David Aaron Gray

"Don't believe everything 
you hear on the radio"
- Charles Foster Kane

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Top 100 Catchphrases of All Time

Posted by davidaarongray on February 17, 2014 at 3:00 AM Comments comments (0)

You may not recognize the movie but you probably heard the quote. From the dramatic to the slapstick, here is a collection of the most memorable quotes and one-liners in Hollywood history.

  • "Fat guy in a little coat"
  • "I see dead people"
  • "I could've been a contender"
  • "Say hello to my little friend"
  • "la–di–da"
  • "Reeeeetainerrr!"
  • "Crab cakes and football..."
  • "...the most famous is never to fight a land war in Asia..."
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Which U.S. Presidents Have Been Portrayed the Most in Films?

Posted by davidaarongray on January 23, 2014 at 2:45 AM Comments comments (0)



 

Some of the greatest movies ever made were based on the respective lives of the most powerful Chief Executive in the world.

 

Below is a chart showing the number of film portrayals for each U.S. President (data is from IMDB and does not include documentaries or films where the President plays himself).

 

Though you may have guessed which man was depicted the ...

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A FEW GOOD MEN: A Lesson in Moral Disengagement

Posted by davidaarongray on November 3, 2013 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

"Unit, Corps, God, Country." Who could possibly forget that (now almost) cliche Marine Corps "code" from the 1992 classic, A Few Good Men.

 

But before signing up at your local Marine Recruitment office, I have a word of caution for all you would be warriors…intense and unforgettable though it may be, that "code," referenced several times throughout A Few Good Men, was simply one of many fictitious...

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Top Plan B Casting Calls - Part II

Posted by davidaarongray on October 28, 2013 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)



So, in Part I on this continuing series on "Top B Casting Calls" I began with O.J. Simpson as the original choice to play The Terminator back in 1984. Although known by many a film buff, I could not ignore the obvious irony that had been attributed to the recasting...the producers of the film fearing that "The Juice" was "too nice to be taken seriously as a cold-blooded killer."

 

Meanwhile, the lead a...

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Top Plan B Casting Calls - Part I

Posted by davidaarongray on October 28, 2013 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)



Life is full of disappointments...especially when it comes to Hollywood.

 

After seeing a great film we sometimes find it close to impossible to separate our most beloved (and most reviled) characters from the professionals that portray them.

 

Take Col. Nathan R. Jessup (A Few Good Men). Now, can you think of anyone (dead or alive) who could h...

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Top 5: Inspirational Speeches From Film: #1

Posted by davidaarongray on October 28, 2013 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)


#1 The Difference Between Winning and Losing

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"I don't know what to s...
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Top 5: Inspirational Speeches From Film: #2

Posted by davidaarongray on October 28, 2013 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)


#2 "Outta order? I'll show you outta order! You don't know what outta order is!"


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SLADE: Still worthy of being a 'Baird Man.'"...

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Top 5: Inspirational Speeches From Film: #3

Posted by davidaarongray on October 28, 2013 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)


#3 "Sons of Scotland"

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Top 5: Inspirational Speeches From Film: #4

Posted by davidaarongray on October 28, 2013 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)



#4 "Great Moments are Born from Great Opportunity"


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Top 5: Inspirational Speeches From Film: #5

Posted by davidaarongray on October 28, 2013 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

#5: General Patton - "Americans Love a Winner"

 

Patton's Speech to the Third Army, alternatively known simply as "Patton's Speech," was a series of speeches given by General George S. Patton to troops of the United States Third Army in 1944, prior to the Normandy Landings. Patton, already established as a highly effective and charismatic leader, sought to motivate the inexperienced Third...

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Why It Took 13 Years To Make the Movie 'Lincoln'

Posted by davidaarongray on October 15, 2013 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)



The concept for, what would become Steven Spielberg’s Oscar worthy film, Lincoln, was officially born way back in September 1999 when the acclaimed director heard that historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin was writing a book about the 16th President of the United States. Spielberg immediately told her he wanted the film rights and DreamWorks finalized the deal in 2001.

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Best Picture Blunders (What were they thinking?)

Posted by davidaarongray on April 13, 2013 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Gigi 1958



More Worthy:

Weak set of nominees, and un-nominated Vertigo and Touch of Evil

 


Oliver! 1968

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Best Films Never to Win an Oscar

Posted by davidaarongray on April 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

 


The Shawshank Redemption 1994

The Shawshank Redemption never got an Oscar, despite seven nominations. Pulp Fiction was also knocked out of the box by Forrest Gump in 1994. Fans avenged Shawshank by voting it the number two film of all time on IMdB (second only to The Godfather). Shawshank is also the highest rated film on Yahoo Movies. It was voted the best film never to have won B...

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What does Shawshank Redemption have in common with Lindsay Lohan, Casper the Friendly Ghost, and the Scariest Clown in History?

Posted by davidaarongray on February 1, 2013 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)



When thinking of an American state that will be the location of your film or story, I bet you could name 44-48 of our United States before you would settle on boring old Maine.


Well, the author behind Shawshank Redemption (as well as countless terrifying tales), Stephen King, chose Maine for the location of virtually all of his well-known works. And i...
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Taking a breather from the top 25: Some Fun Facts about Shawshank

Posted by davidaarongray on January 29, 2013 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (0)



What could have been:


Tom Hanks, Kevin Costner, Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Johnny Depp and Charlie Sheen were all either considered for or directly offered (but subsequently rejected) the part of Andy Dufresne.


Hanks turned it down because he was committed to Forrest Gump. Which, by the way, stole every Oscar from Shawshank that year ...

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