Movie Fact #365 – December 31st, 2013:

In 1978, “Superman: The Movie” was created that became the first major superhero film ever and ignited franchises of films. In 1980, “Superman II” came out and joined the few sequels ranked higher than the original among such legends as “Godfather: Part II” and “The Empire Strikes Back”. The movies that really get us are the ones that don’t just affect us at the moment…but transcend the years.

My favorite film “Spider-Man 2” was actually noted by its director, Sam Raimi, to be partially inspired by “Superman II”. This is why director Christopher Nolan even spoke about how “Superman: The Movie” inspired his choice of actors that he would cast. This is why, that no matter the fact that those two films happened over 30 years ago, they still affect filmmakers and audiences alike. A lot of films that we like now, as much as we will deny it, won’t hit us as hard years later. Maybe they are too much like other films we enjoy or are just poor carbon copies of films we forget about for a moment. Dead again, some films just stick with each of us no matter what anyone else says.

In the end, as I wrap up the official 365th movie fact of my blog, hitting the 1 year mark, it comes down to the fact that some films are universal. They transcend time and the climates of each time period to become forever loved and respected. Like the character of Superman, a symbol of idealism and the forces of good, the great films are pure no matter their subject material because they capture something deeper. The depths of the human soul and the answers we seek so much, simplified and forever imprinted on film. That is the power of film to me and, I hope, maybe for those of you who read these posts this year, it is now the power of film to you as well. Happy New Year everyone and may you continue to be powered by great cinema and great stories that inspire you to reach for something higher!

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Quote #365 – December 31st, 2013:

“I believe there’s a hero in all of us that keeps us honest, gives us strength, makes us noble, and finally allows us to die with pride, even though sometimes we have to be steady and give up the thing we want the most. Even our dreams.”

– Rosemary Harris, “Spider-Man 2”

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Movie Fact #364 – December 30th, 2013:

Some films require a physical transformation to make it fit the story, especially if it is based on real life. This is what happened with the 2013 film “Dallas Buyers Club” where actor Jared Leto lost 30 pounds to play the transgender role of Rayon and actor Matthew McConaughey lost 50 pounds to play the role Robn Woodroof, Woodroof being the guy that the film tells the true-life story of. To portray real life you need to capture it all. Anything that adds authenticity helps, even the little physical details.

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Quote #364 – December 30th, 2013:

“If you don’t see a vulnerability in somebody, you’re probably not relating with them on a very personal level.”

– Jonathan Blow, “Indie Game”

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Movie Fact #363 – December 29th, 2013:

Yesterday I mentioned the 1953 film “Tokyo Story”. It is a Japanese film that is actually a remake of the 1937 American film “Make Way for Tomorrow”, directed by Leo McCray. McCarey won an Academy Award for Best Director that same year for the film “The Awful Truth”. However, McCarey believed that “Make Way for Tomorrow” was his finest film and when he accepted his Academy Award for Best Director for “The Awful Truth”, he said, “Thanks, but you gave it to me for the wrong picture.” Whatever your opinion on this speech, you can’t hold it against him for being honest about which film meant the most to him artistically.

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Quote #363 – December 29th, 2013:

“This is what we storytellers do.  We restore order with imagination.”

– Tom Hanks, “Saving Mr. Banks”

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Movie Fact #362 – December 29th, 2013:

The script for the 1953 Japanese film “Tokyo Story” was developed by its director Yasujirō Ozu and his long-time collaborator Kōgo Noda over a period of 103 days in a country inn in Chigasaki. Everyone has their places to focus their creativity and wherever it is find it. It will end up being your greatest asset for when we find our focus…that’s when the possibilities become endless.

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Quote #361 – December 28th, 2013:

“Life passes most people by while they’re making grand plans for it.”

– Johnny Depp, “Blow”

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Movie Fact #360 – December 27th, 2013:

The 1941 film “Sergeant York”, a film based on the diary of Sergeant Alvin York, as edited by Tom Skeyhill, was adapted by Harry Chandlee, Abem Finkel, John Huston,Howard Koch, and Sam Cowan as uncredited writer. The real Alvin York refused several times to authorize a film version of his life story, but finally yielded to persistent efforts in order to finance the creation of an interdenominational Bible school.

The story, that York insisted on actor Gary Cooper for the title role, derives from the fact that producer Jesse L. Lasky recruited Cooper by writing a plea that he accept the role and then signed York’s name to the telegram which is interesting. For even though York didn’t actually himself insist on Cooper, the fact is Cooper accepted because of seeing York’s name on the telegram. It’s amazing how a single person can affect someone enough to where seeing their name would make them want to take on the role. Talk about respecting the men in uniform.

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Quote #360 – December 27th, 2013:

“Throughout the centuries, there were men who took first steps down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision.  The great creators, the thinkers, the artists, the scientists, the inventors stood alone against the men of their time.  Every new thought was opposed, every new invention was denounced.  But the men of unborrowed vision went ahead.  They fought, they suffered and they paid.  But they won.”

– Gary Cooper, “The Fountainhead”

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