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9th Jun 2006

Basic Instinct (1992)

Trivia: Director Paul Verhoeven actually has a PhD in mathematics. He received it back in the 1960's in Holland. He left the field and became a film director. (From Director's commentary on "Basic Instinct: The Original Director's Cut".).

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Easter egg: On Disc 2, another way to get to the 7 deleted scenes. Follow the same previous listed steps of going through Diagon Alley to get your key, coins from Gringott's, and then your wand. Once you have your wand, back at the main menu, chose "Classrooms". Of the four classes, choose Potions. If you click on the mixing bowl, it will ask you to make three different potions, each requiring a combination of the ingredients of two test tubes. Note, these are the same potions that Snape asks Harry to list/name on the first day of class, testing him, and Harry doesn't know. You have to get all three to pass on to the keys. 1) How do you make the sleeping potion "Draught of Living Death"? Click on test tubes with Asphodel & Wormwood. 2) What two plants are also known as aconite? Click on Monkshood & Wolfsbane. 3) How do you cure a boil? Click on Snake fangs & Porcupine quills. Once you have done this successfully, you will be in the chamber of the keys. The steps from here are the same as mentioned previously.

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8th Jun 2006

The Net (1995)

Revealing mistake: When Angela escapes in the dinghy from Jack's yacht, as she rushes to the shore, she smashes the boat into some large rocks. You can tell these are very fake plastic boulders.

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8th Jun 2006

The Net (1995)

Trivia: The movie was a not so subtle plug for Apple/Macintosh. The director/producer Irwin Winkler is a "Mac man." All the personal computers Angela uses are Macs. Even at the end, the computer conference was filmed at the Moscone center in San Francisco and is a tribute/simulation to the main MacWorld conference which is held every January at the Moscone. The plot is based on the good guys using Macs and the bad guys on PC's/Windows. Still today, but especially raging back in the 1990's, was the huge Mac rivalry with Windows.

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Trivia: The scene inside the gilded apartment of real estate mogul Alexander Cullen, accused of the triple murder, was shot inside the actual Fifth Avenue apartment of real life real estate mogul Donald Trump. (From DVD director's commentary). (01:04:00)

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Trivia: In the beginning, the church scene was not actors but the actual congregation of that small evangelical church, minus Alice Lomax. Per the "Directors commentary" from the DVD, he worked with all the pastors/churches shown because he wanted their involvement and for it to be as authentic as possible. (00:13:30)

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Continuity mistake: In the final showdown at Milton's apartment, when Kevin shoots himself in the head, he is facing forward. However, in one of the shots, you can see Keanu Reeves turn his head down and to his left as he falls, then they cut back to all the slow motion shots of him falling, facing forward. (02:12:20)

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Continuity mistake: After Kevin shoots himself and Milton becomes enraged, he turns Christabella to a skeleton of ash. In the close up of the skeleton, both of her hands are up near her right shoulder and close together, almost touching. In the far away shot of the skeleton with all the flames, her hands are now far apart. The left shoulder is back and the left hand is bent near her heart. (02:12:55)

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Continuity mistake: In the final scene in Milton's apartment, as he is trying to convince Kevin to join him, the long chain and pendant Milton's wearing switches several times back & forth from being outside his shirt and around his collar to inside underneath his shirt and almost completely invisible. (01:59:50)

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Revealing mistake: When Mary Ann is slicing her throat open with a piece of the mirror, you can tell it's a fake prosthetic rubber neck piece. It is darker and very wrinkled. They show a close-up of her natural neck right before which is smooth and light. (01:52:30)

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Revealing mistake: As Mary Ann is dying, Kevin is holding her close to him, hugging her. From the behind shot of Mary Ann, you can see, sticking out from behind the right side of her neck/hair, is a tube and the yellow packet that held the blood/pump. (01:53:00)

