Jon Sandys

8th Aug 2020

General questions

It's a bit of a trope in films for an explosive device of some kind to be placed in a microwave, often catching the victim unawares until the final few seconds before the beeper goes and it explodes. Grosse Point Blank and Under Siege come to mind, to name but two. But is there any real reason the countdown should match the explosion? Is there anything specific about the end of a microwave cycle that might cause a detonation in something capable of it, or is it just a Hollywood convention that the hero's skills are such that they manage to set the timer for the perfect length to cause an explosion?

Jon Sandys Premium member

Answer: To start, exploding microwaves in film are like gas tanks exploding when shot, what the movies show is nothing like real life. Most explosive simply do not explode in microwaves, even after 15 minutes. Flash powder (flashbang grenades) can go off in a microwave after about 5 minutes, but just from being heated up, nothing to do with the final seconds of the countdown. Although they certainly wouldn't explode an entire store or cause more damage then the flashbang would do normally. Explosives like C4, hand grenades, or modern TNT and dynamite-type explosives will not go off like seen in the films, at least not with low powered home microwaves.

Bishop73

8th Aug 2020

Future Man (2017)

Haven Is for Real - S3-E5

[Watching a dreadful performance by James Dean.]
Josh: I gotta get some air.
Abraham Lincoln: I don't blame you. This is the worst theater experience I've ever had.

Jon Sandys Premium member

7th Aug 2020

Future Man (2017)

Trappers Delight - S3-E3

Tiger: Boy! Why did you have to bring us to yet another time where women are treated like garbage?
Josh: Well I'm so sorry, it's called 'all of human history'.

Jon Sandys Premium member

6th Aug 2020

Hunters (2020)

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Eilu v' Eilu - S1-E10

Continuity mistake: When Jonah confronts Meyer after the death of the surgeon, Meyer's holding a drink in his left hand as he turns to face Jonah. The shot changes angle and the drink is suddenly in his right. (00:48:40)

Jon Sandys Premium member

29th Jul 2020

Desperado (1995)

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Continuity mistake: Antonio Banderas throws his guitar case across the roof, then jumps after it and opens it. From the reverse angle the fake guitar inside is still in place, we then switch to it from from the front and it's instantly raised, with the guns visible instead.

Jon Sandys Premium member

29th Jul 2020

Desperado (1995)

Audio problem: When the bad guys in the car are shooting at Danny Trejo, the kid with the broken leg kills him with six shots we see and hear, but the slide on his gun locks back after 5.

Jon Sandys Premium member

25th Jul 2020

The Nice Guys (2016)

Trivia: The line "he'll stop doing it" "stop doing what?" followed by violence was used almost identically in Iron Man 3, also written and directed by Shane Black.

Jon Sandys Premium member

25th Jul 2020

Iron Man 3 (2013)

Revealing mistake: When Tony is knocked violently forwards during the test of the Mark 42 armour, he somehow arrests his fall mid-air just before propulsors in his hands actually fire, because the effects weren't perfectly synced with the wirework.

Jon Sandys Premium member

20th Jul 2020

Demolition Man (1993)

Trivia: The dress Sandra Bullock wears to the Taco Bell was very heavy due to all the stones on it - after her exuberance mimicking Stallone's punching after the scrap attack it started to rip, which is why she has her arms wrapped around herself slightly awkwardly at the very end of the scene.

Jon Sandys Premium member

19th Jul 2020

Space Force (2020)

It's Good to Be Back on the Moon - S1-E9

Factual error: The Apollo 11 flag gets knocked over by the Chinese rover...but the flag was blown over by the Eagle's takeoff thrust, witnessed by Buzz Aldrin. This was confirmed years later by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which showed shadows of the flags planted at all six Apollo landing sites, bar Apollo 11's. The other 5 were all planted further from their landing craft precisely for that reason. It's also widely assumed that the flags on the moon would have been bleached white by decades of unfiltered sunlight, not in good condition like the one shown.

Jon Sandys Premium member

19th Jul 2020

Space Force (2020)

The Spy - S1-E6

Continuity mistake: The digital clock behind Naird skips backwards - it's at 19:34:54 when he says "I'm so sorry Adrian", but the next time we see it it's just ticking onto 19:35:01 when several more seconds have passed.

Jon Sandys Premium member

18th Jul 2020

Space Force (2020)

Mark and Mallory Go to Washington - S1-E3

Continuity mistake: The digital clock behind the head of the Air Force doesn't match the time elapsed between shots - we see him with it at 14:00:54, 10 seconds pass of continuous conversation, then it's at 14:01:14 when he says "you seem pretty calm."

Jon Sandys Premium member

18th Jul 2020

Space Force (2020)

Save Epsilon 6! - S1-E2

Factual error: Marcus is spun off and he's "on course to intercept the sun in about a week." The sun is 94,000,000 miles from earth, even assuming 2 weeks he'd have to be travelling at about 280,000mph. Orbital speed is about 17,000mph, no way he was flung away from the satellite 16 times faster than that from what we saw.

Jon Sandys Premium member

14th Jul 2020

General questions

I'm trying to remember what movie it's from when the bad guy (I think) says "you find something that's important to them, and...you squeeze." Drawing a blank. Anyone know?

Jon Sandys Premium member

Chosen answer: "Mission Impossible." Kitteridge says it to his colleague, Barnes (when the Feds turn up at the place where Max and her team were, and find them gone) when describing how he's going to get Ethan to come out of hiding.

Heather Benton Premium member

That's it! Fantastic, thank you. :-)

Jon Sandys Premium member

12th Jul 2020

The Old Guard (2020)

Plot hole: Nile checks the gun Andy gave her and realises it's empty, which in turn leads her to realise that Booker was setting them up, because he gave that gun to Andy in the first place. No way that Nile, a marine, and Andy, a timeless warrior, somehow both missed the noticeable difference in weight between a fully loaded pistol and an empty one.

Jon Sandys Premium member

Trivia: The Porgs on Luke's island only exist because the real island is the habitat of puffins, and filming couldn't interfere with them. It proved more appealing and frankly simpler to digitally alter the appearance of the puffins, rather than erasing them entirely.

Jon Sandys Premium member

4th Jul 2020

Westworld (2016)

Passed Pawn - S3-E7

Trivia: Enrico Colantoni plays Whitman, who Rehoboam arranges to be removed from society. Fitting casting, as he previously played Elias in Person of Interest, a TV series based on the idea of an AI eventually making decisions for humanity and removing threats.

Jon Sandys Premium member

24th May 2020

The Godfather (1972)

Trivia: The house Jack Woltz lives in, where he discovers the horse's head in his bed, is also where JFK spent his honeymoon. Called the "Beverly House", William Randolph Hearst lived there until 1951, and it's been used in The Bodyguard and Fletch.

Jon Sandys Premium member

Show generally

Stupidity: Whenever General Grievous fights another lightsaber-user, there's almost always a moment with all the sabers crossed dramatically in front of both participants, one preventing the other striking a killing blow. Looks good, but utterly ridiculous, because he's got 4 arms and 4 lightsabers - he could easily block the blade in front of him with one or two arms, and simultaneously swipe at their head and legs, which no-one with two arms could ever defend against. Of course that would make for a lot of very short duels.

Jon Sandys Premium member

2nd May 2020

Shazam! (2019)

Other mistake: Shazam catches the bus and everyone's fine. But really, how is him catching the bus at a dead stop 6 feet off the ground any better than it hitting solid ground a fraction of a second later? He's not magically cushioning everyone on the bus.

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