It’s the Fourth of July here at MTF and to celebrate Jack is talking about one of the best… Epic… Amazing films EVER! Pearl Harbor!
Okay, maybe it’s not the most amazing film ever but it is the subject of this weeks Cult Classic Corner! We’re all feeling very patriotic today… I need some firecrackers!
Jack was able to meet the producer of Pearl Harbor, Mr. Jerry Bruckheimer at his recent star ceremony!
Check out this weeks Cult Classic Corner below!
Audiences adored it while critics crucified it, but “Pearl Harbor” still made nearly $449 million worldwide back in 2001. Yes, everyone has mocked the movie, especially Trey Parker and Matt Stone, but for some reason the film continues to linger in people’s minds. Many have called it “The ‘Titanic’ of war movies” and that feels pretty accurate. Regardless of your feelings, we can all agree it’s exactly what you expect for a big budget war-romance movie. Tons of carnage and carnality to appease everyone for a fun popcorn film.
I can already see the comments coming in for this movie. Why? Seriously? Come on! Every week I try to think of a clever, classic cult movie that fans can connect with and enjoy discussing. Personally, there’s no better day than 4th of July to discuss “Pearl Harbor” and one of the quintessential cheesy romance movies of the early millennium.
Rafe McCawley (Ben Affleck) and Daniel Walker (Josh Hartnett) have been best friends since their early days fascinated by planes. As First Lieutenants they serve under the command of Major Doolittle (Alec Baldwin) and soon meet some attractive nurses including Kate Beckinsale, Jamie King, Jennifer Garner, Sarah Rue and Catherine Kellner. Rafe starts seeing Evelyn (Beckinsale), but joins the Royal Air Force while everyone else, including Daniel are sent off to Pearl Harbor. As time passes, Evelyn and Daniel begin to start have feelings for one another after bumping into each other, but their world is turned upside down when Rafe returns and explains why he has been missing since his supposed death over the English Channel. Of course, this all happens the day ((December 6th) before the infamous titular attack and the two best buddies, Rafe and Daniel, fight one another only to reconcile once the attack begins.
Whether it was ten years ago or now, you get exactly what you expect: a cheesy, cliché war movie with a love triangle thrown in the mix. The film is what it is and made Michael Bay known more for his special effects rather than his storytelling capabilities.
Since the movie came out, several actors emerged as stars like Jennifer Garner, Jamie King, Kim Coates (“Sons of Anarchy”), Kate Beckinsale, Michael Shannon, Scott Wilson (“Walking Dead”) and of course propelled Ben Affleck to leading man.
Since the film’s release I have had the pleasure of meeting Michael Shannon, Eric Christian Olsen, Jamie King and Ben Affleck, but only got autographs of the latter two on non-“Pearl Harbor” items. However, more recently I met two of the key individuals who helped make the movie a success, Jerry Bruckheimer and Jon Voight, at the former’s walk of fame star ceremony. As you might have read Billy Beer’s article,
(Editor’s Note: It was more like a photo gallery. M-)
a lot of people showed up for his star including Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise, Martin Lawrence, Jon Voight, Isla Fisher, Cal Ripken Jr., Gore Verbinski, Jerry O’ Connell and Jon Lovitz.
Considering their past collaborations I genuinely thought Michael Bay would show up (he didn’t), but fortunately for me a cast member (Voight) did and I managed to get his autograph on the DVD. Jon was super friendly going down the entire barricade posing for pics and signing autographs. Besides Bruckheimer he went the distance.
Sadly, Jerry Bruckheimer was signing with an inconsistent dead black pen that worked well on certain items and really awful on others.
After he refused to switch pens to sign an all black DVD (The out of print Criterion Collection “The Rock”) I passed on the opportunity and had him sign my “Pirates of the Caribbean” DVD, which came out gorgeous with his full signature.
Thanks to the awesome Billy Beer and Other Mike I lucked out grabbing a few autographs that day. Until the next time, happy autograph hunting!
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