Movie Fact #272 – September 30th, 2013:

The 1986 science fiction comedy “Short Circuit” was conceived after the producers distributed an educational video about a robot to various colleges. The producers then decided to question human reactions to a ‘living’ robot, on the premise that none would initially believe its sentience. This was done by studying other films with a prominent robot cast in them for inspiration like the “Star Wars” series.

To create the robot Number 5, most of the arm movements of Number 5 were controlled by a “telemetry suit” that was carried on the puppeteer’s upper torso. It worked where each joint in the suit had a separate sensor, allowing the puppeteer’s arm and hand movements to be transferred directly to the machine while he was also voiced in real-time by his puppeteer. The director did this believing that it provided for a more realistic interaction between the robot and the other actors than putting in Number 5’s voice in post-production, although a few of his lines were re-dubbed later.

When it comes to science fiction the possibilities are near endless what can be imagined. What than matters is making what can be done in the real world of technology. By mixing imagination and real science somewhere along the way something pretty incredible can be made on film. Even a science fiction film with a little good humor to mix it up and a robot with a lot of heart.

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Quote #272 – September 30th, 2013:

“If we have souls, they’re made of the love we share.”

– Tom Cruise, “Oblivion”

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Movie Fact #271 – September 29th, 2013:

Director Steven Spielberg, at this point in his long and prosperous career, has dozens of movies that are already considered classics. He has made great films both original and crafted from fantastic source materials. Although, in one case there was a source he almost wasn’t the first to get to. The 1990 science fiction film “Total Recall” actually had a sequel planned with Arnold Schwarzenegger returning as his character Douglas Quaid.

The first “Total Recall” film was based on a short story by author Philip K. Dick called “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale”. The sequel would have adapted from another Philip K. Dick short story called “The Minority Report”. Sound familiar? That’s because it is the short story that Spielberg would adapt into his hit film “Minority Report” in 2002 that would star actor Tom Cruise. The sequel never happened obviously and allowed another Spielberg soon-to-be-classic to form. Although I think we wonder…what would it have been as a sequel to “Total Recall”?

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Quote #271 – September 29th, 2013:

“Perfection is not just about control, it is also about letting go.”

– Vincent Cassel, “Black Swan”

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Movie Fact #270 – September 28th, 2013:

The 1984 film “The Killing Fields” was about the historical time period of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. However, the choice of actors ended up having relevant significance to the historical event depicted in the film. Actor Haing S Ngor, who plays the character Pran, was himself a survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime and the labour camps. In 1975, Ngor was one of millions who was relocated from the city to forced labour camps in the countryside. Before that regime he was a doctor based in Phnom Penh and spent four years in the labour camps before fleeing to Thailand. Ngor had never acted before appearing in “The Killing Fields” and was discovered when he was spotted by the film’s casting director, Pat Golden, at a Cambodian wedding in Los Angeles. Hey when trying to prove a point in a film, what better way then to get people who have experienced those tragedies so as to really show the audience the pain people endured during such trying times.

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Quote #270 – September 28th, 2013:

“Not knowing is not so bad.  The point is to keep looking, searching, stay hungry, right?”

– Julie Deply, “Before Midnight”

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Movie Fact #269 – September 27th, 2013:

The 1927 German science fiction silent film “Metropolis” is regarded as a pioneer work of science fiction movies, being the first feature-length movie of that genre. At that point it was also the most expensive film ever made. Every great thing in the world starts somewhere and every great genre of film had its origins. From this many great films have come and gone in the genre over the decades from Star Wars in 1977 to Inception in 2010…and that is just a couple of the more known ones.

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Quote #269 – September 27th, 2013:

“What is gold and where’s the pleasure, when your health and strength are gone?”

– Sarah Polley, “The Claim”

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Movie Fact #268 – September 26th, 2013:

You know some movies, even great ones, struggle to have a great “twist ending” without audience members being able to guess what happens before it happens. So they have to come up with ways to distract audience members so that they don’t focus on details that might lead to figuring it out. Take the 1999 hit drama “Fight Club”, based off the novel of the same name by author Chuck  Palahniuk. For the film, director David Fincher copied the homoerotic overtones between the two lead male characters from the original novel  specifically to keep them from anticipating the twist ending. I can’t say how effective that was. I was surprised when I saw it, but the real question is: Did you guys see the ending coming?

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Quote #268 – September 26th, 2013:

“Everybody’s heart beats a little different.  Everybody’s got a little different feel.”

– Benmont Tench, “Sound City”

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