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Conan the Destroyer (1984)

by Jenoa Haymor on Feb.18, 2013, under Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Director: Richard Fleischer
Country: USA
Length: 103 min
Language: English
Budget: $18,000,000
Gross: $31,042,035 (USA)
IMDb: 5.20 (10697 votes)

Actors

Arnold Schwarzenegger (Conan), Grace Jones (Zula), Wilt Chamberlain (Bombaata), Mako (Akiro ‘The Wizard’), Tracey Walter (Malak), Sarah Douglas (Queen Taramis), Olivia d’Abo (Princess Jehnna), Pat Roach (Man Ape/Toth-Amon), Jeff Corey (Grand Vizier), Sven-Ole Thorsen (Togra), Bruce Fleischer (Village Heckler), Ferdy Mayne (The Leader), André the Giant (Dagoth), Matt Conner (Zeus), Angel Ashley

Storyline

Princess Jehnna has been captured by a sorcerer, so the evil queen Taramis (who wants to sacrifice Jehnna and take the throne for ever) asks from Conan to find her and bring her back to the castle. Conan accepts, because Taramis has magical powers and thus she is the only person who can bring his dead love back in life.

Quotes

  • Malak: Why are they trying to kill us?
    Conan: Maybe they want to capture us, and torture us to death.
  • Conan: I need you.
    Akiro ‘The Wizard’: I’m yours!
  • Conan: Enough talk!
  • Conan: Into the boat!
  • Akiro ‘The Wizard’: Death to the world.
    Conan: Life for Valeria.
  • Malak: My brother’s sister’s cousin never said anything about bars.
  • Malak: A fine magician you are! Go back to juggling apples.
  • Jehnna: I suppose nothing hurts you.
    Conan: Only pain.
  • Jehnna: How do you attract a man? What I mean is, suppose you set your heart on somebody. What would you do to get him?
    Zula: Grab him! And take him!
  • Jehnna: I go where I feel myself led.
    Conan: So I’ve noticed.
  • Jehnna: Conan! There are six of them against her!
    Conan: One, two, three… I think you’re right.
  • Malak: I think we made the merchant angry.
    Conan: Are you surprised?
    Malak: But we didn’t steal everything he had!
    Conan: We didn’t have time.

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Facts

  • ‘Wilt Chamberlain’’s first and only film role.
  • CAMEO(‘André the Giant’): the resurrected horned giant.
  • Writers ‘Roy Thomas’ and ‘Gerry Conway’, who wrote the original story treatment for this movie, were deeply displeased by the final screenplay by ‘Stanley Mann’ and the finished film, so they made their story into the graphic novel CONAN: THE HORN OF AZOTH, published in 1990, with art by Mike Docherty. The names of the characters were changed to untie the graphic novel from the movie: Dagoth became Azoth, Jehnna became Natari, Zula became Shumballa, Bombaata became Strabo, Toth-Amon became Rammon, and the characters of Queen Taramis and The Leader were combined into sorcerer Karanthes, father of Natari.
  • The part of Malak was originally assigned to ‘David L. Lander’. Due to both his deteriorating health from the onset of Multiple Sclerosis, and difficulties with the director, Lander was let go, and the part was recast with ‘Tracey Walter’.
  • Some scenes were filmed in the same location and at the same time as scenes from Dune (1984).

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Goofs

  • When the Conan (and the group of adventurers) row into the cave of Thoth-Amon’s castle; Conan is seen on the left side of the screen at the rudder, Bombaata is at the front of the boat. When the group exits the castle as the “illusion” is breaking down; Conan goes again to the rudder, this time on the right of the screen.
  • Two horsemen try to entrap Conan in a net during the opening fight sequence. He rolls under the net, grabs it and gives it a mighty heave, sending both horsemen sprawling, and then drops the net over Valeria’s stone altar. A few shots later, the altar is bare and the net is nowhere to be seen.
  • During the escape through the tunnel, Bombaata caves the tunnel in. Conan then digs through the rock pile and crawls over them, and they bend like foam.
  • During the fight between Conan and Man Ape, Conan gets four bloody scratches on his arms, but there was no showing of Man Ape scratching his arms.
  • During the mirror fight scene, when Man Ape bearhugs Conan, he pulls Conan back up by the claw at his waist. Again, no claw marks on Conan’s lower back are visible.
  • Just after Akiro reads the legend on the wall of the crypt regarding the woman-child with a certain mark, we are treated to a view of the mark that makes Jehnna so special on the swell of her left breast (a pink star shaped mark). However, earlier in the movie, when Jehnna first awakens in the castle of Toth-Amon as well as the scene a few minutes after this when she lifts the jewel/key from its place, this same area of her chest is perfectly visible but the mark is not there.
  • When Conan is fighting the Man Ape/Toth-Amon and discovers that breaking the glass panes hurts him, it cuts to a shot of his friends behind one of the panes, and Malek says, “That’s exactly what I would have done, exactly.” His lips don’t match the words at all.
  • When Queen Taramis first speaks to Conan, the amount of blood on Conan’s sword keeps changing between shots.
  • In the first shot of Conan kneeling on the ground with his sword, the shadow around him changes between shots.
  • In the ravine just after they get the Horn, Conan’s dagger is visible, despite being lost in a previous scene.
  • When Zula is fighting Bombaata, she leaps from the saddle and throws herself on him, knocking his head-circlet off from the impact of collision. In the very next shot, Bombaata’s circlet is back on his head as he struggles with Zula.
  • Towards the end when Malik throws his knife at Daggoth as Daggoth is trying to break Conan’s arms, a black wire can be seen on Daggoth’s arm.
  • Telegraph poles are clearly visible behind Conan and the others as they gallop across the windswept plains of Yore, in the opening scene.
  • Just after Conan and Malek are surrounded by Taramis’ guards at the start of the film, Malek asks, “Why are they trying to kill us?” As Conan answers, the same line of dialogue can be faintly heard playing again.
  • When Taramis’ guards are trying to capture Conan, Conan hits one of the guards’ rope nets with his sword, yet it makes the noise of metal against metal.
  • After Princess Jehnna rubs the healing ointment on Conan’s bicep, it runs down in several places. After Conan wakes up, we see his arm and the ointment goes across his bicep in a straight line.
  • When Conan repeatedly swings his sword through Man Ape/Toth-Amon, certain shadows and areas of Conan’s body and hair are invisible (allowing you to see through him) for brief periods.
  • When the party finds out that Jehnna has been kidnapped in the castle ruin, it seems to be night time inside, but when they rush outside, it is day time.
  • During his battle with the mutated wizard, Man Ape/Toth-Amon, the blue make-up used on the monster can be seen rubbing off on Conan’s body in various scenes for short periods.
  • In the scene where Malak locks the stone gate by pushing the lever to the left, when the rest of the party enters the room, the lever is to the right (unlocked) again.
  • At the beginning of the fight scene between Conan and The Man Ape, Man Ape swips his sharp claw at Conan’s face and Conan falls holding his wound, but there is no sight of the claw marks.
  • In the scene just prior to Conan rescuing Akiro from the cannibals, Akiro can be seen riding alongside Conan as one of his fellow adventurers even though he doesn’t join them until the next scene.
  • During the opening sequences between the sword fight with Togra and Conan. You can see Togra wearing a long cape in the long shot. When they do a closeup of Togra drawing his sword, he’s not wearing the cape anymore, but when they charge at each other on horseback Togra is wearing his cape again. When the swords clash in the closeup, the cape is once again missing for the rest of the fight.
  • During the first battle, when Conan hits the second horseman with his sword, as the man falls from his horse there is a shadow of the cameraman on the ground.
  • The four bloody scratches on Conan’s arms during the Man Ape fight scene, the blood slightly ran down Conan’s arms, but minutes later just as the crystal palace begins to crumble, those bloody scratches are on his arms neatly with no blood smearing.
  • When Malik falls from the waterfall towards the end of the movie, Conan has to catch him and save him. There is a harness attached to Malik’s back as he’s falling.
  • During the mirror fight scene, while Man Ape has Conan in a choke hold, he claws at Conan’s face twice, and again, no sign of claw marks.

