugo Weaving were considered for the Role of Kylo Ren, but the role went to Adam Driver.

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18. George Lucas was very influenced by Akira Kurosawa’s storytelling style through the point of view of minor characters. This inspired him to create the bickering interaction between R2-D2 and C3PO, which proved to become some of the most loved scenes.

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Many similarities between Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress (1958) and Star Wars can be noticed. In Kurosawa’s movie a princess and general along with two bickering farmers try to fight their way through the enemies. The bickering farmers are the two droids, though according to Lucas the princess part was more of a coincidence. (source)

19. Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher had to improvise a lot of dialogue in the movies because of George Lucas’ lack of good dialogue writing skills.

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20. Carrie Fisher was not allowed to wear underwear beneath her costumes because George Lucas said there was no underwear in space. Instead, he had her breasts taped so that the shots will be clean and without distraction.

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21. All the door frames in the set of Episode I – The Phantom Menace with scenes of Liam Neeson had to be rebuilt because didn’t account for his 6’4” height. This increased their production costs by an extra $150,000.

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22. In Episode IV – A New Hope, Mark Hamill who plays Luke Skywalker broke a blood vessel in his face because he held his breath for a long time during the trash compactor scene. They had to film with only one side of his face visible in the later shots.

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23. George Lucas didn’t attend the premiere of the first Star Wars movie Episode IV – A New Hope. He was sure that the movie would be a flop and instead he went on a holiday with his friend Spielberg to Hawaii where they had the idea for Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).

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24. R2-D2 could speak standard English with many expletives in the earlier drafts of Star Wars. Though later, the speech was removed and they kept the reactions of C3PO to R2.

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25 Disturbing TV Scenes We Never Wanted To See

25 Disturbing TV Scenes We Never Wanted To See

Critics and fans have nearly universally agreed that we are currently in the golden age of television, highlighted by masterful dramas like Mad MenBreaking BadGame of Thrones, and House of Cards. It’s dramas like these, and so many others (that will be mentioned throughout this list) that have demonstrated how to present tense and believable drama fueled by raw human emotion, and how to truly disgust and shock viewers everywhere.

There are many television programs that live and die by this “shock factor,” but those won’t be mentioned here, because it’s easy to shock an audience, but it’s not easy to invoke a visceral reaction from them. In the scenes that follow, the creative teams behind the greatest television dramas set out to build tension slowly, until it reached its overflowing boiling point, at which point they would magnificently reach a narrative crescendo, in which all the shit would hit the giant industrial sized fan. M

any of these scenes left viewers without answers, attempting to rearrange their thought patterns because of the horrors they had just been witness to. Prepare to relive some truly harrowing television moments.

Without further ado, here are the 25 Disturbing TV Scenes We Never Wanted To See.

25. 13 REASONS WHY – HANNAH’S SUICIDE

13 Reasons Why is hard to watch, for both good and bad reasons. The high school drama angle can prove to be a little too much at times, but when the show really wanted to shock its audience, it delivered in spades. Hannah Davis, the show’s ominous narrating character told us from the very beginning of the show that she was driven to suicide because of numerous children who went to her school. What the audience didn’t know (and wasn’t prepared for) was that the Netflix original program would show her death in such graphic detail.

Seeing Hannah sitting in a full bathtub, contemplating all of her options, and then finally, slowly, dragging the razor blade across her arms was enough to make the faint of heart, well… faint.

24. HEMLOCK GROVE – WEREWOLF TRANSFORMATION

Hemlock Grove is a terribly gritty interpretation of classic fictional horror stories and motifs, and thanks to the help of horror master Eli Roth, it’s also incredibly gory. The most brutal part of the show is easily the first werewolf transformation the audience is introduced to. We see skin ripping apart, nose and mouth protruding, and terrible deafening screams as the werewolf completely takes over.

Werewolves have been done in cinema for ages, from The Wolf Man, to An American Werewolf in London, and even more recently in The Wolfman reboot. Even a movie with a $150 million budget couldn’t touch the sheer horror of watching this transformation from one of Netflix’s many genius original programs. It has the texture, grit, and gore that those other werewolf stories lack.

23. GAME OF THRONES – BARATHEON BABY IS MURDERED

It’s hard to keep watching Game of Thrones because of how brutally it displays acts of violence, but not many of those acts can compare to the horror of knowing an infant child is being murdered just out of frame. Suggested violence can sometimes trump actual violence. An audience can get wrapped up in the actual staging of the scene by the cast and crew, but suggested violence allows for no such contemplation, and we’re left imagining in our own minds exactly how the death was carried out.

It seemed like Game of Thrones was consistently trying to tell its audience that nothing was off limits, but this single moment pushed that idea further than it had ever been pushed prior. The world was just hoping that the families would draw the line at murdering infants, but no such luck.

22. BREAKING BAD – TODD AND ANDREA

 

There are few characters in television history that inspire as much hate as Todd Alquist in Breaking Bad. He was a child/girlfriend/dream-killer who delivered one of the most intense and brutal killings in all of televised programming.

The audience was so pleased seeing Jesse happy for what felt like the first time ever (note: this was also the last time he would be truly happy) and using his greatest strength to help out both Andrea and her child.

It’s especially heartbreaking because the audience assumed the point of view of Jesse throughout most of the show, seeing through his eyes the kind of evil that Walter White could cook up. And there were many shocking deaths throughout Breaking Bad’s run, but none other had the kind of emotional impact that this moment did – when Todd shoots Andrea point-blank as a helpless Jesse watches in horror.

21. MAD MEN – LANE PRYCE

This has got to be the most devastating moment throughout all of Mad Men. A show that displays the devastation of a single man’s family and professional life can be tough to watch sometimes. But having someone like Lane, a character who appeared to have the closest to modern sensibilities, end his own life was just heartbreaking.

The worst of it was that Lane ended his life because of a single mistake that the audience had seen the characters of Mad Men commit since the pilot. It felt like a telling sign of things to come. Most of the genius of Weiner’s writing was that we were able to see something so tragic, and then still have sympathy for the problems of the characters we’d been with for years. At the end of the day, it seemed like Don, Roger, and Pete were killing themselves and becoming new men week by week.

20. AMERICAN HORROR STORY – SCHOOL SHOOTING

School shootings are a tough topic to approach in television or film, and to display it in all of its terrifying and gory details might be considered a little too much by viewers. That’s exactly the reaction that this American Horror Story scene received from audiences everywhere, as thousands of angry viewers took to the internet to protest the episode and its intense content. With that being said, it’s an incredibly honest and intense look at what these acts of violence can actually look like.

It’s a shocking scene because television viewers aren’t used to seeing something so real and pertinent to our lives, and with acts like this being covered so constantly in the media, it’s hard to experience it again in a medium that is supposed to distract us from the horror that can occur in the real world.

19. HANNIBAL – HUMAN MURAL

Hannibal can be a truly menacing and disgusting show when it wants to, in addition to being one of the best written and directed programs ever conceived. Fuller understands how images can imply and demonstrate certain ideas that mere words cannot, and he uses the medium to its absolute fullest.

When we first see Hannibal open the ceiling door to the warehouse where the mural is being kept, and have a friendly interaction with the killer, it’s hard to actually comprehend the act of horror beneath him. The killer actually arranges a series of bodies with alternating skin tones to create the appearance of the human eye from an aerial view.

Leave it to Fuller to make something so artistically intriguing so inherently creepy. It’s made even worse in the opening to the show, when we see a man wake up and try to escape, only to realize he’s stitched to the others around him.

