They say that the devil is in the details. I have absolutely no idea why they say that, but I feel like I've heard people say that before. Either way, the little details are important. In a film, the little details make the watching experience so much better. If you're going to watch a movie multiple times, it’s the little details that would keep it interesting. That can be important. Catching something new on a watch-through makes it feel like it was worth all those wasted hours. Those details make the movie that much better. They make you better. Don't they? Maybe this list is only for impressing friends or family—saying, "Hey. You see that? Heh, let's rewind it. I know something you don't." It's empowering. Use it.
These details, these tiny snippets of meaning, they give us a new appreciation for a film or a director as well. If the filmmakers spend that much time on little, seemingly insignificant details, they must really be awesome. They must care about us. These aren't necessarily Easter eggs; we're meant to spot them. Sometimes they're merely fun pieces of trivia, but oftentimes these details are safety nets. They're continuity details that explain why something else happened (or continuity details that acknowledge that something happened in the first place). All of the details on this list, most importantly, show us that certain filmmakers are paying attention, and loving what they do.
Once you know each of these, you'll feel better about yourself. You'll be that guy who points out trivial things movies to your friends. Everyone loves that guy. Enough yacking. Let's count them down, 15 tiny details you missed in movies that make them even better.
15 Remember The Spear Gun
14 Twins In The Matrix
13 Number Of Exes In Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
12 Background Noise In Shaun of the Dead
11 Where's The Mailbox From Royal Tenenbaums?
10 Sid The Garbage Man In Toy Story 3
9 T1000's Belly In Terminator 2: Judgement Day
8 Aragorn's Vambraces In The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
7 Milk Ticket In Home Alone
6 Twin Pines Mall To Lone Pine Mall In Back to the Future
5 Looking Ahead In Children of Men
4 The Coffee Shop In Pulp Fiction
3 Don't Blink In A.I. Artificial Intelligence
2 Frozen Floor In Jurassic Park
1 Arm Numbness In The Big Lebowski
A lot has been made about Donny (Steve Buscemi) hitting strikes on every bowl throughout The Big Lebowski, except for his final shot. After that shot, Donny looks confused and later, once they leave the alley, the big fight happens outside and Donny dies of a heart attack. Now most people interpret this as a sign that Donny's one missed shot foreshadows his death, but it's most definitely something else. Watch closely after Donny misses. He isn’t confused about missing; he's confused about the feeling he has afterward. He sits back down and starts rubbing his arm/hand, seemingly recognizing the early signs of a heart attack. The real issue here is that his friends were too self-absorbed to notice it.
Sources: Wikipedia; IMDB; Reddit
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