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Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

by Jenoa Haymor on Nov.25, 2012, under Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Director: George Miller
Countries: Australia, USA
Length: 107 min
Language: English
Gross: $36,200,000 (USA)
IMDb: 5.80 (14495 votes)

Actors

Mel Gibson (‘Mad’ Max Rockatansky), Tina Turner (Aunty Entity), Bruce Spence (Jedediah the Pilot), Adam Cockburn (Jedediah Jr.), Frank Thring (The Collector), Angelo Rossitto (The Master), Paul Larsson (The Blaster), Angry Anderson (Ironbar), Robert Grubb (Pig Killer), George Spartels (Blackfinger), Edwin Hodgeman (Dr. Dealgood), Bob Hornery (Waterseller), Andrew Oh (Ton Ton Tattoo), Ollie Hall (Aunty’s Guard), Lee Rice (Aunty’s Guard)

Storyline

Mad Max is a former cop who finds himself in a post-apocolyptic desert town called Bartertown. He is hired by the leader of the city to fight in a gladiator like arena called Thunderdome, so he can kill Auntie’s rival master blaster. He is later banished and finds a group of children that survived a plane crash during the war. They believe he is their former pilot Captain Walker. Some of the children leave to find their fabled tomorrow morrow land. So Mad Max has to save them from the desert and from Auntie’s Bartertown.

Quotes

  • The Collector: Perhaps you’ve got something to trade after all.
    Max: Keep talkin’
    The Collector: Twenty-four hours of your life, in return, you’ll get back what was stolen.
    Max: Sounds like a bargain.
    The Collector: It’s not. It’s the law.
  • Max: I ain’t Captain Walker. I’m the guy who carries Mr. Dead in his pocket.
  • Aunty Entity: Congratulations! You’re the first to survive the audition!
  • Master: These our witness, Aunty. Us suffer bad. Want justice. We want Thunderdome!
    Aunty Entity: You know the law: Two men enter, one man leaves.
    Master: This Blaster! Twenty men enter, only him leave!
    Aunty Entity: Then it’s your choice. Thunderdome.
  • Aunty Entity: You think I don’t know the law? Wasn’t it me who wrote it? And I say that this man has broken the law. Right or wrong, we had a deal. And the law says: bust a deal and face the wheel!
  • Pigkiller: [sees that Max has discovered Blaster's weakness] Mr., who are ya?
    Max: No-one
    Pigkiller: What’s your name?
    Max: Nobody.
    Pigkiller: No Mr., I can feel it! The dice are rollin’!
  • Aunty Entity: This is no enemy. It’s almost family.
    Max: Oh, I see, real civilized!
    Aunty Entity: The reasons don’t concern you, only the conditions. Do you want the deal or not?
    Max: Mmm [nods in agreement]
    The Collector: The first is, no one knows you’re working for Aunty. You hit him, you go. The second is, it’s a fair fight. The third is, it’s to the death.
    Max: Who’s the bunny?
  • Max: The first place you’ll find is a sleaze-pit called Bartertown. Now if the earth doesn’t swallow you up first, that place sure as hell will!
  • Dr. Dealgood: Listen all! This is the truth of it. Fighting leads to killing, and killing gets to warring. And that was damn near the death of us all. Look at us now! Busted up, and everyone talking about hard rain! But we’ve learned, by the dust of them all… Bartertown learned. Now, when men get to fighting, it happens here! And it finishes here! Two men enter; one man leaves.
  • Dr. Dealgood: [giving instructions to Mad Max and Blaster prior to their battle] Thunderdome’s simple. Get to the weapons, use them any way you can. I know you won’t break the rules, because there aren’t any.
  • [last lines]
    Savannah Nix: Time counts and keeps countin’, and we knows now finding the trick of what’s been and lost ain’t no easy ride. But that’s our trek, we gotta’ travel it. And there ain’t nobody knows where it’s gonna’ lead. Still in all, every night we does the tell, so that we ‘member who we was and where we came from… but most of all we ‘members the man that finded us, him that came the salvage. And we lights the city, not just for him, but for all of them that are still out there. ‘Cause we knows there come a night, when they sees the distant light, and they’ll be comin’ home.
  • Jedediah Jr.: [armed with more guns than he can hold] This is a stickup! Anybody moves, and they’re dead meat!
    Max: [turns around and looks at the approaching vehicles]
    Jedediah Jr.: Oh, no, I think we’re all dead meat!
  • Aunty Entity: Remember where you are – this is Thunderdome, and death is listening, and will take the first man that screams.
  • [Pig Killer's leg been impaled to the door with a spear]
    Max: [grabbing the door] Okay, we’re going to count to three. One…
    [Max rips open the door, freeing Pig Killer's impaled leg]
    Pigkiller: [whimpering, in pain] What happened to two…?
  • Auntie Entity: Well, ain’t we a pair, Raggedy Man. [laughs] Goodbye, soldier.
  • Blackfinger: [after inspecting a bomb] It’s a class job. One mistake, and it’ll blow the crap out of this place! Literally.
  • Max: You!
    Jedediah the Pilot: Me?
    Max: It’s your lucky day!
    Jedediah the Pilot: It is?
    Max: You’ve got a plane!
    Jedediah the Pilot: I have? [plane motor starts outside]
    Max: It just might save your life!
    Jedediah the Pilot: It will?
  • Max: Who are you?
    Slake: We’re the waiting ones.
  • Aunty Entity: And what did you do before all this?
    Max: I was a cop, a driver.
    Aunty Entity: But how the world turns. One day, cock of the walk. Next, a feather duster.
  • Aunty Entity: Welcome, to another edition of Thunderdome!
  • Pigkiller: Remember: no matter where you go, there you are.
  • Aunty Entity: We call it Underworld. That’s where Bartertown gets its energy.
    Max: What, oil? Natural gas?
    Aunty Entity: Pigs.
    Max: You mean pigs like those?
    Aunty Entity: That’s right.
    Max: Bullshit!
    Aunty Entity: No. Pig shit.
    Max: What?
    The Collector: Pig shit. The lights, the motors, the vehicles, all run by a high-powered gas called methane. And methane cometh from pig shit.
  • Dr. Dealgood: Right now, I’ve got two men, two men with a gut full of fear. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls… dyin’ times here!
  • Dr. Dealgood: Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls… Dyin’ time’s here.
  • Jedediah the Pilot: We’re not gonna make it.
    Max: We haven’t got any choice.
    Jedediah the Pilot: between them and us, there isn’t enough runway.
    Max: There will be.
  • Master: Me order! Me master! Me run Bartertown!
    Max: Sure, that’s why you live in shit.
    Master: Not shit! Energy!
    Max: Call it what you like. It still smells like shit to me.
    Master: Not shit! Energy! No energy, no town! Me King Ahab! [Improperly pronounced Arab, an apparent reference to the oil embargo of the 1970s]
    Max: Sure. Me fairy princess.
    Master: Embargo on!
  • Max: So, what’s the plan?
    Pigkiller: [laughing] PLAN? There ain’t no plan!
  • Master: Me order! Me Master! Me run Bartertown!
    Max: Sure, that’s why you live in shit!
    Master: Not shit! Energy!
    Max: Call it what you like. It still smells like shit to me!
  • [Max recognizes Jedediah]
    Max: YOU!
    Jedediah the Pilot: Me?
    Max: You, it’s your lucky day!
    Jedediah the Pilot: It is?
    Max: Uh huh. You’ve got a plane.
    Jedediah the Pilot: I have? [Outside, a plane is being started]
    Max: It might just save your life.
    Jedediah the Pilot: It will?
    Max: Uh huh.
  • Max: I don’t know anything about methane.
    Aunty Entity: You can shovel shit can’t you?
  • Barter Town Crowd: Two men enter, one man leave!
  • [the Blaster has reduced Bartertown's power supply]
    Auntie Entity: For God’s sake, what now?
    The Master: Who run Bartertown?
    Auntie Entity: Dammit, I told you, no more embargos.
    The Master: More, Blaster.
    [the Blaster puts all power out]
    The Master: Who run Bartertown? Who… run… Bartertown?
    Auntie Entity: …You know who.
    The Master: Say.
    Auntie Entity: Master Blaster.
    The Master: Say loud!
    [the Master turns on the town loudspeakers]
    Auntie Entity: Master Blaster.
    The Master: Master Blaster… what?
    Auntie Entity: Master Blaster runs Bartertown.
    The Master: Louder!
    Auntie Entity: Master Blaster runs Bartertown!
    The Master: Lift embargo.
    [the Blaster turns power back on]
  • Aunty Entity: Do you know who I was? Nobody. Except on the day after, I was still alive. This nobody had a chance to be somebody.
  • Max: You!
    Jedediah the Pilot: Me?
    Max: You’ve got a plane!
    Jedediah the Pilot: I have?
    Max: It just might save your life!
    Jedediah the Pilot: It will?
  • The Master: You want foot in face?
  • Max: Thunderdome. How do I get in there?
    Aunty Entity: That’s easy. Pick a fight!
  • Master: Who you?
    Max: Me Max.