18. HOUSE OF CARDS – ZOE BARNES

It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that House of Cards was able to secure a spot on this list. Frank Underwood had yet to prove that he was willing to throw anyone under the bus (or a train) to get a political advantage, and to keep himself safe.

It’s can be difficult to root for a character that is ruthlessly evil, but getting behind Frank is hard to resist. When Frank finally invites Zoe to an impromptu meeting to discuss what she’s learned and her commitment to Frank’s secrecy, it was easy for an audience to predict that he would be using leverage and his tough Southern charm to intimidate her.

To everyone’s shock, Frank eliminated all of Zoe’s future options outright by pushing her in front of an oncoming train. It was also hard to predict this outcome because of Kate Mara’s own popularity, which the audience believed made her “unkillable”. We were wrong.

17. THE TWILIGHT ZONE – TIME ENOUGH AT LAST

This episode of The Twilight Zone was adapted from a short story written by Lynn Venable. The story follows a single man’s search for salvation in the rubble of his dying world. The main character, Henry Bemis is obsessed with books, and the episode revolves around those who would prevent him from reading them.

It’s a devastating episode that manages to touch on some very important, and still pertinent themes in society, such as anti-intellectualism, what we can expect from relying on technology too heavily, and the distinction between solitude and isolation. It’s made even more harrowing when at the end, he’s left picking up the shattered remains of his reading glasses, as he’s surrounded by the books he loves so much.

16. DEADWOOD – THE FIGHT

Deadwood has produced some of the greatest episodes of television, period, and this might take the cake overall. It’s raw, and gut-wrenching, and it’s highlighted by an insanely violent wrestling match between Dan and Captain Turner.

It’s one of the best choreographed fights scenes in TV history, but it’s incredible because of how overly simplistic it was. It’s also the most “true to life” fight scenes ever filmed, as the two are bludgeoning each other to a pulp, and are falling over themselves, exhausted from the blows they’d been delivering. It avoids flips, and haymakers, in favor of an all out fist fight that is much more horrifying.

The most iconic part of the entire fight is when Dan ends up plucking Captain Turner’s eye out of its socket.

15. LAW & ORDER – INDIFFERENCE

This is a particularly interesting episode because it’s the only one throughout the entire run of Law & Order that needed to place a disclaimer at the end of the episode, saying it was only “inspired” by an actual case. The case is actually modeled after the real life Lisa Steinberg case, and it revolved around a child who has been inducted into the hospital with wounds that consisted with physical and sexual abuse.

It’s later discovered that her parents had been cocaine addicts, and their neighbor had actually seen her father beating her mother, and then her mother beating the child. The daughter later dies in the hospital, and the mother testifies against the father, stating that he had drugged her constantly, and forced her to abuse their daughter.

It’s a disturbing episode because it so closely depicts an actual case, and it depicted it with near-perfect accuracy. Seeing the parents struggle with drugs, and then eventually kill their daughter was tragic.

14. THE TWILIGHT ZONE – THE LONELY

The Twilight Zone is known for its strange and often depressing storylines, but few are able to trump the episode “The Lonely.” In the future, an inmate named Cory is sentenced to solitary confinement on a far=off asteroid for 50 years. During his fourth year of confinement, he is visited by a spacecraft carrying supplies for him. The spacecraft only has enough fuel to touch down for a little while and then take off again.

During this trip, the Captain of the ship leaves Cory with an extra special surprise; a feminine robot named Alicia. At first Cory is terrified of the robot, but he soon finds solace in her. The next trip from the Captain reveals that Cory has been pardoned for his crimes, but the catch is he must leave Alicia behind (she’s too heavy). Cory refuses and the Captain ends up shooting the robot in the face, before taking Cory in his ship.

13. ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK – BIG RED

In Orange is the New Black season 5, the final breaking point between both Piscatella and Red was extreme, after Piscatella was able to decipher Red’s team’s plan to set him up. In the episode he ends up binding and gagging Nicky, Blanca, Red, Piper, Alex, and Boo, as he tells them that he’s going to enact his revenge on Red.

He begins by chopping off most of Red’s hair, dehumanizing her, and making her out to be less of a leader in front of her crew. He then start to cut open Red’s shirt, and Piper attempts to intervene, only for Piscatella to break her arm in the process. It’s more than we ever thought we would see from Piscatella – and far more than we ever wanted to see.

12. SONS OF ANARCHY – SEASON 6 FINALE

Sons of Anarchy is a brutal, unapologetic story about family and revenge, and no episode fit that bill more than the finale to season 6. Audiences were screaming at their television sets the entire time, begging for the producers to stop the episode in its tracks, and to just end the show before Gemma confronted Tara.

Unfortunately, the producers went through with it, and Gemma ended up taking a grill fork and smashing it into Tara’s head. Gemma was strong in her convictions, and there was no staying her hand after Tara had ratted on Jax.

More than any other moment in the show, this seems to be the image burned into the minds of SoA fans everywhere, and it certainly left viewers unsure of how far the show would push the envelope in the future, luckily the creative team found a way.

11. AMERICAN GODS – LYNCHING AT THE END OF THE PILOT

American Gods is another Brian Fuller program that is just as violent, just as relentless, and just as masterful as Hannibal. In the very first episode of the series, we see a band of Vikings slaughtering each other for their god, we see a man lose his wife the day before he gets out of prison, and we also see that same man lynched at the hands of a modern techno-inspired god and his band of faceless men.

It’s as trippy as it sounds. Not to mention the fact that the faceless men had completely beaten our hero to a pulp minutes before putting a rope around his neck and fastening him to a tree. The episode ends as blood engulfs the man after he’s mysteriously saved, and we later find out that his (not so dead) wife was the one who slaughtered the faceless men and saved his life. It’s a hard show to follow, but an easy program to get behind.

10. FRINGE – OPENING

The opening scene of Fringe is terrifying for anyone who’s ever been a passenger on an aircraft, and it’s even scarier for those about to fly somewhere. It’s one of the craziest openings to a series, and it’s utterly disgusting.

We see a man having a serious panic attack as the plane he’s on travels through an electrical storm. As he gets up to begin walking towards the cockpit, he begins to mutate and rashes appear all along his face, and he hurls on an attendant attempting to return him to his seat. The entire plane begins to catch the infection almost instantly, and suddenly everyone is throwing up and their faces are falling off, including the co-pilots. The plane drifts through the clouds as the ominous intro music begins to play.

It’s hauntingly beautiful as the opening scene comes to a halt, but it’s terrifying up until that point.

9. FARGO – THE TAMPON

Fargo has been continually pushing the creative envelope for years, taking an already existing film and creating something uniquely their own from its source material. Each and every season seems to improve on the Coen inspired storyline, and this season saw the introduction of an amazing character, Nikki Swango (Mary Elizabeth Winstead).

The main thread of the show follows her and her boyfriend/parole officer, Ray Stussy (Ewan McGregor), as they attempt to steal a stamp from Ray’s older brother Emmit (also McGregor). In the most outrageous act of villainy ever put to screen, Nikki leaves a still bloody tampon in the desk drawer of Emmit’s office in his home (where he usually keeps the stamp on the wall) when she attempts to break in and steal it.

It’s the final straw in the Stussy’s conflict that leads to an all out mind game between the two of them for the remainder of the season.

