“We Can Be Heroes” is pretty much like every other Robert Rodriguez kids movie. It’s loud, derivative, sometimes bizarre, and filled to the brim with characters (Rodriguez’s biggest flaws as a writer). He fills his movie with so many characters that no one ever really garners enough focus or grabs too much exposition. There are so many ideas, protagonists, and sub-plots fighting to rise to the surface that substance, and heart are nowhere to be found. I wanted to know so much more about characters like Ojo, the dynamic of Forward and Rewind, and the relationship between Miracle Guy and his son Wheels. The latter seemed especially ripe for considerable dramatic tension.
"Snow White And The Huntsman." The drops of blood at the beginning of the film are drops of real blood from director Rupert Sanders. Sanders felt the fake blood looked too unrealistic, so he pricked his finger to get the shot he wanted.
We’re also left with a lot of questions rather than taking away an enriching experience. For example, Sharkboy and Lavagirl (Taylor Dooley returns sans Taylor Lautner) appear since their daughter “Guppy” is now an aspiring superheroine. If Sharkboy and Lavagirl were figments of imaginations in their original movie, why are they alive here? What happened to Max? What exactly were Marcus Moreno’s powers? If Grandma Moreno could easily break in, why didn’t she break the superheroes out? Was Grandma Moreno a superhero, or a superhero trainer? Did the adult superheroes know about the ultimate alien plot or not? “We Can Be Heroes” might just satisfy the 5-10 age group, but there are just so much better movies of substance out there of this ilk like “Sky High,” “The Incredibles,” or “Big Hero Six.”
"Django Unchained." When Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) smashes his hand on the dinner table, DiCaprio accidentally crushed a small stemmed glass with his palm and really began to bleed. He ignored it, stayed in character, and continued with the scene. Quentin Tarantino was so impressed that he used this take in the final print, and when he called cut, the room erupted in a standing ovation.
"Boyhood." Richard Linklater cast his daughter Lorelei Linklater as Samantha because she was always singing and dancing around the house and wanted to be in his movies. At about the third or fourth year of filming, she lost interest and asked for her character to be killed off. Linklater refused, saying it was too violent for what he was planning (Lorelei eventually regained her enthusiasm and continued with the project).
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