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Facts

  • All of the pigs in the film foreshadow George Miller’s involvement with Babe (1995) and directing its sequel ten years later.
  • When introducing Max to the Thunderdome crowd, Dr. Dealgood calls him “The Man with No Name”. This is a reference to ‘Clint Eastwood’’s character in ‘Sergio Leone’’s “spaghetti westerns”, particularly Per un pugno di dollari (1964), where his character also enters a town as a drifter and plays the two ruling factions against each other for profit.
  • WILHELM SCREAM: Made by the spectator that Blaster accidentally stabs, to get to Max.
  • The music video for 2Pac’s 1996 hit “California Love” was shot at the Thunderdome set and features vehicles and clothes inspired by the Mad Max series.
  • Jedidiah’s airplane is a Transavia PL-12 ‘Airtruk’, a single-engine agricultural biplane designed by Transavia in Australia. First flown in 1965, around 120 had been built by the time this movie was made.
  • Max’s eyes are different; the pupil in his left eye is permanently dilated. This is a nod to “Mad Max 2″: When his car is forced off the road by Wez and Max crashes, he suffers a severe injury to, among other body parts, his left eye. The disparity is easier to see in close-ups, and VERY easy to see in HD versions of the film. In the regular version, it’s most prominent when Max first looks down on the Thunderdome.
  • The first of the series made with American financing. Which explains why American stars like ‘Tina Turner’ crop up in the film.
  • The sandstorm at the end of the film was real, and a camera plane actually did fly into it for some shots. The storm in its entirety hit the crew in the desert, forcing them to ride it out in their cars and wherever they could find cover.
  • The age certificates of each Mad Max picture have gone down from an 18, to a 15 and with Thunderdome a PG. Because the films mostly appeal to a teen demographic, ‘George Miller (II)’ may have been pushing the series towards a more mainstream audience. Which would explain why half the cast is made up of children.
  • Aunty Entity’s (‘Tina Turner’) steel mail dress weighed more than 55 kilograms.
  • Director/Co-Writer ‘George Miller (II)’ was given the rights to this and Mad Max 2 (1981) to get him to step aside as the director of Contact (1997).
  • Two scenes were cut from the film to bring down the running time. One where he dreams of his murdered wife and son, wakes up and cries. He realises he’s become just as bad as the animals he used to hunt down as a cop. The other is Max takes a dying Gekko to the top of a sand dune at night, sees the lights of Bartertown and tells him they’ve reached Tomorrow-Morrow Land.
  • WILHELM SCREAM: When Max takes the wheel from the helmeted driver and shoves him out the “cow” colored cruiser.
  • The script called for Aunt Entity (‘Tina Turner’) to drive a vehicle. All of the vehicles were stick-shifts, which Turner couldn’t drive, so a special automatic had to be constructed.
  • The character of “Captain Walker”, the absent father-figure/savior/pilot, is clearly a reference to “Captain Walker” from the film Tommy (1975). Also, the presence of ‘Tina Turner’ (who protrayed the “Acid Queen” in “Tommy”) strengthens the connections between the two movies.
  • One of the restaurants in the post-apocalyptic city is The Atomic Cafe, a reference to The Atomic Cafe (1982), a documentary about the Cold War, nuclear fear and propanganda films from the government.
  • ‘Bruce Spence’, who played the Gyro Captain in The Road Warrior plays Jedediah, a different character who robs Max at the start. But funnily enough he still rides a helicopter!
  • ‘George Miller (II)’ lost interest in the project after his friend and producer ‘Byron Kennedy’ was killed in a helicopter crash while location scouting. That may explain why Miller only handled the action scenes while ‘George Ogilvie’ handled the rest. The film is dedicated to Byron Kennedy.
  • Originally, the film was supposed to be about a group of children living without parents in the wild. They were trying to decide what adult character would find them, when someone thought of Max. After that suggestion, it became a “Mad Max” film.
  • WILHELM SCREAM: Ironbar yells out when Max throws him face first out of Auntie’s open window.
  • The possible outcomes on the Wheel are: – Death – Hard Labour – Acquittal – Gulag – Aunty’s Choice – Spin Again – Forfeit Goods – Underworld – Amputation – Life Imprisonment
  • Two directors were hired so that ‘George Miller (II)’ could concentrate on the stunts and action scenes, while ‘George Ogilvie’ handled the performances of the large cast of actors.
  • The poster art for this film was one of the last done by Richard Amsel.
  • The film references a novel by ‘Russell Hoban’ called “Riddley Walker” about a hero traveling in post-apocalyptic England.
  • Max’s shotgun differs in this movie from the one he used in Mad Max (1979) and Mad Max 2 (1981), which was his duty weapon. This one has exposed hammers and a different grip.

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Goofs

  • Ironbar fires an arrow through the train/truck’s door and through Pig Killer’s leg. The arrow has a huge four-bladed broadhead on it, yet the hole in the door and the hole in Pig Killer’s leg are only the size of the arrow’s shaft.
  • When the children see the record player, the put the record that they’ve tried to use as a radio on it. Max puts the needle on to show them it’s a record made to emit sound. The needle move inside out – record needles actually move on a record from the outside in.
  • When Max “parks” his weapons, we hear the sound of 15 separate items (counting the shotgun shells as one item) hitting the counter, yet when he’s finished, there are only about 7 items in the pile. Also, he puts his shotgun down second, on the right side of the counter. It immediately disappears for several shots and then reappears on the left side.
  • The sky goes from cloudy to clear in the climactic action scenes.
  • In the opening scenes, it goes from full daylight to sunset in a matter of seconds.
  • SPOILER: During the runway discussion at the end of the film, Jedediah the pilot tells Max that Aunty’s approaching motorized bandits are closing the space needed for them to take off. Max decides to drive a vehicle through the motorcade to clear space so they can take off. After this discussion, Max only collides with one vehicle and the aircraft is able to make it. This proves if they had taken off right away instead of having the discussion, there would have indeed been enough runway.
  • A boom mic dips down to catch the Collector saying, “Leave your weapons here; it’s the law,” casting a very visible shadow on the far left of the frame (over the sign saying “PARK YOUR WEAPONS HERE”).
  • During Max and the children’s attempt to rescue Master, they sneak into the underground in order to free him from the pigpen. At one point, as the escape is put into play, Ironbar arrives and hits Max in the face with a shovel. The problem is that in order to establish the shot and weapon used, the shovel stops abruptly in front of the camera as Max falls backwards, where, unfortunately, the rubber that forms the shovel’s fake blade continues to jiggle from the motion.
  • When Master refuses to fix the generator, Ironbar orders him lowered into the pigs. Master’s overalls and arms are clean. A second later, before he reaches the pigs, his overalls and arms are suddenly muddy.

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Soundtrack

  • “We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)” Written by ‘Terry Britten’ & ‘Graham Lyle’ Performed by ‘Tina Turner’ Produced by ‘Terry Britten’ Copyright (c) 1985 Good Single Music Ltd. & My Axe Music Ltd.
  • “One of the Living” Written by ‘Holly Knight’ Performed by ‘Tina Turner’ with Device Produced by ‘Michael Chapman (IV)’ (as Mike Chapman) Copyright (c) 1985 Makiki Publishing Co. Ltd.
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Dishdogz (2005)

by Jenoa Haymor on Nov.23, 2012, under Action

Director: Mikey Hilb
Country: USA
Language: English
IMDb: 5.00 (141 votes)

Actors

Marshall Allman (Kevin), Haylie Duff (Cassidy), Luke Perry (Tony), Ryan Sheckler (Himself), John Cantwell (Sam Hooper), Francis Capra (Cooper), Michael Copon (Palmer), Timothy Lee DePriest (Malone), Danny Gonzalez (Briggs), Ehren McGhehey (Fired Dish Boy), Eloy Méndez (Martinez), Carlos Sanz (Miles), Shane Saunders (Food Fighter), Shane Saunders (Camper), Gomez Warren (J.D.)

Storyline

A coming of age story about a teenager working at an extreme sports camp as a dishwasher and his relationship with the chef, who we come to find out was a skateboarding pioneer back in the day. Set at a fully operational extreme sports camp in Temecula, CA called Point X Camp.