8. THE AMERICANS – ELIZABETH’S NIGHTMARE

The Americans is, simply put, one of the greatest drama series of television ever created. It’s intense watching the Jennings deal with their family issues at home, while attempting to hide from the world, and their FBI-employed neighbor, that they’re actually Cold War spies working for the Soviet Union. Keri Russell gives a career defining performance as Elizabeth, and her backstory is rife with terrible circumstances, including the fact that her old Soviet martial arts instructor raped her during her training.

In this particular episode of the series, we find Elizabeth having a terrible dream that sees her daughter, Paige, finding her pastor dead by her parents hands. And then her pastor morphs into Nikolai Timoshev, Elizabeth’s old instructor, who Phillip killed in the pilot episode.

It’s a terrifying look into Elizabeth’s subconscious, as she deals with her daughter knowing her secret, and the awful things she’s experienced in the past.

7. THE WALKING DEAD – NEGAN BREAKS OUT LUCILLE

Surely, whether you’re a fan of The Walking Dead or not, you’ve either seen this scene, or it’s been spoiled for you on Facebook. As Negan, Jeffrey Dean Morgan proves he can play sadistic perhaps a little too well. It’s an episode consisting of Negan bullying and poking fan-favorite Rick Grimes until he’s about ready to burst. Negan proves in this one episode alone, that he’s more than just a man, he’s a force of nature that is ready to force the series back to life.

In the most emotionally disturbing scene in The Walking Dead’s history, Negan kills series veteran, Glenn. And he doesn’t kill him cleanly; he beats the life out of him with his barbed-wire wrapped baseball bat named Lucille. We see Glenn wrestle to declare his love for his wife one last time as his eye is completely out of its socket. It left fans in awe of what the rest of the series had in store for them.

6. THE SOPRANOS – TONY’S CURB STOMP

The Sopranos is often touted as the greatest television series ever created, and for good reason. It was surprising, clever, and wonderfully shot from beginning to end. Tony Soprano is easily one of the greatest complicated protagonists in televised history.

One of the reasons Tony is so compelling is because when he needs to get things done, he usually does it himself. No single action is more telling of this fact than when Tony curb stomps Coco’s face into the curb below the bar in a NYC café.

Tony’s never been one to conceal his rage, but this particular act of violence was fueled by so much hate, and the tension had been building up to this moment so well, and still, somehow, it was utterly surprising. That’s what made The Sopranos so incredible.

5. TRUE DETECTIVE – A KILLER IS REVEALED

The first season of True Detective is a masterpiece – and the second season doesn’t count. The end of the third episode in season one, we finally get to see the murderer who had been committing such heinous crimes throughout the first few episodes. As Rusty monologues about life being like a dream, and seeing a monster at the end of it all, a nearly naked, machete-wielding man wearing a gas mask is revealed – seemingly the killer.

The fact Rusty later comes to the realization that he had taken down the wrong men only makes it more appalling. This moment, when Rusty’s ramblings about life and time make sense is incredible, it turns Rusty from an insane and broken man, to a wise and competent detective – even when he’s far removed from that profession. The strut across the field is also oddly reminiscent of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, which alone makes it worthy of this list.

4. HANNIBAL – MASON VERGER EATING HIS OWN NOSE

There’s nothing surreally artistic built into this act of horror from Hannibal season 2; it’s just plain gross. The audience is very aware of Hannibal’s menace by the time this scene rolls around, but this act is visceral in the worst kind of way.

Mason Verger deserved it; he deserved all of it- but it’s still one of the most disgusting acts committed on a show that prides itself on carnage. Having Mason Verger totally drugged out of his mind, being told by Hannibal to consume his own nose, was just a hair over the line.

Due to Verger’s horrific acts, from rendering his sister infertile to torturing our beloved protagonist, Will, it’s hard not to root for Hannibal to deliver Mason his just desserts. Everyone was just hoping that dessert wouldn’t be his own nose.

3. TWIN PEAKS – THE BLACK LODGE

Twin Peaks is a strange show. Those six words sum up the entirety of the program, and David Lynch is surely proud of that summation. The trippy crime thriller (though it’s so much more than that genre description) is obsessed with psychedelic dreamscapes and eerie thematics that leave its audience in disarray.

Many fans will point to Cooper’s initial dream in the third episode as moment when the series went to a truly disturbing and psychedelic place, but the Black Lodge is certainly the pinnacle of the shows narrative reach.

It’s in this scene that Cooper’s dream is proven to be an actual locale, even if its only in his subconscious. It plays out like a nightmare on film, and Lynch is able to craft a perfectly disturbing dimension without the reliance on special effects. Just master filmmaking, and some incredible performances.

2. THE X-FILES – HOME

The X-Files is easily one of the strangest, most intriguing, and boldest television shows ever created, but “Home” might be the oddest (and the best) episode of the series. This earned the second spot on this list because of the sheer horror of the plot alone.

Mulder and Scully end up tracking down a group of brothers who buried an infant alive, only to find out that the brothers had been creating babies with their deformed, amputee mother for years. At the end of the episode, the eldest son and the mother escape, presumably to start a new family somewhere else.

This was the first network television episode in America to receive a TV-MA rating, which it deserved in spades. This is the kind of episode to leave you reeling at night, afraid to fall asleep, just in case your nightmare features one of the shocking moments throughout.

1. GAME OF THRONES – THE RED WEDDING

No true “disturbing television scenes” list would be complete without having “The Red Wedding” as a headliner. This is truly the most shocking and appalling episode of television ever aired, not to mention Game of Thrones was such a pop-culture phenomenon, that everyone was able to share their bewilderment at the same time. It seemed for a while that the producers and writers of the popular HBO series were just stringing fans along, getting them to fall in love with interesting and well-rounded characters, just to turn around and kill them in the next scene.

After the death of Ned Stark, it was hard to not root for the North to take it all, and of course, with Rob leading the pack, it seemed all but inevitable that we would get a major battle between the Starks and Lannisters. Unfortunately that dream was cut short when Rob, his wife, his mother, and his unborn child were viciously slaughtered during the bloodiest wedding of all.

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18 Creepiest Age Differences In Movies

18 Creepiest Age Differences In Movies

In Hollywood, both on and off the screen, it’s never been all that uncommon for older men to romance much younger women. Just look at how Roger Moore was playing an aging Bond by the end of his time as the spy, closing in on 60, and was still romancing beautiful young women in their 20s. Daniel Craig took an interviewer to task when asked how he felt about Bond wooing an “older woman” (Monica Bellucci) in Spectre, pointing out that Bond was simply chasing a woman his own age for once.

Sometimes big age differences are played down within the films, turning real life 20-30 year age gaps into 10-20 year ones on screen, but it’s still not unusual to see a significant age gap between two people in a movie that are in some sort of romantic and/or sexual entanglement. It’s also not only females who are the Mays in May/December romances– sometimes it’s an older woman going after a much younger man.

There are also times when the age gap itself isn’t that large, but the partnership still makes us feel uneasy. Whether it’s because the younger party is extremely young, or there is an inappropriate facet to how the couple is connected outside of their relationship– teacher/student, for instance– there doesn’t always have to be 50 years separating a couple for their pairing to be viewed as questionable.

Here are 18 Creepy Age Differences In Movies.

18. MAUDE AND HAROLD – HAROLD AND MAUDE

Sure, the subtext of Harold and Maude is very endearing– a young man who doesn’t appreciate life has to learn from an elderly woman how to live life to the fullest. But the fact that their relationship turns romantic despite Harold (Bud Cort) being in his early-20s and Maude (Ruth Gordon) being 79 is difficult to look past, even if the movie plays their age difference up for absurdist comedic effect. Honestly, even the two just becoming close friends with zero romantic attachment would’ve still felt a bit inappropriate.

