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Question: Years ago I remember watching a two part movie on HBO, STARZ or some other movie channel like that on Comcast's on demand cable. It was about two people who (I think) were having to stay awake because creatures in the dark would come and get them. I think the creatures stalked them and branded them or something, like how we tag animals to track their movement. The creatures branded or tagged them by a red blemish on the skin, which below the blemish was a bone-hook type thing. These monsters lived in the shadows and I can only remember a few scenes so bare with me please. 1. There are 3 characters that I can remember; a guy, his girlfriend and, I think, his ex-girlfriend. In one scene, the guy thinks the creatures have "tagged" his girlfriend because she has a weird mark on her. She's missing the next day. 2. The "ex-girlfriend" goes to a bathroom in a bar and pulls out the bone from her temple. 3. In the final scene the ex-girlfriend ends up in an asylum. The camera pans into a closet and you see all these monsters and then she is dragged into a closet by the creatures. Sorry for the giant post, but I have to find the movie again. Thanks for the help.

Chosen answer: This is the 2002 film "They".

Phixius

Question: Does anybody know who the film composer is for Eric Rohmer's film, 'My Night With Maud'?

Chosen answer: One of Rohmer's signature touches was that he almost invariably used diagetic music in his films, that is, music that comes from an on-screen source, such as a radio or a character playing a musical instrument as opposed to the vast majority of film scores, which use extra-diagetic music that is used in a scene but cannot be heard by the characters involved. As such, he tended not to employ a composer to create a specific score, but instead populated the film with pre-existing pieces of music from a variety of sources that he would select to be playing on whatever musical object existed with any given scene.

Tailkinker

Question: I remember a movie when I was a kid that I can't find the title to. I remember things like there was this device. I think it was rectangular in shape. In one scene, a guy is driving with the device in his car down a desolate highway and the power lines are like blowing up because he has the device in his car. I think I remember things like a guy walking into a building only to find fog, and barbarians. There might have been something with a high school too.

fyrmn14

Chosen answer: My Science Project (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089652/)

Grumpy Scot

Question: I am looking for a movie that has a scene where a man or teen is wandering in the woods and comes across a woman in a cottage or trailer or small house. She has little lambs running around and kills one for her guest. Does anyone remember this scene and this movie? Thanks.

sassybell

Chosen answer: That sounds like 'Cold Mountain'. Inman is found in a clearing, unconscious and handcuffed to other soldiers that have been killed. The woman frees him and brings him back to her trailer/home in the woods and kills a lamb to feed him.

ChiChi

Question: I remember seeing a movie on TV once. It involved these hijackers who hijacked a plane (no 9/11 movies). This guy on the plane, when threatened with a gun by the hijackers tells them he has a family but they kill him anyway. After that, all I remember is a part where the hijackers are at a fair, looking for someone. Something about a ferris wheel. If anyone could help me, I'd greatly appreciate it.

MooCow

Chosen answer: Passenger 57, starring Wesley Snipes and Bruce Payne. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105104/)

Captain Defenestrator

Question: I once saw an old (1930's) comedy movie with a train. I remember two specific scenes: 1. A donkey was standing too close to the track, and could not be made to move. So the engineer gets off the locomotive and pulls the track aside, and the train made a curve around the donkey. 2. At one point the wood that the locomotive used was almost gone. So the engineer and the fireman started throwing rocks to people living close to the railroad track. These started to throw back wooden blocks because that was all they could find. In the next scene, the fireman and the engineer would collect all the wooden blocks with which the train could continue. The train had a caboose at the end and the guy had a horn that he would blow when something was wrong. I always thought that Buster Keaton played in it, but I've checked all his movies and I can't find it in the list. Does anybody have any idea?

Chosen answer: Based on the information you gave, there's two possibilities. There is a 1925 silent movie starring Buster Keaton, called, "Go West." However, this actually sounds like the 1940 film, also titled, "Go West," starring the Marx Brothers. At the end, there is a wild train ride as the brothers tear apart everything they can find to fuel the locomotive's engine to win a race.

raywest

Question: I saw this movie in the 80s, but can't remember any of the actors' names or the title. It is about a bunch of criminals, like drug dealers, car thieves and stuff that get caught, sent to jail and then instead of going to prison they get sent to this island, where they have to survive, work together and eventually go back home to LA, I think.

Chosen answer: Sounds a lot like Band of the Hand (1986).

Gavin Jackson

Question: I cannot remember a movie that I watched sometime ago. I think it was about a son looking for his father, or going to meet his father, and he has his mother in the car. She is remembering his life since his contraception, which was in a car, and then later with her in the hospital giving birth to a son instead of a daughter, which she wanted. Her best friend gives birth to a daughter. The mothers are still friends, but the one who is remembering is always frustrated with her son. I cannot remember the title, but I think it has something to do with 'surrounded by boys' or 'living with boys'. Can anyone help?

Chosen answer: I believe the movie you're looking for is "Riding in Cars with Boys," starring Drew Barrymore.

Chanteuse66

Question: For any scene that involves someone either standing in front of or walking casually away from a massive explosion, what's usually done to ensure the actor isn't burned from the heat or deafened by the noise?

Chosen answer: Either via a greenscreen or by filming from a forced perspective so that it seems that the actor is closer to the explosion than they really are.

Captain Defenestrator

Question: How are food scenes in films and TV shows catered for, so to speak? Does the crew ready a set number of portions of what will be eaten in the scene beforehand and just hope they get a good take before supply runs out?