Goofs

  • In one of Troy and Kevin’s night skate sessions, Kevin’s shirt changes from a polo t-shirt to the shirt with orange letters that he wears when first meeting Malone.
  • Cassidy and Kevin are talking in the golf cart (about 32 to 33 minutes in). Cassidy’s hands change positions from being on the steering wheel to not several times during this exchange.

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Meltdown (1995)

by Jenoa Haymor on Nov.22, 2012, under Action

Director: Jing Wong
Country: Hong Kong
IMDb: 5.70 (982 votes)

Actors

Storyline

After failing to save his wife from ‘The Doctor’, Kit Li is working as a bodyguard and secret stunt double for the cowardly martial arts film star Frankie Lane. Frankie attends an exhibition of the crown jewels of Russia at a Hong Kong hotel, and when the Doctor’s gang take over the building in attempt to steal them, Kit is the only thing standing in their way. Will Frankie regain his courage? Will romance blossom between Kit and the nosy reporter? Who has the best Kung-Fu?

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Double Dagger (2008)

by Jenoa Haymor on Nov.15, 2012, under Action

Director: Pablo Veliz
Country: USA
Length: USA:90 min
Language: English

Actors

LaVar Veale (Bishop), Jason Cox (Andy)

Storyline

Alvaro is the owner of what used to be the most prominent jewelry store in Los Angeles. Now, he faces bankruptcy and the loss of an empire that took him years to build. In the past, he was a famed international thief and now he is planning the biggest heist of his life.

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The Shepherd (2008)

by Jenoa Haymor on Nov.14, 2012, under Action

Director: Isaac Florentine
Country: USA
IMDb: 5.90 (586 votes)

Actors

Jean-Claude Van Damme (Jack Robideaux), Scott Adkins (Karp), Stephen Lord (Benjamin Meyers), Gary McDonald (Billy Pawnell), Natalie J. Robb (Ramona Garcia), Sava Dragunchev (Flaco), Todd Jensen (Lead Agent), Phil McKee, Velizar Peev (Leech), Bashar Rahal (Soldier 1), Shero Rauf (Guard for the Chief of Federales), George Zlatarev (The Priest), Andrée Bernard (Lexxie)

Storyline

A texas cop battles ex-navy seals who are trying to traffic drugs from Mexico into the USA.

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Two Tigers (2007)

by Jenoa Haymor on Nov.12, 2012, under Action

Director: Sandro Cecca
Country: Italy
Language: English
IMDb: 4.00 (90 votes)

Actors

Jay Natelle (Colin), Olivier Pagès (Michel), Selena Khoo (Lin), Andrea Osvárt (Gilda)

Storyline

Two Tigers is an action film about two beautiful, tough women, from different countries whose lives are destined to meet in the far east modern city of Shanghai and form a tight bond. One, a professional killer from Hungary, discovers that she has a heart. The other, a high-class call girl from China, is betrayed by the man who promised her a fairytale ending she could never have. Both these women’s lives cross in the exciting ‘Paris of the Orient’ and a friendship is sealed forever as they help each other overcome obstacles in their path to true happiness.

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Reindeer Games (2000)

by Jenoa Haymor on Nov.03, 2012, under Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Director: John Frankenheimer
Country: USA
Length: 124 min
Language: English
Budget: $36,000,000
Gross: $23,360,779 (USA) (18 June 2000)
IMDb: 5.30 (10394 votes)

Actors

Ben Affleck (Rudy Duncan), Gary Sinise (Gabriel Mercer), Charlize Theron (Ashley Mercer), Dennis Farina (Jack Bangs), James Frain (Nick Cassidy), Donal Logue (Pug), Danny Trejo (Jumpy), Isaac Hayes (Zook), Gordon Tootoosis (Old Governor), Dana Stubblefield (The Alamo), Clarence Williams III (Merlin), Mark Acheson (Mean Guard), Tom Heaton (Ugly Staffer), Michael Sunczyk (Distant Inmate #1), Douglas Arthurs (Distant Inmate #2)

Storyline

After being imprisoned for six years on a grand theft auto charge, Rudy Duncan (Ben Affleck) and his cellmate Nick (James Frain) are finally going to be paroled. After hearing endless stories during his incarceration of Nick’s romantic correspondence to a woman named Ashley he has never met (Charlize Theron), Rudy is looking forward to returning to his family and having a fresh cup of hot chocolate. When Nick is killed during a prison riot, Rudy decides to assume Nick’s identity upon release from prison and meet up with the unknown woman. Burdened with a base knowledge of Nick’s Indian casino employment past, Rudy finds himself in too deep with Ashley’s brother Gabriel (Gary Sinise) and is violently forced to cooperate with a casino robbery that Gabriel and his gang have been planning with Nick in mind.

Quotes

  • Rudy Duncan: Rule one! Never put a car thief behind the wheel!
  • Merlin: Man, they got a shit load of cookies!
  • Rudy Duncan: You’re sending me into an Indian casino dressed as a COWBOY, thought this through entirely?
    Pug: It was either that or a ballerina.
  • Ashley Mercer: When I get in there you better be wearing nothing but a candy cane!
  • Gabriel Mercer: Ever since you started going to night school you’ve been giving me headaches.
  • Rudy Duncan: I had better sex in prison.
  • Rudy Duncan: Naw-uh, fuck that. Nick doesn’t do anything until Nick gets something for Nick. I want some hot chocolate. You want to hear about some Indian casino, I want to see some goddamn hot chocolate! And a piece of pecan fucking pie!
  • Rudy Duncan: Sounds pretty mature for twenty-five.
    Nick Cassidy: Grow up in Detroit, you mature real quickly.
    Rudy Duncan: Yeah. Either that or those pictures are ten years old.
  • Jumpy: It says here the retail industry does 50% of its business between December 1st and December 25th. That’s half a year’s business in one month’s time. It seems to me, an intelligent country would legislate a second such gift giving holiday. Create, say, a Christmas 2, late May, early June, to further stimulate growth.
  • Gabriel Mercer: I read your letters, convict. Don’t play no reindeer games with me.
  • Gabriel Mercer: ‘Tis the season, convict.
  • [shooting at a group of robbers in Santa Claus suits]
    Jack Bangs: Hey, Santa Claus! Welcome to the Tomahawk!

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Facts

  • The character names Rudy and Nick are an allusion to the song from which this movie takes it title. Nick (St. Nicholas) orchestrates the entire plan, only to have Rudy (Rudolph) lead it.
  • In October, 2007, ‘Charlize Theron’ said in an interview in Esquire magazine that “Reindeer Games” was her least favorite of all her films. She said: “That was a bad, bad, bad movie. But I got to work with ‘John Frankenheimer’. I wasn’t lying to myself – that’s why I did it.”
  • During the scene where Dana Stubblefield stabs ‘Ben Affleck’, Stubbie accidentally knocked Affleck down, causing a concussion. Filming had to be halted while Affleck recovered.
  • John Frankenheimer’s last feature-length, theatrically distributed film.
  • CAMEO(Dana Stubblefield):[football player] is the convict that stabs Rudy’s friend in the prison scene.
  • The musical score for the film was originally composed by Jerry Goldsmith. Early TV spots showcased this but were changed due to Alan Silvestri’s involvement.
  • DIRTRADE(John Frankenheimer):[people falling through ice]
  • CAMEO(Isaac Hayes): the “Monster in the Gelatin” prisoner who starts the food fight.

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Goofs

  • When Rudy is pulled out from under the ice his jacket jumps from being buttoned to unbuttoned between cuts.
  • When Rudy (‘Ben Affleck’) is trying to hot wire the car you can see the ignition is in the “on” position. Plus the car could not be taken out of “park” without the key being unlocked.
  • When Rudy finally gets to eat his pecan pie, we see him eat the last piece, but oin the next shot there are still pieces of pie on the plate.
  • In the cafeteria, at the beginning of the movie, a crew member and camera are visible on the far left side of the screen (Widescreen, director’s cut).
  • Rudy is given a bottle of rum before the robbery. The bottle says it’s Bacardi Light rum, which is clear, but the liquid in the bottle is brown, the color of dark rum.
  • In the first scene at the Tomahawk Casino, Nick’s character bump’s into a waitress and she drops the drink she’s carrying. A glass breaking sound is heard. Also when one of the character’s discovers that there was no remodel done on the Tomahawk – he runs off, dropping his glass – and the sound is heard again. There is carpet visible, throughout the Tomahawk which would make such a glass breaking sound impossible.
  • When the car is in the back of the semi truck and on fire you can see the cable used to pull it out of the truck in front of the car.
  • During the reconnaissance of the Tomahawk, the college kid says, “He gave me a hundred bucks!” and his mouth doesn’t move at all.
  • Monster throws a dart into the front of Rudy’s shoulder, but in the next shot it is stuck in the back of his shoulder (shots of additional darts being thrown were cut from the final version so we never see this one land).

