I've been meaning to do this for a while, and that is share with people that the movie 'Trading Places' starring Eddie Murphy, that the script or story line to that movie was actually borrowed from an older Twilight Zone episode titled 'A nice place to visit'.
The two main characters even share the same name, 'Valentine', and both themes deal with a kind of rag to riches scenario.
Where person off the street can't believe they're really being allowed to live in 'paradise'.
The similarities of the Twilight Zone episode and 'Trading places' are very striking, and you can totally see where the writers of 'Trading Places' borrowed heavily from the Twilight Zone episode.
But there are differences to, which I won't give away incase some haven't seen the old Zone episode yet.
Watch it for yourself, if you have time, and you'll see how similar 'Trading Places' is to this episode.
Last Edit: Nov 21, 2021 20:45:58 GMT -5 by X factor
Small Soprano like crime family idea, first introduced in the movie Rocky
Very few credit Sylvester Stallone to being one of the first to introduce the idea of a lower till Soprano like crime syndicate in the movie 'Rocky'. But if you remember, in Rocky 1, Rocky was a collector for just such a lower till Philadelphia mob outfit.
And the above is a scene early in the movie where Rocky's boss chastises him for not 'breaking dudes thumb, like I told ya too'.
There's really a lot of 'firsts' in this movie, even today you can still pick things out. The sign of a well written, performed, movie is a movie you can watch 30 plus years later, and the theme of the movie still seems just as relevant today.
Everyone has that underdog Rocky in them, just waiting for that moment to rise up, to be noticed. The theme to Rocky is an ageless one and will never not be relevant.
Last Edit: Apr 8, 2014 19:19:35 GMT -5 by X factor
There's something depraved in that all horror movie victims seem to be claddly dressed 'white' women.
Seems every horror movie (at least in the West, Hollywood) is themed around a white woman.
Regardless of the Genre of horror, whether slasher, occult, demonic, mystery, thriller ect, seems all horror movies are themed around white women getting tore up, while claddly dressed, by villain.
I mean even movie posters depicting horror, 95% of the time have image of bloodied white woman or white female victim..
Seems everyone lives their horror fantasies through the 'white female'.
And it's actress is never fat or homely, but rather always looks like a model.
Obviously that's done for marketing reasons, this idea that a victim must always be 'soxy' is to lure whom?
And who writes and directs most of these sadistic slasher films?...white males?
Is there some kind of depraved lust involved in the psychi of man, or males, that like seeing women tore to shreds in films?.
I call it 'porror', that's a combination of light corn and horror, the two just seem to go together in 99% of horror movies made today.
Is that how writers or casting directors lure males to these movies?
How would people feel if victims were always younger 'twinkish' males, or older chubby black females or gay guys?
What types of audiences would that attract, if any, or have we all just been conditioned over the last 100 years of cinema to accept that on screen, only 'pretty white chicks' can be victims to monsters?
One thing for sure, and that is in real life, horror doesn't just go after white females who look like models.
Last Edit: Jul 27, 2015 20:29:34 GMT -5 by X factor
(click to enlarge) Remember that movie 'Escape from New York', released in the year 1981 and starring Kurt Russel?
Well as I was watching movie tonight, noticed that what occurred in first 10 minutes of movie was very similar to what occurred on 9/11 with the two jets slamming into the world trade centers.
Eerily enough the exact same thing happens in this movie, and in one scene almost looks like jet is headed straight for the towers.
As the jet passes prison guard, it looks as if jet is headed straight for twin towers.
Jet, in this movie, does eventually slam head on into building, but not the towers.
I found that very odd, I mean might have the terrorists from 9/11 gotten their idea from that scene?
This is why I enjoy watching older movies a lot of times, cause when I go back I watch more as a movie archeologist, noticing things in the background, current trends ect, older movies are always a snap shot of what was occurring in society back then.
Last Edit: Jul 12, 2015 1:16:22 GMT -5 by X factor
I learned last night, from 'Spock' himself (on older Star Trek documentary he host while alive), that he came up with the Vulcan hand sign from watching a Jewish cleansing ceremony as a kid, when he looked at Priests, even though wasn't suppose to.
Yes, the Vulcan hand sign, that Spock made so famous, is actually a hand gesture Orthidox 'Jews' have used for centuries to 'cleanse' the congregation of sin...or something like that...do your own research and you'll see what I mean.