Kangaroo Jack Preview

Generated on: 2019-11-24

Kangaroo Jack (2003) – BMeTric: 74.2; Notability: 41

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Leonard Maltin – 2 stars –  Lifelong odd-couple pals are ordered (by O’Connell’s mob-boss stepfather) to deliver an envelope of money to Australia – but a kangaroo makes off with the cash. Juvenile comedy has a terrible script, but kids may still respond to the amiable leads and the Australian setting. Don’t blink or you’ll miss Dyan Cannon in the opening flashback as O’Connell’s mother. Followed by an animated direct-to-video sequel.

Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuyLeUjuT_k/

Directors – David McNally – (Future BMT: Coyote Ugly; BMT: Kangaroo Jack;)

Writers – Steve Bing (story & screenplay) – (Future BMT: Missing in Action; BMT: Kangaroo Jack;)

Barry O’Brien (story) – (Known For: Hannah Montana: The Movie; BMT: Kangaroo Jack;)

Scott Rosenberg (screenplay) – (Known For: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle; Con Air; High Fidelity; Beautiful Girls; Future BMT: Disturbing Behavior; Impostor; Venom; Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead; BMT: Kangaroo Jack; Gone in Sixty Seconds;)

Actors – Anthony Anderson – (Known For: The Departed; Transformers; Scream 4; Ferdinand; The Star; Life; Harold & Kumar Get the Munchies; Me, Myself & Irene; Hustle & Flow; Barbershop; Beats; Barbershop: A Fresh Cut; Hoodwinked; The Big Year; Small Town Crime; The Town That Dreaded Sundown; Two Can Play That Game; Liberty Heights; A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures; Bound; Future BMT: Urban Legends: Final Cut; Scary Movie 4; Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London; The Back-up Plan; Malibu’s Most Wanted; Scary Movie 3; King’s Ransom; My Baby’s Daddy; See Spot Run; 3 Strikes; Arthur et les Minimoys; Goats; Kingdom Come; Trippin’; BMT: Kangaroo Jack; Big Momma’s House; Exit Wounds; Cradle 2 the Grave; Romeo Must Die; Grudge Match; Razzie Notes: Nominee for Worst Supporting Actor for Kangaroo Jack in 2004;)

Jerry O’Connell – (Known For: Stand by Me; Jerry Maguire; Scream 2; Piranha 3D; Veronica Mars; Satanic Panic; Space Station 76; The Alibi; Future BMT: Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach; Obsessed; Wish Upon; Yours, Mine & Ours; Tomcats; Room 6; Mission to Mars; Joe’s Apartment; Body Shots; Baby on Board; The New Guy; Man About Town; Calendar Girl; The Lookalike; Can’t Hardly Wait; BMT: Scary Movie 5; Kangaroo Jack;)

Estella Warren – (Known For: Planet of the Apes; The Cooler; Future BMT: Perfume; BMT: Kangaroo Jack; Driven; Razzie Notes: Winner for Worst Supporting Actress in 2002 for Driven, and Planet of the Apes;)

Budget/Gross – $60,000,000 / Domestic: $66,934,963 (Worldwide: $88,929,111)

Rotten Tomatoes – 8% (9/115)The humor is gratingly dumb, and Kangaroo Jack contains too much violence and sexual innuendo for a family movie.

Poster – Kangaroo Sklog

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Tagline(s) – He stole the money… and he’s not giving it back.

Keyword – animal character name in title;

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Top 10: Kong: Skull Island (2017), Finding Nemo (2003), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Finding Dory (2016), Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004), Free Willy (1993), Turner & Hooch (1989), Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002), Horton Hears a Who! (2008), The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005);

Future BMT: 63.6 Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004), 54.5 Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995), 37.2 See Spot Run (2001), 9.9 Benji: Off the Leash! (2004);

BMT: Kangaroo Jack (2003), Garfield 2 (2006), Garfield (2004);

Welcome to Earf (HoE Number 19) – The shortest path through The Movie Database cast lists using only BMT films is: Anthony Anderson is No. 2 billed in Kangaroo Jack and No. 4 billed in Exit Wounds, which also stars Isaiah Washington (No. 3 billed) who is in Hollywood Homicide (No. 5 billed), which also stars Josh Hartnett (No. 2 billed) who is in Here on Earth (No. 3 billed) => 2 + 4 + 3 + 5 + 2 + 3 = 19. If we were to watch Kingdom Come we can get the HoE Number down to 13.

Notes – Inspired by an urban legend about a pair of Boston college students on break in Australia. While driving through the Outback, they accidentally hit a kangaroo with their Land Rover. Thinking they had killed it, they got out and placed the driver’s Boston Red Sox jacket on the kangaroo to take a picture before moving on. However, the kangaroo was merely unconscious, and awoke in the midst of the photo-taking. It broke free and took off across the Outback, still wearing the Sox jacket…along with the keys to the Land Rover in the pocket.