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Soundtrack

  • “Silver Bells” Written by ‘Ray Evans’ (as Raymond Evans) and ‘Jay Livingston’ Published by Paramount Music Corp. (ASCAP)
  • “At Last” Written by ‘Harry Warren’ Lyrics by ‘Mack Gordon’ Performed by ‘Etta James’ Published by EMI Feist Catalog Inc. (ASCAP) Courtesy of MCA Records Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
  • “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow” Written by ‘Jule Styne’, ‘Sammy Cahn’ Performed by ‘Dean Martin’ Published by WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) o/b/o Cahn Music Co. (ASCAP) / Chappell & Co. (ASCAP) o/b/o Producers Music Publ. Co., Inc. (ASCAP) Courtesy of Capitol Records Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
  • “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” Written by ‘Johnny Marks (II)’ (as John D. Marks) Performed by ‘Brenda Lee’ Published by St. Nicholas Music Inc. (ASCAP) Courtesy of MCA Records Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
  • “Joy to the World” (Traditional) Courtesy of Associated Production Music
  • “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” (Traditional) Courtesy of Associated Production Music
  • “What Christmas Means to Me” Written by ‘George Gordy’, ‘Allen Story’ and ‘Anna Gordy Gaye’ Performed by ‘Stevie Wonder’ Published by EMI April Music, Inc. (ASCAP) and EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI) o/b/o Jobete Muisc Co., Inc. (BMI) and Stone Agate Music (A Division of Jobete Music Co., Inc.) (BMI) Courtesy Motown Records Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
  • “Love Rollercoaster” Written by ‘Ralph Middlebrooks’, ‘James ‘Diamond’ Williams’ (as James L. Williams), ‘Marshall E. Jones’ (as Marshall Jones), ‘Leroy ‘Sugarfoot’ Bonner’ (as Leroy Bonner), , ‘Clarence Satchell’, ‘Willie Beck’, ‘Marvin Pierce’ (as Marvin R. Pierce) Performed by ‘Ohio Players’ Published by Rightsong Music, Inc. (BMI) o/b/o itself and Rick’s Music, Inc.(BMI) Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
  • “Festive Medley” Courtesy of Associated Production Music
  • “Little Drummer Boy” Written by ‘Katherine Davis’, ‘Henry Onorati’ and ‘Harry Simeone’ Performed by Sorrow Published by EMI Mills Music, Inc. (ASCAP) Courtesy of Projekt Records
  • “Little Drummer Boy” Written by ‘Katherine Davis’, ‘Henry Onorati’ and ‘Harry Simeone’ Performed by ‘Percy Faith’ Published by EMI Mills Music, Inc. (ASCAP) Courtesy of Columbia Records By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
  • “Jingle Bells” (Traditional) Courtesy of Associated Production Music
  • “Reindeer Games” Courtesy of St. Nicholas Music, Inc.
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The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

by Jenoa Haymor on Nov.02, 2012, under Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Directors: Larry Wachowski, Andy Wachowski
Country: USA
Length: 129 min
Languages: English, French
Budget: $150,000,000
Gross: $412,000,000 (Worldwide) (29 December 2003)
IMDb: 6.30 (65966 votes)

Actors

Carrie-Anne Moss (Trinity), Hugo Weaving (Agent Smith), Keanu Reeves (Neo), Mary Alice (The Oracle), Tanveer K. Atwal (Sati), Helmut Bakaitis (The Architect), Kate Beahan (Coat Check Girl), Francine Bell (Councillor Grace), Monica Bellucci (Persephone), Rachel Blackman (Charra), Henry Blasingame (Deus Ex Machina), Ian Bliss (Bane), David Bowers (Q-Ball Gang Member #1), Zeke Castelli (Operations Officer Mattis), Collin Chou (Seraph), Essie Davis (Maggie), Laurence Fishburne (Morpheus), Nona Gaye (Zee)

Storyline

The machine army continues to drill towards Zion. Within hours, they will overrun the population of the Zionites and lay extinction to human kind. Meanwhile, Neo is held captive by the Merovingian at a train station. Trinity & Morpheus set out on a journey to release him from a mysterious train operator. Also, Smith resumes his quest to kill “Mr. Anderson” as he reveals his identity into the real world and resumes to replicate his program inside the system of The Matrix, causing it to decay. All hope is placed in the freed Neo, who must travel to the city of the machines in the Logos ship with Trinity and bargain to save each kingdom from destruction by finishing Smith once and for all. But even with his new powers over the sentinels, will he be able to fight them off?

