3 Amazing SF Movies You Probably Didn’t Know Were Inspired by Books

 

3 SFWhenever you read a science-fiction novel, words become images in an instant. All classical limits are defied, and therefore a never-ending land of possibilities is thus revealed. Here are 3 amazing SF movies you probably didn’t know were inspired by books. Before the film industry learned how to do so many wonderful things as far as special effects are concerned, our parents and grandparents and grand grand parents were mesmerized while spending their summer holidays reading Jules Verne’s amazingly adventure SF novels. They needed no movie to show them how to imagine everything they were reading about, despite the fact that Jules Verne was talking about worlds nobody had ever heard of.

But as cinema evolved, SF books had to, just had to be screened.

 Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: Space Odyssey

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Movie director Stanley Kubrick shook hands with writer Arthur C. Clarke, and had written a SF novel together that was instantly turned into a film. The result of their teaming up is none other than 2001: Space Odyssey, which was released in both forms in 1968. Kubrick’s intention was of sheer penetration of the audience’s subconscious, with no verbal distractions in the way. The emotional and conceptual content was to be transmitted through images only. Not classical SF ones representing sticky aliens and huge spaceships. He worked with Douglas Trumbull from NASA in order to render the exact movements of a human body in space. He also hired over 40 people on the set who had to make sure that every detail and density described in the book existed in the movie as well. All this grace is enriched by Richard Strauss’ music, underlining the grandeur of the space in such a sensitive, yet grand perspective. This is definitely one of the most amazing movies ever made.

Ray Bradburry and Francois Truffaut’s Farenheit 451

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The novel Farenheit 451 was written by Ray Bradburry and turned into a film by Francois Truffaut. This short novel began as a love letter that Bradburry wrote to books. From here it turned into an anti-totalitarianism and anti-censorship critique. The movie, starring Oskar Werner as inquisitor Guy Montag and Julie Christie as Clarissa, the one true free and fragile spirit that makes Guy question his own non-liberal ideas and beliefs. The movie is less faithful to the book as far as the romance story is concerned so that the audience can have something more obvious reason to cry. Nevertheless the bleak atmospheres of the book, as well as the never-ending tension are faithfully contained in the film, too.

Despite the fact that it was written 61 years ago, Farenheit 451 is a steadfast cultural bench and Michael Moore’s Farenheit 9/11 is a clear statement underlining this tribute.

Anthony Burgess and Stanley Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange

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Yes, Stanley Kubrick again! But this time with a different writer and not such a perfect coordination than his other movie mentioned above. The Clockwork Orange dispute is an eternal one because of the fact that no one has enough arguments to sustain which one was better. They are works of genius, but taken separately. There’s something different about them. Burgess’ book was released in 1962 and Kubrick’s movie in 1971 and they both are absolute masterpieces.

While Burgess accepted he felt frustrated because of the fact that none of his following books had the same success, Kubrick has no regrets whatsoever. Malcom McDowell was definitely the only man form this planet who could have portrayed the malefic Alex and his ultra-violent deeds in an unknown future with familiar references. It’s hard to talk about this book or about this movie using concrete words. It’s all about the atmosphere, the strange language they use, the tension and the incredible paradoxes. This time we have Beethoven’s 9th symphony to sharpen our emotions.

15 Strange Details you Have Probably not Seen in the Background of Movies

Putting together a movie, especially a Sci-Fi or historical one is extremely difficult, especially when it comes to clearing and preparing the set. No matter how hard they try, directors seem to let minor details slip in the backgrounds. Some of them we don’t even see, and others we discover later. While some directors insert certain peculiar happenings to test our presence of spirit, most of them pray to God we won’t see that giant air-plane in the background of the Lord of the Rings Set. However, we live in the 21st century, and one individual, out of millions of viewers is bound to find a mistake and plaster it online. let’s take a look at the most baffling mistakes in the background of movies.

15. Number 15 in our list of strange details is a bizarre scene from Mr. Nanny. The bad-ass protagonist is just riding his bike, minding his own business, and in the background a guy is throwing his dog into the ocean. Wtf?

