The Matador

The Matador
Julian Noble is an assassin in crisis. But things change quickly for him in a chance meeting with a down on his luck salesman, Danny Wright, in Mexico City. Here are a few movie mistakes to look for while watching “The Matador”.

∙ Julian is reading a newspaper while sitting on a park bench when a young boy carrying a football approaches. Julian tells the boy to “scadoodle” and the boy responds by saying “See ya, wouldn’t want to be ya.” The front view of the boy shows him turning to his left to leave. In the very next front view of Julian (a right/back view of the boy), when he says “Smell ya, shouldn’t have to tell ya”, it shows the boy turning to leave again.

∙ Julian walks through the hotel lobby in his swim trunks, shoes and sunglasses. Just before he jumps in the pool, he removes his shoes but the sunglasses are still on his face. They’re still there when Julian jumps in the water but in the following underwater view of him, the glasses are gone.

∙ When Julian and Danny go to the bullfight, there is a man in a dark brown shirt behind Julian. The items in the man’s hands change throughout the scene. This is especially noticeable when they are discussing what Julian does for a living. The man’s right hand is holding a program in one view, empty in the next and then the program reappears. In the following view of him, the man is now holding a cup. The cup disappears and reappears but when Julian and Danny leave, the man’s hands are empty.

∙ There are two things to look for when Julian shows up at Danny’s house. After Julian dances with Bean, he sits on the couch, pours a drink and puts the bottle on the tabletop. A few moments later, after the truth is told about Julian’s wife, the bottle is on a book that’s sitting on the table. It’s back on the table toward the end of the scene. Also during the scene, when Julian gets the orange juice out of the refrigerator, the clock reads 5:45. A few seconds later, when they’re talking about the cemetery, the clock reads 5:30.

∙ Near the end of the movie, Julian is sitting in the stairwell crying. In the close-up of Julian when he tells Danny to go, his left arm is across the window bar. But in the next view, his arm is down, near his lap.

“The Matador” (2005) stars Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, and Hope Davis. It runs 96 minutes and is rated R for strong sexual content and language.

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