Joe’s Random Movie Trivia:”O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

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It is heavily implied in the movie that the character Sheriff Cooley (played by Daniel von Bargen) is in fact, the Devil. When our heroes meet Tommy Johnson, a guitarist who sold his soul at the crossroads, he describes the Devil as “a white man with empty eyes and a big hollow voice, and he likes to travel around with a mean old hound.”

He is in fact, describing the Sheriff himself. Empty eyes, because of his sunglasses. Big hollow voice, because of his microphone. And the mean old hound is the bloodhound at his side.
Not to mention the fact that almost every shot the Sheriff is in, there is a fire or fire-like coloring somewhere in the frame.

Towards the end of the movie when the trio are confronted by him, they question his motives by telling him it’s against the law. To which he responds, “The law? The law is a human institution.”

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Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Robin Hood: Men in Tights”

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At one point in the film, Robin Hood says, “Unlike some other Robin Hoods, I can speak with an English accent.” This is a direct reference to Kevin Costner, who played the character in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”. He (rather obviously) uses an American accent.

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Joe’s Random Movie Review: “Ghostbusters” (2016)

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2016 brings us another entry in the remakes and reboot territory. And this generation tends to react negatively towards those if they’re not done right. When it was announced that Ghostbusters, an awesome franchise in its own right, was due for a reboot one can imagine the backlash it was due for. Fortunately, what was brought to us was an entirely new film, with new characters, a modern setting, upbeat comedy, and was totally respectful of the original films. It was actually a very good movie all around, in spite of any negative criticism that is has gotten.

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Erin Gilbert (Wiig) and Abby Yates (McCarthy) are former colleagues who wrote a book on the paranormal. Gilbert initially wants it unpublished as she thinks of it as an embarrassment. But while investigating a haunting with Yates and extremely eccentric engineer Holtzmann (McKinnon) they discover that the supernatural is in fact real, and seek to get actual proof to the scientific community. As the three begin to start a campaign, Patty (Jones) a subway worker tells them of a ghost she encountered n the subway. As the four begin their investigations, they begin to realize that something much bigger than simple hauntings are happening. Along the way, they hire Kevin (Hemsworth) an incredibly dim witted guy as their receptionist.

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Right off, let it be said that the comedy mixes very well with the supernatural elements within the storyline. Although the look of the ghosts have changed (no doubt because of modern filmmaking’s use of CGI) the scare factors are still there. Part of the reason why the original was so effective was its ability to make audience of all ages scared briefly, and laugh the rest of the way through it. While this movie wasn’t nearly as scary, it was extremely effective in the comedy department. All four Comediennes do a terrific job in this movie with both verbal and physical comedy. Top marks for all performers on this piece.

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While many fans of the original Ghostbusters will undoubtedly harbor a grudge against this new addition to the Ghostbusters, but as a fan of the original films and of this new one, let it be said that any fans who harbor such terrible words of contempt for this film should really get a life.

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With a stellar cast, good writing, and great directing, this Ghostbusters is both respectful to the original’s fans, and to a newer generation.

P.S. Stay for a scene after the credits

Final Score:
6.5/10

Directed by Paul Feig

Cast

Melissa McCarthy……Abby Yates
Kristen Wiig……………..Erin Gilbert
Kate McKinnon…………Jillian Holtzmann
Leslie Jones……………..Patty Tolan

Chris Hemsworth…….Kevin
Neil Casey………..Rowan
Charles Dance……..Harold Filmore
Ed Begley Jr………..Ed Mulgrave

Cameos
Dan Akroyd
Harold Ramis
Bill Murray
Ernie Hudson
Annie Potts
Sigourney Weaver

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country”

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The alien Federation President in the film is played by actor Kurtwood Smith……

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Who also plays Red Forman on That 70’s Show.

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Se7en” (seven)

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The actor who plays the film’s serial killer ‘john doe’ requested to remain uncredited until the final credits at the end of the movie. He is a very popular actor, and didn’t what the audience members looking for him to appear until Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt’s characters encounter him at the end of the film.

If you haven’t seen the movie, I’m not saying who it is.

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “The Incredibles”

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Edna Mode (voiced by the film’s director Brad Bird) is based on the academy award winning costume designer Edith Head.

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Thor: The Dark World”

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In a conversation between Odin and Loki, they imply the average Asgardian lifespan is roughly 5,000 Earth years. The average lifespan of a human is 83. Assuming they age in a similar manner to humans, that means that physically Thor and Loki are about 17 years old.