Polanski [is] basically saying ‘I’m gonna take my actor. … I’m gonna put this big bandage across his face. I’m gonna take away what you think a hero is and have him still be the hero.’— ,
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Blade Runner (theatrical cut)
- The Unicorn Dream is NOT a shot from Legend. It was shot for Blade Runner before Legend was filmed. Blade Runner was released on June 25, 1982. Legend began principle photography on March 26, 1984. Ridley came up with the vague idea for Legend in 1977 and was working on the script of Legend with William Hjortsberg while making Blade Runner, which is why he had the idea to use a Unicorn.
fardawg on 2011-04-07 09:42:01
The Book of Eli
- Blind Fury was based on "Zatoichi Challenged" from the Zatoichi series (26 films and 112 TV episodes). Takeshi Kitano wrote, directed, and stared in "Zatoichi", a 2003 remake based on the original films.
fardawg on 2011-04-07 11:06:48
- I agree that a heavy handed message (of any kind) can be done badly. However, would you say the same of a movie with a heavy Zen message? The Hughes brothers' mother is specifically Iranian-Armenian, who are a christian minority in Iran. They were raised christian but Albert is an atheist and Allen is "spiritual" (whatever that means). Here is an interesting interview where they talk about their religious views. http://tinyurl.com/3fa4rv8 PS. Nice to hear that Duncan is a Christian.
fardawg on 2011-04-07 11:31:10
- Film Grok are big fans, but the first hour is spent mostly describing the scenes and analyzing the hints about the Big Secret. Stopped there. Did notice the poster for A Boy and His Dog in his room in Carnegie's place.
Zarban on 2011-04-26 19:38:17
- what warner brothers logo? there's A Sony pictures logo then a Alcon Entertainment logo. Then a Logo with no name. That's it. No WB, thank u for making this harder then it needed to be!
Kieren on 2013-01-25 02:49:36
- Chill. They might have a version that has the WB logo. I've seen movies with different logos depending on region and between various releases. I believe my Tron dvd has different logos than some of the commentators here.
Fardawg on 2013-01-25 11:44:09
- It was released by WB in the US.
Mike on 2013-01-25 19:17:51
- Very, very good work by Film Grok on the new-noir. Lots of background and plenty of film study discussion. The bit about Guccione and Hefner and presumably Flynt funding Polanski's movies is a great observation. The idea of Roman Polanski's Barely Legal is hilarious.
Zarban on 2010-11-22 15:23:09
The Dark Knight
- I think it was Serge who says that Ra's al Ghul was Asian in the comics and that changing that was wrong. He wasn't. He was from somewhere in Arabia. I love when geeks latch on to a false idea and get irritated when their wrong idea isn't fulfilled in a movie adaptation. My favorite was when a guy went off about Arwen saving Frodo in the film instead of Legolas. It was actually an Elf named Glorfindel who saved Frodo in the book. The guy even said it was one of his favorite parts in the book and was an important introduction to Legolas.
fardawg on 2011-06-23 11:45:05
- Very good commentary from Film Grok. They do some good technical analysis and a bit of comparing to the rest of the series and similar action films. It's quite scene-specific; listen without watching the film and you'll miss a lot of what they're talking about. Bond doesn't have much of an arc, but enduring the tests Dr. No puts him thru allows him to demonstrate what he's really made of, which we haven't seen up to that point. However, since that's practically the only thing we ever see Bond do in any of the movies, he remains a very two-dimensional character. They differ on the definition of "process shot". It's essentially the same thing as a rear projection shot. Shooting action in a car being towed is just a tow-rig shot.
Zarban on 2010-08-03 15:57:19
- Good commentary as usual. The guy who gives Bond his gun is Q. He is called Major Boothroyd in the film, but the character is called Q for the first time in Goldfinger. He is again referred to as Major Boothroyd in The Spy Who Loved Me.
Fardawg on 2013-03-07 10:26:52
- In response to what they said about the voice acting in E.T.: Pat Welsh was the main voice actor for E.T. Debra Winger's voice was also used, apparently along with 15 others to get various sounds, but she wasn't the main voice actor.
fardawg on 2011-04-07 10:35:54
- Very good work from Film Grok. They like it a lot and do a fair bit of analysis and explain some of the references. Serge engages in some hand-wringing over the violence like an old woman (the film is rated PG). And they try to figure out why they feel the ending is a little flat.
Zarban on 2011-04-21 22:40:16
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