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Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Star Wars” (1977)

At the time George Lucas was holding auditions for his film, director Brian DePalma was also holding auditions for the horror film “Carrie”. A few actors who auditioned for one film, may have gotten a role in the other. There was a rumor, later disproved by actress Carrie Fisher, that Sissy Spacek was originally cast as Princess Leia, and Carrie Fisher as Carrie.

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A notable example is actor William Katt, who auditioned for the role of Luke Skywalker with Kurt Russell as Han Solo. Katt later got a role in “Carrie” as Tommy.

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The next H.G. Wells adaptation.

H.G. Wells’ books and previous movies have been made and remade. Stories like, The Time Machine, War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, and The Island of Dr. Moreau.

One novel that I think deserves a remake.

H.G. Wells’ “First Men in the Moon”

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Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Quest for Fire”(1981)

​This film is set in Paleolithic Europe, about 80,000 years ago. 

Four different species of Pre-human appear in the movie.

The main characters, played by Everett McGill, Ron Perlman (his first film role), and Nameer El-Kadi are meant to be early, primitive Homo Sapiens.

Rae Dawn Chong’s character is from a tribe of more evolved Homo Sapiens. Close to modern humans.

The tribe seen near the beginning are supposed to be the Ape-like Homo Erectus.

And the cannibalistic tribe seen later are supposed to be Neanderthals.

Joe’s Random Movie Review: “Wonder Woman” (2017)

At long last the DC Cinematic Universe has given us the origin story we’ve all been waiting for. First came “Man of Steel” then the sequel “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice” and then the film “Suicide Squad”. It’s fairly obvious, even to non comic book film fans, the DC cinematic universe was going down dark terrain, especially with the previous film release . But Gal Gadot’s introduction as the infamous Wonder Woman in the film Dawn of Justice, certainly shows that there is a brighter origin story to be shown.

 One thing that really works really good for this movie, is Gadot’s acting. One woman is shown as a character with very obvious character flaws. She’s somebody who trusts her own capabilities a bit too much and even going against her own family to take matters into her own hands. She is somebody who is still in the process of learning about herself, and also coincidently learning about the outside world itself. Which is extremely sympathetic to the audience. It also makes her more believable as a character.

Another thing that works for the film is the setting. The World War I era.
Something most people need to remember is that WW1 was a very different environment than WW2. In many ways it was a more chaotic war. Which parallels, not only Wonder Woman’s mission, but her introduction to the outside world from the comfortable home she once knew.

All in all, Wonder Woman is a terrific movie. A great addition to the DC Movies. Great acting, good story. Definitely one of the best superhero movies they’ve made so far.

Final score: 8.5 out of 10

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Legend” (1985)

The film was originally aimed for adults, and after multiple test screenings, the studio decided to make the film appeal more to the kids. Besides cutting a bunch of scenes, for the American release, they also got rid of Jerry Goldsmith’s original musical score and replaced it with a score by Tangerine Dream. Goldsmith’s score remained in the International release.
Tom Cruise was reportedly very upset about this, and refused to talk about the film for years. Both Cruise, and Roger Ebert preferred the Director’s Cut to the original version.

 In 2002, the Director’s Cut of the film was released. Many of the cut scenes were reinstated as well as the Goldsmith score. 
On a more personal note. The Director’s Cut is the movie, Legend. It’s a flat out better movie.

The American Cut is not a movie, more like 2/3 of a movie.

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy (2001,2002, 2003)

The character of Aragorn is actually one of the Dúnedain. A race of humans from the island of Númenor (which sunk in the second age of Middle-Earth). The Dúnedain were a race of humans blessed with a longer lifespan than an average human. Even though he appears as a man in his prime, by the events of the story, he is actually about 87 years old.

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Jumanji” (1995)

The word “jumanji” is Zulu. It means “many effects”. As in, the many consequences one gets for playing the game.