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TRIVIA TIDBITS

Posted in Uncategorized on April 1, 2014 by Mark Walker

Welcome back to Trivia Tidbits. For those of you out of the loop, this is a little compilation of 10 movie related facts that I always find interesting. So without further ado, this weeks are… 20140401-101732.jpg

1: The title of the film “American Beauty” refers to a breed of roses that while pretty and appealing in appearance, is often prone to rot underneath at the roots and branches of the plant. Thus, the tagline “…look closer” tells the viewer that when they look beyond the “perfect suburban life” they will find something rancid at the root.

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Spin-Off Blogathon

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on March 23, 2014 by Mark Walker

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Sati over at the always interesting and visually stunning blog Cinematic Corner has came up with a great idea for her first Blogathon. It leaves a lot of room for choices but the rules are fairly simple in that we are asked to choose a minor character that we love and why we would like to see them take the leading role in a film. What would that film then be like? For further information stop by Sati’s blog here and get involved. And now I invite you to…

Sit down… grab yourself an eggroll. We got everything here from a diddle eyed Joe to a damned if I know.“…

And by that, I’m talking about Gary Oldman’s marvellous character from Tony Scott and Quentin Tarantino’s

True Romance“.

It ain’t white boy day, is it? Naw man, it ain’t white boy day – it’s

DREXL SPIVEY.

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Drexl is a pimp who’s also involved in the narcotic’s business with a high ranking gangster known as Blue Lou Boyle. He has scars on his face and one of his eye’s has seemingly lost it’s sight. Added to which, he’s a white man with dreadlocks who believes himself to be a black Rastafarian. Drexl is a merciless brutal killer and a man with whom you do not fuck. As he was once the pimp of Alabama Whitman (Patricia Arquette), he is confronted by Clarence Worley (Christian Slater) which results in being the catalyst for a crime spree involving mobsters, police and Hollywood producers.

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What’s not to be interested in when we are first introduced to Drexl? The scars are on his face and dress sense are enough to grab your attention. In the space of 10 minutes screen time, Oldman really brings this character alive and makes a lasting impression. Despite an abundance of talent in True Romance, Drexl is, without doubt, the most memorable character. So much so, that he’s simply not in it enough. 20140314-092222.jpg In a prequel to the film, the possibilities would be endless when incorporating Tarantino’s criminal underworld. We’d witness the rise of Drexl from his younger years as a viscous street hood and hired-gun under the guidance of L.A. crime bosses Joe Cabot (Lawrence Tierney) and Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames). His viscousness would eventually invite the attention of dogged and equally sadistic police detective Jack Scagnetti (Tom Sizemore). Scagnetti would bring Drexl to justice with him serving an 8 year sentence in San Quentin prison where he would befriend Vic Vega (Michael Madsen). Once released, he would again go back to his old habits and become involved in the sex and drug trade before his involvement with Blue Lou Boyle (Robert De Niro) and his eventual confrontation with Clarence (Christian Slater).

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As if that’s not enough, Gary Oldman had already stated in an interview that he would love to do a film on Drexl Spivey.
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Mark Walker

TRIVIA TIDBITS

Posted in Uncategorized on March 13, 2014 by Mark Walker

Welcome back to Trivia Tidbits. For those of you out of the loop, this is a little compilation of 10 movie related facts that I always find interesting. So without further ado, this weeks are…

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1: Tommy Lee Jones was the studio’s original (and preferred) choice to play Snake Plissken in John Carpenter’s “Escape from New York“. The studio was reluctant to cast Kurt Russell, who ultimately got the part, because of his previous work.

