Andy Dufresne

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  1. #63/#62 - Cinderella Man/Seabiscuit We all have our own great depressions in our lives. Whenever I feel a bit blue, I fire one of these up. Like most "based on" stories, liberties are taken, in the case of CM it's with the character of Max Baer. But they have to make it exciting too, so it's forgivable. I use this quote on myself quite often, "I didn't always lose. I won't always lose again." Seabiscuit is the better movie, IMO. I like how much character they give the horse itself. And I really like seeing bullies get their comeuppance. Trivia: Russell Crowe lost more than 50 pounds, down from the 228 pounds he weighed in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. Filming the boxing sequences was so brutal, Russell Crowe says the movie was "four-to-five times more difficult than Gladiator. War Admiral was played by one of his descendants, a gelding named Verboom. While never stated in the movie, War Admiral and Seabiscuit were in he same bloodline and rather closely related. A stallion named Fair Play sired Man o' War and Man o' War sired War Admiral and Hard Tack. Hard Tack was Seabiscuit's father making Seabiscuit War Admiral's nephew.
  2. Replaced by noted thespian... Laura Dern? Ouch.
  3. #64 - True Lies It gets bogged down a bit in the middle but it's funny throughout and it goes full James Cameron spectacle at the end. I wish it would come out on Blu Ray but I guess JC doesn't want to make fun of nuke detonating jihadists anymore. Go figure. Trivia: The fall that Curtis takes in the middle of the dance was unscripted. When Harry explains that his code name will be "Boris," Helen responds that hers should be "Natasha," in reference to Rocky & Bullwinkle cartoons. Instead, Harry offers "Doris" instead. Fantasy artist and bodybuilder Boris Vallejo, whom Arnold Schwarzenegger admired, was at the time married to a woman named Doris. Arnold Schwarzenegger wasn't supposed to drop the tape recorder. James Cameron; liked it and kept it in.
  4. We all seem to be having a little fun with it. Even the stuff that's at my expense.
  5. This whole ranking thing is definitely an inexact science.
  6. I wonder if it's faster taking the bus from downtown. Has to be, right?
  7. My buddy said it took 1.5hrs from getting in line at hazeltine to getting to his car at Canterbury. Ouch.
  8. Just wait until I get to the Pixar movies.
  9. Well Greengrass is no Doug Liman, that's for sure.
  10. #65 - The Bourne Trilogy I'm disregarding he last two because...well...they suck. But the original three were a terrific mix of plot and action even if the shaky can got old. Trivia: The name Bourne came from Ansel Bourne, a preacher in Rhode Island, the first documented case of "dissociative fugue", a condition not unlike dissociative amnesia or dissociative identity disorder (multiple personality disorder). One day in 1887 he forgot who he was, started a new life in Pennsylvania under the name Brown, and opened a convenience store. About three months later, he woke up and not only remembered his life as Bourne, but forgot all of his life as Brown... and needless to say was quite confused as to why he was in Pennsylvania. The Bourne Supremacy was made with no intention of making a third movie after this one; the final scene was also meant to give the Bourne character some closure and properly end the series. When The Bourne Ultimatum was green-lit, the writers had to write the story around this epilogue The opening scene of Ultimatum, where Bourne calls Pam Landy while looking at her from a nearby building, was re-shot for the movie. The footage from The Bourne Supremacy's ending was not used.
  11. Danny Willett's brother rant on US fans “For the Americans to stand a chance of winning, they need their baying mob of imbeciles to caress their egos every step of the way. Like one of those brainless bastards from your childhood, the one that pulled down your shorts during the school’s Christmas assembly . . . they only have the courage to keg you if they’re backed up by a giggling group of reprobates. Team Europe needs to shut those groupies up.” “They need to silence the pudgy, basement-dwelling, irritants, stuffed on cookie dough and … beer, pausing between mouthfuls of hotdog so they can scream ‘Baba booey’ until their jelly faces turn red.” “They need to stun the angry, unwashed, Make America Great Again swarm, desperately gripping their concealed-carry compensators and belting out a mini-erection inducing ‘mashed potato,’ hoping to impress their cousin.” “They need to smash the obnoxious dads, with their shiny teeth, Lego man hair, medicated ex-wives, and resentful children. Squeezed into their cargo shorts and boating shoes, they’ll bellow ‘get in the hole’ whilst high-fiving all the other members of the Dentists’ Big Game Hunt Society.” “Team Europe need to silence these cretins quickly."
  12. #66 - Kill Bill 1 & 2 Okay, I'm cheating with the "100" number here but they go together so... I like 1 more than 2 - they're really different types of movie. But they form a cool whole. It's like Hero meets Fight Club...And that's an awesome thing. Trivia: The shot where the Bride splits a baseball in two with a samurai sword was done for real on the set. It was done by Zoë Bell, Uma Thurman's stunt double. Over 450 gallons of fake blood were used in the two Kill Bill movies. The members of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad are all named after snakes. Bill drives a De Tomaso Mangusta. "Mangusta" is Italian for "Mongoose" which are well-known for their ability to fight and kill venomous snakes, particularly cobras. Through both parts of the movie, Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah) and Budd (Michael Madsen) are the only fellow assassins that Beatrix Kiddo does not cite as having "unfinished business" with her. She kills neither.
  13. #67 - Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl I remember seeing previews for this and thinking it would be a huge flop. Worst call ever. Swashbuckling fun and one of the most memorable characters ever (even though it's played out now), this movie is a great ride from start to finish. The only downside is that we've had to endure Depp way past his expiration date. Trivia: According to the screenwriters' commentary on the DVD, Will Turner is the best swordsman in the film, Barbossa and Commodore Norrington are evenly matched, and Jack Sparrow is actually the worst. Zoe Saldana did not enjoy her time on this film. She said, "Those weren't the right people for me. I'm not talking about the cast. The cast was great. I'm talking about the political stuff that went on behind closed doors. It was a lot of above-the-line versus below-the-line, extras versus actors, producers versus P As. It was very elitist. I almost quit the business. I was 23 years old, and I was like, "F- this!" I am never putting myself in this situation again. People disrespecting me because they look at my number on a call sheet and they think I'm not important. F- you." Keira Knightly was only 18 years old when this movie came out
  14. #68 - The Hunt For Red October People driving erratically still get classified as performing "Crazy Ivan's". I still don't react well to bullets. Everything I know about Russian planning I learned from THFRO. I have seen Montana. Trivia: To help the audience quickly grasp which sub's interior they were seeing as the movie jumped from scene to scene and sub to sub, the filmmakers created a subtle lighting scheme: blue for Red October, green for the Alfa class "V.K. Konovalov" and red for Dallas. After consultation with the wardrobe and makeup departments behind John McTiernan's back, Connery arrived on set for his first day of shoots with his hairpiece incorporating a ponytail. Many years later once Connery's potential influence had greatly waned, McTiernan stated in an interview with Sight & Sound magazine that he was "f---ing livid" with Connery, and that the Scottish actor tried to use his considerable heft with the studio, going over the director's head to pass the alteration with producers. It seemed as though Connery was to get his way until midway through the second day's shooting when Director of Photography Jan De Bont started laughing while reviewing the dailies, remarking to Connery that his ponytail looked like "a limp, swinging d--k." This soon became a meme among the crew, and by the end of the second day Connery was so upset at the mockery he relented, having makeup remove the alteration and forcing the re-shoot of a key scene. McTiernan joked that the reported cost of the hairpiece, some $20,000, was mainly down to the cost of those subsequent re-shoots, and that the hair seen in the final movie was merely "a $10 bargain from a thrift shop."