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OFF TOPIC: FILM FIGHT – AND THE WINNERS ARE…

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The results are in (from the May 13-20 survey on the favorite films of the late 90s). But rather than pontificate on what these results say about our modern culture or something equally snoozeworthy, I’ll simply give you the results and a trivia tidbit about each of the category victors.

Like Funny Ha-Ha

…Something About Mary

20%

Tommy Boy

23%

Office Space

57%

Star-Crossed Lovers

Before Sunrise

11%

Shakespeare in Love

21%

Romeo + Juliet

68%

Guys N’ Guns

Heat

28%

L.A. Confidential

28%

The Usual Suspects

44%

Dark Comedy

Election

18%

Grosse Point Blank

23%

Fargo

59%

Cheesy Sci-Fi

Starship Troopers

21%

Armageddon

27%

Independence Day

52%

Monster Mash

Blade

21%

The Mummy

32%

From Dusk Till Dawn

47%

Sub-Genius Comedy

Half Baked

20%

Friday

31%

Mallrats

49%

Sprawling Epic

Casino

32%

Saving Private Ryan

33%

Boogie Nights

35%

(Nicolas) Cage Fight

The Rock

22%

Con Air

28%

Face/Off

52%

Creeps Me Out

Scream

16%

The Sixth Sense

19%

Seven

65%

Teen Comedy

American Pie

13%

10 Things I Hate About You

27%

Clueless

60%

Smooth Criminals

Out of Sight

10%

Lock, Stock…

29%

The Boondock Saints

61%

Veering Into Weirdness

Lost Highway

7%

Pi

19%

Fear and Loathing…

74%

Dynamic Duos

Bad Boys

13%

Rush Hour

21%

Men in Black

66%

When Adam Sandler Was Still Kinda Funny

The Waterboy

8%

Happy Gilmore

32%

The Wedding Singer

60%

One Part Sci, One Part Fi

Twelve Monkeys

24%

The Matrix

29%

The Fifth Element

47%

Guilty Pleasure

The Faculty

14%

Cruel Intentions

42%

The Craft

44%

I’d Like to Thank the Academy…

Braveheart

21%

Titanic

26%

American Beauty

53%

Off-Center Comedy

Dogma

25%

Being John Malkovich

37%

Rushmore

38%

All-Time Faves

Trainspotting

19%

The Big Lebowski

40%

Fight Club

41%

Movie Trivia:

Office Space – The large statue in front of the Initech company building is a square peg in a round hole

Romeo + Juliet – Leo’s version of the speech at Juliet’s bier moved the supposed-to-be-comatose Claire Danes to tears, nearly ruining the scene

The Usual Suspects –When he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Kevin Spacey said “Well, whoever Keyzer Soze is, I can tell you he’s gonna get gloriously drunk tonight”

Fargo – Frances McDormand, who won Best Actress for her role, doesn’t appear onscreen until 33 minutes into the film. (Oh, and if you haven’t caught up with the Coen Bros. produced TV show “Fargo”, it’s excellent)

Independence Day – ID4 used more than twice as many miniatures as any movie ever made (and, with advances in computer graphics replacing most miniatures, will likely remain that way)

From Dusk Till Dawn – Special effects technician Robert Kurtzman had Taratino adapt his story into this screenplay in return for providing the ear-slicing scene in Quentin’s “Reservoir Dogs”

Mallrats – That weird face on the tee shirt Jason Lee wears throughout the film is actually the digitally merged faces of the three actors who didn’t get his role of Brodie

Boogie Nights – After seeing the film, Burt Reynolds regretted making it and fired his agent for recommending the role. Reynolds ended up winning a Golden Globe and being nominated for an Academy Award for the performance

Face/Off – In the movie, brothers Castor and Pollux are opposed by Agent Archer. In the astrology cycle, Sagittarius (“the archer”) is directly opposite of Gemini (“the twins”, named for stars Castor & Pollux)

Bonus tidbit: Enshrined amongst the prestigious Criterion Collection films are the “who let those guys in?” inclusions of “The Rock” and “Armageddon

Seven – Before Brad Pitt was cast, his role was turned down by a since-regretful Denzel Washington

Clueless – Actress Stacy Dash, who plays Cher’s best friend Dionne, is 9 years older than Alicia Silverstone

The Boondock Saints – The prison that Il Duce (Billy Connelly) is held in (Boston’s real-life Suffolk County Jail) is now the 4-star Liberty Hotel

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Bill Murray also played Hunter S. Thompson in the 1980 film “Where the Buffalo Roam”

Men in Black – After the film’s release, sales of the Ray-Ban sunglasses featured in the film (the “predator 2” model) more than tripled

The Wedding Singer – The song playing at Robbie’s aborted wedding to Linda is a string quartet arrangement of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’”

The Fifth Element – The hero (Bruce Willis) and villain (Gary Oldman) never meet, or even communicate, in the film

The Craft – Actress Robin Tunney wore an orange-blonde wig for the film because she had shaved her head for the just-wrapped “Empire Records”

American Beauty – The title of the film refers to a breed of roses that, while pretty in appearance, is often prone to rot underneath at the root and branches of the plant

Rushmore – Lead actor Jason Schwartzman came to his audition wearing a prep-school blazer which sported a Rushmore patch he made himself

Fight Club – After the dvd’s copyright warning, a separate warning from Tyler Durdin appears onscreen… for one second

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