Trailers for the movie emphasized the tacked-on “talking kangaroo” scene, which gave audiences a false impression that this was a family film involving a talking kangaroo. Posters also emphasized the kangaroo. The misleading publicity is often credited with the film’s achieving the #1 box office spot on opening weekend; industry observers said later that if the film had been more honestly portrayed as what it was, as a gangster comedy with fairly adult humor, it probably would have failed. The film had dismal reviews from critics and considerable backlash from audiences who felt they had been tricked. There was a direct-to-DVD sequel that was more in line with what was promised by trailers, as it was an animated family comedy.

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer added a scene where the title kangaroo talks after seeing the success of the Disney release Snow Dogs (2002), which used a similar plot device.

Jerry O’Connell had to wear extensions for re-shoot scenes since he cut his hair short once initial filming was over. You can clearly see (if you look closely) an awkwardness to his hair in particular scenes.

The original working title for Kangaroo Jack was “Down and Under”.

According to the DVD special feature: “Behind the gas”. The hardest scene to create sound for were the farting camels. So the sound designers have tried many failed attempts to create farting sounds they tried Whoopie cushions, blowing in jello cups, armpit farts, all the way down to using their mouths. In sheer desperation the sound designers ate bean burritos, tacos, beans and drank milk, so the sound would come naturally.

When the boys first arrive in the bar, they are discussing their plans beside the telephone, and Louis says to Charlie, “Damn Skippy”, which is a tongue-in-cheek reference to a world famous Australian television series, Skippy (1967), which is about a kangaroo that is raised by a family, who manage the local national park. Skippy is also a world famous brand of Peanut Butter, with a Kangaroo logo

Bill Hunter (Blue), previously starred alongside Terrance Stamp in “Priscilla: Queen Of The Desert” (1994), Terrance Stamp, had originally portrayed General Zod, in “Superman 2” (1980), and MIchael Shannon (Frankie), revived the character of General Zod, in “Man Of Steel” (2013), alongside Russell Crowe, who’s acting career debuted, alongside Bill Hunter in “Spyforce” (1972)

Awards – Nominee for the Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor (Christopher Walken, 2004)

Nominee for the Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor (Anthony Anderson, 2004)

Ghost Rider Preview

Generated on: 2019-11-18

Ghost Rider (2007) – BMeTric: 62.5; Notability: 57

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Leonard Maltin – 2 stars –Daredevil motorcyclist makes a deal with the Devil (Fonda) in order to save his father’s life, then tries to adjust to living a cursed existence. In time he finds his true identity as a cycle vigilante who rides engulfed in flames, his head a burning skull! Adaptation of the Marvel comic book set out West might have been better if it didn’t take so long to spell out the premise and get up a head of steam.

Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1hZNHPVVAQ/

Directors – Mark Steven Johnson – (Known For: Daredevil; Finding Steve McQueen; Simon Birch; Future BMT: Killing Season; BMT: Ghost Rider; When in Rome;)

Writers – Mark Steven Johnson (screenplay & screen story) – (Known For: Christopher Robin; Daredevil; Grumpy Old Men; Simon Birch; Future BMT: Jack Frost; Big Bully; Grumpier Old Men; BMT: Elektra; Ghost Rider;)

Actors – Nicolas Cage – (Known For: Color Out of Space; Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; The Rock; Fast Times at Ridgemont High; Mandy; Kick-Ass; The Frozen Ground; Face/Off; Snowden; National Treasure; Leaving Las Vegas; Con Air; The Family Man; Wild at Heart; Lord of War; The Croods; Adaptation.; Raising Arizona; The Sorcerer’s Apprentice; Future BMT: G-Force; Outcast; Dying of the Light; Tokarev; 211; Pay the Ghost; Stolen; Southern Fury; Between Worlds; USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage; Looking Glass; Wings of the Apache; The Runner; The Humanity Bureau; Inconceivable; Army of One; Zandalee; Deadfall; Amos & Andrew; Windtalkers; A Score to Settle; Knowing; Next; Trapped in Paradise; Sonny; Running with the Devil; National Treasure: Book of Secrets; 8MM; Primal; Christmas Carol: The Movie; BMT: The Wicker Man; Left Behind; Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance; Ghost Rider; Trespass; Drive Angry; Season of the Witch; Bangkok Dangerous; Captain Corelli’s Mandolin; Justice; Gone in Sixty Seconds; Razzie Notes: Nominee for Worst Actor in 2007 for The Wicker Man; in 2008 for Ghost Rider, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, and Next; in 2012 for Drive Angry, Season of the Witch, and Trespass; in 2013 for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, and Seeking Justice; and in 2015 for Left Behind; Nominee for Worst Supporting Actor for Snowden in 2017; and Nominee for Worst Screen Couple in 2007 for The Wicker Man; and in 2012 for Drive Angry, Season of the Witch, and Trespass;)

Eva Mendes – (Known For: Training Day; The Place Beyond the Pines; The Other Guys; Fast & Furious 5; Hitch; Once Upon a Time in Mexico; We Own the Night; Bad Lieutenant; Last Night; Holy Motors; Out of Time; Stuck on You; Live!; The Wendell Baker Story; Future BMT: The Spirit; Urban Legends: Final Cut; Lost River; Trust the Man; Girl in Progress; All About the Benjamins; Cleaner; A Night at the Roxbury; BMT: Ghost Rider; The Women; Exit Wounds; 2 Fast 2 Furious; Razzie Notes: Nominee for Worst Actress for The Women in 2009;)