Chosen answer: The art department is responsible for creating/dressing sets in film and television. They would provide food for a scene just like any other prop. Either by having a small kitchen on site or ordering the necessary food from a caterer. Most movie set meals are also catered. I imagine there are companies that provide on-camera food as well as feeding the cast and crew.

Grumpy Scot

Question: I saw a film from the 1990s or early 2000s. I only remember the end where the FBI, mafia, cops, a wanted fugitive (I think), criminals, and one of the main characters all get tricked into meeting at a cafe or restaurant. There is a massive shootout, and I think it was all set up to kill one guy. Thanks in advance for the help; this has been killing me for years.

prettyez

Chosen answer: This sounds like Enemy of the State (1998), where crooked NSA agents, the mob, the FBI, a protagonist dressed as a cop, and another protagonist (a fugitive) all meet in a restaurant, where a gunfight ensues, and the good guys survive.

Madstunts

Question: I saw a movie in the early 90's about a German concentration camp. It was a disturbing movie depicting happenings in the camp. I remember seeing people being led in to gas chambers etc. One particular scene I remember was a little naked boy trying to run away. The German guard let his dog loose and let it chase down the kid killing him. I need to know the title.

Mortug

Chosen answer: The movie is "Escape from Sobibor" starring Rutger Hauer.

Question: I saw a movie quite a few years ago about a man getting killed by accident before his wedding and he fights against death, then comes back for his girlfriend, but she gets killed just after the man gains his life back. Can anyone tell me the name of this movie?

Chosen answer: "If only" starring Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Z71kitty

Question: I remember an episode of Looney Tunes or Merry Melodies which I can't remember its name; throughout the entire episode, a wolf is following Little Red Riding Hood to her grandma's house and keeps seeing this little fellow with a funny walk and a big nose (I think it's egghead but I'm not sure) who passes through the scene and whistles a tune. At the end, after reaching grandma's house, he sees the whistling guy once again and asks who he is. The guy knocks him out with a large hammer and says: "I'm a hunter". Can someone please tell me the name of that episode?

Chosen answer: It's "Little Red Walking Hood". It's exactly as you describe, only in the end, the little guy says, "I'm the hero." The cartoon can be found on the set Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. 5.

Question: Trying to remember the title of a movie. Its animated, intelligent and most likely in the Drama-genre. Its got like 4 or 5 main characters. And a key sentence that gets brought up is "Less Theory, More Action" . Also, one of the scenes is them trying to explain dreams, and goes like "To figure out if you're awake or its a dream, try turning off the light switch in a room, the lights don't change by a switch in a dream." Time range of production, 2002-2008 maybe? Anyone seen it? Know the title?

Chosen answer: I think it's "Waking Life. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0243017/.

Question: Hi, I'm looking for a tv commercial that aired in the 1980's. (Browsing your site it looks like you do commercials as well as movies and tv.) Anyway, it was a pizza delivery commercial (possibly Domino's) that took place in a haunted house. The only scenes I remember are the pizza delivery boy crossing a pit of snakes and having to choose one of three doors. As I recall, the commercial ended with the delivery boy still stuck in the haunted house. Do you have any information on this? What I mostly remember is being so scared as a child that I had to leave the room whenever the commercial aired.

Chosen answer: I remember something very similar on the PBS math show 'Square One.' It was a sketch about probability, with the hapless pizza man having to choose one of four keys to escape from a mummy, decide which of many snakes were real, and ended with him being chased by a ghost when he chose the wrong door. Could that have been it?

Question: I'm trying to remember a cartoon I had a tape of when I was younger. It involved a live action cat and dog, where the dog chased the cat around while the cats (and possibly the dogs) thoughts were voice acted, and then the cat would hide somewhere and fantasise about beating the dog in various situations. The show would then switch to animation with the cat taking the role of various pop culture icons, such as batman or captain kirk and fighting a version of the dog in the cartoon. Then the show would go back to live action and the dog would be chased away somehow.

Gary O'Reilly

Chosen answer: It was a Saturday morning show that Hal Sutherland produced in 1975 titled "The Secret Lives of Waldo Kitty. It was a parody of the 1947 Danny Kaye movie "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty;" Walter Mitty was a character created by James Thurber.

Question: There's a scene I watched from a movie a few years ago where a blue-haired girl or woman is running down a narrow hallway that's quickly flooding up. She opens a door, keeps running, and then there's a man running behind her, and she shuts the next door and locks it before he can reach it, as the water slowly fills up. They watch each other through the door as the water fills up on his side. It was on television, it could have been a sci-fi thing, I don't really know. I'm assuming it's either from early 2000's or the 90's.

public enemy

Chosen answer: I believe you may be describing the last episode of the first season of Alias entitled 'Almost 30 Years'.

Question: Ok not much detail here but my friend told me of this movie about this person that goes through like the stages of Jesus's life and stuffThings like they get the wounds on their hands from the crucifixion I would love to know the name, if this sounds like anything you have seen let me know.

msmall724

Chosen answer: Could very well be Stigmata starring Patricia Arquette and Gabriel Byrne.

Phixius

Question: I saw this movie about 3-4 years ago and missed much of it at the start, but this is what I remember. There is a woman (I think she died at the start) who is a tooth fairy and she comes to a boy (he may be her son) and speaks to him every night, and occasionally sings this song. Then she goes back to this place where there is a stairway to heaven (I think) and an elevator to hell, and she goes down screaming. The screen goes all white and you see her lying on the road (perhaps that's how she died) and she sees a traffic warden miming something like "you have one more chance". Any suggestions for the name of this movie would be amazing.

msmall724

Chosen answer: Sounds a lot like "Toothless" starring Kirstie Alley.

Phixius

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