Answered general questions about movies, TV and more

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Question: Why do I remember a scene where Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz tries to turn the hourglass over? She then says she can't, it won't move. Is it one of the later remakes like The Wiz?

Sajoe1

Chosen answer: I don't recall a version of Wizard of Oz where this happens, however, there is a scene in Flash Gordon where Dale tries to turn an hourglass over and is unable to. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080745).

Captain Defenestrator Premium member

Question: Why do so many shows, especially cartoons, end or get canceled after 13 episodes. Its like it really is the unlucky number for shows. More often than not, if a show is canceled early on, it's right after episode 13. Why is that?

Quantom X

Chosen answer: Generally, 13 episodes is, depending on the network, either a half-season or a whole one. If it's a half, by the time they finish the 13th episode, they have a decent enough sampling of the average ratings to determine if they want to buy more episodes or not.

Captain Defenestrator Premium member

Question: There was a movie that took place in a high school and it was a comedy. One scene in the film had a female student getting even with a snobby female student. She does this during biology class by taking what looks like sushi and tricks the snob into thinking she's eating a frog's intestines. The snob then runs out of the class and tries to make it to the restroom to vomit, but instead ends up throwing up on the principal.

Chosen answer: I believe this was Rock N Roll High School Forever, starring Corey Feldman, from 1991.

scaryterri Premium member

Question: There is a movie starring Milla Jovovich that features a bike chase with astonishingly bad CGI. I was wondering what this movie is called?

Dra9onBorn117

Chosen answer: Ultraviolet (2006).

Rydersriot87 Premium member

Question: I used to watch a series of kids movies in the late 90's / early 2000. I think there were 6 of them, fantasy adventure films about a boy who travelled to another realm helping, he had a sort of medallion he wore and the titles all had his name in them.

churcher1234

Chosen answer: Sounds like the Never-Ending Story TV series.

Question: I'm looking for an older movie similar to Miracle on 34th Street where some guy picks up a trash bag and it becomes Santa's bag. When anyone else picks up the bag it is just a trash bag. It might even have been a Twilight Zone episode. Thank you in advance for any help.

Sajoe1

Chosen answer: It was an old Twilight Zone episode, The Night of the Meek (s02e11).

Bishop73

Question: What movie features a scene where a baby's pram is witnessed rolling away downhill (possibly down steps)?

Chosen answer: Most famously probably The Untouchables, although that took its cue from a sequence in the silent movie Battleship Potemkin, which has been referenced in several movies since.

Jon Sandys Premium member

Question: There's a movie I watched half way through. I never got the title. It had two gentlemen, young and old. The young man knocks on the old man's door, which is opened. He is having an affair with the old man's wife and in love. The whole movie it was just the two of them in the house. Please help what's the title, I want to look for it and see what happens at the end?

Chosen answer: This sounds exactly like "Sleuth". There have been two versions - one in 1972 with Michael Caine as the young man and Laurence Olivier as the older one. The 2007 version featured Michael Caine as the older man and Jude Law as the younger one.

Jon Sandys Premium member

Question: Im looking for a late 70's/80's movie about a girl whose family owns a restaurant and falls in love with the bad boy. At the end of the movie they put on a play at school.

FutureRN

Chosen answer: Sounds like Over the Edge.

Question: Is there a scene in a movie where people disguise themselves as firemen and they set a fire in a building so they can get inside? I've been told it is Mission: Impossible but I am not sure.

selbywes

Chosen answer: There could be other movies where this happens, but it does happen in the first Mission: Impossible film when Ethan Hunt's team infiltrates CIA headquarters at Langley. According to this site though, the CIA has its own firefighting unit and does not call in external firefighters, so this wouldn't happen.

Sierra1 Premium member

Question: I saw a movie about a businessman trapped in a town at night. That town went crazy and totally different compared to it at daytime. The businessman has to struggle until sunrise. What is the title of the movie?

Yohanes Wimpy

Chosen answer: This sounds like the 1985 movie "After Hours, " starring Griffin Dunne.

raywest Premium member

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.

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

Jon Sandys Premium member

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?

Chosen answer: Hotel New Hampshire. Nastassja Kinski was dressed in the bear suit.

Question: This movie was black and white so it is an old movie. It's about a group of men whose plane crashed in the desert during a war. Towards the end of the movie they start disappearing, and at the very end you find out that they were all dead and the reason they are disappearing is because there bodies are being recovered. All except 1 person. His body was separated from the others during the crash.

Chosen answer: This is either http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sole_Survivor_ (1970_film) which is similar but not black and white or the twilight zone episode "King Nine Will Not Return". Problem is that neither are exactly what you describe. They are both based on a real life WW2 crash.

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.

Chosen 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: I once saw a movie about a teenage girl named Monica who starts "modelling" but at the end of the movie her agent makes her put on a school-uniform and then take it off in front of the camera while she cries. Does anyone know the name of this movie? I've been searching for it for a very long time.

Chosen answer: It is the 1980 musical film "Fame".

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.

dcal4050

Chosen answer: This sounds similar to the 1959 film, "Operation Petticoat, " starring Cary Grant and Tony Curtis.

raywest Premium member

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?

Quantom X

Chosen 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. Early serials were shown in theatres, sometimes in addition to films, but sometimes as the feature. When TV was introduced, the entertainment industry transferred this type of regular-viewer activity to TV, to keep the regular viewers interested in the new technology.

Sierra1 Premium member

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.

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

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.

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

raywest Premium member

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