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Question: There was a movie that starred Tim Daly and Sean Young. The movie was about Tim Daly convicted of a crime and he is sentenced to be executed. His execution would be televised around the world. Sean Young portrays an attorney who finds holes in the case and tries to prove Tim innocent.

New today Answer: The IMDb says they both starred in Witness to the Execution: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111737/.

Jon Sandys

New this week Question: Here's a challenge for all you movie fans out there! It was about 2 years that I last saw this film, and to the best of my memory these are the descriptions I can give about it: The director portrays a drug runner who deals with I believe it was cocaine (could be heroin) and attracts a young woman to the drug. A week or two later he then requires payment from her, and she cannot afford the money for the drugs since she's paying for her child. He then has sex with her as payment for the drugs, and keeps on 'feeding' her drugs while coming by every few days to bang her. This is a very dark portrayal of the drug world, and very realistic in the sense that it shows the viewers what most politically correct movies don't today: Abusing women for drugs, taking everything away from people around you, and caring only about one thing: Yourself. It's a very good film and I'd very much like to know its name so I can watch it again soon. I thought it was Exit Wounds with DMX, but I viewed that movie the other day and that's a very clean movie compared to what I'm describing here. Let's see if anyone can guess the name of this film. I'd be really happy to see an answer here about it! Thanks.

New this week Question: Looking for a quote that was in the beginning of a movie. Like the opening credit. The movie came out in the last few years. Not sure of the exact quote but was something about "darkest" or "me at my darkest". I'm not sure exactly, but anything will help.

Question: This is an old WW2 movie about a crew that is assigned an old rust bucket beat up warship. They clean it up and go back into battle with it.

New this month Answer: This sounds similar to the 1959 film, "Operation Petticoat, " starring Cary Grant and Tony Curtis.

raywest

Question: In terms of TV series, what exactly is a serial? Like old TV series including the 1943 Batman and the 1949 Batman and Robin TV serials. Both are 15 episodes. So what's the difference between a TV series and serial?

New this month Answer: Episodes of a series are more self-contained, and while they may have an over-arching continuity or arc, each episode is a fairly self-contained linear story (examples "Quantum Leap", "Doctor Who", "Star Trek"). In a serial, several parallel storylines flow from one episode to the next, such as in soap operas ("Days of Our Lives", "Neighbours", "EastEnders"). Also, in the UK/Commonwealth, the term series is often used to refer to US seasons (eg. "series 3 of Friends"), so serial may mean any kind of narrative TV series to distinguish it from a single season/series.

Sierra1

New this month Question: There's a movie I saw a while ago. It's an Asian film. The family was somewhat dysfunctional, I can't quite remember, but I think the dad had an affair. What I do remember was the two children in the family; a girl and a boy. The girl had some health problems while the boy was mentally handicapped. The girl took care of the boy and they were often seen on their own pushing their bicycles. Towards the end, the girl's health problems caused her to be hospitalized, and the boy was left on his own. He was later involved in a car accident. In the end, a part of his brain (I think) was donated to his sister, allowing her to live while he passed away. I've been looking for this movie for a long time. Please help if you know it! Thanks!

Question: Don't know if this was a movie or a TV show, but it took place in the Victorian era I believe. It had two men who somehow discovered a way to move so fast, that the entire world seemed to be frozen in time. One of the men, a professor I think, explains to his friend that even though it looks like time stopped, the truth is that time is moving extremely slow. They walk onto a baseball field and the professors friend takes a baseball from mid-air and throws it, causing the ball to catch fire. Later on, they walk into a school and meet a man who also found away to move at high speed. Unfortunately, he had been trapped in his state for several years and explains to them that he can't find a way to get back to moving at normal speed.

New this month Answer: You are referring to the TV Miniseries "The Infinite Worlds of HG Wells", made 2001. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0280770/.

New this month Question: A movie I saw mid-'90s, about a psycho stalker who chases this girl and her parents try to protect her in vain. One scene that sticks out is - she ends up in a hospital and he gets in, kidnaps her, drags her with her hospital bed across the parking lot until the police finally shoots him down...anyone remembers the title? Could be a TV movie.

