Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Big Hero 6”

This animated family film, technically, takes place in an alternate reality where the Nazis won World War Two.

image

The name of the city where the film takes place is “San Fransokyo”. According to Germany and Japan’s plans after the war, they were probably going to spilt the United States with Germans taking territories in the east and Japan in the west. Their capital city would have more than likely have been San Francisco.

image

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Dogma”

image

Every angel that appears in this movie, (namely, Alan Rickman, Ben Affleck, and Matt Damon) is wearing a hoodie. Director, Kevin Smith said it was because they were meant to represent halos.

image

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968)

To create the illusion of a floating pen in zero gravity, the filmmakers used a very experimental substance: double-sided scotch tape. They built a big circular frame with glass and stuck the pen to the glass. Then all they did was rotate the frame, and on camera, it looks like a floating pen in space.

image

Joe’s Random Movie Review: “Ben-Hur” (2016)

image

Ben-Hur is the latest adaption of a book written in 1880 by Lew Wallace. Taking place in biblical times, Ben-Hur tells the story of Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish nobleman who is ultimately betrayed by his best friend (Messala, a Roman) and sent into slavery. It culminates into a tale of redemption and revenge. It could be proudly said that Ben-Hur as a story is undoubtedly one of the greatest epic adventure stories ever written. It has been remade several times, the most notable being the 1959 version with Charlton Heston.

image

There are several differences in the plot. Most notably the omission of certain key characters in the second half of the story. Judah’s romantic intentions with Esther are played down in this movie. Mostly just from the idea that they are already married by the time most of the film’s events take place. There is less screen time for his family, and is more character driven from his point of view than in the original ’59 version. Honestly, it works. Ben-Hur, first and foremost is an adventure story, as such, any remake should be updated from an action movie standpoint, thus helping increase the movie’s introduction to newer audiences. However, the story remains classic.

image

Undoubtedly one of the key s scenes of any versions ins the chariot race scene. A scene that had undoubtedly burned into the back of one’s eyes and truly cannot forget. The updated version was quite good, although if anything ill had to be said of it, it would have to be the rather obvious placement of 3D elements into the film. Regardless, this movie did that right too. Fast paced, strong emotional states, and clearly shows the dangers of chariot racing more graphically than any of the previous versions ever could.

image

Anyone familiar with the original, knows that Jesus plays in the story as a minor character, this was done brilliantly in the original as a non speaking role. In this film however, he remains minor, but still unforgettable. Judah’s brief interaction with the carpenter help his motivations. In that, one could assume this remake did much better than the previous ones. The themes presented in this version are more rooted in redemption than revenge, and in doing so further shows the complexities of the charters throughout the film.

image

In short, this film is not at all compatible with the original. Let’s face facts, nothing, no remake of this already classic tale will ever surpass the original. But the action, the acting, the storyline has been reintroduced to a whole new generation in such a way that the Biblical epics of the 1950’s would be proud.

Final Score: 6/10

Directed by

Timur Bekmambetov

Cast

Jack Huston………….Judah Ben-Hur
Morgan Freeman……….Sheik Ilderim
Toby Kebbell……………Messala
Nazanin Boniadi………..Esther
Rodrigo Santoro……….Jesus
Sofia Black D’Elia………..Tirzah
Ayelet Zurer………………Naomi

https://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=3BmeR9GYdDU

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “The Island of Dr. Moreau” (1996)

Nobody on this film had a good time. Many problems arise including; the firing (and possible sabotage) of director Richard Stanley, financial problems, weather problems, etc. One of the big problems on set was the behavior of actor Val Kilmer. Forgetting lines, being either drink or stoned, and as theorized by many was “high” on his popularity as Batman, whom he played the previous year in “Batman Forever”. There were even reports that he would put his cigarettes out in the Extra’s heads. His Co-star Marco Hofschneider said that Kilmer’s actions were those of a prep school bully.

image

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Edward Scissorhands”

image

Even though he’s the main character, Edward only speaks 169 lines in the film.

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “The Prestige”

The actor who plays Mr. Fallon goes uncredited.

image