Saw It For You: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Synopsis. When Batman and Superman first meet, they don’t like each other so much that they have a fight.

Tagline. When Batman and Superman first meet, they don’t like each other so much that they have a fight.

Trivia

  • Ben Affleck wanted the role of Batman so badly that he asked director Zack Snyder to kill his parents. “I knew then that I had my Batman,” said Snyder, who had killed Affleck’s parents hours before for reasons unrelated to the movie.
  • To prepare for the project, Snyder had an elective lobotomy which removed all memories of the characters Superman and Batman, then had them described to him by a 12-year-old diehard Marvel fan.
  • While promoting the movie, Henry Cavill walked around Times Square wearing a Superman t-shirt. When no one seemed to recognize him, he offered this as proof that Clark Kent’s glasses would be enough of a disguise, even though the simpler explanation is that no one cares about Cavill as Superman.
  • Director’s trademark: A woman spitting into a man’s mouth to indicate intimacy or trust.
  • Six scale models of the Batmobile were built for practical effects shots. The models were 10:1, weighing 50,000 pounds each. A team of tractors was used to open the Batmobile’s 48-foot-tall door. A CGI Ben Affleck was then added to the shot.
  • Director’s trademark: A character’s fist angrily striking a tabletop, crushing the fully dressed hot dog they were holding.
  • BvS:DoJ marks the first time in DC Comics history that Superman uses the c-word. It is the first line of dialogue.

Mistakes

  • Lois Lane does not have a HUD.
  • The names “Perry White,” “J. Jonah Jameson,” “Daily Bugle” and “Daily Planet” are used interchangeably.
  • In the scene where Superman searches the waterfront, Metropolis is visible across the bay from Metropolis.
  • Perhaps in an attempt to update the characters for a modern audience, Batman mentions the “utility apps on [his] dashboard,” which is clearly just his utility belt.
  • Superman is often referred to as a boat, apparent in the scene where Batman throws radioactive shards, and Superman “sustains minor hull damage.”
  • Characters continually deliver lines and follow them with “and I’m talking to you, not them,” pointing at the character they are addressing. However, it is already commonly accepted that the audience is not being directly addressed by the people in a movie.
  • Though the light from Krypton exploding would eventually reach Earth, Batman would not be able to see the death of Superman’s parents on the planet’s surface with the naked eye.
  • It seems too convenient that Superman knew he could distract Batman during the climactic fight by pointing at Krypton and shouting “Look, more parents dying.”
  • Wonder Woman’s “WW” chest symbol is upside-down.

Memorable Quotes

Clark Kent. So this is Metropolis, the city I just moved to. And this must be the Daily Planet, where I’ll be working with Lois Lane.
Lois Lane. Say, you’re handsome for a new reporter. I’ll be giving you a handjob in the break room.
Clark Kent. (classic Christopher Reeve wink to camera, as a respectful nod to his legacy)

Batman. As long as vigilantes with abilities beyond those of normal people are allowed to operate in secrecy, there can never be a dawn of justice.

Lex Luthor. Poo poo coo coo. Bobo mo mo mo mo.
Superman. An extraordinary foe. 

Bruce Wayne. So you must be the new reporter for the Metropolis newspaper. I’m from Gotham City but I had a building here that fell down.
Clark Kent. So that’s why you’re here and not there.
Bruce Wayne. I don’t like your attitude, Kent.
Clark Kent. Prepare to be murdered by Superman.

Wonder Woman. I’m here.
Superman. I kill for fun but think we should make some kind of a, you know. A league of adjudicators.
Batman. For justice. A league, you say?
Superman. Yeah, I like the sound of that… a Justice L —
Wonder Woman. (interrupting, looking into camera) To be continued.

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Saw It For You: Pixels (2015)

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PIXELS

Pixels (2015)

Synopsis. When aliens mistake pre-1983 video games as proclamations of war, it’s up to Adam Sandler, Kevin James, and probably the rest of the cast of Grown-Ups to save the world.

Tagline. Grab your joysticks, it’s video and computer game time… for Planet Earth! 

Running time. 55 mins

Trivia

  • Director Chris Columbus on the origin of Pixels: “Sandler came to me with an idea. He said, ‘what if I made a movie that showed my grandkids I’ve heard of very old video games?'”
  • Other than projectionists, no one knows whether or not this movie was actually made.
  • Focus groups had difficulty screening Pixels to test audiences, as most viewers were certain they had already seen it. Although the movie did not exist prior to 2014, many audience members were even able to recall jokes verbatim.
  • The special effects to create the real-world video game enemies are from the iPhone app “GamifyMe” ($2.99, released 2011).
  •  To cut costs, Ms. Pac-Man’s role was played by Pac-Man wearing a bow.
  • Early-release posters, instead of the current tagline, featured the words “Real Movie!” in a sunburst.
  • Before each set piece, a character was required to exclaim the name of the game attacking, for the benefit of audience members under 45 years of age.
  • Due to his experiences on set, Donkey Kong refused to do press for the film.
  • Production was frequently delayed due to Adam Sandler’s career repeatedly ending.

