Thursday, June 17, 2010

The French ministry of movies?

Watch the opening credits any film produced in France or by a French director. You'll inevitably see the words 'Canal+'. It's a French pay TV station, owned by Vivendi, the company that owns Universal Pictures.

But here's the thing, it's on every French movie. I think it must be the law that if you make a movie in France you have to put their name on it.

Will the real Stacks Edwards please stand up?

If it's been years since you've watched Martin Scorsese's definitive gangster document Goodfellas, give it another go.

It'll settle the niggling sense that you recognise the actor playing Parnell 'Stacks' Edwards – the driver of the Lufthansa job who comes to a messy end in his seedy apartment when Tommy (Joe Pesci) blows his brains all over his bed.

That niggling sense was right. It's none other than a very young Samuel L Jackson.

Fatal Attraction or Errant Breasts

There's a scene in Fatal Attraction the morning after Dan (Michael Douglas) and Alex (Glenn Close) first spend the night together.

Alex is sitting up in bed while Dan gets dressed, trying to extricate himself from the situation neatly. After all, he's married to the sweet Beth (Anne Archer) and it was just a fling – he has no idea Alex is going to give us our most endearing cultural shorthand term for a psychotically jealous lover (bunny boiler).

During the scene, director Adrian Lyne cuts from the end of the bed to a position off to one side, and if you watch closely Glenn's breasts are exposed from one angle and covered by the sheet in the other.

I can't believe it was a continuity error, everyone would have been watching it (or them, as the case may be) – was Lyne just playing with us?