Friday, 22 June 2018

FILM 1791: 9½ WEEKS



FILM 1791: 9½ WEEKS

TRIVIA: Director Adrian Lyne used emotionally manipulative tactics on Kim Basinger during the shooting to elicit the performance he wanted from the somewhat new actress, which Basinger later criticized harshly. For example, Lyne did not allow Mickey Rourke and Basinger to talk to each other off-set. The two were kept isolated from each other and Lyne would tell Basinger rumors about how Rourke intended to make her like or dislike him so that she would carry that attitude into the scene. Lyne would also offer Rourke performance notes, but Basinger none, in order to unnerve her. In a very unusual and expensive move along these lines, Lyne shot the film sequentially, so that Basinger's actual emotional breakdown over time would be effectively translated to the screen.

Body doubles were used for Elizabeth (Kim Basinger) throughout the movie.

Kim Basinger owns 14 hours of deleted scenes that MGM thought were very psychologically damaging to people. The footage has never been made available for public viewing, even in the Director's Cut DVD edition.

Elizabeth wears white or colorful clothing except when she is with John, when she wears black or grey. See also Dial M for Murder (1954).

The two leads ranked #1 on Moviefone's 'The Top 25 Sexiest Movie Couples'. [May 2008]

CAMEORonnie Wood: He appears in the art gallery party scene.


FILM 1790: MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION



FILM 1790: MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION

TRIVIA:Tom Cruise stated in an interview that it was his intention to do the stunt hanging onto the Airbus A400M in a way to outdo himself after the Burj Khalifa climb stunt in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011). However, his idea raised objections by the crew due to safety. Being a certified pilot himself, he wanted to get the feel of being out on the wing or on the side of the airplane. A major obstacle to filming would be bird strikes and wind resistance on the runway. To capture the action, a wind-resistant custom frame for the camera was built and mounted onto the left wing of the plane. The other major problem would be keeping Cruise's eyes open in the presence of fast wind and runway particles, so his eye specialist designed a special lens that can cover the entire eyeball. Eight takes of the stunt were filmed. Christopher McQuarrie was very concerned that the actor might panic suddenly, but was assured by Cruise to not stop filming until the stunt had been finished.

Ethan receives his new mission on a vinyl long-playing record. This was one of the first ways of receiving new missions from the Mission: Impossible (1966) television

A brief scene in which Ilsa pauses in the middle of an action sequence to remove her high-heeled shoes was singled out in reviews for its realism, especially in light of the just-released Jurassic World (2015), which was criticized as Bryce Dallas Howard spends much of her action movie literally running in heels from dinosaurs. There was even the idea to highlight the scene in promotional trailers and television spots, but Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie refused, saying that "it wasn't about twisting the knife."

When training for the underwater scene, Tom Cruise was able to hold his breath underwater for six minutes.

Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames are the only actors to appear in all six films.

Argentinian composer Lalo Schifrin, who wrote the Mission: Impossible (1966) theme, also created the orchestral arrangements for the "Three Tenors" concerts that made "Nessun Dorma" (featured in this film) an international pop culture phenomenon.

The idea of synchronizing a gun shot with a particular moment in a music score during a live performance is taken out of Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956).


FILM 1789: MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL



FILM 1789: MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL

TRIVIA: During production, Tom Cruise did the majority of his own stunts including the skyscraper sequence(s), to show the audience it was actually him. This would allow Director Brad Bird to have more capabilities with camera angles, and not having to hide the fact that it is a stuntman doing the stunts.

The windows removed from Burj Khalifa were carefully chipped away by two workers with hammers, working from a window washing platform outside the building.

Brad Bird's live-action directorial debut.

FRANCHISE TRADEMARK (jump and hang): Jeremy Renner does the signature jump-and-hang-in-air stunt that Tom Cruise did in Mission: Impossible (1996).

According to Tom Cruise, he was happy to hear that they were using a subtitle in the film's heading instead of a number like the prior two films did. Cruise has never been a fan of a number at the end of the film's sequel titles as he's always considered each film as a stand alone feature in the Mission: Impossible film franchise.

Dermot Mulroney plays cello in the scoring orchestra for this movie. Mulroney, who is better-known as an actor (Longtime Companion (1989), My Best Friend's Wedding(1997), About Schmidt (2002), etc.) is also a classical cellist who occasionally plays in recording sessions for soundtracks.

The Burj Khalifa Hotel mentioned in the movie is the Armani Hotel Dubai, the first hotel designed and developed by Giorgio Armani.

This is the first film to use the 100th Anniversary Paramount Pictures logo. Each movie in the Mission: Impossible series has used a different Paramount logo.


BOOK 188: THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG: MURIEL BARBERY



BOOK 188: THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG: MURIEL BARBERY

The Elegance of the Hedgehog (French: L'Élégance du hérisson) is a novel by the French novelist and philosophy teacher Muriel Barbery. The book follows events in the life of a concierge, Renée Michel, whose deliberately concealed intelligence is uncovered by an unstable but intellectually precocious girl named Paloma Josse. Paloma is the daughter of an upper-class family living in the upscale Parisian apartment building where Renée works.

