Tea and a movie

Watching movies, drinking tea

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (Steven Spielberg, 1977), The X-Files (Squeeze, S01E03, Harry Longstreet, 1993).

Armageddon (Michael Bay, 1998), Man Of Steel (Zack Snyder, 2013).

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Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (Gore Verbinski, 2006), The Lone Ranger (Gore Verbinski, 2013).

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The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (Sergio Leone, 1966), The Lone Ranger (Gore Verbinski, 2013).

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Children Of Men (Alfonso Cuaron, 2006), There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007), Pacific Rim (Guillermo Del Toro, 2013): Blood, Oil, Water.

The Day The Earth Stood Still (Scott Derrickson, 2008), Transcendence (Wally Pfister, 2014): Death by nanobots?

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The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972) Boardwalk Empire (Farewell Daddy Blues, S04,E12, Tim Van Patten, 2013).

Vito Corleone was based on many real-life mobsters, primary of which was Frank Costello. Of course, it is hard to overlook the similarities between the shooting of Chicago gangster Giovanni Torrio and the attempted assassination on Vito Corleone. Both were shot multiple times, and both survived miraculously. Costello, too, survived an assassination attempt.

With the portrayal of Torrio’s attempted assassination in Boardwalk Empire, everything has come full circle. Boardwalk Empire is undoubtedly informed by classic mobster films, so it is no surprise that the gunning down of the dramatised Torrio takes several key ques from The Godfather.

For those playing at home: real-life influenced art, art influenced the artistic portrayal of real-life. It is the cinematic equivalent of ouroboros or tautology.

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Terminator 2: Judgement Day (James Cameron, 1991), Thor (Kenneth Brangh, 2011).

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The Silence Of The Lambs (Jonathan Demme, 1991), Prisoners (Denis Villeneuve, 2013).

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Ivan’s Childhood (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1962), True Detective (Cary Joji Fukunaga, S01E02, Seeing Things, 2014), Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (Matt Reeves, 2014).

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To Live And Die In L.A. (William Freidkin, 1985), Men In Black (Barry Sonnenfeld, 1997).

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Terminator 2: Judgement Day (James Cameron, 1991), Kung Fu Panda 2 (Jennifer Yuh, 2011).

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According to Empire magazine interviews with the directors, Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, 2014):

Gunfights from Heat (Michael Mann, 1995), hand-to-hand combat from The Raid (Gareth Evans, 2011), and car chases from Ronin (John Frankenheimer, 1998).

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Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (Michael Bay, 2011), Godzilla (Gareth Edwards, 2014).

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The Silence Of The Lambs (Jonathan Demme, 1991), Prisoners (Denis Villeneuve, 2013): In both cases our hero is wounded on the right side of their face. The killer, not so lucky.

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