The Princess Bride
A classic I never got around to seeing until recently. One of my friends would scoff at me for not knowing the origin of the “My name is Inigo Montoya…” line. Shame, shame, shame.
- I doubt this will blow anyone’s mind as much as it blew mine and my wife’s but THIS IS THE SAME MAN.
Freakin’ Saul and Inigo Montoya are the same guy! How long ago did the internet first freak out about this? How many years behind am I? Six?
- Several attempts were made to translate the book to film. At one point, Christopher Reeve was going to play Westley.
- Andre the Giant underwent major back surgery before filming and couldn’t support the weight of Cary Elwes during the fight scene. Elwes stood on a series of ramps during close-ups of their fight scene and the wider shots featured a stunt double of Andre the Giant.
I don’t know what it is but I’ve never really had it out for Tom Cruise even if he has been an asshole in the past. He was awesome in Born on the Fourth of July, the Mission: Impossible movies, and Collateral. His aggressive commitment to being an action hero is impressive. I wanted to see Jack Reacher as soon as they announced it even though I never read the books.
- The director, Christopher McQuarrie, previously collaborated with Cruise on Valkyrie. McQuarrie also wrote X-Men (uncredited), The Usual Suspects, The Way of the Gun, The Wolverine (with others), and Jack the Giant Slayer (with a bunch of others). He will scribe Mission: Impossible 5 too.
- The movie was scheduled to be released December 14, 2012. Its release was delayed one week as a result of the Sandy Hook shooting.
- Lee Child, the author of the book, publicly supported Tom Cruise in his portrayal of the title character. Fans criticized the choice of Cruise since his stature does not match Reacher’s, who is apparently enormous in the books. Child said that Reacher’s size in the books is a metaphor for an unstoppable force and that Cruise sold that aspect of the character in his own way.
Mission: Impossible II
This movie sucked but I looked it up because I remember hearing something insane relating to Cruise doing his own stunts.
- The studio was worried about the opening sequence, where Ethan Hunt is free climbing. Cruise refused to drop the sequence because he couldn’t think of another way to reintroduce the character. How about the same way you did it in Mission: Impossible 3 or Ghost Protocol, both of which kick this movie’s ass, Tom? Anyway, Cruise didn’t have a safety net while filming those scenes but did have a harness and tore his shoulder when filming Hunt leaping from one cliff to another.
- During the knife-in-the-eye scene, Cruise insisted that the knife stop 1/4 of an inch from his eye. Woo thought they could probably make it a little farther away. They created some mechanism to stop it at the right spot. Cruise insisted that Dougray Scott use all of his strength to achieve the full effect. See? He’s freaking insane. It’s a MOVIE. [Source]
I love The Wire. It is the greatest show I have ever seen. I also love The Sopranos, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Veep, and Real Sports. HBO obviously has a pretty good track record. In turn, I’m really looking forward to True Detective.
- It will follow the anthology format. That is, it will feature a different story and cast of characters in its second season. I think American Horror Story does this. I don’t watch that show. It looks freaky.
Honestly, Wikipedia doesn’t have much in the way of juicy details about the show. The series will be written by a relatively unknown guy and directed by what appears to be an up-and-comer.
The World’s End
I love this creative team. I loved Shaun of the Dead and actually liked Hot Fuzz more (probably because the action genre is more in my wheelhouse than the zombie genre in general). I regret missing The World’s End in theaters. It was a fun, sweet movie that I thoroughly enjoyed.
- It originally started out as a story when Edgar Wright was freaking 21 years old. He then realized it could work as an adult story focusing on the idea of returning to your hometown as an adult and feeling like an outsider. What ideas was I coming up with when I was 21? The perfect ratio of Jack Daniels to store-brand Pepsi and the best combination of characters to use in X-Men Legends.
The Last Temptation of Christ
It may be increasingly obvious how I spend the latter part of my evenings. My wife and dog are asleep and I spend it browsing the movie channels for something to watch. The Last Temptation of Christ is on IFC. I typically love anything Scorsese. Hell, I even enjoyed Shutter Island but that may have been a product of having read the book first. I also think Bringing Out the Dead and The Aviator are completely underrated. I could watch the latter at any time. Dammit, I need to see The Wolf of Wall Street.
- Scorsese wanted to tell the story of Jesus Christ since he was a boy. Scorsese was an altar boy. [Source 1] [Source 2]
- He was originally going to have Aidan Quinn as Jesus, Sting (!) as Pontius Pilate, Ray Davies as Judas Iscariot, and Vanity as Mary Magdalene. I don’t even know who Vanity is but I’m sure that was crazy controversial back in the day. Both Aidan Quinn and Sting passed on their parts.
- The budget got out of hand and the original studio, Paramount, grew weary with the letters of pissed off religious people. They pulled the plug and eventually, Universal swept in.
- On October 22, 1988, a French Christian fundamentalist group launched Molotov cocktails into the Parisian Saint Michel theater during a showing. It injured 13 people and the theater had to close down for three years due to the damage.
- Harvey Keitel got a Golden Raspberry Award for his portrayal of Judas.
I looked up The Dillinger Escape Plan recently.
A few years ago, I saw The Mars Volta perform in support of Soundgarden. They were completely insane on stage and I sought out their albums before trying to find out more about the band. I eventually discovered that their founding members, Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, were in a band called At The Drive-In. My lookup of that band soon led me to see the Wikipedia pages on totally random genres of music, like shoegaze and mathcore. Ever intrigued by the prospect of math nerds rocking the f out, I clicked on that link and found a connection to The Dillinger Escape Plan. I had heard their name before but knew nothing about them. Tidbits:
- Bass player Liam Wilson and lead guitar player Ben Weinman faked lead singer Greg Puciato’s death in 2010. I have no idea why.
- Greg Puciato was romantically linked to porn star Jenna Haze.
- In 2002, during a performance in the UK at the Reading Festival, Puciato took a shit live on stage in full view of his bandmates and the crowd. He put some of it in a bag of shit and smeared some on himself. He threw the bag of shit into the crowd, making a statement about how it is comparable to the quality of music/performers the crowd would get at the rest of the festival. Puciato was apparently mad that his band would share a stage with Puddle of Mudd and Hoobastank. Seems about right. [Source 1] [Source 2]
“One of Us Is the Killer” is a great song. That’s it for now. Happy New Year, whoever you are!