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Revealing mistake: After Mary Ann slices open her neck, they show a shot of Kevin looking down over her trying to hold her neck. You can see the rubber tube that spurted the blood is sticking out the gaping hole in front. (01:52:35)

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The Devil's Advocate mistake picture

Visible crew/equipment: When Kevin and Pam are watching the police video of the Moyez raid, as Kevin walks behind Pam, in the wall of windows behind him, you can see the camera man filming and watch him as he swings left to right following Kevin in the shot. (00:30:30)

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Continuity mistake: After Mary Ann has locked herself inside of her hospital room, she walks up to the door and you see she only has her left slipper on, the right one is behind her on the floor. In the next shot when she is sitting, about to cut her throat, the right slipper is back on her foot. (01:51:35)

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19th May 2006

Vanilla Sky (2001)

Trivia: When Tom and Penelope Cruz make the drawings of each other, she shows her caricature sketch of Tom. The drawing was done by James Malia (www.jamesmalia.com) who has done caricatures for Will & Grace and other stars/shows.

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17th May 2006

The Game (1997)

Plot hole: At the end, when Nick is on the roof and everyone is behind the metal doors, you hear the saws trying cut through the door and the sparks flying. Immediately when they cut through, the doors swing open and everyone is standing right up front with Champagne glasses. No one is holding any saws or equipment or have any in front of them. Nor was there any time for the people cutting the doors to run to the back to hide behind everyone else since the sparks fly right up until the doors swing wide open. (01:53:40)

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Continuity mistake: Thomas Crown comes into the police station to identify the thieves. As he is getting ready to leave, Catherine eavesdrops on his conversation as she fixes herself a cup of coffee. She then watches him out the window, drinking her coffee, as he runs to his car. The paper coffee cup changes from a purple swirl design with a little bit of green to a blue and white, geometric border with what appears to be an Asian design. (00:32:30)

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Question: When Catherine is interrogating one of the thieves at the police station, what does she say to him and in what language? The police think they are Romanian, however she asks him a couple of questions in various languages and, I think, it is German that he finally responds to. What does she say to "break him"? (00:34:10)

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Chosen answer: First Catherine asks him in French: 'Vous aimez les Etats-Unis?' ("Do you like the United States?") to which he doesn't reply, so she asks in German: 'Sehen Sie gerne gangsterfilme...mit Edward G. Robinson?' ("Do you like gangster movies...with Edward G. Robinson?") He snickers, so she continues. 'Seine Familie stammt aus Rumanien' ("His family is from Romania"). He answers: 'Ich will einen Rechtsanwalt' ("I want a lawyer") to which Catherine replies 'Aber Sie sind doch kein Staatsbarger...Da gibt's keinen Prozess...Sie werden ganz einfach deportiert...Rumaner ohne Ausweise machen uns nervos... Nervos...Die kannten Securitat sein...Deine Regierung nimmt Geheimpolizei... Was die mit dir machen... Hm?' ("But you are no U.S. Citizen...There won't be a trial...You will simply be deported...Romanians without ID cards make us nervous... Nervous...They could be Securitat [from the Romanian Secret Service]...Your government takes Secret Police... What they'll do with you... Hm?").

2nd May 2006

Happy Days (1974)

Trivia: In Season 5, in the 3 part special (episodes 89-91) the whole gang heads to Hollywood. It is here that Fonzie jumps over a caged shark on water skiis. Today a TV show is said to have "jumped the shark" when it has passed its peak and fans feel a significant drop in quality. The phrase was popularized by the website www.jumptheshark.com.

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Revealing mistake: During all shots of the actual glider, you can tell very obviously it is two stunt men in very bad, fake looking wigs. The one up front, "Catherine" now makes her look like a football player. He also has on a long red wig that goes to his shoulders, which is longer than Catherine's hair. In one aerial shot, the stuntman sitting in the rear, which is supposed to be "Thomas", has this dark black bowl cut wig that is parted down the middle and slicked to his head. (01:06:05)

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