Quotes

  • Morpheus: You’ve never believed in The One.
    Niobe: I still don’t.
    Morpheus: Then why are you doing this?
    Niobe: [re: Neo] I believe in him.
  • [Bane/Smith has burned Neo's eyes out]
    Bane: I wish you could see yourself Mr. Anderson… Blind messiah. You’re a symbol for your kind, Mr. Anderson.
  • [about the good luck charm]
    Zee: You wore it.
    Link: Are you kidding? I’ll never take it off.
  • Rama-Kandra: That is our karma.
    Neo: You believe in karma?
    Rama-Kandra: Karma’s a word. Like “love”. A way of saying ‘what I am here to do.’ I do not resent my karma – I’m grateful for it. Grateful for my wonderful wife, for my beautiful daughter. They are gifts. And so I do what I must do to honour them.
  • Deus Ex Machina: It is done.
  • Mifune: What’s a pod-born pencil-neck like you doing volunteering for my corps?
  • Agent Smith: Why, Mr. Anderson? Why do you do it? Why get up? Why keep fighting? Do you believe you’re fighting for something? For more than your survival? Can you tell me what it is? Do you even know? Is it freedom? Or truth? Perhaps peace? Yes? No? Could it be for love? Illusions, Mr. Anderson. Vagaries of perception. The temporary constructs of a feeble human intellect trying desperately to justify an existence that is without meaning or purpose. And all of them as artificial as the Matrix itself, although only a human mind could invent something as insipid as love. You must be able to see it, Mr. Anderson. You must know it by now. You can’t win. It’s pointless to keep fighting. Why, Mr. Anderson? Why? Why do you persist?
    Neo: Because I choose to.
  • Morpheus: You’re a hell of a pilot.
    Niobe: Some things in this world never change.
    Morpheus: But some things do?
    Niobe: [sighs] Luckily… some things do.
  • [as the Hammer speeds through the mechanical line]
    Morpheus: There’s the exit.
    Niobe: On my mark, give me full power, ninety degrees to lower left starboard.
    Morpheus: Full power, ninety degrees…
    [the ship approaches the exit... ]
    Niobe: Now!
    [... and she pulls it through a tight turn]
    Niobe: Hold, on baby!
    [the ship emerges from the exit with a slight bump]
    Roland: God *damn*, woman, you can drive!
  • Neo: Who are you?
    Bane: Still don’t recognize me? I admit it is difficult to even think encased in this rotting piece of meat. The stink of it filling every breath, a suffocating cloud you can’t escape. Disgusting. How pathetically fragile it is. Nothing this weak is meant to survive.
  • Roland: ‘Bout time we had some goddamned good news…
  • Lock: Three captains, one ship. I assume the other two were lost under equally pointless circumstances?
    Niobe: It’s good to see you, too, Jason.
    Lock: The council awaits your report. You’ll forgive me for not attending, but I need to find a way to salvage this debacle.
    Roland: Did I miss something here, Commander? I thought we just saved the dock.
    Lock: That’s the problem with you people. You can’t think more than five minutes in front of your faces. That EMP knocked out every piece of hardware, and every APU. If I were the machines, I’d send every sentinel I had over here right now. “Saved the dock” Captain?, you just handed it to them on a silver platter!
  • Mifune: All right! This is it! Now you all know me, so I’m gonna say this as simply as I can. If it’s our time to die, it’s our time. All I ask is, if we have to give these bastards our lives… WE GIVE ‘EM HELL BEFORE WE DO!
  • Bane: Ah, Mr. Anderson, I see you are as predictable in this world as you are in the other.
    Neo: What?
    Trinity: He’s out of his mind.
    Bane: It may appear that way to you, but Mr. Anderson and I know that appearances can be deceiving.
  • Neo: I just have never…
    Rama-Kandra: …heard a program speak of love?
    Neo: It’s a… human emotion.
    Rama-Kandra: No, it is a word. What matters is the connection the word implies. I see that you are in love. Can you tell me what you would give to hold on to that connection?
    Neo: Anything.
    Rama-Kandra: Then perhaps the reason you’re here is not so different from the reason I’m here.
  • Ghost: Well it’s nice to have something to look forward to.
    Niobe: Indeed it is.
  • Niobe: Neo…
    Morpheus: He fights for us…
  • Trinity: Do you know what happened to Neo?
    The Oracle: He is trapped in a place between this world and the machine world. All I can do is tell you that your friend needs your help. He needs all our help.
  • AgentSmith: The great and powerful Oracle. We meet at last. I suppose you’ve been expecting me, right? The all-knowing Oracle is never surprised. How can she be, she knows everything. But If that’s true, then why is she here? If she knew I was coming, why didn’t she leave?
    [sweeps plate of cookies off table]
    Agent Smith: Maybe you knew I was going to do that, maybe you didn’t. If you did, that means you baked those cookies and set that plate right there deliberately, purposefully. Which means you’re sitting there also deliberately, purposefully.
    Oracle: What did you do with Sati?
    Agent Smith/Sati: Cookies need love like everything does.
    Oracle: You are a bastard, you know that?
    AgentSmith: You would know, Mom.
  • Neo: It’s been an honor, sir.
    Morpheus: No. The honor is still mine.
  • First Operator at Command: Commander Lock, I got incoming.
    Lock: We got a *dock* full of incoming!
  • Agent Smith: This is my world! My world!
  • Roland: Slow down! This ain’t the Logos!
    Niobe: Hold on to your lunch, Roland. Here we go.
    [Niobe does a flip with the Hammer]
    Roland: Holy Christ, I didn’t know this ship could do that.
  • [Bane has burned Neo's eyes out]
    Neo: I’m all right, Trin… but I think you’re gonna have to drive.
  • Councillor Dillard: Commander, do you think that we have any chance of survivng?
    Lock: If I were you Councilor, I wouldn’t ask me that question.
    [looks to Morpheus]
    Lock: I would ask him.
    Councillor Dillard: Why?
    Lock: Because *he’s* the one that believes in miracles.
  • Neo: Three lines…
    Trinity: Power lines.
    Neo: Follow them.
  • Sati: [frightened] He’s following us…
    Agent Smith: [opens door] Well, well, it’s been a long time.
    [to Seraph]
    Agent Smith: I remember chasing you is like chasing a ghost.
    Seraph: I have beaten you before.
    Agent Smith: Yes, but as you can see, things are a little different now.
    [Smith clones begin to file in. The Smith who has been speaking squats down in front of Sati and speaks to her]
    Agent Smith: And you must be the last Exile.
    Sati: The Oracle told me about you.
    Agent Smith: Oh, really?
    [chuckles]
    Agent Smith: What did she say about me?
    Sati: That you are a bad man.
    Agent Smith: Oh, I’m not so bad… once you get to know me…
    [more Smiths file in]
  • Agent Smith: Get away from me!
    Neo: What are you afraid of?
    Agent Smith: It’s a trick.
    Neo: You were right Smith. You’re always right. It was inevitable.
  • [about Neo]
    Morpheus: I don’t know what he can do to save us. But I do know that as long as there is a single breath left in his body he will not give up and neither can we.
  • [war has ended]
    Morpheus: I have imagined this moment for a long time. Is it real?
  • Niobe: Ah shit, she’s got a fat ass.
  • Roland: This is asinine. If you want to kill yourself, go ahead, but do it without wasting one of our ships.
    Neo: You have to believe me. I have to go.
    Roland: Bullshit. I’m captain of this ship, *I’ll* say where it has to go. And believe me, this ship will go to hell long before I let you take it anywhere!
    Niobe: He can have mine.
    Roland: Niobe! You can’t do that!
    Niobe: Don’t you even begin to tell me what I can and can’t do with my ship after that little speech.
  • [first lines]
    AK: I got nothing, sir. No sign of Niobe or Ghost. Nothin’ but blue pills.
  • Agent Smith: Mr. Anderson. Welcome back, we missed you.
    [Agent Smith pauses and looks around at the multitude of clones he has created]
    Agent Smith: Like what I’ve done with the place?
    Neo: It ends tonight.
    Agent Smith: I know it does, I’ve seen it. That’s why the rest of me is just going to enjoy the show because we already know that I’m the one that beats you.
  • Agent Smith: [as he and his clones are about to explode] Oh, no no no no… no, it’s not fair!
  • Neo: What do you want?
    Bane: I want what you want… Yes. That’s it, Mr. Anderson. Look past the flesh. Look through the soft gelatin of these dull cow eyes and see your enemy!
    Neo: …No.
    Bane: Oh yes, Mr. Anderson.
    Neo: It can’t be…
    Bane: There’s nowhere I can’t go. There’s nowhere I won’t find you.
    Neo: It’s impossible…!
    Bane: Not impossible. Inevitable. Goodbye, Mr. Anderson.
  • Morpheus: You saw the Oracle? What did she tell you?
    Niobe: Same thing she always does: exactly what I needed to hear.
  • [last lines]
    Seraph: Did you always know?
    The Oracle: Oh, no. No, I didn’t. But I believed… I believed.
  • Trinity: If you tell me we’ll make it I’ll believe you.
    Neo: We’ll make it. We have to.
  • The Oracle: [smells freshly-baked cookies] Mmm, I love that smell. I sure am going to miss it.
  • Trinity: I wish I hadn’t. That was my last thought. I wished I had one more chance, to say what really mattered, to say how much I loved you, how grateful I was for every moment I was with you. But by the time [I knew I'd] said what I wanted to, it was too late. But you brought me back. You gave me my wish. One more chance to say what I really wanted to say… Kiss me, once more. Kiss me.
  • Bane: There is nowhere I can’t go, there is nowhere I won’t find you.
  • Mifune: What the shit is goin on over here?
  • Trinity: Do it, Neo.
    Bane/Agent Smith: Yes, Shoot. Kill us. Fry us. Burn us alive.
  • [after the machines stop attacking, at Zion]
    Niobe: What are they doing?
    [seeing Morpheus put his gun down]
    Niobe: What are *you* doing?
  • Kid: Neo, I believe.
  • Cas: I know how you feel, Zee, but you can’t do this.
    Zee: I have to.
    Cas: Why?
    Zee: [looking up from her bowl] Because I love him. I love him the same as loves me. And if I were out there and he were here, I know what he’d do.
    Cas: [grabs Zee's hands] But you’re gonna get yourself killed. It’s crazy, Zee.
    Zee: Maybe it is. But ask yourself, if it were Dozer, and you knew the only chance you had to see him again was to hold the dock, what would you do?
    Cas: [pauses] Make shells. [releases Zee's hands]
  • Agent Smith: Wait. I’ve seen this. I stand here, right here, and I’m supposed to say something. I say, “Everything that has a beginning has an end, Neo.”
    [pause]
    Agent Smith: What? What did I just say?
  • Agent Smith: Can you feel it Mr. Anderson? Closing in on you? Oh I can, I really should thank you after all. It was, after all, it was your life that taught me the purpose of all life. The purpose of life is to end.
  • The Architect: You played a very dangerous game.
    The Oracle: Change always is.
  • [as the Hammer heads for Zion]
    Lock’s Lieutenant: Sir, their EMP could take out every sentinel up there.
    Lock: It’ll take out more than that. It’ll wipe out our entire defense system. We blow an EMP inside there, we’ll lose the dock.
    Lock’s Lieutenant: Sir, we *already* lost the dock.
  • [to Bane/Smith, after he is blinded]
    Neo: I can see you.
  • Neo: One way or another, I’m getting on this train.
    Trainman: You don’t get it. I built this place. Down here I make the rules. Down here *I* make the threats.
    [the Trainman punches Neo, sending him flying back into the wall]
    Trainman: Down here… I’m God.
  • The Oracle: What about the others?
    The Architect: …What others?
    The Oracle: The ones that want out.
    The Architect: Obviously they will be freed.
    The Oracle: I have your word?
    The Architect: What do you think I am? Human?
  • [as the machine drones swarm around him]
    Neo: I only ask to say what I’ve come here to say. After that, do what you want and I won’t try to stop you.
    [the drones withdraw and resolve into a face]
    Deus Ex Machina: Speak.
    Neo: The program Smith has grown beyond your control. Soon he will spread through this city, as he spread through the matrix. You cannot stop him. But I can.
    Deus Ex Machina: [shouting] WE DON’T NEED YOU! WE NEED NOTHING!
    [the drones swarm around Neo again]
    Neo: If that’s true, then I’ve made a mistake, and you should kill me now.
    [the drones swarm... and draw back into the face again]
    Deus Ex Machina: What do you want?
    Neo: Peace.
  • [after Neo ends up back at the same subway stop after running down the track]
    Neo: Shit.
  • Trinity: Six hours ago, I was ready to give my life for you. Do you know what has changed in the last six hours?
    Neo: No.
    Trinity: Nothing.
  • [about to break into a night club]
    Seraph: There are no weapons allowed in this club. At the bottom of this elevator there is a coat check girl and, if we are lucky, a man to check weapons.
    Trinity: And if we are unlucky?
    Seraph: Then there will be many men.
  • [Bane is pointing a laser gun at Neo]
    Bane: Somehow familiar, isn’t it? We’ve been here before, you and I. Do you remember? I do. I think of nothing else.
  • Trinity: I don’t have time for this shit. [fight ensues and she puts a gun to the Merovingian's head] You wanna make a deal? How about this? You give me Neo or we all die, right here, right now.
    Merovingian: Interesting deal. You are really ready to die for this man?
    Trinity: [cocks gun] Believe it.
    Persephone: She’ll do it. If she has to, she’ll kill every one of us. She’s in love.
    Merovingian: It is remarkable how similar the pattern of love is to the pattern of insanity.
    Trinity: Time’s up. What’s it gonna be, Merv?
  • Trinity: [into intercom] Neo! It’s Bane! He’s psychotic!
  • Mifune: [dying] They’re coming… they’re coming… the Hammer.
    Kid: What?
    Mifune: You have to open that gate. Cut the counter-weights. You can do it. Hurry, there’s no time.
    Kid: Captain, I… I didn’t finish the training program.
    Mifune: [smiles] Neither did I. [dies]
  • Mifune: How old are you, kid?
    Kid: Eighteen.
    Mifune: Should have said sixteen, I might have believed that.
    Kid: All right, I’m sixteen.
    Mifune: The minimum age for the Corp’s eighteen. Sixteen’s too young.
    Kid: The machines don’t care how old I am. They’ll kill me just the same.
    Mifune: …Ain’t that the goddamn truth.
    Kid: Please, Captain Mifune, give me a chance. I won’t let you down.
    Mifune: You do, and you’re gonna find that me and the machines got something in common.
  • Q-Ball Gang Member #1: The only way you’re getting through this door is over my big dead ass.
    Seraph: So be it.
  • Deus Ex Machina: And if you fail?
    Neo: I won’t.
  • The Oracle: Everything that has a beginning has an end. I see the end coming, I see the darkness spreading. I see death.
  • Bane: What’s that for?
    Maggie: To help you relax. To make it easier for you to remember.
    Bane: What if I don’t want to remember?
    Maggie: Why would you want that?
    Bane: What if I blew that EMP? What if I did destroy those ships and I am responsible for the deaths of all those men? If I did that, it wouldn’t be very safe for me here, would it?
    [Bane stabs her]
    Bane: Of course, it might not be very safe for you, either.