There’s also the matter of how much different it would be were it reversed, and a 79-year-old man was having a romance with a 20-something woman. A lot less people would’ve been able to see any underlying sweetness to the relationship if the sexes had been swapped.

17. BOB AND CHARLOTTE – LOST IN TRANSLATION

To be fair, washed-up actor Bob (Billy Murray) and photographer’s wife Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) are primarily just friends throughout the course of Lost in Translation and the pair don’t even so much as kiss. But that still doesn’t make it any less weird that this middle-aged man has decided to spend his evenings hanging out and drinking with a woman just out of college.

Of course, the pair’s time together isn’t completely innocent. They are frequently in close proximity of each other– heads on shoulders, things of that nature– even lying in bed together at one point. Raise your hand if you wouldn’t consider it at least somewhat cheating if your significant other was just lying around in bed with someone else. And then there is the matter of Charlotte being wildly jealous and hurt when Bob ends up sleeping with another woman.

Kudos to Bob for being the (mostly) mature one and keeping a relationship non-physical that could’ve easily went that way, but at the end of the day, not sealing the deal isn’t enough to keep Bob and Charlotte’s age difference from being a bit uncomfortable in terms of the relationship they develop.

16. ISAAC AND TRACY – MANHATTAN

It’s one thing to just write a movie where a 42-year-old man dates a 17-year-old woman. It’s another to cast yourself in the role of that man, and then find an actual teenage actress to play your love interest. Of course, Woody Allen would later go on to marry the adopted daughter of his longtime girlfriend, but we won’t get into all that.

In Manhattan, often considered one of Allen’s best films, he plays writer Isaac Davis, who is dating a 17-year-old girl named Tracy (Mariel Hemingway). Even just watching the couple walk around holding hands makes the skin crawl, but Allen doesn’t shy away from showing them lying in bed together watching TV and other more intimate interactions.

Yes, Manhattan is a movie about affairs and falling in love with friends’ mistresses and all kinds of sordid things of that nature. And it’s all told through the whip-smart writing of Woody Allen. But even if the two don’t end up together, and theirs is just one of many crazy relationships in a movie about crazy relationships, there is no denying how gross Isaac’s and Tracy’s relationship is.

15. SAM AND SUZIE & KELLY – WILD THINGS

Maybe there are people out there who wouldn’t bat an eye at a guy in his late-20s (Matt Dillon) having a sexual encounter with an 18-year-old girl (Denise Richards). And maybe those same people wouldn’t think it’s any worse if a second 18-year-old girl (Neve Campbell) was thrown into said sexual encounter. However, when it’s revealed that the man is the guidance counselor at the high school that those two girls attend, it puts things in a whole different light.

The fact that the wrong-on-several-levels sexual activity that occurs in Wild Things is depicted in a scene that is among the more pornographic sex scenes ever seen in a mainstream, R-rated movie just makes it all feel even more seedy. That the scene also involves alcohol being poured onto– and drank off of– a high school girl’s breasts further ups the icky ante.

Worst of all, we don’t ever actually know the ages of either of the girls, just that they are in high school– we only assume that the one who ends up visibly topless is 18. Never bothering to explicitly say that the girls are of legal age just makes it that much creepier.

14. FINCH AND STIFLER’S MOM – THE AMERICAN PIE SERIES

And now we swap the sexes of an adult (Jennifer Coolidge) and a high school kid (Eddie Kaye Thomas) getting it on– only this time, the adult is in her 40s. Playing on the tropes of the classic film The Graduate, Finch loses his virginity on the same night that several of his friends do, only instead of it being with another high school student, he ends up being seduced by the mom of one of his classmates.

Most of American Pie sets up Finch as being wise beyond his years and far more mature than his friends, and finding lowly high school girls beneath him (not literally, of course). Fortunately, he stumbles across a frisky older woman who happens to have an affection for much younger men. The already-inappropriate pairing is made even more creepy when the woman insists that Finch call her not by her name, but instead refer to her as “Stifler’s mom” mid-coitus. Because everyone wants to hear their child’s name being used in a passionate tone and being reminded that they are a parent during sex.

13. PRESENT-DAY HENRY AND PAST CLARE – THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE

In The Time Traveler’s Wife, a guy named Henry (Eric Bana) randomly time travels against his will and has no control over where/when he goes– he just seems to travel mainly to times and places of some personal significance to him, which most frequently results in him visiting his wife Clare (Rachel McAdams) at various points in her past.

While it’s a common romantic notion to wish that you could’ve known your significant other as a child, that fantasy tends to involve you being a child, also. There is something unsettling about adult Henry spending time with his future wife while she is a young child (Brooklynn Proulx), knowing that he is going to be in love with– and make love to– her one day. The interactions between adult Henry and child Clare are never outright inappropriate, but it’s impossible for Henry not to look at child Clare through the same loving eyes he looks at adult Clare, which is what makes the whole thing so uncomfortable.

Still not convinced of the creepiness? Henry is naked at the other end whenever he time travels, so he initially appears to this 8-year-old girl as a nude adult man. So there’s that.

12. WILL AND CHARLOTTE – AUTUMN IN NEW YORK

Fans of Autumn in New York only want to remember the parts of the movie that are about a sweet man (Richard Gere) who shows a dying woman (Winona Ryder) love as she faces the end of her life, and the way they dramatically change each other forever. But that oversimplified summation leaves out a lot of important, less romantic details.

For starters, Will is a known womanizer of younger women. We get the impression that Charlotte is just the latest woman in her early-2os to be a notch in the bedpost of the nearly-50 year old. In fact, after having sex with her very soon after they meet, Will even comes right out and informs Charlotte that a real relationship isn’t in the cards for them– a class act, that one.

But taking her home and bedding her despite their age difference isn’t even the creepiest part– Charlotte is the daughter of one of Will’s (dead) ex-girlfriends. And he knew that going in!

At the end of the day, Will wanted to hook up with a younger version of a deceased former lover, and planned to immediately brush her aside for his next young conquest.

11. HARRY AND MARIN – SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE

60-something Jack Nicholson hooking up with women in their 20s and 30s happened so often in real life that it’s hard to even bat an eye at it happening in movies. Yes, Something’s Gotta Give is a movie about an aging playboy who finally finds a woman his own age to fall in love with. Even so, that doesn’t stop the creepiness on display between Nicholson’s character Harry, and Marin, played by Amanda Peet.

What makes Harry and Marin’s admittedly brief on-screen time together so gross is how sexual it is and how much we have to see of it. Marin’s mother, Erica (Diane Keaton) is also dating someone younger; a doctor played by Keanu Reeves. But we largely only see their courtship via the two sitting side by side drinking wine together and things of that nature. Conversely, we’re “treated” to scenes of the 29-year-old Marin in her underwear straddling Harry as he places his 63-year-old hands around her almost-bare behind.

It’s one thing to see a couple of such mismatched ages out in public, engaging in light PDA– it’s another to get a glimpse at what’s going on between them behind closed doors.

10. SUSAN AND JOSH – BIG

Yes, we know– when Josh (Tom Hanks) gets physical and eventually has sex with Susan (Elizabeth Perkins), he’s technically in the body of a 30-year-old man. If it was considered creepy any time an adult woman had sex with an adult man who had the mind of a child, then most sexual encounters that have ever occurred in human history would be considered creepy.

