Allister Cooper, 2011

22nd Nov 2008

Colors (1988)

Trivia: When Colors was first screened in a university theater, a young film student was of the opinion that the studio who financed this film 'had no right to make a movie about a culture they knew nothing about', and that they were marketing it as a picture about black gangs when it was actually a film about 'two white cops.' This student eventually graduated, wrote a film, and directed it. That film was Boyz in Da Hood, and the writer-director was John Singleton, who at the time had had it with those 'stupid New Jack Shitty exploitation films about blacks.'

Allister Cooper, 2011

16th Nov 2008

Event Horizon (1997)

Trivia: An "event horizon" is the gravitational boundary which encloses or encompasses a black hole, from which no light escapes whatsoever.

Allister Cooper, 2011

14th Nov 2008

Planet Terror (2007)

13th Nov 2008

Ginger Snaps (2000)

Trivia: In the DVD's deleted scene sections, we see what happens to Pamela Fitzgerald in the Halloween party - she is confronted by two policemen and she shows them what she has in the clear plastic tupperware, which contains the fingers of Trina. The police arrest her on the spot and take her away, leaving Sam and Brigitte to save Ginger.

Allister Cooper, 2011

Trivia: When Dith Pran is caught listening to the radio by his peasant owners, what actually happened [and not shown in the film] was quite funny. The home owner jovially asked Dith a question in FRENCH and Dith was too shocked to answer so he ran away, much to the amusement of the host and his friends.

Allister Cooper, 2011

8th Nov 2008

Sid and Nancy (1986)

Trivia: Though the Chelsea hotel exists and the room [or rooms] Sid and Nancy occupied are still there, the management have changed the room numbers to stem the ever-flowing stream of fans and curious visitors, so today no one knows where the actual room is. A management staff member back then said, 'It was a tragedy. We wish people would just leave it alone.'

Allister Cooper, 2011

4th Nov 2008

The Patriot (2000)

Trivia: By the time Heath Ledger won this role, he was flat broke. He recalled, 'It came to the point where I had like, no money.' He was practically living on Ramen noodles by that time. This was because he 'got nothing offers to do these teen movies and television sitcoms', and he refused to do them due to the 'very little depth' of the scripts. By the time he was accepted for The Patriot, he said later, 'I guess I put myself in a situation where I didn't belong. But saying no turned out to be more valuable than saying yes.'

Allister Cooper, 2011

Trivia: At Orthodox Jewish weddings, while dancing is encouraged for the sake of bringing joy to the bride and groom, it is an established and accepted custom that the men and women dance separately so as to avoid a rather immodest atmosphere. Hence, the entire ballroom is divided in two; one section for the men, and the other where the women gather.

Allister Cooper, 2011

Trivia: Quentin Tarantino, who wrote the original script, wasn't overly impressed with the rewrites. He then asked to have his writing credits removed. He is therefore not credited for the screenplay, but for the story.

Allister Cooper, 2011

Trivia: The film shows Joshua escaping and meeting up with Moses. According to holy Jewish texts, this is not so; no one could escape Egypt at the time, what with its highly occult powers. Only Moses could lead them out. And when he did lead them out, that was when Joshua went along.

Allister Cooper, 2011

7th Oct 2008

School Ties (1992)

Trivia: During Rosh Hashannah eve, the Jewish New Year, the Headmaster Mr. Bartram walks in on David praying in the chapel. At that moment, David is praying 'Avinu Malkeinu' (definition Our Father, Our King). It is a special supplication recited one month (Jewish, not secular) before Rosh Hashannah and it ends on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

Allister Cooper, 2011

6th Oct 2008

El Mariachi (1992)

Trivia: In the pool scene, Moco is seated in an inflatable floating couch and talking on the phone. Being the only non-Spanish-speaking actor, Peter Marquardt had to deliver his lines either by memory or notes. In the pool, Carlos Gallardo, who plays the Mariachi, is off-screen holding up sheets of paper so Richard can read his lines out loud and act at the same time.

Allister Cooper, 2011

29th Sep 2008

Goodfellas (1990)

Trivia: In the film, we see a young Henry Hill in his parents' kitchen with his younger sisters. The opposite is true; Henry had 4 sisters older than him, and a brother who grew up in a wheelchair.

Allister Cooper, 2011

29th Sep 2008

Boys Don't Cry (1999)

Trivia: In the film, Brandon escapes from John and Tom after being run roughshod by them. In actual life, John and Tom let her go after the beating, but with a stern warning not to go to the police. Brandon nevertheless went and reported the crime.

Allister Cooper, 2011

22nd Sep 2008

Goodfellas (1990)

Trivia: And what does the real Henry Hill think of Goodfellas? After viewing it, he stated that it was 'very, very good. If I had done the movie myself, had I known anything about filmmaking, who knows if I would've done a better job.'

Allister Cooper, 2011

22nd Sep 2008

Goodfellas (1990)

Trivia: Although Paul Vario was a large fellow, this did not mean that he could not move fast whenever he wanted to. In the book Wiseguy, it is stated that Henry saw him grab a sawed-off baseball bat from the trunk of his car and chase a nimbler man up five flights of stairs to collect a loan shark debt.

Allister Cooper, 2011

18th Sep 2008

Alpha Dog (2006)

Trivia: At Frankie's house, when some girls visit during the daytime, Frankie turns to Zack and calls him 'Yankele'. Yankele is a Yiddish [German-Hebrew] affectionate version for Yaakov, or Jacob, since Zack is Jewish.

Allister Cooper, 2011

14th Sep 2008

Battle Royale (2000)

Trivia: In the middle and near the end of the film, Kitano is seen and heard conversing with his daughter over the phone; that voice belongs to Maeda Ai, actual older sister of Maeda Aki, who plays Nanahara's girlfriend Noriko.

Allister Cooper, 2011

14th Sep 2008

Battle Royale (2000)

Trivia: In the manga, Utsumi Yukie is described as the class president, hence her reputation of the leader is obvious in the lighthouse scene. Lead character Nanahara Shuya, as the deleted scenes show, is the star basketball athlete, hence his popularity.

Allister Cooper, 2011

14th Sep 2008

El Mariachi (1992)

Trivia: Some of the actors in this film had some interesting jobs at the time: The actors who played Azul, the right hand man of Moco, and the motel clerk were - back then - a student studying to be a doctor, the town mayor, and a news reporter.

Allister Cooper, 2011

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