Gavin Jackson

New this week Question: Why did Qi'ra choose to kill Dryden Vos and spare Han? Was it because she loved Han, or simply because she decided that she would rather work for Darth Maul instead?

Gavin Jackson

New today Answer: Qi'ra's motivations are purposefully vague. It could be she killed Vos because she loved Han. It could be a simple power play, as she did not like being a slave to Vos. It could be a combination of both: she was able to save Han and also gain a position of power by killing Vos. We'll likely never know the answer as a follow up to Solo seems unlikely at this point.


New this month Trivia: When Sex Machine is turning into a vampire, he hears a voice in his head saying "Kill them. Kill them." This is most likely a homage to the original Friday the 13th film where the killer Mrs Voorhees hears similar voices saying "Kill mom. Kill mom." Tom Savini who played Sex Machine did the special effects for that film.

Gavin Jackson
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New this month Suggested correction: This observation seems like a minor coincidence at best. Sex Machine is literally hearing a mass of voices saying random things, with "Kill them" (a pretty generic phrase heard in many horror films) simply being among them, whereas the sound in the "Friday the 13th" (a shortening of Pamela's repeated phrase "Kill her mommy", shortened to "Ki-ki-ki-ma-ma-ma") isn't literally meant to be something she hears, but more a background ambient sound in the musical score. (And it was done so vaguely done and unintelligible, they later recycled it in every other film as a generic "spooky noise.").


New this month Plot hole: It makes no sense why the Gecko brothers took the bank teller hostage at the beginning. Their plan was to get across the border into Mexico and to the rendezvous using the Fuller family, and their RV was perfect. But what was their original plan? Were they gonna have the hostage drive their car while they hid in the trunk? She would have given them up immediately. Also let's not forget that her face was on TV news programs which makes her a liability at the border gate. Basically there is no logical reason and all they would have done (if Richie didn't kill her) was create unneeded collateral.

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New this month Suggested correction: Criminals behaving illogically don't constitute a plot hole. The fact that Ritchie raped the bank teller may have been his motive for kidnapping her, rather than just killing her right away.


Also, Seth states at some point he does not take hostages (either on leaving Benny's world of liquor or after discovering the teller is dead, I can't remember where he said it) which suggests it was all Ritchie's idea to kidnap her and Seth didn't want, far less plan, to take a hostage, and that he felt it was unnecessary to do so.


New this week Suggested correction: They had Gloria hostage incase they had a run in with the police.

New this month Question: In the US, can you really be taken to a police station for (presumably) making a phony phone call? To me it seems like a waste of resources since it is probably a common occurrence. Also Jeannie would have stuck to her story that it was break-ins do happen all the time.

Gavin Jackson

New this month Answer: In the United States, phoning in a false report to police can be treated as either a misdemeanor or felony offense (depending on jurisdiction). A false report is considered obstructing law enforcement, which is pretty serious. A misdemeanor offense can result in jail time of a year or less, while a felony offense can result in more than a year's jail time and heavy fines. The important factor that makes it a crime is knowingly trying to mislead the police, not accidentally reporting false information. In "Ferris Beuller's Day Off," Jean was not trying to mislead the police; but, lacking evidence, the police assumed she was knowingly phoning in a false report, so they arrested her (probably on a misdemeanor).

Charles Austin Miller

New this month Answer: Illinois law makes making a false report on 911 a form of disorderly conduct.


New this month Answer: I think the main thing was Jeanie wasn't in school and was probably taken in for truancy as well as the supposedly phony call. But it's unlikely that they would have taken her to the police station if she was picked up at home.


3rd Sep 2018

True Lies (1994)

Question: Was this film a box office hit, did it flop or simply break even? I have heard nothing about it being a huge money-maker. And of all James Cameron's films, it seems to have gotten the least mention (the controversial strip tease scene might be one reason). So I was wondering if someone could clarify it once and for all?

Gavin Jackson

Answer: True Lies did well, earning about $379m worldwide from a $100m+ budget, the first movie to have a production budget that high. It was the third highest grossing movie of 1994.

Jon Sandys Premium member

Question: How did Claire get into the closet where Bender was? Vernon locked the door when he left and Bender had to crawl through the ceiling to get out and back in. So how did Claire simply open the door?

Gavin Jackson

Chosen answer: The key may have been left in the door knob, Bender wouldn't have known that so he returned the same way he left. Real question is how did Claire know which closet he was locked in?

Answer: Perhaps she picked the lock.

Alan Keddie

Claire closed the door once she entered. Which means if she had picked it, then she would have locked herself in. I highly doubt she wanted to perform the ceiling crawl.

Gavin Jackson

17th May 2018

Deadpool 2 (2018)

Trivia: When Deadpool and Cable are fighting on the truck, Deadpool at one point refers to him as "One eyed Willie." This is a reference to the pirate from The Goonies which co-starred Josh Brolin, who plays Cable.