That still doesn’t change the fact that Josh actually is a 12-year-old, and he was intimate with a woman in her 30s. When the couple are together it very much looks like a child in a man’s body, touching and making love to an adult woman.

There is also the matter of Josh seeming to do a terrible job at being an adult, and despite everything about him screaming “child” except for his outer shell, Susan still falls for him and is turned on by him. That is the part that is truly creepy. It’s fine to see a man with the innocence and wonder of a child and find it oddly charming– but to have it make you want to take your clothes off for him is more than a little strange.

9. HANA AND MICHAEL – THE READER

While Big had the loophole of a kid who was physically an adult, we now start getting into the part of the list that involves adults outright having intercourse with actual underage people.

In the case of The Reader, we’re not even talking barely-illegal here– Hana (Kate Winslet) is 36 and Michael (David Kross) is only 15. It’s interesting how movies with an adult man and underage girl are almost always played (rightfully) elicit, while movies with an adult woman and underage boy can be framed as sweet and romantic. There is zero ambiguity here as to whether the two are physical, as they have sex multiple times throughout the course of the movie and frequently spend their time together naked.

As with other entries on this list, there is an extra layer of creepiness on top of just the age difference between Hana and Michael. It comes to light that Hana worked for a Nazi concentration camp, and was one of the people who helped select who went to the gas chamber. Her seeming ambivalence towards her actions is almost as unsettling as her ease at having a sexual relationship with a teenage boy.

8. BILL AND PHOEBE – THE FIRST WIVES CLUB

Sometimes a man really, truly believes that the woman he is seeing is “of age” when in reality she is not. However, this is an issue that should only be faced by men in their early-20s dating women they believe are only a few years younger– not men in their mid-to-late-40s dating girls they think are 21. Dating girls several decades your junior, in ages hoveringjust above legality, is probably not the smartest way to save yourself that kind of trouble.

When Bill (Victor Farber) has an affair with hot young actress Phoebe (Elizabeth Berkley, proving she actually can act), he believes she is 21. However, his scorned wife (Goldie Hawn) and her friends discover that Phoebe is actually only 16. Even if you are somehow fully on Bill’s side on this one, and believe he didn’t do anything wrong by thinking he was seeing a 21 year old– putting the infidelity aside, of course– it still doesn’t make it any less creepy that a 40-something man was getting it on with a 16-year-old girl.

7. SHEBA AND STEVEN – NOTES ON A SCANDAL

There is a lot going on in the acclaimed 2006 drama Notes on a Scandal, but at the heart of it is an inappropriate sexual relationship between a teacher in her 30s named Sheba (Cate Blanchett) and a 15-year-old student named Steven (Andrew Simpson).

While that relationship serves as the catalyst for most of the film’s events, it ends up taking a backseat to the older female teacher Barbara (Judi Dench) who develops an attraction to Sheba, Barbara’s eventually-revealed history of becoming obsessed with younger women, and the way she manipulates Sheba once she finds out about the illegal affair. On top of all that, another male teacher also tries to horn in on Sheba, even knowing that she is a) married, and b) already slept with a student.

Still, a guy trying to get into the pants of a teacher who he already knows is married and also having an inappropriate relationship with a student isn’t the creepiest thing happening in Notes on a Scandal, nor is the restraining order-worthy behavior of Barbara. A teacher having sex with her underage student trumps any other bad behavior occurring in the film by far.

6. ANNA AND SEAN – BIRTH

Birth is a bizarre movie about a woman named Anna (Nicole Kidman) whose husband dies, and ten years later, a 10-year-old boy named Sean (Cameron Bright)– also her dead husband’s name– comes to her and tells her he is her late husband reincarnated. While that should’ve been the beginning and end to that story, Anna finds herself believing the boy– and in an oddly short amount of time and with fairly little concrete evidence.

During the time that this obviously unbalanced woman is believing that a young boy is her reincarnated husband, there are of course a lot of creepy and inappropriate interactions between Anna and young Sean. Besides the two just spending a lot of time alone together– which is already off-putting given that it’s an adult woman spending a lot of time with a boy she hardly knows– there is a particularly hard to watch scene where Anna enters a bathroom where Sean is naked in the tub, and Anna then disrobes and joins him.

While we as viewers are supposed to be creeped out by this movie and scenes like the bathtub encounter, it doesn’t make any of it any less unsettling.

5. CONNOR AND MIA – FISH TANK

Fish Tank is a critically-acclaimed but at times tough to watch film about a 15-year-old girl named Mia (Katie Jarvis) who is struggling through issues of anger and isolation. Where things first take a turn towards the cringey is when Mia’s mother’s 30-something boyfriend, Connor (Michael Fassbender) spanks Mia over an infraction– after having put on cologne and coming on to her, lest there be any confusion as to whether the action had lustful subtext for the man. The grossly inappropriate flirtation between the two eventually culminates in the pair drinking together and having sex.

Again, the age difference was already extremely inappropriate, but the boundary-crossing of it being a man sleeping with his girlfriend’s teenage daughter– after getting drunk with her, no less– before going and passing out next to the girl’s mother right afterward just puts the whole thing way over the line.

For what it’s worth, both Jarvis and Fassbender deserve major kudos for the strength of their performances here– but it’s exactly because they played their parts so well that Connor and Mia’s relationship is that much more upsetting to watch.

4. PAUL AND JEANNE – LAST TANGO IN PARIS

The age difference between Paul (Marlon Brando) and Jeanne (Maria Schneider) may not seem especially drastic in the context of this list– he is 45 and she is in her early-20s– especially with how highly it is being ranked here. But there are a few key reasons why their relationship in Last Tango in Paris is deserved of being rated as extremely creepy.

For starters, the pair initially become involved in a sexual relationship that they intentionally keep completely anonymous– something about a 45-year-old man and a 20ish-year-old woman just having meaningless sex that isn’t about some unlikely romance they developed makes it that much more tawdry. We can’t help but wonder if Paul is even aware of Jeanne’s age at all, and if he is actually expecting her to be even younger.

But where things really take a turn is the infamous rape scene that occurs later in the film. We won’t get too specific here, but we’ll just say that butter was used as a lubricant– and that there is a specific reason why a lubricant was needed.

Schneider, who was only 19 when she made the movie, later said that filming the scene deeply traumatized her.

3. HUMBERT AND DOLORES/LOLITA – LOLITA

Some movies are about a man who has a relationship with a girl that is way too young for him, but it’s something he’s never done before and won’t ever do again. Lolita, on the other hand, is about a man named Humbert (James Mason) who specifically has a thing for prepubescent girls. In fact, 40-something Humbert specifically rents a room at the home of a widow after he meets her daughter, Dolores (Sue Lyon)– aka Lolita– who is only in her early teens.

While later remakes of the film– based on “that book by Nabokov” as referenced by Sting– would make Lolita more overtly sexual and directly seductive, Kubrick’s original feels even more creepy by having Lolita engage in more innocent activities like dancing with a hula hoop, snapping her gum, and twirling her pigtails.

When it comes to men being sexually attracted to extremely young girls, there’s no “better” or “worse” way for it to manifest itself– but there is definitely something extra creepy about a man who specifically gets off on a young girl who acts like a young girl, rather than one with mature seduction techniques.

2. EDWARD AND BELLA – THE TWILIGHT SERIES

It doesn’t matter that vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson) is eternally in a teenager’s body because that’s the age he was turned into a vampire– his true age is 108, period. Just because you became a vampire as a teenager doesn’t mean that you get to spend centuries romancing teenage girls. Edward takes the famously creepy line from Dazed and Confused about how high school girls are great because they always stay the same age a bit too literally.

