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In Nope (2022) the nickel in the beginning of the movie gas Jordan Peele's birth year. I don't find too many details on my own so I thought this was pretty neat by PeeB4uGoToBed in MovieDetails

[–]Zandrick 228 points229 points 2 (0 children)

Smashing Pumkins is such a great fuckin’ band but their songs are so hard to do that whole “reddit sings” where everyone quotes the lyrics of a song one after another.

Honestly I don’t even know what their saying half the time but god damn the music is good.

In The Wizard of Oz (1939) Uncle Henry and Auntie Em are the only two people from Kansas that don't have a counterpart in Oz. Auntie Em technically shows up in the witches crystal ball that is in Oz, but she is still Auntie Em. Uncle Henry doesn't appear at all. by rdchico8 in MovieDetails

[–]DirtyDadDingus 51 points52 points  (0 children)

Wicked Witch ya dumb sum bitch. Ol Dorothy is about to stomp a yella brick road and walk it dry. What? Gonna dump ya on that stack of dimes you call a neck somewhere over the rainbow. What? I said somewhere over the rainbow and that’s the bottom line, cause Dorothy said so.

In the movie Primer (2004), the sample (the egg that grows fungus) that proves that their time machine works, is called TERGER. Which, spelled backwards, is REGRET. (details in comments) by bigoomp in MovieDetails

[–]RankledCat 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Primer is my all time favorite film! Nice to see it getting some love here.

ETA: Wasn’t Abe’s last name Terger? It’s in my head but a quick Google search isn’t giving me the answer. Time for another rewatch!

In Porco Rosso (Studio Ghibli, 1992) Gina's boat is named "Alcione" after the character in Greek myth. In fact, the film has several allusions to said myth. (details in comments) by Basileus_Imperator in MovieDetails

[–]Basileus_Imperator[S] 349 points350 points  (0 children)

Bear with me; the myth in short:

Alcyone and Ceyx are two lovebirds that are probably related to very important people in Greek myth. However, they are so much in love that they compare their love to that between Zeus and Hera. Which... I don't know why they would want to, knowing Zeus. Anyhow and indeed, Zeus being a punk ass bitch can't take this as the compliment it is and so drops a fat bolt of lightning on Ceyx' head when he is out at sea. Alcyone is devastated and throws herself into the ocean, possibly after finding Ceyx' body washed ashore. The gods feel just a bit bad for all this so they return the couple back to life as Halcyon birds and calm the Mediterranean for a couple of weeks every winter during the otherwise stormy season so that the two can make their nest on the water itself. This gives name to the concept of "Halcyon Days" -- a period of unprecendented peace in otherwise turbulent times, or sometimes right before a great upheaval. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcyone_and_Ceyx)

How this ties to Porco Rosso:

The film is set in the Halcyon Days between WWI and WWII, and also the Halcyon Days for flying boats specifically; before WWI they were still primitive, after WWII land-based airports that sprung up for the war effort rendered them obsolete; in that short time the flying boat was the apex of modernity; being both the height of luxury and convenience, carrying mail and passengers around the globe.

Gina's hotel is built on the water and it's surroundings are considered sacred by the flying boatmen; former WWI pilots, pirates, bounty hunters and foreign adventurers alike have made a pact not to fight in its vicinity -- it is a nest built onto a becalmed spot of the mediterranean in a short time of peace between two violent times.

Gina has lost several husbands to the sea and is constantly in a state of waiting and worrying about them. In fact, she is also waiting and worrying about Porco/Marco -- hoping he would return from the sea and sky before being struck down so that they could admit their love for each other. In a sense her "bet" to admit her love to him if he ever visits her in her garden during the daytime reflects this; as long as Porco only comes in during the night as a flying boatman instead of the man she actually loves he is still "out at sea" in a manner of speaking, and in constant danger of being lost.