Question: There was a movie about a small boy who becomes friends with a guy that lives next door to him. The man then spends his time with the boy telling him that his parents never loved him, that they hated him, and other lies. Eventually, the boy believes him and the man kidnaps him, making the boy call him dad. His parents spend years trying to find him, but after so many years, the mother gives up and believes her son is dead. The father, on the other hand, refuses to give up and gets angry when his wife tries to throw their son's stuff away.

New this week Answer: This might be "I know my first name is Steven" (1989) but the kidnapping was more sudden in the movie and in real life (it's based on a true story).

Question: Looking for the name of a film that was being played on UK television in the early 00s. The only scene I can properly remember is towards the start; there's a drug lab (or a diamond smuggling organisation) that has loads of either topless or completely naked women carrying out the operation. One of the bad guys explains that it's so they can't hide any of the product to steal. They're all fitted with explosive collars in case they try to run away. I think the movie was sci-fi and I vaguely remember spaceships appearing at some point, maybe the drug lab was on a spaceship.

Question: There is a movie that I have searched for on the internet and through movie buffs for some time, but have never gotten a title. What I remember of the movie is that it followed a group of teenagers, but focused mostly on maybe an eighteen year old male. I know that he was white, his girlfriend was black and he kept seeing visions of a man in a dinosaur suit shooting people with a laser gun. I know a general theme to the movie was the end of the world, and that the group of teenagers were trying to go to Candy's party. I can only assume the movie came out in the late nineties but am not certain as I watched it on cinemax, or showtime. I remember another character who was a blonde girl, and I believe she was taken advantage of by a televangelist. Other than that, I know that the dinosaur shoots a mom and daughter, and the group eventually make it to Candy's party, and there is something to do with two guys who are twins known as "the twins." I have searched for answered to this movie for a very long time now and have never gotten anywhere with it. Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.

Question: I'm looking for a movie for which I saw the trailer for a month or two ago. It starts with a family in the dessert and the two kids (boy and girl) go exploring. When the kids come home, something's different about them. Anybody know what movie this is?

Question: Looking for the title of a movie about a husband and wife that custom combine together - kind of a love story, and I remember there was a tornado they had to go through.

Answer: That sounds very much like the 1998 film, "Twister, " starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton.

raywest

Question: An older movie that has kids who are trying to solve a murder, you never see the adults... I remember they are standing outside a kitchen window talking about the mystery and the mom is cooking a turkey.

Question: I remember a film maybe 1970's or 1980's about a family with a young woman as a nanny who was always dressed as a bear. The youngest daughter of the family was quite ill and dies. Does anyone know the title?

New this week Answer: Hotel New Hampshire. Nastassja Kinski was dressed in the bear suit.

Question: I'm looking for a movie I saw in the 80's (I think). It was a western... Not so sure anymore but I think it went something like this... Some cowboys find a girl in the desert. She looks abused. They take her with them, but then one by one they get killed by what they suspect are Indians, but in the end it's the girl who is the killer.

Question: I know why Green Screen and Blue Screen is used in movies, for computer special effects, especially for changing the background or environment around somebody. But what is the difference between blue screen and green screen other than obviously the color? what difference does it make which one they use and what are the purposes for either?

Answer: There is not really a difference. The only time when one out benefits the other is when the wardrobe conflicts with either screen.

MasterOfAll

Question: I'm looking for a show or movie that most likely aired in the early 2000s. Basically a family goes on vacation to a cabin, and two of the boys go exploring, and run across a dead body in a field. The dead man is wearing a bracelet, and one of the boys takes it and puts it on. Soon he contracts smallpox, or at least something like smallpox, I remember he had red blisters on his body.

Question: I'm after the name of an 80s movie (I think) about a girl and a guy who come together in their dreams but what they are actually doing is astral projecting. They make love and travel to places together while asleep.

Answer: This may be "Dreams Come True" - it sounds a lot like it. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083853/.

Janey Leigh Smith

Question: Looking for a movie with a Giovanni Ribisi lookalike kid who was hit by a car while skateboarding and sent through tunnels to some sort of afterlife. Late 80's early 90's made for TV movie. I believe the story is his journey back to earth, possibly through another death or water? Weird memory, dark and creepy concept. Anyone?

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