Sam Elliott – (Known For: Lady and the Tramp; The Golden Compass; A Star Is Born; The Big Lebowski; Tombstone; Up in the Air; The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot; We Were Soldiers; Hulk; Mask; The Good Dinosaur; I’ll See You in My Dreams; Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; Thank You for Smoking; Gettysburg; Draft Day; Prancer; The Hero; The Company You Keep; Rush; Future BMT: Frogs; Barnyard; The Big Bang; Fatal Beauty; Sibling Rivalry; BMT: Marmaduke; Did You Hear About the Morgans?; Ghost Rider; Road House;)

Budget/Gross – $110,000,000 / Domestic: $115,802,596 (Worldwide: $228,738,393)

Rotten Tomatoes – 26% (37/140)Ghost Rider is a sour mix of morose, glum histrionics amidst jokey puns and hammy dialogue.

Poster – Sklog Rider

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Tagline(s) – Long ago he made a deal to save someone he loved. ()

Keyword – daredevil;

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Top 10: Point Break (2015), Hot Rod (2007), xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017), Ghost Rider (2007), xXx (2002), Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004), An American Werewolf in Paris (1997), Into the Storm (2014), Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken (1991), Navy Seals (1990);

Future BMT: 55.5 Point Break (2015), 55.4 An American Werewolf in Paris (1997), 41.3 Terminal Velocity (1994), 40.5 Navy Seals (1990), 8.7 Nitro Circus: The Movie (2012);

BMT: Ghost Rider (2007), Into the Storm (2014), Rollerball (2002)

Welcome to Earf (HoE Number 8) – The shortest path through The Movie Database cast lists using only BMT films is: Nicolas Cage is No. 1 billed in Ghost Rider and No. 1 billed in The Wicker Man, which also stars Leelee Sobieski (No. 5 billed) who is in Here on Earth (No. 1 billed) => 1 + 1 + 5 + 1 = 8. There is no shorter path at the moment.

Notes – Nicolas Cage had to have his Ghost Rider tattoo covered with make-up to play Johnny Blaze.

Nicolas Cage’s computer generated skull was made from a three dimensional x-ray taken of his actual skull.

Nicolas Cage is an avid fan of the Marvel comic, and lobbied furiously to play the part of Ghost Rider.

One of the few Marvel Comic-based movies in which Stan Lee did not appear. He had absolutely no involvement in the creation of the original Ghost Rider.

According to an interview he gave to the New York Times in 2010, this movie was made during the middle of Wes Bentley’s decade-long, extremely serious addiction to cocaine and heroin. He said in that interview that he only accepted any movie roles during that time so that he would have money to buy enough drugs.

Nicolas Cage’s hairpiece required three hours to apply every day.

Rumors persist that Nicolas Cage’s abs in the movie were CGI, but writer and director Mark Steven Johnson refutes this on his DVD audio commentary.

The head-on shot showing Johnny Blaze crashing his motorcycle on landing after jumping a long line of trucks is identical to the famous shot of Evel Knievel’s crash after a spectacular jump at Caesar’s Palace on December 31, 1967.

The Caretaker/Carter Slade Ghost Rider character is a tribute to the original Marvel Comics Ghost Rider, now called The Phantom Rider to avoid confusion. However, the character in the comics is a regular human who wears a white costume and rides a white painted horse, both covered with phosphorous for a glowing effect.

Writer and director Mark Steven Johnson put forward his own money to make an action sequence in which Ghost Rider battles a helicopter.

Awards – Nominee for the Razzie Award for Worst Actor (Nicolas Cage, 2008)

Burlesque Preview

Generated on: 2019-11-17

Burlesque (2010) – BMeTric: 21.1

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RogerEbert.com – 2.0 stars – Is this the movie for you? It may very well be. You’ve read my review, and you think I’m just making snarky comments and indulging in cheap sarcasm. Well, all right, I am. “Burlesque” shows Cher and Christina Aguilera being all that they can be, and that’s more than enough.

Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PiPYAz7f0Q/

Directors – Steve Antin – (BMT: Burlesque;)

Writers – Steve Antin (written by) (as Steven Antin) – (Known For: Inside Monkey Zetterland; Future BMT: Chasing Papi; Gloria; BMT: Proud Mary; Burlesque;)

Actors – Cher – (Known For: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again; The Player; Mask; The Witches of Eastwick; Moonstruck; Mermaids; Silkwood; Stuck on You; Suspect; Tea with Mussolini; Future BMT: Prêt-à-Porter; Faithful; BMT: Zookeeper; Burlesque; Razzie Notes: Nominee for Worst Supporting Actress for Burlesque in 2011;)

Christina Aguilera – (Known For: Pitch Perfect 2; Get Him to the Greek; Casa de mi Padre; Future BMT: Life of the Party; Zoe; BMT: The Emoji Movie; Burlesque;)

