Jazetopher

1st Nov 2006

Star Wars (1977)

Corrected entry: When Luke has rescued Leia on the Death Star and stormtroopers have prevented them from going back out the way they came, Han says that there is no other way out when there is an exit on the other end of the corridor. (01:13:00)

Correction: He means there is no "safe" way out now that their planned exit is blocked, as he realizes more stormtroopers are likely not far from catching up with them. It's a "Death Star" the size of a small moon. He obviously isn't implying that on the whole station, that was the "only" exit point.

Jazetopher

27th Oct 2006

Robocop (1987)

Corrected entry: When Robocop goes to arrest Dick Jones, he drives into the basement parking lot of the OCP building and then takes a long ride in a glass elevator to the top of a very tall skyscraper where Jones' office is located. Later, after being driven out of Jones' office by the ED-209, Robocop escapes into a stairwell and down a flight of stairs. The 209 cannot navigate the stairs and ends up falling down them. As the 209 struggles to upright itself, Robocop staggers down what appears to be only one more flight of stairs before exiting a door where he is suddenly back in the basement parking lot. How did he get back down to the basement so fast?

Correction: It simply cuts to the last flight of stairs to save time. As you mentioned, the elevator ride itself took a long time, so how pointlesss would it have been to show Robocop decending over 100 flights of stairs? The cut appears to have been made this way as lots of action movies use this technique to keep the action/intensity of the scene going. In this case, for the firefight that insues with the police units once he reaches the garage.

Jazetopher

25th Oct 2006

Hocus Pocus (1993)

Corrected entry: The zombie gets his fingers chopped off by the motorcycle but he is never shown missing fingers at any time in the movie.

Correction: He simply reattached them, just as he is shown doing with his head after it gets knocked off by the tree branch. Since it has been established that he can reattach lost limbs, he is simply not shown putting his fingers back, as it is not necessary to show this ability every time it's used. Not a mistake.

Jazetopher

Corrected entry: Platform Nine and Three Quarters is supposed to be a secret platform that only magical people can access. However when Harry, Ron and Hermione have boarded the train and are looking for a cabin we can see out of the window a GNER (Great North-Eastern Railway) train visible on the next platform. The train is most noticeable for its blue colour with a single red stripe running the length of the train.

Scrappy

Correction: The Hogwarts Express is very much the same as the Knight Bus that Harry takes to the Leaky Cauldron, in the sense that muggles cannot see it, even when in the same vicinity as other cars. The same principle applies for the train sitting on the platform at the station next to the real trains.

Jazetopher

28th Sep 2006

Batman Returns (1992)

Corrected entry: If Batman's little Bat-Gadget had enough force to knock out three henchmen, then how come it doesn't harm the poodle which jumps up to retrieve it? (00:53:00)

Hamster Premium member

Correction: Much the same way that if you threw a frisbee really hard at someone it would hurt quite a bit, but dogs can catch them with great ease when properly trained.

Jazetopher

Corrected entry: When Clara and Doc are hanging off the train barely, Marty lets the hoverboard go so Doc can save himself and Clara, which he does. When he pulls away from the train, the camera is shooting from Marty's P.O.V. and it shows Doc pulling ahead of the train and past the Delorean. He would slow down if anything, not speed up, especially holding Clara.

Correction: There is no way to know how a hoverboard from the future is supposed to perform when accelerated to 80+ mph from a moving object, as its limitations and/or functions are never revealed to the viewer.

Jazetopher

Corrected entry: When the car and train go past the windmill, Marty yells to Doc they are going over 60 and he'll never make it back in time. But about a minute later Marty looks at the speedometer and it just then passed 60.

Correction: Once the train reached its top speed, it was up to the "logs" to make it go faster. This was not done by a steady acceleration, but rather a burst that increased the DeLorean and the train's speed, which remained at that speed until the next log. If you will notice, after the log blows that accelerates them to just over 60 mph, the car remains at that speed until the last log blows, so the speedometer in the shot you referenced should still be reading just over 60 mph even a minute after Marty tells Doc they just passed 60 mph. Not a mistake.

Jazetopher

Corrected entry: When Ace is going to inspect the tank he climbs halfway down the ladder and jumps down. Then he takes a few steps and makes it nearly halfway across the tank. In the next shot they zoom in on Roger and Mellisa but you here about 7-10 more steps, enough for Ace to reach were he was going but when they show him again it looks as if he's barely moved if moved at all.

Correction: You only hear the steps, but since we can not see him, there is no indication that they were all in the same direction. He likely took the same number of steps backward as he did forward (i.e. five forward then five back) to end up where he started, or even walked in a circle investigating the perimeter of the tank.

Jazetopher

17th Oct 2006

Loaded Weapon 1 (1993)

Corrected entry: After Colt and Luger have finished the bad guys, Colt wants to light a cigarette, but Luger dissuades him and he throws it away, and it lights the leaking gasoline. However, the fire does not start on the spot where the cigarette is lying; it was set off from the edge of the screen.

Correction: Actually, this is factually accurate, as the "vapors" from gasoline are the most flammable, NOT the liquid itself, so the resulting fire would have started where the vapors were most concentrated, which could have been anywhere around the spill, including offscreen.

Jazetopher

Corrected entry: When Brad and Janet's station wagon gets a flat tire, the light in the car is a bright white that is emanating from the floor (note the shadows above them and the ones on their faces). If the light was from the dashboard or dome light, it would be more yellow and cast downward shadows on their faces.