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Facts

  • Merovingian refers to the first Frankish dynasty reigning from about A.D. 500 to 751.
  • The last scene of the movie set in the park is the only time in all three movies that greenery and a blue sky are seen inside the Matrix.
  • The face of the “Deus ex Machina” was modeled after photographs of ‘Andy Wachowski’’s infant nephew.
  • The twin handguns Seraph uses in the coat check shootout are Browning BDM pistols.
  • In an unprecendented simultaneous global release, this film opened at exactly the same moment in every major city in the world on November 5: 6am in Los Angeles, 9am in New York, 2pm in London, 5pm in Moscow, 11pm in Tokyo, 1am in Sydney and at corresponding times in over 50 additional countries worldwide.
  • The key of the beginning theme you hear at the beginning of every Matrix movie (rousing strings and horn blasts) ascends by one semitone with each movie. The Matrix starts in the key of E, Matrix Reloaded in F and Matrix Revolutions in the key of F-sharp.
  • Seraph is the singular of Seraphim, a Hebrew word that literally means in English: “the burning ones”. However, the word in Hebrew is another name for “Angels”
  • The “product placement” billboards in the subway chase scene were added in post-production – during shooting, the poster spaces were occupied by dilapidated posters for a fictional movie called “Burly Men”, starring ‘Keanu Reeves’, ‘Laurence Fishburne’ and ‘Hugo Weaving’.
  • A machine called “The Tuning Fork” (rotatable at 360 degrees) was specially constructed for the effect of Neo and Smith fighting in the air, heading upwards into the sky
  • During the final fight sequence between Neo and Agent Smith and also during the credits, the following Sanskrit sloka is recited in a westernised style: “Asatoma Sat Gamaya, Tamasoma Jyotir Gamaya, Mrityorma Anritam Gamaya”, which means “Lead me from the unreal to the Real, Lead me from the darkness to the Light, Lead me from the temporary to the Eternal”.
  • The final showdown, between Smith and Neo is based on the final fight from the Korean film Injeong sajeong bol geot eobtda (1999).
  • Maggie and Capt. Rowland both briefly mention the term “VDTs” to describe a possible cause to what happened to Bane and why he has self-inflicted cuts (not knowing that Bane is in fact Agent Smith) however VDTs are never defined or explained throughout the entire movie. Several sources claim that VDTs stand for “Virtual Delirium Tremens”, which is the virtual form of “Delirium Tremens”, a form of delirium caused by the absence and/or withdrawal of certain substances.
  • The special effects crew spent two months designing the apparatus to make the perfect rain drop.
  • Many of the “raindrops” in the final fight between Neo and Smith are actually single lines of Matrix code, similar to those on displays seen in the “real world” throughout the trilogy. This subtle effect was added to imply the Matrix was beginning to destabilize. This visual trick was easily seen on IMAX and larger movie theaters, but can be seen on smaller televisions as banded rain that seems to “jump” like static during close ups of the fight scenes.
  • ‘Eva Mendes’, ‘Samantha Mumba’, ‘Brandy Norwood’ and ‘Tatyana Ali’ were all rumored to be possible replacements for the character of Zee, after the initial choice ‘Aaliyah’ died in a plane crash on 25th August 2001. ‘Nona Gaye’ (daughter of late Motown legend ‘Marvin Gaye’) was eventually cast in the role.
  • The ship referred to as the Hammer was actually named the Mjolnir, after Thor’s hammer. The hammer in the Norse legends always returned to its master, sparking lightning and thunder along the way. Like the hammer, the ship returned to its master (Zion), with its own lightning and thunder.
  • When Neo goes to see The Oracle in her apartment, the jazz standard “I’m Beginning to See the Light” is playing in the background; a different version of the same song also plays in the corresponding scene in The Matrix (1999).
  • There are 804 special effects shots, almost all of them containing some kind of a live-action element.
  • Only one full-size APU was ever built. It was completely rendered in Auto-CAD and parts were made detachable so that for scenes involving different pilots/APUs, the detail work could be altered. The full model weighed around 2 tons.
  • CAMEO(‘John Gaeta’): An APU operator.
  • Composer ‘Don Davis’ thought it would be wasteful for the choir to be singing simple “ooohs” and “aaahs” during the climactic battle cue, “Neodämmerung”. He asked that the Wachowski Brothers (‘Andy Wachowski’ and ‘Larry Wachowski’) bring him some sort of text appropriate to the movie, which the choir would sing. They returned with extracts from the Upanisads which reflect the themes of the trilogy. The full lyrics of Neodämmerung are available on Davis’s website.
  • The brand of cigarettes the Oracle smokes is “Double Destiny”.
  • Sati is the ancient Hindu practice of a widow immolating herself on her husband’s funeral pyre. This practice is now illegal in India. According to Hindu mythology Sati is the name of a Hindu goddess who burns herself as she could not bear the insult heaped upon her husband Lord Shiva
  • ‘Ian Bliss’ was cast as Bane in part because of his dead-on impression of ‘Hugo Weaving’ (Agent Smith), and for his partial resemblance to Weaving.
  • ‘Gloria Foster’ died before she could complete any scenes for the third film as well as Enter the Matrix (2003) (VG). ‘Mary Alice’ took the role of the Oracle for both the third movie and the game. In “Revolutions”, the initial conversation when Morpheus and Trinity meet the “new” Oracle was adapted to reference her changed appearance. The alternative was to have Morpheus and Trinity pretend not to notice, which perhaps would have been even more awkward.
  • While Trinity is chasing the Trainman in the subway, an advertisement for Powerade can be seen. When The Matrix Reloaded (2003) was released in theatres, Matrix-based commercials for Powerade aired on US television.
  • SPOILER: In the last scene of the film, the bench the Oracle sits on has a small metal dedication plate on it that says “in Memory of Thomas Anderson”.
  • The name of the climactic battle cue, “Neodämmerung” is derived from the German word Gotterdämmerung, literally “twilight of the gods”. It was the title of part of Wagner’s opera “Der Ring des Nibelungen” (“The Ring of the Nibelung”) on Norse mythology. Gotterdämmerung told the story of the Ragnarok or Ragnarokkr (“twilight of the gods” or “fate of the gods”), a final, fatal battle which destroyed the home of the gods – and the gods themselves – forever. Even though they knew what would happen, the gods fought for the survival of mankind. The title is appropriate not just for its thematic content, but also Wagner’s strong influence on the music of this movie.
  • The black cat at the end of the film is the same one in the “déjà-vu” scene from The Matrix (1999). It even meows in the same way.
  • Sati means “friend” in Nepali, the most common language in the country of Nepal.
  • The Matrix Reloaded (2003), Enter the Matrix (2003) (VG), and this film were shot back-to-back.
  • The street corner where Neo and Smith fight in the crater is the same corner from which Neo made his phone call at the end of The Matrix (1999) – the corner of Pitt, Hunter and O’Connell Streets in Sydney, Australia. You can see the phone booth to the right when they hit the ground.
  • Zion, from Hebrew, refers to the citadel in Palestine which was the nucleus of Jerusalem, or the Jewish homeland that is symbolic of Judaism or of Jewish national aspiration. However, the word has also been adopted by the Rastafari, referring to their promised land (which is thought to be Ethiopia), and given the vibe, music style, robes etc. of the underground dwelling of Zion, this is probably the meaning that inspired its inclusion in the movie.
  • In the score for the first film, some cues were given names which were anagrams of “The Matrix” or “Wachowski Brothers”. Here, the cue backing Neo and Trinity’s approach the machine city is named “Saw Bitch Workhorse”.
  • The first film to premiere in the brand new Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.
  • In the scene where Morpheus, Trinity, and Seraph are chasing the Trainman, an advertisement for Tastee Wheat can be seen. Tastee Wheat was mentioned in The Matrix (1999) when Mouse was trying to describe the food in the real world.
  • The name of the station between the Machine World and The Matrix is called Mobil Ave. Mobil is an anagram of Limbo, the traditional station between Heaven and Earth.