Featuring a number of erudite characters, The Elegance of the Hedgehog is full of allusions to literary works, music, films, and paintings. It incorporates themes relating to philosophy, class consciousness, and personal conflict. The events and ideas of the novel are presented through the thoughts and reactions, interleaved throughout the novel, of two narrators, Renée and Paloma. The changes of narrator are marked by switches of typeface. In the case of Paloma, the narration takes the form of her written journal entries and other philosophical reflections; Renée's story is also told in the first person but more novelistically and in the present tense.

First released in August 2006 by Gallimard, the novel became a publishing success in France the following year, selling over two million copies. It has been translated into more than forty languages, and published in numerous countries outside France, including the United Kingdom (Gallic Books, London) and the United States (Europa Editions, New York), and has attracted critical praise.

CRITICAL REVIEWS
The Elegance of the Hedgehog was well received by critics. In the earliest known review, for the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Maurizio Bono writes that "[t]he formula that made more than half a million readers in France fall in love with [The Elegance of the Hedgehog] has, among other ingredients: intelligent humor, fine sentiments, an excellent literary and philosophical backdrop, taste that is sophisticated but substantial" French magazine Ellereviewer Natalie Aspesi pronounced it one of "the most exhilarating and extraordinary novels in recent years". Aspesi, however, tagged the novel's title as "most curious and least appealing". Praising the novel in his review for The Guardian, Ian Samson wrote that "The Elegance of the Hedgehog aspires to be great and pretends to philosophy: it is, at least, charming." In an earlier review in the same paper, Groskop opined that the novel is a "profound but accessible book ... which elegantly treads the line between literary and commercial fiction". She added that "clever, informative and moving, it is essentially a crash course in philosophy interwoven with a platonic love story". A review in The Telegraph conjectured that "[i]f [the novel were] a piece of furniture, it would be an IKEA bestseller: popular, but not likely to be passed down the generations". A review in The Times Literary Supplement went further, calling the book "pretentious and cynical, with barely any story. It reads more like a tract than a novel, but lacks even a tract's certainty of purpose. The characters are problematic: most are puppets, and those that aren’t are stereotypes".
Michael Dirda of The Washington Post complimented Barbery, saying, "Certainly, the intelligent Muriel Barbery has served readers well by giving us the gently satirical, exceptionally winning and inevitably bittersweet Elegance of the Hedgehog." Louise McCready of The New York Observer praised Anderson's translation of the novel as "smooth and accurate". Caryn James of The New York Times hailed the novel as "studied yet appealing commercial hit", adding that it "belongs to a distinct subgenre: the accessible book that flatters readers with its intellectual veneer".[7] Los Angeles Times' Susan Salter Reynolds wrote that "[The Elegance of the Hedgehog] is a high-wire performance; its characters teeter on the surreal edge of normalcy. Their efforts to conceal their true natures, the pressures of the solitary mind, make the book hum".

FILM ADAPTATION
The novel was adapted into a film The Hedgehog (Le hérisson) released in France in July 2009, starring Josiane Balasko as Renée Michel, Garance Le Guillermic as Paloma Josse, and Togo Igawa as Kakuro Ozu, with a score by Gabriel Yared. The rights for the film were bought by NeoClassics Film and it was released by the company in America on 19 August. Its reception at festivals was positive and it won the Filmfest DC 2011, the Best of Fest Palm Springs 2011, the Seattle International Film Festival 2010, and the 2010 Col-Coa Film Festival. Moira Macdonald of The Seattle Times called it "Whimsical and touching... Mona Achache's adaptation is wistful perfection". Stephen Holden of The New York Times said it "suggests a sort of Gallic Harold and Maude".


FILM 1788: PSYCH: THE MOVIE



FILM 1788: PSYCH: THE MOVIE

TRIVIA: Steve Franks has another five stand-alone TV movies planned.

Timothy Omundson suffered a stroke a few weeks before shooting began as a result only appear briefly as Carlton Lassiter. If the sequels happen, he will probably have a much larger presence.

After the decision was made to go ahead without Timothy OmundsonSteve Franks and James Roday "camped out" in a restaurant booth and rewrote the script in 72 hours.

The villain's title, The Thin White Duke, was their way of paying their respects to the late David Bowie. They were fans of Bowie's but were never able to get him on the show.

When Shawn and Gus discover the document on the computer regarding Juliet O'Hara, Shawn makes a joke that Juliet would never be in a Hallmark movie. The actress who plays Juliet, Maggie Lawson, actually did appear in a Hallmark movie entitled "My Favorite Wedding."

The Pony in a Onesie character was voiced by S.E. Hinton, the author of The Outsiders, Rumble Fish and Tex, 3 classic 80s movies.

Shawn's character wears a #TeamGrimmie shirt in honor of Christina Grimmie (who had tragicly passed away by a gunshot wound at her concert meet & great). Christina, and her best friend Sarah, were the biggest fans of the Psych tv series, and eventually had befriended the cast, so the main stars decided to honor her in the film.

At one point, Shawn tells Gus to stick to the road, keep clear of the moors, and beware of the moon. This is the same advice given to Jack and David in An American Werewolf in London. Not only was that movie spoofed in an earlier episode, but director John Landis also directed three early episodes of Psych.