Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Team America: World Police” (2004)

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The statue in Kim Jong-Il’s palace is not a statue. It is in fact an actual person in heavy makeup. If you look carefully,  you can see him blink.

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Star Wars”

The actor who plays Wedge Antilles is Denis Lawson. Lawson is the uncle of actor, Ewan McGregor. Who plays Obi-Wan in the prequels.

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Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981)

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The infamous face melting scene was done by having a multilayered sculpture of the actor’s head done in wax. The wax was then melted with heaters, and the film was then sped up.
Chris Walas, the special effect/makeup artist would use this effect again in the 1986 horror film “The Fly” for a scene where Jeff Goldblum melts a guy’s hand off.

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Starman” (1984)

In the early 1980’s, Columbia pictures acquired two sci-fi scripts, each about a good alien stuck on Earth trying to return home. They kept the Starman script as they were sure the other other one would be a box office flop. So they sold it to their rival Universal.
The other script was “E.T.”

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Joe’s Random Movie Review: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (2016)

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When J.K. Rowling first created the universe of “Harry Potter” it reopened, and re-imagined the fantasy genre for a whole new generation of readers and moviegoers alike And like most fans, we knew that “The Deathly Hollows” was the final story. Well, final maybe for Harry Potter. However, the universe, like any fictional universe has many characters, many stories, and many different points of view that create new plot points previously unknown. Fantastic Beasts is one such story.

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Set in the 1920’s in New York City, the film follows Newt Scamander, a wizard briefly mentioned in the Harry Potter stories, has arrived from England with a magical suitcase filled with all kinds of magical creatures. Which he hopes to research and eventually write a book in an effort to teach fellow wizards and witches that some of these creatures aren’t actually that bad. Meanwhile, tensions rise as the secrets of the discarding world are close to being discovered by Muggles (called No-Maj) in the film.

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The setting of this movies definitely adds a unique quality to not only the Harry Potter universe, but to Fantasy films in general. The American urban landscape creates a world which fans of the previous books and movies are quite unfamiliar with and adds to the claustrophobia of the city and time period. The special effects were nothing short of superb. The computer animation was top notch, and gives an almost Ray Harryhausen like feel to these creatures interacting with humans.

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It would be extremely difficult to not fully compare this particular movies to the Harry Potter movies. But what truly makes this film stand out from the others is the unique choice of a hero. Scamander is a bookworm, and a bit of a trickster when it comes to his heroic skills. A polar opposite to that of Potter who shows nothing much more than a sort of arrogant bravery in the face of pure evil. In many ways, how Scamander is portrayed is very much a breath of fresh air from the previous installments.

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Overall, this was a terrific movie, great acting, great story.
There’s a lot more room in the Harry Potter universe.
One wonders what will come next………

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Final Score: 8 1/2 out of 10

Directed by David Yates

Stars

Eddie Redmayne…………..Newt Scamander
Katherine Waterston……….Porpentina Goldstein
Colin Ferrell………………..Percival Graves
Ezra Miller…………….Credence
Dan Fogler……………Jacob Kowalski
Alison Sudol………..Queenie Goldstein
Jon Voight…………….Henry Shaw Sr.
?????????…………….Gellert Grindelwald

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Jesus of Nazareth” (1976)

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Thanks to the acting of Robert Powell, and very careful editing, Jesus never (or rarely) blinks once in the entire film. This was done to give Jesus a more supernatural and surreal feel about the character.

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Jurassic World” (2015)

Director Colin Trevorrow and executive producer Steven Spielberg have confirmed that the T-Rex seen in this movie, is the SAME one seen in “Jurassic Park” 22 years earlier.

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