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Movies that affect reality - 11/10/2012 6:18:48 PM   
mclane1


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yo,

watching a documentary on sharks the other night (i know sharks again, im obsessed) and it was talking about how much sharks have been affected by Jaws. and actually not that negitively, after some initial hillbillies took to hunting them.

the protection of sharks is now much greater, more and more people are into marine biology, shark diving is a huge tourist business. There is clear evidence this was down to Jaws.

what other movies have had a big impact on our world?

I know there was legend that affair rates went down after fatal attraction?? any other interesting ones?

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RE: Movies that affect reality - 11/10/2012 6:50:06 PM   
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Apparently after The Exorcist came out the Catholic church in America was inundated with claims of possession, and even the priests who featured in the film were bombarded with requests for them to exorcise people's houses and pets and so forth. I don't know if that effect has endured in the long-run but at the time it was phenomenal.

But, ya know....Americans.

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RE: Movies that affect reality - 11/10/2012 8:05:37 PM   
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I like how sales of Merlot took a hit after Miles slagged it off in Sideways

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RE: Movies that affect reality - 11/10/2012 8:20:23 PM   
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The charity Shelter was borne of the ashes of Ken Loach's Cathy Come Home, which is pretty impressive.

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RE: Movies that affect reality - 11/10/2012 10:04:11 PM   
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Jaws was the first film which came to mind when I saw the thread title. I think if you saw that film in your youth then paddling in the sea is a very perilous business.

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RE: Movies that affect reality - 12/10/2012 1:07:28 AM   
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The Day After Tomorrow saw everybody immediately stop using fossil fuels and revert to renewable energy sources...

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RE: Movies that affect reality - 12/10/2012 1:21:18 AM   
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John Hinckley Jr.'s assassination attempt on Ronald Regan after watching Taxi Driver. He claimed he did it to impress Jodie Foster after watching the film 15 times.

The Thin Blue Line successfully got a man off death row for a crime he didn't commit.

And whether McDonald's would like to admit it or not, Super Size Me made them discontinue their Super Size menu offer.

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RE: Movies that affect reality - 12/10/2012 12:10:06 PM   
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After JFK came out the US changed some of their laws regarding de-classification of documents.

Liz Taylor's look in Cleopatra defined the way women applied their make-up (for one summer at least).

The making of Schindler's List led to the foundation of the Shoah Foundation which records accounts of the Holocaust.


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RE: Movies that affect reality - 12/10/2012 1:42:51 PM   
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The Taking of Pelham 123 (ORIGINAL) exposed a number of security flaws in New York's subway system, operations and trains which the authorities (who originally wanted nothing to do with the making of the film) were quick to resolve prior to the film's release. Also, according to Wiki, dispatchers have since tried to avoid scheduling Pelham Bay trains for 1:23.

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RE: Movies that affect reality - 12/10/2012 4:56:59 PM   
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No Mafia don was ever called "Godfather" prior to the book and movie (which Mafia-types - including Sinatra - were totally opposed to before it became a hit and they embraced/emulated it. See: The Sopranos.)

Self-mythologising gangster-types have a long tradition of copying their cinematic counterparts - The Kray twins for instance.

Film has also long influenced fashion. Vest sales in America plummeted apparently when Clark Gable removed his shirt in It Happened One Night to reveal * GASP! * he wasn't wearing one. Faye Dunaway's look in Bonnie and Clyde, and Diane Keaton's look in Annie Hall were widely-imitated in the seventies. And sales of Aviator shades really, er, took off after Top Gun.

But Star Wars has gotta be the biggest influence of all culturally. ILM didn't just revolutionise special effects. Photoshop was co-invented by ILM-er John Knoll. The AVID editing system started life as ILM's EditDroid. And Pixar started out as Lucas Digital (I think) before The Great Beard sold it to Steve Jobs. And, of course, ILM created the CG revolution without which there would have been no T2, Jurassic Park, Lord of the Rings, Titanic, Avatar, etc, etc, etc. So Star Wars has actually changed the world. It also made orchestral scores fashionable again. And arguably saved Hollywood from terminal decline. Oh, and no Star Wars, no Alien, no Blade Runner, no sci-fi boom and therefore no Star Trek and Doctor Who revivals either, so there!



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RE: Movies that affect reality - 12/10/2012 5:06:30 PM   
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Apparently, scientists have stated plans to create a "mini-universe" to see if what happens in there relates to our own universe... as a way of telling whether or not we live in the Matrix. I'm actually being serious.

Now, if we do live in the Matrix, I'm pretty sure the Architect would have put some safeguards up to make sure that only "the One" is capable of finding out... but there we go. I'm a big lover of science, but sometimes I think they just make up shit to do.