Alan Cumming – (Known For: Eyes Wide Shut; GoldenEye; Spy Kids; X-Men 2; Battle of the Sexes; It’s Complicated; Spy Kids 3: Game Over; Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion; Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams; Emma; Josie and the Pussycats; Titus; Nicholas Nickleby; The Anniversary Party; Black Beauty; Circle of Friends; Dare; Any Day Now; Second Best; Sweet Land; Future BMT: Son of the Mask; The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas; The Smurfs; The Smurfs 2; The Tempest; Boogie Woogie; Strange Magic; Buddy; Gray Matters; Company Man; Plunkett & Macleane; Sir Billi; Neverwas; Maladies; BMT: Spice World; Garfield; Get Carter; Show Dogs; Burlesque; Razzie Notes: Nominee for Worst Supporting Actor for Son of the Mask in 2006;)

Budget/Gross – $55,000,000 / Domestic: $39,440,655 (Worldwide: $89,519,773)

Rotten Tomatoes – 36% (63/174)Campy and clichéd, Burlesque wastes its talented cast (including a better-than-expected Christina Aguilera) on a movie that wavers uncertainly between “bad” and “so bad it’s good.”

Poster – Sklog-lesque

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Tagline(s) – It takes a LEGEND… to make a STAR

Keyword – burlesque;

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Top 10: Burlesque (2010), Stuck on You (2003);

Future BMT: None!

BMT: Burlesque (2010)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Top 10 have to be released from 1980 onwards and get a theatrical wide release. Amazingly, of the 200+ burlesque films Burlesque is plausibly the only example ever released!

Welcome to Earf (HoE Number 16) – The shortest path through The Movie Database cast lists using only BMT films is: Cam Gigandet is No. 4 billed in Burlesque and No. 4 billed in Trespass, which also stars Nicolas Cage (No. 1 billed) who is in The Wicker Man (No. 1 billed), which also stars Leelee Sobieski (No. 5 billed) who is in Here on Earth (No. 1 billed) => 4 + 4 + 1 + 1 + 5 + 1 = 16. If we were to watch Priest we can get the HoE Number down to 17.

Notes – The photo of seven-year-old Ali with her mother is actually a photo of a much younger Christina Aguilera with her real-life mother, Shelly Kearns.

Most of the flamboyant costumes worn by Cher were her own clothes, some of which were designed by her longtime friend Bob Mackie (interview on The Graham Norton Show (2007) / 18 Dec. 2010).

Surprisingly, this is Cher’s first musical film.

Cam Gigandet learned how to play the piano especially for the film.

Steve Antin got the idea for this film after watching Christina Aguilera perform as a featured vocalist for The Pussycat Dolls in 2002.

Christina Aguilera’s first choice for the role of Nikki was Emma Stone.

Tess asks Sean what happened to all the good dancers in LA, to which he responds Dancing with the Stars (2005). Their cast mate on this film, Julianne Hough, is one of the professional dancers on the Emmy-Winning show.

The first instrumental Ali dances to during her audition is the background music from “Nasty Naughty Boy,” performed by Christina Aguilera. This tune was replaced in the DVD version.

With a budget of $55 million, Burlesque is one of Screen Gems’ most expensive films outside of the Resident Evil franchise.

Robert Pattinson, Kellan Lutz, Taylor Lautner were considered to play Jack, before the role went to fellow Twilight star Cam Gigandet.

Awards – Nominee for the Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress (Cher, 2011)

Jumper Preview

Generated on: 2019-11-17

Jumper (2008) – BMeTric: 31.0

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RogerEbert.com – 1.5 stars – In a world gone horribly wrong, where actions have no consequences, where all of humanity has become unaccountably oblivious to blatant violations of the time-space continuum, where rules exist not to be broken but to be disregarded, where continuity is irrelevant… anything is possible!

Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaA9wnc7mmY/

Directors – Doug Liman – (Known For: Edge of Tomorrow; American Made; The Bourne Identity; Mr. & Mrs. Smith; Swingers; Go; The Wall; Fair Game; BMT: Jumper;)

Writers – David S. Goyer (screenplay) – (Known For: Terminator: Dark Fate; The Dark Knight; The Dark Knight Rises; Batman Begins; Man of Steel; Godzilla; Blade; Dark City; Blade II; Zig Zag; Future BMT: The Unborn; The Crow: City of Angels; Kickboxer 2: The Road Back; Blade: Trinity; The Puppet Masters; Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; BMT: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance; Jumper; Razzie Notes: Winner for Worst Screenplay for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2017; Notes: )

Jim Uhls (screenplay) – (Known For: Fight Club; BMT: Jumper;)

Simon Kinberg (screenplay) – (Known For: X-Men: Apocalypse; Sherlock Holmes; X-Men: Days of Future Past; Mr. & Mrs. Smith; X-Men: The Last Stand; BMT: Fantastic Four; xXx²: The Next Level; X-Men: Dark Phoenix; Jumper; This Means War; Razzie Notes: Nominee for Worst Screenplay for Fantastic Four in 2016;)

Steven Gould (novel) – (BMT: Jumper;)

