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Question: I remember a movie that had a cameo appearance by three brothers of celebrities. One was Frank Stallone, brother of Sylvester. One was Don Swayze, brother of Patrick. Does anyone remember this movie and who the third brother was?

Paul Pepiton

Chosen answer: According to the IMDB, the only film those two have appeared in together was "W.A.R: Women Against Rape" from 1987. And if I'm correct, the third brother was Dick Van Dyke's brother Jerry. Alternatively might you be thinking of the recent "Fred Claus", which featured a group for overlooked brothers of celebrities, including cameos from Frank Stallone, Roger Clinton (brother of Bill) and Stephen Baldwin?

Cubs Fan

Question: I can't remember the name of a TV show that was on in the late 90's to early 2000 years. It was about a young guy whose girlfriend/wife left him, and he is raising his baby son and has a roommate. I think they also had a red-haired female friend (or maybe she was another roommate). I remember there was one episode where they worried the son might be mentally slower, since he didn't breastfeed.

Chosen answer: The show you are talking about is "Lay around, Don't frown." This was cancelled after just 1 season. The red haired women's name is Susan. The name of the main character is David Jenkins, or a.k.a. "Sloppy Joe" because he was always dirty.

Question: This is a game show that used to be on Nickelodeon. It had a jungle theme, and the players had to go through an obstacle course. In at least one episode, there was a part where they had to get gold pieces of a statue (I think it was of a monkey) and put it together before time was up. Does anyone remember the name?

Chosen answer: It was called "Legends of the Hidden Temple" and ran from 1993-95. And you were close: the monkey was silver, not gold.

Cubs Fan

Question: I am trying to remember a movie I saw about eight or ten years ago. It may be an 80s or 90s movie. This is all I can remember from it: There is a house that's empty - the people said the guy went crazy or something. But there is something in the power lines almost like it's alive. In one scene the water heater gets turned up on its own and a women who is in the shower gets burned by the water. That's really all I can remember from it. Thanks for any help.

Chosen answer: Pulse (1988).

Question: On their Wikipedia page, it says that Irish folk band The Chieftains have won an Academy Award. What did they win for, in terms of film and category?

Cubs Fan

Chosen answer: The 1975 film "Barry Lyndon" by Stanley Kubrick. The Chieftains contributed one song ("Women of Ireland") to the musical score, which won the Award for Best Original Song Score And Adaptation.

Twotall

Question: I'm looking for a movie from the 80's, possibly early 90's. There are two guys and one of them seems insane or delusional talking about aliens. The second guy doesn't believe him, but starts to wonder. The "delusional" guy sees an alien news story on the cover of a tabloid in a gas station store and he believes its true. Near the end, he pulls out a pen that transforms and flies around like a helicopter. Any ideas?

Chosen answer: "Real Men" starring John Ritter and Jim Belushi. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093828/).

Captain Defenestrator

Question: This particular movie is from the 80's or 90's that begins with some guy telling a story about a picture on the wall that has a car (possibly yellow-ish in color) parked next to a lake that has a small dock anchored off-shore. In the story/movie, about 5 teens go out to the lake to swim. While they're swimming/laying on the dock, a tar-like blob in the water slowly kills all of them. Anyone know the title of this movie?

Chosen answer: This is one of the segments from the movie "Creepshow 2." It is based on the Stephen King short story "The Raft."

Guy

Question: I remember watching a film to a certain point, and I never found out its name. The film, from what I remember, is about a hollywoodic agent who got fired by his best actor. While travelling, he reaches a large house with a Giant living in it. The lovable, skinny Giant invites him in (he even carries him inside the house). When the Agent sees the Giant, he takes him under his wings and sets off with him to hollywood, giving him roles in many pictures and shows - including pictures in which his former actor stars in (there is a very amusing scene in which the Giant vomits on that actor's head during filming, While acting as a knight and riding on a horse). The Agent is making a lot of money from the Giant. However, the Giant himself is more concerned about finding a lost childhood love he hasn't seen in years - and has only one picture of her. I reached a point where the Agent takes the Giant to a freak-show, and promises him that by doing this they'll find his lost love. This film is not a cartoon. What is the name of that film?

Chosen answer: Sounds like the Billy Crystal movie from 1998, My Giant.

pross79

Question: In one of Pixar's first computer animated short films, "Red's Dream", A jazz score composed by David Slusser constantly plays at the background. What is the name of that score?

Chosen answer: Jumpin' Jubilee.

Question: Does anyone remember the name of this Christian scare film aimed at teens? I saw in in 1990. A bunch of teen drivers are killed in a car wreck. Heaven is like a hotel. The desk clerk asks for their reservations. Only the Christian teen has reservations, the rest are hurled down a firey elevator. It ends with a computer screen listing dozens of 'not confirmed' reservations, as 'Jesus Loves Me' plays. Anyone?

Chosen answer: The film is call Without Reservation and is under the title Mars Hill Trilogy. Can be found on Netflix or a christian movies seller.

Question: The movie in question I'm looking for is either from the 80's or 90's. The movie begins (and ends) with some guy telling a story about a picture on the wall (which the movie is about) that has a car (I believe it's yellow-ish) parked in front of a lake. In the story, about 5 teens go out to the lake that has a small dock anchored off-shore. While at the lake, a tar-like blob in the lake slowly kills them all. What's the title?

Chosen answer: It's from Creepshow 2 (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092796/) It's based on a Stephen King short story titled "The Raft".

