Robert Zemeckis

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Re: Robert Zemeckis

#101 Post by knives » Fri Mar 24, 2017 2:14 pm

Which is something that now costs a million dollars.

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#102 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Fri Mar 24, 2017 2:32 pm

Really?

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#103 Post by tarpilot » Sat Mar 25, 2017 2:46 am

Isn't the joke of the Berry scene that a famous black musician steals from an anonymous white guitarist rather than the other way around?

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#104 Post by mfunk9786 » Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:32 am

...no, I don't think it is

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#105 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:48 am

I can see it, though as a joke it's not very-well telegraphed.

Family Guy did a nice call-back to that scene with Brian playing the Rick Astley song to a 1985 prom, and someone at the end in the crowd saying it sucked.

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#106 Post by whaleallright » Sat Mar 25, 2017 1:03 pm

To me, more than a joke "about" Chuck Berry, it's a comic riff on the basic idea of paradoxical causality that's at the heart of the film -- a sort of iteration in miniature of the film's plot as a whole. Back to the Future is full of this sort of mise en abyme.

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#107 Post by colinr0380 » Sat Mar 25, 2017 4:19 pm

flyonthewall2983 wrote:Family Guy did a nice call-back to that scene with Brian playing the Rick Astley song to a 1985 prom, and someone at the end in the crowd saying it sucked.
Here's that parody/most elaborate contribution to the Rick Rolling trend of a decade or so ago.

I agree with whaleallright. There are also another couple of very minor interesting racial undercurrents going through at least the first two Back To The Future films. Not only does Marty seemingly give Chuck Berry his inspiration, he also inspires the clerk at the diner to run for mayor (and he's shown as running for re-election when back in 1985, compared to struggling to even win one election in the original 1985 at the beginning of the film). Then Part II has that whole business of the skewed nightmare 1985 timeline where Biff becomes the de facto mayor of the city and Marty's neighbourhood has been turned into a ghetto. They may not be particularly focusing on that aspect, but there is that sense that in the hands of 'benevolent meddlers' like the Doc and Marty, there actually can be positives from altering events, but they're usually unintended ones tangential to the best laid plans and happen in spite of all of Doc's panic over not interfering with events at all. The best aspects of all the films in the Back To The Future series are the ones where it looks like everything is about to fall apart. Even the trials during the clocktower/prom redux/damsel in distress on the runaway train climaxes all have that aspect of a sudden cropping up, dangerous unplanned occurrence, but that kind of forces the characters to face up to their fears and become truly heroic, making everything not just go back to normal (which would have been the case if the characters just solved everything to plan and left), but actually turns out for the better in the end. They are beautifully optimistic films in that sense.

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#108 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:29 pm

^ that's the same episode that spoofs the chalkboard scene that culminates in one of my favorite lines "...where you're married to Molly Ringwald, Quagmire's married to Lois, and for some reason we have a chalkboard in the living room", and they turn on the TV to find out Chevy Chase is hosting the Tonight Show.

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#109 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Fri Apr 14, 2017 12:48 am

Mr Sausage wrote:
colinr0398 wrote:Wasn't the big issue with Cast Away at the time all of the blatant Fed Ex product placement?
I remember people making a lot out of this, but in the director's commentary Zemeckis explained it wasn't product placement, he just wanted to use a real-world business instead of creating a distracting fake one. I believe him. Product placements are generally throw away moments, but this one, Hanks' job, was central to the character's arc and to the general irony of the narrative (guy over-concerned with small slices of time is granted all the time in the world).
There was a lot of product placement for similar reasons in the first BTTF. To get a feel for the time, they looked to brands which had different logos between '55 and '85 (Pepsi and Texaco being the major ones). I'm recalling this from the DVDs but there is a funny story Gale tells that Universal's recently-appointed product-placement guy managed to get 50 grand from the California Raisin people, with the promise that it would do for raisins what ET did for Resse's Pieces. Gale and Zemeckis didn't want that, thinking a bowl of raisins on film would look like a bowl of dirt. All it got in the end is the advertisement on the park bench the homeless man is sleeping on when Marty comes back.

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#110 Post by hearthesilence » Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:53 pm

Michael wrote:I dated a guy who made me drive him to Savannah from NY (that was about 20 hours drive) just to sit on that damn bench Gump sat on yapping away with chocolates.
Stumbled upon this just now - funny, that exact bench (the real prop used for the movie) is currently located in one of Viacom's office buildings in NYC. Assuming they would let him up the elevators, he could've saved himself the 20 hours and just gone to Times Square. HAH!

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