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Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Superman 2” (1980)

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For the second film, Christopher Reeve and Marlon Brando shot one scene together in person. The scene was later cut, but restored on the 2006 DVD release of “Superman 2: The Richard Donner Cut”.

Everybody going into the project knew Marlon Brando would get top billing, as he was well known, and Reeve was basically an unknown at the time.

According to an interview with Christopher Reeve, Brando took him aside one day on set and said, “Kid, I may get top billing on this, but this is YOUR movie. Take it!”

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Reservoir Dogs” (1992)

This shot, from early in the film, gives away the identity of which of the main characters was a “rat” for the cops. Just look at the background.

Before seeing, “Doctor Sleep” King’s sequel to “The Shining”….

SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!!!
 
The film has a very ambiguous nature, in that it is never stated if the spirits of the Overlook Hotel are real, or just in Jack’s head. Except for one BIG clue: The ghost Grady lets Jack out of the Cooler he’s locked in.
This is significant because it is the first time the supernatural world directly effects the real world. Telling you, the audience, that the ghosts are in fact real.
 
Now, for the interesting part.
There are three characters in the story that have the “shining” (or psychic powers) Danny Torrence, Mr. Hallorann, and one of Danny’s parents. We know this because Hallorann tells Danny the shining is passed from generation to generation. Now, a lot of fans thought it was his mother Wendy, but until the ghosts manifest themselves, she seems to be completely in the dark about what’s happening.
 
The third character in the story with the “shining” is Jack. But he has no knowledge of the gift he has. Just like Hallorann also told Danny: “There are some folks out there who have it, but don’t know it, or don’t believe it.” This is why Jack sees the ghosts, and why he is susceptible to the Hotel telling him to murder his family.
 
This fact in the character of Jack Torrence is integral to the story of King’s “Doctor Sleep”.
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Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Terminator: Dark Fate” (2019)

According to reports on this upcoming Terminator film, director Tim Miller had to repeatedly tell actress Linda Hamilton (returning as Sarah Connor) to stop smiling every time she fired a gun.

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Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975)

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The writer, musician and actor Richard O’Brien, who plays Riff Raff in the film, would later go on to play the villainous Mr. Hand in the 1997 scifi film “Dark City”.

 

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

Five facts about the werewolf makeup used in the movie.

WARNING! CONTAINS SPOILERS!

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1. Rather than a film about somebody who changes into a werewolf during the full moon. The werewolf as it appears in this movie, is more less meant to represent man’s primitive side. The idea is it Will Randall (Jack Nicholson), changes every single night until the night of the first full moon. When the wolf spirit finally consumes his rational, human half. Because this character was going through such a gradual transformation throughout the film, the makeup used on him was extraordinarily simple. Simply being; yellow contact lenses, long sideburns along Nicholson’s face, pointed ears, fangs, and claws. Make up artist Rick Baker compared to the werewolf make up used in the 1935 film “Werewolf of London”. With the makeup gradually getting more and more extreme as the character continues to transform.

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2. With his newfound wolf senses, the physical features of the character Randall would gradually at least appear to be getting a little bit younger after each transformation. For example one feature that is extremely noticeable throughout the film, is that the hair on his head is getting thicker. In the beginning of the film, Nicholson sports his traditional thin hair. Towards middle of the film the makeup department put powder in his hair to make it look like it was thicker. And then by the final third of the movie, Nicholson actually had to wear a toupee to further give the illusion that his character was getting some sort of youthful vitality back. Baker suggested that they actually use special wire to pull back Nicholson’s face to take some of the wrinkles out of it to give his face a kind of youthful appearance. To which Jack Nicholson smiled and replied “Absolutely not”.

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3. Jack Nicholson had a severe allergic reaction to the spirit gum traditionally used to stick fake hair on people. So Rick Baker had to use a special medical adhesive before applying Nicholson’s make up. But one day Baker had accidentally misplaced the medical adhesive and gave the actual spirit gum to Nicholson. The next day Nicholson came on said he had large red welts on his face.

4. For the scene where Randall hears everybody in his office building with his newfound wolf senses, Baker strapped a couple of electrodes to the back of Jack Nicholson’s ears. And then remotely made his ears twitch to give an almost canine look to his face as his ears moved to the sounds he was receiving.

5. James Spader’s werewolf make up took a little bit longer than Jack Nicholson’s. When Spader inquired Rick Baker about this, Baker explained that Spader’s face needed more work because his face wasn’t as “animated” as Jack Nicholson’s face was. And later explain that if he just gave him the hair, the fangs, the contact lens, and the pointed ears without doing the additions to his face, Spader would’ve come out looking like “Eddie Munster”.

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“Cromwell” (1970)……a half-truth

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What comes to historical figure like Oliver Cromwell, Americans like myself may be a little bit naïve as to how he is portrayed in the movies. After all, this is the day and age when most people learn their history from the movies and without knowing the full history of Oliver Cromwell, one can gain the wrong conclusions from what the 1970 film “Cromwell” starring Richard Harris, can tell you about the man.

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The film portrays Oliver Cromwell as a revolutionary thinker, a great military leader, and a force for radical change. He is shown almost as a true champion of democracy. But if you actually read the history books and know the full story of Oliver Cromwell, the movie itself is not historically in accurate, and it’s absolute worst it is only a half-truth.

Oliver Cromwell in truth; caused genocide, ruled England like a tyrant, and any kind of revolutionary new ideas he brought to the government by him almost immediately forgotten the moment King Charles II reclaimed the throne for the royal family. Not to mention his posthumous execution and the display of his head.

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So what are the real dangers of watching the 1970 film Cromwell, is that you draw the wrong conclusions from the man.

Personally speaking, I was already aware of Cromwell’s history. And I knew this when I watched the 1970 film. But to help clarify the full story, I watched the 2003 mini series “Charles II: The Power and The Passion”. While he does not actually make an appearance in this miniseries as he dies before the main events take place. However, I think it is important that people should watch both or at least read up more on the man. Because if a historical film or a biographical film is a full on lie or in this case a half truth, you can draw the wrong conclusions from your protagonist.