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14. There are some people who can’t make the difference between Star Trek and Star Wars (this is because they are infidels who have not seen the series), but it seems that the directors of Star Trek were also confused for a second. In Star Trek Into Darkness we see a flying R2-D2 in the background.

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13. The Pirates of the Caribbean had some minor mistakes of its own. One of them would be adding Matthew McConaughey to one of the Pirate Ship Scenes.

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12. Disney is well known for introducing characters from their stories in their other stories. A perfect example would be that of The Little Mermaid, where Goofy, Donald and Mickey are present in the crowd during Triton’s descent. 

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11. In Harry Potter, child endangerment is a normal occurrence, so why would anyone mind if students are enjoying some sexy time on the hallways? 

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10. Remember the story of the Wizard of Oz, and Dorothy’s Ruby slippers? It appears that the directors forgot about them in this scene.

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9. In a Galaxy far, far away, there is actually room for poor little E.T. and his relatives.

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8. In this scene, of North by Northwest, Gary Grant nudges his co-actor to remind him that he is supposed to lean because of a “sharp turn”. The scene looks extremely unrealistic.

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7. Banksy seems to be present absolutely everywhere. We absolutely love his work, and also the fact that one of his cameos appears in Children of Men, in the background.

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6. Hill Valley High School has night classes, how cool is that? 

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5. In the Emperor’s new groove, there is a scene where poison is thrown over a cactus plant. before the poison the cactus looks normal, after it it looks like a llama (or horse). You choose. 

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4. What is that weird guy with a cap doing in the background of the Braveheart movie? Is he lost?

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3. Number three on our list of strange details you have probably not seen in the backgrounds of movies is Coldplay’s Chris Martin who appears in Shawn of the Dead. 

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2. Les Triplettes de Belleville has an incredibly strange scene. At some point they show a toilet with a “surprise” in it. That surprise also takes the form of Mickey Mouse. Who knows, maybe Walt Disney was there.

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1. In Enter the Dragon a guy gets beaten up, and everybody is sad, except that guy who seems to be laughing uncontrollably.

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We would love to see more strange details in the backgrounds of movies, so if you have any feel free to send them to us, and we will create a brand new list. We hope you enjoyed these examples of movie background fails (or masterpieces?).

Source: Cracked.com

6 Things You Will See in Every Tim Burton Movie

Everyone knows that Tim Burton is a little on the Wacky side, especially due to his extremely strange films, like Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands. However, nobody can deny the genius of his work. This incredible Illustrator, Painter, Producer, Screenwriter and Director was born on August 25, 1958. He studied at the California Institute of Arts, played around with Disney animations for a while, and then finally decided to make a name of his own. At present, he is known, and appreciated for his horror & fantasy themes (movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, and Batman).  To honor Tim Burton we decided to share 6 things that you will probably see in almost every movie directed by him.

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1. The Flashbacks

There is no better way of explaining a character’s pain, emotions and suffering than with a flashback. And Tim Burton sure loves his flashbacks. Let’s take a look at a few examples:

In Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod Crane dreams about his mother’s death. In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Willy Wonka has several flashbacks of his sad candy-free past. The epitome of flashbacks is the Big Fish movie where everything is a flashback. The same thing happens in Batman (Bruce Wayne dreams of his parents), in Alice in Wonderland (Alice remembers her past), in The Corpse Bride (where Emily sings about her death) etc.

2. The Incredibly Kind Parent Figure

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Tim Burton’s movies may be teeming with insane creatures and strange events, but it also has some great parent figures. There is always someone there to support and encourage the neurotic artist or sad protagonist. In Edward Scissorhands we have The Inventor, in Beetlejuice there are Barbara and Adam, in Planet of the Apes we see Karubi, in Batman & Batman Returns we have the faithful Alfred, and in the Corpse Bride we recognize Elder Gutknecht.