Correction: Every car I have ever owned had lights in the floorboard that came standard with the vehicle, including a dome light that can be switched on or off seperately. The dome light simply does not turn on, while the floorboard lights are apparently on, causing the white light and upward cast shadows.

Jazetopher

16th Oct 2006

Madagascar (2005)

Corrected entry: When the animals are on the ship in the crates, they all have light coming in from the top through the holes. Melman's crate is upside down, however, so the holes in his crate should be on the bottom.

Correction: Actually, crates designed to ship livestock/zoo animals have "air holes" on both ends (to ensure that the animal can breathe even if the crate turns over). While Melvin's crate is upside down, the light is simply entering from the other hole of the opposite side.

Jazetopher

Corrected entry: In the scene when Annie and Brian visit George and Nina's house to share some news with the both sets of parents, they blow the horn in their car. Less than 1 second after the horn honks, they are seen walking through the front door. Impossible for them to have exited the car and crossed that distance in time shown on screen.

Correction: True, the horn does honk just before they walk in, but many vehicles come standard with "keyless entry" and also come equipped with a "door lock" button on the same device. The car's horn (as well as the headlights/tail lights flashing) is almost always connected to the alarm feature that is associated with remotely locking the car. It appears that they were just locking the car before entering George and Nina's house.

Jazetopher

11th Oct 2006

Dennis the Menace (1993)

Corrected entry: When Dennis gets off his bike, it tips back and the bad guy falls. Dennis is much lighter than the bad guy, so how could he balance the wagon?

Correction: The combined weight of Dennis AND the bike is more than that of the bad guy, but when Dennis hops off, the weight of the bike alone is lighter than him, resulting in the tipping back you see on screen.

Jazetopher

16th Oct 2006

Event Horizon (1997)

Corrected entry: When the crew boards Event Horizon for the first time they say that it's in deep freeze. So the temperature must be well below zero. But the bottle that floats by in the picture contains water in liquid not frozen form.

Correction: It might not be water as the bottle is not labeled as such. Many chemicals in liquid forms have a freezing point well below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, and remain in that liquid state at extremely low temperatures.

Jazetopher

15th Oct 2006

Friday (1995)

Corrected entry: In the scene that's in black and white, where Smokey tells Craig about the time Hector gave him angel dust, if you look to the far left of the screen, you see a man sitting on a brick wall. He wasn't supposed to be in the movie, but because that brick wall was in his yard, he appeared in the shot.

Correction: How is this a mistake? If you found out through research/documentary that something was not intended to be on screen, it is trivia, so long as that object is acceptable to the plot/timeframe of the movie. No mistake is made by him being there.

Jazetopher

11th Oct 2006

Forrest Gump (1994)

Corrected entry: When Forrest starts to play ping-pong, he says how he plays all the time. In one shot, the camera is laying on the table, looking up at him. Just before the shot changes to the next, you can hear the "clunk" of the ball hitting the camera. I saw this in the DVD and on TV. You know it is the camera because it is loud and sudden, not soft, like what you would hear when it hits a ping-pong paddle.

Correction: I'm not sure what you heard, but it could not have been the ball hitting the camera, because in the making of the film documentary, it is shown that the ping-pong ball was computer generated for every scene, so no real ball ever existed.

Jazetopher

Maybe the sound is confused with the ball hitting the bedpan earlier.

Correction: It was a sound effect added to make it seem like it hit the camera.

LorgSkyegon

Corrected entry: Right after the train station explosion McClane is sitting down and talking to Zeus and Det. Lambert. McClane says "What were the odds of us making it down there on time?" which is replied by Zeus as "Zip". Zeus got to the phone at the train station on time, with time to spare. If McClane would have continued in the cab with him they would both have gotten there in time.

Correction: McLane is simply stating that Simon set up a task that he believed to be impossible with no chance for success, as he needed the train to blow up underneath Wall Street for his plan. He never expected they would make it. Just as planned in the plot, Simon underestimated McLane and Zeus, which ultimately leads to Simon's demise.

Jazetopher

14th Oct 2006

Cast Away (2000)

Corrected entry: When Chuck is going down with the plane his life boat has a small reddish bag attached. This gets attached to some metal piece and starts to pull him further underwater until it snaps off. Once on the island, he starts to drag the life boat towards the trees. As he walks further up you can see the little red bag being dragged behind the life boat.

Correction: Many inflatable liferafts have more than one of these sandbags attached to them. This is likely a different sandbag.

Jazetopher

Corrected entry: When John is getting on the train and busts the window out, his pants are relatively clean and have no holes or tears. After he pulls the bomb off the wall and starts to walk away, his pants have a good size hole above each knee.

Correction: He rips them on the broken glass of the subway train's window as he quickly jumps through.

Jazetopher

5th Oct 2006

Mama's Family (1983)

Fran's Dress - S1-E10

Corrected entry: In this episode when talking to Fran, Mama states, "I used to iron with my right hand, mash potatoes with my left, with four screaming kids under me." However, Mama only had three kids on the show: Vint, Unice, and Ellen. Where did the fourth kid come from?

Correction: It's an exaggeration implying that she worked herself to the bone taking care of them as kids. (Research "Uphill Both Ways In The Snow To School" for a classic example).

Jazetopher

It could have been Iola because she hung out at their house when she was a little girl.

The mistake isn't about her exaggerating, it's about her not knowing how many kids she had. She only had 3 kids and there's nothing to indicate she was raising someone else's kid, and the show never mentions some unnamed son out west.

Bishop73

Correction: She had another child, a son out west.

I don't ever remember this being said.

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