Jason Hoffman

1st Sep 2020

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Revealing mistake: When Brom (disguised as the horseman) throws the jack-o-lantern at Ichabod, there is a shot from Ichabod's perspective showing the jack-o-lantern flying toward him. It jiggles from side to side, revealing it was travelling on a wire.

Jason Hoffman

Revealing mistake: During the finale when Remo is hanging off the log on the cable, when he drops to the bottom of the log, the harness cable holding the stuntman to the log is visible.

Jason Hoffman

6th Jul 2020

Columbo (1971)

How to Dial a Murder - S7-E4

Revealing mistake: At the end when Laurel and Hardy are licking Columbo, a substance is caked on Columbo's neck, presumably the food they used to get the dogs to lick Peter Falk.

Jason Hoffman

Evil Under the Sun - S8-E1

Revealing mistake: As the major tries to convince the Chief Inspector to leave the island, we see Hastings come down the stairs. However, prior to this we can see Hastings waiting just out of shot for his cue to enter. The edge of his hat is visible for several seconds, and when he's cued he begins walking into the shot. (01:15:27)

Jason Hoffman

30th May 2020

Houdini (1953)

Continuity mistake: Houdini's grey on his temples changes dramatically between shots. For example, when he finally goes to Von Schweger's home, when he knocks on the door his temples are mostly white. Then when he enters the home, he has almost no white on his temples. Then in the following scene his temples are mostly white again.

Jason Hoffman

26th Oct 2019

Star Trek (1966)

Let That Be Your Last Battlefield - S3-E15

Other mistake: At the end of the episode, as Lokai is running through the ship, his hands are empty. However, in one closeup shot he is holding onto a rope with his left hand. The rope is gone in the following shot. Presumably this rope was used to tether him to the camera as he ran so that he could maintain distance from the camera.

Jason Hoffman

Hollow Pursuits - S3-E21

Continuity mistake: At the end of Barclay's sword fight on the holodeck, he has the hologram of captain Picard against a wall. When the angle is on the hologram, Barclay's sword is pressed into his chest. However, when the angle is on Barclay, the sword is several inches away from the hologram.

Jason Hoffman

19th Jul 2019

Stalag 17 (1953)

Continuity mistake: After one of the prisoners shouts that there are new women in the Russian camp, the men rush out to see them. On his way, animal falls in the mud, covering his backside and the backs of his legs with mud. A few moments later, he makes it to the wire and begins calling to the women. When he turns his overalls are clean.

Jason Hoffman

19th Jul 2019

Dragonslayer (1981)

Revealing mistake: At the beginning of the final battle, the dragon flies up toward the wizard and a sharp horizontal line breaks through the dragon, revealing the composited shot.

Jason Hoffman

13th Jul 2019

SEAL Team (2017)

Season 2 generally

Factual error: For some reason in the first several episodes of the second season, a burst of red mist is added whenever an enemy is shot by the SEALs. The human body does not produce a mist of blood when hit by a projectile.

Jason Hoffman
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Suggested correction: "If the object impacts liquid blood, the larger surface area will collect more blood, producing drops of varying sizes. Gunshot injuries -‐ mist-‐like spatter caused by bullets entering and exiting the body. When blood is impacted, droplets are dispersed through the air." From http://www.forensicsciencesimplified.org/blood/BloodstainPatterns.pdf.

Audio problem: When Miles and Becky are in his office trying to figure out how to get out of town, Miles says "Our only chance is to get to the highway." However, if you watch his mouth, it's clear what he actually said was "Our only chance is to get to the freeway." This was presumably changed for a wider audience. The film takes place in California, and in the 1950s "freeway" was used in California, but most of the rest of the country used "highway."

Jason Hoffman

7th Jun 2019

Star Trek (1966)

The City on the Edge of Forever - S1-E29

Character mistake: When Spock is finally able to determine that Edith must die to restore time, Kirk asks Spock how it will happen, and Spock tells him he can only estimate general events, not specifics. However, after Spock's previous attempt, he tells Kirk he'd seen her obituary. The obituary would necessarily include how and when she died.

Jason Hoffman

Data's Day - S4-E11

Revealing mistake: When Data and Dr. Crusher are tap dancing on the holodeck, whenever the camera angle changes to a wide shot from above (for the more complex dance moves), it's clear it is not Brent Spiner but a stand-in dancing.

Jason Hoffman

The Final Problem - S2-E6

Revealing mistake: When Holmes and Moriarty fall from the cliff, the wires holding the stunt men are plainly visible. Once they are falling in front of the falls, the wires are obscured, but when they are falling in front of the rocks the wires are easy to see. (00:48:19 - 00:48:48)

Jason Hoffman

The Blue Carbuncle - S1-E7

Revealing mistake: When the thief places The Blue Carbuncle in the goose's throat, it's obvious he actually doesn't put the gem in the bird's mouth. He pretends to, but then drops the gem into his other hand. This is all visible in the shot.

Jason Hoffman

27th Dec 2018

Star Trek (1966)

Errand of Mercy - S1-E27

Character mistake: When Kor describes the effects of the mind-sifter to Kirk (who is still in disguise as an Organian), he says the machine would leave him "more vegetable than human." There is no reason a Klingon would reference humans while speaking to a person he believed to be Organian.

Jason Hoffman

20th Dec 2018

SEAL Team (2017)

Season 2 generally

Question: This season has added the odd effect of a large puff of red smoke/dust whenever someone is shot. It is unrealistic and distracting. Wondering if anyone knows the reason for this change.

Jason Hoffman

5th Nov 2018

Halloween (1978)

Plot hole: When Laurie and her friend see the Sheriff in front of the hardware store, he tells them someone broke in and stole "A Halloween mask, some rope, and a couple of knives." Without someone doing a complete inventory of the store, there would be no way to know the specific items that had been stolen, especially when they are such commonplace things as knives and rope in a hardware store.

Jason Hoffman
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Suggested correction: Simple, he watched the security footage.

1st May 2018

Clue (1985)

Trivia: The producer's first choice for the role of Ms. Scarlett was Carrie Fisher, but she was unable to sign onto the film because she'd recently admitted herself to a rehab facility to battle drug addiction.

Jason Hoffman

The Abbey Grange - S1-E2

Revealing mistake: While Holmes and Watson are investigating the crime scene, there is a shot of them that shows the dead man's hand. His hand is visibly shaking, revealing the actor is struggling to maintain the position of his hand.

Jason Hoffman

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