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TRIVIA TIDBITS

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on February 28, 2014 by Mark Walker

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Welcome back to Trivia Tidbits where this week I have a special Oscars trivia post just to get you in the mood for the big day on Sunday. So without further ado, let’s just dive right in…

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1: According to legend, the name ‘Oscar‘ was given to the statuettes by Margaret Herrick, the Academy’s librarian. The statuette, reportedly, looked like her uncle Oscar.
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Top Ten of 2013

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on February 26, 2014 by Mark Walker

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Better late than never I say… Normally I don’t do lists of my favourite films of the year as the different release dates between the US and Europe can sometimes make it difficult to catch everything. However, this year I’ve been fortunate enough to keep up to speed and managed to see almost everything that received a major release or caught my eye with a few exceptions being “Captain Phillips” and “Blue Is The Warmest Colour“.

Everyone has a different process or opinion in constructing their films of the year but I normally go with those that are included in the years awards season. Some were released in the UK in 2014 but I still class them as 2013 movies. Anyway here they are…

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Tribute: Philip Seymour Hoffman

Posted in Uncategorized on February 3, 2014 by Mark Walker

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One of my favourite actors and, most certainly, one the very finest actors of his generation, Philip Seymour Hoffman is without doubt a true talent. His commitment to his craft was always plain to see as he threw himself into every role he played, no matter how small. His tragic and untimely death on February 2nd 2014, is a sore loss for cinema and theatre but we can at least be thankful that he’s left us with some legendary characters and performances. The following clips include a selection of some of his best moments.

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TRIVIA TIDBITS

Posted in Uncategorized on February 2, 2014 by Mark Walker

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Welcome back to Trivia Tidbits. For those of you out of the loop, this is a little compilation of 10 movie related facts that I always find interesting. So without further ado, this weeks are…

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1: Matthew McConaughey was for some time strongly considered to play Jack Dawson in James Cameron’s “Titanic” until Leonardo DiCaprio decided to accept the part.

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TRIVIA TIDBITS

Posted in Uncategorized on January 21, 2014 by Mark Walker

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Welcome back to Trivia Tidbits. For those of you out of the loop, this is a little compilation of 10 movie related facts that I always find interesting. So without further ado, this weeks are…

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1: Writer/Director Spike Jonze claimed in an interview that when he was shopping the screenplay “Being John Malkovich” around Hollywood, at least one unspecified producer asked if he could possibly rewrite the film as “Being Tom Cruise“.

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TRIVIA TIDBITS

Posted in Uncategorized on January 15, 2014 by Mark Walker

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Welcome back to Trivia Tidbits. For those of you out of the loop, this is a little compilation of 10 movie related facts that I always find interesting. So without further ado, this weeks are…

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Blog’s 2nd Anniversary

Posted in Uncategorized on January 6, 2014 by Mark Walker

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January 6th, 2012… This was the day that I shared my love of film with all you other film fantastics out there and ventured into the world of blogging. It’s been quite an experience and one that I do not regret in the slightest… Two years down the line and I’m still at it.

And why?… Some of you may ask!

Well, the answer to that is simple… It’s just too much damn fun interacting and discussing movies with you guys.

Without your support and enthusiasm, Marked Movies would probably have folded a long time before now. So for that, I want to thank you all. As do, some of my favourite actor friends who recently joined me in celebration of my anniversary – (I took the photo, by the way)

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Last year, on my blog’s 1st Anniversary, I gave a particular shout out to my Top Five commenters and I’d like to do the same again. They are:

#1: Ruth from FlixChatter
#2: Eric from The IPC
#3: Chris from Terry Malloy’s Pigeon Coop
#4: Tyson from Head In A Vice
#5: Keith from Keith & The Movies

I’m sure these great bloggers are familiar to you all but if, for some odd reason they’re not, please give them some of your love too. You won’t regret it.

It’s always nice to celebrate milestones in blogging as I think we’re all aware of how much of a commitment it can be and how much work we put in but, ultimately, the intention of these few humble words is to thank all of you!

For those that visit, like, follow, comment or share, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. It means a lot.
I may be driving this site, but it’s all of you, who keep the wheels oiled.

Much obliged my friends and here’s to another year ahead!!

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