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RE: Movies that affect reality - 12/10/2012 6:09:58 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: chris kilby

But Star Wars has gotta be the biggest influence of all culturally. ILM didn't just revolutionise special effects. Photoshop was co-invented by ILM-er John Knoll. The AVID editing system started life as ILM's EditDroid. And Pixar started out as Lucas Digital (I think) before The Great Beard sold it to Steve Jobs. And, of course, ILM created the CG revolution without which there would have been no T2, Jurassic Park, Lord of the Rings, Titanic, Avatar, etc, etc, etc. So Star Wars has actually changed the world. It also made orchestral scores fashionable again. And arguably saved Hollywood from terminal decline. Oh, and no Star Wars, no Alien, no Blade Runner, no sci-fi boom and therefore no Star Trek and Doctor Who revivals either, so there!




i agree thats had a massive affect on movie making but that wasnt from the characters or story of the movie itself. I think its fair to say though a new generation got excited about Space and exploration after starwars and lunch boxes became the in thing :)

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RE: Movies that affect reality - 15/10/2012 10:53:56 PM   
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The guy who invented "Asimo" (the first humanoid robot that can handle stairs, which apparently is to robotics what fire and water was to CGI) has said he was inspired to do so by C-3PO.

Ken Loach's first film, Cathy Come Home, led to the creation of the homeless charity, Shelter, like the day after it was broadcast on telly or something.

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RE: Movies that affect reality - 16/10/2012 2:49:38 PM   
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Apparently the Kieslowski film "A short film about killing" was a key reason for the changing of the death penalty laws in Poland.

Also one of the biggies is "Birth of a nation" being responsible for the revival ofthe KKK.


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RE: Movies that affect reality - 16/10/2012 2:53:01 PM   
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Drive has inspired the fashion choices of several cunts in Newcastle.

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RE: Movies that affect reality - 16/10/2012 8:42:14 PM   
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quote:

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Drive has inspired the fashion choices of several cunts in Newcastle.




Is it the quilted jacket by any chance? Seem to have seen them in a lot of shop windows...

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RE: Movies that affect reality - 16/10/2012 8:54:57 PM   
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The Matrix seemed to inspire social outcasts with fat wallets to dress in black with expensive long jackets and shades looking over all the 'slaves' to the machines.

Oh and Football Factory inspired bell ends outside night clubs to have the ever twattish line 'You muggin' me off?'

I also met a lovely Man who had clearly adopted a lifestyle and dress code on The Big Lebowski.

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RE: Movies that affect reality - 16/10/2012 11:47:48 PM   
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Fight Club led to a whole generation of men desperately wanting to own a red leather jacket, despite knowing deep down that unless you look like Brad Pitt it would probably look shit on you.



I still want one now.

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RE: Movies that affect reality - 17/10/2012 12:05:46 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Super Hans


quote:

ORIGINAL: horribleives

Drive has inspired the fashion choices of several cunts in Newcastle.




Is it the quilted jacket by any chance? Seem to have seen them in a lot of shop windows...


I thought it was Alan Partridge who inspired that - ah-ha!

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RE: Movies that affect reality - 17/10/2012 12:11:41 AM   
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The Matrix seemed to inspire social outcasts with fat wallets to dress in black with expensive long jackets and shades looking over all the 'slaves' to the machines.


Did you ever see that Matrix DVD extra, The True Believers, about the bellends who call themselves things like "Lucid Dream" and calmly insist in the dullest way possible that The Matrix was in fact a documentary? Aye, and so wis The fuckin' X Files!

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Oh and Football Factory inspired bell ends outside night clubs to have the ever twattish line 'You muggin' me off?'


Wouldn't they be doing that (or something like it) anyway?

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I also met a lovely Man who had clearly adopted a lifestyle and dress code on The Big Lebowski.


Have we met...?


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RE: Movies that affect reality - 17/10/2012 6:25:28 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Super Hans


quote:

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Drive has inspired the fashion choices of several cunts in Newcastle.




Is it the quilted jacket by any chance? Seem to have seen them in a lot of shop windows...


If that's the one with the scorpion on the back then aye.
One of these wankers even had driving gloves on too.

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RE: Movies that affect reality - 17/10/2012 7:42:20 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: chris kilby


quote:

ORIGINAL: TheSpleen

The Matrix seemed to inspire social outcasts with fat wallets to dress in black with expensive long jackets and shades looking over all the 'slaves' to the machines.


Did you ever see that Matrix DVD extra, The True Believers, about the bellends who call themselves things like "Lucid Dream" and calmly insist in the dullest way possible that The Matrix was in fact a documentary? Aye, and so wis The fuckin' X Files!

quote:

Oh and Football Factory inspired bell ends outside night clubs to have the ever twattish line 'You muggin' me off?'


Wouldn't they be doing that (or something like it) anyway?

quote:

I also met a lovely Man who had clearly adopted a lifestyle and dress code on The Big Lebowski.


Have we met...?





Ha I haven't seen the doc but will seek it out as I have met those exact type of bell ends who believe in The Matrix.

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RE: Movies that affect reality - 17/10/2012 3:57:33 PM   
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I know that Dutch Cannabis producers have created strains called G14, after Spacey's favoured weed in American Beauty, and Pineapple Express after the movie of the same name.

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RE: Movies that affect reality - 18/10/2012 2:00:27 PM   
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