Grumpy Scot

Question: I'm looking for the title of a movie. All I know is the first scene is a night club where a man goes and then gets arrested for something. But in the van he becomes a werewolf and massacres the two guys in the front. They discover the remains of one, and frankly it is gory. Any clues?

Chosen answer: This is a movie from the 1980's called "The Monster Squad". A man goes into a police station screaming that he's a werewolf. He takes a cops gun and fires it into the air begging to be locked up. He is killed and as his body is being taken away, he changes into the werewolf and kills the driver.

Question: I had a flashback, if you will, of a scene from what I think is the beginning of a movie. From the description of the scene (which I will go into below) I can only come up with the conclusion that it may be about a male serial killer of some sort (some kind of thriller)? I know I have seen the movie within the past 3-4 years. Here is the scene that played in my head. Two kids on the side of a road/country highway, not sure if they are on bikes or not. One kid pushes the other kid in front of a passing car, thus said kid gets run down. The pusher then watches as the other kid lies on the road dying and just watches him die, in fascination. That is all I remember. Anyone have any clue what movie I may be talking about or did my mind just make this up? Thanks for any help as it's been bugging me for quite awhile now.

Chosen answer: That is the 2004 movie called Taking Lives.

pross79

Question: My guess would be that the film was released in the 1990s or earlier this decade. The setting of the film was a health spa in nineteenth or early twentieth century America. The health spa was owned and operated by a physician. The basic thesis of the physician was that the entirety of human disease can be attributed to genito-excretory (especially bowel) dysfunction. Among the other principals are the following. A young couple is featured. The couple takes a train to the health spa in order to secure treatment for the husband. The physician examines the throat of the husband and says that his bowels are "sick, sick" (really no surprise there). The physician recommends that the husband enter the spa for treatment. A good bit of the film deals with the misadventures of the husband as he takes the spa's treatments for his malady. The physician has a grown ne'er-do-well son who is given to extorting money from his physician father and which son also enjoys spying on bare naked ladies (one of which is the wife of the young couple, mentioned above) as they bathe in the spa. In the final scene of the film, the physician rides a bicycle or motor bike off of the end of a pier, tumbles headlong into a body of water and (presumably) drowns. I never did get any of the stage names of the actors or actresses. The actor who played the physician was a mature gent (an Anthony Hopkins type). That's all that I can remember. I just saw bits and pieces of the film on free television several years ago. I would dearly love to purchase a copy of this film for playback on dvd but I don't know the title of the film. Can anybody help me with the title of the film?

Chosen answer: That sounds like "The Road to Wellville" from 1994.

papajim

Question: A theatrical release in the 70's that was a compilation of different movies showing clips from them, horror, mostly. They were all narrated by different actors at different times in the movie. I remember Donald Pleasance in one section and then Cheech and Chong sitting in a theater with a trash can filled with popcorn. Chong waves off a woman who wants to sit in front of them by telling her that the seat is wet, but Cheech yells at him for that. What is the name of this movie? Anyone?

CCARNI

Chosen answer: It sounds like "It Came From Hollywood", 1982.http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0084156/.

Rlvlk

Question: I would like to know the name of a movie. It's a foreign film from about the mid nineties. The plot was basically that a series of murders was going down in an apartment block and that a man was a suspect. The lead female was attracted to this man (I think she was a therapist) and didn't believe him to be the killer. Towards the end she provides a solid alibi for him in that he was upstairs typing all night. The ending of the movie finds our heroine finding a tape in his apartment - a tape of him typing. She realises he is the killer and a fight ensues. Please help.

Chosen answer: Its not a foreign movie - it's "Sliver" starring Sharon Stone.

Question: Are the contestants on Wheel of Fortune encouraged to buy vowels? It seems like as soon as someone gets some money they immediately start buying vowels.

Chosen answer: By buying a vowel, you can guess a letter without the risk of landing on Bankrupt or Lose A Turn. Vowels are also extremely useful in figuring out the number of syllables in the word.

JC Fernandez

Question: What are the differences between Dolby True HD, DTS-HD Master Audio and Linear PCM Uncompressed? I was under the impression that they're all lossless and, well, basically the original sound. Wouldn't that make them all identical and impossible to tell apart?

Chimera

Chosen answer: It appears there is no difference. You can follow the links for the sources here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolby_TrueHD

Rlvlk

Question: This was a movie from the 1970s: I was only a little kid when I saw it. The only scene I remember is a woman who was going to be sacrificed in some kind of Southwest American Indian ceremony. It was filmed in a desert area with canyons and cliffs, and was set in pre-modern times. There was a part where they covered the face of the victim so that they couldn't see. Ring any bells?

Chosen answer: Not 100% sure, but I think what you're looking for is "Against a Crooked Sky."

Chanteuse66

Question: I remember seeing a film towards the end of the 90s but can't remember the title. I'm pretty sure it was a tv movie. It was an American film and all I remember was some woman was kidnapped by a guy who was a bit of a psycho, but he appeared normal to all the people in the town. He was a real "pillar of the community" kind of guy when he was around people, but he led a secret serial killer double life. He lived in a really big house in the middle of the woods (possibly Pacific Coast/Washington state) and the house was really modern in terms of its decoration and architecture. He drove a black SUV or a van that he would transport these women in. I remember that she tried to escape from his house, but he had these nasty big black dogs outside that would attack if they saw anyone other than their master. She was trying to escape from the house by holding on to this wire leading away from the house and the scene that sticks in my mind is the woman dangling precariously above the dogs but the dogs were oblivious to her being above them. I think she might have been interacting with the guy and trying to gain his trust by acting like his friend.

Chosen answer: "Kiss the Girls" starring Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman.

Dedderbot

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