Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (1971)

There is a very popular fan theory that Wonka is in fact, George Weasley from the Harry Potter series.

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If you observe the mannerisms of Wonka and the look and tone of the factory as a whole, it seems easy to see it originating from the wizarding world presented in Harry Potter. The factory itself is very much a kin to Weasleys’ Wizarding Wheezes, the candy shop George originally operated with his twin brother Fred.

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There’s even a reference to George losing his ear in the seventh Potter novel (Granted, he points to the other ear. But then again, that’s the kind of sense of humor the Weasleys had).
But perhaps the biggest clue they’ve given: Wonka’s office. Everything is in halves. Symbolizing how incomplete he feels without his twin brother.

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Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Girl, Interrupted” (1999)

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This film has one of the first on screen appearances of actor Misha Collins. Long before he became famous for his role as the angel Castiel on the TV show “Supernatural”. When asked about making this movie at one the Supernatural fan conventions, Collins recalled a story where he was having trouble putting on a “60’s type hippie” vest. He went to a nearby hair and makeup trailer and asked a someone (who he thought was a girl just working on set) to help him with it. It turned out it was Winona Ryder’s co-star on the film, Angelina Jolie.

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “The Crow” (1994)

Towards the second half of the film, you’ll see the undead hero Eric Craven with electrical tape around his arms. This is explained in a deleted scene. After Eric heals Darla of her morphine addiction, it weakened his own healing abilities and left him temporarily vulnerable. The villain Funboy then attacked Eric with a knife. After which, Eric bound the wounds in electrical tape.

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Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” (1992)

Gary Oldman has about six different looks as Dracula throughout the film.

1. As a human during the crusades.

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2. As an elder vampire count.

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3. As a young vampiric Prince

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4. A sort of vampiric demon face

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5. As a werewolf-like creature

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6. As a bat creature

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Even though Oldman doesn’t play all the forms, Dracula appears in the film also as a living mist and as a swarm of rats.

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope” (1977)

When does the series take place?
In 2004, a short comic story called “Into the Great Unknown” revealed that the millennium falcon fell into a wormhole and crashed on an unknown planet (Earth) sending it to another galaxy but not another time. About 150 years later, Indiana Jones discovers it’s ruins and a local legend of Bigfoot, revealed to be a still alive Chewbacca.
Even though the explanation is non canon and shouldn’t really be counted as part of Star Wars mythology, this would place Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope around the time of the American Revolution.

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Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Le Voyage dans la Lune” (1902)

“A Trip to the Moon”
This French silent movie is widely regarded as the first science fiction film.
The film’s director, Georges Méliès was hoping to make a fortune from its American viewings.
But this movie was made before any film copyright laws existed. What Méliès didn’t know was that Thomas Edison had managed to get a copy. And his men made copy after copy after copy and sent them all across America. Edison made a fortune on a movie he had absolutely nothing to do with.
Méliès soon went broke afterward.

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Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “The Day the Clown Cried” (1972)

Nobody will ever see this movie.

This controversial film is about a performing clown in Nazi Germany who after mocking Hitler, is sent to a concentration camp. Jerry Lewis (who directed, and starred in it) saw that the movie was extremely terrible and refuses even to this day to release it. Only he, his agent at that time, and his father have seen it. Although comedian Harry Shearer also claims to have seen it. Lewis owns the only copy of it locked up in a vault somewhere, allegedly.

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Recently, Lewis mentioned the movie at a Q & A saying:
“Simply because it’s very easy to sit there in front of an audience and expound on your feelings. It’s another thing to have to deal those feelings. And in terms of that film, I was embarrassed. I was ashamed of the work and I was grateful that I had the power to contain it all, and never let anybody see it. It was bad…..bad……bad.”

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