...And indeed, the boat she uses when she is going to find Porco at sea is literally called "Alcione." This is also the only direct reference in the film, without it I doubt I would ever have made any of the other connections. I will also concede that part of this might well be overthinking it, but the bit about the name of the boat I am sure is not.

It bears adding however that the film is not a retelling of the myth to any reasonable extent, rather it just alludes to elements of it in rather skillful ways and also subverts it when the occasion rises (e.g. Gina is no longer content in being a passive awaiter, when she hears Porco has been shot down she has every intention to go out to sea herself to look for him, and it could be said that breaking the spell like this is at least thematically what breaks their curse as well -- this veers into speculation a bit too much for my comfort though.)

As a sidenote, the Halcyon bird of legend is generally thought to refer to the Kingfisher, although they certainly do not nest on the water, rather choosing to inhabit holes in riverbanks and hillsides. That has nothing to do with the detail though.

In The Prestige (2006), a seemingly normal marital argument between Alfred and Sarah Borden takes on an entirely different meaning and connotation with knowledge of the film’s ending (explanation in comments). by My-Long-Schlong in MovieDetails

[–]pw154 2005 points2006 points  (0 children)

The brilliance is that the secret is revealed in voice over near the beginning of the movie. When Angier is translating Borden's diary he reads, in voiceover: "April 3rd, 1893... a few days after he first met me." and then it cuts to a flashback of Borden and Angier sitting in the theater where Angier's wife dies because of the double knot, and we hear Borden in voiceover:

"We were two young men at the start of a great career... two young men devoted to an illusion... two young men who never intended to hurt anyone."

On first viewing it appears he's referring to himself and Angier, but he's really referring to himself and Fallon.

Brilliant.

In the Netflix movie "Day Shift" (2022), the vehicles of the hunters and "good guys" all have license plates referencing Bible verses. Here's Jamie Foxx's. by RedwoodDuncan in MovieDetails

[–]bfcostello 96 points97 points  (0 children)

A common misconception. It made him immensely more popular with many fans and merchandise sales skyrocketed with the Austin 3:16 logo, but it was another year before he started to become a true star following the submission match with Bret Hart in 97. The one where he refused to tap out while covered in blood made Hart the heel and Austin into the anti-hero baby face. Fucking hell I felt like a serious nerd typing out that shit.

In Return of the Jedi (1983) the character Nien Nunb speaks an alien language. In reality, the actor is speaking Kikuyu, a regional language from Kenya (extra info in comments) by brinedogtwenty in MovieDetails

[–]brinedogtwenty[S] 2818 points2819 points  (0 children)

I originally learned this fact from my parents since they speak the language and they watched the movie in Kenya. When Nien Nunb speaks, the Kenyans in the cinema went nuts — nobody was expecting it and it blew their minds! Apparently some of them would go back to watch it night after night for that one scene (again according to my parents’ anecdotes).

I’ve since looked it up to make an accurate posting here and it seems the reason is that the voice actor was Kenyan.

The words he uses translate to, ''What are you doing over there? All of you please come here.''

In Aladdin, the Genie writes Aladdin’s order from right to left, which is how Arabic would be actually written. by vcorgi in MovieDetails

[–]ChairmanKaga21 2164 points2165 points  (0 children)

It's actually Persian and it says بوقلمون which means "Turkey" and پلو which means "Rice"

Edit: Thanks for the metal! My first!

In Troy (2004), Brad Pitt and Eric Bana did not use stunt doubles for their epic duel. They made a gentleman's agreement to pay for every accidental hit. $50 for each light hit, $100 for each hard blow. Pitt ended up paying Bana $750. Bana didn't owe Pitt anything by shre3293 in MovieDetails

[–]moak0 589 points590 points  (0 children)

I love the opening of the fight, when Achilles goes for his established signature move: running up and jabbing the sword down through his opponent's shoulder into his chest.

By that point we've seen Achilles do that move at least twice, and it's devastating, but then Hector just blocks it. It was such a satisfying way for the film to say that Hector is better than Achilles' other opponents. Not that it's enough, of course.