Actors – Hayden Christensen – (Known For: Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith; Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones; The Virgin Suicides; In the Mouth of Madness; Life as a House; Shattered Glass; Strike!; Vanishing on 7th Street; Future BMT: Outcast; American Heist; First Kill; 90 Minutes in Heaven; Little Italy; Takers; New York, I Love You; Awake; Factory Girl; BMT: Jumper; Razzie Notes: Winner for Worst Supporting Actor in 2003 for Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones; and in 2006 for Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith; and Nominee for Worst Screen Couple in 2003 for Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones; and in 2008 for 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Awake, and Good Luck Chuck;)

Samuel L. Jackson – (Known For: Avengers: Endgame; Spider-Man: Far from Home; Goodfellas; Pulp Fiction; Captain Marvel; Avengers: Infinity War; Inglourious Basterds; Kong: Skull Island; Kingsman: The Secret Service; Jurassic Park; Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace; The Hateful Eight; Django Unchained; Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children; Coming to America; A Time to Kill; Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith; Thor; The Incredibles; Avengers Assemble; Future BMT: Cell; The Spirit; Freedomland; Kite; Barely Lethal; Meeting Evil; Oldboy; Reasonable Doubt; Star Wars: The Clone Wars; Home of the Brave; The Samaritan; No Good Deed; Sphere; Amos & Andrew; Cleaner; The Legend of Tarzan; Loaded Weapon 1; Zambezia; The Exterminator; The 51st State; Rules of Engagement; Johnny Suede; Shaft; Basic; Strictly Business; Glass; Country of My Skull; One Eight Seven; Gospel Hill; Life Itself; BMT: xXx²: The Next Level; Twisted; Jumper;)

Jamie Bell – (Known For: Rocketman; Snowpiercer; Skin; King Kong; Billy Elliot; Jane Eyre; Filth; The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn; 6 Days; Defiance; Flags of Our Fathers; The Eagle; Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool; Nicholas Nickleby; Retreat; Hallam Foe; Undertow; Future BMT: Deathwatch; Man on a Ledge; Donnybrook; Dear Wendy; BMT: Fantastic Four; Jumper; Razzie Notes: Nominee for Worst Screen Combo for Fantastic Four in 2016;)

Budget/Gross – $85,000,000 / Domestic: $80,172,128 (Worldwide: $222,231,186)

Rotten Tomatoes – 15% (25/166)Featuring uninvolving characters and loose narrative, Jumper is an erratic action pic with little coherence and lackluster special effects.

Poster – Tele-Sklog-cation

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Tagline(s) – anywhere is possible.

Keyword – teleportation;

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Top 10: Watchmen (2009), Avengers: Endgame (2019), John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017), Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019), Suicide Squad (2016), Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), Avengers: Infinity War (2018);

Future BMT: 68.1 Supergirl (1984), 65.9 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993), 62.6 Blair Witch (2016), 60.6 A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010), 59.5 Red Sonja (1985), 57.2 The Fly II (1989), 50.5 Your Highness (2011), 49.7 Masters of the Universe (1987), 37.0 The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013), 36.4 The One (2001);

BMT: X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019), Gods of Egypt (2016), Warcraft: The Beginning (2016), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), Fantastic Four (2015), Super Mario Bros. (1993), Battlefield Earth (2000), The Last Witch Hunter (2015), Mortal Kombat (1995), Jumper (2008), I Am Number Four (2011), Seventh Son (2014), Howard: A New Breed of Hero (1986), Doom (2005), Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997), Alone in the Dark (2005), Vampire in Brooklyn (1995), Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)

Welcome to Earf (HoE Number 9) – The shortest path through The Movie Database cast lists using only BMT films is: Michael Rooker is No. 5 billed in Jumper and No. 4 billed in Here on Earth => 5 + 4 = 9. There is no shorter path at the moment.

Notes – David Ritchie, a set dresser on the Toronto shoot, was killed while dismantling part of the set.

The crew was allowed to film inside the Roman Colosseum for three days, under three conditions: no equipment could be placed on the ground, they could only shoot from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., to avoid disturbing tourists, and the only lighting allowed was natural sunlight.

Eminem reportedly turned down an offer to star in the lead role. However, an MTV report quoted director Doug Liman saying his plan to have Eminem in the movie was dropped right after he met Hayden Christensen.

The movie takes place in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The high school depicted was Huron High School, where screenwriter David S. Goyer attended. Area teens were cast as extras for scenes in and around the school.

Hayden Christensen (David) and Rachel Bilson (Millie) were engaged in real life, but the pair split up in September 2017.

Due to strict moral grounds, and out of respect for the Christian martyrs, a scene of Griffin (Jamie Bell) urinating in the Colosseum, when he meets David (Hayden Christensen) for the first time, was altered by some television censors to have Griffin sitting on a big rock instead.

David mentions “King Kong” while on the Empire State Building. Jamie Bell, who played Griffin in this film, played Jimmy in King Kong (2005).

Originally, Tom Sturridge was cast as David and Teresa Palmer was cast as Millie. After two months of filming and rising production costs, Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson were re-cast as the leads.

Many parts in the film are different from the book. Some of them include the characters of Roland, Griffin, and Paladins. In the book, the main character goes by “Davy”, not “David”. Davy was the only Jumper in the book, however, Griffin’s character changes this. In the movie, David knew Millie from school. In the book, they met after he ran away to New York City. In the book, David and Millie do not travel to Rome. The book spends a lot of time with Davy, trying to find his mother, and being tracked and investigated by the N.S.A., which has been replaced with the Paladin story arc.