3. The Innocent Blonde Beauty

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I can’t remember how many blonde beauties I have seen in Tim Burton’s movies. He seems to have such an obsession with them that he would use wig on countless brunettes and have them get the perfect bleached, sin-free look. Here are a few examples of Blonde Ingenue characters: Kim (Edward Scissorhands), Johanna (Sweeney Todd), Daena (Planet of the Apes), Sandra Bloom (Big Fish), Katrina Van Tassel (Sleepy Hollow) and The White Queen (Alice in Wonderland).

4. The Skittish Outcast

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Number four on our list of things you will see in Tim Burton movies is the twitchy outcast. There is no need to elaborate more on this subject. Let’s simply remember the names of Beetlejuice, Pee Wee, Ichabod Crane, Willy Wonka, Sweeney Todd, Barnabas Collins and the unforgettable Edward Scissorhands.

5. The Witch

Another type of character that appears in nearly every Tim Burton Movie is the witch. Whether she is good or evil, the witch is always present to entertain. Each and every one of Tim Burton’s witches is unique and intimidating. They are also extremely powerful. We have Angelique Bouchard in Dark Shadows, The Witch in the Big Fish, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Catwoman in Batman Returns, The Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland, and of course, Lady Van Tassel in Sleepy Hollow.

6. The Same Actors

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Like Quentin Tarantino, Tim Burton also loves to cast the same actors in his many movies. Here are a few guys, and ladies, that pop up in nearly every one of his movies: the impossibly sexy Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham-Carter, Jeffrey Jones, Cristopher Lee, and Winona Ryder (who only appeared in two or three movies).

These are the six things that appear in almost every Tim Burton movie. There are several other examples of recurring themes like the Monster which is always present, the Scary face and the Rebellious Young Lady.

The Top 5 Female Superheroes in Movies

Who doesn’t love some badass fun females that can save the day or do some mischief with few being able to get in their way? Female superheroes are both inspiring as a model of a strong female character, and also pleasing to the eye as well. There’s really nothing not to like about them, and their huge popularity within the comics and superhero films fan cultures proves it. Since today is the 4th of July – and with Captain America and Wonder Woman serving as the patriotic superheroes everyone knows so well – we thought it would be a good time to talk about superheroes. We previously shared with you a list of the best and worst superhero vehicles. So, today, we created a list of the most popular female superheroes featured in movies.

1. Wonder Woman

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Since we already mentioned Wonder Woman, let’s start with her. As most superheroes, she was initially created within comic book canon. For the most part, she has only been presented in comic books and magazines since 1941. This brunette superheroine, clad in the American flag, was created by psychologist and writer William Moulton Marston, at a time when the West was already preparing for the Cold War. Therefore, writers often depicted her character fighting the Axis military forces. Another detail that contributes to her popularity is the fact that her origins are those of an Amazon princess. She fights for gender equality. She appeared in several TV series and is also going to be a part of the upcoming Batman vs. Superman movie, scheduled for 2016. To this day, she remains to this day the most iconic of all female superheroes.

2. Catwoman

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Historically a villainess, Catwoman has been an iconic bad girl turned good in lots of movies. She is deeply ingrained in the fan culture of superheroes. Many talented actresses portray her over the years. The most recent role was played by Anne Hathaway (pictured above). From all the female superheroes the fictional universes have to offer, she is the living embodiment of hotness and her name says it all.

3. Phoenix (Jean Grey)

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Jean Grey was already awesome enough back when she was simply a powerful telepath, but when she is taken over by the Phoenix cosmic force, she becomes almost god-like. Or should we say, goddess-like? She becomes a tremendously powerful goddess with her red locks flowing in the currents of her power (extra awesome points). After the death of her partner, Cyclops, she falls into a deep sorrow that triggers her to become a Dark Phoenix avatar (pictured above) which threatens to destroy everyone and everything. What makes her story even more memorable is, of course, the touching unrequited love which Wolverine has for her.

4. Invisible Woman

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The Fantastic Four wouldn’t be quite so fantastic without their now you see me, now you don’t figure, Susan, also known as the Invisible Woman. The beautiful Susan was initially a more damsel in distress type of character, when her passive invisibility was all she had, but later on she gained new powers which made her a force to be reckoned with. Her apparent frailty and gentle nature make her a wonderful addition to the top of awesome female superheroes.