Perhaps we are supposed to feel less uncomfortable about Edward’s relationship with Bella (Kristen Stewart) in Twilight because he waits a few years to actually have sex with her. But that doesn’t change the fact that he not only started a romantic relationship with her when she was only 17, but even if he had waited until she was 25 to consummate their love, he’s still over 100 years old!

It’s the opposite of the movie Big, and is creepy for a whole different reason– his body is the right age, but he has the mind of a man deep into adulthood– which makes his copulation with Bella incredibly inappropriate.

We won’t even get into Jacob “imprinting” onto the couple’s newborn baby…

1. JARETH THE GOBLIN KING AND SARAH – LABYRINTH

Labyrinth never explicitly states Jareth’s (David Bowie) age. A manga sequel says he’s been the Goblin King for over 1,300 years, so take that for what it’s worth, but it’s easy to assume that he has been at it for a long time. This makes his desire to take 15-year-old Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) as his queen as creepy as his cod piece.

Fine, maybe Jareth is actually “ageless” and exists within a realm where time doesn’t pass in the same way it does for us, so being around for over a thousand human years doesn’t equate to his age being as such. But to that end, if Sarah were to accept his offer and become the Goblin Queen, she would presumably stay in her 15-year-old body forever– and there is something undeniably creepy about a magical being wanting to spend eternity with a lover who will never physically mature beyond the form of a 15-year-old human girl.

Jareth is the creepiest older person on this list because he doesn’t just want to be with a teenager now–he wants her to stay a teenager forever.

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FASCINATING FACTS: 24 Facts About ‘Saving Private Ryan’

FASCINATING FACTS: 24 Facts About ‘Saving Private Ryan’

The epic war drama is about a commander and his company trying to find Private Ryan, the only surviving brother of four servicemen. The movie has received critical acclaim for its historically accurate and realistic depiction of the Invasion of Normandy at Omaha beach during the Second World War in 1944. It has also received five Oscars along with six nominations for various categories.

The production and pre-production of the film were done on a massive scale making the behind-the-scenes stories just as awe-inspiring as the film itself. So, here are some fascinating facts about Saving Private Ryan gathered from IMDB and other sources that will make you admire the movie more.

1. The Normandy beach landing scene in the movie alone cost $12 million. It involved up to 1,500 extras, partly consisting of Irish Reserve Defense Force members and was called the “best battle scenes of all time” by Empire Magazine. 

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Saving Private Ryan received much critical acclaim because of its realistic depiction of battles during World War II. The Normandy scene itself was praised by many critics and was ranked first among the “50 Greatest Movie Moments” list on TV Guide. The movie is also well known for employing actors who were war veterans and had real life experiences of what war could do.(source)

2. Spielberg cast Matt Damon for Private Ryan because he wanted an All-American looking actor who is not very well-known. But before the film was released Matt Damon won an Oscar for Good Will Hunting (1997) becoming a star overnight. 

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3. Steven Spielberg gave Tom Sizemore the role of Technical Sergeant Mike Horvath with a promise that he never test positive to drugs during the filming. He promised that if he failed the test once, even on the last day of shooting, he would fire him and re-shoot all his 58 days of work with another actor. 

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Tom Sizemore battled with heroin and meth addiction for a long time. His much praised performances were only shadowed by his addiction at that time. Steven Spielberg was among the many who tried to help him get rid of his addiction problems, which he did by giving him a role in the movie. Thankfully, Sizemore was able to keep his job without Spielberg having to replace him.(source)

4. A struggling Vin Diesel wrote, directed, scored and produced a semi-autobiographical short film called Multi Facial about the frustrations in finding work as an actor of mixed ethnicity. When Spielberg saw the film he was so impressed that he created the role of Private First Class Adrian Caparzo just for him.

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Initially Diesel wrote a feature film script called Strays but was unable to secure finances to make the film. So he made Multi Facial instead by writing the script in one night and filming it in three days with a budget of three thousand. Though he felt disillusioned in the beginning his film soon was accepted for Cannes Film Festival in 1995. Spielberg saw both the films and later decided to hire him.(source)

5. For his accurate portrayal of an Army Ranger in the role of John H. Miller, Tom Hanks was inducted as an honorary member of US Army Ranger Hall of Fame. 

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Tom Hanks is the first actor to have ever received such an honor. He also has quite a repertoire of services towards WWII campaigns. He was known to have served as the national spokesman for the World War II Memorial Campaign, being the honorary chairman of the D-Day Museum Capital Campaign and helped in writing and producing the Emmy Award winning series Band of Brothers.(source)

6. All the principal actors, except Matt Damon, had to go through several days of brutal army training so that they would resent him for it and show that in their performances. 

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13. Two of the landing crafts that you see in the Omaha Beach scenes were actually used in World War II. 

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14. Saving Private Ryan was the last movie edited non-digitally to win the Academy Award for Best Film Editing. 

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15. During the landing scene the maimed American soldiers were actual amputees hired from all over Ireland. 

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Around twenty to thirty amputees were recruited for the scene so that the war injuries would be realistic. Apart from the 1,500 extras hired to play the soldiers, there were as many as 400 crew members involved during filming of the scene which Spielberg turned into an unforgettable masterpiece.(12)

16. Over forty barrels of fake blood were used for the Omaha beach scene to simulate the effect of blood in seawater. 

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The scene depicts many soldiers being shot underwater and the filmmakers had to use underwater cameras to shoot the scenes. The scene has so many deaths that there were pools of blood with even the seawater and waves getting stained red. It required considerable amounts of fake blood to show the intensity of what happened during the war.(source)

17. The combat scenes in the movie were filmed so realistically that the D-Day veterans left the theaters unable to finish watching the opening scene. They said that it was the most realistic depiction of the combat they’ve ever seen. 

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The opening scene of the movie shows the US army troops landing on Omaha Beach and then engaging in a battle with the Germans. The scene is said to have shown a very historically accurate account of what happened when the landing crafts came towards the shore. For them it had become an emotional experience reliving the past and the trauma of death and destruction.(12)

18. Stephen Ambrose, a military historian and author, had to ask the special screening for him to be halted after 20 minutes because the opening scene was too intense for him. It took him a few minutes to compose himself before returning to the screening room and finish watching it.

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19. After the film’s release the number of veterans who visited PTSD counselors rose so much that the Department of Veterans Affairs set up a special 800 number to help them cope. 

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20. The D-Day landing scene was so violent that the film was supposed to receive NC-17 rating. But the Motion Picture Association of America decided to give it an R because it was “masterpiece exception”.

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The opening scene in the movie managed to generate a lot of reactions from censor boards everywhere. It is said that the movie came quite close to getting an NC-17 rating because it was too violent to watch without that warning. Spielberg wanted to release the movie as it was, without softening it down with cuts to suit sensitive audience. He also stated that even if the movie did receive NC-17 rating he would have still released the uncut version.(1 ,2)

21. The Censor Board of India blocked the film’s release because of its violent content and demanded cuts which Spielberg refused to make. He decided not to release the movie at all in India. But the Home Minister of India, realizing the seriousness of the situation, saw the movie and impressed, he ordered it to be released uncut. 

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22. Saving Private Ryan was the highest grossing film in the United States in the year 1998. It was also the last R-Rated film to top the box-office until American Sniper in 2014.