In the original novel, Roland Cox’s first name was Brian. It was most likely changed to avoid confusion with actor Brian Cox. The character’s name was changed from Brian to Roland to reflect the stories of ancient France. The Paladins, led by Roland, served Charlemagne, similar to the stories of England’s King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Since the Paladins were not in the novel, on which the movie was based, and were added to the screenplay, the name Roland is more appropriate.

The Love Guru Preview

Generated on: 2019-11-17

The Love Guru (2008) – BMeTric: 87.3

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RogerEbert.com – 1.0 stars – What is it with Mike Myers and penis jokes? Having created a classic, funny scene with his not-quite-visible penis sketch in the first “Austin Powers” movie, he now assembles, in “The Love Guru,” as many more penis jokes as he can think of, none of them funny, except for one based on an off-screen “thump.” He supplements this subject with countless other awful moments involving defecation and the deafening passing of gas. Oh, and elephant sex.

There’s a moment of invention near the beginning of the film (his flying cushion has a back-up beeper), and then it’s all into the dump. Even his fellow actors seem to realize no one is laughing. That’s impossible, because they can’t hear the audience, but it looks uncannily like they can, and don’t.

Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVdD0ZxPq_g/

Directors – Marco Schnabel – (BMT: The Love Guru; Razzie Notes: Nominee for Worst Director for The Love Guru in 2009;)

Writers – Mike Myers (written by) – (Known For: Wayne’s World; Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery; Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me; Austin Powers in Goldmember; Wayne’s World 2; BMT: The Love Guru; Razzie Notes: Winner for Worst Screenplay, and Worst Actor for The Love Guru in 2009; Nominee for Worst Actor, and Worst Screen Couple for The Cat in the Hat in 2004; and Nominee for Worst Actor of the Decade in 2010 for The Cat in the Hat, and The Love Guru;)

Graham Gordy (written by) – (BMT: The Love Guru; Razzie Notes: Winner for Worst Screenplay for The Love Guru in 2009;)

Actors – Mike Myers – (Known For: Bohemian Rhapsody; Inglourious Basterds; Shrek; Wayne’s World; Shrek 2; Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery; Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me; Shrek Forever After; Austin Powers in Goldmember; Shrek the Third; Wayne’s World 2; So I Married an Axe Murderer; Future BMT: View from the Top; Terminal; 54; Mystery, Alaska; BMT: The Love Guru; The Cat in the Hat; Razzie Notes: Winner for Worst Screenplay, and Worst Actor for The Love Guru in 2009; Nominee for Worst Actor, and Worst Screen Couple for The Cat in the Hat in 2004; and Nominee for Worst Actor of the Decade in 2010 for The Cat in the Hat, and The Love Guru;)

Jessica Alba – (Known For: Sin City; Sin City: A Dame to Kill For; Machete; Never been Kissed; El Camino Christmas; Stretch; The Killer Inside Me; A.C.O.D.; Future BMT: Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World; The Ten; Honey; The Eye; Little Fockers; Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer; Machete Kills; Barely Lethal; Fantastic Four; Into the Blue; Lessons in Love; An Invisible Sign; Idle Hands; Camp Nowhere; Bill; Killers Anonymous; Awake; Entourage; BMT: The Love Guru; Good Luck Chuck; Valentine’s Day; Mechanic: Resurrection; Escape from Planet Earth; Razzie Notes: Winner for Worst Supporting Actress in 2011 for Little Fockers, Machete, The Killer Inside Me, and Valentine’s Day; Nominee for Worst Actress in 2006 for Fantastic Four, and Into the Blue; in 2008 for 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Awake, and Good Luck Chuck; and in 2009 for The Eye, and The Love Guru; and Nominee for Worst Screen Couple in 2008 for 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Awake, and Good Luck Chuck;)

Romany Malco – (Known For: The 40 Year-Old Virgin; Blades of Glory; The Duff; Last Vegas; Think Like a Man; Baby Mama; Almost Christmas; Top Five; Churchill: The Hollywood Years; The Prime Gig; Future BMT: Gulliver’s Travels; Night School; The Ex; When the Bough Breaks; Think Like a Man Too; A Little Bit of Heaven; Saint John of Las Vegas; BMT: The Love Guru; The Tuxedo;)

Budget/Gross – $62,000,000 / Domestic: $32,235,793 (Worldwide: $40,854,735)

Rotten Tomatoes – 14% (24/174)The Love Guru features far too many gross-out gags, and too few earned laughs, ranking as one of Mike Myers’ poorest outings.

