Anyone else seeing director Roland Emmerich’s career going full circle? In 1996, he did “Independence Day” which is still regarded as one of his best films. In that film, one of the prominent scenes in the film was the destruction of the White House. Now, in 2013, we see him directing the film “White House Down” where again the White House is destroyed. With the fact he is going to possibly do “Independence Day 2” next it seems Emmerich is taking a page out of his own book.
“It has become appallingly clear that our technology has surpassed our humanity.”
– Jeff Goldblum, “Powder”
It’s interesting how the times define the way movies are made sometimes. For example, back when the first “Alien” was made in 1979, the main character of Ripley (Played by Sigourney Weaver) was originally going to be a male character. The character was expected to be the lone survivor from the beginning but they decided to change the character to a female because, at the time, audience members would expect it. Ripley started the line of strong female action heroines who could make it to the end of the story and not need a knight in shining armor to save them. So, I think a lot of fans of modern heroines can thank Weaver for opening that door.
“Heroes have to make the tough choices, don’t they?”
– Alan Tudyk, “Wreck-It Ralph”
Who likes irony? Course this based off your perspective of this actor’s murder trial? Back in 1984 when James Cameron was casting for the titular character in “The Terminator” he wanted to cast OJ Simpson to play the role of The Terminator. However, get this, the studio didn’t think he could play a remorseless character. Just…wow. I mean what else can you say to that?
“Music is a bridge between earth and heaven.”
– Yifei Liu, “The Forbidden Kingdom”
Sometimes you just want to fix something in your life and that is exactly what actor Billy Crystal did. It’s not as dramatic as it sounds but it explains why he took on a certain role. As known by Pixar fans, Crystal voiced the now famous character Michael “Mike” Wazowski in the 2001 hit film “Monsters Inc.”. However, while he wanted to do it, it was also because he actually turned down the role of Woody in the first “Toy Story” in 1995. He found it to be one of the worst decisions of his career which led as to part of the reason why he signed on for “Monsters Inc.” Hey it paid off though as “Monsters Inc.” is one of the most popular animated films around even after only a decade of being around. In a weird way, what Crystal shows that when you make a decision you don’t like you always have a chance to fix it. I think it paid off.
“Truth is singular. Its versions are mistruths.”
– Doona Bae, “Cloud Atlas”
For those who remember the movie “A.I.: Artificial Intelligence” back in 2001 that was directed by Steven Spielberg, however it was originally conceived by legendary director Stanley Kubrick in the early 1970’s. It was however in development hell for years. Eventually, Kubrick and the film’s original producer Jan Harlan handed over the film to Spielberg in 1995 because they thought the concept was more his style. However, the film did not gain momentum until Kubrick’s death in 1999. While Spielberg directed the film, there is actually a scene that Kubrick directed himself years previous that featured actor Robin Williams in a cameo voicing “Dr. Know”, a holographic answer engine that the main characters David and Gigolo Joe (Played by Haley Joel Osment and Jude Law, respectively) go to for advise. Williams voice was recorded years earlier. While the film was dedicated to Kubrick, it is nice to see that he left his own little touch on the film before letting Spielberg take over as well as the fact Spielberg kept very close to the original film treatment that Kubrick used so as to maintain the purity of the film’s original concept. In a way, Kubrick directed the film right alongside Spielberg and, for those who have seen Kubrick’s films, we can agree that was a pretty cool way for Kubrick to go out by laying the groundwork for this touching and emotionally powerful science fiction film.
“The best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”
– Latham Gaines, “Bridge to Terabithia”