Gavin Jackson

Trivia: According to the DVD commentary, director Stephen Elliot wanted the drag queens to scale Ayers Rock (Uluru) at the end. But the park owner refused, claiming that he thought the film sounded dumb (and probably because climbing Ayers Rock is generally dissuaded). Elliot wanted to beat him up badly but didn't. In the end, he settled for Kings Canyon for the finale.

Gavin Jackson

Question: Why did Niander Wallace kill the female replicant right after creating her? I get that he's crazy, but was there any other reason?

Gavin Jackson

Answer: He was being violently petulant at the moment, angry that he couldn't create and control the birth that he just learned occurred with older-model replicants and seeing his new creation as "flawed" by design. Pretty villainous, he cares nothing for the replicants.

Erik M.

Answer: Think of any manufacturing process. Samples of new products are frequently created and then immediately destroyed. Also, the new replicant would require processing, training, etc. It was simpler for him to just dispose of the test.

Jason Hoffman

7th Apr 2018

Hogan's Heroes (1965)

The Reluctant Target - S2-E30

Trivia: When Klink is begging Hogan to trade places with him for fear of assassination, he says to him something like."I want to live til 80...all my family has lived til 80." Werner Klemperer, who played Klink, passed away in 2000 aged 80.

Gavin Jackson

31st Mar 2018

Fletch Lives (1989)

Trivia: Chevy Chase has a scene with actor Geoffrey Lewis in this film. The same year, Chevy played Juliette Lewis' dad in Christmas vacation...who is Geoffrey's real life daughter.

Gavin Jackson

4th Mar 2018

Shoot to Kill (1988)

Stupidity: When Jonathan is chasing the truck to try and save Sarah, he could have removed his heavy backpack and run faster...but instead just leaves it on. No wonder he wasn't fast enough.

Gavin Jackson

Question: Why did the bandit pay for Buford's meal?

Gavin Jackson

Chosen answer: For two reasons, one to be polite and not act suspiciously, if he acted nervous or uncomfortable, the sheriff would be weary of him. Second, so the sheriff would leave quickly in case he had no cash or wanted to pay with a credit card. There were no slide cards back in the 1970's.

Question: In the first film, Frank took on all the world leaders and proved himself to be a skilled fighter. So why is his fight scene in this film with Hector Savage so awkward and shows Frank as being a clueless fighter?

Gavin Jackson

Chosen answer: It was also stated in the movie that Savage was a professional fighter. Therefore Frank would be no match for him.


Answer: Rule of funny.

15th Jan 2018

Mad Max (1979)

Trivia: In a Q&A session, Steve Bisley stated that he came up with the idea of Goose laughing after he crashes into the car to show the character's reckless and crazy nature. On the day of filming, it was hot and Bisley was hardly feeling cheerful. So to make him laugh, Mel Gibson got on top of the car bisley was under and started dancing and exposing his genitals. That got Bisley laughing.

Gavin Jackson

The School Picture - S4-E30

Deliberate mistake: Although it was done for plot purposes, no school photographer would only take just one shot of a class photo. They generally take up to 15 to 20, as it is difficult to get everyone to look at the camera and smile at once (and hopefully not pull silly faces).

Gavin Jackson

18th Dec 2017

Spies Like Us (1985)

Other mistake: When Chevy chase is being filmed cheating on the exam, all the video cameras are on the sidewalls near the roof. But later when they view the footage, the last shot of Chevy copying the answers is from the floor level where no camera was seen in any previous shots. Also what was a floor level camera going to film anyway...everyone's feet?

Gavin Jackson

Question: In Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Luke's replacement hand looks like a normal human one (though it was mechanical). In this film he has a more obviously robotic hand. Other than to remind today's audiences that he previously lost his hand, was there any point to this change?

Gavin Jackson

Answer: At the beginning of Return of the Jedi Luke gets shot in the robotic hand and just wears a glove over it for the whole movie even though he could have had the skin fixed. Apparently in the many years between the movies he never bothered having any damage to the face flesh and skin fixed.

Answer: The outer skin could have been destroyed when Ben attacked Luke and ransacked the temple. We see Luke's robotic hand rise out of the rubble. Perhaps it had skin before that, and Luke never fixed it as a reminder of his "failure."

Answer: After thirty plus years, it could just be the natural degradation of the organic flesh covering the robotic parts.

Answer: He likely downgraded to a simpler, easier to maintain version at some point. Presumably before going off to the island.

The robotic hand Luke has in The Last Jedi has the scorch mark he got from a blaster from Return of the Jedi. It's the same hand, just without the artificial skin covering.


Stupidity: When Snake is surfing up to Eddie's car, all Eddie had to do was hit the brakes and Snake would have helplessly surfed right past him. But instead he accelerated, idiotically.

Gavin Jackson

28th Nov 2017

The Warriors (1979)

Question: Instead of trying to murder them, why didn't the Lizzies simply contact the Riffs and tell them they had 3 of the warriors and to come get them? They had plenty of time.

Gavin Jackson

Answer: The Riffs had put out a hit on the Warriors via the radio DJ, meaning that it didn't matter if the Warriors were taken alive or not; the Lizzies probably figured it would be easier simply to kill the Warriors and collect the reward.


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