TonyPH

Trivia: Although credited to Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan, most of the script was actually written by George Lucas himself. He felt Brackett's draft got the tone and feel of the movie all wrong, and he rewrote the second draft from scratch. Kasdan's main contribution was to redo all the dialogue, which was a crucial element especially since Lucas is famously bad with dialogue. But otherwise nearly the entire screenplay was Lucas' work.

TonyPH

16th Dec 2020

Alien (1979)

Trivia: Ripley abruptly yelling at Parker to "Shut up!" is not in the script. Fans and industry gossip have long speculated that this was Sigourney Weaver breaking character in frustration and she was in fact telling Yaphet Kotto to "shut up" so she can finish her lines. The sequels 'Aliens' and 'Alien 3' both feature scenes where one of the normally cooler-headed protagonists suddenly snaps at a ranting character to "shut up!" in apparent reference to this moment. (01:16:50)

TonyPH

15th Dec 2020

The Thing (1982)

Plot hole: It's never explicitly stated or shown that the Thing reproduces with each victim until the movie is nearly over (when Palmer infects Windows). Most viewers figure it out from the context, but it's unclear just when and how the characters themselves have come to this conclusion. This was an inadvertent result of an editing decision and a visual goof: there is a deleted scene in which Blair explains much more directly that the Thing multiplies according to how many victims it takes, and in its place in the final film is a scene containing a computer simulation that director John Carpenter acknowledges was a failed attempt at explaining the organism's life cycle.

TonyPH

15th Dec 2020

Alien (1979)

Easter egg: In the "20th Anniversary Edition" (the same one that is part of "The Alien Legacy Collection"), go to the "Extra Features" submenu, on the first screen keep moving the cursor downward until you go past "Main Menu" and highlight an acid hole on the bottom and press the confirmation button to select it. You'll be brought to a menu meant to look like a message science officer Ash is sending to the company detailing the life cycle stages of the alien creature.

TonyPH

Trivia: At its peak, The Empire Strikes Back was the second highest grossing movie of all time at the box office, behind only the original Star Wars.

TonyPH

15th Dec 2020

Alien (1979)

Deliberate mistake: When the Alien appears behind Brett, we first see its tail lowering before the rest of its body, even though the tail is presumably how the creature was being suspended in the air. Immediately after chomping Brett's head, he and the creature are lifted upwards, again presumably by its tail, though it's not long enough to carry them the implied distance and it's unclear what it has latched onto in the first place. This scene starts a tradition of sorts, as both 'Aliens' and 'Alien 3' feature their own scenes in which an Alien grabs a victim and both are subsequently lifted upwards by a great height, presumably by the creature's tail, and the mechanics by which this is possible and even where exactly they're going off to are always obscured to the point where the creature may as well be wearing a jet pack.

TonyPH
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Suggested correction: The alien is suspended from the chains above Brett by its feet and hands. In the Director's cut this is more shown. There are also extended versions of the scene which make it more obvious what happens before and after Brett is bitten. The creature uses the chains to escape to the ducts and those are certainly well within reach of the ground. The scene you refer to in Aliens, in which Dietrich is grabbed, shows the alien using its legs to walk backwards up the wall as it carries her, the tail is not involved. These creatures are shown in all the films to possess an ability to grip walls and other surfaces similar to insects, and they are shown with remarkable flexibility, agility, and strength.

BaconIsMyBFF

15th Dec 2020

Alien (1979)

Question: Am I crazy or is there a moment after Ripley has activated the self-destruct where the camera is closely following her as she runs through a corridor, she then reaches the ladder, but the cameraman doesn't stop in time and bumps the camera right in to Sigourney Weaver's back, prompting her to turn and face the camera for a moment with an expression that says "you all right?" before apparently deciding to just continue with the scene and climbing up the ladder. This looks SO blatant to me that I have to believe I am simply misreading this scene because there's simply no way anyone would have left that moment in if it were genuinely a mistake, but I can't imagine what else the scene could be (which is why I'm asking here and not in the mistakes section). Does anybody know what I'm talking about?

TonyPH

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