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Goofs

  • When Neo bids goodbye to Morpheus the plugs on the back of Neo’s neck keep disappearing and reappearing.
  • In the train station scene the Train Man turns and fires. Seraph throws himself against the wall. When the camera cuts back Seraph throws himself against the wall again.
  • Train Man fires 9 times with a six-shooter while Morpheus and Trinity chase him through the subway. Although the Train Man makes the rules in the “limbo” train station where he is more powerful than Neo, there’s no reason to suppose he has the same power in the rest of the matrix where he is chased by Morpheus and Trinity. He’d have no reason to flee if that was the case.
  • When Neo is lying in the crater during the final fight, one of his ears is filled with muddy water. In the next shot we see his other ear filled with water while the one which was previously filled is now empty.
  • Obvious stunt double When Neo is punched into the wall by the train man.
  • When Seraph and sati are looking for a place to hide from the Smiths, Seraph breaks in the door, he then swings the door closed and we see and hear it latch even though he just broke it.
  • Positions of characters during the train station shootout scene. This is most noticeable in regard to where they are in relation to the Powerade sign.
  • When the Logos passes above the cloud layer and the sun is visible forward from the cockpit, in the next shot, the moon is visible behind the Logos, but it is illuminated as if the sun was behind it.
  • When Neo is talking with the Oracle, he says “How did I stop four sentinels just by thinking it?”, when in fact, at the end of The Matrix Reloaded (2003), we saw that there were actually five sentinels that Neo stopped, not four.
  • When Bane is talking to Neo while holding the knife to Trinity’s throat, the blood appears and disappears on her throat.
  • When Neo is talking to the Oracle, she sits down and slips her bracelet over her wrist. When we cut back to her, she puts on the bracelet again.
  • Neo takes a suitcase belonging to the Indian family when the Train Man takes them away. This suitcase can be seen on the platform after they leave, but then it disappears when Neo attempts to run through the tunnel and runs back into the shot.
  • When Trinity, Morpheus, and Seraph go to visit the Merovingian, the Merovingian is seen eating olives from his drink (a Martini). At first glance, there are only two olives. He takes half of a bite out of the first olive, then finishes it, then eats the second. However, just moments after eating the last olive, a third olive magically appears on the toothpick.
  • Agent Smith’s tie knot changes during the beginning of the final fight.
  • When the Oracle is sitting at her kitchen table talking to Neo, her box of cigarettes cycles between partially open and fully closed several times.
  • In the final battle in the crater, after Smith picks up Neo and punches him, you can see a wire just above Neo’s right shoulder dragging him along the ground.
  • As the Hammer is reaching the gate to Zion, the hovercraft’s gravity pads (glowing pods) switch between being damaged and fully functional. In addition, all of the aft pads were damaged at one point and the hovercraft was seen dragging the tail end on the tunnel. However, once the ship reached the gate, all pads, including the damaged rear pads, were shown to be fully functional.
  • When Seraph is trying to get out of the building with Sati, he takes her into a corridor, where the lights go out and they are left in pitch blackness. After trying a few doors in the dark hallway, he forces one open. We cut to a view inside the room they just burst into, and there is light in the corridor behind them.
  • When Neo is talking to the Oracle the magnetic letters on the refrigerator behind him disappear then reappear.
  • When Smith and Neo are running at each other in the rain for the final battle, the camera focuses behind their feet in slow motion. You can visibly see both lines of Smiths on either side of the street. However, you cannot see their opponents, just the feet of whoever it is focusing on.

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Soundtrack

  • “The Trainman Cometh” Written by ‘Ben Watkins’ and ‘Don Davis’ Produced by ‘Juno Reactor’ Co-produced by ‘Don Davis’ Performed by ‘Juno Reactor’ and ‘Don Davis’
  • “Tetsujin” Written by ‘Ben Watkins’ and ‘Don Davis’ Produced by ‘Juno Reactor’ Co-produced by ‘Don Davis’ Performed by ‘Juno Reactor’ and ‘Don Davis’
  • “Hell Club” Written by ‘Tom Tykwer’, ‘Johnny Klimek’ and ‘Reinhold Heil’ Performed and Produced by Pale 3
  • “Nuages” Written and Performed by ‘Django Reinhardt’ Courtesy of JSP Records
  • “I’m Beginning To See the Light” Written by ‘Duke Ellington’, ‘Don George’, ‘Johnny Hodges’ and ‘Harry James’ Performed by ‘Ben Webster (III)’ Courtesy of Reprise Records By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
  • “Navras” Written by ‘Don Davis’ and ‘Ben Watkins’ Produced by ‘Juno Reactor’ Co-produced by ‘Don Davis’ Performed by ‘Juno Reactor’ and ‘Don Davis’
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The Hunt for Eagle One (2006)

by Jenoa Haymor on Oct.31, 2012, under Action

Director: Brian Clyde
Country: USA
IMDb: 3.60 (501 votes)

Actors

Mark Dacascos (Lt. Matt Daniels), Theresa Randle (Capt. Amy Jennings), Rutger Hauer (Gen. Frank Lewis), Joe Suba (Capt. Seth Cooper), Zach McGowan (Spec. Hank Jackson), Joe Fozzy (Spec. Jeff Parker), Rey Malonzo (Lt. Narcisco Montalvo), Ricardo Cepeda (Maj. Aginaldo), Joe Mari Avellana (Gen. Romero Panlilio), Ronald Asinas (Sgt. Tonito Bangayan), Robert Escutin (Cpl. J.P. Daomilas), Jerry Corpuz (Pvt. Amador Magtuto), Troy de Guzman (Pvt. Marvello Abaya), Reiven Bulado (Pvt. Don Tubayan), Joel Giray (Pvt. Benito Duran)

Storyline

A group of US Marines are sent to rescue captured a US Marine and a Filipino Captain while stopping a group of Al-Qaeda-backed local rebels from launching biological weapons.

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