5. Black Widow

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There were a few other characters which deserved to be honored on this list of best female superheroes (like Storm and Rogue from X-Men to name only two), but the Black Widow, by her real name Natalia Romanova, was the best choice. Not because the other candidates would lack impressive skills or charm. On the contrary. What’s so awesome about Natalia is the impression she gives of being a self-made woman. Unlike other female superheroes (and male superheroes for that matter), she didn’t get superpowers thanks to genetics or some mutation. She is one of the only characters who worked hard for her combat skills. If that’s not worthy of admiration, then I don’t know what is.

The 5 Most Loved Fictional Geniuses in Popular Culture

Extreme wit and charm often go hand in hand, and this is enhanced even more when we’re talking about a romanticized version of the bearer of those qualities. People never cease to be fascinated with fictional characters which embody intellectual greatness. Each remarkable character has its own huge fan base. We previously shared with you a list of the most loved fictional detectives in books and movies. That post covered the public’s swooning over those figures. Things are pretty much the same the fictional geniuses in popular culture. Today we’ll present to you a short account about 5 brainy characters who are Fictional Geniuses in Popular Culture.

1. Mr. Spock

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The brilliant Vulcan part of Enterprise’s crew routinely wins any logical argument with anyone. He finds solutions to almost every problem intuitively. Also, while being (or pretending to be) emotionless, we find his social awkwardness charming and his kindness touching. Also, he’s hot – somewhat of an elf precursor. Those pointy ears and the discourse about balance in nature and stuff. The list of fictional geniuses in popular culture couldn’t start with anyone but him. If you weren’t touched when he died, then maybe this list is not for you. Just kidding!

2. Hannibal Lecter

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In this case, the fascination we feel for this brilliant fellow is a bit on the morbid side. But, we can’t help it. Whether the portrayal is done by Sir Anthony Hopkins in the movies, or by Mads Mikkelsen in the TV series, we can’t get enough of the profiler, psychiatrist, culinary genius and cannibalistic serial killer. His many facets make him perhaps the most complex character of the fictional geniuses list. His undying interest for Clarice (in the movies) gives him the human touch that helps us romanticize his character a bit.

3. Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan

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We’re still in the field of forensics with this one: the lovable character in the Bones TV series is a forensic anthropologist capable of reconstructing a person’s appearance and life just from a handful of bones. Hence the nickname. She’s also wonderfully feminine and fragile, despite her belonging in the circle of the greatest fictional geniuses in today’s popular culture. Also, she’s an anthropologist. Female anthropologists completely rule! Trust us.

4. Dr. Gregory House

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This tormented genius figure is also the kind with multiple facets. He has a complexly written human side, and a partial isolation from the world to contribute to his aura. Also, his trademark sarcasm and witty comments, paired with a chronic pain disorder, somehow make us swoon over him even more.

5. Hermione Granger

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This list of the most loved fictional geniuses couldn’t be complete without Hermione Granger. She is the brilliant and study-loving witch of the Harry potter series. Not only is she played by the charming Emma Watson, but she basically represents a symbol and an inspiration to smart women everywhere who fight to make their way through the world. She was born to Muggle parents. She had to fight her way to have her talents recognized. Sometimes she’s a total nerd which even her friends make fun of. But, she’s also witty, responsive, charming, and the most courageous of her group.

It’s also been argued that the movie industry’s fascination with geniuses often casts a false light on what very intelligent real people are like, and makes the viewers believe that inspiration or the solution to a problem just come spontaneously to such gifted people. The downside to this kind of portrayal is that, while it’s easy to just picture fictional geniuses as being almost mystically endowed with wit, this minimizes the role of hard work from the equation. Fictional brainiacs seem to speak 12 languages fluently, do their job brilliantly and also play a musical instrument or have some otherwise interesting hobby in addition to all that, with almost no effort shown. We agree that this is probably not very healthy for the rest of us, but we can’t help being fascinated with these fictional geniuses all the same. (Also, there are always wonderful exceptions like Hermione who actually do work very hard.) Stay tuned for part two of this list, coming in the next few days.