For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a huge movie fan. That being said, I’m the first to admit that I’m the worst movie fan out there. There are many “classics” that I’ve yet to see, and have a list of movies to watch that’s turned more into a scroll over the years. In October 2016, I decided to stop saying, “yeah, I’ll add that to my list,” when talking about a movie I want to watch. This particular day, I rented
Annie Hall, something I’d been planning to watch for years. After watching the movie, I set a goal to watch 50 new (to me) movies by that time in 2017. With that, I would read the IMDB trivia after watching each movie; and, in an effort to retain what I’d watched, I’d pick out my favorite piece of trivia to screen shot. The included gallery contains all 50 movies I watched and the trivia that came with it (trivia may contain spoilers, so…watch out for that.)
Woody Allen’s sneezing into the cocaine was an unscripted accident. When previewed, the audience laughed so loud that Allen decided to leave it in, and had to add footage to compensate for people missing the next few jokes from laughing too much.
At the wrap party for the film, Seth Rogen and Jake Gyllenhaal agreed that they had no idea what the movie was about.
In the scene where Ben tries to tell Elaine about his affair with Mrs. Robinson, the shot of Elaine is out of focus momentarily and slowly comes into focus as she realizes what he is telling her.
The producers said that one of the most difficult things about filming the movie was finding people who would tell them how to cheat in the casino.
In September 2003, much of the cast did a brief tour. They appeared in character, recreating the “reunion concert” as seen at the end of the film.
Genuine Easter eggs can be seen throughout the movie. In a light fixture, in an elevator scene, and even under Frank’s throne. The film crew had an Easter egg hunt and not all were found. Thus they ended up in a few scenes.
Two scenes where Erwin interacts with Nadine respectively feature the songs “Genghis Khan” by Miike Snow and “Somebody Else” by The 1975. Both songs are about a jealous man wanting to be the only one in a woman’s life, reflecting Erwin’s feelings for Nadine.
At the conclusion of filming in Atlanta, furniture and props from the set were donated to the Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta, a charity that gives away free furniture to people moving into stable housing from homelessness and domestic violence.
Robert Zemeckis used the paintings of Norman Rockwell as the design inspiration for the town of Greenbow. The scene where Forrest sits in the hallway of his school which his mother talks with the principal is a direct recreation of Rockwell’s “Girl With Black Eye.”
As this was Kevin Bacon’s first role, when he went to the premiere, he wasn’t allowed to sit with the rest of the cast because the ushers didn’t believe he was in it. He had to sit in the back with everyone else.
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck found a clever way to choose the right studio for their script: apparently they included a random sex scene between Will and Chuckie on page 60. They took it to every major studio and no one mentioned the scene. When they met with Harvey Weinstein, he said, “I only have one really big note on the script. About page 60, the two leads, both straight men, have a sex scene. What the hell is that?” Damon and Affleck explained they added that to see who truly read the script and who didn’t. As Weinstein was the only one to bring it up, Miramax was the studio chosen to produce the film.
Sharon Stone, when doing the interview circuit, was really annoyed by the fact that everyone asked her how she felt about all of the nudity, when she had real problems with the fact that her character killed someone on screen. When filming this sequence, a paramedic had to be on standby as she kept passing out, and suffered nightmares.
The scene where Chili recites lines from Orson Welles’ “Touch of Evil” while watching it in the movie theater is one of the most engaging things Gene Hackman has ever seen in a film.
James Earl Jones and David Prowse, who play the voice and body of Darth Vader respectively, have never met.
John Travolta suggested Uma Thurman for the role of Edie, wanting to recreate their chemistry from “Pulp Fiction” all over again.
According to Megan Mullally, the cast was given free access to improvise as much as they wanted to and eventually 240 hours of films was shot on camera, which had to be trimmed to 90 minutes for the final film.
The origins of the title is because of two reasons. Firstly the city the film is set in is Los Angeles. Hence the city is evident in the title. Secondly the film challenges the stereotypical view of Hollywood by labelling it a dream. This is also seen through the abstract cinematography.
John Candy orders three orange whips. This line was not scripted; Candy just improvised. While also a cocktail, Orange Whip provided refreshments for the crew. Costumer, Sue Dugan, was daughter of Orange Whip director of sales. Kenny Dugan, who asked the brand be mentioned in the film.
“Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary” is a completely fan-made documentary looking at the process of Stephen King’s story from page to screen.
The medical condition experienced by Leonard in this film is a real condition called Anterograde Amnesia, the inability to form new memories after damage to the hippocampus. During the 1950s, doctors treated some forms of epilepsy by removing parts of the temporal lobe, resulting in the same memory problems.
During the trailer of the film and early in the film, Sam is about to have a class on Sisyphus. Those familiar with the myth will know this refers to Sisyphus, who was forced by the god to push a massive boulder up a hill endlessly for eternity. Coinciding well with Sam’s story, Sam struggles with the task of the futility of being unable to change her fate until she comes to an epiphany, similar to Sisyphus.
Warner Brothers approached Cameron Crowe about turning the film into a TV series, but he turned them down. However this became the comedy series Friends.
The film is notable for essentially taking place in real time, i.e. the time elapsed in the story is the run time of the film. In the fast-changing temperate Paris climate, this created challenges for the cinematographer Lee Daniel to match the color and intensity of the skies and ambient light from scene to scene. The scenes were mostly shot in sequence, as they were still developing the screenplay.
Real residents of Carthage, Texas who knew the real Bernie Tiede and Marjorie Nugent appear in the film providing commentary on the events. Matthew McConaughey’s mother, Kay McConaughey, makes a cameo in the film as one of the residents of the town.