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23. Even though Spielberg decreased the color saturation by 60% for artistic reasons, many satellite and cable TV providers increased it to normal values while broadcasting because they received complaints from the viewers that something was wrong with the color. 

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24. Steven Spielberg requested that no one be allowed into the theater once the show begins. 

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'District 9' Director's Latest Sci-Fi Short 'Zygote' Is Probably His Scariest Work

'District 9' Director's Latest Sci-Fi Short 'Zygote' Is Probably His Scariest Work

 

 Neill Blomkamp's Oat Studios has been releasing a raft of amazing sci-fi shorts these past few weeks, but perhaps none of the shorts before can top the monster in "Zygote" for its sheer grotesqueness.

 


The Good The Bad & The Ugly: Why Is It So Good?

The Good The Bad & The Ugly: Why Is It So Good?

 

 The Good The Bad & The Ugly: Why Is It So Good? is a great movie to look back on. It made 5 times its money back, making it a big success. But even Clint Eastwood himself thought the movie

 


MOVIES QUIZ / 50 FLICKS TO CLICK (1990)

MOVIES QUIZ / 50 FLICKS TO CLICK (1990)

Can you pick the missing words from the titles of these movies from 1990?



MOVIES QUIZ / PICK THE LEONARDO DICAPRIO MOVIE

MOVIES QUIZ / PICK THE LEONARDO DICAPRIO MOVIE

 

 Can you choose the movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio?

 


15 Movies So Bad They Were Never Released

15 Movies So Bad They Were Never Released

When a bad movie is released the world is quick to wonder “how did something so horrible get made?” From unfinished scripts being greenlit for release, to actors checking out on set because they don’t like the director, right down to studio interference that can sink a previously good film – there’s lots of reasons that bad movies are made.

Yet, as bad as the worst film is that you’ve seen recently, it might not even be comparable to some of the films which were so bad that studios hid them away from audiences entirely. Think of a bad movie, then imagine for a second how bad that movie would have to be for it to not be released at all.

Imagine all the millions of dollars that go into making a film and what it means when studios, producers, and directors would rather lose that money than embarrass themselves by showing what they’ve made. We live in a world where the movie The Room exists, so try to imagine a film that could have been even worse than that.

The good news is there’s no need to picture it, because we have all the horrendous films right here. These films are so embarrassing to those involved that they’ve spent time and money ensuring that audiences will never know about them– it’s time to finally change this.

Here are the 15 Movies That Were So Bad They Were Never Released.

15. NAILED

Before David O. Russell was a perennial Oscar darling, he was one of Hollywood’s notorious bad boys. He is as well known for causing havoc on set as he is known for his cute romantic comedies. There’s no doubt that David O. Russell is a talented director, but something clearly went very wrong on the set of Nailed.

Considering the track record of everyone involved in this film, from Russell to writers Kristin Gore, Dave Jeser, and Matthew Silverstein, it’s safe to say that no one expected Nailed to be so much of a catastrophe. A-lister Jake Gyllenhaal starred opposite Jessica Biel, and that’s not to mention a supporting cast, which included James Marsden, James Brolin, Paul Reubens, and more.

Alas, none of it was meant to be, as the satire – about a waitress shot in the head with a nail gun, who then goes on to become a congresswomen – was partially reshot after Russell ditched the production. Nailed never made it to theaters but a reassembled version of the movie was finally seen on VOD and in limited release as Accidental Love in 2015. Russell was credited as “Stephen Greene.”

14. BUNYAN AND BABE

Here’s a secret that the powers at be don’t want you knowing: around 10 years ago John Goodman, Kelsey Grammar, and Jeff Foxworthy got together and lent their voices to a CGI animated movie about Paul Bunyan. The tagline was “an adventure that’s too big for reality,” which, while not being a very good tagline, also turned out to be strangely prophetic.

As an MGM film (before MGM filed for bankruptcy), Bunyan and Babe isn’t like some of the MGM movies that got lost in bankruptcy – this one was actively hidden away from audiences. Though trailers have been released for the film, which is said to have been in production for ten years, one look at the animations shows that MGM Film could have done better, and we have to wonder what kind of blackmail the studio had on John Goodman that prompted him to sign up.

13. DARK BLOOD

It’s understandable that, when an actor dies tragically in the middle of shooting a film, said film gets delayed, or worst case scenario cancelled altogether. However, the public might occasionally crave the final work of the deceased actor. Oddly enough, what happened with Dark Blood – River Phoenix’s last film – is a different story.

With almost all of the movie having been shot before Phoenix’s death, director George Sluizer made a final cut of the film, only to never release it to the public. The movie focuses on the story of a man – named Boy – who lives in the middle of the desert awaiting the apocalypse, the film was screened a handful of times at film festivals before being buried forever for unknown reasons.

While there have been attempts to get the movie a release date in the years since, the last known plan for the film’s release came in 2012, and obviously didn’t happen. As much as we’re curious to see River’s last acting role, it would seem that if Dark Blood was any good it would have seen the light of day already.

12. UNCLE TOM’S FAIRY TALES: THE MOVIE FOR HOMOSEXUALS

With a title like Uncle Tom’s Fairy Tales: The Movie for Homosexuals, one can only wonder how anyone thought it was a good idea. The fact is, despite featuring Richard Pryor in what would have been his first starring role, all accounts of this bizarre film state that it just wasn’t worth salvaging – which is why no one’s seen it since it was filmed in 1968.

Directed by Penelope Spheeris of Wayne’s World fame (who was a film student at the time), Uncle Tom’s Fairy Tales was about a group of Black Panthers who kidnap a white man and put him on trial for every racially-motivated crime in the history of America.

The film was screened in Pryor’s basement. Spheeris has claimed that Pryor and his wife, Shelley Bonis, began to argue, which led to Pryor ripping up the film’s negative. Spheeris managed to salvage the film, which was allegedly bought by Cosby, though he convinced Pryor to never show the film. According to the Pryor biography, Furious Cool, by David and Joe Henry, Cosby’s only comment on the movie was that “this s**t is weird.

11. EMPIRES OF THE DEEP

The American-Chinese co-produced Empires of the Deep had a budget of $130 million. However, its production team is committed to keeping their crimes against cinema buried forever – despite the film boasting the largest budget in Chinese film history.

Plagued with production issues – including four directors and ten scriptwriters – Empires of the Deep was about… well, we don’t really know, but it had something to do with mermaids. It was a CGI-heavy spectacle film initially intended to be directed by Pitof, best known for Catwoman. However, even Pitof backed out of the film, and when Pitof won’t direct your film you should pretty much pack it in.

Of course, no one did this, and the film ended up being made with various directors and many actors, who were replaced one after the other. From there, the trailer was released and was met with shameless mocking from the film community. The only logical next step was a mercy killing.

10. THE BRAVE

Remember when Johnny Depp played a Native American in The Lone Ranger and the world criticized him? Do you also remember when Johnny Depp directed a movie called The Brave in 1997, played a Native American, and the whole world criticized him for the first time? No? Well, it happened and it only helps make the living-legend that is Johnny Depp even more legendary, but not in a good way. Our advice to Johnny Depp is to stop playing Native Americans.

The Brave was a colossal mistake. Blasted by critics when it debuted at Cannes in 1997, Depp refused to grace the world with the movie that he had starred in, co-wrote, and directed. However, if we know anything about Depp it’s that he’s a sensible guy who will come to his senses and— yeah, not likely. He’ll probably just end up making Mortdecai 2. Or, you know, any other film that requires him to wear heavy makeup and do a needless accent.