Poster – The Sklog Guru

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Tagline(s) – His Karma is Huge

Get ready for the summer of love

Keyword – ice hockey;

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Top 10: Inside Out (2015), The Mighty Ducks (1992), Manchester by the Sea (2016), The Snowman (2017), Happy Gilmore (1996), Bruce Almighty (2003), Night at the Museum (2006), The Running Man (1987), Just Friends (2005), D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994);

Future BMT: 65.9 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993), 62.8 Tooth Fairy (2010), 52.2 Jack Frost (1998), 46.9 D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996), 40.2 California Man (1992), 39.0 The Forgotten (2004), 30.7 Raising Helen (2004), 30.6 D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994), 22.6 Youngblood (1986), 18.2 The Mighty Ducks (1992);

BMT: The Snowman (2017), The Love Guru (2008), Untraceable (2008)

Welcome to Earf (HoE Number 11) – The shortest path through The Movie Database cast lists using only BMT films is: Jessica Alba is No. 2 billed in The Love Guru and No. 2 billed in Mechanic: Resurrection, which also stars Jason Statham (No. 1 billed) who is in In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Seige Tale (No. 1 billed), which also stars Leelee Sobieski (No. 4 billed) who is in Here on Earth (No. 1 billed) => 2 + 2 + 1 + 1 + 4 + 1 = 11. There is no shorter path at the moment.

Notes – There is an extra scene with Kanye West being interviewed at a hockey game to which Mike Myers has brought him. Each time the interviewer gives the microphone to Kanye, Mike Myers leans in and keeps repeating, “Don’t say it, don’t say it!” Mike Myers was on-stage with Kanye West when Kanye made his infamous “George W. Bush does not like black people”, statement.

Used throughout the movie as a fake Indian greeting, “Mariska Hargitay” is actually the name of an actress. When Guru Pitka greets his followers after his presentation at the Pitka Ashram, Hargitay appeared in a brief cameo scene which makes light of her role as Detective Olivia Benson in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999).

During the scene where Guru Pitka and Rajneesh are singing More Than Words, the man waving a lighter on Guru Pitka’s “hybrid pillow”, is a real member of crew. He also appears at the beginning of the movie, after Guru Pitka sings “9 to 5” when he takes his pillow off camera.

There was a real Jacques Lecoq. He was an actor, called the “father of modern mime”.

In 1998, it was reported that Mike Myers would be playing four characters in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999), the fourth being Austin’s love guru. This character finally surfaced in a starring role in 2008.

As revealed on an episode of Through the Keyhole (2013), Verne Troyer kept much of the small-sized furniture in Coach Cherkov’s office, that was designed for this movie, and used them in his own house.

Daniel Tosh’s only movie credit.

The song playing on the radio station Pitka changes to in the car after the bathroom scene is Bohemian Rhapsody, a reference to Myers’ movie Wayne’s World (1992).

Verne Troyer’s character name is an homage to the legendary Toronto Maple Leafs coach, Punch Imlach.

The opening scene is set in a location named Harenmahkeester, as declared by a large sign. This prop reappeared in the reality show Junk Raiders (2009), episode four, “Episode #1.4”, where it’s salvaged to act as a headboard.

Awards – Nominee for the Razzie Award for Worst Actor of the Decade (Mike Myers, 2010)

Winner for the Razzie Award for Worst Picture (2009)

Winner for the Razzie Award for Worst Actor (Mike Myers, 2009)

Winner for the Razzie Award for Worst Screenplay (Mike Myers, Graham Gordy, 2009)

Nominee for the Razzie Award for Worst Actress (Jessica Alba, 2009)

Nominee for the Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor (Ben Kingsley, 2009)

Nominee for the Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor (Verne Troyer, 2009)

Nominee for the Razzie Award for Worst Director (Marco Schnabel, 2009)

The Last Airbender Preview

Generated on: 2019-11-17

The Last Airbender (2010) – BMeTric: 89.1

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RogerEbert.com – 0.5 stars – “The Last Airbender” is an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented. The laws of chance suggest that something should have gone right. Not here. It puts a nail in the coffin of low-rent 3D, but it will need a lot more coffins than that.

I close with the hope that the title proves prophetic.

Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-egQ79OrYCs/

Directors – M. Night Shyamalan – (Known For: Split; The Sixth Sense; Unbreakable; Signs; The Village; The Visit; Wide Awake; Future BMT: Glass; BMT: The Last Airbender; After Earth; The Happening; Lady in the Water; Razzie Notes: Winner for Worst Director, and Worst Screenplay for The Last Airbender in 2011; Winner for Worst Director, and Worst Supporting Actor for Lady in the Water in 2007; Nominee for Worst Director, and Worst Screenplay for After Earth in 2014; Nominee for Worst Director, and Worst Screenplay for The Happening in 2009; and Nominee for Worst Screenplay for Lady in the Water in 2007;)

Writers – M. Night Shyamalan (written by) – (Known For: Split; The Sixth Sense; Unbreakable; Signs; The Village; The Visit; Stuart Little; Devil; Wide Awake; Future BMT: Glass; BMT: The Last Airbender; After Earth; The Happening; Lady in the Water; Razzie Notes: Winner for Worst Director, and Worst Screenplay for The Last Airbender in 2011; Winner for Worst Director, and Worst Supporting Actor for Lady in the Water in 2007; Nominee for Worst Director, and Worst Screenplay for After Earth in 2014; Nominee for Worst Director, and Worst Screenplay for The Happening in 2009; and Nominee for Worst Screenplay for Lady in the Water in 2007;)

Actors – Noah Ringer – (Known For: Cowboys & Aliens; BMT: The Last Airbender;)