David Blackwell played the liquor store clerk in director Richard Linklater’s “Dazed and Confused” and again here in “Boyhood.”
Dedicated to the memory of Amy Lehrhaupt. The original film was inspired by a night Linklater spent walking around with Lehrhaupt. He made the films in hopes that she would reach out to him. He learned years later that she passed away shortly after they lost contact.
While most productions shoot a minimum of 12+ hours per day, The Founder frequently shot for between 8-10 hours. This was due to the fact that John Lee Hancock came very well prepared and didn’t overshoot anything he liked from the first take. Adding to the fact that the whole film was shot in only 22 days, this makes for an incredibly rare shoot.
Despite the fact that his character’s minimal apparel is a running joke throughout the movie, there is a dedicated wardrobe assistant to Mark Wahlberg listed in the credits.
Before playing a couple in the film, Lisa Kudrow and Craig Robinson appeared in a scene together on “Friends.” Robinson’s character allowed Phoebe to change her name to Princess Consuela Bananahammock.
The movie is very different from its source novel. The novel centers around Julie Jenson, a single 38-year old book publicist who travels to several places around the world to see how different cultures deal with single life.
The Military Police in the movie are actual MPs from the Massachusetts National Guard, some of whom had actually responded in the week following the actual attack.
Opening film at the 65th Cannes Film Festival in 2012. The film takes place in 1965.
The film’s budget was so low that the makeup budget was $250. The film’s artists were able to work with that, and the film’s Makeup and Hairstyling won an Oscar.
The extensive collection of sunglasses and iPod’s that Baby owns were not bought by him, they were taken from cars he’d stolen. In an interview, Edgar Wright said: “If he has been stealing cards since he was 12, the main thing he would have inherited from these stolen cars are people’s sunglasses and iPod’s.”
In 1974 rock band Aerosmith took a break from a long night of recording to see this film. Steven Tyler wrote the band’s hit “Walk This Way” the morning after seeing the movie, inspired by Marty Feldman’s first scene, the “walk this way . . . this way” scene.
Towards the end, Moana gently presses her forehead against Te Ka, and then she does the same with the newly restored Te Fiti. This is a traditional Maori greeting and signifies mutual respect.
The leader of the Flushed Pets is named Snowball. The Flushed Pets hate humans because of past mistreatment. In George Orwell’s “Animal Farm,” Snowball is one of the two pigs who lead the revolution on the farm against humans who have mistreated animals.
Due to Woody Allen’s habit of only giving actors the script pages concerning their characters, Tom Hiddleston was unaware of the film’s time travel storyline until he met Owen Wilson on set and asked him why he wasn’t wearing period-accurate clothing like the rest of the cast.
In order to make her English accent seem more natural, Renée Zellweger retained it on set even when not shooting. Hugh Grant once noted that he did not hear her speak in an American accent until the wrap party, where he heard her speak in a “very strange voice” that he soon found out was her own natural tone.
Morgan Freeman once said in an interview that working with Jack Nicholson was on his bucket list. Both Freeman and director, Rob Reiner, pictured Nicholson for the part.
Early in the film’s pre-production stages, Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft were strongly considered for the roles of Beau Burroughs and Katherine Richelieu. But when Bancroft died, and Hoffman had filming commitments for several other projects, the roles were given to Kevin Costner and Shirley MacLaine.
Dakota Fanning’s character is named Lucy Diamond from The Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” Michelle Pfeiffer’s character’s name is Rita Harrison, from the song “Lovely Rita,” and the last name of Beatles member George Harrison. Sam, Lucy, and Sam’s friends walking across the street with the balloons is a tribute to the case cover of “Abbey Road.” Sean Penn wanted the soundtrack to be all Beatles music but was unable to get the rights, so he asked various artists to cover the Beatles songs he wanted to use. And in order for the re-recorded music to fit into the movie, each of the artists had to use the same tempo as the original Beatles songs.
Christine Taylor’s character discovers that she is going bald due to a spell cast by the girls. In Season 3 finale of Friends (1994), her character deliberately goes bald due to a lie told by a spiteful Rachel.
The end of the novel leaves the fate of Pennywise ambiguous, and even the first line of the story hints that he may still be alive. However, Stephen King has sworn to never write about Pennywise again, as King claims that the character is too scary, even for him.
When the monster writes “I’m sorry. It was a mistake. It won’t happen again.” in Korean, it’s a verbatim quote from the comment King Juan Carlos I made after being injured while taking part in an elephant hunt in Botswana.
Twenty-two year old Maximo is played by Eugenio Derbez’s real son, Vladir.
The airplane that Barry Seal was flying all the time (officially registered as N164HH, also seen in the movie on the tail of the airplane) crashed in real life on the last day of shooting causing two fatalities.
Jodie Foster claims that during the first meeting between Lecter and Starling, Sir Anthony Hopkins’ mocking of her southern accent was improvised on the spot. Foster’s horrified reaction was genuine, she felt personally attacked. She later thanked Hopkins for generating such an honest reaction.
The actors were injured slightly during the library scene what with so many objects flying around at once. It was filmed in one take but they managed to completely wreck the set.
According to Michael Keaton, the Beetlejuice character was described to him by director Tim Burton as “having lived in every time period but no time period.” Keaton used this as the jumping-off point to create the character with such features as a shock hairdo, mold makeup, and large teeth. He said that when he first showed up to the set as Beetlejuice the crew was chanting, “Juice, Juice, Juice.” This got Keaton excited for his role.