Mistakes

  • Mistaken identities. Twenty minutes into the movie, the cast stops referring to one another by their character names and just uses their actual ones.
  • Adam Sandler’s triumphant line “We did it! We stopped the Arcadriax!” did not contain a seven-second yawn in the script; Sandler ad-libbed it.
  • Incorrectly regarded as goof. In the theatrical edit, a scene was cut from early in the film explaining why the characters are so very old and tired and just going through the motions.
  • The government cover-up of the presence of invading pixelated beings is repeatedly referred to as “Gamergate.”
  • Continuity. In many scenes Kevin James inexplicably has a mustache, likely due to the concurrent filming of Paul Blart: Video Game Cop.
  • After the first encounter with the Centipede, the woman character has a line of dialogue that is not exposition.
  • Kevin James’ character is President of the United States, but he would be ineligible for office after admitting he was “born on an ice floe.”
  • Josh Gad’s role was edited to better fit the story after director Columbus realized he had in fact been hired to be one of the four main characters. Originally Columbus thought he was “a very uncooperative extra.”
  • Adam Sandler’s dentures fall out on multiple occasions, which could have been easily corrected with the use of Super Poligrip®.
  • Super Poligrip® paid $3 million for product placement in the film, but the Super Poligrip® Mobile Gaming Command Hangout only appears briefly before sinking into the Southern Ocean.
  • Dogs cannot see color and would not be able to solo the final round of the 1980 arcade classic Is This Red or Green.
  • During the confrontation on the roof of the arcade, the zipper on Kevin James’ back is clearly visible.
  • Instead of “The End,” the end title reads “Movie Not Finished.”

Memorable Quotes

Adam Sandler. Movie begin. So you’re saying only the world’s best video gamer can beat these aliens?
Government scientist. That’s right. And that’s you.
Adam Sandler. But I haven’t been a world video champion since 1983! Now let’s do the montage.

Asian businessman. Oh no! “Lun” for your “rives!” “Godzirra!” 
Kevin James. 
Get a load of this character! It’s like from Godzilla or something!

Kevin James. As President, I’m signing an executive order… to shit my pants! 
Adam Sandler. That one’s good, we’ll use that one.

Adam Sandler. With the Arcadriax defeated, there will never again be… Pixels.

Saw It For You: Jurassic World (2015)

_1392673279Jurassic World (2015)

Synopsis. John Hammond’s dream of a thriving dinosaur amusement park is finally and successfully realized, but a genetic contingency designed to take away the dinosaurs’ legs if they escape backfires, and instead gives the dinosaurs extra legs.

Tagline. They thought they didn’t have a leg to stand on. Now they’re legging it for their lives.

Social media promotion. “Tweet with hashtag #legday for a chance to win Chris Pratt’s 1998 Ford Taurus.”

Trivia

  • Jurassic World is the first film in the Jurassic Park franchise to be written by Fanfiction.net user SnapexMalfoy2039.
  • Chris Pratt’s character’s name, “John Clevergirl,” is a reference to the original Jurassic Park (1993).
  • Animators spent four months under the direction of Phil Tippett to compose the 200+ effects shots of the movie’s villain: a super-intelligent ultrasaurus leg with a knee-mounted surface-to-air missile launcher.
  • This movie perhaps leans the hardest on the franchise’s “man vs. the natural order” subtext, as evidenced by the final line of dialogue, “That settles it. Science can only destroy.”
  • This is director Colin Trevorrow’s first film, not counting his other movie.

Mistakes

  • Continuity. A flashlight changes hands between shots during the scene where scientists discover a dead dilophosaur had been evolving rudimentary helicopter blades.
  • An animal that is just “a wheel of legs” without a brain, digestive tract or internal organs would not be able to commandeer an emergency loudspeaker system.
  • Incorrectly regarded as goof. Donald Gennaro (Martin Ferrero) returns, a lawyer who was torn in half and eaten in the original Jurassic Park. A scene which was cut for time explains his survival — when asked about it, Gennaro replies “That was a long time ago.”
  • Despite the similarity of the words, dinosaurs would not be attracted to dynamite.
  • Chairwoman Beth Lifefindsaway (Bryce Dallas Howard) tells Clevergirl to have a seat across from her. When the camera angle changes, she is clearly the actress who played Victoria from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.
  • Technical error. When the movie ends, the credits cannot roll past the words “The End” which never fade out and leave the screen. The credits crowd and bunch up beneath, filling the screen with a jumble of white letters. In most theaters, there is an apology, and the credits are then read aloud by an usher.

Callbacks and Homages

  • John Hammond Jr. greets investors by extending his toilet seat from its stall on hydraulic rails (The Lost World)
  • The surface of the water in the toilet bowl ripples from a low bass sound (Jurassic Park)
  • Every time Clevergirl is referred to by his last name (Jurassic Park)
  • All the dinosaurs have sharp teeth (Jurassic Park, The Lost World, Jurassic Park 3)
  • The title Jurassic World contains the word “Jurassic” (Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park 3)
  • Characters refer to elevators as ianmalcolms, as in the line “Hold the ianmalcolm for me, wouldja?” (Jurassic Park)
  • A red vial is labeled “Grimlock DNA” (Transformers: Age of Extinction)

Memorable Quotes

Security system AI. 5-LEGGED VELOCIRAPTOR NOT IDENTIFIED AS DINOSAUR. OPENING GATE.

John Clevergirl. Your T-rex has evolved enough legs to jump into low Earth orbit.
Scientist. My God.

Beth Lifefindsaway. We can escape to the Galaxy, my personal boat. It’s moored in Dock B.
John Clevergirl. If it’s the only way off the island, we might have a fight on our hands. Will the others make it back in time?
Beth Lifefindsaway. We might have to guard the ship until then. We’d have to act as guardians.
John Clevergirl. Guardians of the Galaxy. I like the sound of that.
T-Rex. (shrugs directly into camera)