Nicola Peltz – (Known For: Back Roads; Our House; Youth in Oregon; The Obituary of Tunde Johnson; Future BMT: Deck the Halls; Harold; Affluenza; BMT: The Last Airbender; Transformers: Age of Extinction; Razzie Notes: Nominee for Worst Supporting Actress in 2011 for The Last Airbender; and in 2015 for Transformers: Age of Extinction;)

Jackson Rathbone – (Known For: Twilight; The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2; The Twilight Saga: Eclipse; Girlfriend; Pali Road; Future BMT: The Twilight Saga: New Moon; The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1; S. Darko; Samson; Big Stan; BMT: The Last Airbender; Razzie Notes: Winner for Worst Supporting Actor in 2011 for The Last Airbender, and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse;)

Budget/Gross – $150,000,000 / Domestic: $131,772,187 (Worldwide: $319,713,881)

Rotten Tomatoes – 5% (10/189)The Last Airbender squanders its popular source material with incomprehensible plotting, horrible acting, and detached joyless direction.

Poster – The Last Sklogbender

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Tagline(s) – Four nations, one destiny

Keyword – based on cartoon;

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Top 10: Aladdin (2019), Beauty and the Beast (2017), Bumblebee (2018), G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009), The Last Airbender (2010), The Flintstones (1994), Transformers (2007), G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013), Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014), Masters of the Universe (1987);

Future BMT: 82.8 Inspector Gadget (1999), 78.4 The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000), 70.8 Mr. Magoo (1997), 69.2 The Flintstones (1994), 66.0 Yogi Bear (2010), 65.9 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993), 64.4 Max Steel (2016), 63.6 Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004), 62.4 Fat Albert (2004), 61.2 Underdog (2007);

BMT: The Last Airbender (2010), G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013), Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), Æon Flux (2005), Dudley Do-Right (1999)

Welcome to Earf (HoE Number 26) – The shortest path through The Movie Database cast lists using only BMT films is: Nicola Peltz is No. 2 billed in The Last Airbender and No. 4 billed in Transformers: Age of Extinction, which also stars Mark Wahlberg (No. 1 billed) who is in Max Payne (No. 1 billed), which also stars Donal Logue (No. 6 billed) who is in Ghost Rider (No. 4 billed), which also stars Nicolas Cage (No. 1 billed) who is in The Wicker Man (No. 1 billed), which also stars Leelee Sobieski (No. 5 billed) who is in Here on Earth (No. 1 billed) => 2 + 4 + 1 + 1 + 6 + 4 + 1 + 1 + 5 + 1 = 26. If we were to watch Samson, Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight, and Kingdom Come we can get the HoE Number down to 18.

Notes – Dev Patel expressed dissatisfaction with the final film.

The film was intended to be the first part of a trilogy, however due to its poor reception, Nickelodeon scrapped the other two. It wasn’t until 2015 that Nickelodeon decided to revive the trilogy.

The creators of the show, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, both hated the film, and officially said they pretend it doesn’t exist.

In Britain, “bender” is a slang term for a male homosexual, so lines in this movie such as “Look out, he’s a bender!” resulted in plenty of giggling in UK movie theaters, making it difficult for audiences to take the film seriously.

The film was originally titled “Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005),” after the TV show on which the film is based. However, James Cameron and 20th Century Fox had already registered the film title Avatar (2009), so the word was dropped from the title to avoid confusion.

In spring of 2010 (before the film’s release), director M. Night Shyamalan was quoted by Entertainment Weekly as saying The Last Airbender was his “best movie”.

Dante Basco, the actor who voiced Zuko in the original series, wanted to play Zuko in the film. Many of the producers also wanted Basco to play the role, but M.Night Shymalan had already chosen Dev Patel for the role. Supposedly some people also believed that Basco, who was in his thirties at the time, may have been too old to be portraying a teenager in a live action movie despite this, apparently few people had any objections to Jackson Rathbone being at least ten years older than his character (Sokka) during the time in which filming was taking place.

The picture Zuko carries of his family is identical to the one from series, seen multiple times throughout the series and hung at the beach house.

Noah Ringer submitted an audition tape of himself doing martial arts with a completely shaved head with Aang’s signature arrow tattoo painted onto his forehead to Paramount Pictures. This video is what won him the role.

Nickelodeon did not give the film any nominations at the 2011 Kids Choice Awards, despite the fact that ‘Airbender’ was a Nickeloden Movies motion picture.

Awards – Winner for the Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor (Jackson Rathbone, 2011)

Winner for the Razzie Award for Worst Director (M. Night Shyamalan, 2011)

Winner for the Razzie Award for Worst Eye-Gouging Mis-Use of 3-D (2011)

Winner for the Razzie Award for Worst Screenplay (M. Night Shyamalan, Bryan Konietzko, 2011)

Winner for the Razzie Award for Worst Picture (2011)

Nominee for the Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor (Dev Patel, 2011)

Nominee for the Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress (Nicola Peltz, 2011)

Nominee for the Razzie Award for Worst Screen Couple/Worst Screen Ensemble (2011)

Nominee for the Razzie Award for Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel (2011)