9. A BAD SITUATIONIST

What happens when comic legends David Cross, Sarah Silverman, Jon Benjamin, Marc Maron, Janeane Garofalo, Todd Barry, Jon Glaser, and Brendon Small star in a political satire? Apparently nothing, according to the movie A Bad Situationist.

Like many self-financed indie movies made in New York in the late ’90s and early 2000s, A Bad Situationist never got a proper release despite starring so many people who have since made it big. However, unlike say, Louis C.K.’s movies of the same time, writer-director Sam Seder still isn’t a household name, which makes his film a bit harder to release.

Add to this the fact that the film just wasn’t very kindly reviewed – even among the select few that saw it – and what you have is something of a… bad situation.

8. BIG BUG MAN

As another entry in the “great-actor’s-last-role-that-went-wrong” category – if such a category existed – Big Bug Man is a Marlon Brando movie that was so bad it will never see the light of day. It is an adult animated comedy co-starring Brendan Fraser, and seemed doomed right from the start.

Brando was asked to play a dangerously obese man, but instead opted to play the part of an evil old lady named Mrs. Sour. From that point on Brando recorded all of his lines in his own home – and, under his own accord, put on makeup, a wig, and dressed like an elegant elderly woman.

Big Bug Man followed a man who was bitten by bugs and became a superhero. So, you know, Spider-Man but 100 times worse. Additionally, the poster had a character kissing someone’s butt. Brando said it was one of the most enjoyable times he ever had making a film.

7. GODS BEHAVING BADLY

Two of the finest living actors – Christopher Walken and John Turturro – once starred as Zeus and Hades respectively in a film about, you guessed it, Gods Behaving Badly. Based on the novel by the same name, the film was fully shot and edited, and even made its way to a film festival in Italy, before it was sucked into the very same underworld where Hades watches Johnny Depp’s The Brave on repeat.

It was compared to a bad 1990s SNL sketch by The Hollywood Reporter. All that is known about the film today is that it had a disgraceful CGI opening scene and a very hilarious poster that featured Walken wearing a dollar store wig and headband.

Having said that, Gods Behaving Badly is the type of film that dreams are made of.  Sure, bad movies are fun to watch, but the only thing better than a B-list bad movie is a C-list bad movie with A-list stars. Ah, what could have been.

6. ALL AMERICAN MASSACRE

After seven Texas Chain Saw Massacre films no one is really clamoring for a new one. Yet William Hooper, the son of original director Tobe Hooper, made a Texas Chain Saw prequel and called it All American Massacre. Despite the best intentions, no one really cared about the film being released and it remains, at best, an intriguing what-if to this day.

Featuring the original Chop-top and flashbacks, the film is apparently a 60 minute feature, which, despite being incredibly short for a film, still sounds painfully long when you get into the details. One such detail is that the film’s score was composed by guitarist Buckethead – a guitar player who performs with a literal bucket on his head.

This tidbit, coupled with the fact that no one even knew if they had the rights to the Texas Chain Saw Massacre film, ensured that All American Massacre was never released, and the film still remains unseen over 15 years after being completed.

5. NOTHING LASTS FOREVER

Lorne Michaels is a name in Hollywood that opens doors, makes people famous, and gets things made. Yet it wasn’t always this way for the Saturday Night Live icon.

Nothing Lasts Forever starred Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd in a dystopian, totalitarian New York setting. Filled with magical hobos, a trip to the moon on a city bus driven by Bill Murray, and lofty dreams of being an artist, the film – made in 1984 – may have come a decade or two too late if its aim was to catch on with the LSD crowd.

Originally intended to be released by MGM, the studio shelved the film indefinitely after press screenings went disastrously wrong. Given all of the fame that Murray and Aykroyd later enjoyed, you’d have to think that Nothing Lasts Forever must’ve been pretty dreadful to remain hidden away all these years.

4. FOODFIGHT

Somewhere in an alternate reality is a world without Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’sSausage Party. And that world is one that instead has the film Foodfight. Oh, how we wished we lived in that world instead of this one. Not because Sausage Party is bad, but because Foodfight sounds like one of the worst films of all time – and we need to see it.

Starring Charlie Sheen and Hilary Duff, Foodfight was first brought to the public’s attention in 2001, when it was revealed that the movie would feature a lot of product placement. Delay after delay meant that the film never even made it to theaters, and was only released on DVD in 2012, over a decade after it was first announced.

The bar for a Charlie Sheen CGI-animated film isn’t very high to begin with, so we can’t begin to guess how bad this film really is. Perhaps we also need to give the film’s producer, Larry Kasanoff, a little slack, considering that he was certain his studio, Threshold, would become the next Pixar… At least until the computer drives holding all the movie’s files were stolen in what he calls an act of “industrial espionage.”

3. DON’S PLUM

Don’s Plum starred none other than Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire before fame took them both and threw them on opposite career paths. It was an improvisational black and white drama, and was also so bad that DiCaprio and Maguire reportedly refused to allow its release.

At the time of Don’s Plum, DiCaprio and Maguire were known around Hollywood and the tabloids as being part of something called the “P***y Posse.” If that sounds unflattering, it’s because it was, especially to the future Spider-Man and eventual Academy Award Winner Leo DiCaprio.

Fearing that the behaviour displayed in the film would tarnish their reputations forever, the two actors hired lawyers and claimed that they had been tricked into starring in the film for a friend. This lawsuit eventually blocked the film’s release indefinitely.

2. FANTASTIC FOUR

The legends of Marvel’s original 1994 Fantastic Four are true, the film really was worse than the three Fantastic Four films that came after it. As one of the first ever Marvel superhero films, Roger Corman’s Fantastic Four was meant to be an origin story that helped the studio hold on to the rights to the characters. What it ended up being is something much, much more.

Filled with B-movie effects and a final battle with Doctor Doom, Fantastic Four was actually all set to be a blockbuster film before the world realized that it’s seemingly impossible to get a Fantastic Four movie right. After trailers were released and the movie was heavily promoted, the film’s release date came and went and nothing happened.

Though some believe that the film was never made to be seen, others allegedly claim that Marvel executive Avi Arad paid producers millions of dollars to hide the film away so it wouldn’t tarnish the brand. These rumors point to cash exchanging hands and Arad ordering all copies of the film to be destroyed, something that actually sounds like it would make a better story than anything featured in any of the Fantastic Four movies. Bootlegs of the film are still rumored to be circulating on the internet to this day.

1. THE DAY THE CLOWN CRIED

The infamous The Day the Clown Cried is horrendously bad. You’ve probably heard the stories and seen the interviews, which filled you in on Jerry Lewis’ biggest embarrassment. However, there’s a reason you know about The Day the Clown Cried – it’s famous for being so atrocious that Jerry Lewis refuses to let it be seen by anyone.

Directed by and starring Lewis, the film is about a German clown that must entertain children as he escorts them into the gas chambers. However, this is not Life Is Beautiful. Time and time again Jerry Lewis has said that he will not allow his film to be seen by anyone, as it turned out to be a colossal mistake in every possible way.

Yet every now and again there are reports of very famous people having seen cuts of the film – and even those people, presumably trusted by Lewis, have said that the film is horrible on a whole new level. While we’re morbidly interested to see how bad it is, perhaps with The Day the Clown Cried we should respect Lewis’ wishes and let this film remain a part of awful movie history.

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Side-By-Side Comparisons Of Historical Moments And Their Film Reenactments

Side-By-Side Comparisons Of Historical Moments And Their Film Reenactments

 

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